Sunday, January 24, 2016

The Plot Thickens

New York Post September 24, 2016

The FBI is investigating whether members of Hillary Clinton’s inner circle “cut and pasted” material from the government’s classified network so that it could be sent to her private e-mail address, former State Department security officials say. 

Clinton and her top aides had access to a Pentagon-run classified network that goes up to the Secret level, as well as a separate system used for Top Secret communications. 

The two systems — the Secret Internet Protocol Router Network (SIPRNet) and Joint Worldwide Intelligence Communications System (JWICS) — are not connected to the unclassified system, known as the Non-Classified Internet Protocol Router Network (NIPRNet). You cannot e-mail from one system to the other, though you can use NIPRNet to send ­e-mails outside the government. 

Somehow, highly classified information from SIPRNet, as well as even the super-secure JWICS, jumped from those closed systems to the open system and turned up in at least 1,340 of Clinton’s home e-mails — including several the CIA earlier this month flagged as containing ultra-secret Sensitive Compartmented Information and Special Access Programs, a subset of SCI. 

SAP includes “dark projects,” such as drone operations, while SCI protects intelligence sources and methods. 

Fox News reported Friday that at least one of Clinton’s e-mails included sensitive information on spies. 

It takes a very conscious effort to move a classified e-mail or cable from the classified systems over to the unsecured open system and then send it to Hillary Clinton’s personal e-mail account,” said Raymond Fournier, a veteran Diplomatic Security Service special agent. “That’s no less than a two-conscious-step process.” 

He says it’s clear from some of the classified e-mails made public that someone on Clinton’s staff essentially “cut and pasted” content from classified cables into the messages sent to her. The classified markings are gone, but the content is classified at the highest levels — and so sensitive in nature that “it would have been obvious to Clinton.” Most likely the information was, in turn, e-mailed to her via NIPRNet. 

To work around the closed, classified systems, which are accessible only by secure desktop workstations whose hard drives must be removed and stored overnight in a safe, Clinton’s staff would have simply retyped classified information from the systems into the non-classified system or taken a screen shot of the classified document, Fournier said. “Either way, it’s totally illegal.” 

FBI agents are zeroing in on three of Clinton’s top department aides. Most of the Clinton e-mails deemed classified by intelligence agency reviewers were sent to her by her chief of staff Cheryl Mills or deputy chiefs Huma Abedin and Jake Sullivan. 

In one e-mail, Clinton pressured Sullivan to declassify cabled remarks by a foreign leader. 

“Just e-mail it,” Clinton snapped, to which Sullivan replied: “Trust me, I share your exasperation. But until ops converts it to the unclassified e-mail system, there is no physical way for me to e-mail it.” 

In another recently released e-mail, Clinton instructed Sullivan to convert a classified document into an unclassified e-mail attachment by scanning it into an unsecured computer and sending it to her without any classified markings. “Turn into nonpaper w no identifying heading and send nonsecure,” she ordered. 

Top Secret/SCI e-mails received by Clinton include a 2012 staff ­e-mail sent to the then-secretary containing investigative data about Benghazi terrorist suspects wanted by the FBI and sourcing a regional security officer. They also include a 2011 message from Clinton’s top aides that contains military intelligence from United States Africa Command gleaned from satellite images of troop movements in Libya, along with the travel and protection plans for Ambassador Christopher Stevens, who was later killed in a terrorist attack in Benghazi. 

Saturday, January 2, 2016

Friday, December 25, 2015

Thursday, December 24, 2015

Magnificent Soldiers!!!

 - The deadliest attack in Afghanistan since 2013 killed six U.S. troops on Monday, including a family man from Long Island, New York; a South Texan; a New York City police detective; a Georgia high school and college athlete; an expectant father from Philadelphia; and a major from suburban Minneapolis with ties to the military's LGBT community.
They were killed when their patrol was attacked by a suicide bomber on a motorcycle near Bagram Air Base, the Defense Department said.
Wednesday, more than 200 service members representing multiple branches crammed into a packed clamshell tent in Bagram for a chance to grieve before getting back in the saddle to continue the mission.
“How do we honor these six heroes?” asked Lt. Col. David Kelley, 455th Air Expeditionary Wing chaplain. “We honor them by pressing on with the mission. The same mission they were willing to give their lives for.”
Here is more about the fallen victims:


Bonacasa, 31, of Coram, Long Island, was a member of the Air National Guard. He was assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

He enlisted in the Air Force two days after graduating from Newfield High School in 2002, his family told Newsday. He also met his wife in the Air Force.

Bonacasa had served four tours in the military and was four months away from returning home, family members told the newspaper. "He said this was going to be his last tour, and he was going to retire in a couple years," said a sister, Raquel Bonacasa, of Edgewater, New Jersey. He'd been pre-approved for a home mortgage and wanted to start a business, a smoke shop.

Bonacasa leaves behind a wife and 5-year-old daughter.

His brother, Vincent Bonacasa, called him a "humble man who took pride in what he did."


The 28-year-old from Mercedes, Texas, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 11th Field Investigations Squadron, Joint Base San Antonio-Randolph, Texas.

As a teenager, Cinco played football at Mercedes High School. John Vela, now an Air Force staff sergeant based in Anchorage, Alaska, was on the football team with Cinco and they were in band together. He said they'd been friends since the seventh grade.

"It looked like he was having a really good time," in the military, Vela told KRGV-TV. "He had a really good head on his shoulders. He had a lot of ambition."

He said Cinco's death has left him shaken. "It's still unbelievable," he said.


Lemm, 45, a 15-year veteran of the New York Police Department, was on his third tour of duty in the Middle East. He was assigned to the 105th Airlift Wing at Stewart Air National Guard Base in Newburgh, New York.

Lemm lived in suburban West Harrison, New York, with his wife and two children, a teenage daughter and a young son.

He was beloved in his hometown of Beemer, Nebraska, the Omaha World-Herald reported Tuesday.

Although he left the town of less than 1,000 residents decades ago, a message board in front of the village hall proclaimed him "Our Hometown Hero."

Shirley Lemm said her son, as an NYPD officer, spent weeks searching for survivors at ground zero following 9/11 and rejoined the military as a reservist so he could better provide for his family.

"He loved what he did. He was proud of what he did," she told the newspaper.

New York Police Commissioner William Bratton said the police detective "epitomized the selflessness we can only strive for: putting his country and city first."


McBride, 30, of Statesboro, Georgia, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations at Maxwell Air Force Base in Alabama.

He was a football standout at Statesboro High School, where he played defensive back on the team that won a 2001 state championship. An uncle, Kenneth McBride, said his nephew also played football at Savannah State University before he joined the military.

He said they often hit the gym to lift weights together when his nephew would come home on leave.

"He was real strong and had just a great positive attitude about what he was doing," Kenneth McBride said. "He loved the military."

Ken LeCain, principal of Statesboro High School, said in a statement posted on the school's Facebook page, "I will always remember him as a young man of high character with a great smile."


A 30-year-old Air Force sergeant from Philadelphia, Taub was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, Detachment 816 at Ellsworth Air Force Base in South Dakota. He'd been in the service for eight years and had recently re-enlisted.

He grew up in Wyncote, a Philadelphia suburb, and graduated from Cheltenham High School.

His father, Joel Taub of Philadelphia, said his son didn't tell his family he was in Afghanistan because he didn't want them to worry about him. He said they learned his actual location when military officials notified them he'd been killed.

Peter Taub was married and the father of a 3-year-old girl. His father said the couple has another child on the way.

Taub's mother, Arlene Wagner, runs a Washington, D.C., restaurant, where her son Jonathan is the chef. She announced Peter Taub's death on her restaurant's Facebook page.

"He loved his family, he loved his daughter -- the apple of his eye," Joel Taub told Philadelphia's WCAU-TV.


The 36-year-old from Plymouth, Minnesota, in suburban Minneapolis, was assigned to the Air Force Office of Special Investigations, 9th Field Investigations Squadron at Eglin Air Force Base in Florida.

Her father, Joseph Vorderbruggen, told The Associated Press his daughter "loved life" and "loved the military." He said, "Whatever goal she had, she found a way."

Military Partners and Families Coalition, a group for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender military families, issued a statement Tuesday mourning Vorderbruggen's death and praising the legacy she left behind.

It said Vorderbruggen, her wife and their son had been a part of the group "nearly from its start" and took "great pride in being members of the military community."

Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Be Careful What We Wish For!!

By Charles Strauch
I am a patriot, a passionate believer in American exceptionalism and an extraordinary beneficiary of everything that is great about our Country.
I am, by any measure, a conservative Republican - mightily discouraged by the gutless leadership of my Party.
I am not, by any measure, a member of any “establishment”.
I am as apoplectic as many Americans are about the DC leadership vacuum that treats We The People as servants of an out of touch Federal Government that:  --  confiscates our hard earned cash; saddles our grandchildren with a mountain of debt; apologizes to the rest of the world for the sacrifice of our military in behalf of freedom; and is clueless of the need for America’s leadership in making the world a safe place.
I believe that the majority of Americans now blame themselves for the consequences of their mistaken faith and false hope placed in the hands of an ill prepared, inexperienced, smooth talking, tone deaf politician who believes in his omnipotence and masquerades as a worldly leader.
I believe that most Americans will not allow their anger to drive them to repeat their mistake by electing a self-promoting, opportunistic, arrogant, egomaniac -  masquerading as an accomplished leader, who a) appeals to the worst of our emotions; b) not only believes in his omnipotence - insisting that he is ALWAYS the smartest, richest, best looking person in the room but is obsessed with continually reminding anyone who will listen to that myth; c) believes that EVERYONE with whom he disagrees is a “loser” and is obsessed with continually reminding anyone who will listen to that myth; d) is a master puppeteer revered by the puppets in a submissive conservative and liberal talk radio/TV news media incapable of anything other than endless, insufferable, infatuated babble.
I believe that the now silent majority of Americans understand that vision, courage, grace, dignity, humility and – above all, a deeply held level of respect for all of those served - no matter how misguided, are the time worn, proven qualities of leadership required in our next President.
I believe I speak the truth in behalf of most voters - not pollsters and the polled - when I exclaim:
Let’s be very careful what we wish for in our next President!!


Saturday, December 19, 2015

Straight Talk - Climate Change

By Charles Krautammer

ast Saturday, Barack Obama gained the second jewel in his foreign policy triple crown: the Paris climate accord. It follows his Iran nuclear deal and awaits but the closing of Guantanamo to complete his glittering legacy.
To be sure, Obama will not be submitting the climate agreement for Senate ratification. It would have no chance of passing — as with the Iranian nuclear deal, also never submitted for the Senate ratification Obama knew he'd never get. And if he does close Guantanamo, it will be in defiance of overwhelming bipartisan congressional opposition.
You see, visionary thinkers like Obama cannot be bound by normal constitutional strictures. Indeed, the very unpopularity of his most cherished diplomatic goals is proof of their prophetic farsightedness.
Yet the climate deal brought back from Paris by Secretary of State John Kerry turns out to be no deal at all. It is, instead, a series of carbon-reducing promises made individually and unilaterally by the world's nations.
No enforcement, no sanctions, nothing legally binding. No matter, explained Kerry on "Fox News Sunday": "This mandatory reporting requirement ... is a serious form of enforcement, if you will, of compliance, but there is no penalty for it, obviously."
If you think that's gibberish, you're not alone. NASA scientist James Hansen, America's leading carbon abolitionist, indelicately called the whole deal "bulls---."
He's right. The great Paris achievement is supposed to be global "transparency." But what can that possibly amount to when you can't even trust the reporting? Just three months ago, the world's greatest carbon emitter, China, admitted to having underreported its burning of coal by 17%, a staggering error (assuming it wasn't a deliberate deception) equal to the entire coal consumption of Germany.
I'm a climate-change agnostic. But I'm realistic enough to welcome prudent hedging against a possible worst-case scenario. I've long advocated for a multilateral agreement (unilateral U.S. actions being climatically useless and economically suicidal) negotiated with the most important players — say, India, China and the European Union — containing real limits, real numbers and real enforcement. That would be a genuine achievement.
What the climate-change conference produced instead was hot air, applauded by 196 well-fed participants. (Fourteen nights in Paris, after all.) China promises to begin reducing carbon emissions 15 years from now. India announced it will be tripling its coal-fired electricity capacity by 2030. Meanwhile, the Obama administration is effectively dismantling America's entire coal industry.
Looking for guidance on how the U.S. will fare under this new environmental regime? Take a glance at Obama's other great triumph, the Iran nuclear accord.
Does the American public know Iran's parliament has never approved it? And that the Iranian president has never signed it? Iran is not legally bound to anything. As the State Department freely admitted (in a letter to Rep. Mike Pompeo of the House Intelligence Committee), the deal "is not a treaty or an executive agreement, and is not a signed document." But don't worry. Its success "will depend not on whether it is legally binding or signed, but rather on the extensive verification measures" and our "capacity to reimpose — and ramp up — our sanctions if Iran does not meet its commitments."
And how is that going?
On Nov. 21, Iran conducted its second test of a nuclear-capable ballistic missile in direct contravention of two United Nations Security Council prohibitions, including one that incorporates the current nuclear agreement — which bans such tests for eight years.
Our response? After Iran's first illegal launch in October, the administration did nothing. A few words at the U.N. Weren't we repeatedly assured that any Iranian violation would be met with vigorous action? No worry, again. As U.N. Ambassador Samantha Power told a congressional hearing last week, "discussions are a form of U.N. action."
The heart sinks.
It was obvious from the very beginning that the whole administration promise of "snapback" sanctions was a farce. The Iranians knew it. Hence their contempt for even the prospect of American pushback: two illegal missile launches conducted ostentatiously even before sanctions are lifted and before they receive their $150 billion in unfrozen assets early next year.
Why not? They know Obama will ignore, downplay and explain away any violation, lest it jeopardize his transformative foreign policy legacy.
It's a legacy of fictional agreements. The proliferators and the polluters are not bound. By our own volition, we are.
Only Guantanamo remains. Within a month, one-sixth of the remaining prisoners will be released. Obama will not be denied.

Only In America!!

Friday, December 18, 2015

An Unfortunate Compariaon For All Americans

Tihs is not about politics - it is about leadership!!
A former US Cavalry soldier has penned a beautiful tribute to President George W. Bush and a simultaneously stunning reprimand of current President Barack H. Obama.
"For all his faults and foibles President Bush was a man who wore his heart on his sleeve and obviously bled red, white and blue. President Bush desperately poured himself out in an effort to meet the needs of our servicemen and women. Meanwhile, President Obama travels the world apologizing for our nation and seemingly criticizing the American people at every turn.
The difference between the two Presidents is night and day, and the comparison does nothing but shed light on the darkness that has been the Obama presidency.
“14 years ago, I had a President who was certainly neither the brightest crayon in the box nor the most eloquent.
He didn’t fill everyone’s ears with stuff they wanted to hear. He made mistakes, as all leaders do, but he owned up to them.
14 years ago, I had a President who made me proud to take the Oath of Enlistment.
14 years ago, I had a President who shared the sorrow of the nation instead of blaming the nation for the heinous deeds of others.
14 years ago, I had a President who never let the people forget he was one of them, instead of setting himself aside and higher than the people he swore to serve.
14 years ago, I had a President who was proud to be an American and who shared that pride with the people.
Today, I have an eloquent but petulant schoolchild pretending to be a leader.
On the worst day in American history since Pearl Harbor, I had a President who told the world that America will not bow down.
Today, I have a charlatan snake oil salesman who bows to my enemies."

Sunday, December 6, 2015

Speaking For Most Old Folks

By  Robert A. Hall  Marine Vietnam veteran who served
five terms in the Massachusetts State Senate.  
I'm 76      
Except for one semester in college when jobs were scarce and a six-month period when I was between jobs, but
job-hunting every day, I've worked,
  since I was 18. Despite some health challenges, I still put in 50-hour weeks, and haven't called in sick in
seven or eight years. I make a good salary, but
I didn't inherit my job or my income, and I
worked to get where I am. Given the economy,
there's no retirement in sight, and I'm tired.
Very tired.
I'm tired     of being told
that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who
don't have my work ethic. I'm tired of being
told the government will take the money I
earned, by force if necessary, and give it to
people too lazy to earn it.
I'm tired     of being told
that, out of "tolerance for other cultures," we
must let  Saudi Arabia use our oil money to fund
mosques and mandrassa Islamic schools to preach
hate in  America and  Canada , while no American
nor Canadian group is allowed to fund a church,
synagogue or religious school in  Saudi Arabia to
teach love and tolerance..
I'm tired     of being told I must
lower my living standard to fight global
warming, which no one is allowed to debate.
I'm tired     of being told
that drug addicts have a disease, and I must
help support and treat them, and pay for the
damage they do. Did a giant germ rush out of a
dark alley, grab them, and stuff white powder up
their noses while they tried to fight it off?
I'm tired     of hearing
wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians
of both parties talking about innocent mistakes,
stupid mistakes or youthful mistakes, when we
all know they think their only mistake was
getting caught. I'm tired of people with a sense
of entitlement, rich or poor.
I'm real tired     of people who
don't take responsibility for their lives and
actions. I'm tired of hearing them blame the
government, or discrimination or big-whatever
for their problems.
Yes, I'm damn tired. But I'm also glad to
76. Because, mostly, I'm not going to have
to see the world these people are making. I'm
just sorry for my granddaughters and grandsons.