• Hillary Wins by Wiping the Slate, er Server, Clean

    March 30, 2015

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    Posted in: Democracy, Embassy/State, Post-Constitution America

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    There’s a point where the game has been decided, and the teams are just running down the clock. We’re there with Hillary. She won.



    A Largely Ceremonial Position

    In 2008 some deal with the Obama campaign landed Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State. It was the perfect platform for her to work from toward 2016, when she expects to be selected as president of the United States. Secretaries of State these days are not really expected to do much, not like the old days. Most foreign policy is run out of the White House directly, and with communications as they are the president just interacts directly with foreign leaders as he choses.

    In such a largely ceremonial position, Clinton was able to keep herself in the public eye, creating B-roll footage for her 2016 campaign in exotic locales, making “fun” memes like “Texts from Hillary,” running up some faux foreign affairs credibility and achieving “accomplishments” on soft, feel-good, working on can’t go wrong issues like stopping AIDS, helping poor kids and empowering women. None of those things ever really end, so you are always moving forward and can’t really fail. It’s all about progress.

    Let’s go to the horse’s mouth, so to speak, and quote Hillary Herself, from a speech summing up her own version of accomplishments as “…hosting town halls with global youth, raising awareness for religious minorities, protecting Internet freedom and advancing rights for women and the LGBT community around the world.”

    So there.



    Her Greatest Accomplishment

    We now know that Hillary was working the biggest accomplishment of her tenure at the State Department behind the scenes: eliminating any hint of a politically-dangerous or embarrassing paper trail by using her own personal email server, perhaps alone in the Federal government. This is evil genius at a Bond-villain level.

    Clinton maintained 100 percent control over everything she wrote, and, with the State Department’s conveniently antiquated policy of not archiving its own senior officials’ record communications, everything that was written to her. For the most sensitive communications, between Hillary and her personal aides, she controlled every aspect of the process. Her server, her email addresses, no outsiders.

    When she left the State Department, everything left with her. When no one asked about the emails for a couple of years, Hillary just held on to them. When someone did ask, she culled out her choice of what constituted official messaging, consulting no one outside her own inner circle, and then delivered those to the State Department on paper. No metadata.

    When Congressional committees and the media came looking for the official messages, Clinton referred them to the State Department, where the emails were supposedly going to be “reviewed,” perhaps for a very long time. Any release or withholding would come from State; Hillary could stand back and call for “full disclosure” knowing a) only what she already selected could ever be disclosed and b) even that will take a long time, nothing she could do about it, check with Foggy Bottom.



    She Nuked the Email Server

    Then the final stroke of brilliance. We learned only on March 28 that after selecting the emails to turn over to State, Clinton nuked her email server and any backups. Congress and the media can subpoena and FOIA from now until the end of time, but there is nothing to seek. It. Is. All. Gone.

    “Thus, there are no hdr22@clintonemail.com emails from Secretary Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state on the server for any review, even if such review were appropriate or legally authorized,” her attorney said in a letter to the House select committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi.

    Bonus points to Clinton: Before having her lawyer announce the server was blanked back in 2014, she obtained a two-week extension on the 2015 subpoena asking for its contents, you know, just to mess with Congress, let ’em know who’s the boss. FYI: There is speculating that the server was only nuked recently, after Clinton’s March press conference.

    And oh yes, at her one and done tell-all press conference about the email issue, Clinton never mentioned she had had the server wiped clean three months earlier. Cleverly, she said only that the emails she did not turn over to State would remain “private.” And indeed they will.

    Computer hackers of the world: you can bet your stash of black T-shirts that when the decision was made in December to get rid of the emails, someone with a suitcase of cash showed up wherever the server and the backups where and purchased the physical hard drives and tapes. Those rest, in small pieces, at the bottom of the Potomac.



    You Have No Other Choice

    So there you have it. Heading into the campaign, all anyone will know of Hillary’s four years as Secretary of State is what she wants us to know. The photo ops she scheduled, the communications she chose for you to know about, nothing more. And with the emails deleted, there is not a thing anyone can do about it. There never can be a smoking gun, should one ever have allegedly existed.

    The whole thing was planned from Day One, six years ago, just for this moment. It represents a giant, cynical, raised middle finger to the concept of open government and democracy. You see what she wants you to see, know what she wants you to know. You have no other choice. Hillary Clinton got exactly what she planned to get.




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  • Recent Comments

    • Rich Bauer said...

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      What difference does it make? Do we need to know what Hillarious was hiding on her private email server? Anyone who cares knows what she is. It won’t make any difference if Hillarious or Jeb is our next presidense. They both represent the War Party.

      03/30/15 12:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Stephen said...

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      What makes me sad is you are probably correct that “she won”. After all, Clinton’s hard core would vote for her if she wore a dead Libyan baby as a hat and there is no one else out there with an ounce of a chance. I intend to write in Jose Mujica for President just to maintain my own dignity.

      03/30/15 12:32 PM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...

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      At this point, we all know it won’t make one iota of difference who is in the WH, except the name of the political party to which the POTUS belongs. They are owned. Lock, Stock and Barrel regardless which party.

      The only thing I dread is months and months of hearing Hillary’s voice on every speaker on the planet. And you can bet she’ll be using the same old cliche that’s been used for two centuries. Change. Only this time.. I’m not buying. If there was one single thing Obama has proved beyond a shadow of doubt..it’s.. “if their lips are moving, they are lying”.

      03/30/15 1:25 PM | Comment Link

    • Kyzl Orda said...

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      I was thinking, too, about researchers and professors who access government archives for their writings and work. It’s going to be a black hole for them.

      It also shows what a weak institution State is and the problem how political appointees are their own law and the institutional rules are meant to be ignored by them. State and Psaki as well just looked so pathetic with their responses

      However, Clinton’s team can delete all they want; the legacy is vacant. Can anyone name just three world conflicts the Clinton team solved? Three?? We may not have communication records anymore, but just look to situations on the ground and there is thhe real tragedy. The two terms of utter impotence and distratction away from getting the job done. They cant hit delete on reality

      03/30/15 1:52 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      5

      Walking this back a bit- Hillary was forced to become even more conniving than she had been in her career after she lost her party’s nod to an even more duplicitous politician back in 2008. Barry’s superior scheming raised the bar of duplicity for even a Hillary type.

      03/30/15 2:02 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      6

      I stopped visiting museums years ago which proudly displayed the artifacts of Ancient Egypt after I realized I was gawking at possessions of a venal ruling elite who indeed felt they could take it with them. 3500 years from now in an excavated DC what will be suitable for display for awed gawking? A smoked hard drive from the late period Hillarian Dynasty?

      03/30/15 2:23 PM | Comment Link

    • Bloozguy said...

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      What kind of server doesn’t have full backups?
      Best practice is two copies in separate, secure, locations.

      03/30/15 7:19 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...

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      I think there were backups. Clinton deleted/destroyed everything, on purpose.

      03/30/15 10:54 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...

      9

      Bush-diving for patron Poppy; she can rely on him to install her as his left hand Company puppet to “balance” burning Bush family puppet, JEB on his right! Both learned well from their Watergate experiences to coverup, then DESTROY the records. NixOn Them ALL!!

      03/30/15 8:32 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

      10

      One doesn’t aspire to be POTUS without having a substantial creative team supporting that goal. Here’s hoping just one inner circle team member will have an epiphany of moral conscience and blow the whole Hag Hillary venture wide open. Maybe that is what is called irrational faith.

      03/30/15 10:30 PM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      Pitch, what can we make of such an obsession for a position of perceived power by one Hillary Clinton?
      You and I most likely have aspirations and goals but we have put certain constraints in place in our desire to attain or obtain such goals. Our constraints don’t make us tragic players but it sure looks like Hillary is some pathetic Shakespearian character.
      Oh, are you a five prong or four prong pitchfork?

      03/30/15 11:08 PM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      “Clinton deleted/destroyed everything, on purpose…”

      Maybe she destroyed everything and maybe she didn’t. People like the Hildabeast always have an ace up their sleeve…always and just in case.

      03/31/15 1:28 AM | Comment Link

    • John Poole said...

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      The latest- March 31st. The Houses Panel of Whatever hopes to talk to Clinton. Geez, You mean they are hoping for an audience with her Highness? This empire has entered into the goofy stage. Next stage? Self ingestion.

      03/31/15 4:49 PM | Comment Link

    • starknakedtruth said...

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      The House Panel of Whatever has requested an audience. I’m curious–will there be another medical incident perhaps delaying or preventing an appearance by the Presumptive Heir to Throne?

      03/31/15 8:46 PM | Comment Link

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