Saturday, September 26, 2015

HILLARY EMAIL SCANDAL- DOESN'T SHE LEARN FROM PAST MISTAKES?

She doesn't remember the CIA Director Deutch scandal?
     
      After the significant top secret security violation that occurred during Hillary Clinton's reign as First Lady to the 42nd president of the United States, it is surprising that she would get caught up in an identical  breach of national security.
     While she lived in the White House, then CIA Director Deutch kept classified documents on his personal laptop computer which were unsecured, unlocked and wide open to the World Wide Web. In January 1997 the CIA began a formal investigation of the matter, fearing that Deutch's vulnerable computer, which he casually loaded with carefully protected secrets, could become a target for any computer hacker or foreign intelligence agency.
     At the time, Hillary Clinton witnessed senior management at the CIA decline to fully pursue the breach. Even Attorney General Janet Reno declined prosecution; however, she recommended that Deutch be investigated to determine if his security clearance should be revoked.
     Although the investigation concluded with Deutch agreeing to plead guilty for mishandling government secrets, Hillary's husband pardoned him on the last day of his presidency, before the Justice Department could file the case.
    Most of us learn from the mistakes made by others; Hillary Clinton is apparently reluctant to do so. As First Lady, she rode out U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee chairman Richard Shelby's deep distrust of Deutch for leaving U.S. secrets open for grabs. He wanted him to appear before his committee, but Deutch either never showed up or the session was held in secret and the proceedings were never published.
    Does Hillary Clinton not learn from mistakes that she and others around her have made? A short time ago, the CIA discovered two classified messages stored on her home-based computer. They appear to be even more sensitive than the hush-hush stuff Deutch had on his.
     She squirreled away top-secret information on signal intercepts from Keyhole satellites. The missions of these new generation spy satellites are run by the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) and what they stealthily uncover should be, in the mindset of any reasonable person, instinctively classified. No red "Top Secret!" stamp is necessary, for it's obvious that the NGA's high-resolution optical and infrared imagery that helps the CIA and Pentagon determine what our enemies are up to should not be housed in any unsecured personal computer.  
     In lieu of her living through the Deutch ignominy, Hillary should have insured her computer hard drive and e-mail server were secure by inviting one of the directors of the CIA, NGA or NSA to have their agency document that the information on it did not contain even the slightest threat to national security.
     But, why should she do what the rest of us would? The former First Lady understands why Deutch paid no price for his gross transgressions from national security rules and CIA protocol.
     It appears that the American public senses some malfeasance here, for Hillary's honesty and trustworthiness ratings deteriorated immediately after the e-mail controversy was made public. But, like Deutch, she is skilled at wiggling out of tight spots and the truth may never come out until after the 2016 election.

Robert Morton, M.Ed., Ed.S. is a member of the Association Of Former Intelligence Officers (AFIO) and writes the online spy series "Corey Pearson- CIA Spymaster in the Caribbean".  Contact him on the Secure Contact Form

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