• Clinton Team Never Really Reviewed Emails Before Deletion

    March 16, 2015

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    Oh, this just gets worse.

    The Process as Stated

    Here is how Clinton described the “process” by which her own staff determined which of the 60,000 emails on her personal server were work-related, and thus turned over to the State Department for even further review, and which were not work-related and deleted.

    I am very confident of the process that we conducted and the e-mails that were produced… I have absolute confidence that everything that could be in any way connected to work is now in the possession of the State Department… My direction [was] to conduct the thorough investigation to err on the side of providing anything that could be possibly viewed as work related.

    The image created was one of completeness, and complexity, of interns and lawyers, perhaps Clinton herself for the tough calls, working their way painstakingly through four years worth — 60,000 messages — one-by-one, always erring on the side of caution to ensure a complete record before things were (perhaps) forever deleted.

    But like seemingly everything else connected with the Clinton speech and the email server, it was all a fudge. What she said was not what really happened.

    The Process in Reality

    According to David Von Drehle of Time, the process used was actually as follows:

    She commissioned a review of the 62,320 messages in her account only after the Department — spurred by the congressional investigation — asked her to do so.

    And this review did not involve opening and reading each email; instead, Clinton’s lawyers created a list of names and keywords related to her work and searched for those. Slightly more than half the total cache, 31,830 emails, did not contain any of the search terms, according to Clinton’s staff, so they were deemed to be “private, personal records.”

    And then deleted.


    More Questions

    So instead of answering any questions, Clinton’s actions only create more. Would someone in the media please acquire some brass and ask Clinton:

    — Give us the list of keywords and names.

    — Question why XYZ was not on the list, as appropriate.

    — If someone’s full name was “William Jefferson Clinton,” was a search also run on “Bill,” “William J. Clinton” and the like? Did they run searches for “WH” and “White House,” “ISIS, IS, ISL, Islamic State, Daesh”?

    — Ask if the keyword search process was set up to catch “Obama” as well as “Obbama” like Google, or only exact matches, like Microsoft Word does. Upper and lower case? Names as part of email addresses?

    Other issues with even a decent keyword search done fairly are that people don’t always write emails in complete, referential sentences. Sometimes they write things like “I hope the press never hears about that thing from yesterday” or “As I told you on the phone, time to act” that can be critical when matched against events and other information.

    Jeez, everyone who has ever watched a gangster movie knows they say things like “We’re gonna have to pay a visit to our friend in Yonkers” before they put out a hit.

    Get It?

    You get it. Running a keyword search is not a process that could create “absolute confidence” on a potential world-leader scale. Claiming it does is prevarication of the worst kind, deliberate manipulation of expectations and words. There is no basis on which to trust, not even a decent feint at creating trust. Just smoke and mirrors and misdirection.

    Here it is in a clearer way: No one looked at more than 30,000 emails before they were deleted. No one.

    There is a crushing certainty to Clinton’s supporters, and I hear that from many of them in explicit terms, that eliminates doubt. It troubles me greatly. Because if you people keep dismissing these signs of what is headed our way with silly tropes like “everybody does it” and “it’s a partisan attack,” we are all going to pay for it.




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    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      “There is a crushing certainty to Clinton’s supporters, and I hear that from many of them in explicit terms, that eliminates doubt. It troubles me greatly. Because if you people keep dismissing these signs of what is headed our way with silly tropes like “everybody does it” and “it’s a partisan attack,” we are all going to pay for it.”

      Yes, it’s depressing. What these desperate wonks do not realize if ‘everyone is doing it’, why vote for Clinton when you can vote for the party her team is content to emulate.

      By failing their base, again, and if Republicans are tired on their side, maybe there could be hope for alternate candidates on both sides.

      03/16/15 1:14 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      *By failing their base, again (mean the Dems here)and if Republicans …

      03/16/15 1:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      Talk about water torture. We learn more about Hillarious each day drip by drip by drip…

      Hillarious: I’m melting.

      Where are the fucking DS Flying Monkeys?

      03/16/15 1:31 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      From the Daily Kos:

      http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/11/1370155/-Cartoon-A-letter-to-the-Ayatollah?detail=email

      For all those Clintonites and Bushies who feel they are above the laws — this is what their actions really reveal when they claim it’s a-ok to violate our laws.

      If you can’t respect the laws and Constitution especially of your own country, why are you running for any of its offices and how are you different than the crazy mullahs? Hint: try not exonerating oneself so much

      03/16/15 2:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “It troubles me greatly. Because if you people keep dismissing these signs of what is headed our way with silly tropes like “everybody does it” and “it’s a partisan attack,” we are all going to pay for it.”

      The rich aren’t going to pay for it:

      http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2015/03/robert-reich-why-americans-are-screwed-and-europeans-are-not/

      This is what I really want to hear Hillary talk about.

      03/16/15 2:24 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      03/16/15 2:28 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Bauer- Reich’s synopsis of the economic dynamics in America has been known for years-maybe decades. Reich of course is not going to grab a pitchfork- he is doing quite nicely on the other side of the drawbridge. He was always a double agent -same with a guys like Steve Jobs. The joke now is that Apple’s iconic commercial about big brother (directed evidently by Ridley Scott) really applied to Apple not IBM. Solution? None in the foreseeable future.

      03/16/15 7:24 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      bartender..please..a bottle GITIT? and a double shot of.. YouGitit.

      fuck. Barnum must be ROTFIGSL, notwithstanding Mark Twain.

      John said:
      “The joke now is that Apple’s iconic commercial about big brother (directed evidently by Ridley Scott) really applied to Apple not IBM. Solution? None in the foreseeable future.

      Fuck Apple. Oh..btw.. did I mention.. FUCK APPLE. FUCK THEIR WATCH. FUCK THE IPHONE, FUCK THEIR COMPUTERS, FUCK STEVE JOBS DICK SUCKING SURROGATE, FUCK THEIR NEW FLYING SAUCER HEADQUARTERS, AND FUCK THE CONSUMER MORONS WHO ARE GOING TO PUT A TRILLION DOLLARS INTO APPLE’S POCKETS WHILE CONTRIBUTING TO A SLAVE LABOR FORCE IN CHINA THEY EXPLOIT TO MAKE IT.

      Get it? You get it.

      Meanwhile… fuck Hilarious too..
      ..uh..wait…is that Bill I hear ROTFIGSL?

      nevermind.

      bartender..change that to a bottle FuckingHillary

      and a triple shot of PerishThethought.

      03/16/15 10:24 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      03/16/15 11:27 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      “What she said was not what really happened.”

      Yeah, but that doesn’t disqualify her for presidense of TDCOTP. Pathological lying is a job requirement.

      Let US dispense with our false hopes that this country has any regard for justice or the truth.

      https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2015/03/16/petraeus-plea-deal-lawyer-demands-release-stephen-kim/

      03/17/15 1:11 AM | Comment Link

    • teri said...

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      She’s counting on this bullshit for when she gets into the big office on Pa. Ave.; the federal courts [known for impartial and really extra-super-delicious-constitutional-abiding decisions since 9/11] allowed changes to the FOIA regulations pertaining to the White House. Obama has decided that the new regulations are actually pretty tasty, so it is now official policy for the most transparent WH ever to refuse FOIA requests. Up until today, O’s WH would string people along, pretending they were going to grant FOIA requests; yesterday, they announced they don’t actually, factually, de facto have to, so henceforth, they won’t. So that pretense is over. Oh, this applies to emails, too.

      ******
      WASHINGTON — The White House is removing a federal regulation that subjects its Office of Administration to the Freedom of Information Act, making official a policy under Presidents Bush and Obama to reject requests for records to that office.
      The White House said the cleanup of FOIA regulations is consistent with court rulings that hold that the office is not subject to the transparency law. The office handles, among other things, White House record-keeping duties like the archiving of e-mails. […]
      http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/politics/2015/03/16/white-house-foia-regulations-deleted/24844253////
      **********
      Read the whole article. It’s short. Mentions Mad Hillary’s email shit.

      Happy Sunshine Week! from our House to yours. PS: We know what you are doing, do you know what we are doing? Ha, ha, ha. Love, the O-man.

      03/17/15 9:38 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      teri said:
      “Read the whole article.”

      “But the timing of the move raised eyebrows among transparency advocates, coming on National Freedom of Information Day and during a national debate over the preservation of Obama administration records. It’s also Sunshine Week, an effort by news organizations and watchdog groups to highlight issues of government transparency.

      “The irony of this being Sunshine Week is not lost on me,” said Anne Weismann of the liberal Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington, or CREW.

      sheezusHfuckingchrist.

      bartender.. time for a bottle of MostTransparentAdminEVAH, and a chaser of IRONY151..in the opaque bottle of course.

      03/17/15 12:01 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      wait..bartender..instead, make that a shot of YouCan’tMakeThisShitUp..

      03/17/15 12:04 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

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      03/23/15 6:42 PM | Comment Link

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