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ตั้งหัวข้อ  sunny on Sat May 22, 2010 8:18 pm

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หน.ข่าวกรองสหรัฐลาออก

เอพีรายงานเมื่อ 21 พ.ค. ว่านายเดนนิส แบลร์ ผู้อำนวยการสำนักข่าวกรองแห่งชาติของสหรัฐประกาศลาออก หลังดำรงตำแหน่งนาน 16 เดือน โดยนายแบลร์ขอลาออกหลังจากเข้าพบนายบารัก โอบามา ประธานาธิบดีสหรัฐ และหลังจากที่มีรายงานของคณะกรรมาธิการวุฒิสภาวิจารณ์ความล้มเหลวของหน่วยงานข่าวกรองต่างๆ และพุ่งเป้ามาที่นายแบลร์ว่าล้มเหลวในการทำงาน โดยเฉพาะเหตุการณ์ที่นายอูมาร์ ฟารุก อับดุลมูตัลลับ ชาวไนจีเรียที่พยายามระเบิดเครื่องบินสายการบินนอร์ธเวสต์ของสหรัฐในวันคริสต์มาส เนื่องจากนายแบลร์ไม่ได้ปรึกษาคณะสอบสวนระดับสูงและคณะสอบสวนดังกล่าวไม่ได้ซักถามผู้ต้องสงสัยอย่างเป็นทางการ

นายแบลร์ยังมีความเห็นขัดแย้งกับนายลีออน พาเนตต้า ผู้อำนวยการ ซีไอเอ ในกรณีดังกล่าวและยังขัดขากันเรื่องแต่งตั้งผู้แทนไปประจำตามสถาน เอกอัครราชทูตสหรัฐในประเทศต่างๆ เพื่อเป็นหูเป็นตาแทนระดับหัวหน้า ซีไอเอ จนที่ปรึกษาฝ่ายป้องกันการก่อการร้ายต้องเป็นคนกลางไกล่เกลี่ย

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  แฟนคลับ on Sat Jun 05, 2010 1:38 pm


โอบามา หนุนทหารเกษียณอายุนั่งผอ.ข่าวกรองแห่งชาติ หลังคนเก่าไขก๊อกเหตุขัดแย้งในทำเนียบ แต่ยังหวั่นสมาชิกรัฐสภาต้าน

ประธานาธิบดีบารัค โอบามา ผู้นำสหรัฐ เตรียมเสนอแต่งตั้ง พล.อ.ท. เจมส์ อาร์. แคลปเปอร์ จูเนียร์ นายทหารเกษียณอายุราชการ ให้ดำรงตำแหน่งผู้อำนวยการสำนักงานข่าวกรองแห่งชาติ (ดีเอ็นไอ) คนใหม่ สืบแทน พล.ร.อ.เดนนิส แบลร์ ที่ยื่นใบลาออกเมื่อเดือนที่แล้ว หลังเกิดความขัดแย้งบ่อยครั้งกับทำเนียบขาว และความผิดพลาดด้านงานข่าวกรองหลายครั้งของหน่วยงาน โดยประธานาธิบดีโอบามา จะประกาศการเสนอรายชื่อแคลปเปอร์ ระหว่างการแถลงข่าวที่สวนโรส การ์เดน ของทำเนียบขาว ในกรุงวอชิงตัน ดี.ซี. ตอนเช้าวันเสาร์ (5 มิ.ย.) ตามเวลาในท้องถิ่น

พล.อ.ท.แคลปเปอร์ อดีตเคยดำรงตำแหน่งผู้อำนวยการสำนักงานข่าวกรองกลาโหม (ดีไอเอ) ซึ่งมักทำงานใกล้ชิดกับสำนักงานข่าวกรองกลาง (ซีไอเอ) และหลังจากเกษียณราชการ ได้กลายเป็นผู้อำนวยการพลเรือนคนแรก ของสำนักงานข่าวกรองสารสนเทศภูมิศาตร์กลาโหม คาดว่าการเสนอรายชื่อ เพื่อขออนุมัติแต่งตั้งแคลปเปอร์จากสภาคองเกรส อาจถูกต่อต้านจากสมาชิกรัฐสภา ทั้งจากซีกรัฐบาลพรรคเดโมแครต และฝ่ายค้านพรรครีพับลิกัน เนื่องจากแคลปเปอร์เคยปะทะคารมบ่อยครั้ง ในระหว่างการเข้าให้ปากคำ ต่อคณะกรรมาธิการรัฐสภาในอดีต อย่างไรก็ตาม หากผ่านการรับรองจากรัฐสภา แคลปเปอร์จะกลายเป็น ผอ.คนที่ 4 ของดีเอ็นไอ นับตั้งแต่ตำแหน่งซึ่งมีฐานะเทียบเท่ารัฐมนตรี ก่อตั้งขึ้นมาเมื่อปี 2547.

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ตั้งหัวข้อ  hacksecret on Sat Jun 05, 2010 11:59 pm

..สู่การเปลี่ยนแปลงครั้งใหญ่ ล้มกษัตริย์ หันไปเป็นสาธารณรัฐ

att พิมพ์ว่า:
Nepali army commando unit trained at the time by U.S. Special Operations forces
sent by U.S. Pacific Commander in Chief Adm. Dennis Blair

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/12/18/dennis-blair-director-of_n_152170.html


Dennis Blair: Director Of National Intelligence?

The Huffington Post

First Posted: 12-18-08 03:23 PM | Updated: 01-18-09 05:12 AM


Citing "officials familiar with the selection process," the LA Times has reported that
President-elect Barack Obama has chosen Dennis Blair to be his national intelligence director:



If confirmed, Blair would be Obama's point person on an array of
highly charged intelligence issues the incoming administration will
inherit from President Bush.


Among them are the allocation of resources amid two wars, the operation
of secret CIA prisons overseas, and the ongoing wiretapping of e-mails
and calls that pass through the United States.
The Washington Post also features a profile of Blaire today, anticipating his selection.

Reuters reports on Adm. Dennis Blair:

President-elect Barack Obama has chosen retired Navy Adm.
Dennis Blair as the top U.S. intelligence official and could make an
announcement as early as Friday, a source familiar with the nomination
said on Thursday.

"We expect the announcement tomorrow," said the source, who spoke on condition of anonymity.

Blair would oversee the entire U.S. intelligence apparatus and be
responsible for delivering Obama's daily intelligence briefing.
The AP reported Wednesday that Blair's nomination was held up by disagreement over the office:

Blair met with the transition team on Tuesday and there was
no hint of trouble at that point, a Democratic Party official familiar
with the meeting said.

But the officials said the transition team and Blair appear to
be split over who would choose his deputy. They also are said to
disagree over the scope and purpose of the national intelligence
director's office. The Obama transition is said to be discussing plans
to downsize the office.
The American Prospect's Tim Fernholz notes that while Blair is "an interesting character who is considered smart
about the possibility of engagement, not conflict, with countries like China, and he has made the right noises
on terrorism reduction" he isn't perfect. "It seems that Blair, while serving as head of Pacific Command
in 2000, had some unpleasant dealings with Indonesian leaders and displayed some remarkably
poor judgment on intelligence about violence in East Timor."


http://www.dni.gov/
http://www.cfr.org/publication/18189/dennis_c_blair_director_of_national_intelligence.html

Dennis C. Blair, Director of National Intelligence

Author:
Joanna Klonsky, Associate Editor

Updated: February 9, 2009

Retired four-star Admiral Dennis C. Blair is President Obama's director of national intelligence (DNI)--
confirmed by the U.S. Senate on January 28, 2009. Blair, a thirty-four-year Navy veteran,
is the former commander-in-chief of U.S. Pacific Command. He also served as associate
director of central intelligence for military support, coordinating intelligence and military operations
under the Clinton administration. He was director of the Joint Staff at the Pentagon, and commanded
the Kitty Hawk Strike Group aircraft carrier and the destroyer Cochrane.
From 2003 to 2007, Blair was president of the Institute for Defense Analyses, a nonprofit corporation
that manages federally funded national security research and development centers. He stepped down
in the face of concerns that his positions on the boards of major defense contractors presented
a conflict of interest. A former Rhodes Scholar, Blair speaks Russian and is an expert on U.S. policy toward Asia.
He co-chaired the Council on Foreign Relations independent task force that published a 2007 report recommending
that the U.S. government work to integrate China into the global community.
In November 2007 testimony to the U.S. Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation,
Blair decried what he called the "clumsy model" of U.S. energy security and its impact on military operations.
"American forces have been engaged in the Middle East since the tanker wars of 1987,
and events have seemed to demand increasing our military force, not reducing it.
But driving this engagement is America's ever growing dependence on overseas petroleum," he said
"This dependence has influenced successive administrations to strengthen military engagement
rather than to search for other means--perhaps politically more difficult but in the long run more cost-effective
means--for boosting energy security."
Blair has not been implicated in controversial intelligence initiatives under the Bush administration,
such as coercive interrogation of terror suspects under the National Security Agency's
warrantless surveillance program. As DNI, Blair would oversee the U.S. intelligence community
and deliver Obama's daily intelligence briefings.

http://blog.beliefnet.com/cityofbrass/2009/01/obamas-intelligence-director-d.html

Obama's Intelligence Director Dennis Blair and East Timor genocide

Thursday January 29, 2009

Gary Farber sounded the alarm last month about President Obama's nominee for
National Intelligence Director, Denis Blair, who was complicit in genocide in East Timor
during the Clinton Administration.

Unfortunately, no questions were asked about East Timor during Blair's confirmation hearing.
Blair also refused to categorically state what the attorney general already said explicitly,
that waterboarding constituted torture.

This is not good. Blair's nomination needs to be opposed on basic moral principle.
Recall President Obama's own words during the Inauguration speech:

And so, to all other peoples and governments who are watching today,
from the grandest capitals to the small village where my father was born:
know that America is a friend of each nation and every man, woman and child
who seeks a future of peace
and dignity, and we are ready to lead once more.

http://www.atimes.com/atimes/Southeast_Asia/KL22Ae01.html

Dec 22, 2009

Weapons seizure hits North Korea hard
By Brian McCartan

BANGKOK - The detention in Thailand of a cargo plane transporting weapons and the arrest of its crew
remain shrouded in mystery. The destination of the weapons and identity of their buyers is uncertain.
American officials and analysts believe, however, that the intervention dealt a blow to North Korea's arms sales.

The Air West flight's outbound journey was normal enough. After leaving Ukraine, the aircraft stopped
to refuel in Azerbaijan, Dubai in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), and Bangkok before landing in Pyongyang.
After picking up the cargo in North Korea, the crew told authorities, the flight was scheduled to stop in Bangkok,
Sri Lanka, the UAE and finally Ukraine. What they haven't told

investigators is where they planned to offload the weapons.

Thai authorities are baffled about why the plane stopped in Bangkok on the return trip
since Thailand is known for close ties to the United States.

A more direct route would have been over China, stopping in Lashio or Mandalay in Myanmar to refuel.
Another flight from North Korea in November 2008 took this route in an attempt to take cargo to Iran
that American authorities feared could be related to weapons of mass destruction.
That flight was blocked when India refused to allow the plane to fly through its airspace.
The Air West flight's scheduled stop in Colombo, Sri Lanka, was likely an attempt to avoid a repeat.

A search of the plane's cargo after a tip-off from US intelligence sources found 35 tonnes of crated weapons
inside the fuselage, according to Thai authorities. The haul included large numbers of rocket propelled grenades
(RPGs), man-portable surface-to-air missiles, and two mobile
multiple-rocket launchers, either M-1985 or M-1991's,
capable of firing 240mm rockets. The weapons were removed by the Thai military to Takhili Air Force base
in central Nakhon Sawan, north of Bangkok. Thai authorities estimated the value of the cargo at
around US$18 million. The crew, who are likely to be telling the truth, said they believed they were
carrying heavy equipment for oil operations.

The next step is for the weapons to be inventoried and reported to the UN's North Korea Sanctions Committee,
which is mandated to investigate violations of the sanctions. Under UN resolutions, the weapons should then
be destroyed, although there is some debate in Thailand about whether the weapons will be kept for its armed forces.

The crew, four from Kazakhstan and one from Belarus, are all men in their 50s and former members of
the Soviet air force. Mikhail Petukhov, the Belarusian pilot, served in the Soviet air force for almost 20 years.
Kazakh Communications Ministry Civil Aviation Committee chairman, Radilbek Adimolda,
said the Kazakh pilots were on leave from East Wind, a Kazakh private airline.

International trafficking networks make extensive use of former Soviet pilots and planes, researchers say.
The planes are notorious for being under-serviced and in violation of safety standards. The pilots,
often without work for months, are willing to fly unsafe aircraft to obscure destinations and to look
the other way on the cargo. The people behind the networks are rarely identified.

Thai authorities are holding the men in Klong Prem prison on charges of falsifying information on their cargo
declaration and transporting weapons. If convicted the men could face up to 10 years in Thai prison.
Requests for bail were rejected.

All the men were working on contract to Air West, a company registered in the Republic of Georgia
and holding the registration for the Ilyushin IL-76 freighter seized in Bangkok. The IL-76 was designed
to carry heavy machinery to remote areas of Russia. Its ability to land on rough airstrips in remote regions
makes it an ideal aircraft for transporting illicit cargoes.

The aircraft allegedly has a long involvement in transporting shady cargos. According to sources in
the airfreight business, planes frequently change hands and registration numbers. The IL-76 detained
in Bangkok was previously owned by a private Kazakh company, East Wing, then bought by Kazakh airline Beibers,
which in turn sold it on to Air West, Georgia, in October, according to the Kazakh Transportation and
Communications Ministry. Air West was registered in Batumi, Georgia in 2008 and its office is in the Ukraine.

For this flight, the plane was leased out to SP Transport Limited, a Ukrainian company.
New Zealand authorities are also investigating a company with the same name.
Both companies have a Lu Zhang listed as their director. The New Zealand company's shares
are held by VICAM (Auckland) Ltd, which in turn is owned by Vanuatu-based GT Group.

Security analysts and freight operators say this type of paper trail is par for the course.
Companies are shut down after being identified as trafficking in weapons or other illicit items or
violation of air safety regulations, then open under different names. Aircraft similarly change registration,
or are sold on or leased to other freight companies to disguise their business.

The detention of plane and crew in Bangkok may scare off would-be customers for North Korean arms.
It is the second time a large weapons shipment has been interdicted since the imposition of UN Resolution 1874,
passed in response to Pyongyang's refusal to stop its uranium enrichment program and ballistic missile tests
held earlier this year. The resolution bans the transfer of heavy weapons as well as missiles and spare parts
from North Korea and calls on countries to "inspect and destroy" those weapons.

Resolution 1874 is non-binding and relies on the resolve of member countries to enforce.
However, in contrast to the rare seizure of North Korean weapons in years prior to the resolution,
several actions have taken place since June to interdict stop North Korean arms shipments.
A North Korea-registered vessel believed to be carrying weapons for Myanmar was forced to turn back in July
after that country declared it would not allow the ship to dock. United
Arab Emirates authorities in August seized
a Bahamian-flagged ship, the ANL-Australia, which was found to be carrying North Korean military equipment
destined for Iran and listed in the ship's manifest as oil-related.
India has stopped at least two more North Korean
vessels in its waters waters, although neither was found to be carrying weapons.

A halt in weapons sales would be a heavy blow to cash-starved North Korea, especially combined with
the cutting-off of South Korean handouts that have kept the country's economy going.
Arms are one of North Korea's biggest earners of foreign currency earners. Analysts say the regime
earns more than $1 billion a year through arms sales, often to other rogue regimes or to rebel groups,
many connected to gross human rights abuses. Its biggest sales are ballistic missiles to Iran and
other Middle Eastern countries and possibly to Myanmar. Some security analysts claim the Bangkok seizure
could even force the reclusive regime back into nuclear disarmament talks in order to win much-needed aid.

US envoy Stephen Bosworth was in Pyongyang days before the plane was detained,
on a mission to persuade North Korea to rejoin six-nation disarmament talks.
North Korean pulled out of the talks a year ago before concluding a deal with China, Japan, Russia, South Korea
and the US that would have ended its nuclear program, and its pariah status, in exchange for international aid.
Pyongyang in April proclaimed the talks "dead" in April after international criticism of its nuclear and missile tests.

North Korea and the US had reached a "common understanding" Bosworth said after the talks,
giving hope that talks could begin again sometime next year. He said he emphasized the benefits North Korea
would receive as a part of the present US administration's policy of engagement.

The envoy's visit marked the first high-level contact between the Barack Obama administration
and the regime. Obama wrote a personal letter to North Korean leader Kim Jong-il in conjunction with
the effort to bring the country back to the table. Although its contents have not been revealed,
the letter was reportedly delivered in early December.

The US praised Thailand for its help in interdiction the weapons shipment.
Secretary of State Hillary Clinton told reporters in Washington two days after the arrest,
"We are very pleased to see strong action taken by the Thais and it would not have been possible
without strong action of the United Nations." The US Embassy has refused to confirm or deny
an American role in the incident, although Thai officials have repeatedly cited American intelligence
tipping them off to the shipment.

This is the second time in two years that Thai authorities have supported American efforts
against international arms trafficking. In March 2008, US intelligence and law enforcement
agencies carried out a sting in Bangkok that resulted in the arrest of international arms
merchants Viktor Bout.
Bout is accused of arranging shipments of millions of dollars worth of weapons to rebel
and terrorist groups and governments around the world and has been indicted in New York
on four charges related to terrorism. He maintains the charges against him are false.
An attempt by the US to have him extradited was blocked by the Thai courts in August.

Although Bout is not believed to have had a role in the shipment of arms detained in Bangkok,
there are some curious links to his trafficking network. The weapons plane had been registered
to three companies previously identified by the US Treasury Department's Office of Foreign Assets Control
as owned by Bout. Beibers, the Kazakh company which sold the plane to Air West has been linked
to alleged Serbian arms trafficker Tomislav Damnjanovic.

The facilitators and buyers of this shipment so far remain a mystery. The winding paper trail and
fly-by-night companies involved make shipments such as these difficult to trace. Initial speculation was that
the shipment was destined for Sri Lanka, Pakistan or the Middle East. In a commentary published
in the Washington Post on Friday, Dennis Blair, the US director for national intelligence,
gave a better indication of where the weapons had been destined to go.
"Teamwork among different agencies in the United States and partners abroad just last week
led to the interdiction of a Middle East-bound cargo of North Korean weapons," he wrote.

Whatever the intended destination for the weapons, the seizure of the plane and crew reiterates
American resolve to isolate North Korea and force it back to the negotiating table. It also shows its ability
to call in favors from friends to achieve this aim. For international arms merchants and their customers it
may be time to look for a different source of product.

Brian McCartan is a Bangkok-based freelance journalist.

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