“Your previous article has really stirred things up …. a lot of retaliation against who people think might have written you…which is now a large group of suspects…”
Update 1:14 PDT: US Embassy Pretoria’s meltdown (see below)
273 confirmed #COVID19 cases in Africa in 26 countries and 6 deaths. Over the weekend, Central African Republic, Eswatini, Rep of Congo, Rwanda, Seychelles announced first cases. @WHO is supporting countries with surveillance, diagnostics and treatment. https://t.co/V0fkK8dYTg pic.twitter.com/U4CbMGidSO
— WHO African Region (@WHOAFRO) March 15, 2020
Security Alert: Reports of Anti-Foreigner Sentiment U.S. Embassy in Ethiopia #COVID19 https://t.co/gLqnVq4Pvk From US Embassy Addis: "Reports indicate that foreigners have been attacked with stones, denied transportation services (taxis, Ride, etc.) https://t.co/hntHlMq3Zw pic.twitter.com/p0C1tB3Pad
— Aly-Khan Satchu (@alykhansatchu) March 19, 2020
— QuickTake by Bloomberg (@QuickTake) March 17, 2020
The Danish Atlantic Council had invited Stanley R. Sloan to give a keynote address at their conference celebrating NATO’s 70th anniversary on 10 December. The conference was co-sponsored and heavily funded by the US Department of State. Just days before the conference, the US Ambassador to Denmark, Carla Sands, ordered the Council to remove Sloan from the program. The form of censorship by the US government is a dramatic change from past practice, when the US Public Diplomacy program provided a variety of American views to foreign audiences, in many ways demonstrating the strength of American democracy. For those who are interested in what Sloan would have said at the meeting, check out the draft as it stood before the Embassy’s veto: “Crisis in transatlantic relations: what future will we choose?”
In our planning for the Seminar as co-hosts and co-sponsors, the U.S. Embassy and
@AtlantDK had jointly agreed on a program of speakers with a wide range of views on the Alliance.
Mr. Stanley Sloan’s proposed last-minute inclusion in the program by
@AtlantDK did not follow the same deliberative process of joint decision-making and agreement that we followed when recruiting all other speakers.
The U.S. Embassy will continue to support future programs to strengthen security cooperation and people-to-people ties.
US ambassador bans Trump critic from event. "The US embassy demanded that he be removed as a speaker.” https://t.co/PsyQL57WxQ
— Miriam Elder (@MiriamElder) December 8, 2019
This event would have provided speakers and attendees an important opportunity to exchange views on security cooperation and strengthening #NATO for the future.
— U.S. Embassy Denmark (@usembdenmark) December 8, 2019
After serious consideration, we have decided not to proceed with the Conference. The progress of the process has become too problematic; and therefore, we cannot participate in the Conference, let alone ask our Speakers to participate. @AtlantDK @srs2_ https://t.co/HvogtkOJJO
— Lars Bangert Struwe (@LarsBStruwe) December 8, 2019
Leaving for #Copenhagen tomorrow to give a keynote talk Tuesday at the Danish Atlantic Council's celebration of #NATO's 70th anniversary. Topic of my presentation: "Crisis in transatlantic relations: what future will we choose?" @AtlanticCouncil @AtlantDK @ducoexperts @jteurope
— Stanley R. Sloan – Defense of the West (@srs2_) December 7, 2019
I am overwhelmed by the support I have been receiving after my participation in celebration of NATO's 70th anniversary was vetoed by the American Ambassador to Denmark. In the interest of free speech, you can see the draft of my intended lecture here: https://t.co/S2eiZ9J5yy
— Stanley R. Sloan – Defense of the West (@srs2_) December 7, 2019
This what a thin-skinned authoritarian government that need a safe space does. US #publicdiplomacy historically intentionally included differences of opinion to reflect principles of free speech. The beacon on the hill is now a searchlight to spot and silence dissent? https://t.co/PQ566qQJ3t
— Matt Armstrong (@mountainrunner) December 8, 2019
▶️ Hong Kong police fired tear gas at protesters calling for help to bring democracy to the city at the U.S. Consulate, Sunday, September 8.
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) September 9, 2019
Thousands of protesters march to U.S. Consulate to demand the congress to pass the Hong Kong Human Rights and Democracy Act. #hongkongprotests #antielab #standwithhk #freehk pic.twitter.com/U7yQC6e5zO
— Jessie Pang (@JessiePang0125) September 8, 2019
Pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong marched to the U.S. Consulate on Sunday in an effort to drum up support for American legislation that would penalize officials who suppress freedoms in the cityhttps://t.co/8d8wCVFaXg
— The New York Times (@nytimes) September 8, 2019
The sounds of today’s renewed #HongKongProtests. A masked, black-clad #HongKong protestor drums while brandishing an American flag. Thousands of people are marching up, past the U.S. consulate asking the U.S. Congress to pass a human rights act to support them. @CBSNews is here. pic.twitter.com/EhPsr3Sf32
— Ramy Inocencio 英若明 (@RamyInocencio) September 8, 2019
Update at 10:08 am: Added the DOS swagger seal
“OIG found evidence of leadership and management deficiencies and mistreatment of career employees in the Bureau of International Organization Affairs (IO). These inappropriate practices included disrespectful and hostile treatment of employees, accusations against and harassment of career employees premised on claims that they were “disloyal” based on their perceived political views, and retaliation associated with conflicts of interest. OIG also found that numerous employees raised concerns about the IO leadership to Department management officials outside of IO and that Department officials counseled IO leadership; however, the Assistant Secretary for IO, Kevin Moley, did not take significant action to respond to such concerns.
During the course of this review, OIG received allegations that two personnel actions were undertaken by IO leadership for improper motives: the removal of the IO Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS), a career senior foreign service officer, and the cancellation of the selection process for a career position in the IO Office of Human Rights and Humanitarian Affairs. OIG found evidence that both actions by IO leadership were likely based on non-merit factors and thus violated Department policy.”
“In 2018, IO had 239 civil service positions and 71 domestic Foreign Service positions. Assistant Secretary Moley began his tenure in IO in April 2018. The IO Bureau also has four Deputy Assistant Secretary positions, one of which is the Principal Deputy Assistant Secretary (PDAS). In April 2018, all Deputy Assistant Secretary positions were held by career employees. During Assistant Secretary Moley’s tenure, three individuals have served as PDAS: the first, whose reassignment is described on page 14 below, served until June 2018; the second served from August to October 2018; and the third has served since November 2018.
Approximately 50 of 300 domestic IO employees have departed IO since Assistant Secretary Moley took over its leadership, and nearly all of the former employees who OIG interviewed stated that poor leadership of the bureau contributed to their decision to depart.”
“OIG found significant evidence of systemic deficiencies in leadership and management relating to the treatment of career employees, as well as evidence that non-merit-based considerations played a role in at least two personnel decisions. Several employees raised concerns relating to disrespectful and hostile treatment of staff, inappropriate accusations of disloyalty and harassment of employees based on perceived political views, and retaliation based on conflicts of interest. Furthermore, despite being counseled by Department management regarding some of these issues, IO leadership has not adequately addressed these concerns. Such conduct conflicts with the Department’s leadership principles, which set expectations that its management will strive for a collaborative, respectful, and inclusive workplace. Moreover, these failures of leadership have led to serious morale problems in IO and to the departure of a significant number of career staff. OIG encourages the Department to take action to address these concerns promptly.”
“The circumstances of Assistant Secretary Moley’s removal of the PDAS suggests that he undertook a personnel action based on non-merit factors, namely, her articulation of concerns about Ms. Stull’s conduct. In addition, her removal raises questions regarding compliance with the Department’s non-retaliation policy because the concerns that she brought to Assistant Secretary Moley, Under Secretary Shannon, and Deputy Secretary Sullivan could evidence the violation of a law, rule, or regulation.
Ms. Stull’s instruction to the human resources officials that future vacancies reflect the President’s agenda and beliefs was inappropriate for career positions and reflects an intent to introduce non-merit factors into the IO hiring process. Based on this evidence, Assistant Secretary Moley and Ms. Stull appear to have violated Department prohibitions on using non-merit factors in personnel assignments.
(and the State Department Offers More Counseling)
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So if the U.S. State Department issued a warning to U.S. citizens that travel to a certain country is unsafe, and that country threatened retaliation, would we drop the warning?
— Tom the Dancing Bug (@RubenBolling) August 10, 2019
At no point during my service did I act in any way that would be inconsistent with my professional obligation to be the best, well groomed dog for Secretary Pompeo and his family 24-hours a day, 7-days a week.