Report: GOP Senators About to Protest Chas Freeman

By Lindsey Ellerson

Mar 9, 2009 4:25pm

Greg Sargent has the goods HERE.

A group of Republican Senators are writing to Director of National Intelligence Dennis Blair, saying that Chas Freeman lacks the “years of intelligence analysis experience” needed to be chair of the National Intelligence Council.

“Also concerning — in light of the need for any NIC Chairman to have unquestioned objectivity and an ability to convey the Intelligence Community’s judgments in a measured and non-provocative manner — are Mr. Freeman’s highly controversial statements about China and Israel,” the Senators write in the draft. “At a time when the analytic community is continuing to struggle with reforming itself and when U.S. leaders, from the President to Members of Congress, have called for a depoliticization of intelligence, we believe this appointment sends the wrong message."

- jpt

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