Monday, June 10, 2013
Cover-Up Culture at the US State Department?
CBS News has broken a story about the cover-up culture at the US State Department. But coin collectors have already had a taste of this mentality. Before the ACCG brought its test case that was ultimately dismissed by the Courts on "justiciability" grounds, the numismatic trade sought to bring its own concerns about the actions of the State Department's Cultural Heritage Center to the State Department Inspector General. The result? The State Department Inspector General merely referred those issues back to the very State Department office which was the focus of these concerns. And of course, the State Department then went about announcing import restrictions on "coins of Cypriot type," and claiming falsely that CPAC had supported the decision.