Retired Adm. Dennis Blair has been tapped to become our next director of national intelligence, overseeing 16 agencies. Given the importance of this position to our domestic security and to our relations with the world, Blair is the absolute wrong choice.
Most Americans know little about the brutal fashion in which Indonesia has treated citizens of neighboring East Timor. Nor do they know that Indonesia has committed these atrocities with Washington’s aid and consent. In the forefront of this disgraceful history was none other than Adm. Dennis Blair, who consistently encouraged Indonesian generals to pursue their crimes without fear of U.S. interference.
All of this is detailed by journalist Alan Nairn, who has reported on these matters for years, to little avail in the American press. Recordings and transcripts of his recent interviews on Democracy Now radio are available on the Internet.
Considering these revelations, it would be a terrible mistake to put such a tainted figure as Blair in charge of our nation’s intelligence services.
Kansas City, Kan.