During March 2015 it became publicly known that Hillary Clinton, during her tenure as United States Secretary of State, had exclusively used her family’s private email server for official communications, rather than official State Department email accounts maintained on federal servers. Those official communications included thousands of emails, some containing information above Top Secret. The Government had to know Secretary Clinton was using her private server six years earlier than it became known to the man on the street! It took the United States about four years to win World War II, what has the United States Government been doing since 2009? The FBI has about 14,000 FBI Special Agents with 20,000 support professionals. The Department of Justice has 114,000 personnel and consumes 27 billion taxpayer dollars a year.
I suggest to you that Barney Fife could have investigated, prosecuted and locked up anybody guilty of these allegations years ago! When does foot dragging become a crime? We are witnessing World Class Foot Dragging in the First Degree! Knowledge of the Watergate break-in was like tearing a label off a mattress compared to this email scandal involving National Security. What General Petraeus did to be threatened with prosecution was like having an expired parking meter in comparison!
The Federal Laws and protocols criminally violated by this act including the deletion of about 32,000 emails is profoundly unfathomable! Yet, the FBI and Department of Justice is acting like our 17 Intelligence Agencies when they could not break into an iPhone.
I know many in the government believe as Professor Gruber believes that We the People are stupid! We are not so stupid that we cannot understand when OUR government is obfuscating, overcomplicating, muddying the water, confounding, mystifying and otherwise clouding the issue when their darling is involved! Are we to believe that the Secretary of State, who is fourth in the line of succession to be President of the United States, can’t tell Top Secret information unless it is marked Top Secret? Come on folks, we’re NOT THAT STUPID!
Former Director of the Defense Intelligence Agency Michael T. Flynn, former United States Secretary of Defense Robert Gates and former deputy director of the Central Intelligence Agency Michael Morell have all said that it is likely that foreign governments were able to access the information on Clinton’s server. Michael Hayden, former Director of the National Security Agency, Principal Deputy Director of National Intelligence, and Director of the Central Intelligence Agency said “I would lose all respect for a whole bunch of foreign intelligence agencies if they weren’t sitting back, paging through the emails.”
Clinton’s server was configured to allow users to connect openly from the Internet and control it remotely using Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Services. It is known that hackers in Russia were aware of Clinton’s non-public email address as early as 2011. Server records also show that, using a computer in Serbia, a hacker had scanned Clinton’s Chappaqua server at least twice, in August and in December 2012. It was unclear whether the hacker knew the server belonged to Clinton, although it did identify itself as providing email services for clintonemail.com. During 2014, Clinton’s server was the target of repeated intrusions originating in Germany, China, and South Korea.
On August 10, 2015, the IC inspector general said that two of the 40 emails in the sample were “Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information” and subsequently given classified labels of “TK” (for “Talent Keyhole”, indicating material obtained by spy satellites) and NOFORN. One is a discussion of a news article about a U.S. drone strike operation. The second, he said, either referred to classified material or else was “parallel reporting” of open-source intelligence, which would also be classified. According to an unnamed source, a secondary review by the CIA and the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency endorsed the earlier inspectors general findings concluding that the emails (one of which concerned North Korea’s nuclear weapons program) were “Top Secret” when received by Clinton through her private server in 2009 and 2011.
The IC inspector general issued another letter to Congress on January 14, 2016. In this letter he stated that an unnamed intelligence agency had made a sworn declaration that “several dozen emails [had been] determined by the IC element to be at the CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, and TOP SECRET/SAP levels.” Other intelligence officials added that the several dozen were not the two emails from the previous sample and that the clearance of the IC inspector general himself had to be upgraded before he could learn about the programs referenced by the emails.
On January 29, 2016, the State Department announced that 22 documents from Clinton’s email server would not be released because they contained highly classified information that was too sensitive for public consumption. At the same time, the State Department announced that it was initiating its own investigation into whether the server contained information that was classified at the time it was sent or received.
Does this make you question our justice system? Does this appear to be anything approaching Equal Justice? The wheels of justice grind slow but do they normally go slower than the movement of tectonic plates? Glaciers move faster than the FBI and Justice Department have moved on the Clinton Scandal. Maybe the investigation should be contracted out to Mayberry PD?