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Activists criticise proposed Obama security appointment

Activists criticise proposed Obama security appointment

Updated 22 March 2012, 18:40 AEDT

President elect Barack Obama is expected to appoint the retired Admiral Dennis C Blair as Director of National Intelligence.

The mooted appointment has won some plaudits but been greeted with dismay by activist groups. One of those, the East Timor and Indonesia Action Network or ETAN has urged the new administration not to appoint Admiral Blair, citing his years as Pacific Commander, when ETAN says he actively worked to reinstate military assistance and deepen ties to Indonesia's military despite its ongoing human rights violations in East Timor and consistent record of impunity.

Presenter: Sen Lam

Speaker: John M. Miller, National Coordinator of the East Timor and Indonesia Actiion Network

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