Tuesday, July 5, 2016

A Republic, if You Can Keep It.

We chose a Republic over a Monarchy several centuries ago :

The deliberations of the Constitutional Convention of 1787 were held in strict secrecy. Consequently, anxious citizens gathered outside Independence Hall when the proceedings ended in order to learn what had been produced behind closed doors. The answer was provided immediately. A Mrs. Powel of Philadelphia asked Benjamin Franklin, "Well, Doctor, what have we got, a republic or a monarchy?" With no hesitation whatsoever, Franklin responded, "A republic, if you can keep it."

What's the difference between a Monarchy and a Republic, you ask?  The Rule of Law.

 And now, the Rule of Law is dead.   It has probably been dead since Justice Roberts declared Obama Care to be Constitutional because it means the opposite of what it says. 

But it is officially dead now.

The FBI has declined to press charges against Hillary Clinton.

In the face of overwhelming proof, the FBI has declared that she will not be charged with a crime.

This is the end of the Rule of Law.

The FBI's own statements on the matter prove beyond any doubt that she should be facing hundreds of felony charges for mishandling classified material:

"...there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.

For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).

None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.
Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked “classified” in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.
While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government."

She is guilty -- the FBI states it in plain language.

And then they decline to press charges.

There is ample precedent for charging people with putting classified email on non classified servers. 

But they say she didn't have intent to damage US national interests when she violated statutes that explicitly do not require intent.

Hillary is too big to nail.

The Rule of Law is dead.  Long Live Queen Hillary. 

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