State Department Implicated In Covering Up Drug Rings, Sexual Assaults

Remember that new moral authority the Obama administration was going to give us in the world after eight years of cowboy diplomacy under President George W. Bush? It’s sort of hard to build up that authority when the State Department is covering up sexual assaults and drug ring operations:

WASHINGTON (CBS DC) – Uncovered documents show the U.S. State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal behavior ranging from sexual assaults to an underground drug ring.

CBS News reports that is has unearthed documents from the Diplomatic Security Service (DSS), an internal watchdog agency, that implicate the State Department in a series of misconducts worldwide.

The memo, reported by CBS News’ John Miller, cited eight specific examples, including allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” with 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.”

Former State Department internal investigator Aurelia Fedenisn told CBS News, “We also uncovered several allegations of criminal wrongdoing in cases, some of which never became cases.”

Often times, other DSS agents were simply told to back off of investigations of high-ranking State Department members. Fedenisn told CBS that “hostile intelligence services” allow criminal behavior to continue.

In one such cover-up, investigators were told to stop probing the case of a U.S. ambassador who was suspected of patronizing prostitutes in a public park. The memo states that the ambassador was permitted to return to his post despite having, “routinely ditched…his protective security detail” in order to “solicit sexual favors from prostitutes.”

This is Obama administration scandal six? Seven? I’ve lost count.

Meanwhile, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s poll ratings are falling:

Hillary Clinton’s favorability has fallen to its lowest point since 2008, a new poll finds.

Fifty-eight percent of Americans view Clinton favorably, according to a Gallup poll released Monday. This is the lowest favorability rating she has received since assuming the position of Secretary of State during Obama’s first term.

Meanwhile, her unfavorable rating has ticked upwards, from 31 percent in April to 39 percent in June.

Clinton’s favorability ratings dropped most dramatically among Independents, with a 9 percentage point change from April to June: 63 percent favorability to 52 percent. Favorability has remained relatively stable among Democrats and Republicans.

“While Clinton has long been the most popular official, past or present, in the Obama administration, recent congressional testimony about the Benghazi controversy from so-called whistleblowers has called into question her leadership during her tenure at the State Department,” Gallup said.

Most transparent and accountable administration evah.

Rob Port is the editor of SayAnythingBlog.com, a columnist for the Forum News Service, and host of the Plain Talk Podcast which you can subscribe to by clicking here.

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