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The way too paperless Clinton world.

May 25, 2016

As just about all of us know, the paperless office was a 1980’s pipe dream for most of us, particularly businesses. When it comes time to prove something exists, paper wins out over electronic records every time.  Don’t believe it?  Try proving a tax deduction to the IRS without at least a scanned copy of the original receipt.

Enter former Secretary of State Clinton.  Paper? What’s paper?

According to the now published reports, the latest Inspector General’s audit of recordkeeping compliance shows that the rules only apply to the peons in the real world.

Granted, Mrs. Clinton is not the only Secretary of State to exhibit breaches of the rules. However, the IG’s report shows that the question of security was raised with her and her staff on numerous occasions.

The report covers the terms of five Secretaries of State, on both sides of the political aisle. And yes, what we’ve long suspected about the government is probably true. Their computers are just as vulnerable as yours or mine.

The difference is, none of the others are running for President.

Just from a purely eye-level viewpoint the report is a lot more than disturbing.

Most of us know that the average private citizen can’t completely protect anything we put into the ether. However we sort of used to assume that the government, with unlimited funding and access to the best educated and trained talent in the world, had a system to keep at least the most sensitive data firewalled.

Maybe it does.  But if Washington puts everything they do out there into the mainstream electronic world, it really doesn’t matter, does it?

You can’t shut the barn doors when there aren’t any doors.

So why all the fuss about Mrs. Clinton, if four of her predecessors did the same thing?

Because she lied about it, and is still lying about it.

Her defense?  Republicans are out to get me. The IG is in the Republican’s back pocket.  Everybody does it. My personal emails are not the government’s business.


The questions just keep coming.  What exactly was so secret about Chelsea’s wedding plans or Mrs. Clinton’s yoga schedule that she was afraid for the government to see?

Why didn’t she provide the hard copy and complete e-files when she left office, as she said she did and knew she had to?

How do we know that all of the 30,000 or so personal emails she tried to destroy were really personal?

Why did she ignore repeated attempts to get her to use secure devices?

Why couldn’t she recognize classified material, whether it was marked that way or not?

Why did she order people to go around the secure systems by changing headers and subject matter lines?

Why didn’t she make hard copies of all the emails?

Why does she, then and now, assume that rules don’t apply to her?

Do we want her to have access to the launch codes?

The chances that she will be indicted for anything prior to the election are about those of a snowball in hell.

It would take a damn gutsy and principled attorney general to put national security above politics, assuming the FBI even gets the information that far.

The only people that can hold her accountable now are the voters. If they can’t vote for Trump then maybe they’ll write in someone else’s name.  Or maybe they’ll just stay home.

From → op-ed

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