Hillary Clinton’s campaign is marred by a number of scandals. Unwilling to settle on a narrative concerning her complicity in transmitting top-secret documents over an unsecured server, she has accumulated a fair amount of distrust and it is easy to see why Bernie Sanders is closing-in on her and beat her in New Hampshire. The fact is, the American people don’t trust her- and, according to Obama’s former defense intel chief, they have good reason to distrust her.
In an interview with the Daily Caller, Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn (Ret.) boldly claimed that Clinton should step-down from the presidential race as she is currently under investigation by the FBI for a litany of offenses.
”I think Hillary Clinton, for the good of the country, should step down and let this FBI investigation play out,” Flynn stated.
Flynn headed the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) from July 2012 until August 2014 and was highly-critical of the Obama Administration’s intelligence community for failing to understand the social factors of the war in Afghanistan in a blistering report filed in 2010.
Flynn underscored the severity of Clinton’s transgressions. Some of the nation’s most-guarded secrets are kept within a secretive program called the Special Access Program (SAP). Clinton had moved many of these documents from this ultra-secure location to her unsecured home server.
The documents “had to be moved off electronically or removed out of the secure site physically, then it had to be put onto an unclassified email system,” Flynn said. “Someone who does this is completely irresponsible, but totally unaccountable and shows a streak of arrogance to the American public that is unworthy of anyone thinking they can run for President of the United States.”
“This is unbelievable,” Flynn said. “I don’t think anybody should be talking about her being potentially the next President of the United States.”
Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough, III disclosed in January that “several dozen emails” were transferred from SAP to Clinton’s unsecured server. These documents hold a higher classification than “top-secret” and some investigating members of Congress do not even hold the security clearance to review the documents transferred.
Col. James Waurishuk, former deputy director of intelligence for the U.S. Central Command, joined other intelligence officials in underscoring how dangerous this is.
According to Waurishuk ,putting SAP documents onto a non-secure server is the “single, most dangerous security violation that can ever happen to the United States.”
He further emphasized that SAP documents are “the most stringently compartmented and protected information in the entire U.S. government.”
At least one of the emails which was transferred from the State Department to Clinton’s home server was coded as “HCS-O,” – a code which denotes human intelligence sources in an ongoing operation.
“If we had a high placed human asset at a high level Taliban or al Qaeda location, that would be an HSC-O,” Special Forces Col. James Williamson (Ret.) explained. “So when that was compromised, and it was compromised because it was on an unclassified server [at Clinton’s home], conceivably that was a human agent or possibly a U.S. intelligence officer that was exposed.”
According to the intelligence officials, there is no way that the violation could have been accidental.
“You have to physically do it. You have to willfully violate the law. There is no connectivity in any way between classified and non-classified systems,” said Williamson.
“In order for Mrs. Clinton to get Top Secret/Special Access Programs onto her private server, numerous, redundant safeguards were deliberately bypassed, probably by unauthorized personnel who were given access to these documents. It was a deliberate, intentional act. It just could not happen by accident,” Waurishuk said.
The Rosenbergs were executed for their role in willfully giving nuclear secrets to America’s enemies. Clinton, however, has ducked and dodged from accepting responsibility for her decisions which may have led to the deaths of patriotic Americans or American allies in the field. Her hubris shows as she shrugs-off the danger she placed every American in and while the Rosenbergs were executed for their crime, Clinton stands a sizeable chance at becoming our next president.
To be clear: I am not advocating execution for Clinton; I am, however, suggesting that maybe, just maybe, we not offer her a humongous promotion as a reward for her crimes.