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From a Kos diary: 'Horrifying, personal John Bolton story"
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Edited on Sat Apr-16-05 02:37 PM by Nothing Without Hope
Kos diarist amyindallas posted this amazing letter Fri Apr 15th, 2005 at 07:15:42 PDT. She explains how she came to have it:

My best friend since college, Melody Townsel, was stationed in Kyrgyzstan on a US AID project. During her stay there, she became embroiled in a controversy in which the oh-so-diplomatic John Bolton was a key player. She described the incident in a letter to the Senate Foreign Relations Committee members (who have thus far responded with a yawn), and I wanted to share it with a larger audience.

Here is the full text of the letter. It shows clearly that Bolton is mentally disturbed as well as abusive. The Kos diarist will have contact info for the letter writer, who lives in Dallas.

Dear Sir:

I'm writing to urge you to consider blocking in committee the nomination of John Bolton as ambassador to the UN.

In the late summer of 1994, I worked as the subcontracted leader of a US AID project in Kyrgyzstan officially awarded to a HUB primary contractor. My own employer was Black, Manafort, Stone & Kelly, and I reported directly to Republican leader Charlie Black.

After months of incompetence, poor contract performance, inadequate in-country funding, and a general lack of interest or support in our work from the prime contractor, I was forced to make US AID officials aware of the prime contractor's poor performance.

I flew from Kyrgyzstan to Moscow to meet with other Black Manafort employees who were leading or subcontracted to other US AID projects. While there, I met with US AID officials and expressed my concerns about the project -- chief among them, the prime contractor's inability to keep enough cash in country to allow us to pay bills, which directly resulted in armed threats by Kyrgyz contractors to me and my staff.

Within hours of sending a letter to US AID officials outlining my concerns, I met John Bolton, whom the prime contractor hired as legal counsel to represent them to US AID. And, so, within hours of dispatching that letter, my hell began.

Mr. Bolton proceeded to chase me through the halls of a Russian hotel -- throwing things at me, shoving threatening letters under my door and, generally, behaving like a madman. For nearly two weeks, while I awaited fresh direction from my company and from US AID, John Bolton hounded me in such an appalling way that I eventually retreated to my hotel room and stayed there. Mr. Bolton, of course, then routinely visited me there to pound on the door and shout threats.

When US AID asked me to return to Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan in advance of assuming leadership of a project in Kazakstan, I returned to my project to find that John Bolton had proceeded me by two days. Why? To meet with every other AID team leader as well as US foreign-service officials in Bishkek, claiming that I was under investigation for misuse of funds and likely was facing jail time. As US AID can confirm, nothing was further from the truth.

He indicated to key employees of or contractors to State that, based on his discussions with investigatory officials, I was headed for federal prison and, if they refused to cooperate with either him or the prime contractor's replacement team leader, they, too, would find themselves the subjects of federal investigation. As a further aside, he made unconscionable comments about my weight, my wardrobe and, with a couple of team leaders, my sexuality, hinting that I was a lesbian (for the record, I'm not).

When I resurfaced in Kyrgyzstan, I learned that he had done such a convincing job of smearing me that it took me weeks -- with the direct intervention of US AID officials -- to limit the damage. In fact, it was only US AID's appoinment of me as a project leader in Almaty, Kazakstan that largely put paid to the rumors Mr. Bolton maliciously circulated.

As a maligned whistleblower, I've learned firsthand the lengths Mr. Bolton will go to accomplish any goal he sets for himself. Truth flew out the window. Decency flew out the window. In his bid to smear me and promote the interests of his client, he went straight for the low road and stayed there.

John Bolton put me through hell -- and he did everything he could to intimidate, malign and threaten not just me, but anybody unwilling to go along with his version of events. His behavior back in 1994 wasn't just unforgivable, it was pathological.

I cannot believe that this is a man being seriously considered for any diplomatic position, let alone such a critical posting to the UN. Others you may call before your committee will be able to speak better to his stated dislike for and objection to stated UN goals. I write you to speak about the very character of the man.

It took me years to get over Mr. Bolton's actions in that Moscow hotel in 1994, his intensely personal attacks and his shocking attempts to malign my character.

I urge you from the bottom of my heart to use your ability to block Mr. Bolton's nomination in committee.

Respectfully yours,

Melody Townsel
Dallas, TX 75208

Edited to add: All I know is what was posted by the Kos diarist about her best friend. Clearly, corroboration is needed, but it sounds like that should be possible to arrange if, say, a journalist or a congressional aide wanted to get it. From the story, many people were aware of at least some of what happened.
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  -From a Kos diary: 'Horrifying, personal John Bolton story" Nothing Without Hope  Apr-16-05 02:09 PM   #0 
  - Scum Sucking SonOfABitch !!! - Come On Folks, Time To Nominate This !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 02:16 PM   #1 
  - Keep nominating folks.  unhappycamper   Apr-16-05 02:19 PM   #2 
  - The inmates are running the asylum - this is unbelievable.  smirkymonkey   Apr-16-05 02:22 PM   #3 
  - With something this remarkable,  Dr_eldritch   Apr-16-05 02:26 PM   #4 
  - The Kos diarist is the best friend of the letter writer  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 02:32 PM   #6 
  - Thank you  acmejack   Apr-16-05 02:44 PM   #9 
  - Funny thing, though...  punpirate   Apr-16-05 03:09 PM   #18 
  - Yes, this account needs to be CORROBORATED  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:19 PM   #21 
  - I worked under a small group of men like this  Daphne08   Apr-16-05 08:20 PM   #39 
     - Try working in real-estate.  Dr_eldritch   Apr-17-05 12:09 AM   #69 
  - It's weird, I know I'm proceeding from the assumption that Republicans are  Gonnabuymeagun   Apr-16-05 02:30 PM   #5 
  - I Think He's The Evil Twin Of Captain Kangaroo !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 02:37 PM   #7 
     - I see what you mean - but there is real madness in his eyes  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 02:43 PM   #8 
     - Oh... He Has Loathing In His Eyes... And Not Just For Himself !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 03:10 PM   #19 
     - You owe Captain Kangaroo an apology  Steve_DeShazer   Apr-16-05 02:51 PM   #13 
        - Therefore, The 'Evil Twin' Part... Ya See... Capt'n Good, Bolton Evil !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 03:01 PM   #15 
           - Yeah, but the resemblance isn't there, IMO  Steve_DeShazer   Apr-16-05 03:09 PM   #17 
              - OK... So They Were Fraternal Twins... LOL !!!  WillyT   Apr-16-05 03:15 PM   #20 
  - All this is on top of the fact that Bolton is known to despise the UN  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 02:50 PM   #10 
  - This man is disgusting  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 02:50 PM   #11 
  - Yeah, THIS is the guy I want to represent us at the U.N.  ClintonTyree   Apr-16-05 02:51 PM   #12 
  - I believe the nomination of Bolton shows that Bush wants to destroy the UN  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:00 PM   #14 
     - Says a lot about Bush appointing "scum from the bottom of the barrel"  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 08:18 PM   #38 
        - I wonder why he does that  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:20 PM   #40 
           - If his agenda were to get someone who would "do the right thing" he would  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 09:48 PM   #54 
           - I think that what we despise in Bolton's character, the neocons admire  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 01:05 AM   #71 
  - Here's a TinyURL for this thread in case you want to send out a link to it  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:06 PM   #16 
  - just sounds like a typical repuke wack job  leftofthedial   Apr-16-05 03:21 PM   #22 
  - I'm kind of assuming that these tactics are typical of the cabal --  DeepModem Mom   Apr-16-05 03:50 PM   #23 
  - Maybe they have something on McCain  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:21 PM   #41 
     - Or threat --  DeepModem Mom   Apr-16-05 10:42 PM   #61 
  - There are currently 345 responses to the Kos post on this letter  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 03:55 PM   #24 
  - do a google search  itsjustme   Apr-16-05 04:51 PM   #28 
  - here is info  itsjustme   Apr-16-05 05:20 PM   #30 
  - My Opinion Only  itsjustme   Apr-16-05 05:25 PM   #31 
  - Kick and Nominated. This guy may be worse than Kerik.  Vektor   Apr-16-05 04:17 PM   #25 
  - Kerik was just  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:23 PM   #42 
     - .  Vektor   Apr-17-05 01:51 PM   #85 
  - What's the big deal?? Sounds like business as usual, to me...  driver8   Apr-16-05 04:25 PM   #26 
  - "he went straight for the low road & stayed there"--perfect qualifications  lostnfound   Apr-16-05 04:53 PM   #29 
  - My thoughts exactly  Laurab   Apr-16-05 07:42 PM   #37 
  - Barbara Boxer is on the record, calling this sinkscum a  sfexpat2000   Apr-16-05 04:29 PM   #27 
  - Who has a connection to BB?  paineinthearse   Apr-16-05 05:32 PM   #32 
     - We all have a connection to BB:  sfexpat2000   Apr-16-05 05:46 PM   #33 
  - Hope, I trust you sent this to the Kahuna.  RevCheesehead   Apr-16-05 05:46 PM   #34 
  - A C-span caller with a British accent asked a great question...  spooky3   Apr-16-05 06:46 PM   #35 
  - Wow! I so love dry Brittish humor!  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 08:25 PM   #43 
  - So true  FreedomAngel82   Apr-16-05 08:25 PM   #44 
  - Vet this one CAREFULLY before you go with it, guys...  Junkdrawer   Apr-16-05 06:57 PM   #36 
  - Yes, corroboration is needed: WE DON'T WANT ANOTHER RATHERGATE  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 08:39 PM   #45 
  - New York Times article  dissident0   Apr-16-05 08:43 PM   #46 
  - Reading this excerpt - it looks like they're TRYING TO BURY HER STORY!  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 09:12 PM   #48 
     - Ah, she must be a registered DEM then.  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 09:43 PM   #53 
  - Bolton is a Monster in a Rubber Suit!  dxstone   Apr-16-05 08:51 PM   #47 
  - Do we know who was the PRIMARY HUB comtractor?  napi21   Apr-16-05 09:14 PM   #49 
  - Yes, we need to know. The statement in the NYT article was very  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 09:21 PM   #50 
  - Possible Republican SWAY VOTES  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 09:25 PM   #51 
  - CALLING WILL PITT!! WE NEED AN INVESTIGATIVE JOURNALIST STAT!!!  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 09:28 PM   #52 
  - Truth Out on Bolton from 4/13 - Let's ask Ray McGovern to dig up facts...  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 10:08 PM   #56 
  - For me, the issue is reaching Will Pitt and/or Ray McGovern and  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 10:20 PM   #58 
     - Will is a good guy, if he is in the country is my concern...  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 10:29 PM   #60 
        - I know he's a good guy, but he's a very busy good guy with an email  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 10:54 PM   #63 
  - Please do. I did some searching on the net, but failed.  napi21   Apr-16-05 10:12 PM   #57 
     - Still working on it!  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 10:25 PM   #59 
        - GOT IT!!  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 11:00 PM   #64 
           - Great! I'll email too. Here are the links to the NYT article & MP3 file  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 11:27 PM   #66 
           - OK, I've finally PMed Will - hope he will be able to respond.  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 03:50 AM   #77 
  - Air America Radio last night  Terre   Apr-16-05 10:08 PM   #55 
  - This is EXCELLENT!!! From THIS UPDATE at Daily Kos, it went well  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 10:48 PM   #62 
  - Majority Report Transcript  Tigress DEM   Apr-16-05 11:38 PM   #67 
     - Tigress, I tried it and couldn't find written transcripts, but the MP3  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 12:15 AM   #70 
        - No written transcripts.  Tigress DEM   Apr-17-05 02:30 AM   #73 
           - Yes, I feel the same way. Her being up front about which allegations were  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:42 AM   #75 
  - MP3 FILES of Melody Townsel AAR INTERVIEW  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 11:20 PM   #65 
  - Clearer sight from far away: great take on Bolton from a Pakistani paper  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-16-05 11:57 PM   #68 
  - Funny How FAUX News wants to appear UN Biased....but can't  Tigress DEM   Apr-17-05 02:26 AM   #72 
     - CARTOON illustrating the Washington Post's editorial's stated view that  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:51 AM   #76 
  - More information from the Kos Letter post reply thread  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:36 AM   #74 
  - thanks, it's great to know that the Dems are investigating this.  spooky3   Apr-17-05 06:56 AM   #78 
  - Biden just mentioned this letter and writer on the FOX News Sunday show,  Algorem   Apr-17-05 08:20 AM   #79 
  - you are so right sir! n/t  AZDemDist6   Apr-17-05 10:27 AM   #81 
  - kickkickkickkickkick  ianrs   Apr-17-05 10:26 AM   #80 
  - LA Times has picked it up, Biden emailed letter to dozens of DC reporters  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 12:37 PM   #82 
  - from NY Times-  Algorem   Apr-17-05 01:22 PM   #83 
  - This was from last Friday - and note the one-sided reporting  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 01:34 PM   #84 
     - guess noone she worked with or for is reachable  Algorem   Apr-17-05 01:57 PM   #86 
        - That's not clear and it may well be untrue - I hope  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 02:08 PM   #87 
  - CALL (202) 224-3953, the Foreign Relations Committee minority line...  Fridays Child   Apr-17-05 07:37 PM   #88 
  - Yes, I do believe that if the Dems had been serious about bringing in  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 11:34 PM   #94 
  - BTW - What Does It Take To Get A Thread Like This On The Home Page ???  WillyT   Apr-17-05 07:58 PM   #89 
  - We should ask that in ATA  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 11:14 PM   #92 
  - International paper says vote will be held on Tuesday regardless of all  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 08:23 PM   #90 
  - Hagel says he's troubled but will vote YES "at this point." Grandstanding?  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 10:39 PM   #91 
  - Bolton needs anger management!  lemonlime   Apr-17-05 11:29 PM   #93 
  - Welcome to DU, lemonlime! (And you're surely right about the anger mgmnt)  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-17-05 11:37 PM   #95 
  - Consistent with his abusive bullying, BOLTON HATES INTERNATIONALISM  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-18-05 12:35 AM   #96 
  - He does not listen to facts but tries to force agreement with his ideology  paineinthearse   Apr-18-05 08:53 AM   #97 
  - April 19 UPDATE and continuation of this thread posted in a NEW THREAD  Nothing Without Hope   Apr-19-05 05:54 AM   #98 

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