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The Server, The Server, The Server: How Hillary Damaged National Security

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

My column this morning at The Washington Examiner and Noah Rothman’s at Commentary both target the same incredible though so-far-largely-ignored story in the background of the noise around Hillary’s server.

The former Secretary of State almost certainly opened a portal for the nation’s enemies into our highest levels of government with her private server. Noah put it this way:

As for national security, the Secretary of State’s emails were likely the subject of intense interest by foreign actors and her improperly secured email account probably provided anyone with the capabilities a way to penetrate American diplomatic information security. Despite being discouraged from doing so, Clinton used at least one of her personal mobile devices while abroad to access emails on her private server, creating plenty of opportunities for foreign agents to compromise her account.

This is no small matter. On the heels of Edward Snowden’s revelations, American informational security has been harmed like never before. “The experts warned that the entire U.S. national security clearance system could be compromised,” read a chilling Fox News report published on Friday in the wake of the hacking of the Office of Personnel Management, “that future senior government leaders and advisors could be targeted even before taking office, and hundreds, perhaps thousands, of government officials might successfully be blackmailed, bribed or otherwise manipulated in the future into handing over still more sensitive information.” How can someone who, through carelessness or indifference, imperiled American national security serve as the nation’s commander-in-chief?

Michael Morell, the retired Deputy Director of the CIA confirmed as much to me ten weeks ago on air, and every serious intelligence and counter-intelligence expert I have talked with since then confirms the same thing: Of course the Russians, the Chinese and the Iranians and probably a few more governments and perhaps even some private organizations —some of HRC’s emails were published on Gawker by “Guccfer”— have all of Hillary’s emails.  What doesn’t seem to penetrate the thickness of the MSM’s protective reflexes when it comes to the Clintons is that the hostile intelligence services almost certainly had the emails –all of them– in real time, giving them an open window into the Obama Administration’s senior appointee’s inner thinking and communications.  In other word’s, an intelligence service’s dream-come-true.

Why are Hillary’s numbers plummeting?  Some portion of it has to be in the recognition by independent voters and even some national security-minded Democrats that Hillary really cannot be trusted to be the Commander-in-Chief, not after such reckless and destructive behavior, criminal or not.

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“Obama’s Iran Deal? Blame it on Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush” by Clark Judge

Monday, July 27, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

The weekly column from Clark Judge:

Obama’s Iran Deal? Blame it on Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush

By Clark S. Judge: managing director, White House Writers Group, Inc.; chairman, Pacific Research Institute

Every day the Iran deal looks more and more like an empty shell, actually a fraud. Who’s to blame? How about Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush?

Ever since the fall of the Berlin Wall and the collapse of the Soviet Union, an impatience has infused American foreign policymaking. It hasn’t been enough to hold adversaries at bay or to move step by slow step to minimize their ability to do harm us. Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush “solved” the Cold War and Soviet threat problem. Each administration since those two has striven to be as effective with the challenges it has faced – or to be seen as equally effective. This is where the Obama administration’s Iran deal comes in.

A little background: The best and certainly fastest reporting on the various rounds of U.S.-Iran bargaining has come from Omri Ceren of The Israel Project. As the talks moved to a climax, Ceren was issuing what seemed like hourly updates on all that was being said and done in and around the talks. Continue Reading

Blunt Instruments

Saturday, July 25, 2015  |  posted by John Schroeder

Two stories in yesterday’s NYTimes paint a rather unflattering picture of Democrats.  One concerns the fact that the OPM data breach could be used to identify spies in the field.  The other is the “revised” version of the Hillary private server/classified data story.  It seems clear that neither the Obama administration nor the Clinton State Department have a clue about the value of information.

By now most people know the story of code breaker Alan Turing in WWII.  Winston Churchill said he made the single largest contribution to winning the war.  More than guns, ships, tank or aircraft, information is power.  Information enables one to wield power with grace and subtlety.  With the right information a less powerful military can prevail.  Without information power is a blunt instrument, and one must overwhelm one’s opponent with massive amounts of it.  With information only small force need be applied in critical areas to carry the day. That’s why there are secrets.  The less our opponents and enemies know, the more powerful we are.

Clearly Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are blunt instruments.  They let our enemies have information because they do not understand its value.  Obama bluntly forces Obamacare on an unwilling nation – an exercise in raw power.

Problem is our national enemies know how to use information and the hubris that comes with the exercise of blunt raw power usually defines one of the critical areas where the effectiveness of smaller forces can be multiplied.

The national security aspect is something that awaits a new administration to iron out.  But politically they expose their soft naked bellies.  The Republican that prevails in the primary should be the one that demonstrates his/her mastery of information.  This could get very interesting.

Criminal Probe Of Hillary Urged By Obama Appointees: New York Times Rallies To Her Defense

Friday, July 24, 2015  |  posted by Hugh Hewitt

Politico’s Dylan Byers has the story of how Hillary’s people leaned on the New York Times to change headlines and key reporting in an important story on how two separate Inspectors General had called upon the Department of Justice to investigate Hillary’s private email server and the missing emails.

I wrote in The Queen that the former Secretary of State’s reckless endangerment of the national security by the creation and use of an easily-compromised-by-our-enemies private email system would be potentially campaign-derailing revelation.  I also wrote that her allies in the MSM would do what they could to protect her.  I wrote even more on how this would play out next fall, but you will have to read the book to see how that final act concludes.

Every would-be GOP nominee should become very familiar with the facts of Hillary’s server, have internet security experts on stand-by to back-up the charge about the obvious compromise of national security involved in the operation of the system, and legal experts at hand to explain why the “wipe-down” of the emails was both criminal and ineffective.  The would-be nominees will have to make those charges and defend them –the very engaged electorate will not accept a hands-off policy on a central issue going both to Mrs. Clinton’s character and her judgment.  Voters on the center-right will not accept the MSM-enabled cover-up and as with a host of other stories, will know the details of the server and the cover-up.  They will simply watch to see which candidates among the GOP field possess the courage to face down MSM charges of “scandal-mongering” and “here we go again” which are always raised in defense of the Clintons, sometimes prospectively, as Byers outlines today.

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