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Re: U.S. State Department misdeeds
« Reply #15 on: June 18, 2013, 02:21:54 PM »

It appears the Executive Branch is trying to cover up the cover up of a cover up.

I guess the State Department folks that showed up during her CBS interview were not there to help.



Exclusive: Whistleblower Says State Department Trying to Bully Her Into Silence

http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/06/17/exclusive_whistleblower_says_state_department_trying_to_bully_her_into_silence

The State Department investigator who accused colleagues last week of using drugs, soliciting prostitutes, and having sex with minors says that Foggy Bottom is now engaged in an "intimidation" campaign to stop her.

Last week's leaks by Aurelia Fedenisn, a former State Department inspector general investigator, shined a light on alleged wrongdoing by U.S. officials around the globe. But her attorney Cary Schulman tells The Cable that Fedenisn has paid a steep price: "They had law enforcement officers camp out in front of her house, harass her children and attempt to incriminate herself."

Fedenisn's life changed dramatically last Monday after she handed over documents and statements to CBS News alleging that senior State Department officials "influenced, manipulated, or simply called off" several investigations into misconduct. The suppression of investigations was noted in an early draft of an Inspector General report, but softened in the final version.

Erich Hart, general counsel to the Inspector General, did not reply to a request for comment. State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki said last week that "we hold all employees to the highest standards. We take allegations of misconduct seriously and we investigate thoroughly." She also announced that the department would request additional review by outside law enforcement officers on OIG inspection processes.

After the CBS News made inquiries to the State Department about the charges, Schulman says investigators from the State Department's Inspector General promptly arrived at Fedenisn's door. "They talked to both kids and never identified themselves," he said. "First the older brother and then younger daughter, a minor, asking for their mom's place of work and cell phone number ... They camped out for four to five hours."
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Re: U.S. State Department whistleblowers
« Reply #16 on: June 20, 2013, 01:02:21 PM »

"You're Suggesting He's Working For China? There's A Lot Of Questions We Don't Have The Answer To"

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This is what I see when I visit:

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This ban is not set to expire."

No emails, no warnings, no communication whatsoever...just that ban

May be what happened to the other libs as well.

I guess disabling the report to admin link only on the lib side was indicative of the slanted games they play.

Enjoy your spoon-fed Faux News type right-wing echo-chamber.

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This is the only way to answer some of the questions posed:

1) I did nothing to warrant the banishment, it's political.

2) It's the router that's blocked but considering all the nonsense right-wing games being played by those running the site...it's just not worth it to bypass the banishment block.

3) The moron stalkers from MT contemplating a visit will be considered a threat and can expect to have a bad day if they act upon those idiotic thoughts.

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Re: U.S. State Department whistleblowers
« Reply #17 on: June 27, 2013, 01:28:51 AM »

U.S. Lawmakers Pile Harsh Criticism on Edward Snowden, Russia & Putin


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The pursuit of the NSA leaker


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Fmr. CIA Director: Edward Snowden Caused Substantial Damage To U.S. Security
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This is what I see when I visit:

"Sorry Frenchfry, you are banned from posting and sending personal messages on this forum.
This ban is not set to expire."

No emails, no warnings, no communication whatsoever...just that ban

May be what happened to the other libs as well.

I guess disabling the report to admin link only on the lib side was indicative of the slanted games they play.

Enjoy your spoon-fed Faux News type right-wing echo-chamber.

Edited to add:

This is the only way to answer some of the questions posed:

1) I did nothing to warrant the banishment, it's political.

2) It's the router that's blocked but considering all the nonsense right-wing games being played by those running the site...it's just not worth it to bypass the banishment block.

3) The moron stalkers from MT contemplating a visit will be considered a threat and can expect to have a bad day if they act upon those idiotic thoughts.

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Re: U.S. State Department whistleblowers
« Reply #18 on: June 27, 2013, 05:51:43 AM »

Snowden and Bradly Manning are heros and should be treated as such by all Americans.
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Re: U.S. State Department whistleblowers
« Reply #19 on: June 27, 2013, 06:43:26 AM »

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"Today I got an email from the Obama campaign asking for money, after they have been spying on me and their drones have been killing civilians. So I decided I'm going to take whatever amount of money that I might have donated - which would have been not that much - and I'm going to donate to whatever airplane flight is going to get Snowden to Ecuador, whatever fund that is. I'd be happy to (do that)."



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Re: U.S. State Department whistleblowers
« Reply #20 on: June 27, 2013, 12:39:00 PM »

Snowden and Bradly Manning are heros and should be treated as such by all Americans.

Why are folks trying to correlate whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn from the State Department's Office of the Inspector General to the NSA's Snowden?

This thread is about allegations of cover-ups about cover-ups at the State Department.
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« Reply #21 on: June 27, 2013, 12:42:07 PM »

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



Coming to a checkout lane near you:

WORLD EXCLUSIVE: HILLARY CLINTON SEX SCANDALS COVER-UP

http://www.nationalenquirer.com/celebrity/world-exclusive-hillary-clinton-sex-scandals-cover
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« Reply #22 on: June 28, 2013, 07:06:02 PM »

Nearly 2000 days in office and he is finally getting around to appoint some government watchdogs.   One down and five more to go.

Obama to nominate housing agency watchdog to be State IG

Read more: http://thehill.com/blogs/global-affairs/foreign-aid/308319-obama-to-nominate-housing-agency-watchdog-steve-linick-to-state-department-role#ixzz2XYSGb724

President Obama is expected to nominate housing agency watchdog Steve Linick to be the State Department's inspector general on Thursday, filling a more than five-year vacancy that has infuriated both parties.

The nomination comes the same day that the House Foreign Affairs panel unanimously passed a resolution calling on Obama to submit a name to the Senate “without delay.” The day before, Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) vowed to hold up all State Department nominees until the president nominated someone.

House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-Calif.) called the nomination “long overdue.”
“Having pressed both the President and Secretary Kerry on this issue, I’m glad the President has finally decided to nominate someone to fill the vacant position of Inspector General,” he said in a statement. “I am puzzled as to why the President thought it was acceptable to have no top cop on the beat at the State Department for nearly 2,000 days, especially as the Office of the Inspector General is reviewing the Accountability Review Board’s (ARB) investigation of the deadly Benghazi attack and looking into allegations that senior political appointees unduly influenced internal investigations of administrative and criminal misconduct.”


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« Reply #23 on: July 08, 2013, 09:46:15 AM »


Three computers stolen from the law firm representing Aurelia Fedenisn, the U.S. State Department whistleblower, but other valuables such as bars of silver in the office were untouched.

Cameras Catch Mystery Break-In at Whistleblower's Law Firm

more at:  http://thecable.foreignpolicy.com/posts/2013/07/07/cameras_catch_mystery_break_in_at_whistleblowers_law_firm?wp_login_redirect=0


The offices of a Dallas law firm representing a high-profile State Department whistleblower were broken into last weekend. Burglars stole three computers and broke into the firm's file cabinets. But silver bars, video equipment and other valuables were left untouched, according to local Fox affiliate KDFW, which aired security camera footage of the suspected burglars entering and leaving the offices around the time of the incident.

The firm Schulman & Mathias represents Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator at the State Department's Office of the Inspector General. In recent weeks, she raised a slew of explosive allegations against the department and its contractors ranging from illicit drug use, soliciting sexual favors from minors and prostitutes and sexual harassment.

"It's a crazy, strange and suspicious situation," attorney Cary Schulman told The Cable. "It's clear to me that it was somebody looking for information and not money. My most high-profile case right now is the Aurelia Fedenisn case, and I can't think of any other case where someone would go to these great lengths to get our information."

According to the KDFW report, the firm was the only suite burglarized in the high-rise office building and an unlocked office adjacent was left untouched.

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KDFW TV Story

http://www.myfoxdfw.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=9056670#at_pco=cfd-1.0
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« Reply #24 on: October 21, 2013, 10:22:04 PM »

"What difference at this point does it make?”

State Department swept sex scandals under the rug

http://nypost.com/2013/10/20/state-department-scandals-swept-under-rug/

Months after whistleblowers accused the State Department of covering up employee sex scandals, most of the cases have been ignored or swept under the rug, critics charge.

Records show that staffers were given cushy jobs or allowed to retire, and watchdogs say the feds have hardly bothered to investigate since the shenanigans came to light this past summer.

“The first few days after the revelation, there was a whole lot of barking going on,” said Damon Mathias, a lawyer for Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the department’s inspector general who leaked an internal memo citing probes that were derailed by senior officials under then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton.

“Nobody’s barking anymore. As a concerned citizen, what the hell is going on here?”

The bombshell memo detailed accusations that former Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman and members of Clinton’s security detail hired prostitutes, but were given little more than wrist-slaps.

The Post also revealed allegations that former Naples Consul General Donald Moore romped with call girls and had torrid affairs with Italian employees.

But the alleged dalliances seem to have not hurt Moore’s career.

He left his post as Naples consul general in June and now teaches at the Air War College in Montgomery, Ala. — a position paid for by the State Department, according to a college spokesman.

In a case filed with the department’s Office of Civil Rights, former consul officer Kerry Howard claims Moore harassed her after she tried to expose his hanky-panky at the Naples office.

Howard’s lawyer, Lawrence Kelly, is asking the IG to investigate allegations of financial misconduct and accusations that Moore had an affair with a language instructor.

Here’s what has become of other employees named in the IG memo.

Chuck Lisenbee, a former Beirut security officer who was being probed for allegedly sexually assaulting local guards, is now a special agent in Washington for the Office of Diplomatic Vehicles, Enforcement and Outreach, according to a State Department phone directory. Agents were only given three days to investigate the allegations against him, according to the memo.

Brett McGurk — a former senior adviser to the ambassador to Iraq — was appointed the deputy assistant secretary for Iraq and Iran in August, according to the State Department Web site. He was President Obama’s nominee for ambassador to Iraq but withdrew after his extramarital affair with a Wall Street Journal reporter was exposed.
According to the memo, investigators never interviewed McGurk because Clinton’s chief of staff, Cheryl Mills, intervened.

Gutman was allowed to retire in July. A State Department investigator found Gutman solicited “sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children,” according to the memo. The IG’s Office is reviewing the charges and the department’s procedures and plans to release a followup report.

The State Department is calling the misconduct charges “baseless.”

“We await the findings of [the new] report, and we believe that given our knowledge of the facts, some may well regret sensationalizing baseless allegations in ways that hurt innocent people,” said department spokesman Alec Gerlach.
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« Reply #25 on: December 18, 2013, 10:22:47 AM »


A Clinton appointee calls the lack of transparency in Obama's State Department "troubling" and position on Freedom of Information Act "flawed".

Judge orders Obama foreign aid order released


Rejecting one of the Obama White House's most aggressive attempts to preserve executive branch secrecy, a federal judge Tuesday ordered the disclosure of a government-wide foreign-aid directive President Barack Obama signed in 2010 but refused to make public.

The Justice Department asserted that the Presidential Policy Directive on Global Development was covered by executive privilege, even though it is unclassified and reflected standing guidance to agencies rather than advice given to the president.

Acting on a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit brought by the Center for Effective Government, U.S. District Court Judge Ellen Huvelle concluded that the presidential order is not properly within the bounds of the so-called "presidential communications privilege." The judge went further, calling "troubling" the sweeping nature of the government's argument's in the case.

"This is not a case involving 'a quintessential and nondelegable Presidential power' – such as appointment and removal of Executive Branch officials...where separation of powers concerns are at their highest. Instead, the development and enactment of foreign development policy can be and is “exercised or performed without the President’s direct involvement," Huvelle wrote in her opinion (posted here.)

Huvelle noted that she ordered the document delivered to her under seal last month and said she disagreed with the government's contention that the order is "'revelatory of the President's deliberations' such that its public disclosure would undermine future decision-making." She also found that "'the President's ability to communicate his [final] decisions privately'...is not implicated, since the [order] was distributed far beyond the President’s close advisers and its substance was widely discussed by the President in the media."

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Ruling here:


https://ecf.dcd.uscourts.gov/cgi-bin/show_public_doc?2013cv0414-23

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« Reply #26 on: December 30, 2013, 09:53:44 PM »

The strange incidents continue for the State Department whis­tle­­blowers.

State Dept. whistleblower has email hacked, deleted
http://nypost.com/2013/12/30/state-dept-whistleblower-has-email-hacked-deleted/

WASHINGTON — The personal e-mail account of a State Department whis­tle­­blower was hacked, and four years worth of messages — some detailing alleged wrongdoing at the agency — were deleted, The Post has learned.

The computer attack targeted the Gmail account of Diplomatic Security Service criminal investigator Richard Higbie, his lawyer, Cary Schulman, confirmed.

“They took all of his e-mails and then they deleted them all,” said Schulman. He said that he could not prove who was responsible for the hack job, but said the attack was “sophisticated” and called the targeting of Higbie “alarming.”

“Obviously, somebody is not happy with something he’s doing and wanted to get that information and also cause him an inability in the future to have ready access to that,” Schulman said.

The e-mails included evidence about misconduct by top officials at the department, communications with other potential whistleblowers there, and correspondence with members of Congress who are investigating the allegations, Schulman said.

They also include correspondence between Higbie and Schulman about legal strategy, the lawyer said.
Schulman said he could not provide details about the evidence deleted with the e-mails.

Higbie has asked the FBI in Dallas, where he lives, to investigate the hacking, which occurred this month.

Higbie played a key role in helping fellow whistleblower Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator for the department’s inspector general, reveal in June a pattern of alleged coverups by top department officials.

The alleged coverups included keeping quiet separate IG investigations that found that members of then-Secretary Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail had engaged hookers and that the Belgian ambassador had solicited underage prostitutes.

These were among a string of investigations by the service, responsible for protecting dignitaries and investigating crimes within the department, that were allegedly derailed by senior officials, including one instance of interference by Clinton Chief of Staff Cheryl Mills.

Since the revelations in June, the department again mostly swept the cases under the rug.

Higbie, a senior criminal investigator and the second-highest-ranking agent with the service’s Dallas office, also has an employment lawsuit against the department, alleging it retaliated against him.

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« Reply #27 on: February 04, 2014, 07:49:35 AM »

This is just a strange story: 

Police arrest Neighbours arson suspect on way to airport — UPDATE

Following a month-long investigation, a suspect has been arrested in the New Year’s arson attempt at Neighbours, according to Seattle Police.

Musab Mohamed Masmari, 30, was arrested Saturday morning as police say he was on his way to the airport. Masmari, who has not been charged with the crime, was booked into King County Jail for investigation of arson, according to police.

Masmari has been a resident living near Broadway and Roy, but at a recent sentencing hearing he said he had since moved to the Eastside. His Facebook profile lists Benghazi, Libya as his hometown. He was listed as living in Lynnwood in early 2009. CHS learned Masmari has had a U.S. passport since at least 2010. Masmari has a string of assault and no contact violations in the neighborhood over the last year.

Masmari was scheduled to appear in court Monday for a hearing following his conviction and jail sentence on an assault charge stemming from an incident last summer. Municipal court officials told CHS the hearing was planned to discuss the probation office’s monitoring of Masmari while he received court-ordered mental health treatment. CHS was the only media in the courtroom in mid January when Masmari received what added up to a 30-day jail sentence. Masmari told the judge he intended to participate in a work-release program to allow him to keep his job at a gas station. He was also ordered to undergo a mental evaluation. His lawyer said he planned to appeal the decision. At the time, Masmari declined to speak with CHS under advice of his attorney. UPDATE: The Monday hearing related to the assault case will be postponed, court officials say. CHS has learned Masmari’s attorney has filed an appeal in the case. Meanwhile, a bond hearing for Masmari in the arson case is scheduled for Monday afternoon in what is likely to be a media-stuffed courtroom despite charges not having been filed yet in the case. Following Monday’s bond hearing, the court will release the initial probable cause document justifying Masmari’s incarceration. Masmari is currently held in the King County Jail.

On January 1st, a man poured gasoline over a staircase inside Neighbours and lit it on fire as the nightclub was packed with more than 700 New Year’s revelers.  Detectives from SPD’s Arson/Bomb Squad, along with members of the Joint Terrorism Task Force, have since been investigating the case.


http://www.capitolhillseattle.com/2014/02/police-arrest-neighbours-arson-suspect-on-way-to-airport/

What does this have to do with the State Department?  It is being reported that, "As part of the Obama Regime's Department of State’s International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP), Masari, a native of Benghazi, Libya, was also a cultural ambassador on behalf of the 9/11 Media Arts Center for the Arabic speaking visitors."

http://www.911media.org/

http://eca.state.gov/ivlp

http://europenews.dk/en/node/76680

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« Reply #28 on: April 04, 2014, 09:32:02 PM »

This level of ineptitude is mind numbing.

$6 bn worth of contracts misplaced by State Department

http://rt.com/usa/6-billion-contracts-state-department-493/


The US State Department is unable to explain how it spent billions of dollars worth of contract funds in areas throughout the world, according to a newly unveiled report by the department's internal watchdog.

The Office of Inspector General explained in a March 20 “management alert” to department leaders that approximately $6 billion has gone unaccounted for over the past six years. The note said the number of missing documents “exposes the department to significant financial risk” and is a dangerous lack of oversight.

“It creates conditions conducive to fraud, as corrupt individuals may attempt to conceal evidence of illicit behavior by omitting key documents from the contract file,” the inspector general wrote. “It impairs the ability of the Department to take effective and timely action to protect is interests and, in turn, those of taxpayers.”

There is no indication that representatives within the Bureau of Administration's Office of the Procurement Executive (A/OPE) fraudulently filed any of the missing contracts, only that State Department brass misplaced the necessary paperwork. The omissions are especially notable, though, because of similar memos that have noted budgetary oversights in the past.
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« Reply #29 on: August 08, 2014, 12:18:22 PM »


It appears the State Department is afraid of Trey Gowdy.

State Department hires testimony coach to prepare for congressional grillings

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/7/state-department-hires-testimony-coach-to-prepare-/

After suffering through a striking number of rough grillings at the hands of Congress, State Department officials have approved a contract worth up to $545,000 to help train themselves for how to brief lawmakers and to testify at hearings.

The contract with Orlando, Florida-based AMTIS, Inc. includes classes entitled “Communicating with Congress: Briefing and Testifying” and pays for one-on-one sessions to hold a mock hearing with questioners playing the role of lawmakers asking hard questions of the would-be witnesses.



Read more: http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/aug/7/state-department-hires-testimony-coach-to-prepare-/#ixzz39ohaWgfK
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