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The sell out of the FBI

Yesterday we blogged about the concerning details about the FBI and donors associated with Hillary Clinton.

Now, news is breaking in the US about the activities of FBI Director James Comey’s actions in ceasing FBI investigation into Hillary Clinton’s email server.

As evidence mounts that the Director of the FBI subverted justice, damaged the reputation of the Bureau and squandered the support of his agents, calls for his resignation will surely escalate.

Can there be any confidence in his future judgments and decisions, as long as he continues to preside over the once-venerated Federal Bureau of Investigation?

That is the plight James Comey now faces in light of the exclusive story published by foxnews.com in which a person closely involved in the investigation of Hillary Clinton’s emails revealed that career FBI agents and attorneys who dedicated themselves to the year-long probe unanimously believed she should have been criminally charged.

That’s not what Comey said at his press conference. He stated that ‘no reasonable prosecutor would bring this case,’.

More than 100 agents and analysts were assigned to the case.  They all thought Clinton committed crimes.  And maybe Comey believed it, too.  But he chose to ignore both the evidence and the law. It is sad and confounding and infuriating, all at the same time.

A second source, a high-ranking FBI official, confirmed the crux of his colleague’s stunning revelation.  He said that while it may not have been a unanimous belief, the vast majority felt Clinton should be prosecuted.  Stripping her of her security clearance was unanimous, he explained.

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No wonder Hillary’s email scandal went nowhere with the FBI

If something waddles like a duck, and it looks like a duck and it quacks like a duck…it most probably is a duck.

The political organisation of Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe, an influential Democrat with longstanding ties to Bill and Hillary Clinton, gave nearly $500,000 to the election campaign of the wife of an official at the Federal Bureau of Investigation who later helped oversee the investigation into Mrs. Clinton’s email use.

Campaign finance records show Mr. McAuliffe’s political-action committee donated $467,500 to the 2015 state Senate campaign of Dr. Jill McCabe, who is married to Andrew McCabe, now the deputy director of the FBI.

The Virginia Democratic Party, over which Mr. McAuliffe exerts considerable control, donated an additional $207,788 worth of support to Dr. McCabe’s campaign in the form of mailers, according to the records. That adds up to slightly more than $675,000 to her candidacy from entities either directly under Mr. McAuliffe’s control or strongly influenced by him. The figure represents more than a third of all the campaign funds Dr. McCabe raised in the effort.

Mr. McAuliffe and other state party leaders recruited Dr. McCabe to run, according to party officials. She lost the election to incumbent Republican Dick Black.

A spokesman for the governor said he “supported Jill McCabe because he believed she would be a good state senator. This is a customary practice for Virginia governors … Any insinuation that his support was tied to anything other than his desire to elect candidates who would help pass his agenda is ridiculous.”

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Is anyone else done with Dunne?

I’m over Peter Dunne, the man is a grandstanding bouffant tosspot.

Now he is whining about snooping on MPs when there was none.

An MP who had fallen victim to Parliamentary Service’s snooping before was “shocked” by revelations it was up to its old tricks.

UnitedFuture leader Peter Dunne had his email conversations with then-Fairfax journalist Andrea Vance wrongly handed over to a ministerial inquiry by Parliamentary Service in 2013.

The then-head of Parliamentary Service, Geoff Thorn, resigned amid the fallout.

Dunne had already quit as a minister prior to the ministerial inquiry after refusing to hand over his emails for an investigation into the leaking of a Government Communications Security Bureau (GCSB) report.

Dunne said he was “shocked” and “outraged” to hear Parliamentary Service was defending its computer security that is screening and blocking MPs emails if they contain words like “sensitive” or “classified”.

The Privileges Committee made “very clear statements about the privacy of MPs communications” at the time of the ministerial inquiry into why Dunne’s emails were handed over, he said.

“They appear to have fallen on deaf ears as far as the Parliamentary Service is concerned.”

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The real issues over Hillary’s email scandal

Hillary Clinton thinks she is above the law, that she can explain away whatever she wants and people should just accept that.

She is wrong and here is why the emails scandal needs to be pursued.

In a February 23 hearing on a Freedom of Information Act request for Hillary Clinton’s official State Department emails—emails that don’t exist because Hillary Clinton secretly conducted email on a private Blackberrry connected to a private server—District Court Judge Emmet G. Sullivan exclaimed, “How in the world could this happen?”

That’s the key question. What matters about the Clinton email scandal is not the nefarious conduct that she sought to hide by using her own server. There’s no evidence of any such nefarious conduct. What matters is that she made an extremely poor decision: poor because it violated State Department rules, poor because it could have endangered cyber-security, and poor because it now constitutes a serious self-inflicted political wound. Why did such a smart, seasoned public servant exercise such bad judgment? For the same reason she has in the past: Because she walls herself off from alternative points of view.   Read more »

Hillary Clinton getting closer to a federal indictment

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Hillary Clinton’s woes get worse after the office of the Inspector General issued a damning report into her email server issues.

A federal watchdog has issued a highly critical report of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private emails server while head of the State Department.

The 83-page report published by the department’s Office of the Inspector General found “longstanding, systemic weaknesses” relating to electronic records keeping, archiving, and poor cybersecurity practices.

The report was started prior to Clinton’s appointment in 2009, but had significant focus on her time as secretary of state, a position she left in 2013.

The report said that her use of a private email server was “not an appropriate method” for preserving records and emails, given that the department and its staff were subject to federal rules requiring strict records keeping.

“At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department issues before leaving government service,” said the report. “Because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act,” it added.

Clinton later provided the records in 2014, a year after her post ended. Dozens of those emails were considered “secret” or the highest level of classification, “top secret.”

The former secretary of state is expected to be nominated as the Democratic presidential candidate in the coming weeks.

You can read the full report.

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Hillary caught lying about her emails…again

Truth Revolt reports:

Hillary Clinton has been caught in another lie. Clinton and her camp have long said she didn’t use her private, formerly secret email server early in her tenure at State but now that claim has been blown apart.

As The Hill reports, the legal watchdog group Judicial Watch obtained evidence contradicting Hillary:

Clinton’s presidential campaign has previously claimed that the former top diplomat did not use her personal “clintonemail.com” account before March 2009, weeks after she was sworn in as secretary of State.    Read more »

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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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Turn your damn phone off

It is the holiday season and there is evidence that constantly checking your emails on your smart phone may be doing you some damage.

The secret to happiness is to turn off your smartphone email app according to psychologists, who warn that constant updates have become a “toxic source of stress”.

Technology that puts people at the continuous beck and call of their emails has created a culture where people feel they must be constantly available for work, according to research.

As a result, an “unwritten organisational etiquette” has become ingrained in the workplace and employees have developed habits which are bad for their emotional well-being.

Studies have found that continuously checking and reading emails due to a “push notification” feature, which alerts users to new messages even when they are not in their Mail app, produces tension and worry. Experts recommend that switching off the Mail app on your mobile device will alleviate anxiety.    Read more »

Media Party are Luddites really, when you boil it down, and hypocrites

Police can arrest you.  Customs can seize your property.  Medical people can have you put into a secure mental health facility.   That’s the whole point of these agencies carrying out their tasks.

So that the GCSB can read your emails, especially when the company you work for has signed up – deliberately – for the GCSB to monitor their networks for security problems, well, it shouldn’t come as a surprise they can “read your emails”.

When it comes to national security, the Media Party basically do nothing more than tell you there are monsters hiding under your bed.

New Zealanders working at companies and government agencies that deploy the Cortex cyber-security defence system could have their personal emails read by GCSB analysts.

But the chances of it happening are minuscule, according to the spy agency’s acting director Una Jagose.

The Cortex system aims to counter advanced cyber threats and provide malware detection services to government agencies and organisations dealing with “critical national infrastructure”.

The bulk of the screening is done by computers, but Ms Jagose says analysts look at private internet traffic in 0.005 percent of cases.

And the Media Party are making a big deal about this?

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Mediaworks staff throwing tanty over email snooping?

NBR reports:

The most telling indications of still-sinking staff morale, however, are the persistent rumours of senior management keeping tabs on staff communications.

Those that NBR has heard over several months include the claim that email groups via which regional news heads communicate with their staff were – unbeknownst to them – being blind cc-ed to Mr Weldon and/or some of his senior associates.

Another is that the Auckland-based IT department has been instructed to install filters on the company server for certain words and phrases (one staff member, for example, has told NBR of having to explain a private, entirely innocent email exchange that happened to include mention of another media organisation).

A MediaWorks spokeswoman has strongly denied those allegations, stating “It is absolute nonsense that MediaWorks monitors staff communications.”

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