Friday, June 3, 2016

More on Clinton emails

"The server’s email system was apparently unencrypted for the first two months of use when Clinton was Secretary of State.

...Without encryption — a process that scrambles communication for anyone without the correct key — email, attachments and passwords are transmitted in plain text...

This means that email going to and from the server was unencrypted during transmission. Messages were sent and received in plain text.

...The system had other features that made it vulnerable to talented hackers, including a software program that enabled users to log on directly from the World Wide Web.

...such a system could be made reasonably secure but that it would need constant monitoring by people trained to look for irregularities in the server’s logs.

Which didn't happen

...One of the laws that may have been broken is 18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information

Note first that the information listed below doesn’t require a formal “classified” designation to be relevant, and second, that “intent” is not necessary to trigger the law’s penalties. “Gross negligence” is sufficient...:

(f) Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document [etc..., relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, or destroyed, or (2) having knowledge that the same has been illegally removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of its trust [etc...], and fails to make prompt report of such loss, theft, abstraction, or destruction to his superior officer—

Shall be fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.

Hillary Clinton is an unindicted felon

(g) If two or more persons conspire to violate any of the foregoing provisions of this section, and one or more of such persons do any act to effect the object of the conspiracy, each of the parties to such conspiracy shall be subject to the punishment provided for the offense which is the object of such conspiracy.


"Unless this law doesn’t apply for some other reason, it seems perfectly applicable for the reasons noted above. All sorts of State Department business and communications could be considered “relating to the national defense,” including simple travel itineraries of top officials, such as President Obama’s.

“Gross negligence” in allowing such documents to be “lost” or “stolen” is, under this law, a criminal act subject to fines, imprisonment, or both. If the server was hacked, broken into, the above law appears to apply.

...the list of laws that may have been broken, not to mention State Department practices and guidelines ignored, is proffered to be long, at least according to the Internet. I’ve seen a list, and this is just one item on it. It’s also the one I find least controvertible..."

"Hillary Clinton [should] be Indicted on Federal Racketeering Charges"