The Washington Post has done an excellent job of researching and analyzing the “death by cop” issue the country is currently facing and has published several cogent reports about their analysis.  I applaud their efforts particularly since no other “news” organization seems to be doing this kind of work.  Today, the Post published the results of their analysis of the 52,000 private server e-mails released by Clinton as a result of a court order (case was brought by Judicial Watch, a right wing organization specializing in Hillary Clinton “crimes”) to do so.  The Post analysis is based on a hand examination of 2,093 chains of Clinton’s e-mail correspondence that the State Department decided contained classified information.  The complete article is here:  POST ANALYSIS OF CLINTON E-MAILS

The FBI has concluded that 104 e-mails contained classified information and about three-quarters of these e-mails contained information in the body of the message that was authored by Clinton.  As the Post states, “Clinton sometimes initiated the conversation, but more often than not replied to aides or other officials with brief reactions to ongoing conversations."  Now that the server’s logs have been turned over to the FBI, they have determined that there were no security breaches on Clinton’s server.  (Would that the State Department could say the same, but I won’t push the point.)

The Post’s analysis also reveals that the practice of using unsecured lines of communication for messaging is fairly widespread both inside and outside the government and includes diplomats, top government officials, and foreigners who held no security clearances.  Both former Secretary of State Colin Powell and staff members of former Secretary of State, Condoleezza Rice, also used unsecured, private servers to conduct State Department business and I’m wondering if the FBI is investigating these allegations. 
In addition, the Post states:

“The analysis raises difficult questions about how the government treats sensitive information.  It suggests that either material is being over classified, as Clinton and her allies have charged, or that classified material is being handled improperly with regularity by government officials at all levels – or some combination of the two.”

 My own experience in dealing with classified information using secure and non-secure servers with both the Department of Defense and the State Department, supports the Post’s “combination of the two” proposition somewhat, but for me, I lean more toward the classified info is bing handled improperly with regularity.   I rather doubt that the State Department’s and the Department of Defense's rules allow for the viewing and storage of pornography on their servers yet I know that this is the case.  Or that Hotmail and Messenger are appropriate means for transmitting official correspondence yet in my dealings with personnel from both agencies (all with Secret or Top Secret clearances) this was not only common, but widespread and is a reaction to the sorry states of Government servers and computer systems rather than any desire to communicate undetected. 
The Post’s analysis also reveals that Clinton was not the author of the vast majority of the e-mails in question but was replying to e-mails (unclassified) that she received from a broad range of government and non-government senders.  It is axiomatic that it is the responsibility of the sender to determine the classification level of any and all communications and such communications be marked with the appropriate classification level.  As for the 104 now-classified e-mails authored by Clinton, they are “difficult to evaluate because of the heavy redaction in the versions that have been released.  They are generally short, running sometimes only a sentence or two. The e-mails often were sent in response to another State Department official whose original note has also been redacted in the publicly released version.  In nearly a quarter of the e-mails, the only classified redaction is the subject line.”
The bulk of the e-mails that State Department reviewers deemed classified were sent by career officials engaged in the day-to-day business of diplomacy.   Said Philip H. Gordon, former Assistance Secretary of State for European and Eurasian Affairs, “If experienced diplomats and foreign service officers are doing it, the issue is more how the State Department deals with information in the modern world more than something specific about what Hillary Clinton did.” 

Former Ambassador Dennis Rose, who has held key diplomatic posts in administrations of both parties, said that one of his exchanges now marked “Secret” contained information that government officials last year allowed him to publish in a book, which book, presumably, is available from Amazon.   Princeton Lyman, a State Department veteran of both parties and who served as a special envoy to the Sudan under Clinton, said he has been surprised and a bit embarrassed to learn that e-mails he wrote are now classified.  With decades of experience in how to identify and transmit classified information he stated: “the day-today kind of reporting I did about what happened in negotiations did not include information I considered classified." 

So there you have it, the continuing mess that is the Hillary Clinton E-Mail Scandal De Jure.  Sure, one can make the claim that the Washington Post is a radical liberal newspaper (and Rush certainly will) whose been very pro-Hilary and anti-Sanders thus far, but for me their analysis basically confirms my view that this “scandal” is nothing more than a rehash of the Benghazi non-scandal.  

Although I'm pretty sure that anyone who works for the State Department (or has) knows just how fucked up their systems are (remember, "Government Isn't the Solution, Government Is The Problem" so just deal with thirty year old technology) apparently the public does not.  Maybe this article will help folks understand a bit more about this situation and just how widespread is the problem.  And let me state right now that if the FBI investigation of Clinton results in a referral to the Department of Justice for prosecution, then, I for one, will want to see all the other government officials who use private servers investigated and prosecuted as well.

Good Day Mates!



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