Sen. Hillary Clinton
A whistleblowers’ organization has published an editorial criticizing New York Sen. Hillary Clinton for having a “See no Evil, Hear no Evil” policy that extended to the point of failing to act on evidence that veterans were abused at a hospital.
The claim comes from Sibel Edmonds and William Weaver, both of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, whose op-ed has been published on more than a dozen websites this week.
One site, FreeMarketNews.com, prefaced the editorial, saying, “Don’t look now, but apparently not even all the progressives are backing Hillary Clinton – for Senate re-election, let alone her 2008 White House dreams.”
A WorldNetDaily message requesting a response from the senator’s office was not returned.
The opinion piece notes that many Americans consider their members of Congress to be servants of special interests, corporations and influential lobbyists.
“Americans are tired of watching and listening to elected officials who refrain from taking a strong stand on crucial issues, and who almost never state their positions with conviction and sincerity,” they wrote.
Sen. Clinton, they said, is an example.
They described her as “an elected senator who has served six years in her seat, never taking a strong stand in support of her constituents on any serious or controversial issues; a senator who has used her record-breaking TV public appearances to say ‘nothing’; a senator whose senate office adheres strictly to a motto of ‘See no Evil, Hear no Evil’; an elected official who has no record of conducting investigations into cases that are matters of great concern. …”
The case in point for Edmonds and Weaver was a situation that arose at the Stratton Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Albany, N.Y., where two veterans, James J. DiGeorgio and Carl Steubing, were subjected to drug experiments by employees, and died.
One “scape-goated” employee went to prison, the editorial said, but investigations into others “collapsed because of a lack of institutional nerve to follow the investigation to the end.”
Records show that Paul H. Kornak pleaded guilty to fraud, making false statements and other counts following the death of DiGeorgio, an Air Force veteran and one of the patients used in the medical experiments.
The Alliance for Human Research Protection noted there were a multitude of problems with the “research” that went on at the Albany facility.
“Between 2000 and June 2006, numerous contacts with Senator Hillary Clinton over the Stratton tragedy went unacknowledged, or glossed over, or shuffled around to various offices with no substantive action,” the editorial said.
“No less that five Clinton staff members heard presentations and received documentation about the experiments, and Senator Clinton herself is personally aware of the detailed facts of the case,” Edmonds and Weaver said. “This personal knowledge did not translate into action, for though Senator Clinton carefully scripts her numerous public appearances to give the impression of caring and concern, her actions speak otherwise.”
Even while she was noting “our nation made a pact with those who serve their country in the Armed Forces – a commitment that those who served would have access to quality health care,” nothing was happening, the editorial said.
“The Veterans Affairs Whistleblowers Coalition, and more recently the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition, sent numerous letters and e-mails and copious documentation, pleading for help from the Senator to investigate and address the crimes committed at Stratton, including unrelenting retaliation against the whistleblowers who brought these matters to public attention,” they said.
“Two weeks from today (Tuesday), New Yorkers will cast their vote to determine their upcoming Democratic candidate. We hope that they will ask themselves a few hard questions and consider their answers before they cast their vital votes.
“Are they going to have ‘needed change and reform’ in mind when voting for their next candidate? Will they vote for someone with an established record of failure? Or will they take a chance on new blood?”
The editorial said the Stratton situation wasn’t even an isolated event.
“When Bunnatine Greenhouse exposed extraordinary graft and impropriety in government contracting with Halliburton, when Sergeant Samuel Provance reported prisoner abuse and torture at Abu Ghraib, when Russ Tice disclosed violations of the Constitution by the National Security Agency, and when Jay Stroup, Thomas Bittler, Jim Griffin, and Ray Guagliardi exposed serious defects and negligence in the Transportation Security Administration that put travelers at risk, Clinton did nothing,” the editorial said.
“Documents on numerous cases were shared with her office, offers to brief her and her staff have been made on many occasions, pleas for her to live up to the words she so casually utters, have all been ignored, or even ridiculed.”
The authors said in six years Clinton has “done nothing but attempt to position herself for the presidency.”
Edmonds founded the whistleblowers’ coalition after working as a language specialist for the FBI. During her tenure there she found and reported serious acts of security breaches but she suffered retaliation and ultimately dismissed in March 2002.
Since then her court case has been blocked by government arguments of “state secret privilege.”
Weaver is a senior advisor and board member for the coalition after years of service in the U.S. Army signals intelligence. He later served on the editorial board of the Virginia Law Review and now is an associate professor of political science and an associate in the Center for Law and Border Studies at the University of Texas at El Paso.
His areas of specialty are in executive branch secrecy policy and governmental abuse.
“We have confidence in the sophistication of our New Yorkers. We believe they’ll say: ‘Ms. Clinton, fool us once, shame on you; fool us twice shame on us.'”
NSWBC says it is an independent and nonpartisan alliance of whistleblowers who have come forward to address the nation’s security weaknesses; to inform authorities about vulnerabilities; to uncover government waste and fraud, and in some cases criminal conduct.
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