It would be comical if it wasn’t so sad.

The U.S. State Department and the United Nations have chosen for the most important weapons inspection team ever assembled a man with no specialized scientific degree and a leadership role in sadomasochistic sex clubs.

Harvey John “Jack” McGeorge was selected as a munitions expert for the U.N. weapons inspections team in Iraq without any background check by either the U.S. government that recommended his consideration or the U.N. that chose him.



Harvey “Jack” McGeorge

McGeorge, the Washington Post reports, “was picked for the diplomatically sensitive mission over some of the most experienced disarmament sleuths in the world.”

Though McGeorge was personally interviewed for the job by Hans Blix, the executive chairman of the U.N. Monitoring, Verification and Inspection Commission, no one bothered to do a simple Web search, which would have shown he is the co-founder and past president of Black Rose, a Washington-area pansexual S&M group and the former chairman of the board of the National Coalition for Sexual Freedom, as well as a founding officer of the Leather Leadership Conference Inc.

Ewen Buchanan, an official spokesman for the U.N. weapons inspection team contacted by the Washington Post, said the U.N. doesn’t have the capability of conducting background checks and, at the same time, found McGeorge’s private life to be irrelevant to his role as a munitions analyst.

Well, which is it? Is the U.N. just incompetent? Or is it blind to the compromising embarrassment the selection of McGeorge to this team creates?

Can you imagine Saddam Hussein’s delight at the news of McGeorge’s resume? Can you imagine the potential propaganda coup this creates for the Islamist world? Can you imagine how this development will be received by our so-called “Muslim allies”? Can you imagine the many ways McGeorge’s “private life” could be used by Iraq for its own purposes?

And, keep in mind, McGeorge is the loose cannon we know about. How many more are there on the team assembled without background checks and without consideration of scientific and technical expertise and qualifications?

McGeorge was selected for this team while others with impeccable qualifications and credentials and no peccadilloes were overlooked.

Who is running this circus, and what are their objectives? Does someone want the team comprised of people who can be easily manipulated? Does someone at the State Department and/or the U.N. want these inspections to fail?

Former inspectors suggest just that. They say the new inspectors have been chosen in part to avoid offending Iraq. The critics say Blix is bypassing experienced inspectors because they were opposed by Iraq as too aggressive in earlier searches.

So, it appears there is a whitewash under way. How will that serve the security interests of the United States? How will that serve President Bush’s objectives in the region? How will that serve the people of Iraq and neighboring countries?

Further, please consider how this lapse in judgment began. It began with the U.S. State Department recommending McGeorge to Blix. Who forwarded his name? Why? Will heads roll over this here in the states? I doubt it.

But Secretary of State Colin Powell is where the buck stops. And he owes the American people an explanation for this travesty.

While some of McGeorge’s documented sexual hijinks are already disappearing from the Internet, there’s still plenty there for you to consider for yourself – if you have the stomach for it. I don’t recommend visiting these sites for any other reason than to persuade adults that the U.N. and the U.S. State Department simply cannot be trusted. I don’t offer them for laughs. I don’t offer them for entertainment. I offer them to illustrate just how easy it would have been for U.S. government officials and officials of the U.N. to conduct even a cursory background check on McGeorge.

Locating the following took me all of five minutes. It’s the result of an Internet search that could be conducted by anyone from anywhere with a computer and a connection to the Internet.

The excuses are just that – excuses.


Here’s a Web directory on the dual life of Jack McGeorge:

Resume

Consulting

Jack McGeorge Research

Leather Leadership

Knifeplay

Leather University


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