U.S. State Department: Cover-Ups Go Global

Written by Marilyn Assenheim on June 11, 2013

sweepingThe Diplomatic Security Service is the internal investigating arm of the United States State Department. The DSS, according to CBS News (of all places), has alleged that the United States State Department has covered up world-wide, illegal behavior by their operatives. These shenanigans have occurred under Clinton’s aegis, “ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring.” Not Slick Willy’s administration; these cover-ups took place on Hillary Clinton’s watch.

CBS cites a memo specifying eight examples of misconduct, including that of a State Department official in Beirut: “…who engaged in sexual assaults with foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and … members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries.” The report says the activity was “endemic.”

The DSS was, reportedly, not even permitted to establish cases for the crimes once they were uncovered. Former State Department internal investigator, Aurelia Fedenisn, went on the record: “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases. Often times, other DSS agents were simply told to back off of investigations of high-ranking State Department members … hostile intelligence services allow criminal behavior to continue … In one such cover-up, investigators were told to stop probing the case of a U.S. ambassador who was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park. The memo states that the ambassador was permitted to return to his post despite having, routinely ditched … his protective security detail in order to solicit sexual favors from prostitutes.” Those orders, according to Fedenisn and her fellow investigators, came from “high up” in the State Department.

Ms. Fedenisn was not the only one that was upset by the “some-animals-are-more-equal-than-others” treatment that high ranking bureaucrats were getting. In an effort to disinfect the corruption with daylight, Investigator Fedenisn and her fellows issued an internal report. The report, concerned with the broad, negative effects such actions were having on the DSS’s credibility, reached the Inspector General. He, in turn, was angered by the black eye such hanky-panky gave the DSS. He issued his own report.

He concluded by stating: “Hindering such cases calls into question the integrity of the investigative process, can result in counterintelligence vulnerabilities and can allow criminal behavior to continue.”

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Marilyn Assenheim
Marilyn Assenheim was born and raised in New York City. She spent a career in healthcare management although she probably should have been a casting director. Or a cowboy. A serious devotee of history and politics, Marilyn currently lives in the NYC metropolitan area.