March 15, 2015
So the strange case of Hillary and the emails get more interesting by the minute. This time the strange part isn’t from Hillary though. The State Department says that they didn’t archive emails automatically until February 2015. Now isn’t that interesting? They seem to be saying that it’s the responsibility of the individual email client to have saved their own emails.
I’ve never worked in the State Department but I have worked within the DOD and this doesn’t sound correct. Are we to believe in the day and age of documentation, of requests for civilian emails from civilian providers that our own State Department which regularly deals with foreign governments and would be susceptible to information gathering by our enemies doesn’t save emails and to record historical documentation? No wonder this administration appears to have little fear over congressional investigation since they don’t keep anything.
So in fact Hillary Clinton may have been more conscientious than the government itself. I guess keeping your own server is a good idea. (Sarc)
If the State Department hasn’t been archiving emails as other agencies have been (I worked IT on archiving issues within DoD) than many people at very high levels need to be fired.
If we are to believe these assertions than what would possess anyone to want bigger government? Apparently there are no rules, just suggestions. Of course let one of the little people break policy.
March 6, 2015
General Jim Mattis has some thoughts on war and ISIS. But mostly he says what I’ve been saying for a while now. Be sure to read the whole thing. Also the comments are interesting. I’m with the one that agrees but will find it hard to support and military action while this administration is in place.
A strong “Authorization to Use Military Force” (AUMF), supported by a majority of both parties in both houses of Congress, will send an essential message of American steadfastness to our people and to the global audience. Its passage will demonstrate our country’s fundamental unity and enable a broader commitment to deal firmly with a real and growing menace.
Following more than a decade of fighting for poorly articulated political goals, the Congress needs to restore clarity to our policy if we are to gain the American people’s confidence and enlist the assistance of potential allies, while sending a chilling note that we mean business to our enemies. With enemy influence expanding rapidly, patience or half-measures cannot replace a coherent strategy for taking measured steps, aligned with allies, to counter the mutating Islamist threat in the Middle East. The AUMF that Congress passes should be constructed as one building block in a coherent, integrated strategy for dealing with a region erupting in crises. Thus the AUMF needs to serve an enabling role for defeating this enemy, and not a restrictive function. Congress’ voice in the AUMF must not reassure our adversary in advance about what we will not do:
March 5, 2015
Why would someone conduct official business on personal account that is maintained from home?
Can circumvent government monitoring of emails
Can pick and choose what emails you consider relevant to give to the government or select congressional committees.
Can deflect FOIA requests
Can be destroyed quickly and completely
Must maintain the server and backups – time consuming
Must pay for skilled personnel to operate if not technically inclined or available 24X7
Must pay for equipment and software personally
Security – must maintain certificate issues or leave email and other information vulnerable
Reasons to use government email
It’s no cost to the user
Backups are made constantly to ensure users have access to older files and hard drive failures
Full time IT departments that maintain the server software and hardware
Full time IT support for assistance when something fails
Records can be pulled by IT techs when investigations warrant
Historical records maintained
Built in security and encryption
It’s not inconceivable that at times a personal account might be used however, per USG guidance those emails should be forwarded to the government account or printed and sent to controlling authorities. these would be exceptions to the rule, not normal business.
So, why would someone have their own server at their home? Hummm I wonder….(SARC)
March 3, 2015
Mrs. Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act.
Well I guess that takes care of looking for backups. Hillary is certainly no Lois Lerner.
Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them. There are exceptions to the law for certain classified and sensitive materials.
It really doesn’t matter, rules are for the little people.
February 27, 2015
The Clinton Foundation accepted millions of dollars from seven foreign governments during Hillary Rodham Clinton’s tenure as secretary of state, including one donation that violated its ethics agreement with the Obama administration, foundation officials disclosed Wednesday.
Most of the contributions were possible because of exceptions written into the foundation’s 2008 agreement, which included limits on foreign-government donations.
The agreement, reached before Clinton’s nomination amid concerns that countries could use foundation donations to gain favor with a Clinton-led State Department, allowed governments that had previously donated money to continue making contributions at similar levels.
Now I’m no political genius or legal expert but I sure remember some documents I had to agree to while working for the government with a security clearance that dealt with foreign interests. The part that amazes me is not that Hillary and Bill have had so much foreign ties, it’s that the American public for the most part see nothing wrong with it. Well that’s the few American that can even name their leadership.
Ethics and rule of law have been subverted overtly for many years now with no consequences to those in power.
We will find in a few years that the eight years of the Obama administration were very destructive to the United States and the concepts of government laid out by the founders.
The Republican? Don’t expect much from them. Hell they don’t have a clue what to do in either the senate or the house.
February 24, 2015
Veterans Affairs Secretary Robert McDonald has admitted that he lied about serving in the special operations forces in a conversation with a homeless veteran that was caught on camera earlier this year.
We keep picking only the best to represent us.
But then again, hell aren’t we all special? I mean the Army went to cool ass black berets because everyone should feel as special as Army Rangers.
Robert MacDonald was picked to clean up the VA not for his military service. Oh wait.. hum Well anyway truth really isn’t that important in the big picture. As long as he contributes to the correct narrative.
Look folks all kidding aside, you don’t misremember shit like that.
February 19, 2015
WASHINGTON – President Obama defended his administration’s approach to the terror threat at a White House summit Wednesday, standing by claims that groups like the Islamic State do not represent Islam — as well as assertions that job creation could help combat extremism.
How’s about the President focus on jobs here for citizens (not illegals) before we piss away more money overseas on jobs fraud.
This president is a lot like a doll that only has a couple of sentences when its string is pulled.
Or, maybe this President has a very good plan. It’s just one that most of us would find a detriment to the country.
February 19, 2015
Emails reveal sensitive info left exposed after US pullout from Yemen
Internal State Department emails reviewed by Fox News reveal that as security unraveled in Yemen, U.S. personnel were scrambling to finalize their exit plan and were so uncertain about what would happen that procedures for safeguarding sensitive information were bypassed — with permission from Washington.
The unclassified emails reveal staff on the ground in Yemen, as well as senior department executives in Washington, were concerned the evacuation might go bad and left a communication network running at the embassy in case staff had to return. The emails point to uncertainty on the ground amid fast-moving developments, even as the Obama administration downplayed any irregularities.
"It wasn’t hasty," State Department spokeswoman Jen Psaki insisted on Fox News’ "The Kelly File" on Feb. 12, a day after the evacuation.
Holy sh*t Batman have we forgotten all security procedures or do we just ignore them now. Are there any adults left in the government?
Asked about the emails on Wednesday, Psaki said: "We successfully moved our personnel out. And I think that’s what everybody should be focused on."
No lady it’s not. The fact that we can’t seem to protect our people, equipment or operational information these days seems to indicate a larger issue, like gross governmental incompetence.
February 18, 2015
(Reuters) – The Republican-led House Committee on Homeland Security is challenging an Obama administration plan to admit Syrian refugees to the United States, saying it could allow potential terrorists to sneak into the country.
In a letter sent to the White House, Michael McCaul, who chairs the Homeland Security Committee and Peter King and Candice Miller, who chair subcommittees, said the administration’s plan "raises serious national security concerns."
The letter, dated Wednesday, said the United States lacks the resources to fully investigate the backgrounds of refugees from Syria, a base for Islamic State militants, before they are admitted to the country.
Anne Richard, an Assistant Secretary of State, said on Dec. 9 that the United States resettled nearly 70,000 refugees from nearly 70 countries in 2013 and that the administration’s refugee plans would lead to "resettling Syrians as well."
It appears the best way to create a path for jihadist to the west, Europe and the US, is to create chaos in your home country. We have some sort of self destruct mode that feels the need to open the gates to people we have no way to screen and only adds to our ever growing welfare rolls while allowing potential terrorist in. Add to that list those that may not be terrorist but simply won’t integrate into our society and you have a mess.
February 18, 2015
"We’re killing a lot of them, and we’re going to keep killing more of them. … But we cannot win this war by killing them," department spokeswoman Marie Harf said on MSNBC’s "Hardball." "We need … to go after the root causes that leads people to join these groups, whether it’s lack of opportunity for jobs, whether –"
…Harf continued to argue that the U.S. should work with other countries to "help improve their governance" and "help them build their economies so they can have job opportunities for these people."
She acknowledged there’s "no easy solution" and said the U.S. would still take out ISIS leaders. But Harf said: "If we can help countries work at the root causes of this — what makes these 17-year-old kids pick up an AK-47 instead of trying to start a business?" …
Is there really any hope left? This is another example of a corrupt administration that hires naive, at best storytellers.
“But we cannot win this war by killing them”. Umm.. seems to me we did just that with the NAZIs and the Japanese. It wasn’t a jobs program that stopped Hitler from taking Europe. But then again history is soooo old fashioned.
Islamic State militants have burned alive 45 people in the western Iraqi town of al-Baghdadi, its local police chief told the BBC Tuesday.