Hillary Clinton Snapchat email joke

Americans everywhere should do themselves a favor and buy George Orwell’s “Animal Farm” today because FBI Director James Comey made clear this afternoon that we are living in it: “All animals are equal, but some animals are more equal than others.”

There really is no way to describe the Twilight Zone-like press conference Mr. Comey gave today regarding Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The man personally and professionally destroyed the former secretary of state for nearly 15 minutes and then concluded with, “no reasonable prosecutor” would seek charges in this instance.

Consider just the following snippets from Mr. Comey’s address to the nation:

From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received. Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent. …

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, 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. …

Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. …

To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences. To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions. But that is not what we are deciding now.

Objective Americans know that if they were guilty of a fraction of the negligence shown by Mrs. Clinton during her time as secretary of state that they would be rotting in a jail cell this very moment. The fact that nothing — nothing — will be done to the woman is proof that our country has gone over a cliff. It’s over. The future of the United States is going to be a very dark place, even if there are countless citizens who do not realize they are living in a very real version of Animal Farm.

There are millions of Americans right now who are a.) so blindly partisan that they do not care how dangerous this moment in history is, or b.) so stupid and lazy that high-speed internet streams of NFL football, cat videos, and naked women keep them placated. It would take a miracle of epic proportions to save the country at this point, but at the same time it is right and just for America to reap what it has sown.

This afternoon I tried to discuss the FBI’s decision with a friend and instead of getting visibly angry my eyes just teared up and I thanked God I was behind a computer screen. My wife and I live comfortable lives and we know that we are fortunate to be the right kind of “animal” on this Orwellian estate. My tears are not for myself or the woman I love, but for the generations of Americans to come who will live in country where there are special rules for the elite and well-connected, and then there are rules for everyone else.

If you have a moment, then watch Mr. Comey’s press conference from earlier today. If it turns your stomach, then feel free to throw up your feelings in the comment section below.

 

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About the Author Douglas Ernst

I'm a former Army guy who believes success comes through hard work, honesty, optimism, and perseverance. I believe seeing yourself as a victim creates a self-fulfilling prophecy. I believe in God. I'm a USC Trojan with an MA in Political Science from American University.

18 comments

  1. Well, I guess ignorance really is an excuse for some. I like how that guy basically said, “Yeah, anyone else does this and we’ll nail them to the wall. But Clinton didn’t do this with malicious intent, it turns out she’s just really stupid.”

    1. “Well, I guess ignorance really is an excuse for some. I like how that guy basically said, ‘Yeah, anyone else does this and we’ll nail them to the wall. But Clinton didn’t do this with malicious intent, it turns out she’s just really stupid.'”

      Here’s the thing: Say you and your buddies had access to Secret Intelligence. You were an idiot and you had it all on your cellphone despite working for the government. You got drunk at some bar and then left your phone on the counter. Chinese intelligence agents picked up your cellphone and made off with a treasure trove of information. You didn’t intend for that to happen, but you were grossly negligent — and we both know darn well that the federal government would have you in court so fast that your head would spin. With Hillary Clinton it’s just, “Eh. Whoopsie-doodle. We’re not going to press charges.”

      Unreal.

  2. It’s really appalling, isn’t it? I guess if you’ve never been an elite, you’ve always understood there are two sets of laws for two different people in this country. Meanwhile, I don’t even work for the State Dept, no top secrets here, but I can’t even call a client from my phone or send an email, it’s a major crime and everyone knows it. People are issued phones to use and they and all their contents are owned by the gov.

    1. “It’s really appalling, isn’t it? I guess if you’ve never been an elite, you’ve always understood there are two sets of laws for two different people in this country.”

      I grew up in a household where my mom was a 2nd grade teacher and my dad worked for a company that made boiler controls. I definitely wouldn’t call that “elite.” 😉

      Regardless, there is a difference between wealthy people having access to lawyers, etc., and then well-connected circles just totally rubbing it in the world’s face that they are above the law. I have never seen a case this egregious in my life.

  3. That was the thing too, as far as I understand it, in the beginning he was talking about how the statute they could use to press charges includes “gross negligence”, he then goes on describing the gross negligence committed. After all that, he then says they won’t press charges because of like 4 or 5 other reasons that have nothing to do with gross negligence,

    1. “That was the thing too, as far as I understand it, in the beginning he was talking about how the statute they could use to press charges includes “gross negligence”, he then goes on describing the gross negligence committed. After all that, he then says they won’t press charges because of like 4 or 5 other reasons that have nothing to do with gross negligence.”

      My guess is that a few very powerful people told Mr. Comey, “Nice family you have there. It would be a shame if something happened to it. … This prosecution isn’t happening. Got it?”

      It’s hard to explain his press conference any other way. The conclusion he reaches is 180 degrees from the case he makes out in the first 14 minutes of the prepared remarks.

  4. I’m appalled by this, but I can’t really say I’m surprised. The Clintons have a very, very long and distinguished history of being the epitome of political corruption, and it is on full display right now. They will lie, cheat, bully, or do whatever it takes to get their way. After all, rules are for little people. This decision is nothing short of disgraceful.

    1. “After all, rules are for little people. This decision is nothing short of disgraceful.”

      Exactly. These guys are playing with fire. It’s only a matter of time before the Animal Farm team meets Team Tyler Durden. I’m 37 years old and happily married — my space monkey days are behind me. I’ll just chronicle it all on the blog…

  5. Discussing this earlier with my father, he brought up Nixon…in those days he said, it seemed there was those that were very disappointed in him vs. those that were gleeful and vindictive about it. Even in those days, it seemed as if Nixon was a war monger in a war the Democrats started and he ended. In the end though, whatever was left of Nixon’s dignity was there, he resigned for the country, understanding that without the support of the people he can do nothing, accomplish nothing.

    We are not even that flawed country anymore. Now an entire generation of cheerleaders for unaccountable government will look the other way, they will redirect their shame, blame Bush and scream. Their insanity is reaching a crescendo, from rage toward Christians for a mass murder by a Muslim, to utter hypocrisy over the use of government power to break the fragile bonds of the republic and it’s meaning. They take our expressions of concern, of dismay, of tolerance…and claim them to be violence. They commit violence and call it love and peace. Soon the time will come when the most peaceful of us will have to defend ourselves.

    How many years are we …20…30…from when blood will run on the streets again for the very things that should hold us together. This isn’t what our brothers died for. I didn’t want my children to grow up in this America, one full of hate, dishonesty and strife. The Democrats have brought us there at long last. We are passing from a time of reason and debate to a time where only force and power will matter. The truly sad thing is that the purveyors of our culture are largely responsible for it.

  6. FBI agents, including the director of the bureau, are employees, with mortgages to pay and families to support. If you want to keep your job, and someday retire on a pension, you do what your bosses (in this case, the POTUS and the AG) want. So the fix was in from the beginning.

    The FBI, in effect, re-wrote the statute, adding a “criminal intent” requirement that was not part of the original law.

    Suppose you are driving recklessly, and you accidentally kill someone. You get charged with involuntary manslaughter or vehicular homicide. Then the judge (your brother-in-law, BTW) re-interprets the law. He says that proof of recklessness is not enough for a guilty verdict. The district attorney will have to prove that you intended to kill the victim, the same as if you were accused of first degree murder.

    Clinton’s obvious “gross negligence” makes her unfit for public office, but that doesn’t matter to her fans. They would vote for her if she had supplied Omar Mateen with the guns that he used in the Orlando massacre. They will vote for her if she plants a bomb in a children’s hospital.

    They care about two things. One, it’s time for a token female president, regardless of qualifications. Two, and much more important, they want the government to keep giving them lots of Free Stuff. They would vote for Hitler as long as he kept filling the trough.

  7. I understand that the wealthy and powerful have been able to buy their way out of things since the beginning of civilization and throughout our countries history. What appalls me is that this time they are rubbing our faces in it. Everything is right out in the open and they don’t care at all who knows it. The people of America should be outraged that rule of law continues to be further eroded. We are supposed to be a nation governed by law, not the will of our elected officials.

    I wonder if the majority of Americans don’t understand or don’t care about the problems this creates for the future. The country is being systematically killed and it frustrates me to no end that so few of us care.

    1. “I understand that the wealthy and powerful have been able to buy their way out of things since the beginning of civilization and throughout our countries history. What appalls me is that this time they are rubbing our faces in it. Everything is right out in the open and they don’t care at all who knows it.”

      This is my issue as well. No society is going to be perfect and its obvious that people with money are going to be able to buy the best legal representation, articulate themselves better than someone less educated, etc. The U.S., overall, has been a historical outlier in terms of upholding the rule of law. That began to change decades ago (we can endlessly debate the starting point), and what you see now is something straight out of a banana republic.

  8. Couple of question:

    1. How, exactly, is it in the FBI’s best interest to ignore criminal-level neglect in this case? (I can’t really see any benefit for them doing just for Clinton. It seems like they have to have some motive for doing it, whatever that may be.)

    2. Clinton isn’t the first gov. official to misuse private email servers in this manner. So, why did everyone else get a free pass, but they decided to investigate her?

    1. “1. How, exactly, is it in the FBI’s best interest to ignore criminal-level neglect in this case? (I can’t really see any benefit for them doing just for Clinton. It seems like they have to have some motive for doing it, whatever that may be.)”

      The FBI works for the president and his administration, which has enormous control over attaining resources, the allocation of those resources, etc. Do you want to tick off the current president and then try to prosecute the woman who may be your next boss?

      2. Clinton isn’t the first gov. official to misuse private email servers in this manner. So, why did everyone else get a free pass, but they decided to investigate her?

      Did you not watch the video or read the transcript? There is a distinct difference between what Mrs. Clinton did — running her own private email server from the basement of her home — and, say, a secretary of state who occasionally used a commercial email server for those random times when personal/business mixed. In one instance Hillary Clinton is the sole person who determines what the federal government sees and does not see; in the other instance the federal government can go to a company like Google and say, “Show us all of Mrs. Clinton’s emails.”

      The difference is profound, particularly since she only handed over tens-of-thousands of emails after she exited the job (months after the FBI requested them), and after she and her lawyers deleted numerous documents.

  9. Answer 1: I suppose, although if you had an air-tight case, she might not be your future boss.

    Answer 2: I was recalling something off the cuff, so if I remembered wrong, that’s that.

    Although, before I made a final opinion on the topic, I’d like to research corroborating information and consult politically neutral sources. Please don’t take this the wrong way, but I have been told a lot of political stuff by people I know with strong political opinions about politics that have turned out to be misleading or wrong (I think they were fooled, too). So, I tend to be very skeptical when I’m told that a politician is bad because they did XYZ, or should be praised because of ABC.

    1. “Although, before I made a final opinion on the topic, I’d like to research corroborating information and consult politically neutral sources.”

      If you listened to the entire speech by the Director of the FBI and you still think Hillary Clinton should be the president of the United States, then I honestly do not know what to tell you.

  10. It’s weird that he laid out all the evidence of her guilt with his summary, just before he said they weren’t going to indict. Which leads me to think he was ordered not to indict, but wanted to drop the noose around her rotten guilty neck anyway.

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