Federal Bureau of Investigation

The problem with Hillary Clinton

Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee for the Democratic Party. She is comprehensively in front of Bernie Sanders.

But she has big problems. The biggest one is the noises coming out of the FBI:

Federal Bureau of Investigations Director James Comey is ‘increasingly convinced’ that Democratic frontrunner Hillary Clinton broke the law with her private email setup, says the New York Post, citing unnamed ‘career agents.’

The paper charges that Comey is contemplating pushing for charges but doesn’t have the backing of the Obama White House, who would like to see Clinton elected over Republican frontrunner Donald Trump.

Without such political will, agents have begun whispering to their friends in the private sector, telling them Comey is getting stonewalled, writes reporter Charles Gasparino.

The official government line is a ‘no comment’ from the FBI.

Any evidence that the FBI uncovered has still not been made public.

The government says no final decision has been made, however the case is clearly progressing as Clinton aide Bryan Pagliano, who worked on her private server, was granted immunity by the Justice Department earlier this month.

‘You don’t start granting people close to Clinton immunity unless you are seriously looking at charges against your target,’ one of Gasparino’s sources said.

Clinton has publicly said that using a private email account attached to a homebrew server was a ‘mistake.’

Mainly ‘because it’s caused all this uproar and commotion.’

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Hide on Key, Labour and spying

The report is in and, contrary to the screaming skull’s assertions, there is not and has not been any mass surveillance of Kiwis.

Rodney Hide examines security, intelligence and Labour’s game-playing in his Herald on Sunday column:

There’s a reason John Key remains Prime Minister, having outpolled five successive Labour Party leaders: he is smart. And not just smart: very smart.

We can see that in his choosing Sir Michael Cullen along with lawyer Dame Patsy Reddy to review our spy agencies.

Cullen is Labour through and through and his conducting of the review should help depoliticise what has become a vexed issue.

He is also smart and will make it hard for Labour to oppose the review’s findings and recommendations.

Spying is highly politically charged and is a loser for any Government – the usual transparency that ensures accountability would undermine the very purpose of the agencies.

Until recent times there has been multi-party agreement and oversight of the spy agencies, including the Greens being represented on the Intelligence and Security Committee.

The political parties have placed the cause of national security above the seeking of political advantage and the agencies have also worked hard to be transparent with the Parliamentary parties.

The system has worked.

But, politics being politics, the Government-Opposition bipartisanship broke down when the political opportunity presented itself.

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It seems free speech and climate change are now incompatible

James Delingpole discusses revelations that the US Attorney General is contemplating prosecuting people for daring to be skeptics over climate change:

The US Department of Justice has been considering whether people should be prosecuted for the offense of climate change denial.

“This matter has been discussed. We have received information about it and have referred it to the FBI to consider whether or not it meets the criteria for which we could take action on,” said Attorney General Loretta Lynch, responding to a question from green activist Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse (D-RI) at a Senate Judiciary Hearing.

Whitehouse said:

“The similarities between the mischief of the tobacco industry pretending that the science of tobacco’s dangers was unsettled and the fossil fuel industry pretending that the science of carbon emissions’ dangers is unsettled has been remarked on widely, particularly by those who study the climate denial apparatus that the fossil fuel industry has erected.”   Read more »

Why Hillary Clinton has no reason at all to feel smug about her lead right now

Hillary Clinton is probably feeling smug right now. Despite losing two states this weekend she still has a handy lead.

But she has problems, and one of those is that there is a fair chance that she will be indicted ahead of the election.

Former Attorney General Michael Mukasey is pretty sure that Hillary Clinton has broken four specific laws for using a private email server that contained classified information. He broke them down on Thursday’s Morning Joe on MSNBC.

One of those laws states that “you can’t put classified information in an unclassified setting.” This is the one, he added, “that General Petraeus was convicted of on his own plea.” He continued:

There’s one that says that you can’t expose national secrets through gross negligence. Then there’s one that says you can’t destroy government information. And then there’s one that says you can’t obstruct justice.

As TruthRevolt reported earlier, one of Clinton’s tech staffers, Bryan Pagliano, was granted immunity — something Mukasey said was done so he would be able to speak freely with the Justice Department. He added that someone like Pagliano could explain how nearly 1,800 classified emails ended up on a non-classified server and be able to finally prove that Clinton is lying when she says they weren’t any classified documents:

“The notion that somehow they weren’t marked when they were put on the server is a half-truth and it’s one that’s peculiarly designed to irritate anybody who knows the other half…

“[If Pagliano] was contracted to set up a server, that he knew was going to carry classified information relating to [Clinton’s] job, and [did] it without telling anybody, then it’s not necessarily that he’s guilty of a crime, but what he’s protected against doing is giving any step that could lead to being charged with a crime.

As The Daily Caller points out, Mukasey found himself most troubled by one aspect:

The way the stuff got from what’s called the SIPRNet, the secret network within the government. And that network doesn’t talk to any other network. So what has to have happened is somebody took it off there and either transcribed it or summarized it and then put it on her server. That’s very troubling.

Mukasey surmises that the biggest problem for Clinton is the fact that she ordered classified documents to be entered on her system as non-classified, which appears to be the case as one of her emails indicates she said “send it unclassified.”

Granting of immunity is a big step. At some point Hillary Clinton is going to need sitting down and having things explained to her very carefully.

 

-Truth Revolt

Key’s smart politics forcing Little into a corner over spy agency report

Tracy Watkins discusses the forth-coming spy agency report that is due out.

When John Key and Andrew Little eyeball each other across the table during a closed door session of Parliament’s intelligence and security committee this week, the prime minister will be ready to turn the tables on his opponents.

Key is asking Labour to back him on legislation overhauling the country’s spy agencies, the Government Communications Security Bureau and Security Intelligence Service.

It might have sounded like Key was making the plea for bipartisanship from a position of weakness. Spies and the surveillance agencies have been Key’s Achilles heel after all. But the Labour leader will probably see Key’s plea for unity for what it is, a game of political brinkmanship. Because refusing to back any law changes lets Key paint Labour into a corner as weak on national security. Given Little’s previous call to back the Government on extending the powers of the SIS to detect Isis supporters, he seems unlikely to fall into that trap.

A lot has changed since the 2014 election campaign, when Key was wrong footed by allegations swirling around a bungling GCSB. Back then, Labour under David Cunliffe abandoned the usual bipartisanship on national security issues to rub the Government’s nose in those failures by opposing law changes governing the agency. Key was besieged on every front – even NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden joined the party.    Read more »

I’d say Hillary Clinton is about to be indicted

I'm coming for yer guns!

Andrew Little endorsed Hillary Clinton this morning, another of his ill-conceived brain farts, especially considering it is looking increasingly like she is about to be indicted on federal crimes after a key witness was given immunity.

The Justice Department has granted immunity to a State Department employee who helped build former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server, according to The Washington Post.

A law enforcement official told the Post that Bryan Pagliano has agreed to work with the FBI in exchange for not facing any possible criminal charges.

The new development is not a good sign for the Democratic presidential front-runner, though there is still no indication that any criminal charges will be brought against Clinton.    Read more »

Another ‘loophole’ claim busted

Politicians and media like to talk about ‘loopholes’ in laws.

Recently Heather du Plessis-Allan decided to prove a ‘loophole’ existed in New Zealand law to purchase a firearm. She then went ahead and broke at least 5 laws in procuring a firearm, including impersonating a police officer. But it was explained away as a loophole, despite the fact that not a single real incidence of this occurring before could be found in the records.

In the US, media and politicians have been promoting that people can easily buy automatic firearms at gun shows. Everyone from Obama down has made this claim and the idiot media have repeated it.

But it isn’t a loophole at all.

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How long before Hillary Clinton is indicted?

There is some talk with the latest dump of Hillary Clinton’s email that she may well be indicted and face criminal charges in the lead up to the election.

If that happens it will eventually scupper her chances to be the Democrat candidate in the presidential election. Things are looking quite serious.

A Republican former U.S. attorney believes Democratic presidential front-runner Hillary Clinton could be facing imminent indictment over her email scandal, possibly roiling the Iowa caucuses or the New Hampshire primary in February.

Joe DiGenova, a one-time federal prosecutor originally appointed by President Reagan, told conservative radio host Laura Ingraham Tuesday that the FBI’s still-pending investigation of Clinton’s email server seems to have reached ‘a critical mass.’

Congressional Republicans last spring discovered that Clinton used a private, home-based email server in her New York home while she was secretary of state from 2009 to 2013. The scandal has dogged her presidential campaign for almost the entire past year.

The FBI has been probing whether any classified intelligence was compromised through Clinton’s unusual email setup, but she has steadfastly denied any wrongdoing and has yet to be charged with any crime.

DiGenova said that may be about to change.   Read more »

The world’s greatest gun salesman boosts shares in gun stocks

Obama’s cry-baby speech about gun control has resulted in…more gun sales:

President Obama’s move to tighten gun restrictions follows a string of high-profile shootings and surging sales of firearms — and some experts believe Tuesday’s executive action will only heighten demand.

Gun manufacturers have seen their stocks climb in recent days as sales pick up.

Shares of Smith & Wesson jumped 11 percent Tuesday, to $25.86, when the president unveiled his new plan for expanding background checks on gun sales, while Sturm, Ruger & Co.’s stock climbed nearly 7 percent, to $65.54.

For gun-rights groups, the numbers serve to validate a long-running joke within the industry: Obama is the gun salesman of the year.

Not just of the year…of all time!

“President Obama has single-handedly done more to promote gun ownership than anyone else,” said Erich Pratt, executive director of the Gun Owners of America.

“Gun owners are concerned, and they should be,” Pratt continued. “We see people running to gun stores to buy firearms and ammunition.

If Obama wants to ban it, they want to buy it,” he added.President Obama’s move to tighten gun restrictions follows a string of high-profile shootings and surging sales of firearms — and some experts believe Tuesday’s executive action will only heighten demand.   Read more »

Judge Dawson: The “overwhelming preponderance” of evidence against the men established a prima facie case

Judge Nevin Dawson has delivered his verdict and decided that Kim Dotcom should face extradition to the US.

Predictably the left-wing has unhinged itself claiming all sorts of conspiracies, but the Judge has seen through all that and booted him.

Ironically those wailing the loudest are those formerly on his payroll.

Kim Dotcom should be sent to the United States to stand trial on criminal charges, a New Zealand court has ruled.

In a decision delivered in district court this afternoon, Judge Nevin Dawson ruled the internet entrepreneur and his three co-accused – Mathias Ortmann, Bram van der Kolk and Finn Batato – were eligible for extradition to the US.

The FBI had been seeking their extradition on charges of copyright infringement, money-laundering and racketeering related to the now-defunct file-storage website Megaupload.

It was a result the Megaupload founder has been trying to prevent since his 2012 arrest during a dramatic raid on his mansion north of Auckland.

During a 10-week court hearing that ended last month, the men’s lawyers argued Megaupload was created simply to allow people to store and share large files.    Read more »