Monday, February 1, 2016

Alright, then, if it's not stupidity, then what is it?

We know from recent developments that the Hillary Server Scandal has exploded beyond just mere speculation about whether any classified information has been compromised.

As a recap, here is the gist of the latest gory details as reported by Catherine Herridge @ Fox News.
"...Highly classified Hillary Clinton emails that the intelligence community and State Department recently deemed too damaging to national security to release contain 'operational intelligence' – and their presence on the unsecure, personal email system jeopardized 'sources, methods and lives,' ...  the U.S. government official’s description provides confirmation that the emails contained closely held government secrets. “Operational intelligence” can be real-time information about intelligence collection, sources and the movement of assets ... The official emphasized that the 'TOP SECRET' documents were sent over an extended period of time -- from shortly after the server's 2009 installation until early 2013 when Clinton stepped down as secretary of state ..."
Herridge quotes in her report  House intelligence committee member,  Rep. Mike Pompeo (R-Kansas), asserting that Hillary Clinton, a "Yale-trained lawyer had to know what she was dealing with."
"... 'There is no way that someone, a senior government official who has been handling classified information for a good chunk of their adult life, could not have known that this information ought to be classified, whether it was marked or not,' he said. 'Anyone with the capacity to read and an understanding of American national security, an 8th grade reading level or above, would understand that the release of this information or the potential breach of a non-secure system presented risk to American national security ' ... Pompeo also suggested the military and intelligence communities have had to change operations, because the Clinton server could have been compromised by a third party ... 'Anytime our national security team determines that there's a potential breach, that is information that might potentially have fallen into the hands of the Iranians, or the Russians, or the Chinese, or just hackers, that they begin to operate in a manner that assumes that information has in fact gotten out,' Pompeo said ..."
It appears that Pompeo might be voicing what many must be thinking and assuming, and that is:  Nobody is that stupid or ignorant as to completely endanger national security and many of the lives that are dependent on that information remaining secure.

Alright, then, if it's not stupidity, then what is it?

It is at the very least, not just lying, but massively lying.  It is also, not just fraud, but massive fraud.  It is also not simply a disregard for the trust and the law and security she has sworn to uphold, but also the severe breach of security which may have already compromised information and lives of agents, sources, and the families of those who depended on Clinton maintaining the proper security.

What now?

Clinton now must face those who are charged with effecting Justice:  The FBI, the Justice Department, the American people, and those victims of her server breaches of security.  She must also answer to those who believed in her politically, and to those against whom she perpetrated fraud by taking their money, their effort, their time and their trust in her as a political candidate.  She must also answer to those with which she has exchanged political favors, who have backed her financially and otherwise.

Will she be brought to Justice?

The White House has already announced that it will withhold emails between the President and his Secretary of State, Clinton, from public view.

New York Times' Michael D. Shear and Michael S. Schmidt wrote at the end of last October that Obama was doing just that.
"...The White House will try to block the release of a handful of emails between President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, citing longstanding precedent invoked by presidents of both parties to keep presidential communications confidential, officials said Friday ... White House officials said Friday that their refusal to release the emails between the two officials is not based on their content, but rather is intended to defend the principle that presidents must be free to receive advice from their top aides without fear that the conversations will be made public during their time in office. They noted the emails between Mr. Obama and Mrs. Clinton will eventually become public many years after the Obama presidency ends, under the terms of federal records laws..."
The White House is not invoking Executive Privilege, but is shielding the emails nevertheless.
" refusing to release the emails, Mr. Obama is following a well-worn precedent that he and his predecessors have established. Mr. Obama has repeatedly resisted efforts by Congress to turn over the president’s private communications, which by law are exempt from Freedom of Information laws that are often used to pry information out of other parts of an administration..."
However, how will we know which emails actually fall under the special privilege purview, if we cannot see them?  How can one know if an email or a thousand fall under this category if they are not available for inspection?

Another area of "interest" in this unfolding drama is the area of "the others."

What about "the others?"

We have some time since learned that Clinton has received financing and backing from many foreign entities via the Clinton Foundation, some of this financing running into the millions of dollars.

David Sirota wrote in Salon, back in late may:
"...While Clinton was secretary of state, her department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors. That figure from Clinton’s three full fiscal years in office is almost double the value of arms sales to those countries during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term ... The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that gave to the Clinton Foundation. That was a 143 percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration. The 143 percent increase in U.S. arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors compares to an 80 percent increase in such sales to all countries over the same time period ..."
This is significant, because the State Department uses foreign governments' human rights records when reviewing arms sales to them, and according to Sirota, "Hillary Clinton’s State Department increased approvals of such deals to Clinton Foundation donors that her own agency was sharply criticizing for systematic human rights abuses."  Sirota cites the following as an example:
"... in its 2011 Human Rights Report, Clinton’s State Department slammed Algeria’s government for imposing 'restrictions on freedom of assembly and association,' tolerating 'arbitrary killing,' 'widespread corruption' and a 'lack of judicial independence.' ... That year, the Algerian government donated $500,000 to the Clinton Foundation and the next year Clinton’s State Department approved a one-year 70 percent increase in military export authorizations to the country. The jump included authorizations for almost 50,000 items classified as 'toxicological agents, including chemical agents, biological agents and associated equipment.' The State Department had not authorized the export of any of such items to Algeria the year before ... During Hillary Clinton’s 2009 Senate confirmation hearings, Republican Sen. Richard Lugar said the Clinton Foundation should stop accepting foreign government money. He warned that if it didn’t, 'foreign governments and entities may perceive the Clinton Foundation as a means to gain favor with the secretary of state.' ..."
In another report by David Sirota and Andrew Perez @ the International Business Times, we learn that yet another high priced arms sale was tainted with Clinton Foundation finger prints.
"... In the years before Hillary Clinton became secretary of state, the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia contributed at least $10 million to the Clinton Foundation, the philanthropic enterprise she has overseen with her husband, former president Bill Clinton. Just two months before the deal was finalized, Boeing -- the defense contractor that manufactures one of the fighter jets the Saudis were especially keen to acquire, the F-15 -- contributed $900,000 to the Clinton Foundation, according to a company press release.
The Saudi deal was one of dozens of arms sales approved by Hillary Clinton’s State Department that placed weapons in the hands of governments that had also donated money to the Clinton family philanthropic empire, an International Business Times investigation has found.
Under Clinton's leadership, the State Department approved $165 billion worth of commercial arms sales to 20 nations whose governments have given money to the Clinton Foundation, according to an IBTimes analysis of State Department and foundation data. That figure -- derived from the three full fiscal years of Clinton’s term as Secretary of State (from October 2010 to September 2012) -- represented nearly double the value of American arms sales made to the those countries and approved by the State Department during the same period of President George W. Bush’s second term.
The Clinton-led State Department also authorized $151 billion of separate Pentagon-brokered deals for 16 of the countries that donated to the Clinton Foundation, resulting in a 143 percent increase in completed sales to those nations over the same time frame during the Bush administration. These extra sales were part of a broad increase in American military exports that accompanied Obama’s arrival in the White House. The 143 percent increase in U.S. arms sales to Clinton Foundation donors compares to an 80 percent increase in such sales to all countries over the same time period..."
You can read more about that HERE...

So, let's say that as a result of some miracle Hillary Clinton is brought to Justice for these "alleged" crimes.  What about these "others."  How then will she answer for the "pay to play" or "pay for access" money she received from foreign entities?  If she cannot deliver on promises made to these "others," because she is not "The President," what then will those foreign entities do?

When she made those supposed and "alleged" promises, might we premise that she was not the only one involved in those deals?  Might we suppose that this involved White House staffers, their political allies, Cabinet Officials, Intelligence Officials, Senators and Congressmen, and even Media entities?  Because, I dare say, many of those people are also graduates of Holier Than Thou universities, and surely they know what they are doing.  Surely you do not believe THEY are stupid?

Well then, if it's not stupidity what is it?

It begins to make sense why even "establishment Republicans" are willing to sacrifice their public face and to betray their constituents so blatantly and so severely.  It would also explain why certain candidates are running for President, and why certain ones are attacking the others.  It would explain why certain candidates suddenly appear on the same side as "establishment Republicans."

What WERE they promised?

The pieces of those pies of corruption are sliced wide and long, and we might be holding the wrong end of the rope.  If this is the case, the ones left hanging from the tree of injustice, might be you and me.

A whole lot is at stake here, and there's too much running on Hillary as the next President.  She might have ensured, by involving a substantial segment of the sociopath population in Washington in her wheeling and dealing, and particularly those that "count," and therefore guaranteed that she gets off with a slap on the wrist, if that, in exchange for then assuming the Presidency.

If you have been contemplating sitting out this election, you might reconsider.  And you might take the plunge and get involved in more than just voting.

What do YOU think?

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