Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Statement Analysis: Howard Gutman, US Ambassador to Belgium on Sex With Children

Statement Analysis gets to the truth.  Would you like to know if the US Ambassador to Belgium had sex with children?  Listen to him.  He is going to chose his words carefully, yet those who are innocent simply say, "I didn't have sex with children" without difficulty.  It is an easy sentence, and uses simple words and needs no pre thought. 

Statement Analysis teaches us to listen to what one says.  Here, the headline says he denied having sex with minors.  Did he?  

Statement Analysis is in bold type. 

U.S. Ambassador to Belgium Denies Accusations He Had Sex With Minors

In a fast-developing story, U.S. ambassador to Belgium Howard Gutman has been named as the diplomat accused of soliciting "sexual favors from both prostitutes and minor children," according to State Department documentsobtained by NBC News. Gutman denied the allegations, in a statement to The Cable and other outlets.
Note that the article says he has "denied" the allegations.  A denial will have three components:
1.  The pronoun "I", something humans are very good at using
2.  The past tense verb "didn't" or the emphatic "did not"
3.  The allegation included, specifically.
If a denial has more than three components, or less than three, it is not to be considered a "reliable" denial. 
"I am angered and saddened by the baseless allegations that have appeared in the press and to watch the four years I have proudly served in Belgium smeared is devastating," he said. "At no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity."
He does not deny having sex with children.  He is angered and he is saddened.  Anyone caught having sex with children is likely to be angry at being caught, and sad about the possible consequences.  He also diverts attention away from the allegations with his statement about being proud of serving, which is not related to the allegation.
He does not even deny "improper activity" with the word "ever."  The word "ever" like its cousin, "never" is not a substitute for the simple verb "didn't" and is to be considered unreliable. 
Not only this, but he only says "improper" activity.  Since each of us has an internal, subjective personal dictionary, what is his definition of "improper"?  
To avoid denying having sex with either prostitutes or children, we come to a rule:
If the subject is unable or unwilling to say he did not do it, we are not permitted to say it for him. 
Gutman came under the spotlight on Monday after CBS obtained an internal memo from the department's inspector general detailing eight examples of alleged misconduct by staff or contractors ranging from soliciting prostitutes to obtaining narcotics from an "underground drug ring." The report also alleged that the agency tried to cover up instances of misconduct, something State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki called "preposterous."
According to one veteran Brussels reporter speaking to The Cable, Gutman "is something of a legend here."  He's known as "the American guy who goes to shitty little Belgian towns even Belgians haven't heard of," in an effort to strengthen ties with the locals. "He's pretty much always on Belgian TV apparently."
Speaking of the two allegations -- solicitation of prostitutes and minors -- the source said: "The first charge is unsurprising in 'like, whatever' Belgium. But the second is shocking and out-of-character if proved." He said the ambassador is known for his "sharp and wicked humor."
"[He] lives in a gigantic pad between Royal Palace and Parliament," the source said. "Florid reception room, which I imagine gets a lot of use -- could easily hold 100."
Gutman is also a big supporter of President Obama. Formerly a Washington lawyer, Gutman bundled at least $500,000 for Obama's 2008 campaign committee and $275,000 for his inauguration committee, according to Open Secrets.
After allegations of Gutman's misconduct arose, the ambassador was called back to Washington to meet Undersecretary of State for Management Patrick Kennedy, but kept his job.
According to the New York Post, which also obtained State Department memos, Kennedy ordered the investigation ceased. Kennedy, in a statement to The Cable, denied allegations that he inhibited the State Department investigation.
"The Foreign Service has been my life for over forty years and through several Secretaries of State," he said. "I have always acted to honor the brave men and women I serve, while also holding accountable anyone guilty of wrongdoing.  In my current position, it is my responsibility to make sure the Department and all of our employees-no matter their rank-are held to the highest standard, and I have never once interfered, nor would I condone interfering, in any investigation." 
On Monday, Psaki announced that the department's Bureau of Diplomatic Security requested a "review by outside, experienced law enforcement offices ... to make expert assessments about our current procedures."
The allegations surfaced with claims by Aurelia Fedensin, a former investigator with the State Department's internal watchdog agency, who told CBS that higher ranking State Department officials discouraged allegations of misconduct. "We expect to see influence, but the degree to which that influence existed and how high up it went was very disturbing."
On Monday, a State Department official told The Cable that investigations sometimes result in disciplinary actions that aren't made public. At a briefing, Psaki said the department "would never condone any undue influence on any report or investigation," Psaki said.
Republican Congressman Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, issued a statement Mondaysaying he was "appalled" at the alleged misconduct. "The notion that any or all of the cases contained in news reports would not be investigated thoroughly by the Department is unthinkable," he said.


Anonymous said...

Now you're attacking the son of a HOLOCAUST SURVIVOR because he's a Democrat?


Dee said...

@anon 9:46 am...
Does being the son of a Holocaust Survivor automatically disqualify him from being a pedophile? Does being a Democrat automatically disqualify him from being a pedophile?
Try reading his statement....

"I am angered and saddened by the baseless allegations that have appeared in the press and to watch the four years I have proudly served in Belgium smeared is devastating," he said. "At no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity."

Does he deny the accusation? He's angered and saddened. They are baseless allegations. At no point has he ever engaged in "improper activity". Does he simply say he didn't do it? No he doesn't. I'd like to know his definition of improper activity. Maybe he doesn't consider sex with minors "improper".

Tania Cadogan said...

What is his definition of improper activity?

No strong denial and if he can't deny it we can't do it for him.

hobnob the penis hurter 2013 said...

Yes agreed Hobnob!

Anonymous said...

Democrats are TURDS!

Skip said...

I don't know... he may be guilty, but consider this, Peter and all: he DOES have the need to convince, so it makes sense that he'd go as far as he has to go to convince. Often, what is obvious to you ("Just say, "I didn't do it," or, "I didn't have sex with kids.") isn't as obvious to them.

Also, even if I was innocent, I don't think I could bring myself to even utter the words "I" and "sex with kids" in the same sentence.

Just food for thought.

Apple said...

I think the idea of a reliable denial is that innocent people deny early, often, and clearly. With much disgust and anger, but the denial would be simple. He should not have a need to "convince" any more than anyone else that is falsely accused of such a horrific crime. Unless the need stems from an accusation that is not false.
What would you say if you were asked:

Skip, we have heard rumors that you had sex with children. How do you speak to that?

Anonymous said...

As long as the "thorough investigation" is filtered through the same people who handled the Benghazi incident- he'll be just fine. If he wasn't part of the political "in-crowd" it would be be handled differently and have a different outcome.

Anonymous said...

I wonder if the govt will protect him.

It always amazes me how often the victim or the whistleblower becomes a target. They become the ones that are in danger.

What it tells me, is that there are many in power that also agree with this behavior.

I mean, if all those on power above these people were horrified at let's day sex with children.. This behavior would be swiftly death with. Charges drawn, job ended. Often however, those in charge cover it all up and these monsters are protected.


C5H11ONO said...

a State Department official told The Cable that investigations sometimes result in disciplinary actions that aren't made public.

Is this like the Catholic priests getting slapped on the wrists. Whatdisciplinary action did this sicko get that warranted keeping him employed to continue his sick antics. His wife reminds me of Sandusky's moronic wife. She should be ashamed of herself.

Anonymous said...

If I were called back to Washington to answer on a charge like this, I sure would be relieved when I saw that the official I had to talk to was Ted Kennedy's son.

Anonymous said...


Trigger said...

Maybe he considers minors to be consenting adults because of his preference for them as proper sexual partners.

I am reminded of Joey Buttafucco's denial, "I never slept with Amy Fisher."

He went to jail after being convicted of having sex with her when she was a minor.

If he can't say it, then we can't say it for him.

Charlotte from Denmark said...

"At no point have I ever engaged in any improper activity."

Statement analysis has taught me to not interpret the words. So here he says he has never ("never" is a common Enghlish word, which can not be interpreted in to "sometimes" or "yes")engaged in improper activity.

Therefor we have to believe him. "Improper" is open for debate. However, a grown man knows what improper behaviour towards children are.

Since we know he has spoken the truth, we also know that he has knowledge of what is proper behaviour towards children.

We can also use statistic. Most grown men know that French kissing a child is improper (and disgusting.)

Anonymous said...

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Karen T said...

I follow SA here & I have learned a lot from it. However, from my own personal experience & my own personality I have trouble with the "simple denial". For instance, I once found a small paper bag full of money in a bathroom stall at my high school. I turned it in to the school office. Then I was called into the principal's office where he thanked me, kind of, and then said, "Of course, we do not know how much you kept". I was being accused of stealing the money. I was deeply hurt & very much angered. I also thought this man was so clueless. I was a welfare kid & really needed that money but I did not keep any of it. But what did I say to him? Nothing. Not one word in my own defense. That is my MO. I do not respond to stupidity even if I am accused of wrong doing.

Lela said...

Pedophilia is rampant, especially in the highest places. Research the Franklin scandal. This isn't about one party or the other. Also, thousands of Pentagon employees downloaded child porn and were never investigated. Only Senator Grassley has spoken out. And the BBC and Jimmy Saville and his ilk? The tip of the iceberg.

Pedophiles are everywhere, especially in positions of power and influence.

report it DUMBO! said...

If its there REPORT IT!!! your wierd If you dont!simples!!!

Anonymous said...

I have no doubt he is guilty of the charges. He will be protected from any punishment. He probably won't lose his posting to Belgium, or he could be posted somewhere else.

Skip said...

Apple, good example! What I thought in response to your question isn't fit to type here, and disgust, outrage, sadness, and shock were what I first felt, all within a second.

"You _____, I didn't have sex with kids, you sick ____ _____!" etc. But I'd also throw in, "I'd never," and phrases like that.

But you're right, I would be so outraged that I'd be denying it often.

Anonymous said...

Meeting with Ted Kennedys' son has nothing to do with Gutmans' guilt or lack of. Fact is, he does not give a specific and proper denial. IMO, he is a liar, a pedophile and guilty of molesting children. Also has a stupid wife if she is attempting to sweep this under the rug. I would put his ass out so fast his head would spin. What is WRONG with these women! Observer

Apple said...

I think many people would add "I'd never..." in their denial of such an accusation but would have the reliable, "I didn't have sex with kids" (or children) like you stated.

Anonymous said...

Apple you're pip.

Turd said...