• Clinton Discussed Top Secret CIA Drone Info, Approved Drone Strikes, Via Her Blackberry

    June 14, 2016

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    A new report in the Wall Street Journal reveals emails in which then-Secretary of State Clinton approved CIA drone assassinations in Pakistan from her unsecured Blackberry.

    Top Secret/SAP Messages

    The timing and location of these strikes are considered Top Secret/SAP [special access program], in that revealing such data could allow the targeted humans to escape, and embarrass U.S. ally Pakistan, whom many believe is tacitly allowing the United States to conduct such military operations inside its sovereign territory.

    At specific issue are 22 emails that were on Clinton’s private server. These messages were not publicly released, withheld entirely. However, the broad contents were leaked to the Journal by anonymous congressional and law-enforcement officials briefed on the FBI’s investigation.

    Clinton’s Role

    Clinton’s role in approving the drone kills stems from concerns by lower State officials that the attacks’ timing and location might interfere with broader diplomatic engagement. So, from 2011 on, the State Department had a secret arrangement with the CIA, giving it a degree of say over whether or not a drone killing would take place.

    Then-Ambassador to Pakistan Cameron Munter reportedly opposed certain covert operations that occurred during especially sensitive points in the U.S.-Pakistani relationship. As he later described the process “I have a yellow card. I can say ‘no.’ That ‘no’ goes back to the CIA director. Then he has to go to Hillary. If Hillary says ‘no,’ he can still do it, but he has to explain the next day in writing why.”

    Clinton allegedly objected only to “one or two” attacks out of thousands.

    Clinton Says None of That is True

    As regards these emails, Clinton has said “the best we can determine” is that the emails in question consisted solely of a news article about drone strikes in Pakistan. “How a New York Times public article that goes around the world could be in any way viewed as classified, or the fact that it would be sent to other people off of the New York Times site, I think, is one of the difficulties that people have in understanding what this is about.”

    However, the Wall Street Journal states the e-mails were not merely forwarded news articles, but consisted of informal discussions between Clinton’s senior aides about whether to oppose upcoming CIA drone strikes in Pakistan. When a potential strike was imminent, or if it occurred during a weekend or holiday when State Department staffers were away from government computers, the covert operation was then debated openly over unsecured wireless networks that anyone with a modicum of knowledge could intercept.

    As a matter of speculation, the Russian and Chinese embassies in Washington DC likely employ people with a modicum of knowledge about wireless communications.

    A Matter of Personal Convenience

    One official said “If a strike was imminent, it was futile to use the high side [classified communications], which no one would see for seven hours.”

    There is no built-in delay in classified communications. The official is likely referring to an unwillingness by Clinton’s staff to return to the office to conduct classified business on the proper system. Since there has been no suggestion or evidence that CIA officials also used unclassified systems to discuss drone strikes, one can assume they were willing to be at the office when U.S. national security issues mattered.

    During Clinton’s tenure between January 2009 and February 2013, the CIA conducted 294 drone strikes that killed 2,192 people, at least 226 of whom were civilians.

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    • rich bauer said...


      So THIS is the smoking gun that will blowback in her face. It’s reaching critical mass. Comey et al better react if Obomber and the Lynch Mob at DOJ make a mockery of CLASSIFIED INFORMATION this sensitive. Good luck FBI getting a jury to convict anybody for violating national security again.

      Welcome Home, EDWARD SNOWDEN!

      06/14/16 9:02 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Speaking of blowback on the battlefield, the NRA may finally be in for a real civil war. Americans actually have a choice to make – not the farce that is the 2016 presidense election.

      What are you willing to do to force the government to protect us from the NRA and its whores in congress who are killing US?

      06/14/16 9:12 AM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      Speaking of reaching critical mass, let’s not forget Hillary’s violation of KEYHOLE material relating to North Korea’s nuclear program. She’s cooked on the REACTOR:

      One of the most serious potential breaches of national security identified so far by the intelligence community inside Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails involves the relaying of classified information concerning the movement of North Korean nuclear assets, which was obtained from spy satellites.

      Multiple intelligence sources who spoke to The Washington Times, solely on the condition of anonymity, said concerns about the movement of the North Korean information through Mrs. Clinton’s unsecured server are twofold.

      First, spy satellite information is frequently classified at the top-secret level and handled within a special compartment called Talent-Keyhole. This means it is one of the most sensitive forms of intelligence gathered by the U.S.

      If Hillary was Asian heritage, she would be in jail by now.

      06/14/16 9:56 AM | Comment Link

    • bloodypitchfork said...


      Peter said:
      “However, the broad contents were leaked to the Journal by anonymous congressional and law-enforcement officials briefed on the FBI’s investigation.”unquote

      Well then Dir. Comey, when does a NEW investigation start to find out WHICH law-enforcement officials “leaked” classified top secret info, hmmm?



      On the other hand, I’ve got $25 that says some Congressional asshat is getting ready to subpoena Comey over the FBI’s total fail in Orlando in..5…4.. 3…2…

      I hope they ream him. After all, the FBI is becoming a joke.

      06/14/16 1:07 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      06/14/16 1:41 PM | Comment Link

    • Helen Marshall said...


      IF I read this correctly, then John Kerry apparently had a say in the drone strike – oh, sorry, counter-terrorism operation – that killed US hostage Warren Weinstein and the Italian hostage Lo Porto last year.

      An account at the time quoted a “senior offical” as saying “I spent a lot of time thinking about how, with all the resources of the American government, the presence of two civilians – Weinstein and Lo Porto – was unknowable.

      So it was perfectly ok to rain down missiles on a site where Kerry and Obama had NO IDEA who was actually there.

      06/14/16 2:35 PM | Comment Link

    • wemeantwell said...


      My understanding is that the SecState only gets involved if there is opposition from the Ambassador on the ground.

      So, the Ambassador objects to the CIA op.
      If CIA cancels the op, that’s it.
      If CIA wants to continue the op, then the SecState is brought in.
      If the SecState says no to the op, CIA can still do it but must provide a written reason why.

      06/14/16 3:03 PM | Comment Link

    • Bruce said...


      WTF Part of Executive ACCOUNTABILITY does this Bombo Eruption, Queen HELL NOT Understand?

      06/14/16 4:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Karl Pomeroy said...


      Illuminating article. I cannot imagine what it would be like to live in a country where drones could fly over and kill you. We have drones flying over our ranch daily. If they could kill us, what would we do? Dive under the nearest tree? Curl up in a ball and hope you lived through it? No wonder Paul Craig Roberts calls here “Killary” Clinton. She should be ashamed of her savage cruelty. What a beast!

      06/14/16 5:35 PM | Comment Link

    • rich bauer said...


      This race to the finish would make a great film:

      “Critical Mass”

      Logline: Two FBI agents race the clock to find critical proof of violations of national security that could affect the race for president.

      06/14/16 6:19 PM | Comment Link

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