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Obama’s Choice for National Intelligence Director Raises Red Flag

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Obama’s Choice for National Intelligence Director Raises Red Flag

President Elect Obama's choice for Director of National Intelligence is retired Admiral Dennis Blair. As Director of National Intelligence, Blair would oversee a 16-agency bureaucracy that includes the CIA, Military intelligence agencies, the National Security Agency and the National Counter Terrorism Center .

Blair held staff posts with the White House National Security Council and the Pentagon Joint Chiefs of Staff.  But he's spent most of career in the military. As head of U.S. Pacific Command, Blair was in charge of all US military forces in Asia from 1999 to 2002. 

One of the controversies he Blair faced was how to handle U.S. military involvement with Indonesia .

Journalist and Blogger Alan Nairn remembers those controversies well. In 1991, along with Amy Goodman, Allan witnessed the massacre of over 270 East Timorese by the Indonesian military. He documents the massacre in a film he co-produced with Goodman called Massacre: The Story of East Timor. Publicity of that event helped convince Congress to cut off military aid to Jakarta in 1993. A long string of controversies over training and arms sales to Indonesia continue to this day.

In 1999, Allan broke a story on Admiral Dennis Blair's secret meeting with Indonesian generals that affirmed U.S. support for the violent crackdown in East Timor .

Alain Nairn reminds us about situation….

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