Just when you think that the purveyors of big government couldn’t possibly suffer any more scandalous humiliation, another troubling revelation springs forth. This time it involves lurid allegations of underground drug rings and prostitution among the ranks of U.S. diplomats and the State Department’s security contractors. What’s worse is that these allegations seem to have been covered up by the State Department.
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.
Have we now reached the tipping point to be able to say that this growing pile of nonsense is proof that this is just “business as usual” in big government? Or, if not business as usual, then, at least, “business as fairly common”? Let’s quickly take inventory of what has transpired thus far. Since the beginning of Obama’s second term, the IRS, Justice Department, EPA, Department of HHS, NSA, and State Department have all come under fire over charges of malfeasance, negligence, or questionable behavior. I could even include the Department of Defense, given recent Congressional Research Service (CRS) and Government Accountability reports, which found that the Pentagon hasn’t much of a clue as to what the roughly 108,000 private contractors are doing in Afghanistan or if taxpayer money is even being spent wisely. However, this has yet to make waves in the media, likely because the American attention span can only handle so much failure and scandal at any one time.
Nevertheless, David Francis of the Fiscal Times writes,
CRS found that the Pentagon lacked the ability to document the work each contractor is performing. It also found even when the government has information on contractors, it’s often inaccurate and doesn’t reflect the actual work being done. This leaves the Pentagon unable to determine if the hundreds of billions it’s spending are leading to effective results.
It really is hard to imagine any more damning revelations crawling out of this statist cesspool, but never say never, I suppose. Frankly, the stubbornly loyal liberals may need to hear more of them! Just how much evidence has to be belched up before they concede that man is, in fact, fallen and that a cadre of fallen men can’t convincingly play god in any fashion, least of all in the political sphere? What better proof do we have than a messianic Obama and his choice underlings, all preened for greatness, only to be found impotent, foolish, and arrogant? If an enlightened Obama and his lackeys, having granted themselves immense power, can’t help but bungle, overstep, and betray, then should stubborn liberals expect anyone to do any better? I believe the question answers itself. Of course not. No man is a god. In fact, man is depraved (Rom. 3:3), and depraved men equipped with extraordinary power never yield anything but the diabolical.