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June 12, 2013 - 12:14 pm

The State Department whistleblower is Aurelia Fedenisn. She worked in the department’s inspector general’s office until her retirement in December 2012. According to USA Today, she has sought protection as an official whistleblower after the State Department directly threatened her, once at her home. It threatened her with criminal charges when she turned over documents to Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) showing evidence that the department had watered down her report, in which she alleged that the department at the highest levels had scuttled eight investigations into a range of criminal wrongdoing.

Dallas lawyer Damon Mathias, who represents Fedenisn, said Fedenisn hired him after two diplomatic security agents spoke in a threatening manner to her teenage children at her home in a Virginia suburb of Washington. The agents arrived at the home to talk to Fedenisn about documents Fedenisn had given to Cruz and told the teens that they demanded to speak to their mom immediately, Mathias said.

Mathias says Fedenisn’s claim is that agents from State’s Diplomatic Security and other divisions engaged in very questionable and possibly criminal conduct; the Inspector General has been hampered in performing its oversight role; “and the findings they wanted to put in the report end up being left out,” Mathias said. “So you have a coverup of the coverup.”

When Fedenisn and her lawyers met with lawyers for the Office of the Inspector General, the government lawyers demanded she hand over the documents or they would refer the matter to the Department of Justice and Fedenisn would face criminal prosecution, Mathias said.

“They made it clear that they would go after her criminally,” he said.

“We refused to turn over the documents” and Fedenisn is now seeking whistle-blower protection, he said.

If this online bio is accurate, Aurelia Fedensin is a 23-year State Department officer who also served in the US military reserves as an intelligence officer. That’s not the typical profile of a crank or someone who just makes things up. The allegations Fedenisn’s IG investigation uncovered include the accusation that Obama bundler turned US ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman sought the services of prostitutes routinely, including underage girls. Gutman denies, and State denies any cover-up, neither of which are dispositive of the charges. State’s new spokeswoman, Jen Psaki, worked on the Obama campaign and has a history of saying things that are provably false. She comes to the job with no prior experience in the foreign service at all.

Fedensin’s investigations also include accusations that then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail used prostitutes when they traveled with Clinton on her million mile march around the world. They also include allegations that State Department officials engaged in an underground drug ring in Baghdad, Iraq. The overarching accusation within all of this is that the State Department at the highest levels scuttled all eight investigations. Specifically, that career officer Patrick Kennedy and Clinton loyalist Cheryl Mills engineered the death of those investigations.

The State Department took Fedensin’s whistleblowing extremely seriously. CBS, which originally broke the story without naming Fedensin, reports that ”Two hours after CBS News made inquiries to the State Department about these charges, investigators from the State Department’s Inspector General showed up at [Fedenisn's] door.” That’s apparently when they threatened her kids.

With all of this swirling around, there’s a decent argument to be made that the State Department’s two scandals — this one plus Benghazi, which has a body count and includes the then Secretary of State blaming a terrorist attack on a movie — make it the top overall scandal going. It has four dead Americans and now at least three threatened Americans, and an inspector general who is now seeking what amounts to asylum in the care of Congress against the executive branch that allegedly threatened her.

It’s hard to say where all of this goes. The US State Department, Justice Department, Treasury Department, National Security Agency and military are all caught up in serious scandals, any of which would dominate headlines if not for the presence and interference from all the other scandals. It looks like our government is in the beginning stages of a collapse.

Bryan Preston has been a leading conservative blogger and opinionator since founding his first blog in 2001. Bryan is a military veteran, worked for NASA, was a founding blogger and producer at Hot Air, was producer of the Laura Ingraham Show and, most recently before joining PJM, was Communications Director of the Republican Party of Texas.

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Godspeed Aurelia - if you speak the truth you are truly an American patriot and are doing the Lord's work. Believe in Him and ruggedly guard your integrity against the maelstrom the left is going to hurl at you through the msm. Seek protection from trusted associates you must know from a distinguished career in the intelligence community; you may have more supporters than you realize at this time.

But, under no circumstances whatsoever believe one single word John Boehner has to say or trust him in confidence; he's on the other team. Good luck to you, Ma'am....we're praying for you.

Remember Benghazi!
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This administration is going to go down in history as the most corrupt, evah!
Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of thugs.
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The tone starts at the top. Obama can delegate authority, but he cannot delegate responsibility.
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Absolutely shocking. Rush recently commented that the Obama crowd, and the current Democratic party, are at bottom motivated by the lust for power, not by any kind of idealism. I'm afraid the same thing is true of many of the bureaucrats in the executive branch departments. It's all dog-eat-dog or scratching each others backs and climbing the career ladder. The original intended purpose of these departments, to serve the people, can be safely forgotten. Come to think of it, academia, where so many of these people hide out when they are not in Washington, is like that too. Safely insulated from the reality of the marketplace and with no need to do anything actually useful for society.
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We need to put the power of the public in her corner...blog, e-mail, shout at the top of the mountains....we cannot sit by and allow these low-life bastards to continue wrecking our country.

Has anyone started a legal defense fund for this brave woman?

Remember Benghazi!
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It is unlikely that a draft IG report would be classified and even if it was that it was properly considered classified. There is probably some rule or reg that says drafts are confidential but that is unlikely to hold up on scrutiny under FOIA. I think she's pretty much definitionally a true, legal whistleblower.

That said, once you're accused of something by the government, and government, it costs a fortune to prove you're innocent and there'll be a taint of it over you for the rest of your life. Soon, she'll get the "disgruntled former employee" treatment with attacks on her character and competence; they'll slime her for alll the World to see and there is no place to go to get your reputation back.

There's not much the Congress can do to protect her from charges as far as I know. This just becomes a political thing in which people who support her have to raise the money and resources to protect her and allow her to assert to a court that she should have Whistleblower protection as an affirmative defense to the charges. DC being DC Holder can always judge shop and find some Democrat judge who'd like to be nominated to a higher court to find her guilty of something so she'll be years with this hanging over her head.
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In addition to the alphabet soup noted in the column, don't forget HHS. Sebelius extorting money from the health-care industry to fund Obamacare.
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Pigford. Fast and Furious is still an open sore, as far as I am concerned.
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Go back to sleep. There's no proof NSA linked your metadata to your name. Or that they linked the gay escort service hotlines to Lindsey Graham. Or that they tapped Justice Roberts phone or listened to Petreus to blackmail him into signing off on those bullcrap Benghazi video talking points. NSA is loving benevolent and full of loyal American patriots who would never take the same data Snowden had access to and sell it to the Russians or Chinese or the highest bidder, including Obama's shadowy globalist backers. Go back to sleep! All is well and Glenn Greenwald is a gay blowhard so we don't have to worry about what Snowden or William Binney or James Bamford said. Go back to sleep conservatives the GOP is looking out for you not for their own insider trading on the back of NSA intercepts...
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Another theoretical nail in Clinton's coffin of political aspirations...except that the quality or state of being accountable has ceased to exist in the Obama Cabinet.

The march of the Progressive Thugs will proceed...
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Let's hope that the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act that Obama signed on Nov. 27, 2012 can reach over to the OIG at State? The thing about brave men and women who take a courageous stand, the spines of others are often stiffened. We stand with Ms. Fedenisn, and all the others, who dared to expose the corruption in this administration that is destroying this country.
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Godspeed Aurelia - if you speak the truth you are truly an American patriot and are doing the Lord's work. Believe in Him and ruggedly guard your integrity against the maelstrom the left is going to hurl at you through the msm. Seek protection from trusted associates you must know from a distinguished career in the intelligence community; you may have more supporters than you realize at this time.

But, under no circumstances whatsoever believe one single word John Boehner has to say or trust him in confidence; he's on the other team. Good luck to you, Ma'am....we're praying for you.

Remember Benghazi!
44 weeks ago
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The velvet glove is coming off, revealing the iron fist of this regime.
44 weeks ago
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This administration is going to go down in history as the most corrupt, evah!
Couldn't happen to a nicer bunch of thugs.
44 weeks ago
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I've long wondered just what would happen if, when the time came, a President just refused to surrender his office. Sort of an "...The nations work is too important to leave half finished. I must remain to see it through..." And his Party backed him.
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And I can very easily see this occupant of the WH doing it.
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The article ends with the prediction of a nation in collapse. This would seal the deal.
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Indeed it will. But if that immigration bill passes it won't matter.
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If that immigration bill passes this administration will write the history.
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