Worldwide known cyber security company CrowdStrike announced that the Democratic National Committee (DNC) servers had been hacked by “sophisticated” hacker groups. I’m very pleas…
Most of us have been there where our lives have been slammed by the frauds created on Wall Street.
This is my story of that history, replete with the #DamnedFacts and citations.
Yes, I was almost one of those examples of perfectly normal, perfectly responsible folks becoming homeless through zero fault of their own… let me tell you a little story of oligarchy and Kleptocracy which I know tens of millions of other folks are still experiencing on a daily basis.
See, it’s like this…
Throughout my life I’ve been told that I need to save for retirement and I did. I used small savings and loan banks initially because I believe in keeping my money working in my community. I also invested in the stock markets because that was the only way to beat inflation which I had access to.
So I saved from day 1 of my working life. In 1986 I’d built about $20,000 after 8 years in the work force. The Savings and loan crisis stole all but $6,000 of that and it “vanished” into the gaping maw of Wall Street.
By 1995 I’d built my own business and was doing quite well. By 2000 I owned a home, and had over $100K in my retirement savings, most of which was invested in Wall Street via a Wall Street managed retirement investment account. Then came the Dot-com bubble. It wasn’t just the highly speculative Dot Com companies which failed here. It was also most of their supposedly “safe investment” suppliers and vendors, and the suppliers and vendors of those companies, which got killed as the dot commies tanked hard and quit buying anything while they filed for bankruptcy protection.
The auto manufacturers, dealers, and home builders (along with all of their, now laid off, employees) got hit hard too because suddenly no one was buying cars or homes.
We literally had Master Carpenters and other high level, highly skilled, tradesmen who had been earning over $45/hour (equivalent to $72.84 now in 2017) roaming the streets of better neighborhoods knocking on doors and trying to find ANY rat work at $15/hour.
Because of those Wall Street created ripples I lost well over $60,000. Also at this time the gal I’d bought the house with (whom I’d been with over ten years) found an old high school flame, and decide she’d rather do him… so we split. The one saving grace here was that we weren’t married and didn’t have kids so I didn’t get screwed on the house too badly. I did take a year “off” where I worked just enough to cover my bills, in order to recover my sanity and sort my life against the values/conditions I’d been living in. I also quit drinking at that point… but that’s another story.
Now… what’s interesting here is that in this latest ’06 crash the company managing my investments for me (because I can only be expert in so many things) lost not one stinking dime* from this crash, and not one of those highly paid “expert” persons ever went to prison. * Yea, they missed some profits, but they didn’t “lose” their capital through their gross negligence in allocating my investment money, and are now bigger than ever. Plus the laws are rigged so that I couldn’t even try to sue them to recover the losses they caused me with their gross, intentional, negligence and blatant fraud in selling me Reverse Derivative REIT stocks.
So… I took my year and change off, went down to southern California with a buddy and lived the easiest life I could for a bit. At this point I’d lost over 2/3 of my hard won retirement money twice in under 20 years, and was completely fed the fuck up with Wall Street’s Three Card Monte,* lies of saving my way to retirement. In each of those three decades I’d have been far better off had I played that money at the black jack tables in Vegas or Atlantic City. The odds at black jack then were such that the House walked away with about 20% instead of the +60% Wall Street had stolen from me… twice now.
*Three Card Monte Scam (Tutorial) aka: Wall Street
So after I got my heart and life sorted a bit in 2001, I left for Oregon because I was fed up with the rats in a wheel lifestyle of California and wanted to get far away from the big cities which breed that crap. I landed in Lapine, Oregon and found work immediately with an HVAC company. It paid well and I was doing fine. I started saving again but in a credit union because with Wall Street, as with Three Card Monte, if you can’t see the sucker sitting at the table you’re playing then you’re the sucker. I watched the housing bubble build, and wasn’t worried because I wasn’t in Wall Street. Then in ’06 the bubble Wall Street and their fraudulent bankers had built from scratch using fraudulent A and AA risk ratings “popped” The Big Short
Here’s what allowed this reverse derivatives fraud (which these Shitweasle fraudulent bankers sold into our retirement portfolios through the back door)“happen” and you can thank Reagan and Slick Willie for it.
I still wasn’t worried about the now $48,000 I had left over from the two prior rip offs (of almost $80,000 in capital) by Wall Street because not a dime of it was in Wall Street. Boy, howdy, was I wrong. It wasn’t just the fraudulent sector of the market with the (Wall Street created) bubble and their suppliers that crashed this time. It was the ENTIRE fucking world economy they crashed. Everything on Main Street just flat died. For 8 long years no one living on Main Street, or depending on it, spent a single fucking dime that they didn’t absolutely have to, because they didn’t have it to spend. Wall Street got bailed out, had big partys, took their fucking bonus money out of OUR fucking bail out dollars and then sequestered (aka: sat on) the rest of it because “it was just too risky” to lend us OUR OWN GOD DAMNED MONEY.
I lost my job to “downsizing” and because of the tens of millions thrown out of work the same way, there were ZERO available jobs except at the very bottom of society (cooks, cleaners, etc); plus there were dozens if not hundreds of applicants for every single job opening no matter how shitty the wages and working conditions. People with PHDs and folks like me with 20 years experience and Batchelor’s degrees were “unhireable” because we had too much experience (aka: we might have the utter gall to demand more money if we increased a company’s profits).
I survived, but ONLY because I’m a multi talented country boy and an excellent cook. I still knew how to live cheap, and I had that $48k.
Many folks, a great many, didn’t survive this corporate fascist created shit show and were driven into living in mom’s basement, or couch surfing friends homes. I was one of those friends who had couch surfers when I could.
I moved to a trailer park, filed for unemployment, filed bankruptcy in ‘05, and figured I’d be ok until this Banker created shit storm for fun and profit blew over.
If you haven’t seen the Big Short watch it now. These fuckers knew EXACTLY what they were doing with reverse derivatives, and our “regulators” did too. Yet everyone kept completely silent about it until ordinary people started back tracking… even then not ONE of these fucweasle twatwaffle financial rapists ever went to prison. Nor did ANY of the regulators who turned a blind eye to CYA for them. Not. One. Still.
Back to the story… yes, I survived… sort of. Construction was dead, any form of building was dead, so I took my diagnosis skills and eventually found a decent job fixing restaurant equipment and later commercial laundry equipment too. I met a gal who was in the process of losing her home to these banksters and moved in with her in ‘07. The bank apparently forgot about her until 2010 and so we stayed there rent free until I was able to buy a place in January of ’11 with my VA loan benefits. A bit after we moved to my place she decided she wanted more excitement and bailed. We got missed because they were just too damned busy here: Inside the Foreclosure Crisis
You would not believe the utter bullshit I had to go through to buy this home.. but that’s also another story of chicanery, carpet baggers, and outright fraud attempts.
Things are still tight, but doable, and y’all best brace yourselves because there’s another set of Wall Street created bubbles that’s about to bust which is 4 sided. Those sides are:
- Auto Loans Why The Auto Loan Bubble Matters
- Student Loans More Than 40% of Student Borrowers Aren’t Making Payments
- Shopping Mall Financing http://investmentwatchblog.com/theres-a-1-trillion-bubble-thats-ready-to-burst/
- Fracking and Exploration finance Is $10 trillion bubble ready to burst?
- Do you SERIOUSLY think, after our experience in ’08 to now with the housing bubble, that this shit isn’t being done on purpose? If so I’ve got 4 one acre parcels of beach front land in Central Oregon for sale. Just $150 K a piece!
- Oh, and the housing bubble may be back too.. Another Housing Bubble?
- Fucking Shitweasles.
Even better here’s a fresh look at another aspect of that Three Card Monte Scam which both sets of Party Brass use to ass rape us without our realizing it… Dems And GOP Work Together Like A Boxer’s 1–2 Punch To Knock You Out
Oh… and Obama even ass raped us on his way out too. Remember all those homes the banksters stole with their reverse derivatives fraud? Yea, they’ve been sitting on them and Obama, on his way out the door, gave them a way to dump those homes into shell corporations so they can be rented back to us, instead of being forced to sell them cheap, so they can comply with the mandated stress tests by getting these non performing assets off their books..
Some fucking legacy there.
Even at this the shenanigans continue. My VA compliant loan has been through 5 “servicers” now (none of which I agreed to or had anything to say about) and each one has tried really, really, hard to convince me that their fucking “rules” “somehow” over-ride the legally binding protections I have which are written in to the terms of the loan. If I wasnt a complete asshole or I didn’t read law and contracts the way most folks read Ludlum, they would have screwed me out of my house by now… and I’d be homeless. Lord knows they’ve tried. One of those many protections, and the one they seem most annoyed with is that they may not legally declare me to be late with a payment until after the 16th of the month. They’ve literally tried everything to get me to give that up, including offering conventional FNMA 30 year refinance loans at around 2%.
Not one bit of this was my fault in any sense. From Clinton’s Republican and Citibank written Bankruptcy “Reform” Act (which completely gutted Our ability to start fresh if we got under water), all the way through Obama ignoring the 7th Amendment in those Rocket Docket fraudulent foreclosures, to Obama giving banksters a way to dump the homes they stole off of their books using shell REIT corporations; every last bit of it was done actively by these bribed to treason Congresscritters..
And it was DONE to service the corporate profits of these corporate fascist bastards at Our expense.
At this point I’m surviving, but I’m 56, I’ll never get to retire, and I’ll likely have to work until I drop dead… if, that is, I’m not made homeless first.
For anyone who wants to “blame” me for any of this I say fuck you, come stand in my shoes and those of my neighbors.
Come talk to me bud, I’ve got facts; whole thundering herds of them. Obama’s TRUE legacy
I’ve watched this shit be done by Congresscritters over the past +50 years now, and I’m not buying any of your bullshit excuses and obfuscation.
Here’s your signs:
TL:DR We don’t know and can’t currently prove whether 9/11 and/or some elements of it were a conspiracy or not..
However; on a scientific level the NIST Report to Congress with its 50 some redacted pages is utter bullshit. Given the long historical Record on CIA/OSS thuggery, General Wesly Clark’s 2007 public statements about the 7 planned wars, and the Record on events like Bay of Pigs, Iran Contra , MK ULTRA , Operation Mockingbird , Air America, and Project Northwoods, I wouldn’t be a bit surprised to find out that it was a conspiracy, but only long after the perpetrators are dead or beyond prosecution.
In any case I have zero doubt that elements of “our” government would even hesitate at murdering 3,000 citizens or 30,000. Consider the costs to us of the current #Wars4Profit. Consider the costs to ordinary citizens of Vietnam or Korea or the current war mongers “declaring” the Golan Heights to be “part of Israel” in direct contravention of 6 decades of international law and treaties.
“How nuts does one have to be to believe that the Bush administration was behind 9/11?”
Not very. In fact, not at all… These types of False Flag operations have been attempted several times before and the W.T.C. “event” looks and stinks of the exact same murderous hubris advocated by members of our military industrial complex in 1961.
Also consider the book “Confessions of an Economic Hitman”
Then consider that virtually the entire nation was demanding the use of RICO against the (now proven intentionally fraudulent) bankers who wrecked our economy for their profit and “our government F’ing bailed them out.
Then consider this: In the recent Cromnybus Bill Citibank rewrote Dodd/Frank to allow continued gambling with derivatives and the reverse derivatives which crashed the entire world economy from 2006 to 2012 using our federally insured deposit money.
Last but not least:
Here’s a whole series of scientists, engineers, fire investigators, high level military, and others who all say that every single “fact” created by Congress and N.I.S.T. out of whole cloth is a complete and utter lie.
None of the “sciencey sounding stuff” quoted in the Congressional Report matches up with actual Physics, or Engineering. The videos, and eyewitness reports, of the towers falling look and sound exactly like descriptions of buildings being intentionally pancaked (demolished) into their own footprint, to the point that several witnesses described it that way… and then in the days following were silenced.
Add to this the supposed “fact” that an aluminum skin and frame 747 supposedly “cut” a large portion of 1 1/2″ thick wall steel columns in W.T.C., and the supposed fact that a 757 at over 20 feet diameter supposedly “folded itself up and vaporized” into a 13 foot wide hole in the Pentagon.
A cruise missile is about 13 ft. In diameter (I’ve seen them both up close and personal)… Occam’s Razor folks…
Nor, does any of the Facts, Evidence, Citizen testimony, or Videos match up with the N.I.S.T. claims… in point of Fact one of the folks who tested the floor mockups to “prove” the pancake theory of the collapses calls those “test results” a lie. Just days later he is fired and the N.I.S.T. story line changes dramatically for a fourth time.
Add to these Facts the Fact that never, in the entire history of the world has any skyscraper, whether struck by a plane or not, “fallen down,” much less actually pancaked into its own foot print without destroying buildings just 100 feet away.
Note the striking similarities between acknowledged demolition and the W.T.C. “falling down”.
If you follow the money, the Bush Family are, and were, large stake holders in Halliburton along with several other arms manufacturing corporations; which corporations were bribers (oops… I mean “campaign contributors”) to the Bush Jr. And Cheney campaigns. Even better, Cheneys’ Halliburton “earned” ++$39 Billion in very “convenient” no bid contracts over the course of the subsequent war and, at least $22 million of those profits were directly due to fraud which a Federal Court buried the evidence of…
If you actually follow the money and ask “Cui Bono?!” Repeatedly, it’s a very short hop to believe something was extremely hinky about the whole situation, and that Bush, Cheney and the Criminals In America had a hand in it.
Now, if after this logic and Fact you still doubt that our government would do such a thing, get and read a copy of “Confessions of an Economic Hit Man”
If you still doubt, consider that from 1968 to 1998 (that we know about) the C.I.A. was the largest expediter and importer of illegal drugs.
If after all that you still have any belief that our government is actually working for Citizens, there is no hope for you. Sorry.
Recently a rhino poacher was stomped by an elephant and then eaten by lions as steak tartar. Is evolution working here?
That a rhino poacher was stomped by an elephant and then made into steak tartar by lions may well be evidence of Evolution In Action.
TL;DR You’re going to have to ask the elephant in the room.
I sincerely hope it is evidence of that premise.
From the article https://www.bbc.com/news/world-africa-47843999
Sadly, since we don’t currently have any usable tools for opening a discussion with either the elephant or the lion about their motivation here, we can’t prove whether it’s evolution or something else operating. We also can’t prove whether they conspired, or if the elephant simply acted on their own out of pique and left the new carcass to its own luck.
Personally, I’d attribute it to Quick Karma biting him in the ass.. Deservedly.
Nope folks, this isn’t a joke.
I’m completely serious in my assertion that we honestly can’t determine whether or not this glorious event is the result of the evolution of species. It may well be, and I honestly hope it is.
Elephants are extremely smart critters even with the lack of opposable thumbs. They’re also known to be affectionate and gentle towards folks who show them kindness, and they’re able to bear long term grudges against those who harm them or their families.
Ever heard the expression “An elephant never forgets!” or “They have the memory of an elephant!”? Guess where that idea came from..
Elephants have amazing long term memory and I suspect are able to plan as well. I can’t prove it, but I’ve worked intimately with horses over two decades during my younger days and I can guarantee to you that horses (which aren’t as intelligent as elephants) absolutely can plan and they teach each other a great many things our hubris wouldn’t believe. I’ve seen it in action IRL.
The other issue here is that nasty old bugaboo: human hubris. We are taught from childhood (indoctrinated IMO) to believe that we’re the “smartest animals” simply because we have opposable thumbs and use mouth noises for language, when in reality the only thing those facts really tell us is that we’re able to communicate with each other over distances which exceed the grasp of our relatively puny senses.
Whence from here?
A legitimate case could be made that we humans are actually the stupidest of animals for the simple reason that we are the only animals on the plant who’ve willingly destroyed the entire ecology which sustains us. Empirically, that’s a dumb move on the level of sheep, lemmings or starfish. When we contrast that against elephants who plant trees with their feces.. Well what can one say?
If you’re upset that I’m fairly disgusted with my fellow humans I’ll ask you to look hard at the 2016 election where we had, as our only “legitimate” “choices,” a corporatist “vs” a corporation.
Yea, SMDH and Jesus WEPT people.
Note: It ain’t “cynical” when there’s ample evidence.
Sorry/ Not Really tho.
More to the point; I’m just sorry if those #DamnedFacts hurt. Besides that I couldn’t care less about feelers.
I’m a damn Aspie and am not wired that way.
I am very concerned about school (or any other sort) shootings and I absolutely think that it’s a critical problem which we as a society must address.
Here’s my problem: I’m an Engineer and on the Aspie spectrum so I am incapable of operating based on emotion. I NEED Facts. I need measurable, verifiable, cold, hard, unforgiving Facts in order to construct a solution which might actually work, and those same Facts say quite clearly that everything we’ve done so far has done nothing or has actually made the problem worse.
Ponder everything we’ve done to “control” this problem.
Now ponder the Facts that during the exact same time frame where we added all these “controls” in the modern era (~1970 to Date) the frequency of these shootings has steadily and consistently INCREASED from once a decade to every other month. That’s an increase by a factor of ~130 even as the percentage of folks owning guns DECREASED by ~30%. Any sane person would expect (IF the availability of guns were the actual cause) the two percentages to track together, yet we’re seeing the exact opposite of that in real life.
These shootings INCREASED by more than a factor of a hundred during the EXACT same time period that the percentage of families owning guns DECREASED by 30 percent.
According to one of the smartest guys to live on this dirt ball; the very definition of insanity lives in those who repeat the same actions but expect a different result each time. The results thus far speak for themselves.
These Facts tell this Engineer that one of two conditions exist:
- Reducing the percentage of folks who own guns is either causing, or is part of, the problem. Or.. (More likely)
- The percentage of folks who own guns has absolutely nothing to do with what is actually causing of the problem of people nutting up and mass murdering their fellow citizens.
So now what do we do?
An Engineer will look at the OTHER conditions which could feed the problem..
In this case I’d start looking at how stressed individuals react to stressors and how folks with poor coping skills react to those stressors. I’d look at the totality of the lives of the vanishingly small percentage of folks who nut up this way and start asking questions about how I’d feel subjected to those conditions. (Yes, it really sucks that the “simple” “solution” doesn’t actually work! Sorry. Now let us figure out what might work and try that.)
First I’d recognize that it really is a vanishingly small percentage of folks who nut up this way. At MOST it’s a few dozen out of some 324 million people, and that’s spread over a period of almost 3 decades. This isn’t to minimize the deaths they caused, but to recognize that it’s a SMALL percentage of our population which is less than (6.17 E-7) or 0.000000617% of people who commit these atrocities. Even if we look at only gun owners we’re still below (1.85 E-6) or 0.00000185% of the population of gun owners.
Here’s where I’d start looking:
I’d look at the planned and designed increase in income and wealth inequality such that where ordinary citizens once owned almost 80% of stocks and now its 50% because we no longer have any cash to spare. Why less than half of Americans are investing in the stock market
I’d look at the imposed rules in their lives and their ability or inability to control the stressors which drive them around the bend.
I’d look at their life history for things like poverty, being bullied, abusive bosses or spouses and whether their bullies/abusers were ever made to pay any price, and similar factors. I’d look at whether they were punished for physically defending themselves against a bully or an abuser.. As we seem to be doing in schools right now.
In troubleshooting there’s a principal called “Divide and Conquer” which is the process of identifying the symptoms and then dividing the set of inputs based upon what could or could not cause those symptoms, then you discard those parts which couldn’t be the cause and focus only on those parts which could be the cause.
We know that guns, in and of themselves, are not the cause because we’ve measured the decrease in percentage of families who own guns over the three decades when the frequency of shootings INCREASED by factor of 130 or so. That means we need to look at OTHER parts of the circuit for the failure point causing the symptoms.
Science and Engineering Principles do not lie. Ever.
Mainstream “News” Media absolutely DOES lie by both Commission and by Omission. Constantly.
What I find particularly interesting in this discussion is that only two “approved” positions are allowed to be discussed at any length on any MSM outlet around this issue.
Here they are:
- Guns are bad and you need to think of the CHILDREN!
- Paws OFF my guns!
What’s also interesting is that these two positions (which are the ONLY positions allowed to gain any traction on any MSM outlet) are the absolute most extremely polar opposite and divisive positions available.
I believe that is intentional; and given that just 5 multinational corporations own about 95% of all our media outlets outright, via a chain of “Russian Doll” style shell corporations, it would be fairly easy to do.. If it proves to be intentional then its also gaslighting.
Chart from article
It’s high time we all step out of this gaslighting, turn OFF those all the fucking idiot boxes, and start asking LOUDLY:
”Who profits from this shit?!”
Hint: It ain’t any ordinary citizens
Why is Donald Trump under investigation but Hillary Clinton isn’t?
For the Record: I despise Trump just as much as I despise Hillary Clinton and for very similar reasons which all tie back to their ACTIONS.
Before I go any further we need to discuss the realities of this #RooshansDidIt manufactured outrage and #Astroturf Gaslighting which was being used by Democratic Party Brass in ’16, and is more recently being used by Republican Party Brass while now both these sets of duopoly party brass are using it at the same time. The fact that it’s being alternately used by both “sides” of our duopoly, and now by both at the same time, should be a clue as to it’s validity. The other clue to its “validity” is the fact that #OperatioMockingbird is and has been a thing since at least 1954.
I’m going to let Lee Camp, a well known Progressive, take that bit:
For The Record, YES. Bush and Cheney ALSO belong in prison for the same damned thing. That they aren’t doesn’t mean Hillary or Trump should skate though here. Sorry. No.
Der Gropen Furer wasn’t under any serious, non gas lit, investigation because our entire political duopoly is a giant gas lit Three Card Monte Scam which is specifically designed to obfuscate the fact that we’re living in what is a corporate owned kleptocratic Kakistocracy instead of the Democratic Republic we’re supposed to have.
Corruption is Legal in America means that we have both sets of Party Brass gorging at the same hog troughs.
People keep saying that “Hillary wasn’t ever found guilty of anything!!” yet that’s absolutely NOT what Comey said in his findings.* In fact that claim of there being nothing found is the exact opposite of his actual words in his nationally televised statement on the investigation. *(Full Comey FBI Statement cited, analysed, and linked below so you can go look for yourself)
For The Record, Based upon the facts and the law; BOTH Clinton and Trump belong in prison for life, though for slightly different particulars. That said, because we live in a corporate owned kleptocratic Kakistocracy neither will ever see a single day behind bars no matter how richly they both deserve it.
What Comey actually said was that they found LOTS of blatant evidence of crimes which she and her staff committed, but which she wouldn’t be prosecuted for; and he also said that anyone else would have been prosecuted.
Here’s what one Federal Judge said about it… Judge says Hillary Clinton’s private emails violated policy
She violated the requirements of the Open Records Act which mandates that all job related communication be turned over to the National Archive upon departure.
She violated any number of over a dozen laws regarding both intentional and unintentional releases of classified information.
Here’s just a few of those laws:
For the ~30,000 emails that were supposedly “personal” and in fact were work related
Note carefully that only the knowledge of the classification and the act of removal from security (as with a civilian managed email server) retention is required for prosecution and conviction. In fact we have one guy in prison for simply, by mistake, carrying a camera into an INFOSEC facility. He took zero pictures with it and is still in prison for 5 years. There’s not one word here which requires intent in order to prosecute. So Comey flat lied about that part and he knew it.
Here are the actual words of Shitweasle Comey, with the actions which are crimes under these laws highlighted in bold italics.
Here’s a fun little song on the subject
This are the words straight from the Shitweasles’ mouth…
And my source for these words is straight from the FBI website.. https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clinton2019s-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system
FBI investigators have also read all of the approximately 30,000 e-mails provided by Secretary Clinton to the State Department in December 2014. Where an e-mail was assessed as possibly containing classified information, the FBI referred the e-mail to any U.S. government agency that was a likely “owner” of information in the e-mail, so that agency could make a determination as to whether the e-mail contained classified information at the time it was sent or received, or whether there was reason to classify the e-mail now, even if its content was not classified at the time it was sent (that is the process sometimes referred to as “up-classifying”).
From the group of 30,000 e-mails returned to the State Department, 110 e-mails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to contain classified information at the time they were sent or received.
Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification.
This is a violation of 18 U.S. Code § 1924 – Unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material
Which explicitly prohibits having classified information on an improperly secured device. Note that upon reading the law there’s nowhere in which “intent” matters as an element of the crime. ALL that’s required is to have control over a device which is insecure and has classified information on it.
It’s also a violation of this little gem which requires zero in the way of “intent” in order to be prosecuted for it.
It’s a 10 year felony Per Occurrence. (Aka: Per escaped from proper InfoSec procedures.. it doesn’t even have to get to a “bad actor” all that’s required is that you potentially exposed it to the possibility of a bad actor getting it)
Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were “up-classified” to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent.
The FBI also discovered several thousand work-related e-mails that were not in the group of 30,000 that were returned by Secretary Clinton to State in 2014. We found those additional e-mails in a variety of ways. Some had been deleted over the years and we found traces of them on devices that supported or were connected to the private e-mail domain. Others we found by reviewing the archived government e-mail accounts of people who had been government employees at the same time as Secretary Clinton, including high-ranking officials at other agencies, people with whom a Secretary of State might naturally correspond.
This helped us recover work-related e-mails that were not among the 30,000 produced to State. Still others we recovered from the laborious review of the millions of e-mail fragments dumped into the slack space of the server decommissioned in 2013.
I should add here that we found no evidence that any of the additional work-related e-mails were intentionally deleted in an effort to conceal them. Our assessment is that, like many e-mail users, Secretary Clinton periodically deleted e-mails or e-mails were purged from the system when devices were changed. Because she was not using a government account—or even a commercial account like Gmail—there was no archiving at all of her e-mails, so it is not surprising that we discovered e-mails that were not on Secretary Clinton’s system in 2014, when she produced the 30,000 e-mails to the State Department.
This, in and of itself, IS A CRIME. It was a crime when the Democratic Party Brass went absolutely batshit hissy fits ballistic about Bush Jr. and Cheney doing it. It was a crime when Hillary was a Senator, and it was STILL A CRIME when she was Secretary of State. The Open Records Laws which make it a crime (a 2 year felony) have been in place since the late 1980s.
It could also be that some of the additional work-related e-mails we recovered were among those deleted as “personal” by Secretary Clinton’s lawyers when they reviewed and sorted her e-mails for production in 2014.
The lawyers doing the sorting for Secretary Clinton in 2014 did not individually read the content of all of her e-mails, as we did for those available to us; instead, they relied on header information and used search terms to try to find all work-related e-mails among the reportedly more than 60,000 total e-mails remaining on Secretary Clinton’s personal system in 2014. It is highly likely their search terms missed some work-related e-mails, and that we later found them, for example, in the mailboxes of other officials or in the slack space of a server.
It is also likely that there are other work-related e-mails that they did not produce to State and that we did not find elsewhere, and that are now gone because they deleted all e-mails they did not return to State, and the lawyers cleaned their devices in such a way as to preclude complete forensic recovery.
We have conducted interviews and done technical examination to attempt to understand how that sorting was done by her attorneys. Although we do not have complete visibility because we are not able to fully reconstruct the electronic record of that sorting, we believe our investigation has been sufficient to give us reasonable confidence there was no intentional misconduct in connection with that sorting effort.
And, of course, in addition to our technical work, we interviewed many people, from those involved in setting up and maintaining the various iterations of Secretary Clinton’s personal server, to staff members with whom she corresponded on e-mail, to those involved in the e-mail production to State, and finally, Secretary Clinton herself.
Last, we have done extensive work to understand what indications there might be of compromise by hostile actors in connection with the personal e-mail operation.
That’s what we have done. Now let me tell you what we found:
Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended* to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information.
*”Intent” in violating national security standards for handling InfoSec information has ZERO bearing on whether or not a person will be prosecuted. The rule of law here is that if you release any classified information, especially if that info is labeled Secret or Top Secret, you get prosecuted and are subject to prison regardless of any “intent.”
We’ve literally had sailors go to prison for simply taking pictures with their phone which they didn’t release to anyone; because it MIGHT compromise InfoSec. Intent doesn’t fucking matter in this Domaine of Law. Ever. To claim or imply that intent is an issue in handling of InfoSec material is a flat lie.
For example, seven e-mail chains concern matters that were classified at the Top Secret/Special Access Program level when they were sent and received. These chains involved Secretary Clinton both sending e-mails about those matters and receiving e-mails from others about the same matters. There is evidence to support a conclusion that any reasonable person in Secretary Clinton’s position, or in the position of those government employees with whom she was corresponding about these matters, should have known that an unclassified system was no place for that conversation. In addition to this highly sensitive information, we also found information that was properly classified as Secret by the U.S. Intelligence Community at the time it was discussed on e-mail (that is, excluding the later “up-classified” e-mails).
This ONE issue would literally have put any sailor, soldier, or civilian in prison for a decade… in and of itself. 18 U.S. Code § 798 – Disclosure of classified information
Here’s the particular section she violated in each of those 110 emails and 52 email chains.
None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.
Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information. But even if information is not marked “classified” in an e-mail, participants who know or should know that the subject matter is classified are still obligated to protect it.
While not the focus of our investigation, we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.
With respect to potential computer intrusion by hostile actors, we did not find direct evidence that Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail domain, in its various configurations since 2009, was successfully hacked. But, given the nature of the system and of the actors potentially involved, we assess that we would be unlikely to see such direct evidence. We do assess that hostile actors gained access to the private commercial e-mail accounts of people with whom Secretary Clinton was in regular contact from her personal account. We also assess that Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal e-mail domain was both known by a large number of people and readily apparent. She also used her personal e-mail extensively while outside the United States, including sending and receiving work-related e-mails in the territory of sophisticated adversaries. Given that combination of factors, we assess it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton’s personal e-mail account.
So that’s what we found. Finally, with respect to our recommendation to the Department of Justice:
Here’s where his Shitweasle-Ness becomes apparent…
In our system, the prosecutors make the decisions about whether charges are appropriate based on evidence the FBI has helped collect. Although we don’t normally make public our recommendations to the prosecutors, we frequently make recommendations and engage in productive conversations with prosecutors about what resolution may be appropriate, given the evidence. In this case, given the importance of the matter, I think unusual transparency is in order.
Although there is evidence of potential violations of the statutes regarding the handling of classified information, our judgment is that no reasonable prosecutor would bring such a case. Prosecutors necessarily weigh a number of factors before bringing charges. There are obvious considerations, like the strength of the evidence, especially regarding intent. Responsible decisions also consider the context of a person’s actions, and how similar situations have been handled in the past.
In looking back at our investigations into mishandling or removal of classified information, we cannot find a case that would support bringing criminal charges on these facts. All the cases prosecuted involved some combination of: clearly intentional and willful mishandling of classified information; or vast quantities of materials exposed in such a way as to support an inference of intentional misconduct; or indications of disloyalty to the United States; or efforts to obstruct justice. We do not see those things here.
This is a flat lie as there are dozens of cases where people have been prosecuted for simply having cameras ^which weren’t even used^ in secure areas.
What follows is him exposing his lies to CYA for Hillary. He’s basically saying “Yea, we found lots of crimes here but the laws don’t apply because she’s insanely wealthy and Protected.”
To be clear, this is not to suggest that in similar circumstances, a person who engaged in this activity would face no consequences.
^^To the contrary, those individuals are often subject to security or administrative sanctions.^^ But that is not what we are deciding now.
As a result, although the Department of Justice makes final decisions on matters like this, we are expressing to Justice our view that no charges are appropriate in this case.
I know there will be intense public debate in the wake of this recommendation, as there was throughout this investigation. What I can assure the American people is that this investigation was done competently, honestly, and independently. No outside influence of any kind was brought to bear.
I know there were many opinions expressed by people who were not part of the investigation—including people in government—but none of that mattered to us. Opinions are irrelevant, and they were all uninformed by insight into our investigation, because we did the investigation the right way. Only facts matter, and the FBI found them here in an entirely apolitical and professional way. I couldn’t be prouder to be part of this organization.
That which can be destroyed by Truth should be!
Can a pro-gun American justify their nation’s gun laws to a Brit who believes that a gun-less society is safer?
Certainly. Listen closely.
I assert that a society where citizens can be poor and still have health care, a livable minimum wage, and a lower level of economic inequality is what makes that society safer because far, far, fewer people nut up and go postal in such societies. Guns are 100% orthogonal to that issue. And the flat refusal to deal with THAT real issue is what causes these shootings.
See, the reality here is that guns, or trucks driven into market crowds, or bombs in Chunnels and on busses are not, Not, NOT, ever, what cause people to feel oppressed.
The reality here is the people who do not feel oppressed, folks who feel their society has some modicum of care for them however small, do not ever “just nut up and start shooting.”
To blame that lack of care on an inanimate object or to assert that eliminating an inanimate object will change that lack of care is absolutely foolish, disengenuious, or both. It’s directly equivalent to banning hatchets because Little Lizzie Bordens mom got 40 whacks.
What causes people to feel oppressed are societies where a single medical event involving an ER can completely bankrupt you, despite the fact that you’re forced to pay an insurance mafia company more than your mortgage for “insurance” which covers fuck all.
What causes people to feel oppressed and go postal is when the “progressive” president goes along with the corporatist Republican Brass and murders the pension you paid into for DECADES in order to save one of their bribers a few bucks. The Decline of Unions: President Jimmy Carter, The Union Buster
What causes people to feel so oppressed that they nut up and start randomly shooting others is living in a FUBAR society where if you punch your bully YOU get in trouble for it.
See.. The bald blatant fact is that these things almost never happened when I was a kid, despite having almost 50% of homes owning guns vs the 31% we have now.
That’s right. At 47% of homes owning guns we had 8 to 10 YEARS between events in 1973.
Now at 31% of homes owning guns in 2018, we have these events every 60 days or so.
If the flat lie that guns are causing these events were true, we’d see an increase of homes with guns in line with an increase in frequency of shootings.
Instead we’re seeing the EXACT FUCKING OPPOSITE.
But that’s ok…
Just ignore the Facts and keep screaming Gunz R Bad as the 5 corporations who own 95% of our Orwellian Newspeak media tell you to do and “treat” the infection while completely ignoring the shattered bone end sticking from your thigh.
My point here is simple:
Since prior gun bans have done exactly fuck all to reduce the frequency of these events, perhaps we should follow Einstein and try something different. “The definition of insanity is repeating the same actions and expecting different results each time.”
There is zero valid parallel to be drawn between the US and Australia, Canada, England, or the rest of the EU because y’all have several major, core, differences in how your government treats ordinary Citizens.
- Y’all have nearly free at the point of delivery health care. The US lets the Insurance mafia bankrupt us over a single medical event, even as we pay them a higher vig than our fucking mortgages.
- Y’all have usable mental health care. The US has “Fuck you, die bitches” Some background to the incarceration of the mentally ill in the US prison system Deinstitutionalization – Special Reports
- This “Fuck you, die bitches” attitude is prevalent even in our courts and our law enforcement. New Study Shows Even If Cops Commit a Crime on Video, 96% of the Time they Aren’t Prosecuted
- It’s also evident in the culture of schools where people who are being beaten and bullied mercilessly get punished for resisting that in any direct way. A shocking number of teens bring weapons to school. Here’s one reason why. School shootings are about more than bullying
- Y’all have some form of minimum wage which a person can actually survive on. The US? “Fuck you, die bitches.” 43 states allow tipped employees to be paid less than minimum wage
- More on that issue This Is The Hourly Wage It Takes To Afford A 2-Bedroom Apartment
- European prisons presume that the inmates are going to be returned to society and treats them accordingly. Not so much in the corporate fascist USA: Maggots in food at Ohio Prison
Is it really so terribly surprising that folks are nutting up?
Let’s address these issues, which might actually do something in real life to stop people from nutting up, before we go for the gaslit screams of “Do Something” with bans which have been proven by experience to have less than zero impact on the core problem.
Interesting but unsurprising news here..
I’d shared out a couple of articles which were very, and legitimately, critical of Amazon.
Lo and BEHOLD! As I was going through my notifications yesterday I found something odd and very disturbing.. Apparently Quora has “Vanished” these posts.
There’s two notifications here that “XX Upvoted your share: I Called Out a Counterfeit Item on Amazon and They Banned Me”
Each time I tried to click through I got this “404” notification that Quora “Couldn’t find the page you’re looking for”
Here’s another notification that someone upvoted my share of the article.. Same results.
No Bitches. It’s not that “You can’t find it.” That’s a flat fucking lie.
You “can’t find it” because you fucking DELETED it.
THIS exact corporate fascist shit is why I hate the internet and absolutely refuse to use any cloud storage for anything.. Because it’s completely 100% fungible and information absolutely is being destroyed at the push of a button.
Now the reason I’m flat pissed about this is that I immediately checked my email to see if they thought I’d violated Quora Policy or some such..
Nope. Nada fucking thing in email except their marketing “Your Feed” email. No notice. No “you violated policy.”
Nothing. Just completely and instantly disappeared to somewhere un-findable without single a trace; just like like a Doctors Without Borders “suspect” from Washington during the Obama administration.
The other share which seems to have been subjected to Quora’s version of Bush’s “Extraordinary Rendition” was a shared post of an article talking about Amazon Cloud, their Rekognition API and their deep ties to the Alphabet Agency psychopaths, and how Amazon is selling everything about us, including our faces, to these fascist nut jobs who make that nut job J. Edgar Hoover and his dresses look positively main stream.
My comment in sharing the article was “That’s last dime Amazon or any company owned by them will ever see from my pocket.”
Folks. If you’re not absolutely outraged and scared shitless by this stuff then you’re not paying attention.