When I was in the United States Army Security Agency, I had a top-secret and crypto security clearance. It took the FBI a good 12-months to vet me, and my clearance was one of the highest a person could have.
Why? We handled top secret information and performed duties that I was not allowed to talk about for something like twenty years. Had I mishandled any of that information—intentionally or not—I would have been in serious trouble. In fact, I would have been prosecuted and probably served time in a federal prison. That was what we were told, and we believed it.
Enter Hillary Clinton, a woman obsessed with keeping everything she does hidden from public view. That is why when she was named Secretary of State in 2008 she insisted on having not one, but several devices and servers that she alone controlled on which to store her e-mails and other information.
After a year-long FBI investigation that found enough damning evidence to indict a normal human being, Hillary dodged a legal bullet that no doubt would have forced her to end her candidacy for President.
And while Hillary’s tone deaf and blind supporters were jumping and clicking their heels after FBI Director James Comey said Tuesday that “no reasonable prosecutor” would bring a criminal case against her, his announcement was nevertheless the same as a political indictment.
Comey destroyed so many of the talking points that Hillary and her top aides have repeatedly used throughout her e-mail scandal, that you would have assumed he was sending the case on to the Department of Justice.
For example, he systematically dismantled her assertions (lies) that she never emailed classified material; that information in the emails was classified retroactively; that none of the emails were marked as containing classified information; that there were definitively no security breaches; that she turned over all work-related emails to the State Department; that the set-up was driven by convenience; and that the government was merely conducting “a security review.”
And while the case will never be prosecuted by Loretta Lynch’s Department of Justice (did we ever think that it would be?), what happened Tuesday was not an exoneration or a vindication of Hillary. In fact, Comey called her actions “extremely careless” when it came to handling classified information and documents.
“To be clear, this is not to suggest that, in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences,” he said after announcing that the FBI is not recommending criminal charges. “To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.”
Had I or any of my Army Security Agency buddies done what Hillary Clinton did, there is no doubt that we would have been in BIG TROUBLE.
But both Bill and Hillary Clinton not only think a different set of rules and standards apply to them than everyone else, they expect it. And guess what? They are right. We just witnessed the latest example of it.
I have to wonder, however, how she could ever receive a Top Secret Security clearance after her carelessness with classified material was exposed by the FBI? How can she be privy to the kind of Top Secret briefings that presidential nominees get from the U.S. government after the security breaches for which she was responsible?
For any other human being on the planet what Hillary did would preclude her from a security clearance that would allow her to view and handle classified documents and information. Of course, this is Hillary Clinton we’re talking about, and she resides outside the rule of law.
If there is a silver lining to what happened Tuesday, it is this: Comey’s scathing rebuke of Hillary’s conduct reinforces existing questions about her trustworthiness, her reckless arrogance, and the fact that she is an inveterate liar.
One can only hope that liberal voters (not the fanatic Democrat sycophants who would vote for her even if she were a serial killer) will wake up and see this woman for the power-hungry, selfish, malefactor that she is.
I am not holding my breath.