• Follow the Money? Not with Hillary, Follow Pat…

    August 28, 2015

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    The old adage, “follow the money,” is still not a bad way to suss out wrongdoing. Originated during the Watergate era, the term says if you follow the trail of money through an organization or a caper, you’ll find the guilty people at the end.

    With the State Department and Hillary Clinton, the advice should read: “Follow Pat Kennedy.”



    Meet Pat Kennedy

    The name of long-time State Department Under Secretary for Management, Patrick Kennedy, pictured, is unknown to most journalists and nearly all of the public, but he in fact is present at every significant public issue State confronts. Take a look…



    Kennedy and Manning

    Do a little Googling around, and there’s Pat helping drive nails into Chelsea Manning’s coffin, testifying at his trial about the “grave damage” done to America’s national security. Kennedy in September 2013 admitted his testimony “contained misstatements,” which he said were “inadvertent.” Kennedy also oversaw State’s internal report on Wikileaks’ impact and ran the working group that was supposed to identify people at risk because their names appeared in the State Department cables online.



    Kennedy and Benghazi

    And at the Congressional Benghazi hearings, there’s Pat testifying Clinton did no wrong, that State as an institution did no wrong, and helping throw a few lesser officials under the bus in hopes of making it all go away.

    One of those officials Pat helped deep six later came out as a whistleblower, suggesting Clinton’s staff skimmed incriminating documents off the pile turned over to Congress.

    Kennedy also was the one who hand-picked the members of State’s internal Accountability Review Board that failed in December 2012 to find any senior official at fault for any wrongdoing in the run-up to Benghazi. That Review Board chose not to interview Secretary of State Clinton about her role in Benghazi.



    Kennedy and Child Prostitution Cover-Up

    It was Pat who helped former American Ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman retire in order to curtail a public investigation.

    A State Department investigator asserted Gutman solicited “sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children.” Howard Gutman and members of Clinton’s security detail were also accused of hiring prostitutes. According to an internal memo prepared by the State Department Inspector General in October 2013, Kennedy personally called off an investigation.



    Kennedy and Iraq

    Pat was also one of the primary justifiers for the $3.5 billion spent on building America’s largest embassy in the world, in Baghdad. He oversaw parts of the Blackwater investigation and contracting.

    Kennedy was also the central figure in the First Amendment struggle over my Iraq book critical of the State Department, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People



    Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap

    There’s more, but you get the picture. When dirty deeds need to be done dirt cheap to protect Clinton and State, Pat’s your man.

    So it is little surprise that media reports now tell us that the Under Secretary Patrick Kennedy is now in charge of running interference on Capitol Hill regarding the Clinton email controversy.

    Kennedy reportedly visited lawmakers in July and argued that the Abedin email along with another one sent in 2012 by another Clinton aide, Jake Sullivan, are not classified. The Under Secretary also argued that the information in the emails was already public.

    However, one source said that it was odd that Kennedy wanted to discuss the matter in a secure facility for classified information while simultaneously arguing that the Abedin email was not classified.

    The source also said that Kennedy cited a report from the Irish Times in 2011 as evidence, but that the details were not comparable. Kennedy also said that someone from the CIA agreed with his conclusion. However, the CIA was not the agency that sent the email.



    The Fixer

    Kennedy likely has more in the fire with the Clinton emails than his usual dollops of blind institutional loyalty.

    Given his role at State, Pat Kennedy is very likely to be the most senior official below the Secretary of State’s own staff to have either signed off on Hillary’s email server or passively fended off concerns from the rank and file about it. There are no doubt interesting emails with his name on them to be FOIAed or subpoenaed about all that. Pat no doubt hopes like hell a Democrat wins the presidential election or he is toast.

    So, mark this down: when Pat Kennedy steps into the picture, State/Clinton knows it is in real trouble and is calling in its Fixer of Last Resort. Journalists would be wise to keep on eye on Kennedy’s schedule over the coming months.



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    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Pat is just the head janitor at the State Department, left to clean up the Hillary mess. Yes, follow the money: State has ceased being a power player since Wall Street occupied the White House.

      08/28/15 9:44 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      Hillary used her private server to hide the fact she was serving the Keystone Pipeline. Money talks and cough,cough the rest of us can choke on it.

      08/28/15 9:48 AM | Comment Link

    • RICH BAUER said...

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      I should say- KOCH on it.

      The White House money people are getting nervous that Hillary’s slip is showing. Get Joe on the phone STAT.

      08/28/15 10:06 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”The old adage, “follow the money,” is still not a bad way to suss out wrongdoing. Originated during the Watergate era, the term says if you follow the trail of money through an organization or a caper, you’ll find the guilty people at the end.”unquote

      Yeah, well try and follow the money through the Central banks of the planet that launder money for permanent members of the UN Security Council GUN RUNNING. This makes Clinton’s email thing look like a running joke. If ANYTHING, I’d give $1k for a journalist to ask Clinton/Kennedy/Kerry what they know about USG secret GUN RUNNING. The journalist would get arrested. Ha. Notwithstanding Kennedy/US State Departments cooperation/knowledge/denial/co-conspiracy.. I’d submit if this country knew what is REALLY taking place on behalf of US weapon manufacturers..there would be a revolt overnight…

      https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mkzgo1mj4Pg

      Not to make light of this post, but only to add to the Kennedy bullshit..I’d bet $1mil he’s as much a Lord of War as any person on the planet.

      08/28/15 11:17 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      btw…if you can..watch the WHOLE movie. At the end..well..you’ll see the truth. If you have a netflix account, you can see it there. Lords of War..indeed..the USG is numero uno.

      08/28/15 11:19 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      btw..you want to know what the REAL WMD is?

      The AK-47. It has killed a billion people+.

      08/28/15 11:24 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- paging Joe Biden may not be what we think it is. If the Dems are irrevocably committed to Hillary others in the party will fall in line. Where the Patrick Kennedy guys come from is always a puzzlement to me. I sense it isn’t just “blind institutional loyality” but something very perverse. Hilllary does seem to attract weak males who for some reason offer undying devotion or in some cases dying devotion (Vince Foster).

      08/28/15 12:25 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch- maybe the AK-47 licensed manufacturers should have a slogan -a riff on McDonalds. Over 1 billion kills! Taking a life- one at a time and lovin’ it!

      08/28/15 1:32 PM | Comment Link

    • William Johnson said...

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      Are you sure you have his title correct? I always thought Pat was the Undersecretary of State for Graft and Corruption. Must just be perception.I don’t recall ever seeing him engage in anything remotely resembling management.

      08/28/15 4:51 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      Well, you have to admit he has managed his own career well.

      08/29/15 8:52 AM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Thank you again, Peter, for insight into why the system needs reform for our former Department, mired in the dark ages STILL.

      John —
      “Where the Patrick Kennedy guys come from is always a puzzlement to me. I sense it isn’t just “blind institutional loyality” but something very perverse…”

      Kennedy is another one of the climbers who don’t have a soul or conscience. He’s been the perfect ‘gumbatti’ to both political parties. What is that adage ” Good Friends help you bury a body…great friends bring their own shovel and don’t ask questions.” And Mr Kennedy is one of those kind of friends

      08/28/15 7:59 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      Yes, putting out fires in Washington pays handsomely, unless one is an actual fireman

      08/29/15 10:07 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      It must be that Patrick Kennedy knows where the bodies are buried so even though there is a periodic charade of various “investigative committees” holding his feet to the fire he isn’t even singed. It’s all for show and he knows his role and has memorized his lines given to him by the ruling elite. At the same time powerful people he serves probably know any career ending personal perks or feishes the guy probably has so it’s all very cozy. It has always been a “I won’t tell, if you won’t tell” culture of DC. Onlly an outsider can get to the truth and they can’t get close enough to the real culprits to make a difference.

      08/29/15 12:56 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      quote”At the same time powerful people he serves probably know any career ending personal perks or feishes the guy probably has so it’s all very cozy.”unquote
      Yeah..unless they end up on a leaked list of a sex oriented site.
      Given there are hundreds of USgov. email headers on the Ashley Madison list leak, it looks like the head of DHS has been given notice they are now the US Vice Squad, by virtue of having taken down Rentboy.com. , which everyone knows is a “terrorist organization” and DHS’s charter purpose is protecting America from sex…er…terror. Insert rolling eyes smiley here.
      https://www.emptywheel.net/

      Of course, the real reason is to remove the possibility of another Ashley Madison type leak that could possibly bring down hundreds of the USG political elite in WDC. Especially at State. Which would strike real terror across the USG.

      Insert BIG GRIN smiley here.

      08/30/15 9:47 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      So what DO we know about Mr. Patrick Kennedy? I can’t find the usual personal information about him anywhere. He’s probably like David Brooks who lectures us all on morality but didn’t want his recent divorce to be commonly known.

      08/30/15 11:16 AM | Comment Link

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