Saturday, March 7, 2020

Not a Mistake

Hillary Clinton now says apologizing for saying that having a private email server that was used for State Department business was a mistake.
 "It turned out to be a mistake because look at all the oxygen it was sucking out of my campaign. But it didn't end it," the former secretary of state said in the Hulu documentary about the criticism she received over her emails. "It didn't end it at all. And it never ended, it never ended."
Allow me to retort.

In a country where the rule of law is applied equitably, Hillary Clinton would have gone to prison for that email server. Her work emails are considered part of the public historical record. Like letters, memos, and speeches, email is part of the way people communicate and the law is clear. The Federal Records Act clearly states this and also makes it a crime to remove or delete official emails which she clearly did when she had the data destroyed before turning over the server. It's not just me, here's NBC News in 2016.
Two information technology officials who support the secretary raised concerns about Clinton’s use of personal email in late 2010 and raised the issue with their boss, the audit says.
The director of the unit that supported the secretary’s information technology “instructed the staff never to speak of the Secretary’s personal email system again.”
Additionally, as Sec. of State, her email would have held real time actionable intelligence. Names of people involved in activity overseas, mission approvals, diplomatic decisions. The breach of security that her actions created is hard to overstate. It is likely that everything that went in and out of that server was being read by foreign agents. Information security is the highest priority and entire careers are dedicated to trying keep servers and communication from being compromised. The New York Times reported in 2016 that her server had been compromised by both Chinese and Russian governments and possibly others, allowing them to read her communications in real time.

She used this email server when she traveled overseas. Unless it was encrypted from the device, every character send would have been read, making both the current communication and access to the server extremely easy to achieve. Hillary refused to use the secure device the NSA tried to give her and continued to use her personal Blackberry, so security weaknesses are obvious.

And to wrap this up, even though the politically motivated  decision not to charge her was made by the FBI, three of the technicians involved in the setup and management of Hillary Clinton's email server either refused to testify or invoked their 5th Amendment rights to every question they were asked before Congress.

“You’re an IT guy who’s paid by the Clintons. Who told you to delete the emails?”
“On advice of counsel, I respectfully decline to answer and exert my Fifth Amendment right,”
--Paul Combetta, Platte River Networks


SiGraybeard said...

The absolute worst part of this is the different enforcement of laws between the majority of the country and the ruling class. That's what leads to revolutions.

In the real world, any of us who have had clearances know that if we had done it, we'd be sitting in a Federal lockup awaiting trial.

Aesop said...

TS/SSBI here.
I would still be in federal prison if I'd done what Shrillary did when I held my clearance in the 1980s.

As for the three IT clerks, it's easily solved: first one to give it all up gets immunity; the other two get hammered to the max.

Indict the other two, and then Shrillary. Game, set, match.
Then do the same thing regarding Loretta Lynch, Comey, and Fat Bill's coincidental discussion with the sitting AG right before Comey let her walk. First one to talk gets full immunity. Everyone else goes to supermax.

Jess said...

Hillary Clinton should have been hung for her actions. To some, that may seem harsh. To those that lost family, or had their career ruined, draw-and-quartering would be more appropriate.

Jester said...

You are all fools, all of you. You think honestly that she or any of her clown posse supporters care? You think that the FBI which went after every sniff of anything related to Trump is going to be helpful in any of this? The State Department? You're all right about any of us would be in prison for life with out parole for what she did but she's a "better" I really would love to see her go down but there's been opportunity to get her for stuff going back as long as I've been alive? (Getting to 40 real quick) No what this was from the onset of THIS particular situation was the first open signs of a coup. This stuff everyone's up in arms about whats going on with Trump is not the first open signs a coup. I hope to see her and everyone associated with her to go down. I think the Obamas were just as complicit too but we can't have America's favorite prez go down as well as half the media and most of the security/defense/law institutions either now can we?

juvat said...

"On advice of counsel, who warned my of my upcoming suicide should I talk, I respectfully decline to answer and exert my Fifth Amendment Right."

There, I translated what he really meant, by that sentence.


@juvat: That's probable.


@SiG: As Bill Whittle has pointed out in several talks, the average Roman was willing to fight and die for the idea of "Rome". When it became clear to them that the Rome they knew was gone, and in its place was a corruptocrat regime at the top, they gave up. I see the same here... and if our host will tolerate my shamelessly self-referencing, this in-your-face corruption (e.g., the SMIRKS by so many of them) is deliberate:

"Today we see the corruption – ethical, moral, spiritual, and financial – in the fetid swamp of Washington, DC (the irony of that city being named after one of the absolute best of us is physically painful to me), but also in most state capitals (and even further down – I was just listening to a local talk show discussing the state police milking the public)… and it feels like a lot of people are starting to think WHY BOTHER?"

@Aesop: Nice prisoner's dilemna touch. I like it. :D

@Jess: I'd go old school. Beheading, and mount her skull (along with a metric f*ckton of others) on pikes at the DNC entrance, until the flesh rots and the gleaming skulls serve as a warning to the next ten generations of liberals that treason carries a high price.

@Jester: I fear you are correct. She, and myriad others, will never pay a price. And circling back to my SiG reply... "And thus, Rome falls".

Richard said...

If the rule of law isn't applied equably (and it isn't), it simply doesn't exist. Conservatives need to come to terms with this and quit dealing with leftists as if the rule of law is still there.

Glen Filthie said...

Men - you all miss the forest for the trees. Hillary, in fact, DID nothing wrong. It’s all YOUR fault. Allow me to explain what SHOULD be intuitively obvious.

Hillary is a crazy old bitch. Unfortunately most women her age end up like that. It is their biology that does it to them. Look at Elizabeth Warren! Even when they’re young, women think with their emotions and vaginas. This can be a good thing because men are sometimes prone to ignoring the heart when they should be listening to it. But the vast majority of women are ruled by their hearts rather than their minds.
As a result, women are especially vulnerable to the guile of socialism and fascism. Your founding fathers understood this, and wisely deprived women of the vote and barred them from political office. Unless you repeal the 19th Amendment, this will happen again and again.

When men put their women in charge, their families collapse. As goes the family, so goes the community, the state, and ultimately the nation. Bints like Hillary should be cheating at cards down at the local seniors drop in centre. As long as we refuse to be men, and allow our women to dominate us... you can expect this kind of thing to be the order of the day.