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In UN Terrorism Sweepstakes, Orr Shouldn't Get Job, Slayer of Ruperez Tells ICP

By Matthew Russell Lee, Exclusive

UNITED NATIONS, June 23 -- As the UN moves toward a counter-terrorism coordinator, it should not and in all probability will not be American Bob Orr.

  This verdict was exclusively delivered to Inner City Press on June 22 down the same hallway where earlier in the month the Advisory Committee on Administrative and Budgetary Questions shot down Secretary General Ban Ki-moon's request to upgrade Orr's public-private partnership post to Under Secretary General status. See exclusive here by Inner City Press.

Rather than Orr, the job should go to Michael Smith, the current holder of the top spot in the Counter-Terrorism Executive Directorate. The verdict was by the slayer, in UN-ese, of Javier Ruperez, a past holder of this CTED post.

Inner City Press covered Ruperez' ouster at the time, linking it to a dispute about the anti-Islamic Danish cartoons. Ruperez then sought out Inner City Press and gave a long interview -- which he then declared all off the record. So the story was never told.

  But now it has been revived. Ruperez' slayer on June 22 told Inner City Press that in the triggering incident, one of Ruperez' staff was blaming "Islamists" for terrorist attacks in the 1990s in Trinidad. The slayer questioned this, and Ruperez stepped in with a string of insults and profanity.

  You are insulting not me but Qatar, said the slayer. And soon the audio tapes of the meeting were produced and transcribed and a demarche made to the Secretary General.

  Ruperez was toast, barely thanked at his final Security Council appearance except by then US Permanent Representative Zalmay Khalilzad (who Inner City Press has spotted several times this late Spring inside the North Lawn building).

  Ruperez told Inner City Press he would go West to Chicago, as Spain's consul there. That the slayer of Ruperez says Orr can't get the job is not past news but future, so we report it here today. There'll be another related story: watch this site.

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