Comey and His Contribution to National Perdition
All my readers know I am extremely hard on Donald Trump. So long as he rants without substance, so long as he holds to liberal, statist ideas like eminent domain for private enterprise (crony capitalism) or answers serious questions with talk of polls and how rich he is, I will continue to bust his chops. But he still gets wood on it now and then, and I am happy to give him credit when he does. Today he knocked it out of the park with his tweet about Hillary Clinton and James Comey and his hashtag #riggedsystem. I think he might agree that this is a dark day. Perhaps the darkest day in American politics since Nixon was pardoned.[1. Most people are not politically educated enough to understand that all the things under the rubric of "Watergate", the break-in, the shit list, the coverup, the recordings, don't amount to a flea bite compared to a single one of the crimes and scandals associated with Hillary Clinton. And in her case, she was the actual perpetrator. She wasn't the cynical boss covering for underlings. She was the criminal or character assassin at the heart of the crimes.]
This morning James Comey proved me right, and countless other commentators who said he was a stand-up guy, utterly wrong. Today Comey discarded all of his credibility and dignity to protect the most corrupt politician in the history of American presidential politics. He allowed himself and the FBI to be used as goons, just as the IRS was used, to advance the aims of the most totalitarian cabal ever to infect the Executive branch of our government. Comey is a stooge and a political whore.
Side note: As I write this BHO is making a campaign appearance for Clinton. For the truly slow among the readership, that's why Comey had to bend over this morning. Obama was itching to get out on the campaign trail, to feed his fragile ego and he couldn't do it while BJ Bill's wench was under investigation. So he had Comey shut the investigation down.
"There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office,” B. Hussein O. says. High praise indeed from the least competent, least effective, most paranoid, most corrupt president in our history. And he's a better person than Hillary Clinton! Another low bar, I grant you.
What the Law Demands; And What We Won't Get
I am not a stranger to the requirements of holding a sensitive clearance. I know what is expected of people who have access to, or are in possession of, state secrets. There is nothing exotic in that. My job didn't require I rub elbows with James Bond or work in the White House Situation Room. But I was responsible for protecting the information I did have access to. These requirements are not a matter of suggestion. They are a matter of law[2. The Espionage Act. The Records Protection Act], as General David Petraeus knows all too well. When you sign the documents governing your clearance and take the training for the handling of sensitive information, you read that matters of convenience or ignorance of the law are not mitigating factors when you are found to have compromised the secrets for which you are responsible. Intent or lack of intent are not factors in your prosecution. If information leaves the domain in which it is protected, a crime has been committed. If an employee or contractor of the federal government were found to have willfully placed sensitive information in an unsecured environment, outside the government's control, as Clinton did, that person would be dealt with most severely. Unless, of course, you are an amoral, unethical political hack and can successfully corrupt the head of the FBI.
If I (or anyone who is not a corrupt Democrat politician) was suspected of channeling sensitive information to a laptop in my home (much less a server backed up by two unsecured, non-government server locations!) while working for the government, this is how the timeline would have unfolded:
Within minutes of the discovery, phone calls would go out for as many agents and as possible to be made available on short notice. Local law enforcement would be notified and possibly asked to assist in a raid on my home. Discretion would be emphasized. Within an hour or two of the discovery, federal agents of the FBI and Defense Intelligence would crash through my front door. If home, I'd be arrested immediately. My computer and anything remotely associate with it would be confiscated. Every cable or suspicious wire would be ripped from my walls. My internet provider and any company that might be carrying a blog or website would also be raided; not as forcefully, but they wouldn't be given a choice about cooperating.
No one would have NEGOTIATED the surrender of my computer! No one would have waited months for that server, providing me with an opportunity to tamper with evidence (another crime which Clinton committed) before arresting me. No one would have NEGOTIATED the circumstances under which I would be interrogated. Interrogations would start the moment I was taken into custody. No one would have said, "Oh gee, you gave a thumb drive with sensitive information on it to your lawyer? Well, can we get it back when you have time?"Followed by, "Oh gee, you or your attorney destroyed the information on that thumb drive in such a way that it can't be forensically recovered? Well, okay then. Don't worry about it."
If anything was found on my computer classified as Secret or higher, I'd be wearing orange coveralls right now. This is not debatable. There is no chance it would be overlooked. If I said I committed the crime because doing so was convenient, or because I deserved greater control of the information I created/handled, I'd have been laughed out of even the most incompetent court room; and rightly so.
If you watch the old news feeds you will know that the Clinton server was being rumored and reported long before the FBI "discovered" she had it. It was that fact and all the "negotiating" and foot dragging that clued me in immediately that this situation would not end well. Still, I was not prepared for the visceral reaction I experienced this morning upon hearing Comey had finally whored himself, his career and the entire FBI in front of the whole world. The sitting president and attorney general have colluded in the crime being investigated.
A Few Particulars from the Press Conference
- There was no evidence of intent...
First, intent is not a factor. However, are we to believe that Hillary tripped on the sidewalk resulting in the accidental installation of a server in her basement? Clinton said herself that she intended to skirt the system so she could control information.
So from now on, people can put classified information anywhere they want. So long as they say they didn't mean it, it's okay!
- There wasn't a high volume of information put on the server...
Fact: She returned 55,000 pages of information, most of it classified. And the FBI founds thousands more that she tried to hide - INTENTIONALLY! SHE TAMPERED WITH EVIDENCE. COMEY GAVE HER THE OPPORTUNITY TO DO SO - INTENTIONALLY!
And we haven't even discussed shaking down foreigners for money while Secretary of State!
Fact: What Clinton did was treasonous. The President, the Attorney General and the FBI director are among the many other co-conspirators.
- Comey said outright that lesser people - that would be you proles reading this - should not expect the same treatment that Hillary is getting if you commit such egregious acts of espionage. YOU would be prosecuted. Or in Comey's words, face "administrative sanctions".
Here's the big red herring of the whole affair: Clinton's minions keep saying that there is no crime here because there is no evidence that the server was ever hacked. This is wrong on so many levels. First, her criminality isn't based on whethewr the server was hacked. It is based on her putting information including information MARKED Special Access Program[3. This is a marking that means no matter what your clearance level, you are not entitled to look at this information unless it is critical to your actual function. no exceptions.] on a server that is not secure and not a part of government computers.
Fact: Before he pled "the fifth", Bryan Pagliano, the IT staffer Clinton secretly paid to run her illegal server, said there might have been two instances where the server was hacked. Today, while downplaying Clinton's crimes, Comey said it is highly likely that "bad actors" accessed her server.
I Am a Changed Man
Resultant of today's news, my relationship with my country has changed. Here's how.
Years ago, the Navy recommissioned the old Iowa-class battleships. There was no one in the Navy who knew anything about those amazing 16" guns they carried. The call went out for old hands who knew the guns to come back and teach the young guys how to make them work. Men between 50 and 65 years old strapped on uniforms and returned to service. Being an old Gunner's Mate myself, I thought that was really cool. But if a weird circumstance like that were to occur today and I was asked to come back and serve under an Obama or Clinton administration, I would refuse to serve.
When I left DC, I was working for a truly great company, a defense contractor. The president of that company was one of the best employers you could ever hope for. My immediate supervisor was a top shelf manager and passionate about the mission. If that company came to me today and said they had the perfect job for me, working well within my areas of interest and talent, in a great location, (and no I-95 traffic!) under contract to a government with a Clinton or an Obama in it, I'd pass on the job. I'd be sick about it. But I wouldn't do it.
I would refuse for two reasons. The first is obvious. I would refuse to serve a Commander-in-Chief as bereft of ethics as these two clowns. I would find no honor in that.
Second, we watched Venezuela plunge into a pathetic abyss under Chavez and Maduro. They were elected by an ignorant and emotionally charged peasant class. They had the excuse of being a country without the constitutional and educational advantages we have here. It ALMOST makes their mass stupidity understandable. We have no such excuse.
The Democrat party shames itself to have nominated such an unworthy creature to represent it. Half the electorate has yet to learn its lesson after TWICE electing an arrogant, pseudo-intellectual, now utterly corrupt Islamophile to the Oval Office. He and his Secretary of State got four men killed in Benghazi, including our ambassador and were in bed before learning of his fate. Now the possibility exists that Clinton will be elected president. This is no longer the country whose uniform I wore so proudly. That country has been fading from view ever since the first guns were sent across the Mexican border to support the regime's narratives. The collective stupidity that got Obama reelected; the more insidious stupidity required to elect Clinton, would be far less forgivable in America than in poor Venezuela - but we would be on the same path as that wretched hell hole.
I don't want to serve a people who could do that.
Afterthought: Oh wait! Does this mean Edward Snowden can come home and only face administrative sanctions and back pay to the time of those sanctions? Because he didn't actually GIVE information to the Russians. He just put them on a computer that they may or may not have accessed. Just like Hillary.
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