The controversy around Her Royal Highness Queen Hillary I’s email saga thickens. Excerpt:
A review of recently released e-mails shows that former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton repeatedly originated and distributed highly classified national security information. Clinton’s classified e-mail missives were not constrained to State Department staff, either. She also sent classified information to Sidney Blumenthal, a former Clinton White House operative banned by the Obama White House.
An analysis by The Federalist of e-mails released by the State Department late Monday shows that scores of e-mails sent by Clinton contained highly confidential national security information from the beginning, even if they weren’t marked by a classification authority until later.
The original date of classification of Hillary’s e-mails can be discerned by noting the declassification dates noted next to redactions in the e-mails. Under a 2009 executive order signed by President Barack Obama, classified material in most circumstances is to be automatically declassified after 10 years. In some instances, that duration may be extended up to 25 years. In certain circumstances, classification authorities may adjust the classification duration based on the nature of the underlying information.
In 1996, I was recalled into the Army for the Balkans fracas, and ended up on the staff of the Command Surgeon, U.S. Army, Europe (USAEUR). I was assigned to be the Command Surgeon’s representative on the CINC-USAEUR Crisis Action Team. The room I worked in was tightly controlled; every item in that room, every map, every file folder, every notepad, was classified. I had to have my security clearance bumped up before I was allowed in. To get in the room you had to go past two MPs; the one who checked badges had a holstered Beretta M9, and behind him in the wire cage stood a second MP with a 12-gauge shotgun. The computers in the room were networked with each other (mind you the Internet was still relatively in its infancy then) and that network had no connection outside the room.
If I had violated any of the rules regarding classified information while I worked there, I would have spent some time at Ft. Leavenworth making big rocks into little rocks.
So why, then, is Her Royal Highness able to play fast and loose with classified information and not pay any sort of price for it? Because the Clintons have always played by their own rules – rules that are different than the ones us regular schmucks have to adhere to. Why? Because they’re the Clintons. I can see no other reason.