New Director of National Intelligence: Overseeing Aggression Abroad, Repression at Home
Sunday, June 6, 2010
Yesterday, President Barack Obama selected retired Air Force Lt. General James R. Clapper Jr. as his nominee as the secret state’s new Director of National Intelligence (DNI).
Obama heaped copious praise on the general in a Rose Garden appearance Saturday. “Jim is one of our nation’s most experienced and most respected intelligence professionals,” Obama said. “He possesses a quality that I value in all my advisers: a willingness to tell leaders what we need to know even if it’s not what we want to hear,” according to a White House transcript of the president’s remarks.
Clapper, who faces a tough confirmation fight in the Senate, would direct the 16-agency U.S. “Intelligence Community.” From his perch in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence (ODNI), Clapper would coordinate America’s formidable spy apparatus as it wages a global shadow war to control other people’s resources and secure geostrategic advantage over their imperialist rivals.