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As if the Obama administration didn’t have enough trouble, now there’s this: State Department memo reveals possible cover-ups, halted investigations. Excerpt:
CBS News has uncovered documents that show the State Department may have covered up allegations of illegal and inappropriate behavior within their ranks.
The Diplomatic Security Service, or the DSS, is the State Department’s security force, charged with protecting the secretary of state and U.S. ambassadors overseas and with investigating any cases of misconduct on the part of the 70,000 State Department employees worldwide.
CBS News’ John Miller reports that according to an internal State Department Inspector General’s memo, several recent investigations were influenced, manipulated, or simply called off. The memo obtained by CBS News cited eight specific examples. Among them: allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” on 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.”
The memo also reveals details about an “underground drug ring” was operating near the U.S. Embassy in Baghdad and supplied State Department security contractors with drugs.
Mind you this isn’t on the scale of the NSA snooping scandal, about which Jay Leno had this to say:
Well, let’s see what’s going on. Hey, Snoop is back in the news. Not Snoop Dogg, Snoop Obama. Yeah, Snoop Obama. A big change at the White House today. They closed the gift shop and opened a Verizon store. Yeah.
Well, this has become a huge controversy after it was revealed that the National Security Agency seized millions of Verizon phone records, and of course this has caused a panic among civil libertarians, constitutional scholars and cheating husbands everywhere. Oh my God.
The possible silver lining out of the serial scandals and displays of amateur-hour inability from the White House is this: With the IRS deeply mired in scandal due to manipulation of the Byzantine tax code, the time has never been riper for major tax reform.
It is only the fact of our obscenely complicated tax code that allowed the IRS scandal to happen in the first place. Root cause: Vote-seeking pols parceling out favors. Every favored group seeks a break written into the tax code; every new economic issue makes pols demand new taxes. Multiply this by several generations and you have the mess we have now.
I favor the FairTax. I’d settle for a flat tax. But something has to change. And one of the things that should change is this: Everyone should pay something. Everyone should have skin in the game. No more free rides. No more buying votes with handouts of taxpayer money.