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Sunday, July 10, 2016

Blowback From Director Comey's Decision

For John, BLUFNothing in this world is without some consequence.  Director Comey's recommendation regarding Hunny Bunny will have consequences, which he should have foreseen.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

Here is the sub-headline:
Will other careless security-clearance holders get a pass?  Time will tell.
This article is from Mr Steven Nelson, a Staff Writer for US News and World Report.  It is from early last week, but it is still pertinent.  Here is the lede plus three:
Attorneys for people who allegedly mishandled classified information say the outcome of the FBI’s investigation into Hillary Clinton could be good news for their clients.

Though many see a double standard in FBI Director James Comey’s decision not to recommend charges against the former secretary of state who used a personal and unsecured email system for official business, others see possibilities.

Mark Zaid, a defense attorney for national security whistleblowers and people accused of mishandling secrets, says he plans to ask for “the Clinton deal” in the future.

And Zaid says he probably can get it.

And then Attorney Zaid goes on to expand upon his comments.

I believe there is a natural equilibrium and we will return to a reasonable regime for dealing with security breaches, accidental and deliberate, but it will take some time.  In that gap the defense lawyers will have a fine time, mostly getting deals for their clients and when they don't having the fun of seeing the Government squirm.

But, in the end the secrets must be kept and we will see new legislation and we will see recent precedents overthrown.  But, that is in the future.  And, I don't see most people being careless just because The Honorable Hillary Clinton got off.  Most people who handle classified will face administrative punishments for carelessness, if they avoid the criminal.  That could include the loss of a security clearance, which could mean the loss of a job.  For most of us that is punishment enough for a lifetime.

Regards  —  Cliff

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