Reject Freeman 'For Good of the Country'

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Reject Freeman 'For Good of the Country'


Byline: THE WASHINGTON TIMES

Congressman Frank R. Wolf of Virginia has sent a letter to President Obama, a copy of which The Washington Times obtained exclusively, that expresses his deep concern regarding the appointment of Chas W. Freeman Jr. as chairman of the National Intelligence Council. Rep. Wolf noted as particularly disturbing Freeman's service on the board of the China National Offshore Oil Cooperative (CNOOC), the majority stakeholder of which is the communist government of China.

Wolf stated that China poses an increasing national security threat to the United States and noted that in 2006 four computers in his office were hacked by attacks originating in the People's Republic of China.

Wolf, who is co-chair of the Tom Lantos Human Rights Commission, also noted Freeman's flippant characterization of March 2008 protests in Tibet as a race riot and drew attention to CNOOC's substantial investment in Sudan's oil sector, which has served as the lifeline to the regime of President Omar al Bashir, now indicted by the International Criminal Court for war crimes and crimes against humanity. He also highlights CNOOC connections with Iran and Burma, noting that the activities of these countries, and Iran in particular, starkly contrast with the national security interests of the United States.

Freeman has for many years served in a paid position as president of the Middle East Policy Council, an organization that has kept its donor list secret but which Wolf notes is a think-tank funded by Saudi Arabia. He asks how Freeman can be expected to effectively meet the challenge of Wahabbist inspired radicalism after taking home years of paychecks from the Saudis.

Wolf concludes that the evidence strongly suggests that Freeman is not the right person to head the National Intelligence Council and that for the good of our country President Obama should reconsider his choice. In a hand-written addendum Mr. Wolf states, THIS IS VERY IMPORTANT. …

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