Negroponte: Not Qualified
If someone has been repeatedly accused (but not convicted) of child molesting, would you hire this person to be your babysitter? How about a school bus driver who drinks like a fish and has hundreds of speeding tickets?
John Negroponte is in the middle of his Senate confirmation hearings to be the first Director of National Intelligence. Negroponte was up to his eyeballs in every phase of the right wing terrorist attacks in Nicaragua during the 1980s. So he’s never been convicted of a crime — does that qualify him to be in charge of our entire intelligence operation?
Negroponte was the American ambassador to Honduras from 1981 to 1985. Death squads, assassinations, terrorist attacks — he da Man!
He worked secretly as a go-between for the CIA, Central American generals and death squad leaders, and he played a major role in packaging and selling this whole operation to Congress. And Presto! The right wing terrorists were re-christened the “Contras” and “Freedom Fighters,” and eventually President Reagan was even able to keep a straight face when comparing the “Contras” to our own Founding Fathers.
Negroponte was constantly complaining about negative press coverage of the “Freedom Fighters,” and frequently tried to intimidate the American media. Hmmm, sounds like our current “leaders” have learned a few things from him.
The Director of National Intelligence should be a person with integrity, decency and a respect for international law. A sleazy thug like Negroponte is not qualified for this position.