#Scandalpalooza: Did State Dept. cover up illegal/improper behavior on Hillary’s watch?

Posted by: ST on June 10, 2013 at 6:33 pm

The hits just keep coming for the Obama administration.  Hillary Clinton may be out at State but her departmental “legacy” may become tainted after this CBS News report detailing accusations of illegal and improper State Department conduct that not only reportedly happened on her watch but were also allegedly covered up:

(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.

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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.”

John Miller spoke with Mike Pohelitz, a retired Senior Agent at the DSS who was involved in one of the cases listed in the Inspector General’s memo. Pohelitz said he was told to stop investigating one of the cases and that the order likely came from the upper ranks of the DSS.

“I got the information through my DS channel,” he told Miller. “But it had to come from somebody higher than DS, I’m sure.”

State is denying the allegations but where there is smoke there is fire, and there is a lot that definitely stinks here, especially if the higher ups who allegedly pushed agents to drop cases did it in order to give former Sec. of State Hillary Clinton, who has now officially joined Twitter, a send-off not marred by anymore scandals beyond Benghazi.

Watch the full report from CBS News’ John Miller here:

It’s going to be a busy summer on the Congressional investigations front, methinks.

Hillary Clinton testifies on Benghazi

”What difference does it make?” A big difference, Mrs. Clinton. A big difference. (Photo via AP)

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7 Responses to “#Scandalpalooza: Did State Dept. cover up illegal/improper behavior on Hillary’s watch?”

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  1. ALman says:

    I guess “It Takes a Village” Vol II will be about it taking a village to protect the guilty?!

  2. Tango says:

    …Sis, we’ve had a belly full of the Clintons now for over two decades. By now even the dullest among us should easily comprehend that nothing – absolutely NOTHING gets in the way of Hillary’s “political viability.”

    Sure is crowded under that bus, isn’t it?

  3. Carlos says:

    It is our hope that with the accumulating scandals, those grunts getting thrown under the bus will start rising up in anger, screaming at the tops of their lungs, fingering ever-higher-ups who in turn finger those still higher.

    No offense to the Issa-believers among you, but after 9 months of getting absolutely nowhere, I’d trust those involved speaking out more than I’d trust Issa to follow his flaming, emblazoned trails to the top.

  4. “For the commandment is a lamp and the teaching a light, and the reproofs of discipline are the way of life, to preserve you from the evil woman, from the smooth tongue of the adventuress.

    Do not desire her beauty in your heart, and do not let her capture you with her eyelashes; for a harlot may be hired for a loaf of bread, but an adulteress stalks a man’s very life.”–Proverbs 6:23-26

    It takes two to tango.

  5. rjm says:

    Cross the clintons? U die U suckah!

    43 plus known thrill kills and still counting; yeah, u-b-right dicky morris, no?

    & conniving chelsea is a true shrew too with it’s hubby toy hedge funding her flagrant fascist follies!

    Fiendish Fetish Freaks One & Bloody ALL!

    Know GO Phigure U-Simpering Lemmings, U-All B Next 2 B hillaried in U front n rear ends!

  6. rjm says:

    Cross the clintons? U die suckah!

    43 plus know kills and still counting, u-b-right dicky morris?

    & conniving chelsea is a true shrew too with it’s hubby toy hedge funding her flagrant fascist follies!

    Fiendish Fetish Freaks One & ALL!

    Know GO Phigure U-Lemmings, U B Next 2 B hillaried in your end! :d:)>- [-x

  7. This story is now receiving some heated coverage what with the new State spokesperson looking like she is dodging bullets. FNC’s James Rosen looks to be really enjoying himself.