Whistleblower Who Predicted Retaliation Gets Axe from State Deptartment

We Meant WellAre we entering a “post-legal” era? Via Common Dreams:

In September of last year, Peter Van Buren, a 24 year veteran at the State Department and author of the book We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People, wrote a piece for the online journal TomDispatch entitled, “The Only Employee at State Who May Be Fired Because of WikiLeaks: Me”. Last week, that piece took on prophetic qualities when the State Department initiated official proceedings to fire Van Buren. The move was leaked by Van Buren himself to the Washington Post.

According to the Post, the charges against him are based on a 25-page investigation of Van Buren that the State Department concluded last December. He said he was not aware of the probe until the report was provided to him with his termination notice. From the Post:

Now the State Department is moving to fire [Van Buren] based on eight charges, ranging from linking on his blog to documents on the whistleblowing site WikiLeaks to disclosing classified information.

In 24 years as a diplomat, Van Buren was posted around the world and speaks four languages. He called the termination notice he received Friday the coup de grace in a series of blows he received since his book, We Meant Well: How I Helped Lose the Battle for the Hearts and Minds of the Iraqi People was published last fall

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  • Nunzio X

    The question is asked: “Are we entering a ‘post-legal’ era?”

    We’ve more than merely entered it; we’re hip-deep in it, and the rising waters of Swamp Fuck-The-Constitution are rising fast; hope you know how to hold your breath for a really, really long time.

    This comment from Common Dreams in response to the article says: “Whistle blower protection policies are a ruse intended to expose and
    eliminate them. Anyone who has spent time in a government or corporate
    job knows this.

    The only thing that can protect an employee is a strong union.”

    Yes. Step forward, try to do the right thing, then get slapped down as an example to other potential whistleblowers.”

    • Nunzio X

      Correction: please excuse the unintended close-quote punctuation after the last word of my post; the Common Dreams comment ended after the word “union.”

  • smooth_operator

    Van Buren is a hero.

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