During my detective days, looking for a motive and evidence that would fulfill the elements of crimes, was a daily pursuit. Virtually daily, Katherine Herridge and Pamela K Browne of Fox discover more about Hillary Clinton’s motives, and more and more proof that fulfills the elements of a variety of federal crimes regarding the handling of sensitive information. Their most recent report is particularly damning:
Less than a month after becoming secretary of state, and registering the personal email domain that she would use exclusively for government business, Hillary Clinton’s team aggressively pursued changes to existing State Department security protocols so she could use her BlackBerry in secure facilities for classified information, according to new documents released under the Freedom of Information Act.
‘Anyone who has any appreciation at all of security, you don’t ask a question like that,’ cybersecurity analyst Morgan Wright told Fox News. ‘It is contempt for the system, contempt for the rules that are designed to protect the exact kind of information that was exposed through this email set up.’
Current and former intelligence officials grimaced when asked by Fox News about the use of wireless communications devices, such as a BlackBerry, in a SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility) emphasizing its use would defeat the purpose of the secure facility, and it is standard practice to leave all electronics outside.
Understand, gentle readers, that the use of electronic devices inside a SCIF is not a matter of preference. It is simply not done. Merely asking to do it is highly suggestive of actually unbelievable ignorance, and entirely believable criminal motives.
A former State Department employee familiar with the Clinton request emphasized security personnel at the time thought the BlackBerry was only for unclassified material, adding their concerns would have been magnified if they had known Clinton’s email account also held classified material.
‘When you allow devices like this into a SCIF, you can allow the bad guys to listen in,’ Wright added.
No kidding, which is why no one–no one–is allowed to have such devices in a SCIF, which is a facility specifically designed and built to foil electronic snooping.
A February 17, 2009 email marked SECRET and cleared through the NSA says, ‘Ms. Mills described the requirement as chiefly driven by Secretary Clinton, who does not use standard computer equipment but relies exclusively on her Blackberry for emailing and remaining in contact on her schedule etc. Ideally all members of her suite would be allowed to use Blackberries for communication in the SCIF (Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility).’
Cheryl Mills was Clinton’s chief of staff from 2009-13.
The emails, obtained by Judicial Watch as part of a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit also show that a specialized NSA team was brought in to assess the vulnerabilities and feasibility of using wireless communications, including within a secure facility.
Why would Hillary demand this? She has claimed that she used only one electronic device, supposedly her Blackberry, but we know that she used several, including an iPad. This was not a matter of convenience, but an attempt to circumvent FOIA inquiries, and also to prevent prosecutors from discovering her criminal activities. In her criminal actions, she had a great many co-conspirators and accessories, before and after the fact.
The NSA State Department liaison, whose name was withheld, told Mills in a now highly redacted email: ‘Sometimes the distinction between what can be done and what is, or is not, recommended to be done differ; this is one of those instances. (State Department Diplomatic Security) DS’s response illustrates their level of concern based on their extensive professional expertise.
Translation: What the hell is Clinton thinking? She can’t do that!
Another memo from March 2009, obtained by Judicial Watch through its FOIA lawsuit, from Assistant Secretary for Diplomatic Security Eric Boswell to Mills explicitly warned, ‘the vulnerabilities and risks associated with the use of Blackberries in Mahogany Row [seventh floor executive offices] considerably outweigh their convenience.
Translation: Hell no! Don’t use a damned Blackberry! It’s not secure!
Clinton never used a State Department issued BlackBerry. It is not clear from the documents whether Clinton and her team went ahead and used their BlackBerrys in SCIFs despite the concerns, including those of the NSA. Though a state department official said ‘no waiver allowing PDAs within Mahogany Row was granted.
It really doesn’t take much imagination to know what Clinton did. Rule and laws are for the little people. Hillary Clinton does as she pleases. How can we know that? Read on:
A February 18 2009 email from the State Department’s Senior Coordinator for Security Infrastructure, Donald R. Reid, states ‘…once she (Clinton) got the hang of it, she was hooked, now every day, she feels hamstrung because she has to lock up her BB up. She does go out several times a day to an office they have crafted for her outside the SCIF and plays email catch-up. Cheryl Mills and others who are dedicated BB addicts are frustrated because they too are not near their desktop very often during the working day…’
The reference to a secondary office for Clinton appears to conflict with a February statement from the State Department that no stand-alone computer was set up outside Clinton’s main office on the executive floor, known as Mahogany Row, to check her personal account.
You don’t say. Would Hillary Clinton and her aides, people who consider themselves the privileged elite, follow any rule, any law, that presented the slightest inconvenience for them? She did set up her own, secret server outside federal security measures, didn’t she? After that, any additional breach in security must have been beneath consideration to Hillary and her elite minions.
On February 25, Fox News pressed the State Department spokesman about a January 2009 email, also obtained by Judicial Watch, between Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy and then Clinton chief of staff Mills where Kennedy said it was a “great idea” to setup a stand-alone PC for Clinton to check her email.
The State Department said Wednesday no computer was set up but confirmed there was a space created to accommodate Clinton’s personal email use. ’There is an area dedicated to supporting the secretary outside but in the immediate vicinity of the secretary’s secure office. Secretary Clinton, as with anyone, could use such non-SCIF spaces to check personal devices.,’ a State Department official said.
What does this mean? Even in the Washington State Department headquarters, because Hillary’s private electronics contained more than 2000 classified documents, America’s enemies, or even mere hackers, had access, likely daily access, to all of that information–to vital national security secrets. And at least some in the State Department knew it, and were–at least to Hillary and her minions–enthusiastic about it. To wit:
Clinton did not use a government-issued BlackBerry that was certified as secure for government use. Under Secretary for Management Patrick Kennedy recently told the Benghazi Select Committee that he knew about Clinton’s personal account from the earliest days, but did not understand the extent of its use, even though he sent State Department business to Clinton via the Clintonemail account.
He didn’t understand “the extent of its use.” The Secretary of State of the United States was using non-secure means of e-mail, and he didn’t care. Remember that the SecState has access to much of America’s most sensitive information. Even knowing something as seemingly trivial as her travel schedule, or with whom she was communicating or meeting and when, would be of enormous interest to America’s enemies, to the detriment of the nation. It is, of course, far worse than that:
In January 2009, Clinton signed at least two non-disclosure agreements in which she promised to protect classified information. Since then, more than 2,100 emails containing classified information have been identified, as well as 22 Top Secret that are too damaging to national security to release.
Keep in mind that the amount of information released/leaked to the public thus comprises more than sufficient probable cause to believe that Hillary Clinton, and a variety of her loyal minions, violated many specific federal laws relating to the safeguarding of sensitive information. In other words, there is more than enough evidence–in the public domain–to arrest Hillary and her minions. Remember too that each sensitive document mishandled represents a single crime–a felony–and she has violated multiple laws. She might well be liable for thousands of felony counts.
In the public domain also is more than sufficient evidence to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt that Hillary committed those crimes. Give her the benefit of the doubt and convict her of only 1% of those counts, and that’s still probably in three figures. Hillary’s lap dogs argue that all of those classified, top secret and beyond top secret documents weren’t marked as such when she sent, possessed, or forwarded them over unsecured electronics. That’s a diversion, a lie. Such information is classified not because of what it is marked, but because of what it is. That is absolutely not a defense.
Now consider the sheer volume and variety of damning information in the public domain. The FBI, and our intelligence agencies, absolutely have far, far more evidence, and far more damning evidence. This is the nature of such things. The authorities always know far more than the public. We know that more than 100 FBI agents have been assigned to this case. That unquestionably means that there is an enormous amount of investigative work to be done, which means mile-high stacks of documents, super computers full of data–huge amounts of evidence to be gathered, analyzed and preserved–and an enormous number of witnesses to be interviewed.
Because a pivotal figure in the case has been granted immunity, we can reasonably understand that he has a great deal of information to share that will implicate those higher up the chain in serious crimes. Because he set up and maintained Hillary’s private home server, it is likely he can speak first-had to motives, instructions and intentions, and also provide a great deal more evidence that will uncover even more damning evidence and implicate even more people.
And if the FBI has managed to recover much of the data Hillary and her minions, particularly including Cheryl Mills and Huma Abedin, thought they destroyed, and if that data is as damning, or even more damning than what has already been made public…
If Hillary Clinton and her minions aren’t prosecuted, the rule of law in America will be on life support. If she is elected president, she will be absolutely safe. She will never be prosecuted, and any evidence against her and her minions will disappear. With Barack Obama’s lawlessness as precedence, she will feel herself bound by no law, and certainly not a trifle like the Constitution. She has already, remember please, sworn to go farther than Obama did with his unlawful executive orders. After packing the Supreme Court with progressive
“living Constitution” cultists, she will be certain she has nothing to fear from the Supreme Court.
On the day Hillary Clinton is inaugurated, the rule of law, equal justice for all, will die, and with it, America.
The horror of it is, gentle readers, that Progressives want Hillary in office for these very reasons. They seek the destruction of the rule of law. They seek autocratic rule, rule that will force their agenda on the nation, rule that will neuter Congress–even more than it has self-neutered–and that will ensure the Supreme Court is a rubber stamp to their goals. They think the American people can be placated with shiny baubles or cowed into submission, because they think themselves better and smarter than anyone.
They’re fools, dangerous fools.
They don’t understand that Americans will take a great deal of provocation. They are slow to anger, and slow to engage in revolution. But when sufficient Americans realize that the rule of law is actually dead. When governmental behavior and oppression that some now see as paranoid fantasy becomes reality, the Progressive elite will discover why our enemies have always feared an enraged America.
Perhaps America will be reborn. Perhaps it will be better. But it would be better for that renaissance to take place peacefully and under the Constitution. Conservatives would tend to agree. Not Hillary, and not those that support her.
They should be careful about what they ask. They just might get it: good and hard.
UPDATE, 03-18-16, 1150 CST: Take the link and visit this related Powerline article from a DOS IT insider.