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Thoughtful article — and his points are so valid. He describes himself as “a Clinton-Loather,” so I wonder if I find myself agreeing with a rabid right-winger, not being familiar with him or his work. Is that how you would describe him, bebimbob?

(I find I’ve been agreeing in recent weeks with quite a few people who surprised me, ,on the other side of the aisle.)

Star Strider

Unfortunately, Comey can’t prosecute. The 1917 Espionage Act has never been updated to include electronic communications, so it doesn’t cover the crimes of she-who-must-not-be-named. It only covers hardcopy transfers of classified material, and there’s no evidence of that. (This is the conclusion of a lively discussion on PBS Newshour a couple days ago.) If ‘Guccifer’ or some other intruder has classified material they got off her server, now would be a very good time to print it out and come forward with it! Were it in my power, I would not hesitate to grant them immunity from prosecution in exchange.

That aside, she-who-must-not-be-named knowingly and deliberately put her personal convenience far above U.S. national security interests. That much is painfully obvious. If nothing else, that alone disqualifies her. She has never to my knowledge displayed either foresight or good judgement in important decisions (and probably not in a lot of unimportant ones), and I definitely don’t expect her to change now.


honestly curious as to whether none of the whistle blowers limited themselves to digital only communications as well?

Star Strider

Interesting thought. They probably did limit themselves to digital-only communications, simply because nearly everyone does these days. Making back-up copies — saved to an external HDD for security — would have been a priority for me, as well as printing out hardcopies with header information and putting them in a safe place (like my attorney’s safe).


so if they stayed with digital, yet they still got enormous punishments….? i’m missing something here.


Some of the cases that have been mentioned involve media other than paper.


How about the hard cover copies that HRC turned over (55,000 pages?) that included the classified material that she said she wanted released to the American people?

How is it that everyone has forgotten that HRC was required to take a class in how to handle classified materials and signed a document stating that she would protect such?

Also, I would like to know how it was convenient to have to leave her offices and go down a floor every time she wanted to send an email? I believe the average was over 20 a day. That is a lot of traveling between floors. Convenient?


Here’s one for ya…

Maj. Jason Brezler has been embroiled in a legal battle since December 2014. Brezler is facing an involuntary discharge from the service after he admitted sending classified information to an unclassified email address in 2012. He was trying to warn fellow Marines about a corrupt police chief in Afghanistan. Several weeks later, a deputy of that police chief killed three Marines in a rifle attack.

Whole story here.


This is another must read. It is so packed with goodies, I can’t even begin to pull them out to titillate you. This piece makes it perfectly clear that we are in the fight of our lives. Bernie CANNOT QUIT. Donald Trump is not the dragon that he needs to slay, Hillary is. I urge you to read this chilling article in its entirety.

US Presidential Democratic candidate Hillary Clinton. (IMAGE: US Embassy, Flickr) John Pilger: Why Hillary Clinton Is More Dangerous Than Donald Trump

In the 2008 presidential campaign, Hillary Clinton threatened to “totally obliterate” Iran with nuclear weapons. As Secretary of State under Obama, she participated in the overthrow of the democratic government of Honduras. Her contribution to the destruction of Libya in 2011 was almost gleeful. When the Libyan leader, Colonel Gaddafi, was publicly sodomised with a knife – a murder made possible by American logistics – Clinton gloated over his death: “We came, we saw, he died.”

One of Clinton’s closest allies is Madeleine Albright, the former Secretary of State, who has attacked young women for not supporting “Hillary”. This is the same Madeleine Albright who infamously celebrated on TV the death of half a million Iraqi children as “worth it”.

Among Clinton’s biggest backers are the Israel lobby and the arms companies that fuel the violence in the Middle East. She and her husband have received a fortune from Wall Street. And yet, she is about to be ordained the women’s candidate, to see off the evil Trump, the official demon.


thanks for that link, dkmich. Bleak. And worth reading.


wow. Pilger is a respected journalist, too. And a leftie, iirc.

This caught my eye:

“Ukraine – once part of the Soviet Union – has become a CIA theme park. Having orchestrated a coup in Kiev, Washington effectively controls a regime that is next door and hostile to Russia: a regime rotten with Nazis, literally. Prominent parliamentary figures in Ukraine are the political descendants of the notorious OUN and UPA fascists. They openly praise Hitler and call for the persecution and expulsion of the Russian speaking minority.”

More on how we are now building even smaller nuclear weapons, making using them more “easy” in the minds of warhawks.


An excellent article. And, yes, bleak, as katchen said. Eye-opening.

Star Strider


That is certainly one of the best articles I’ve read in recent memory. The Australian perspective is the reason I read the Sydney Morning Herald occasionally (probably not often enough these days). This article was a brilliant find. I wish I could afford to subscribe to New Matilda.


Excellent essay. Brilliant, in fact. And totally depressing.

For another look at why she is dangerous, look here.

A couple of things… Trump is willing to talk. He wants to “deal” with Putin, and Putin evidently is open to that. Good idea. Better idea than pushing the envelope in Ukraine or rattling the saber in Syria. Trump isn’t interested in more foreign interventions. He wants to do business – without the TPP.

In addition, Trump said he wanted to bring Kim Jong Un to the White House to talk with him. He thinks they could find common ground, and maybe so. Kim was educated in Switzerland, and probably speaks English as well as French and German. Trump is a real estate guy. Kim is, too. Surprise!

Ah, but Obama imposed new sanctions on North Korea for “human rights abuses”. To wit: ““Under Kim Jong Un, North Korea continues to inflict intolerable cruelty and hardship on millions of its own people, including extrajudicial killings, forced labor and torture,” said Adam J. Szubin, acting undersecretary for terrorism and financial intelligence at the Treasury Department.
“Human rights abuses in [North Korea] are among the worst in the world,” State Department spokesman John Kirby said in briefing reporters on the new sanctions. He estimated that up to 120,000 people, including children and family members, are held in political prison camps in North Korea. (Source: LA Times)

Kim’s reaction? No surprise. He said it is “a declaration of war”.

All of this raises some other questions. Why is it not okay for Kim to have 120K in prison camps, but okay for Netanyahu to have way more Palestinians than that in “refugee” camps, where I doubt the conditions are any better? Why is it not okay for Kim to conduct “extrajudicial killings”, but perfectly fine for our own police forces to do it? Or our military? Why is it not okay for Kim to execute people who dissent or agitate for freedom, but Saudi Arabia can have mass executions of dissenters – including children – and it doesn’t raise an eyebrow? The Korean war was almost 70 years ago. We opened negotiations with Vietnam, which is still ostensibly communist, but we are still at war with N. Korea?

Kim is a dictator. No doubt. But why the double standard? Maybe Kim hasn’t paid up with the CGI?

I agree with Pilger. Trump is odious, but Clinton is deadly dangerous.


Why is it OK for the US to have 2.2 million in jail, mostly for a trumped up drug war that was for the benefit of the Clintons’ political careers?

According to the US Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS), 2,220,300 adults were incarcerated in US federal and state prisons, and county jails in 2013 – about 0.91% of adults (1 in 110) in the U.S. resident population. Additionally, 4,751,400 adults in 2013 (1 in 51) were on probation or on parole.


I disagree with Kass and this post.

So does Bernie Sanders. I guess he is not a birdie anymore.


No, Bernie has said she isn’t qualified.

Raggedy Ann

Correct – he stated that in the debates. He was right then, he’s right today.


You know only what Bernie says – or has to say. You, nor I, know what is in his heart. Bernie might very well agree with Kass, but cannot say so. You can speak for yourself, but you really shouldn’t speak for Bernie.

Raggedy Ann

I agree completely with this article. Kass knocks it out of the park. Bernie knows all of this, too, which is why he is in the fight. I believe Bernie has to agree with everything said here or his campaign has been for naught.


I agree with it, too. I wish Democrats would just stop making excuses for her bad behavior and bad judgment, but, of course, they want to keep their jobs.

And regarding your comments in another essay yesterday regarding Gowdy, I totally agree with you. I finally got to watch it and I thought he did a great job. Of course I don’t like what the man stands for, but he sure hit the nail on the head with his questions to Comey yesterday. He acted more progressive in getting to the truth than any other elected Democrat did.

Not that I much care anymore, but the Democratic Party could and would be respected and supported if the establishment politicians were honest and forthright.

And Cummings? I agree with you there, too.

Raggedy Ann

I’m no fan of Gowdy, but I’m going to acknowledge great questioning when I see it, no matter the source. The dems are falling on their swords for hrcriminal or her heinous, whichever you prefer. 😉

Cora Regina

It’s like broken clocks, they’re right twice a day. It’s just that Republicans are right so much less frequently that I’m gobsmacked when I end up agreeing with something one of them says or does. It was a beautiful takedown and I applaud Gowdy for it, even if I applaud him for nothing else.

Raggedy Ann

I know, right, Cora Regina??? I couldn’t believe I was agreeing with Gowdy of all people. It’s time for hrc to be taken down, though. I don’t care who does it.

Cora Regina

Every time something like that happens, I have to sit down and have a good, solid think about it. I mean, Gowdy! What???

I absolutely agree with you, it’s time and I really don’t care which side does it anymore, or even for what reason so long as their evidence and arguments are valid. If she does manage to get herself elected, and I say “get herself” because after the primaries I highly doubt that such a thing will happen without the manipulation and cheating we’ve come to expect from HER, she can expect a very, very rough presidency. Starting with impeachment proceedings.

I just wish the Dems had the integrity to denounce Her Heinous (that’s a good one!) instead of throwing in with her so completely. The Empress is naked but you’ll never hear it from them.

Raggedy Ann

Let’s hang in there! They may not denounce her heinous, but we will! I will do everything I can to keep her out of the WH!

Star Strider

I also like the graphic at the top, beimbob.

Reminds me of Ralph Nader’s observation from 2000 onward that the candidates of the Two Major Parties are ‘tweedledumb and tweedledumber’! Certainly applies in 2016.


I read this last night before bed. Kass is spot on. And this was written before Hillary hit the TV shows to damn Comey. It’s almost as if Kass knew exactly what she was going to do next…

And I’ve had years of watching the Clintons lie and dissemble and tell partial truths and get away with it, and take advantage of the principles of honorable men such as James Comey.

Hillary should have accepted the huge gift that Comey gave her. But Hillary is never to be doubted, never to be second guessed, never to be proven wrong. She is above that. She thinks she is above everything. Comey should have indicted her and allowed her to explain herself in front of a grand jury and a courtroom.


I don’t do TV, so only pick up stories online. I went looking for Hillary going after Comey, but couldn’t find anything. What is this about??? She sure has a lot of gall.


I don’t do TV either, but I do occasionally live stream some things of particular interest like the live stream of the Comey testimony in Congress that kept me up here in Malaysia until almost 3:00AM. For some reason, I just couldn’t turn it off!!

I didn’t see the the shows but read about them. This article from the New York Times discusses it. Hillary Clinton Rejects F.B.I. Claim That She Was ‘Careless’ With Emails

It’s just like her to outright reject any findings that could possibly be seen in a bad light. She should be thankful she isn’t looking forward to a court date. And I’m sure her google eyed supporters will just eat this up. The woman really disgusts me. I’m with Kass, I’m not a Hillary hater, I’m a Hillary loather. Takes a lot longer to get to my level of disgust!


Thanks for the link! I was looking, too, and hadn’t found anything.

And apparently, according to the article, she’s suggesting that other State Department people may be partly to blame. (How’s that for leadership and the buck stopping here?)

Although Mr. Comey, in a congressional hearing on Thursday, pointed out several contradictions between what Mrs. Clinton had said publicly about her email use and what she said in sworn testimony, Mrs. Clinton insisted Friday that she did not intentionally send or receive any classified information through her private account. She also appeared to be spreading the responsibility to her State Department staff.

“I think there are about 300 people in the government, mostly in the State Department, but in other high positions in the government with whom I emailed over the course of four years — they, I believe, did not believe they were sending any material that was classified,” Mrs. Clinton said on CNN. “They were pursuing their responsibilities. I do not think they were careless.”

And then she was getting cagey again, and misrepresenting things….

During her television interviews on Friday, Mrs. Clinton clung to Mr. Comey’s remark at the hearing suggesting that some of the emails that she sent or received were not clearly marked as classified.

“Well, I think the director clarified that comment to some extent, pointing out that some of what had been thought to be classified apparently was not,” Mrs. Clinton said, when asked to acknowledge that she was careless.

And there’s any wonder why she has a trust issue? Which she apparently has a campaign strategy to address, too. Oj! (For non-Swedes, that’s OY!) Crazy.

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