DNI Confirmation Hearing: Blair on Intel Contractors (and Torture Investigations) « The Washington Independent
Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-R.I.) asks retired Adm. Dennis Blair about a growing intelligence problem: the rise of contractor personnel in the community, and essentially urges “a resurgence of career infrastructure.”
“Absolutely,” Blair say he’ll look at it. “The growing role of contractors, the disparity in pay that arises from it … I will look into it, and ensure that we have inherent governmental functions… My strong preference [with] interrogators in the intelligence world is that … the use of contractors be limited to times that a particular dialogue must be used or some other extraordinary circumstance.”
Whitehouse also asked about helping the committee find out the truth about torture. Blair pledged to assist the committee’s efforts. “I intend to make those efforts myself … Like you, I’ve heard anecdotes … we’ve got to sort this out, and find out what the answer is … There is this larger question … what is America’s reputation?”
That sounds like he wouldn’t have a problem with an inquiry.