• Democracy Now! McCarthy-like Tactics Disgrace State Department

    March 19, 2012

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    Of all the institutions in government that should be wary of smear tactics, use of personal attacks to silence critics and falsehoods morphed into fact, it should be the State Department. The Department was decimated in the 1950’s by Senator McCarthy and should not stoop to such actions itself.

    It thus saddens me to see a once-great institution I served with pride for some 24 years, our first cabinet agency, the Department of State, reduced to crude retaliation against one of its own employees for writing a book and a blog– me. Despite all the huff-puff from State about “regulations,” this is all about free, critical speech that the organization does not like and seeks to squash. When they couldn’t stop my writing, they seek to punish me. Instead of rebutting what I say, they seek to attack me as a person. I always planned on retiring in September, so all this effort is about cutting my career short by only a few months. If that does not show the retaliatory intent of State, I don’t know what does.

    Actually, maybe this does. I filed my complaint for retaliation as a whistleblower with the Office of the Special Counsel early in January 2012, about which the State Department was officially put on notice at that time. After sitting on their own report of investigation for three months, it was only days after the Office of the Special Counsel referred my complaint to its investigatory and prosecutorial section, and days before the Counsel’s discovery request, that the Department issued the termination notice. Very curious timing.

    Have a look at my interview with Democracy Now! to hear more about this and other issues in chilly Washington, DC:

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    • Lisa said...


      You presented your case very well, Peter. Yes — it is always the totalitarian bully’s way to fob off any request or accusation onto the one asking.

      Stay on topic, and we will, too. It is more than a bit grotesque to know that all of one’s correspondence may be rifled through in service of the ad hominum.

      03/19/12 4:44 PM | Comment Link

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