Why did I care about the Lubbad case?
Aside from the obvious, which is that I appear to have what the UN considers an inexplicable intolerance for harassment, persecutions and other miscarriages of justice, the specific answer to that question lies with OIOS trying to tell me that I had to “improve my judgement.” It therefore follows that I should have a vested interest in learning what OIOS considered to be “good judgement“.
Is that unreasonable?
As it turned out, there was actually more to it than that.
In the real world, it is a generally accepted principle that when supervising staff it is a good idea for the supervisor to address mistakes that the staff member has made, and to correct any performance shortcomings that the staff member may have.
Not many people could have a problem with that. I certainly don’t, and after all, I was the one who as asking – to the point of demanding – to know what I was alleged to have done wrong. All that anyone had to do was answer my questions.
Vlad Dzuro was my First Reporting Officer, he was the one primarily responsible for the PIP, so one might be forgiven for thinking it was his job to tell me what he claimed I had done wrong. Instead, he refused to do so and hiding behind every technicality that could be invented to insist that I had no right to have answers to my questions.
Sherlock Dzuro was also responsible for the Lubbad investigation, so…. if my investigative work was so indescribably bad that I required to be put on a PIP, I obviously needed to learn how to do it properly. That sounds fair.
So if I needed to learn how to do it properly, surely it would make sense that I learn from a real expert. Is that unreasonable? I don’t think so.
Well, I am not a psychologist, but Sigmund Freud was. When Freud was not thinking about sex, he came up with a theory of psychological projection in which people deny the existence of their own abilities or character traits while attributing them to others.
…..Who knew that that could in fact be a management policy in the UN?
Imagine that the UN was somehow involved in (genuine) passports from a Carribbean country being issued to individuals from such countries as Iraq, the Lebanon and elsewhere in the Middle East.
This might set alarm bells ringing, causing some investigators (myself included) to start worrying about such transnational criminal activities as terrorism, drug smuggling or human trafficking. Or even the trifecta of all three.
The Lubbad case was an OIOS investigation that had to be swept under the carpet because it had been spectacularly and comprehensively….. f..f..f…”messed up”.