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UN Security's Bongi Testifies, As Letter Raises Turkish Dust-Up

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 19, updated re June 20 -- While prior to today's testimony by UN Security Chief David Bongi seeking to explain re-testing his officers Inner City Press asked, "What'll Bongi say." Then on June 20, Inner City Press asked:

Inner City Press: There is within the Department of [Safety and] Security, a widely circulated open letter talking about the management of security. It is a pretty comprehensive view and is addressed to the Secretary-General, delegates, I have spoken to literally dozens of people that have received it. And I wanted to ask you about a particular part of it that goes back to the incident in September where there was a conflict or a misunderstanding between Turkish security and UN security. It talks about Chief David Bongi, saying that he was present, but then criticizing him for doing nothing. It was implicit in that incident that the Secretary-General went ahead and apologized. I wanted to know, what is the response? The letter goes ahead with a lot of other stuff which I wonít go into. Is the Secretary-General aware of this critique from within Security and what is his response to it, particularly on this incident, still, of live controversy within Security about the incident of September?

Spokesperson Martin Nesirky: I donít have anything for you on that, Matthew. Okay? All right, thanks very much. Have a good afternoon.

  Is Starr's letter, which does not even mention much less address the Turkish "Erdogate" dust up, all the response that there will be? [Starr re-appeared in 2017 authoring what some called a whitewash report of the murders in the DRC of UN experts Michael Sharp and Zaida Catalan. Here was Inner City Press' question to US Ambassador Nikki Haley, video here.

  Inner City Press exclusively reported on a UN Dispute Tribunal preliminary injunction which confirmed criticisms long made of fairness in the UN Department of Safety and Security by whistleblowing Security officers and Inner City Press.

  After two weeks of further testimony, summarized below, on June 18 chief David Bongi appeared in front of the UNDT. Here's from our whistleblower reporter's view of yesterday's proceedings, followed by portions of an explosive "open letter" -- is a short excerpt of the Q&A.

Question: Do you know the meaning of CMO?

Bongi: Yes I do it mean Capital Master blablabla that the O is not realy define but anyone with common sense will know the meaning.

Question: Are you sure everyone should know the meaning of CMO?

Bongi: Yes, anyone should know the meaning.

Question: What if I told you that the Management laywer said in the open court that he doesnít know the meaning?

Bongi: Eemmm maybe some staff don't know the meaning of some acronyms.

That is just a little piece; it was all pretty interesting.

It all began, in a sense, with a leaked master plan of promotion which Inner City Press obtained and published in 2009 entitled Possible Transfers and Assignments / Reassignments." The list undermined the credibility of interviews that were being conducted, implying that some decisions have already been made.

  And so a Panel was set up, in UN style, to investigate. But chief Bruno Henn refused to be interviewed by the Panel, Inner City Press learned.

  Inner City Press then covered Bongi along with Secretary General Ban Ki-moon, Under Secretary General Greg Starr, when Ban failed to back up UN Security after they were beaten by guards for Turkey's Erdogan.

  Inner City Press covered Bongi most recently after exposing the cover-up of 14 kilograms of cocaine in the UN mail room. Both of these stories were stolen without credit by big media at the UN, who now after Inner City Press complained have set up their own Panel to seek to expel Inner City Press. The UN Dispute Tribunal probably can't take that case: but a real court could.

  While Bongi was testifying on Monday, an "Open Letter" including to the Secrtary General (who is, again, traveling) circulated. It was nearly immediately obtained by Inner City Press.

  Inner City Press sought comment and input from DSS officials, and there are portions not published below in order to not invade privacy.

  Previously, Inner City Press has asked the spokespeople of the traveling Ban Ki-moon to respond to the security officers' complaints in the UNDT, and before that about Erdo-gate, without meaningful response. If such is later received on this, it will be published.

  We will have more on this -- watch this site.

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