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The truth on Clinton's email server

Okay folks, read it and weep.

Back when I had a website for my side hustle of IT services, I had an article on it where I stated that there was no way that the server for was not hacked within hours of it coming on-line, considering there was no security (firewall, virus scan, etc.) running on it.

While Secretary of State, Clinton used this compromised personal server instead of the government's secure system to send and receive highly classified information. Think of it this way. You are in a high-stakes poker game, with millions of dollars on the table. If you have ever played poker or watched the World Poker Tour, you know most of what a player does is read the other players more than he does his own cards. If you're a good bluffer, you can convince a player with a stronger hand to fold, or a weaker player to go "all-in" and thus lose everything.

But what if another player knows what your cards are? Then the bluff won't work. It's one thing with a couple million dollars on the table, what if the stakes were thousands or millions dead? A nuclear exchange? Then those cards are a lot more important to keep secret. Someone had access to the objectives and capabilities of the United States in a crisis. The compromise of that information could have been devastating. The US Navy in 1942 met and defeated the Japanese fleet at Midway with a strategic advantage because we were able to read 1 word in 3 of their coded messages. Imagine if we were pushed to the edge of a nuclear exchange and the other side could read every word of our emails in real time. It would not have ended well for us.

My fears were confirmed last week during the Congressional grilling of Peter Strzok. Here is the video and partial transcript below:

[Rep. Louie Gohmert (R-TX)]: You said earlier in this hearing you were concerned about a hostile foreign power affecting the election. Do you recall the former Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough having an investigation into an anomaly found on Hillary Clinton’s emails?

Let me refresh your memory. The Intelligence Community Inspector General Chuck McCullough sent his investigator Frank Rucker along with an IGIC attorney Janette McMillan to brief you and Dean Chapelle and two other FBI personnel who I won’t name at this time, about an anomaly they had found on Hillary Clinton’s emails that were going to the private unauthorized server that you were supposed to be investigating?

Strzok: I remember meeting Mr. Rucker on either one or two occasions. I do not recall the specific content or discussions.

Gohmert: Mr. Rucker reported to those of you, the four of you there, in the presence of the ICIG attorney, that they had found this anomaly on Hillary Clinton’s emails going through their private server, and when they had done the forensic analysis, they found that her emails, every single one except four, over 30,000, were going to an address that was not on the distribution list. It was a compartmentalized bit of information that was sending it to an unauthorized source. Do you recall that?

Strzok: Sir, I don’t.

Gohmert: He went on the explain it. And you didn’t say anything, you thanked him, you shook his hand. The problem is it was going to an unauthorized source that was a foreign entity unrelated to Russia and from what you’ve said here, you did nothing more than nod and shake the man’s hand when you didn’t seem to be all that concerned about our national integrity of our election when it was involving Hillary Clinton. So the forensic examination was done by the ICIG — and they can document that — but you were given that information and you did nothing with it. And one of the things I found most egregious with Mr. Horowitz’s testimony, and — by the way Mr. Horowitz got a call four times from someone wanting to brief him about this, and he never returned the call. [emphasis mine]

So it has been proven that 1) Hillary had an unsecured email server, 2) she was using to conduct high-level government business, 3) it was secretly sending 99.999% of her emails to a foreign entity unrelated to Russia (which could have been forwarding them on to Russia, no one knows at this point).

The first two bits of information were common public knowledge well before the election. The third point was speculated and assumed, but not proven until now. This email server issue is nothing short of an unmitigated disaster and Biblical-scale blunder. If you wanted this woman to be President, I am not mad at you. I am saddened that you chose to ignore glaring compromises of Clinton's character, where she felt she didn't have to follow the rules and didn't care about keeping the secrets of the United States secret. This could have led to a showdown where we would have been on the losing side.

Think about that, very carefully.

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