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U.S. State Department misdeeds
« on: June 10, 2013, 02:56:37 PM »

It appears there is a report coming from the State Department's Inspector General.

State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations


(CBS News) CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.

The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department's security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide.

CBS News' John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General's memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut "engaged in sexual assaults" on foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's security detail "engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries" -- a problem the report says was "endemic."

The memo also reveals details about an "underground drug ring" was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.

Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department's internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller, "We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases."

In such cases, DSS agents told the Inspector General's investigators that senior State Department officials told them to back off, a charge that Fedenisn says is "very" upsetting.

"We were very upset. We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went, was very disturbing," she said.

more at:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57588456/state-department-memo-reveals-possible-cover-ups-halted-investigations/
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« Reply #1 on: June 10, 2013, 03:57:24 PM »

This will roll right off Hillary's back.  All the dems love Billy boy so much they will still vote for Hillary.
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« Reply #2 on: June 10, 2013, 03:59:49 PM »

This will roll right off Hillary's back.  All the dems love Billy boy so much they will still vote for Hillary.

Of course they will.

All of these things are just partisan attacks.

Nothing to see here.  Move on!
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« Reply #3 on: June 10, 2013, 07:51:55 PM »

This scandal involves sex, drugs and cover-ups.   The tabloids are going to love this one.

more at:  http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57588456/state-department-memo-reveals-possible-cover-ups-halted-investigations/

According to Fedenisn, when a high-ranking State Department security officials was shown a draft of their findings that investigations were being interfered with by State Department higher-ups, he said, "This is going to kill us." In the final report however, all references to specific cases had been removed.

http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-505263_162-57588456/state-department-memo-reveals-possible-cover-ups-halted-investigations/
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« Reply #4 on: June 11, 2013, 10:24:38 AM »

NBC is on the story now.  The NY Post is dropping names.

State Department: Quash an investigation? Who … us?

http://hotair.com/archives/2013/06/11/state-department-quash-an-investigation-who-us/

Yesterday, CBS News published documents that showed the State Department had quashed or obstructed Inspector General investigations into serious wrongdoing by high-ranking officials, including one Ambassador who ditched his security team to importune prostitutes in public parks. Today, that story gets more sordid in NBC’s follow-up, which shows that investigators suspected the same Ambassador of targeting minor children. Meanwhile, the State Department calls allegations of obstruction and interference “preposterous”:

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« Reply #5 on: June 11, 2013, 09:03:51 PM »

Is Edward Snowden a hero or traitor?

http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/snowden-hero-traitor-190447620.html

Read with an open mind and tried to take some of the sources into account, interesting read from a fundamental point of view.

I know I was one to hop down that kids throat who handed over the leak to that Wiki guy, but think I took that position because the kid was in the military.  Why this is different, IDK.  Looks like kind of a hero to me.
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« Reply #6 on: June 12, 2013, 11:40:25 AM »

I don't agree with what Snowden did.  If he was that concerned about what the government was doing he should have gone to the senate or house intelligence committee
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« Reply #7 on: June 12, 2013, 01:52:32 PM »

I don't agree with what Snowden did.  If he was that concerned about what the government was doing he should have gone to the senate or house intelligence committee


I sure that there is more information to come out on Mr. Snowden and what he did and did not do.

It appears that whistleblowers going to Congress will not stop the Executive Branch from unleashing the dogs on you.


Whistle-blower alleges State Dept. squelched probes

more at:  http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/world/2013/06/12/state-department-whistle-blower/2413265/

Whistle-blower Aurelia Fedenisn says State Department investigators threatened to prosecute her for providing documents to U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz.

A State Department whistle-blower says she was threatened after turning over documents to a U.S. senator that alleged coverups of investigations employee use of drugs and prostitutes, her lawyer says.

The whistle-blower's allegations have led lawmakers on Capitol Hill to look into whether the State Department squelched investigations into criminal behavior by employees, including an ambassador who allegedly propositioned prostitutes in a Belgian city park.

Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, on Tuesday sent a letter to Secretary of State John Kerry asking for a briefing about the allegations detailed in recent news reports.

"The notion that any or all of these cases would not be investigated thoroughly by the Department is unacceptable," Royce said in the letter.

The allegations were revealed after Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at The State Department's Office of the Inspector General, complained to Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, that senior State Department officials interfered with investigations she was involved in, and then caused a report about the interference to be watered down.

Dallas lawyer Damon Mathias, who represents Fedenisn, said Fedenisn hired him after two diplomatic security agents spoke in a threatening manner to her teenage children at her home in a Virginia suburb of Washington. The agents arrived at the home to talk to Fedenisn about documents Fedenisn had given to Cruz and demanded to speak to their mom immediately, Mathias said.

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« Reply #8 on: June 12, 2013, 04:45:31 PM »

I think I agree with you on the harassment or even termination by State dept if they find out one has squealed on them.  Obama and his Chicago gang have a plan and nobody is going to stop them.
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« Reply #9 on: June 12, 2013, 05:06:13 PM »

I think I agree with you on the harassment or even termination by State dept if they find out one has squealed on them.  Obama and his Chicago gang have a plan and nobody is going to stop them.

I think every President has dirty laundry like this, just think of the exposed CIA operative under Bush.

Frankly, I think they (politicians) are ALL a bunch of crooks and liars, and should be rounded up with all the lawyers and placed in a penal facility like "Escape from New York".
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« Reply #10 on: June 12, 2013, 06:42:13 PM »

I think every President has dirty laundry like this, just think of the exposed CIA operative under Bush.

Frankly, I think they (politicians) are ALL a bunch of crooks and liars, and should be rounded up with all the lawyers and placed in a penal facility like "Escape from New York".

Sure - but they made a movie about her demonizing the Bush Administration and making her and her husband look like an all knowing genius.

When will a movie be made about this whistleblower that makes the Obama Administration look bad?

Answer:  It won't be.

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« Reply #11 on: June 13, 2013, 12:23:27 AM »

Sure - but they made a movie about her demonizing the Bush Administration and making her and her husband look like an all knowing genius.

When will a movie be made about this whistleblower that makes the Obama Administration look bad?

Answer:  It won't be.

Well this whistleblower wanted to be outed. And you never know, could be a movie in this one someday. Too early to tell if the Obama administration will look bad in the movie.

Depends on who writes it.
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« Reply #12 on: June 13, 2013, 05:00:05 PM »

Wow,,,,yea, someday this will make a good movie.

Kind of like Deep Throat...or am I getting the Watergate movie mixed up with a Linda Lovelace flick.
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« Reply #13 on: June 13, 2013, 05:39:38 PM »

Scandal-palooza has me confused on which scandal would make the best movie.

I think the U.S. State Department scandal would make the best movie.  It has a cover-up about cover-ups, sex, drugs, prostitution, ambassadors,  Hillary and Huma.
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« Reply #14 on: June 13, 2013, 06:03:50 PM »

Scandal-palooza has me confused on which scandal would make the best movie.

I think the U.S. State Department scandal would make the best movie.  It has a cover-up about cover-ups, sex, drugs, prostitution, ambassadors,  Hillary and Huma.


Which U.S. State Department scandal are you talking about?

Seems like there is a few going on....

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