Wow, if this is true then it is truly a bombshell!
In this particular instance there is only one person that had the authority to issue a stand down and that is the Commander and Chief.
Panetta didn't have the authority. Neither did Valerie Jarrett And that is what I find troubling. I believe through sworn testimony that Panetta met with Obama at the White House and briefed him on the situation. And it was stated that Valerie Jarrett went to see the "Commander and Chief" at his home quarters later on that evening and then went to the situation room (at the White House where Panetta (Secretary of Defense) was monitoring the situation. Panetta is not an idiot and knows protocol quite well, the man has been in Washington for a very long time and there is no way he could have issued a stand down order without having solid data that it was being given directly from the Commander and Chief Obama. Either Jarrett took it on herself to issue the stand down order while lying it came from Obama or she indeed had the authority from Obama to issue such an order. My gut tells me Panetta was quite content with whomever gave him the go ahead to execute the order. Just a thought.