Clinton’s email is more than a scandal
FROM: DAN WHITE ELKTON
Hillary Clinton’s email is more than a scandal.
In the late ‘80s and early ‘90s, I held a security clearance for several government contracts my company was involved in for Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, and the Office of Naval Research. We were instructed annually on the handling of classified information. These were the days before the internet, and all of our computer files, printed documents and experimental materials were locked in safes in restricted parts of the facility with sign-in/signout procedures.
None of our documents were “stamped” classified, as it was fully understood that all of our work automatically qualified as such. There was never the thought that any of our work could be taken home or out of the facility. Our annual briefings also covered the penalties for rule violations. First, you lose your clearance. Second, you would likely lose your job. Third, you may be subject to monetary fines. Fourth, you may be subject to criminal prosecution. It did not matter if our actions lead to information being compromised, but also for gross negligence, i.e. sloppy handling of classified documents.
Daily I watch in amazement as Hillary Clinton, who handled information and documents far more classified than anything I may have been involved with, is defended by the media, politicians and supporters. That her emails, which included names of covert operatives, were stored on her home non-cleared server is not just gross negligence, but amounts to criminal offenses. Anyone defending Mrs. Clinton is either ignorant of the law, or being intentionally dishonest. Maybe the same rules that apply to us don’t apply to our country’s political elites?