• If Hillary is to promote freedom of speech abroad, she should start with protecting speech from her own employees

    February 11, 2012

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State

    The title says it all. While the State Department mimes support for free speech around the world, it continues to work against those very rights for its own employees, in the instant case, me.

    The Daily Kos calls State out:

    State Department whistleblower Peter Van Buren writes in TomDispatch today about the escalating retaliation taken against him since he wrote a book about massive reconstruction fraud in Iraq.

    Even as the Secretary of State rails against suppression of free speech abroad, the State Department continues to retaliate and threaten Van Buren for a book written in his personal capacity on his personal time.

    And Van Buren understands – unfortunately firsthand – the unjust consequences that too often come with following one’s conscience. If the State Department is to promote freedom of speech abroad, it should start with protecting speech – even dissenting speech – from its own employees.

    Isn’t this just a little embarrassing Madame Secretary? Aren’t you just a little ashamed at the gap between what you say and what your organization does? Because even if you don’t know or don’t care, others are watching.

    Have you no shame Madame?

    Read the full article on the Daily Kos.

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