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Her Majesty’s Petard Getting Kinda Hoist-y Over This EmailGate Scandal

Posted on | March 6, 2015 | 17 Comments

by Smitty

Hot Air and Rick Wilson need to talk to some security professionals (not that I’m claiming to be such) emphasis mine:

This isn’t how it is supposed to be. The public’s interest in the scandal involving revelations that Hillary Clinton eschewed the use of a secure email address while serving as secretary of state, preferring instead a “homebrew” email server of her design against Obama administration and State Department guidelines, should be dissipating by now. None of the old tricks are working.

Clinton’s surrogates are failing to distract the press or explain her behavior away by noting that Republicans in high office had often done the same thing. Those Clinton allies who used to effectively scare reporters away from stories by growling at them and threatening their future access have failed to properly intimidate the media. Instead of dying down, this controversy has only grown more damaging as new revelations slowly leak out.

Setting up your own service on the internet is kind of a big deal. Witness all of the break-ins at, by now, a significant number of vendors in the last few years. Was any Republican as overtly stupid as Clinton? Petraeus may have used a private email account to line up some trim. That’s not the same thing as setting up a server, however.

it is a safe bet that some Republican soon will “pounce” and provide the press with ample opportunity to engage in a circular, wishful, pearl-clutching session over the fraught course ahead for the GOP should they “overreach” by daring to notice Clinton’s ethical lapses.

Now, as a political matter, Wilson may be correct. But there is still a point to be made from an Information Systems standpoint: Her Majesty was pretty much a bimbo about making sure she was staffed to go solo on IT infrastructure. And that’s just what’s publicly known. If one were to be so. . .cavalier as to blow off common sense, statute, and regulations and set up one’s own services, one had better staff that system with some 800lb brains. You’re only one zero-day vulnerability away from someone doing something naughty. Installing a spare admin account, for example. Then, later, say, making a  backup of the data.

Basically, you have to assume that every email she herself sent as SecState was compromised. Not just  the ones  to Blumenthal. Could it be that something she said, directly or indirectly, led to four deaths in Benghazi? Really, really hard to disprove that, especially when dealing with an ethical wasteland like Her Majesty. Likelihood that Vladimir is laughing himself silly at how trivial it was to make our foreign policy look like Vladimir and Estragon caught in an extended hangfire? You don’t know how likely. So you have to assume 100%.

There are reasons for the various security rules and regulations. FOIA is certainly important. But when you’re in a high profile, critical billet like SecState, you want that .gov address so that, should the fertilizer hit the air circulator, you know that there is a staff somewhere that will either stop the bleeding, or at least provide a throat to choke.

And we’re talking about a Clinton here. The family seemingly gifted with a “get out of laws free” card. The only way there could potentially be a prosecution would be if the Obama administration thought it expedient. However, Her Majesty, one presumes, has enough dirt on #OccupyResoluteDesk to nullify that threat.

So it boils down to the court of public opinion. If the American people are going to continue to tolerate the kind of third-world thuggery evidenced by these Democrats, then Doom. On. Us. If the GOP wants to go dark on the issue, then fine. But blogs and social media need to keep reminding people that this is how Her Majesty rolls. If eight years of the no-talent rodeo clown have been a creep show, I shudder to consider the rubble Her Majesty will make of Obama’s wreckage.


17 Responses to “Her Majesty’s Petard Getting Kinda Hoist-y Over This EmailGate Scandal”

  1. Evi L. Bloggerlady
    March 6th, 2015 @ 7:32 pm

    Couldn’t happen to a better presumed unbeatable candidate

  2. Mike G.
    March 6th, 2015 @ 7:50 pm

    Some people are positing that the reason this scandal is having so much traction is because the far left base wants Fauxahontas to run, but she won’t consider it as long as Hildebeast is running.

    That’s a theory brought forward by the inimitable Rush Limbaugh.

  3. Southern Air Pirate
    March 6th, 2015 @ 7:56 pm

    Seriously, I don’t get why everyone is making a deal about this. Use your google-fu or bing-arate and look up “sunshine law violation” or some variety of those words. You will see that oh, nearly all levels of government from the local PTA to various oversight boards of groups like the BATFE have found all manner of ways to violate the open government acts. Our media only gives a royal rat fuck care when it’s convenient ammo to hammer a conservative political type. Whereas they only care if it’s a prog-lib or democratic type when and where the storm reaches epic portions that they can’t ignore it anymore. Yet, like we have seen plenty of times once the masses have fed on the meat of this story, the guilty follow ups go to the back of page in the metro section of the paper, the 1128 minute segment of the news or buried in the political process page online.

    The sunshine laws don’t work if the media doesn’t care or in the case of some people of a specific political bend, abuse it so that the government can’t effectively comply.

  4. Adobe_Walls
    March 6th, 2015 @ 8:11 pm

    A cynic might note that this story is pushing the Iran deal to the side.

  5. McGehee
    March 6th, 2015 @ 8:17 pm

    Seriously, I don’t get why everyone is making a deal about this.

    Because right and wrong matter.

  6. Adobe_Walls
    March 6th, 2015 @ 8:33 pm

    Judge Napolitano pointed out that if there’s any classified material on that server and if the server is in Hilary’s home she’s guilty of the same crime Gen Petraues just pled guilty to.
    It appears there may be more than one server and it’s possible that some of the emails could have been deleted. We’ll never know for sure one way or the other. So her defenders which includes the press, eventually even most of the press hammering her now will be defending her.
    Now would actually be a good time for Republicans to keep their comments to a minimum. Except for those on Gowdy’s committee which is attempting to get ahold of those emails non of the other Republicans have anything substantive to add. As the MSM starts to move on from this story let conservative media continue investigating and reporting. Hillary can only hope and wait for this story to peter out. She doesn’t have the ability to push this out of the news via stray voltage or leaking a new scandal the way the administration can.

  7. Mike G.
    March 6th, 2015 @ 8:43 pm

    True that. Then again, the last 6 years has been nothing but smoke and mirrors anyway. Seems like every scandal begats another scandal to shift focus from the one before.

  8. Southern Air Pirate
    March 6th, 2015 @ 8:50 pm

    You don’t get it. The government doesn’t care about right and wrong, it only wants power. The laws to help keep the government in check like these sunshine laws (of which FOIA is one), are being broken and the media doesn’t care unless it’s an opponent to thier ideals. So again why care? I mean the emails for IRS didn’t matter, the emails about who said what with Benghazi talking points, the emails about who said what with releasing the OBL team, the list goes on and goes as low as your school board having secret meeting and secret messaging without compliance to the records laws. The hard part is that no one cares! The media doesn’t care! The voters don’t care! The other branches of government don’t care! So why should we?

  9. DeadMessenger
    March 6th, 2015 @ 9:22 pm

    I think if you take out the word “government” and substitute the word “oligarchy”, everything becomes crystal clear.

  10. trangbang68
    March 6th, 2015 @ 9:25 pm

    The Clintons are the epitome of the worst tendencies of the sixties riffraff who have driven our country over the cliff. They are nothing more than lying, thieving, degenerate hypocrites. They put a self righteous pious face on while in reality they would put a steaming turd to shame.
    I hope this scandal ruins the wretched old bag. I’ll laugh at her humiliation.

  11. Adobe_Walls
    March 6th, 2015 @ 9:35 pm

    None of the other scandals have thus far and probably won’t now, though conventional wisdom is always correct until it isn’t. Many people who are old enough to remember the ninety’s remember it as a time of peace and prosperity. This kind of thing revives memories of the almost nonstop scandals. Some might be wondering if we really want to go through four or eight years of this same sh!t.

  12. smitty
    March 6th, 2015 @ 10:31 pm

    What I think is interesting is that she’s working the Saul Alinsky playbook in the Information Age.

    Lot less asymmetry these days.

  13. McGehee
    March 7th, 2015 @ 8:21 am

    I don’t give a shit what the government cares about, and it isn’t what you asked.

  14. Southern Air Pirate
    March 7th, 2015 @ 10:57 am

    The government is us and since we don’t care it doesn’t matter. Since there are those of us that care about power and not about right or wrong. It just doesn’t matter at this point that people in government are breaking the laws.

  15. McGehee
    March 7th, 2015 @ 8:05 pm

    Let me know when you decide to be intelligible.

  16. Southern Air Pirate
    March 7th, 2015 @ 8:13 pm

    Ah so you start with the insults instead of being able to handle the truth that no one cares about your precious right or wrong?
    The system is broken. The voters don’t care! The media only cares when its a conservative that is breaking the FOIA/Open Records/Sunshine laws. When its a Democrat/Prog-Liberal the media and voters don’t care. It happens at all levels of the government and its like the conditioned response now that the people don’t care.
    Also, the people are what makes up this government style that we so loudly like to proclaim. That we don’t care means that the government doesn’t care. So the other branches that are supposed to keep a check on the abuse don’t do their enforcement parts. The people only care about power and therefore the government only cares about power, it doesn’t care about truth or justice or right or wrong. It only cares about power and if it needs to hide emails or conduct secret meetings to maintain that power then it will and you or none of the others here can say or do damned thing about it.

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