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US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Hart Senate Office Building on January 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC.  Clinton warned of the challenges posed by rising militancy after the Arab Spring as she appeared before US lawmakers Wednesday to be grilled about a deadly attack. "Benghazi didn US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton testifies before the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on the September 11, 2012 attack on the US mission in Benghazi, Libya in the Hart Senate Office Building on January 23, 2013 on Capitol Hill in Washington, DC. Clinton warned of the challenges posed by rising militancy after the Arab Spring as she appeared before US lawmakers Wednesday to be grilled about a deadly attack. "Benghazi didn't happen in a vacuum," Clinton said at the start of a Senate hearing into the September 11 assault on a US mission in eastern Libya. "The Arab revolutions have scrambled power dynamics and shattered security forces across the region." AFP PHOTO/Mandel NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)  

Running me over and lying about it is how the State Dept does business, apparently

On the evening of February 3, 2010, I was struck down by a State Department diplomatic security SUV that made an illegal left turn, driven by an agent named Mike McGuinn, while I was crossing a street in DC. I had the Walk signal and was inside the crosswalk. The impact shattered my left tibial plateau, requiring two major operations and resulting in almost two years of infirmity and painful physical therapy. And it has resulted in a case of PTSD that has confined me to my apartment for most of the past three years. (It’s only been in the last few months that I’ve been able to walk without a limp, when I really concentrate on it, and the meds I’m on are finally helping me walk down the street without panicking.)

I even got a fraudulent jaywalking ticket for my trouble, which I have not paid and will not ever pay.

For a more detailed account of the incident, click here.

The State Department’s only response was a press release full of lies, and since then, they’ve put up a stone wall. They refuse to settle, and now I’m just waiting for a judge to get around to my lawsuit.

But as it turns out, what happened to me was a relatively uneventful evening within the State Department’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security.

The NY Post reports:

The State Department has hired an alarming number of law-enforcement agents with criminal or checkered backgrounds because of a flawed hiring process, a stunning memo obtained by The Post reveals.

The background problems are severe enough that many of the roughly 2,000 agents in State’s Bureau of Diplomatic Security can play only limited roles in agency efforts to police bad conduct and prosecute wrongdoers.

The problems in the bureau are the latest revelation in an exploding scandal that also involves accusations that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton’s security detail and those of the US ambassador to Belgium solicited prostitutes overseas…

The memo cites eight cases involving Diplomatic Security agents who resort to “false, misleading or incomplete statements in reports,” “privacy-act violations” or “lack of objectivity” in investigations.

Sounds familiar.

I guess it should make me feel better that it’s nothing personal. Their treatment of me, from the moment of impact to the moment I’m typing this, is just the way they do things. They’d still be stonewalling me even if I was a liberal blogger who went on MSNBC and defended Our Dear Leader against those evil teabaggers, right?

Yeah, right.

Despite what Eric Boehlert and the other idiots at Media Matters say, I’ve never claimed I was being targeted that night. The accident itself was due to Agent McGuinn’s incompetence and irresponsibility, not any malice. The malice has been displayed in everything the State Department has done, and hasn’t done, since they mowed me down in the middle of the street. The cover-up. Their modus operandi.

And every day, that picture gets clearer and clearer. Hire a bunch of thugs, and you’ll get a bunch of thuggish behavior. My tax dollars at work.

Update: I’ve been commanded to “show my evidence.” Hope this helps.

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Update: State Department whistleblower, a career foreign service officer, seeks Congressional protection after State Dept. threatens her kids.