Jerome R. Corsi, a Harvard Ph.D., is a WND senior staff reporter. He has authored many books, including No. 1 N.Y. Times best-sellers "The Obama Nation" and "Unfit for Command." Corsi's latest book is "Who Really Killed Kennedy?"More ↓Less ↑
Did President Obama and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton send a “gay” ambassador to Muslim-majority Libya, where homosexual behavior is a crime punishable by imprisonment?
Believing the “Arab Spring” countries would be encouraged to embrace democracy through left-leaning diplomats dedicated to understanding and dialoguing with Muslim communities, did a State Department under Secretary Clinton that refused to establish rules of engagement providing embassy personnel Marine Corps protection take the additional risk of placing a “gay” ambassador in Muslim countries?
The question comes amid claims in the diplomatic community that J. Christopher Stevens — the U.S. ambassador to Libya brutally murdered on the anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks — was homosexual.
The question is worth serious exploration, even if Stevens’ sexuality cannot be determined with certainty, because U.S. government Foreign Service agencies are actively recruiting from the homosexual community for diplomatic assignments overseas, including in the Middle East.
The recruitment derives from a larger policy decision Obama and Clinton have made to confront discrimination against homosexuals globally, even in Muslim countries.
Meanwhile, the Obama administration insists on attributing the deadly attack in Libya and the violent protests throughout the Muslim world as solely a reaction to a 14-minute movie trailer posted on the Internet, without acknowledging that the movie, “Innocence of Muslims,” depicts the Islamic prophet, Muhammad, as a pedophile and a homosexual.
On a homosexual-rights blog called The New Civil Rights Movement, Jean Ann Esselink, who describes herself as “a straight friend to the gay community,” explored rumors Stevens was “gay.” She said she had heard the rumors and thought that, if true, Stevens’ story would make a good feature for the website.
She concluded: “But the truth is, I cannot tell you if Chris was gay. I can only tell you that he was a 52-year-old man without wife or child, at least one he claimed in public.”
Esselink noted the phone call Clinton made to inform his next of kin of his death went to his sister, a Seattle doctor.
“I could not find a single statement made by Chris himself, about any LGBT issue,” Esselink wrote. “Upon reflection, I suspect it is the kind of briar patch topic that Foreign Service officials avoid.”
However, Kevin DuJan, the openly homosexual founder of HillBuzz.org, told WND he spoke with two sources in Chicago diplomatic circles who said Stevens was homosexual. He also pointed to Facebook postings by Stevens’ roommate at the University of California at Berkeley, Austin Tichenor, who directed Stevens in musical productions in the 1980s.
On Sept. 12, the day after Stevens was killed, Tichenor posted a tribute on Twitter, calling Stevens an “old friend.” Tichenor’s thumbnail profile picture is a photograph from the 1980s of himself (right) embracing Stevens (left) at a college theme party, as seen in Exhibit 1.
Exhibit 1: Tichenor’s post on Facebook, expressing grief over Stevens’ death, Sept. 12
Subsequent postings, on Tichenor’s Facebook page, were more direct.
On Sept. 14, Tichenor changed his profile picture on Facebook to the photo of himself and Stevens from the 1980s.
Also seen in Exhibit 2, a friend, Elizabeth Dennehy, posted a comment: “Brideshead Revisited? It’s so bloody sad” – a reference to the 1945 Evelyn Waugh novel.
Exhibit 2: Facebook posting, Sept. 14 by Austin Tichenor
DuJan noted that no one corrected Dennehy on her “Brideshead Revisited” posting.
“This is total gay code that, yes, these two had a sexual relationship in the past,” he said.
DuJan, a Chicago-based former gossip columnist who also has presented evidence Barack Obama is hiding a “gay life,” obtained additional confirmation from an employee of the Serbian Consulate in Chicago. The Serb told him it was “widely known” and “not a secret at all” in diplomatic circles and from others in the Chicago theater world that Stevens was “gay” and that he and Tichenor had been lovers.
Signorile argued Tichenor is married and has two children, commenting: “I know: Just because a man is married to a woman doesn’t necessarily mean he can’t be in a relationship with another man, but you’d think the right-wing brigade would have mentioned the fact.”
Signorile insisted Stevens’ sexual orientation is irrelevant.
“But even if he were gay, it’s absurd to claim he couldn’t do the job, nor shouldn’t have been sent to Libya, particularly since he’d been working in foreign service in North Africa for most of his working life and doing nothing less than a stellar job according to every news report.”
DuJan countered that sending Stevens to the Muslim Middle East, where some countries punish homosexual behavior with death, is like sending “a dolphin to swim among the sharks.”
“Many on the political left who spend their lives in academia or working for the government live in this utopia,” he said. “A part of political correctness says, ‘Just because Stevens is gay, why wouldn’t we send him there.’ It’s insane not to appreciate the risks we face living in a very hostile world.”
Sarcastically, Signorile said: “It’s encouraging, though, to learn that right-wing bloggers actually do care about the well-being of American gay people. Who knew?”
Posted on the State Department website is a career statement answering the questions: “Does the Department of State Consider Lesbians and Gays for Employment? What if I have a same-sex live-in partner?”
In answering the question, the State Department website continues:
It is the policy of the Department of State to provide equal opportunity and fair treatment in employment to all persons without regard to race, color, sex, national origin, age, handicap, political affiliation, marital status, or sexual orientation. There are many new provisions for declared same-sex domestic partners of eligible employees serving overseas: diplomatic passports (for US citizens), inclusion on employee travel orders to and from posts abroad, shipment of household effects, inclusion in family size calculations for the purpose of making household allocations, family member preference for employment at posts abroad, use of medical facilities at posts abroad, medical evacuation from posts abroad, emergency travel for partners to visit gravely ill or injured employees and relatives, inclusion as family members for emergency evacuation from posts abroad, subsistence payments related to emergency evacuation from posts abroad, inclusion in calculation of overseas allowances (e.g., payment for quarters, cost of living, and other allowances, representation expenses, and training at the Foreign Service Institute.
A note at the bottom of the listing, which reads almost as an afterthought, says the federal Defense of Marriage Act, DOMA, defines marriage as a heterosexual union and “spouse” as “a person of the opposite sex who is a husband or a wife” – definitions the note says “apply for purposes of all federal laws.”
Still, the State Department webpage links to remarks Clinton made on “Benefits for Same-Sex Domestic Partners of Foreign Service Employees.” She announced June 18, 2009, that following a memorandum issued by President Obama, the State Department was “extending the full range of legally available benefits and allowances to same-sex domestic partners of members of the Foreign Service sent to serve abroad.”
On Dec. 6, 2011, Obama issued a new LGBT policy via another presidential memorandum directing the secretary of state to fight LGBT discrimination on a global basis.
On the same day, Clinton, in a speech at the Palais de Nations in Geneva, Switzerland, in recognition of Internal Human Rights Day, pledged $3 million to the creation of a Global Equality Fund to start an organization dedicated to advocating “for human rights for the LGBT community in hostile places.”
Gay and Lesbians in Foreign Affairs Agencies, known as GLIFFA, is the officially recognized organization representing the LGBT community employed by a variety of U.S. government agencies with foreign diplomacy missions, including the State Department and the U.S. Agency for International Development, USAID.
In making these changes, the Obama administration has tasked Clinton with reversing decades of policy directives in the U.S. diplomatic service that considered homosexuality an offense that could lead to termination of employment. The policy was based on the possibility that known homosexuals in the diplomatic ranks would be vulnerable to blackmail.
Several Muslim countries, including Saudi Arabia, consider LGBT lifestyles to be criminal, subject to severe punishment, including in some instances the death penalty.
A “gay pride” celebration at a U.S. Embassy party in Islamabad, Pakistan, June 26, 2011, provoked an angry reaction from Muslim groups who reportedly condemned the event as an act of “cultural terrorism” aimed at the nation’s Islamic values.
A posting still available on the U.S. Embassy website in Islamabad notes 75 people, including mission officers, U.S. military representatives, foreign diplomats and leaders of Pakistani LGBT groups, attended “gay pride” event hosted June 26, 2011, by Chargé d’Affaires Ambassador Richard E. Hoagland.
“This gathering demonstrated continued U.S. Embassy support for human rights, including LGBT rights, in Pakistan at a time when those rights are increasingly under attack from extremist elements throughout Pakistani society,” the U.S. Embassy website noted.
“Addressing the Pakistani LGBT activists, the Chargé, while acknowledging that the struggle for LGBT rights in Pakistan is beginning, said ‘I want to be clear: the U.S. Embassy is here to support you and stand by your side every step of the way.’
Death of an ambassador
In a briefing Sept. 12, the State Department in Washington indicated it lacked detailed knowledge of how Stevens died in an attack that began around 10 p.m. local time in Libya and lasted several hours.
An unnamed State Department spokesman explained the following:
“At some point in all of this – and frankly, we do not know when – we believe that Ambassador Stevens got out of the building and was taken to a hospital in Benghazi. We do not have any information what his condition was at that time. His body was later returned to U.S. personnel at the Benghazi airport.”
The official State Department account said it was 2 a.m. local time before local security forces were able to regain control of the situation. It was unclear how many hours passed before Stevens’ body was found at a local hospital.
The State Department has not yet indicated whether the results of any autopsy on Stevens’ body will be made public. The official timeline suggests Stevens was not killed in the gunfire aimed at the mission annex some two hours after the incident began, and it’s unclear who transported him and how from the scene of the attack to a local hospital.
Nor has the U.S. public been informed whether or not Stevens was yet alive when he was taken from the scene of the attack to a local hospital.
A report published by the Independent of London Sept. 14 indicated Stevens’ death resulted from “a serious and continuing security breach.” The U.S. State Department had credible information 48 hours before mobs charged the consulate in Benghazi that the American mission to Libya had been targeted to be hit in a planned attack.
The Independent further reported that Stevens had only recently returned to Libya after a visit to Germany, Austria and Sweden. But no warnings were given for him to go on high alert and “lockdown” restricting movements.
CNN also published a report Sunday indicating three days before the fatal attack, a local security official met with American diplomats in the city and warned them about deteriorating security.
What has been established is that the U.S. State Department under the direction of Hillary Clinton had provided only minimal security for Stevens trip to Beghazi, evidently assuming he was well-loved by the Libyans, given his experience with the region and his dedication to transforming the Arab Spring into genuine democracy for Libya.
Stevens lacked a Marine security detail in Benghazi, in contrast to White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who appears to have a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week Secret Service detail of five or six agents, including when she vacations on Martha Vineyard, according to Democratic pollster Pat Caddell.
On Sept. 15, the London Daily Telegraph reported al-Qaida “meticulously planned” the attack in Libya to occur on the anniversary of 9/11. It was ordered by al-Qaida chief Ayman al-Zawahiri in retaliation for a U.S. drone that killed al-Qaida propaganda chief Sheik Abu Yahya al-Libi in June.