November 4, 2016
Written by Lorra B.
Many Americans remain a bit confused as to why there seems to be a double standard in our government when dealing with appropriate punishment for the mishandling of classified information, and with good reason.
In May, Petty Officer First Class Kristian Saucier plead guilty to and is currently serving a one year sentence in federal prison for violation of the Espionage Act, though no charge of espionage was ever filed. His crime, he used his cellphone to take 6 photographs while he was in a “classified area of a submarine,” the USS Alexandria. reports Fox News Insider.
Saucer, after learning he was under investigation, destroyed a camera, memory card and a laptop computer.
Six Photographs, destroyed evidence and a year in prison. He did the crime and he should do the time. But why isn’t every American citizen held to this same accountability standard?
The FBI have been investigating Hillary Clinton’s mishandling of classified information for some time and new evidence keeps piling up. Yet, not only is she still in the running for the presidency of the United States, but she has not received so much as a slap on the hand when it has been proven that she indeed has mishandled classified information.
Regardless of which side of the political arena you play on, this double standard should unnerve you.
“Intelligence agencies claim that Clinton’s account contained 65 messages with information considered “Secret” and 22 classified at the “Top Secret” level,” reports Politico. “Some messages contained data under an even more restrictive “special access program” designation.”
Clinton also erased 33,000 emails and destroyed several computers, thus destroying evidence. Hillary, however, escaped any accountability and she was deemed cleared of any charges.
Blogger, Ed Morrissey, wrote, “The DOJ is willing to prosecute a former sailor to the full extent of the law for violating the law on classified material, in a situation where there was no purposeful unsecured transmission of classified material. “Will they pursue Hillary Clinton and her team, at the other end of the power spectrum from the rank-and-file, for deliberate unsecured transmission of improperly marked classified nat-sec intelligence? Will they pursue the same kind of obstruction of justice charges for Hillary’s wiping of her server as they are for Saucier’s destruction of his laptop?”
Mr. Morrissey, you pose very good questions! Perhaps the latest scuttlebutt will produce more desired results, though I must admit I am skeptical.
While investigating Anthony Weiner for inappropriate sexting with a minor, the FBI came across and obtained a warrant to look through 650,000 emails from Hillary’s private server on a laptop seized at the Weiner residence.
They are not duplicate emails. In fact, the emails in question have never been seen before, according to Fox’s Bret Baier.
Though it remains to be seen how significant or relevant these emails are to the investigation the bottom line remains the same. Hillary not only mishandled classified information and destroyed evidence she allowed emails (many most likely classified) from an unsecured server to be sent to an unsecured laptop.
More importantly, just what were in the missing 33,000 emails that Hillary erased?
Why does the FBI turn the other cheek when clearly Hillary is guilty, at the very least, of the same crime Saucier was imprisoned for? Why the double standard and what does that say of our current administration?
Former director of the government’s Information Security Oversight Office, Bill Leonard said, “It is exceedingly common for people in the military to be held accountable for classified information violations, much more so than in the civilian government or contractor world.”
Why is that? Hillary Clinton is running for the highest position this great nation holds and her ability, or inability, to handle sensitive information is of the utmost importance. It should be more important for anyone running for the presidency to be able to handle classified information than anyone else on the planet.
Clearly, there is no crying in politics as Hillary smiles broadly while getting away with crimes that should be punishable to the fullest extent of the law.
Written by Lorra B.