Whistleblower: U.S. State Department Cover-Ups Range From Prostitution Charges to Drug RingsSubmitted by Kathleen Gee on Tue, 06/11/2013 - 01:16
And more dominoes fall. Another whistleblower comes forward.
Here are the interesting things to note from this article:
1. CBS News has apparently engaged in actual investigation of a branch of the Obama regime for the first time since 2008. I applaud them.
2. The State Department is apparently even more corrupt that we could possibly imagine, and has put more U.S. diplomats in danger than Al Qaida.
3. "Aurelia Fedenisn, a former investigator with the State Department's internal watchdog agency, the Inspector General, told Miller...'We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went, was very disturbing,' she said." (She expects to see influence...but it was so outlandish that not even she could believe it.)
4. Other countries' spy agencies are apparently more on top of the corruption in the State Department than our own members of Congress. What could possibly go wrong?
5. After covering up the corruption for months if not years,"Two hours after CBS News made inquiries to the State Department about these charges, investigators from the State Department's Inspector General showed up at [the whistleblower's] door." CBS news was apparently still at Fedenisn's house, interviewing her, when the suits showed up. The one seems very upset that there was a witness with a camera waiting for him when he arrived.
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. [...]
The State Department Inspector General's memo refers to the 2011 investigation into an ambassador who "routinely ditched ... his protective security detai" and inspectors suspect this was in order to "solicit sexual favors from prostitutes." [...]
Fedenisn says "hostile intelligence services" allow such behavior to continue. "I would be very surprised if some of those entities were not aware of the activities," she said. "So yes, it presents a serious risk to the United States government."
A draft of the Inspector General's report on the performance of the DSS, obtained by CBS News, states, "Hindering such cases calls into question the integrity of the investigative process, can result in counterintelligence vulnerabilities and can allow criminal behavior to continue." [...]
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....Fedenisn, a DSS agent for 26 years, was a part of the team that prepared the draft report and is now a whistleblower who has taken her concerns to Congress.
Two hours after CBS News made inquiries to the State Department about these charges, investigators from the State Department's Inspector General showed up at her door.