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Bill USA

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Quotes I like: "Prediction is very difficult, especially concerning the future." "There are some things so serious that you have to laugh at them.” __ Niels Bohr Given his contribution to the establishment of quantum mechanics, I guess it's not surprising he had such a quirky of sense of humor. ......................."Deliberate misinterpretation and misrepresentation of another's position is a basic technique of (dis)information processing" __ I said that

Journal Archives

Comey admits Classified materials were NOT PROPERLY MARKED

http://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/07/07/1546038/-Comey-tanks-key-GOP-talking-point-admits-classified-materials-were-not-properly-marked
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In the coming months, you can bank on the fact that at every opportunity—when he isn’t busy defending his anti-Semitic tweets—Donald Trump will wave his stumpy-fingered hands around while screeching “Hillary lied! She sent classified emails!” And like most of what comes out of his mouth, it will be a lie. A lie that is quite neatly exposed during this exchange at the most recent Republican-led investigation of an investigation of an investigation of an investigation that will somehow prove Hillary Clinton did … something:

MATT CARTWRIGHT: You were asked about markings on a few documents, I have the manual here, marking national classified security information. And I don't think you were given a full chance to talk about those three documents with the little c's on them. Were they properly documented? Were they properly marked according to the manual?

JAMES COMEY: No.

MATT CARTWRIGHT: According to the manual, if you're going to classify something, there has to be a header on the document? Right?

JAMES COMEY: Correct.

MATT CARTWRIGHT: Was there a header on the three documents that we've discussed today that had the little c in the text someplace?

JAMES COMEY: No. There were three e-mails, the c was in the body, in the text, but there was no header on the email or in the text.

MATT CARTWRIGHT: So if Secretary Clinton really were an expert about what's classified and what's not classified and we're following the manual, the absence of a header would tell her immediately that those three documents were not classified. Am I correct in that?

JAMES COMEY: That would be a reasonable inference.
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(note: transcripts of Congressional hearings are a matter of public record and copyright protection does not apply)

Comey says "extreme carelessness", compared to what? how would U describe outing a covert CIA agent?

PLAME’S OUTING MORE SERIOUS THAN PREVIOUSLY REPORTED: CARRIES GRAVE IMPLICATIONS FOR U.S. NATIONAL SECURITY(emphasis my own)


RAW STORY: VALERIE PLAME’S OUTING HAS RESULTED IN “SEVERE” DAMAGE TO HER TEAM, “FRONT COMPANIES,” AND “COVER MECHANISM,” WHILE SIGNIFICANTLY HAMPERED THE CIA’S ABILITY TO MONITOR NUCLEAR PROLIFERATION IN IRAN FOR AS MUCH AS THE NEXT 10 YEARS.

The unmasking of covert CIA officer Valerie Plame Wilson by White House officials in 2003 caused significant damage to U.S. national security and its ability to counter nuclear proliferation abroad, RAW STORY has learned.

According to current and former intelligence officials, Plame Wilson, who worked on the clandestine side of the CIA in the Directorate of Operations as a non-official cover (NOC) officer, was part of an operation tracking distribution and acquisition of weapons of mass destruction technology to and from Iran.

Speaking under strict confidentiality, intelligence officials revealed heretofore unreported elements of Plame’s work. Their accounts suggest that Plame’s outing was more serious than has previously been reported and carries grave implications for U.S. national security and its ability to monitor Iran’s burgeoning nuclear program.

Read On….


To those who don't know, nobody was ever charged and found guilty of outing covert CIA agent Valerie Plame.


The GOP's endless use of inquisitions as political hit squads & to intimidate Government employees

in the performance of their duties - is a threat to our Democracy. Anybody interested in standing up for rational, responsible, democraticly elected government should contact their Senators and Representatives to register your outrage at the Republican party's use of totalitarian tactics in the furtherance of the plutocracy they are prostitutes for.

Below are links to directories of Senators and Representatives email addresses and phone numbers. I urge everyone to use emails andor phone messages to tell your representatives they should speak out against this assault on our system of government based upon constitutional protections of individual liberties from Government abuses of power to achieve political gain. Political exigencies should not be the basis for the interpretation and enforcement of laws and government regulations.

http://www.senate.gov/senators/contact/


http://www.house.gov/representatives/


(BTW: For those who have succumbed to ennui, please do me the kindness of not subjecting me to your rationalizations for your apathy. This kindness would be much appreciated.)

Hillary Clinton Never Came Close to Compromising National Security - Mother Jones

http://www.motherjones.com/kevin-drum/2016/07/hillary-clinton-never-came-close-compromising-national-security


Since everyone is going bonkers over the fact that Hillary Clinton sent and received some emails containing classified information, here's a quick reminder that we've known this for a long time. We've also known just what that classified information was. Here is Fred Kaplan:

As anyone who’s ever had a security clearance will tell you, the labels secret and confidential mean next to nothing.... Top secret information is another matter, but the stuff that showed up in Clinton’s private email wasn’t so special. Seven of the eight email chains dealt with CIA drone strikes, which are classified top secret/special access program....Everyone in the world knows about these strikes; nongovernment organizations, such as New America, tabulate them; newspapers around the world—including the New York Times, where some of the same reporters are now writing so breathlessly about Clinton’s careless handling of classified information—cover these strikes routinely.

The other top secret email chain described a conversation with the president of Malawi. Conversations with foreign leaders are inherently classified.


If you choose to believe that top secret is top secret, and it doesn't matter if the classification was ridiculous, that's fine. Knock yourself out. The rest of us can examine Emailgate in a real-world sense and try to decide if Hillary Clinton actually did anything that might have compromised national security. The answer, pretty clearly, is no. We've seen virtually all the emails. We know what the top secret emails were about. We know that Russia could have hacked into her server and read every word and learned nothing of interest.
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Dept of State, John Kirby: two emails marked classified were the result of “human error"

https://bluenationreview.com/revelation-of-classified-marking-error-supports-hillary-on-emails/



At a press briefing, State Department spokesman John Kirby said two emails (mentioned by Comey) marked classified were the result of “human error.”

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Comey had said in his statement: “Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information.” The New York Times nailed down that “very small number” to two:


While did not identify any, he was evidently referring to two emails that one of Mrs. Clinton’s close aides, Monica R. Hanley, sent to prepare her for telephone calls with foreign leaders, according to a State Department official familiar with the matter, who spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss classified information. One email, dated Aug. 2, 2012, noted that Kofi Annan, the former secretary general of the United Nations, was stepping down as special envoy trying to mediate the war in Syria. A second one, sent in April 2012, discussed Mrs. Clinton’s call to the newly inaugurated president of Malawi.






GOP to investigate FBI investigation, proving th GOP is only capable of Inquisitions & are devoid of

... any interest in legislation or government for the people (i.e those who are not among the richest few %). The real reason for the 25 yr war on the Clintons is that the Clintons represent the most clear and present threat to the GOP's furtherance of Plutocracy for their owners, the wealthiest few percent of the population. The Grifters Obstructors and Prostitutes party are at war with Democracy and any policies that hints of the promotion of an egalitarian society.

The GOP which constantly chants opposition to "Big Government" are masters in the use of government power against those on their "hit" list.


Ryan: GOP will hold hearings on Clinton probe
Republicans will hold hearings to learn more about the FBI's decision to not recommend criminal charges for presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton, Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.) said Tuesday night.

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Ryan said the FBI's decision not to recommend charges "underscores the belief that the Clintons live above the law."
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Wind Power Sails by Natural Gas, Solar in Growth - USA Today

http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/columnist/2016/07/05/wind-power-breezes-natgas-solar-growth/86177784/
The U.S. wind energy industry is the fastest-growing new source of electricity in the country. But it’s not resting on its laurels, especially in an election year.

Hence the launch of American Wind Action, a group that will promote the benefits of wind energy to the public as voters consider whom to elect for the White House, Congress, state legislatures and other offices where public policy is made.

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That accounted for 41% of the new generating capacity last year, beating natural gas and solar energy, with 30% and 26%, respectively, according to the U.S. Energy Information Administration.

The industry also boasted a record for employment, with 88,000 jobs at the beginning of 2016, an increase of 20% in a year.
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House Democrats boo Bernie Sanders for his delay in endorsing Clinton

http://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/house-democrats-boo-bernie-sanders-for-his-delay-in-endorsing-clinton/ar-BBu0Oew?ocid=iehp


WASHINGTON — Sen. Bernie Sanders was booed during a closed meeting with House Democrats on Wednesday, as lawmakers shouted "Timeline! Timeline!" — pressing for his endorsement of Democratic rival Hillary Clinton as the party's presidential nominee.

The Vermont senator did not directly answer Democrats' many questions about his intentions, according to a source in the room who requested anonymity to discuss the private session.

"He went in there with his canned talking points from the stump," the source said. "People just weren't having it."

Democrats have struggled to unify the party as Clinton all but secured the party's nomination, but Sanders has continued his renegade campaign.
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Comey doesn't make much sense re possible intrusion by "hostile actors"

FBI director Comey says their investigation only looked at the facts. But when it comes to conclusions about possible intrusions of HRC's server by "hostile actors" he relies on supposition.

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b.-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clintons-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked.

But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account.

We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.



Now this is an interesting statement for a couple of reasons. HE said regarding the possible unauthorized intrusion onto HRC's server:

"...given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence."


He follows that statement with:

"We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account."



Interesting. Actually, with regard to a server and possible unauthorized intrusions.. you are much more likely to find evidence on a server -- because if someone is going to the trouble to hack your server - they most likely are going to plant some malware that will remain there so as to send them updates on what the user of that server is doing.

Now, looking at emails on the other hand (as they examined those commercial email accounts of those who HRC sent emails to), generally the emails are just the conduits, the vehicles to deliver your malware into the target's computer system - that is -- their server. You could look through thousands upon thousands of emails and not find the one email that carried the malware. And, keep in mind, most people do periodic housekeeping involving deleting emails. So, the email that brought in the malware might not even be in the email account any longer.

But be that as it may, if they could find malware in emails in a commercial email account they certainly would have been able to catch malware residing on a server.

Comey finishes this paragraph with the inference: "Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account."

.... Well, yes Mr. Comey, it IS POSSIBLE that bad actors could have snuck into HRC's email's. I guess it's possible that Hillary is a Venusian shapeshifter appearing to be a human. But let's not make it sound like you are drawing a solid conclusion. You just offered us a conjecture of a POSSIBILITY.

... by the way, even if a bad actor read one of Hillary's emails which she sent while in a foreign country --- that doesn't mean they got malware on her server.


.. THere's another point I'd like to make. If Comey only drew conclusions based on facts, he would have to recognize that since they found malware in an email - then they sure as hell ought to be able to find malware on a server. This leads to a conclusion that Hillary's server was more secure than the emails on the commercial email accounts they examined. (This makes one wonder about those commercial emails accounts used for some official business by Colin Powell and Condi Rice)

Then of course, as I've said before, all commerical email acounts are NOT SECURE - because all email service providers have cyber security personnel who are tasked with keeping their systems safe from malware and hacker intrusions. And in order to do their jobs THEY MUST HAVE THE ABILITY TO EXAMINE ANY AND ALL EMAILS (and any attachments thereto) ON THEIR SYSTEMS. And do I need to tell you Mr. Comey: THESE EMPLOYEES OF PRIVATE COMPANIES DO NOT HAVE GOVERNMENT SECURITY CLEARANCES. So any Classified info in government emails or attachments is subject to being viewed by non government personnel who do NOT HAVE GOVERNMENT SECURITY CLEARANCES. In other words, commercial email accounts are NOT SECURE.





Supreme Court Pushes the boundaries on sleaze: Our view - USA Today

"Court ruling opens the door to more corruption"


http://www.usatoday.com/story/opinion/2016/06/28/mcdonnell-supreme-court-bribery-corruption-editorials-debates/86484302/

Politicians who lack an ethical compass just got permission from the Supreme Court to push the envelope on sleazy actions a little further. In vacating the conviction of former Virginia governor Bob McDonnell on corruption charges, the court made it more difficult for federal prosecutors to secure bribery convictions.

The court’s unanimous action underscores the need for criminal statutes to be clear so everybody, including public officials, knows when they cross the line into illegality. And federal prosecutors should not overreach, as the court found they had in the McDonnell case, referring to the government’s “boundless interpretation of the federal bribery statute.”

The ruling leaves more room for public officials to act in ways that ordinary citizens find sleazy and frankly crooked but which have too often become business as usual from city halls to governors’ mansions to the U.S. Capitol.

There was no question that McDonnell, once a rising Republican star, and his wife took $175,000 worth of gifts and loans from a Virginia businessman, including wedding catering, a New York shopping spree and a Rolex. There was no question the episode was, as the court put it, “tawdry.”
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