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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    i understand this is your position.

    i'm going to believe him and not this administration or you.
    I believed him when he said: "And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. "

    Facts are facts, you can't hold the same job you had in the past if you are no longer in same place.

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I believed him when he said: "And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. "

    Facts are facts, you can't hold the same job you had in the past if you are no longer in same place.
    I think we should all be careful here. I think Hicks has a legitimate gripe, but in no way does his gripe rise to the level of whistleblower, ie;" One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority. " simply put, he revealed nothing we did not already know and though we could take issue with characterization if the Benghazi attack, incorrectly characterizing the event does not rise to level of wrongdoing in any meaningful way.

    I think Hicks is being manipulated but I don't think he is a bad guy in this by any stretch and I would hate to see him destroyed as collateral damage in this witch hunt. His manipulator a do not care about him one whit, and the moment he does serve the purpose of attacking the administration, his own representation will throw him to the wolves.

    Lets not be the wolves.

    Focus on Toensing, she is the one completely misrepresenting what Hicks has said, turning his mild statements of disappointment into false accusations of flat out threats of destruction.

    She should be disbarred if she has a genuine attorney client relationship with Hicks.
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    in saying he was demoted hicks did lie
    you aren't in his shoes. you didn't go thru what he did.

    you're just another clinton, "who's cares how they died", person.
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    I believed him when he said: "And in addition, my family really didn't want me to go back. We'd endured a year of separation when I was in Afghanistan 2006 and 2007. That was the overriding factor. "

    Facts are facts, you can't hold the same job you had in the past if you are no longer in same place.
    look up what demotion means!
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    you aren't in his shoes. you didn't go thru what he did.

    you're just another clinton, "who's cares how they died", person.
    like hicks, i was a federal employee
    and i remain a union officer
    which experience tells me that if hicks were demoted there would be an extensive paper trail documenting that action
    and since we have seen no documentation it is safe to conclude there was no demotion
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by justabubba View Post
    like hicks, i was a federal employee
    and i remain a union officer
    which experience tells me that if hicks were demoted there would be an extensive paper trail documenting that action
    and since we have seen no documentation it is safe to conclude there was no demotion
    given the situation for him, there is NO paper trail.

    remember they(State) think he is lying.
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Would you work overseas for the administration that let made your boss a corpse through lack of security? I know I wouldn't.
    Would you work for the administration overseas when you knew the truth of what occurred and knew how they have treated messengers of bad information?

    Has he been affected by coming forward? Possibly. Whistleblower laws are there to protect people from retaliation, including future retaliation. He deserves protection under the whistleblower laws because he is offering more information about the events that occurred than the administration was or is.

    I think we should all be careful here. I think Hicks has a legitimate gripe, but in no way does his gripe rise to the level of whistleblower, ie;" One who reveals wrongdoing within an organization to the public or to those in positions of authority. " simply put, he revealed nothing we did not already know and though we could take issue with characterization if the Benghazi attack, incorrectly characterizing the event does not rise to level of wrongdoing in any meaningful way.
    Corroberation and multiple witnesses of the events as they occurred is just as important as uncovering wrongdoing. And misleading people with public statements is wrongdoing when your job is governing. Not to mention downplaying this event had an effect on the election....
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    When the president tells you. "i think you did a ****ty job" should you line up your next job or wait for him to add a "TERMINATED" to your resumé?

    Im guessing it went down like, "You can either quit and save face or I can get you fired." But that's just a guess.
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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by pbrauer View Post
    Hicks has said he was demoted but it isn't true, it was his choice to come back to the sates. Pity party anyone.



    The State Department on Wednesday rejected charges by Gregory B. Hicks, the former deputy ambassador at the U.S. Embassy in Libya, that he was demoted and treated unfairly after he criticized the department’s performance during and after the September terrorist attack in Benghazi.

    “The Department has not and will not retaliate against Mr. Hicks,” said Patrick Ventrell, acting deputy spokesman for the State Department.

    In House testimony, Hicks said that despite receiving high praise for his performance during the Benghazi crisis from President Obama and then-Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, he was later given a “blistering critique of my management style” by Elizabeth Jones, the acting assistant secretary for the Near East.

    Hicks said family concerns were the “overriding” reason for his decision not to return to Libya. But he said he also felt that “I would never be comfortable working there” after the criticism. When he voluntarily withdrew from his assignment in Tripoli, Hicks said, he was given a State Department job in Washington that he considered a demotion.

    Hicks’s decision took him out of the annual assignment cycle, and difficulty in finding a suitable assignment was “not uncommon” in such situations, Ventrell said.

    “However, the Department worked with him to find a suitable temporary assignment and succeeded,” he said. “Mr. Hicks still receives the same salary and has the same employment status and rank as before. Per standard procedure, Mr. Hicks recently submitted a preference list for his next assignment and is under consideration along with other Foreign Service employees.”

    State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation - The Washington Post
    Welllllllllllllllllllllll I'm convinced. I mean the State Department would NEVER put out something that wasn't TRUE......... right????????????

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    Re: State Department disputes diplomat’s charges of retaliation

    Quote Originally Posted by mtm1963 View Post
    look up what demotion means!
    Mr. Hicks voluntarily decided not to return to Libya so the term doesn't apply. He decided to remain in the states because of of family. But there is no way he could perform his former job while he is here. I am sure he thinks in his mind that in some way he was wronged and therefore demoted. So while I said earlier he lied, I have now decided to back away from that assessment. I think he is a good man and it too bad this situation happen.

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