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On Tuesday (April 8), the United States Office of Special Counsel filed complaints against three Customs and Border Protection officials, alleging they unlawfully manipulated the hiring process to put the favored candidates of Alan Bersin — assistant secretary of international affairs and chief diplomatic officer for the Department of Homeland Security — in career appointments. The Office of Special Counsel does not allege Bersin engaged in wrongdoing.

The complaints charge two of the three officials were improperly trying to convert non-career political appointees into career appointments — a process known as "political burrowing." The prohibited discrimination was based on the political appointees' close affiliationn with the campaign to elect Barack Obama. This was allegedly done when Bersin was head of Customs and Border Protection.

These are the special counsel's first such complaints in 30 years.

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MURPHYJUNK April 10, 2014 @ 7:54 a.m.

Bersin got is job under the peter principle didn't he?, another wind bag with no talent.

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 8:31 a.m.

Murphyjunk: He had a dubious record as U.S. attorney and a dismal one as head of the schools. But do you remember how the U-T's editorial page lavished praise on him in his fumbling of school matters? Best, Don Bauder

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MURPHYJUNK April 10, 2014 @ 10:53 a.m.

one of the picts where he gives us a choice of which finger to pull?

http://www.google.com/search?q=Bersin+pull+my+finger&safe=active&client=safari&rls=en&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ei=CtpGU9mXBISQ2QWVn4GgAQ&ved=0CAgQ_AUoAQ&biw=1122&bih=678#q=alan+Bersin&rls=en&safe=active&tbm=isch&facrc=&imgdii=&imgrc=uTErpfK5jLHtnM%253A%3B2nnF9D6G9kHWSM%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Fwww.trbimg.com%252Fimg-4feebf91%252Fturbine%252Fivp-us-federal-dhs-official-visits-mexicalis-c-001%252F600%3Bhttp%253A%252F%252Farticles.ivpressonline.com%252F2012-06-30%252Fpublic-private_32487015%3B600%3B338

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 12:02 p.m.

Murphyjunk: Which picture would you prefer? Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh April 10, 2014 @ 9 a.m.

Is this office now a permanent feature of the federal government? I know of special counsel being appointed to investigate specific offenses, but this suggests there is an on-going operation. As such, I'd also assume it is as independent of the administration as it can be. And that would explain how these guys are being accused, on the basis of their involvement in the Obama campaign. I can't imagine Holder's DOJ going after anyone with ties to the regime.

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 12:06 p.m.

Visduh: The office was set up in 1979. Best, Don Bauder

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monaghan April 10, 2014 @ 10:25 a.m.

An example of what is touted as "critical thinking" here, Visduh, and a very good point.

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 12:07 p.m.

monaghan: Visduh always provides critical thinking. Best, Don Bauder

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KLoEditor April 10, 2014 @ 11:53 a.m.

I would get banned from every forum on earth if I said what I think of Bersin's and Obama's real relationship.

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 12:07 p.m.

KLoEditor: We certainly don't want you banned from this forum. You are too valuable. Best, Don Bauder

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ImJustABill April 10, 2014 @ 6:21 p.m.

I'm gonna go out on the speculative limb and say I would bet that everything done by the officials was directly ordered by Bersin, but Bersin did a good job covering his tracks. Lesson is if you are doing dirty work for your boss make sure you save some hard evidence of what happened - just in case - to trade to the Feds for a "get out of jail free" card so they can go after a bigger fish.

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Visduh April 10, 2014 @ 7:42 p.m.

I hope you are right about pinning this on Bersin, but I would not bet on it. The three jerks just might have been free lancing and got caught. This illustrates the value of a really independent prosecutor.

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ImJustABill April 10, 2014 @ 9:15 p.m.

I guess the question is what did the 3 jerks get in return? Money? Better jobs? Other favors? Maybe that will all come out.

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 11:17 p.m.

Visduh: Free-lancing? You mean like Bridget and Stepien in New Jersey? Maybe, but.... Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder April 10, 2014 @ 11:15 p.m.

ImJustABill: The announcement certainly didn't pass the sniff test. The office went out of its way in the news release to say that Bersin wasn't suspected of wrongdoing. Best, Don Bauder

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