• Speaking at the National Press Club 10/27 at 10am – Public Welcome!

    October 26, 2011

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    Posted in: Afghanistan, Democracy, Embassy/State, Iran, Iraq, Military




    If you live in Washington DC, please come join us at the National Press Club October 27 at 10am. Here is the press release:

    Writer, Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren to Discuss
    State Department Actions Against His Expose on Waste and Fraud in Iraq

    Location: Zenger Room

    Foreign Service Officer Peter Van Buren will talk about and take questions on his new book about the State Department’s failed reconstruction efforts in Iraq, “We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People.” For daring to write about the waste and corruption he experienced in Iraq, Van Buren has become the target of State Department actions to silence him, including the suspension of his security clearance, attempts to retroactively redact his book and a criminal investigation over a Wikileaks link on his blog at www.wemeantwell.com.

    As a Foreign Service Officer, Van Buren volunteered for Iraq service and was assigned to ePRT duty from 2009-10. His tour extended past the withdrawal of the last combat troops. His experiences while serving there became the basis for his book.

    Van Buren has served with the Foreign Service for over 23 years and received numerous awards and citations for his work. Previous assignments include Taiwan, Japan, Korea, the UK and Hong Kong. During his time at State, he has worked extensively with the military in Japan, Korea and Iraq.

    Van Buren’s appearance is as a private citizen and is on the record for attribution. The views expressed are solely his own and do not in any way represent the views of the Department of State, the Department of Defense or any other entity of the US Government. The Department of State does not approve, endorse or authorize his remarks.

    Contact:
    Ben Dooley, NPC Newsmakers Committee, event host
    Phone: (757) 709-4159, bdooley@kyododc.com


    If you need directions, have a look at the NPC site.

    Bradley Manning supporters especially welcome!




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