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  • Action Alert: Petition to Urge President-elect Obama not to appoint former Adm. Dennis Blair Sign the petition now!

    Posted by dlt on January 11, 2009

    East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN) Petition to Urge President-elect Obama not to appoint former Adm. Dennis Blair Sign the petition now! http://www.petitiononline.com/blair01/petition.html

    Urge President-elect Obama not to appoint former Adm. Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence (www.petitiononline.com/blair01/petition…. As Commander in the Pacific, he cozied up to the Indonesian military and downplayed human rights concerns in the lead up and aftermath of East Timor’s independence referendum. According to news reports, Obama will appoint his intelligence chief this week.

    For background go see these ETAN media releases:
    etan.org/news/2009/01blair.htm * ETAN Urges President-elect Obama Not to Appoint Adm. Blair Director of National Intelligence
    etan.org/news/2008/12blair.htm * ETAN Menolak Adm. Blair sebagai Kepala Intelijen Nasional
    etan.org/news/2008/12blair.htm#Menolak

    • Adm. Blair Poor Choice as Director of National Intelligence, Says Rights Group; Blair’s History with Indonesia and East Timor Raises Questions about Likely Nominee

    In addition to signing the petition, you can also cut, paste and modify the text below and post it to President-elect Obama’s transition website.
    Just go here: change.gov/page/s/seattable and send a comment.

    Thank you and spread the word! ETAN

    President-elect Obama –

    We urge you not to appoint Adm. Dennis Blair as Director of National Intelligence. During his years as Pacific Commander, Blair actively worked to reinstate military assistance and deepen ties to Indonesia’s military, despite its ongoing human rights violations in East Timor and its consistent record of impunity. In 1999, he undermined the U.S. efforts to support human rights and self-determination in the Indonesian-occupied territory and opposed congressional efforts to limit assistance.

    In April 1999, just days after Indonesian security forces and their militias carried out a brutal, churchyard massacre, Adm. Blair delivered a message of ‘business-as-usual’ to Indonesian General Wiranto, then Commander of the Indonesian armed forces. Following East Timor’s pro-independence vote, Blair sought the quickest possible restoration of military assistance, despite Indonesia’s highly destructive exit and the failure, which continues to this day, to prosecute the senior officials who oversaw the violence. This lack of concern for human rights shows that he is unlikely to be a champion of reform. I don’t believe that this is the kind of change people are expecting.

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