Commentary from Larry Oxenham, Publisher – Please note, this is my opinion, and solely my opinion.
We recently watched the House hearings into FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to prosecute Hillary Clinton over her email, uh, carelessness. For 14 minutes the Director laid out all the reasons there should be a prosecution and then concluded there will not be one.
The Department of Justice, no surprise, agreed.
Naturally, the Democrats said the hearings are ‘politics’ and the Republicans said they are not; since all members are politicians everything they do is politics! In essence, we have a bunch of people with little or no credibility challenging a decision that seems to have little or no contact with reality!
There is so much controversy engendered by the decision that we could spend hours writing about it, but there is one part in particular that we have personal experience with and this email addresses that issue.
Chances are you have already formed your opinion based on your political leanings but no matter how firm your thinking, one part of the testimony was MIND-BOGGLING: FBI Director Comey was asked about the classified documents Hillary was so cavalier about and he said she ‘didn’t know they were classified.‘
WHOA! SHE IS SECRETARY OF STATE AND DIDN’T KNOW THE DOCUMENTS WERE CLASSIFIED.
Comey used this as the rationale to say Clinton should not be prosecuted.
Now please follow me as I turn the clock back to 1965 to Fliegerhorst Kaserne, Hanau, Germany, Headquarters Company, 503rd Aviation Battalion. I had just been told my Secret Security Clearance was approved and signed the documents saying ‘any compromise‘, intentional or not, would endanger the country and be cause for court martial.
The clearance gave me access to information considered critical to the Army and was considered so sensitive I was not permitted to travel to East Berlin on vacation for fear of capture by the communists.
In Vietnam, as part of MACV, my clearance was upgraded to Top Secret and included specific battle plans involving US, Australian, South Korean and other allied troops, including many hand delivered to Special Forces camps.
Imagine me showing those documents to someone not cleared or taking the documents and leaving them out for public review!
One violation and my time in the Army would have been surrounded by bars in a very small room.
But our Secretary of State did not know the information she was handling was classified?
I’m sorry, guys, nothing else in the entire investigation, whether politically motivated or not, can top this.
IF YOU ARE A HIGH RANKING GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL WHO DOESN’T KNOW CLASSIFIED INFORMATION FROM NON-CLASSIFIED INFORMATION, YOU SHOULD NOT BE ALLOWED TO HAVE A SECURITY CLEARANCE.
But this is a different America today. Clinton made it clear in her testimony that ‘convenience‘ was reason enough to be cavalier toward classified information.
As the Director pointed out in his 14 minute ‘press conference‘, she was ‘extremely careless‘, lied about the devices, lied about disclosure of the emails and generally spit in the face of security measures.
There is no question Hillary should not be allowed to have any level of security clearance and, by default, should ‘recuse’ herself from the race.
My guess is Joe Biden is sitting somewhere saying, “I still have a chance if Hillary does the right thing. But, then again, probably not.”
It is impossible to imagine a political candidate with a more ‘entitled at any cost‘ attitude toward the highest office in the land.
And, yes, there are concerns about the candidate for the other party, but those concerns are for another email at another time.
We have severe economic challenges, nearly hopeless confusion on the international front, and real need for a strong, visionary, principle-driven leader… and look what we get instead.
The campaign will continue with citizens asked to consider two ‘lesser or all evils’ candidates but, no matter what, the distinction between those of us not ‘connected’ and those of the privileged class has been clearly established.
2016 is a MIND-BOGGLING year for the history books!
Your responses welcome ….