I was on Facebook tonight trying to engage folks in an enlightened discussion of the recent hearings on Benghazi. I was defending Hillary Clinton and in the course of things there was suddenly this post that started to post but suddenly disappeared. I caught the name of the person who was posting so I wrote to them and begged for them to please continue what they were going to say. Then this arrived and it moved me in a very emotional way so I think more people should read this and I have made it freely available because Mr. Dlouhy said it could be used:

from: Dave Dlouhy 

Let me share my experience with you. I want to be very cautious in trying to convey something to you. It needs a bit of reflection. I knew Chris Stevens. We are fellow Foreign Service Officers. I am now retired after 34 years of service. I served in three high threat posts: El Salvador during the war, Bosnia just after the war, and running the drug war in Bolivia. For six years I lived 24/7 with bodyguards protecting me from very real threats. For three years I had the honor of representing you as Charge/Acting US Ambassador.

In that role, Ambassadors do not report in-country travel to the Department, nor do they ask permission. They do so only when they leave the country. 

Intelligence on threats flows from the Embassy to the Department, not vice versa. The Ambassador is the first to know.

Marines are not bodyguards. They protect facilities and classified. The Regional Security Officer and staff are the bodyguards and supervise local protection employees and staff. The RSO reviews the Ambassador’s movements, but the final decision to travel is made by the Ambassador.

Decisions on levels of protection and resources are made by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security in coordination with multiple agencies (CIA, NSA, DOD, DIA). An Ambassador is aware of the threat – and the resources deployed to address that threat – before any move in country.

There is no US Consulate in Benghazi. The Embassy is in Tripoli. There are two US sites in Benghazi. Both were attacked. One is a CIA safehouse. The other is the US Department of State Operational Support Base – the office we used to support the rebels during the revolution. That is why the facility was not constructed to US security standards. Both were ”black” sites.

Chris Stevens decided he needed to go to Benghazi. For whatever reason, and on the days that he went. He did not ask permission, nor did he inform the Department, ie, Secretary Clinton. Chris was aware of the Bureau of Diplomatic Security’s response to his security requests. Chris had reported on the threat and threat environment prevailing the date of his death. Chris decided to go to Benghazi. It was his decision.

Groupthink interpretation led many community analysts to view the violence in Libya as copycat of violence in Cairo. The mob attack was not perceived initially as a coordinated terrorist strike, but was quickly characterized so. But spinning out of a mob.

Hours before the attack, Chris was out walking in the streets, as he was accustomed to doing. That is to say, not only did he make the call to go to Benghazi, he did not see a threat and requirement for higher levels of protection.

Chris died. And we grieve. It is a disservice to his memory to politicize his death. He would be the first to take responsibility for his decisions. He would not seek to place blame, or make a partisan issue of it. He was a remarkable US diplomat. Those of us who have served in war zones understand the risk we take. We accept the responsibility for our decisions. Outcomes are our responsibility. Colleagues in the Bureau of Diplomatic Security are being made the fall guys for supposedly bad decisions. That is unfair. It does not matter what decision they made. You operate in the context of those decisions. If security was inadequate, then you do not travel. If additional precautions need to be taken, you do so. But, you do not blame others. Most assuredly, you do not blame Hillary Clinton. Chris, a friend of Senator McCain, would most certainly be appalled and the first to object. Let us honor his memory by being true to the man of integrity and patriot that he was. Chris, a friend of Senator McCain, would most certainly be appalled and the first to object. Let us honor his memory by being true to the man of integrity and patriot that he was.

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Judges and juries often reach similar decisions, although there are times these decisions differ.

Eisenberg and colleagues (2006) analyzed thousands of trials from a substantial part of the nation's most populous counties.

Evidence across 10 years and three major data sets suggests that juries and judges differentially award punitive damages in financial injury and bodily injury cases.

Jury trials have a higher rate of punitive damage awards in financial injury cases, while bench trials have a higher rate of punitive damage awards in bodily injury cases.

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Online Jury Research Update Eisenberg, T., Hannaford-Agor, P. L., Heise, M., LaFountain, N., Munsterman, G. T., Ostrom, B. & Wells, M. T. (2006). Juries, judges, and punitive damages: Empirical analyses using the civil justice survey of state courts 1992, 1996, and 2001 data. Journal of Empirical Legal Studies, 3, pp. 263-295.

Jane Perez, a Fairfax, Virginia, resident and Air Force veteran wrote a Yelp review of work performed by a contractor (see YELP).  The criticisms in my posts are substantiated by 42 court exhibits (See Court ExhibitsA, and Court ExhibitsB, and Court ExhibitsC)  Exhibits 32-36 show Dietz’ work. Exhibits 37-42 show the work of other contractors hired to redo/complete/repair damage from Dietz’ work. The exhibits also include relevant estimates, invoices and canceled checks (not shown here).   

Information on the case (from both sides) can be found at (NEWS).  The lower curt denied most of plaintiff's injunction but ordered Ms. Perez to eliminate two parts of the post. She appealed.  The Supreme Court of Virginia reversed the preliminary injunction two days later.

She is requesting donations to assist her with costs. Her income is only $20,000 a year and costs are roughly estimated to be in excess of $38,000 to bring the case forward.  It is suspected that an association of home remodeling contractors is funding the plaintiff Dietz' legal fees. 

I found this article (See http://bit.ly/WGy2om) written by Robyn Weisman (robyn@robynweisman.com) , a freelance writer, to be very illuminating in that it demonstrated the data limitations of Trial Director on the iPad. Of course, the iPad version of TD is not meant to be a full version but to offer a path for different ways to make a presentation.

Team paralegals found that by using TranscriptPad on their iPads, (an app designed to edit text and .asc files of depositions) they could then convert all of the cuts and pastes into TrialPad, where they could cut, past, and tag inserts into an organized document. In the Deepwater litigation this involved over 300 depositions many of which averaged about 800 pages.   

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