Magazine article Insight on the News

State Department Still Stonewalls on International Abduction of Children

Magazine article Insight on the News

State Department Still Stonewalls on International Abduction of Children

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After Insight's blistering investigative report on the State Department's mishandling of international kidnapping cases in which American children have been abducted (see "State Abandons Kidnapped Kids," June 14), news alert! has learned, Attorney General Janet Reno rejected the State-led committee report on missing children and ordered the group to rewrite it.

The initial 47-page report was a whitewash that failed to tell the entire truth about the many problems parents face when trying to recover their kidnapped children, according to many parents interviewed. In most cases, parents never recover their children. The Insight article quickly became a "must read" for congressional investigators attempting to get up to speed on the issue, according to sources close to the kidnapping tragedies.

Congress has been waiting for the State Department to issue a final report to Reno and is growing impatient with State's dance around the issue, according to a congressional source. "It took the committee eight months to write that report, and now Reno has remanded it back to the committee to be rewritten" says a congressional source close to the issue. "Who knows how long it will take them to rewrite it?"

House International Relations Committee Chairman Benjamin Gilman of New York had been waiting for the report before holding hearings, but sources tell news alert! that he has waited long enough. Hearings are expected in mid-September.

In the meantime, the General Accounting Office, or GAO, has met with Gilman's staff and denied allegations reported by Insight that senior management has withheld resources and manpower necessary to do a thorough investigation, pushed GAO investigators to issue a "toned-down" report and has received little or no cooperation from the State Department. …

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