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Chuck Grassley Asks the State Department…

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August 26, 2015
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Does Hillary still have her security clearance?

In the Aug. 24 letter, which marks a significant expansion of the Republican senator’s inquiry, Sen. Charles Grassley writes, “Since the [intelligence community inspector general] IC IG made a referral to the FBI pursuant to 50 U.S.C. §3381, has Secretary Clinton’s security clearance been suspended pending the outcome of the inquiry?”

The suspension of a clearance is standard practice, a kind of interim step taken to preserve security until an investigation is complete, according to current and former military intelligence officials.

“If you have a circle of people and they are the source of the leak, all of them, normally would be suspended from their positions, they can’t go in the building,” Chris Farell, a former special agent for Army counterintelligence, told Fox News. Farrell now works as an investigator for Judicial Watch, which is suing for Clinton records.

“The clearances would be suspended by the security manager and it would be made known that there is an active investigation into the loss of classified information, and no information should be shared with these individuals pending the outcome,” Farrell added.

Given her cavalier attitude towards sensitive information, what’s to prevent her from maintaining a bathroom-closet server if she’s president?

Video: What Happens When ONLY “Black Lives Matter”

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August 26, 2015
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If I Were Mitt Romney…

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August 26, 2015
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I’d throw my hat into the ring. Romney’s position on immigration is better than Trump’s, since Romney stresses E-Verify. And Romney’s been proven right about things like Russia being the greatest threat to the US…

Bear Market Sign?

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August 26, 2015
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Apple stock shows “Death Cross.”

Where Does Scott Walker Stand on Immigration?

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August 26, 2015
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He is arguably the man most likely to win the Republican nomination, but Scott Walker’s Web site doesn’t have a single word on immigration!

See for yourself: https://www.scottwalker.com/tags/immigration

Compare with, say, Obamacare: https://www.scottwalker.com/tags/obamacare

In Case You Missed It…

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August 25, 2015
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EmailGate Meets BenghaziGate

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August 25, 2015
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More drip-drip-drip from the server in the bathroom closet:

Two of the messages sent on unclassified systems are updates from Chris Stevens, the U.S. ambassador killed in the Benghazi attacks in 2012. One mentions contingency plans to evacuate American diplomats by sea. Another gives details about safety precautions Stevens’ team is taking at its hotel and about tactics being used by Libyan militias.

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Most of the messages deemed classified were forwarded to Clinton by three of her top State Department aides — chief of staff Cheryl Mills and deputy chiefs of staff Jake Sullivan and Huma Abedin.

The messages from and about Stevens are under scrutiny by a special congressional committee on Benghazi that is investigating whether the administration took appropriate action to safeguard Stevens and other Americans.

Poll: Why Do People Tell Pollsters They’ll Vote For Jeb Bush?

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August 25, 2015
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Why do people tell pollsters they'll vote for Jeb Bush?

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Quote of the Year

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August 25, 2015
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“Go back to Univision!”

Does Jorge Ramos count as a “white Hispanic”?

The Real Issue With Mass Immigration

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August 25, 2015
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My objection to amnesty for illegal aliens is this: Importing 100 million poor, low-skilled, under-educated, non-English-speaking, Socialist Third-Worlders would destroy the American way of life. People who oppose amnesty don’t usually make that point, preferring arguments about jobs or The Rule of Law. So I nearly fell out of my chair when I read...

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“Personal” E-mail Accounts For All Government Employees!

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August 25, 2015
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Hillary says she did nothing wrong. Now we learn that Lois Lerner used one too. And Jeb had one as well.

Only a chump would use his government account for government work. Better to have your own account so that the pesky public can’t use FOIA to spy on you. A private server is even better, because you can always wipe it. Like with a cloth!

“Pls Print”

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August 25, 2015
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Was apparently the most common thing Hillary asked of her factotums, usually asking them to print out some newspaper article about her. The sycophants also kept her firmly cocooned by forwarding favorable articles, screening her email, and lavishing her with vomit-inducing praise. No wonder she can’t take a political punch.

Hillary Can’t Catch a Break

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August 24, 2015
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I saw this stock market crash coming. Recessions happen every eight years or so, we’re about due for one, and all the arrows have been pointing upward for too long now. So, a couple of months ago, I bought some insurance in the form of equity index derivatives. It’s paying off handsomely now.

But never mind me. What effect will the just-begun financial crisis have on… Hilary??

The crisis will make her candidacy much tougher. She’ll need to create distance between herself and Obama’s Recession. And she’ll suddenly look like a mealy-mouthed follower of the Democrats’ Donald Trump… Elizabeth Warren!

The crisis is tailor-made for Warren’s financially-illiterate, Commie-lite, Wall-Street-hating demagoguery. Hillary can’t out-Warren Warren.

So why hasn’t Warren thrown her hat into the ring yet? My guess: She’s got some skeletons in her closet. She could hide them when she was running for Senate in hyper-liberal Massachusetts. But the hot lights of a presidential campaign will illuminate whatever she’s trying to conceal.

Still, she’ll have to give some serious consideration to a presidential campaign.

Things just got a whole lot more interesting!

What Happens When Politicians Won’t Protect National Borders?

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August 23, 2015
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This:

From Malmö comes the news that the Sweden Democrats, scrubbed-up neo-fascists who have forsaken the Roderick Spode uniforms, have become Sweden’s most popular political party, commanding the allegiance of a quarter of Swedish voters.

The 25 percent mark is of some interest: It’s about where Donald Trump stands in the most recent Republican primary poll and where Bernie Sanders stands in Democratic primary polls. It’s a little bit ahead of the 20 percent mark, where the Danish People’s party stands, and a little bit behind Nigel Farage’s UKIP, while in France, Marine Le Pen’s National Front took 25 percent of the vote in local elections earlier this year. Somewhere between one in four and one in five seems to be, for the moment, the golden ratio of pots-and-pans-banging politics.

For the right-leaning movements, the common issue is immigration. Senator Sanders, a professing socialist from Vermont, may seem like an outlier in this gang, but his views on immigration are substantially the same as those of Trump and by no means radically different from those of Marine Le Pen, even if his speeches are edited for progressive audiences

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The view from Malmö is not entirely surprising: In the Rosengård district, almost the entire population is composed of either immigrants or mostly unassimilated Swedish nationals of immigrant background, a largely Muslim enclave in the shadow of the nearby mosque. Less than half of those residents are employed and, according to the local press, only 60 percent complete elementary school. There have been riots and gang wars, along with ambush attacks on police and ambulance crews. As with the case of Donald Trump in the United States, the Sweden Democrats illustrate that when responsible parties will not confront the issue of uncontrolled immigration, then irresponsible parties will.

Someone Physically Broke The Law For Hillary

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August 23, 2015
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Top Secret information could only end up in her e-mail if someone was very determined to transfer it there:

Working on a classified project, I had an actual terminal at my desk, and could send email to my colleagues. But only the ones on that project, because the whole computer, network and all, was in a shielded Secure Compartmented Information Facility, a SCIF. The only connections to the outside world were telephones with push-to-talk buttons, and the power lines – which were specially isolated so that no signals could leak out.

The effect was an air gap – there were no electronic connections to the outside world, so there were no pathways for secrets to escape by electronic means. Someone would have to carry a document, or a disk drive, out of the room, and we had guards and such to see they didn’t.

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This information would always be air-gapped. There is no (legitimate) way that a computer system could be connected to TS//SI//TK//NOFORN data and to the outside world.

What can happen is that someone copies information, onto a piece of paper or a thumb drive (actually systems that can handle TS shouldn’t have thumb drives either, but it’s too easy to sneak one in or out) and then copied into an email in an uncontrolled system – a cell phone or a laptop or an iPad. The person doing it has to know that it’s coming from a secure system, has to know how sensitive the data really is; they go through lots of training, repeated reminders, and come and go to the office through a freaking vault door that would do credit to a bank.

It has to be done on purpose, and it has to be done knowingly. There has to have been conscious intent to do it.

That, folks, is a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 793 – Gathering, transmitting or losing defense information, for which the prescribed punishment is to be “fined under this title or imprisoned not more than ten years, or both.” Which applies both to the sender, and to the recipient.