- 7:30 AM – Candidate for Huntsville City Council John Meredith
- 9:00 AM – AL.com’s Cameron Smith
- 10:00 AM – Commentary Magazine’s Noah Rothman
Crooked. Freaking. Hillary.
Hillary Clinton and her team clearly skirted the most basic rules for the handling of classified information, and their actions as outlined Tuesday by the director of the FBI went well beyond carelessness to an open flouting of known practices, security experts inside and outside the administration said Tuesday.
Experts were especially disdainful of the FBI’s finding that highly classified information turned up in emails that Clinton sent and received on her unsecured server. That alone was in violation of the Foreign Affairs Manual, a comprehensive set of State Department policies, that, among other restrictions, require that a different computer system be used when dealing with classified documents and that a physical distance, or “air gap,” separate it from other computers.
“If she didn’t want to carry two systems, she could have had a staffer or one of the agents assigned to her protective detail hand her the (other) system,” said Scott Stewart, vice president of tactical analysis for Stratfor, an Austin, Texas-based global security consultancy. Stewart is a former Diplomatic Security Service special agent for the State Department.
Failing to maintain that dual system “is just unconscionable, especially if we are putting code-word material on an unclassified system,” Stewart said, referring to the practice of compartmentalizing classified cables or documents with code words that ensure access only on a “need-to-know” basis. Seven of the emails found on Clinton’s email server were classified Top Secret/Special Access Program, FBI Director James B. Comey said.
But as Michelle Lee has explained, Clinton’s case really is not like that of Petraeus. As part of his plea agreement, Petraeus admitted to mishandling information that he had known was highly classified; lied to the FBI during its investigation; and admitted to doing that, too. Petraeus acknowledged that these things were “knowing and deliberate.”
The difference is, Petraeus had honor.
Others would be done…
Secrecy is a virtual religion in Washington. Those who violate its dogma have been punished in the harshest and most excessive manner – at least when they possess little political power or influence. As has been widely noted, the Obama administration has prosecuted more leakers under the 1917 Espionage Act than all prior administrations combined. Secrecy in DC is so revered that even the most banal documents are reflexively marked classified, making their disclosure or mishandling a felony. As former CIA and NSA Director Michael Hayden said back in 2000, “Everything’s secret. I mean, I got an email saying ‘Merry Christmas.’ It carried a top secret NSA classification marking.”
People who leak to media outlets for the selfless purpose of informing the public – Daniel Ellsberg, Tom Drake, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden – face decades in prison. Those who leak for more ignoble and self-serving ends – such as enabling hagiography (Leon Panetta, David Petreaus) or ingratiating oneself to one’s mistress (Petraeus) – face career destruction, though they are usually spared if they are sufficiently Important-in-DC. For low-level, powerless Nobodies-in-DC, even the mere mishandling of classified information – without any intent to leak but merely to, say, work from home – has resulted in criminal prosecution, career destruction and the permanent loss of security clearance.
Lying crooked Hillary…
Other people, other rules…
Meanwhile, The President is supporting this…
Other similar cases…
So today would be a good day to praise Saddam Hussein?
The latest is Trump praising Saddam Hussein.
Not only was Saddam Hussein a terrorist sponsor who caused the deaths of hundreds of thousands, including gassing his own citizens and throwing people in shredders, but Hussein plotted the assassination of President George H. W. Bush. Hussein and his sons were monsters.
But Hussein did kill Israelis, so perhaps this is another alt-right dog whistle. After all, through his twitter account, Trump tweeted out a graphic first published on a neo-Nazi related website tying Hillary and her corruption to Jews. It even got tweeted by David Duke.
Alton Sterling’s case is tragic but completely avoidable…
Police fatally shot a black father-of-five outside a convenience store in Louisiana in a chilling incident apparently captured on cellphone video.
Graphic footage circulating online which was filmed by a witness appears to show Alton Sterling, 37, being shot as he is pinned to the ground. It has sparked outrage and protests.
The Baton Rouge Police Department said uniformed officers responded to a call shortly early Tuesday about a black male in a red shirt who was selling CDs and had reportedly threatened the caller with a gun.
Officers “made contact” with Sterling in the parking lot of the Trip S Food Mart and an altercation ensued, police said in a statement.
“Sterling was shot during the altercation and died at the scene,” the statement said.
Two officers have been placed on administration leave “per standard procedure,” it added, saying the investigation was ongoing.
Sterling died from multiple gunshot wounds to the chest and back, according to East Baton Rouge Coroner Dr. William Clark. He would not immediately confirm reports that Sterling was shot seven times.
Gun sales up after Orlando…
Liberals keep selling guns….
The “Free the Delegates” movement needs to end right now…
Alabama taxpayers are shelling out money for legal fees related to the state’s ongoing political scandals and controversies.
The agenda for the Legislature’s contract review committee meeting on Thursday includes legal contracts for the governor’s office, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, the Judicial Inquiry Commission and the Department of Conservation and Natural Resources.
Lawyers with the firm Maynard, Cooper & Gale are representing Gov. Robert Bentley and Alabama Law Enforcement Secretary Stan Stabler, who are defendants in a lawsuit filed by former ALEA Secretary Spencer Collier.
The two contracts with Maynard, Cooper & Gale each call for legal fees of $195 an hour up to a total of $100,000 over two years.
People are terrible, but I am not sure this was a good move…
A Huntsville real estate agent with a 17-year career is going to court to find out who is responsible for several online anonymous posts which she says has harmed her business since last September.
Monika Glennon’s lawsuit, filed in federal district court in May, says that someone last year accused her on an internet page, shesahomewrecker.com, of having a sexual encounter with a client’s husband in a home on the market.
That same post showed up on badbizreport.com and others. In fact, a Google search for Glennon’s name turns up that post as the first entry.
“I can’t even describe what it was like,” she said. “It was like getting stabbed in the heart. I knew it never happened, but people will believe what they want to when they see it. I knew it had the potential to damage everything I’ve worked so hard for.”
The post, which first appeared on the Internet last Sept. 16, tells the story of a woman who says she and her husband were house hunting and used Glennon as their agent. The woman states she was late to an appointment to view a home, but arrived to find her husband and Glennon’s cars parked out front.
When she went inside, she states she found the two engaged in a sexual act.
“When I walked into the master bedroom my heart stopped. There on the plush, white carpet was my husband and our realtor,” it reads. The poster claims she took pictures of the encounter as the two were hastily redressing.
According to the 11-page lawsuit, the post refers to Glennon variously as “a nasty slut” and “the enemy of decent women everywhere” with no “remorse or moral compass.” It goes on to warn readers not to use her as a realtor.
“After the posting, search results paint her as an adulteress and direct one to the post…resulting in further severe injury” to her reputation, the suit states. “The story is patently and demonstrably false.”
The lawsuit claims copyright infringement, as Glennon’s photo from her website was posted with the story. It also seeks damages for libel and a removal of the posts from the Internet and any cached data.
BLM wanted gay cops banned from gay pride events and it worked…
Pride Toronto says no final decision has been made on whether police floats can participate in future parades even though it signed a list of demands set out by Black Lives Matter Toronto during Sunday’s parade that included banning police floats.
“We have had, and will continue to have, discussions with the police about the nature of their involvement as parade participants,” a statement to The Globe and Mail by Pride Toronto’s leadership said.
Members of Black Lives Matter Toronto held a sit-in part way through the city’s 36th annual Pride parade, bringing it to a standstill for about a half-hour. It resumed when Pride’s executive director, Mathieu Chantelois, signed the list of demands.
He told CP24 on Monday that he did so to get the parade moving at the time and only committed to “having a conversation” about the list.
“My priority yesterday was to make the parade move. We had a million people waiting, including people from marginalized communities. The show and the parade had to go on,” he said.
“Frankly, they could have sent me an e-mail and I would have agreed to all these things.”
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