[ETAN-key] ETAN - Petition to Urge President-elect Obama not to appoint former Adm. Dennis Blair
John M Miller
fbp at igc.org
Sun Dec 7 07:05:08 PST 2008
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. 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 here - http://etan.org/news/2008/12blair.htm.
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: http://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.
Read what Noam Chomsky says about ETAN: http://www.etan.org/etan/2008-09app.htm
John M. Miller john at etan.org
East Timor and Indonesia Action Network (ETAN)
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