Monday, March 8, 2010

Obama's TSA pick: Hire on 'ethnic diversity' Robert Harding says placing minorities at top should be 'requirement'

President Obama's pick to head the Transportation Security Administration long has pushed for "ethnic diversity" as a determining factor in hiring new teams for U.S. military and intelligence agencies, WND has learned.

The president announced today his nominee for TSA chief, retired Gen. Robert Harding.

Harding served in the Army for 33 years until he retired in 2001 and went into business as a private security contractor. He previously served as the Defense Department's top human intelligence officer and managed a $1 billion intelligence collection program. Between 2003 and 2009, Harding was a government consultant on human intelligence and counterintelligence issues.

He has lobbied for "ethnic diversity" in the U.S. defense establishment.

WND found that in 2003, Harding submitted written testimony to a Senate subcommittee hearing on intelligence issues pushing for more diversity at security agencies, going so far as to call diversity a "requirement." READ MORE...

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