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Monday, October 31, 2016

E-MAILGATE, THE FBI DIRECTOR, THE ELECTION, AND IGNORING THE OBVIOUS


I read an article on RollingStone.com a few hours after FBI Director James Comey made an announcement that SOUNDED LIKE there was more damning evidence against Hillary Clinton in E-mailgate 

It got pretty clear, pretty quick within the article I skimmed that Comey wasn't really re-opening anything. Clinton's case wasn't actually "closed" per se. Comey just decided not to charge her back in July.

But 11 days before our presidential election Comey phrased his announcement of a side probe into the sleezy Anthony Weiner, who used Clinton's server, in such a way that it SOUNDED like Clinton was "in trouble" again.

I mean why mention Clinton at all? Does Comey think one of the under age girls Weiner sent pictures of his penis hacked Clinton's server. And even the 15 year old did, I thought we'd established there wasn't anything super secret that went anywhere back in July? 

This is why people think FBI Director Comey, being a republican, straight tried to affect the election in Trump's favor with this b.s. And that's why there's been a Department of Justice complaint filed

DOJ Complaint Filed Against FBI Director James Comey For Interfering In Presidential Election
http://www.politicususa.com/2016/10/28/doj-complaint-filed-fbi-director-james-comey-interfering-presidential-election.html


But t not the big picture. E-mailgate shouldn't have happened in the first place.

I'd be willing to be a lot of money Clinton asked her I.T. person, *Can you set up X Y Z so I can use one phone and my server so I can just use one device.* Then he or she started working on it. And it's not like she didn't have precedent for making such a request.  Colin Powell appears to have told her that he (and other Secretaries of State before him from what I understand) have mixed personal and business on their devices.

But Powell, nor any of the rest since the invention of the internet, should have been able to do any of this.

None of this would have happened in the first place the Government I.T. Department just gave each Congressman, Senator, Secretary the secure phones and gadgets that are preset up for whatever level of security they need. Why is each person making their own decision when hackers get more sophisticated ever day?  There is a night and day difference between technology security between 2005 and 2010 then between 2010 and 2015 etc.

Clinton, Powell, nor anybody else who handles secure information should have been able to make a personal decision that affected e-mails or any other electronic security in the first place -- not unless they have an 8 year software engineering degree with a specialization in hacking.

I don't get the individual decision on how to handle your electronic gadgets at all. Who thought that made sense? Did Obama make a personal decision where to put the nuclear launch codes too?

Damn.

I can't believe E-mail-gate hasn't spawned the bigger conversation about how stupid our electronic security is, especially since 22.1 million government employees had their information hacked in 2015. It's time for some standardized computer security in federal government.  It's time for the Federal Government I.T. Department to come into existence.

Not only would our information be more secure. You wouldn't get a political candidate that's treading the swamp water he created with sexist and racist comments (allegedly) being assisted by an FBI Director that's investigating a person (Hillary Clinton) instead of a system that's broke.


It sounds to me, and others, like Comey went waaay out of his way to create E-mailgate in the first place. His resurrecting E-mailgate is outrageous 11 days before the election especially since the Justice Department appears to have let him know he was drawing outside the lines.   
HEADLINE

Can FBI Director James Comey be Fired? 5 Fast Facts You Need To Know


"There’s a longstanding policy of not doing anything that could influence an election,” George J. Terwilliger III, who was deputy attorney general in the George Bush administration told The New York Times on Saturday. “Those guidelines exist for a reason. Sometimes, that makes for hard decisions. But bypassing them has consequences.”
“There’s a difference between being independent and flying solo,” the former Bush administration official added.


Comey also directly defied the wishes of Attorney General Loretta Lynch and her deputy, Sally Yates, who wanted the FBI director to stick to long-established tradition and keep his comments about matters that could have a bearing on the presidential election to himself, CNN reported...
“Director Comey understood our position. He heard it from Justice leadership. It was conveyed to the FBI, and Comey made an independent decision to alert the Hill,” one current Justice Department official told The Washington Post, also in a Saturday story. “He is operating independently of the Justice Department. And he knows it.” "

Read More: http://heavy.com/news/2016/10/james-comey-fired-fbi-director-hillary-clinton-email-private-server-influence-election/