Why I Oppose Dynastic Rule   1 comment

So, I wasn’t going to talk about Hillary Clinton or Jeb Bush at all because I oppose dynastic rule as a matter of principle, so would not vote for either one of them.

But Clinton has given me a perfect example of why I oppose dynastic rule in American politics and I want to show how my mind works.

Apparently, Clinton’s private email server has been discovered to have top secret information placed there from a Pentagon-classified network that goes up to the Secret level as well as a separate system used for Top Secret communications.

The two systems — the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and the Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) — are not connected to the unclassified system, known as the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). You cannot email from one system to the other, though you can use NIPRNet to send ­emails outside the government.

Somehow, highly classified information from SIPRNet, as well as even the super-secure JWICS, jumped from those closed systems to the open system and turned up in at least 1,340 of Clinton’s home emails — including several the CIA earlier this month flagged as containing ultra-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Programs, a subset of SCI.

SAP includes “dark projects,” such as drone operations, while SCI protects intelligence sources and methods.

“It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified email or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal email account. That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.” Raymond Fournier, a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent

Fox News reported Friday that at least one of Clinton’s emails included sensitive information on spies. Fournie says it’s clear from some of the classified emails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.” Most likely the information was, in turn, emailed to her via NIPRNet.

To work around the closed, classified systems, which are accessible only by secure desktop workstations whose hard drives must be removed and stored overnight in a safe, Clinton’s staff would have simply retyped classified information from the systems into the non-classified system or taken a screen shot of the classified document, Fournier said. “Either way, it’s totally illegal.”

FBI agents are zeroing in on three of Clinton’s top department aides. Most of the Clinton emails deemed classified by intelligence agency reviewers were sent to her by her chief of staff Cheryl Mills or deputy chiefs Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan.

In one email, Clinton pressured Sullivan to declassify cabled remarks by a foreign leader.

“Just email it,” Clinton snapped, to which Sullivan replied: “Trust me, I share your exasperation. But until ops converts it to the unclassified email system, there is no physical way for me to email it.”

In another recently released email, Clinton instructed Sullivan to convert a classified document into an unclassified email attachment by scanning it into an unsecured computer and sending it to her without any classified markings. “Turn into nonpaper with no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” she ordered.

Top Secret/SCI emails received by Clinton include a 2012 staff ­email sent to the then-secretary containing investigative data about Benghazi terrorist suspects wanted by the FBI and sourcing a regional security officer. They also include a 2011 message from Clinton’s top aides that contains military intelligence from United States Africa Command gleaned from satellite images of troop movements in Libya, along with the travel and protection plans for Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was later killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi.

“Receiving Top Secret SAP intelligence outside secure channels is a mortal sin,” said Chris Farrell, director of investigations for Judicial Watch, the Washington-based public law firm that has successfully sued State for Clinton’s emails. “A regular government employee would be crucified, and they are, routinely,” added Farrell, who as a former Army counterintelligence agent investigated such violations.

 

The FBI is ready to indict Hillary Clinton and if its recommendation isn’t followed by the U.S. attorney general, the agency’s investigators plan to blow the whistle and go public with their findings, former U.S. House Majority leader Tom DeLay told Newsmax TV.

Last week, Clinton’s press secretary Brian Fallon accused intelligence Inspector General Charles McCullough of colluding with Republicans to damage Clinton’s campaign for president.

The charge came after a report that McCullough sent a letter to two GOP lawmakers that some of Clinton’s emails sent from her private server when she was secretary of state should have been marked with classifications even higher than “top secret.”

Meanwhile …

Lawyers for a journalist seeking release of Hillary Clinton’s email trove are objecting to the State Department’s request for a month-long delay to complete disclosure of the final set of the former secretary of state’s messages, warning that allowing the process to drag out until the end of February could deprive voters in early caucus and primary states of information on the Democratic presidential candidate.

The State Department asked for an extension last week, telling U.S. District Court Judge Rudolph Contreras that State officials overlooked more than 7,000 pages of emails that were in need of inter-agency consultation and that the weekend’s winter storm was complicating efforts to process the records.

“Unless and until State explains how over 7,000 pages that were already reviewed and identified as needing review by at least one other agency were lost for up to six months, and then suddenly found again just weeks before the deadline to produce them, the Court should view skeptically State’s assertion that this constitutes a legitimate ‘unexpected’ event,” lawyers Ryan James and Jeffrey Light wrote in court filing Monday morning on behalf of Vice News reporter Jason Leopold.

“Allowing State to delay the release of thousands of pages of a presidential candidate’s work emails, especially when they have already garnered so much media and public attention, until after four states have voted and until just hours before another 11 states and American Samoa will vote, would deny Mr. Leopold of the opportunity to realize the fruits of his year-long pursuit of these records which he and the public have a legal right under [the Freedom of Information Act] to obtain,” James and Light wrote.

 

It’s unclear when Contreras will act on State’s extension motion, which was filed Friday afternoon as the federal government shut down for the approaching storm. The court remains closed Monday as Washington digs out.

 

Dynasty believes its members have a right to rule and to do whatever they wish while at the rule. We see this in the way that Hillary set up this email system, the way she ordered people to break the law, and the way the Obama administration’s State Department has tried to block efforts from the public to find out the truth.

I want to remind everyone that this is very much the same sort of thing Nixon did — broke the law because he believed he had the right to rule. Democrats rightfully moved to impeach him for that behavior because we don’t view our presidents as kings with a divine right to rule, but as servants who serve at the pleasure of their employers — we the people.

So, Hillary was apparently unable and unwilling to do that while in the State Department. I ,for one, don’t think she’ll change her spots in the Oval Office. Is that the representation you want in the highest level of government? It certainly isn’t what I want.

Jeb Bush didn’t do these things, but note that I include him with Hillary as a dynastic ruler. Power corrupts — dynastic power corrupts in a particularly putrid way. The stamp of birthright rule encourages politicians to believe they have a right to do whatever they want. So, maybe Jeb has been a choir boy as politicians go right up to this point, but now he has become “king” by virtue of following in his father and brother’s footsteps. There is, a very real sense, that these dynastic politicians are not elected so much by the people as given their due from being in the right family. It is a powerful incentive to do whatever you want now that you’ve been elected ruler of the free world.

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