Saturday, January 09, 2016

This, right here, is a felony

One time I saw a show about how the FBI caught mob boss John Gotti.  The "social club" where he would frequent had listening devices everywhere but occasionally they lost track of Gotti's voice.  Eventually, the FBI figured out that, when Gotti was conducting serious Mafia business, he would go out a back door to an apartment upstairs.  They, of course, then planted a bug there.

What they captured on this new bug was pure gold.  If I remember correctly, Gotti would say things like "I'm La Cosa Nostra forever" and "Oh, yeah, I had that guy whacked."

I thought about that when reading about how Hillary instructed an aide to send classified information through an unsecured system because she was impatient:
In a thread from June 2011, Hillary exchanges e-mails with Jake Sullivan, then her deputy chief of staff and now her campaign foreign-policy adviser, in which she impatiently waits for a set of talking points. When Sullivan tells her that the source is having trouble with the secure fax, Hillary then orders Sullivan to have the data stripped of its markings and sent through a non-secure channel.

That should be game, set, and match, yes?
One would think.  Here's Hillary telling this deputy to strip the security markings, scan it into a PDF (I assume), and send it via a non-secure server.  All this story needs to complete the picture is Hillary writing: "I know this is violation of security protocols and federal law but go ahead and do it for me, Hillary."

Ace of Spades gives this the rare three flaming skulls:
If the FBI does not indict Clinton, two things follow:
1. There is no longer any law against the selling or transmission of classified information.
2. There is no longer any rule of law in the United States of America, and, the United States being conceived as a place of laws not men, there is then no longer any United States of America, either.
Can the Department of Justice really decline to indict?  This is a crime:
Besides, as I pointed out in the earlier post (and several other times over the past year), 18 USC 793 does not require information to be classified to take action on violations, although that does allow prosecutors to build a case easier. It just requires information that transmitted or stored in the open could damage national security. Clearly Sullivan thought this needed to go through secure channels, and yet Hillary not only tried to override it, she wanted the headers deleted to allow for it — which shows a pretty clear intent to violate the regulations on handling of secure information.
Hillary belongs in prison.

Extra - Let's see what my legal buddies have to say.  Legal Insurrection: "At this point, if Hillary is not indicted for conspiracy it’s because someone at DOJ doesn’t want her indicted."

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