Reports of Rampant Use of Prostitutes In State Dept Security | Israeli Judge Resigns After Saying "Some Girls Enjoy Rape"
1.CBS News on Monday uncovered documents suggesting that the State Department may have covered up allegations that employees engaged in activities ranging from soliciting prostitutes to obtaining narcotics from an “underground drug ring.”
The memo, reported by CBS News’ John Miller, cited eight specific examples, including allegations that a State Department security official in Beirut “engaged in sexual assaults” with foreign nationals hired as embassy guards and the charge and that members of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s security detail “engaged prostitutes while on official trips in foreign countries” — a problem the report says was “endemic.”
2.Maj. Gen. Margaret H. Woodward has been named as the new director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office within the Air Force. Woodward has served in the Air Force since 1983 and was most recently commander of the 89th Airlift Wing, which includes responsibility for the President’s Air Force One. She replaces Lt. Col. Jeff Krusinski, himself charged with sexual assault.
3. The Obama Administration announced on Monday that it will follow court orders, allowing the most popular morning after pill, Plan B, to be available over the counter to women of all ages, dropping its appeal of a federal court order.
The Justice Department had been fighting no age restrictions on Plan B One-Step without a prescription, going against the recommendations of its own FDA, medical professionals nationwide and women’s rights advocates who support Obama. In a letter to Judge Edward R. Korman of the United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York, the administration said it would comply with his demands.
4. Salon profiles the involvement of documentary filmmaker Laura Poitras’s in the revelations about U.S. government surveillance. Poitras is a MacArthur genius grantee who was nominated for an Oscar for 2006′s “My Country, My Country” on the impact of the Iraq War on ordinary Iraqis, the first of a trilogy of documentaries about American post-9/11 policies. The second documentary, “The Oath,” is followed by one in the works about whistle-blowers.
Laura Poitras is “one of the bravest and most brilliant people I’ve ever met,” Glenn Greenwald tells Salon.
5. Israeli Minister of Justice Tzipi Livni commented on the resignation of Israeli Judge Emeritus Nissim Yeshaya from his post as chairman of an appeals committee, after his courtroom comment that “some girls enjoy rape”.
“The judge announced his retirement and this is the right and fitting thing to do in this serious case,” said Livni. “Only this way, will the public’s faith in the justice system be restored. This wasn’t just some expression, but an invalid and twisted perception that women have fought for years, that lays the blame on the rape victim. Such a statement from the mouth of judge may, even if unintentionally, give legitimacy rape to warped minds.”