Hillary Clinton's email scandal is a gift that keeps on giving. In recent days, information has emerged that during the former Secretary of State's tenure, the entire State Department was forced to turn off spam filters because her private email server was being filtered as spam. This created a massive vulnerability for nearly every part of the United States government and should prove, beyond a doubt, that Clinton is not fit to be president of the United States.
Ars Technica reports that State Department officials had been having issues with Clinton's emails from her personal email address going into spam filters, "bounced," or being quarantined by the government server so they were never delivered. Two filters, not just one, were shut off in order to allow Clinton's email communications to make it through.
Documents have also revealed that Clinton may have also succumbed to phishing attacks: scams that send a malicious link in the body of an email in order to trick the victim into providing personal information for the purposes of identity theft. She and her staff even addressed this issue in a series of messages, but no major changes were made.
Retired senior State Department military adviser Bill Johnson -- who supports Bernie Sanders for president -- told Newsweek that Clinton's "sloppy communications with her senior staff" could have compromised at least two counterterrorism operations. Johnson hypothesizes that Clinton's unprotected phone calls with staff were the likely culprit of botched efforts.
He detailed how an operation to capture Islamic radical Umbra Jumdail kept evading his team's operations.
"We had good intel. We knew where he was. He would be gone three hours before, sometimes as little as a half-hour before. We knew he was getting tipped off somehow. We just didn't know why."
With some investigating, Johnson and his team concluded the most likely source of the leak was Clinton's State Department. Once the Special Operations Command stopped giving State prior notice of raids, Johnson said, their problems with leaks stopped.
Johnson described Clinton's appalling lack of concern for national security in detail, which included his objections to her and her staff using unsecured personal cell phones with which to conduct official state business. At one point, she had her staff go outside a highly secure government facility to make official phone calls on unsecured lines because Johnson would not allow her or her staff to bring them into the building.
"It was really an eye-opener to watch them stand outside using nonsecure comms and then bring messages to the secretary so she could then conduct a secure [call] with the military."
Clinton also compromised the safety of government officials by revealing their locations in unsecured email communications. At least one email that conservative watch dog group Judicial Watch has obtained shows how Clinton compromised Ambassador Chris Steven's safety when she referred to him by name and revealed his location while stationed in Libya.
Stevens was the United States envoy to U.S. and NATO-backed Libyan rebels. Clinton's top aide, Huma Abedin, forwarded an email to Clinton that described the dangerous situation Stevens was in.
"The situation in Ajdabiyah has worsened to the point where Stevens in considering departure from Benghazi. The envoy's delegation is currently doing a phased checkout (paying the hotel bills, moving some comms to the boat, etc.). He will monitor the situation to see if it deteriorates further, but no decision has been made on departure. He will wait 2-3 more hours, then revisit the decision on departure."
Even Anne-Marie Slaughter, Clinton's former director of policy planning, sent an email to Clinton stating she was "dubious" about arming Libyan rebels. In an April 1, 2011, email titled "gorgeous pic on the front page of the NYT!", Slaughter explained why she felt it was a bad idea to arm Libyan rebels.
"B/c sending more arms into a society generally — particularly when they are as disorganized and fragmented as they are — will result in more violence — against each other... I am all for saying we have no objection to French doing it to increase pressure on Gaddafi, but in a tribal society where conflicts have been repressed for so long, adding even more weapons does not make sense. Obviously they can get weapons from other places, but nb that they are not awash in weapons now."
As the Washington Times reports, Clinton was the driving force behind Gaddafi's ouster. She encouraged military intervention in the area and armed the rebels through NATO.
With the latest revelations that her email server was insecure, and how the State Department had to turn off two spam filters in order to let her messages through, it is becoming even more evident that Clinton's carelessness and me-first attitude was a direct cause for Steven's death, along with the three other victims.
Clinton's shocking lack of concern for national security is astounding. It was as if she broadcast state secrets on public television, or posted them to a public Facebook page.
Any curious person with decent hacking knowledge could see state secrets, and Clinton knew it (more than one email from her staff members discusses this issue directly). And yet she persisted in using personal phones, a personal server, and a personal email. It's like Clinton was the bus driver who refused to stop and demanded the mechanic fix the bus while driving down the highway at full speed. It can't be done and trying to do so puts innocent people in harm's way. The entire situation should prove to anyone just how unfit Hillary Clinton is to be president of the United States.
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