Hillary Clinton, who famously risked national security with her use of a private email server to send and receive classified documents, will receive her first classified intelligence briefing on Saturday.
Each major party nominee traditionally receives these briefings so that the potential president is up to date when they take office — but Clinton’s history at the State Department has left many on edge.
Republican nominee Donald Trump received his first briefing, prepared by the Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, last Wednesday in New York.
Top officials in both parties have called on the government to block the other candidate from gaining access to the briefings, but only Clinton has a history that would warrant such a move.
In July, House Speaker Paul Ryan called on Clapper to deny Clinton a briefing on the grounds that it would be in poor taste, as she has a history of “extremely careless” mishandling classified information.
“There is no legal requirement for you to provide Secretary Clinton with classified information,” Ryan wrote in his letter, “and it would send the wrong signal to all those charged with safeguarding our nation’s secrets if you choose to provide her access to this information despite the FBI’s findings.”
Unfortunately, Clapper denied Ryan’s request, asserting that both nominees will receive the briefings despite FBI Director James Comey’s findings.
“Nominees for president and vice president receive these briefings by virtue of their status as candidates, and do not require separate security clearances before the briefings,” Clapper wrote to Ryan. “Briefings for the candidates will be provided on an even-handed non-partisan basis.”
The briefings will be focused on ISIS, Russia, and ironically — cyber security and threats. Perhaps she can inform the intelligence officials that everything will be just fine as long as they remember to wipe their servers “like… with a cloth.”
A slide used during an Army training presentation lists Hillary Clinton as an “insider threat” alongside whistleblowers and mass shooters.
Army Training Slide
The image is a training slide regarding insider threats and the handling of classified information and featured photos of General David Petraeus, Chelsea Manning, Edward Snowden, Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis, and Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Malik.
The slide is titled, “Who is the threat? Insiders,” and listed Hasan, Manning, Snowden, and Alexis together under a bullet point. The next bullet point was titled, “Careless or disgruntled employees” and featured Petraeus and Clinton.
It was posted to a Facebook page called “U.S. Army W.T.F! Moments,” on Sunday, and the Army verified its authenticity to the Washington Examiner. They noted that the slide was developed 18 months ago and was used to teach best practices for maintaining operational security, but stated that it is no longer in use.
“As is common with Army training requirements, the local unit was given latitude to develop their own training products to accomplish the overall training objective. This particular presentation had not been reviewed or approved by the unit’s leadership, and does not reflect the position of the Army,” Maj. Thomas Campbell, a U.S. Army Training and Doctrine Command spokesman told the Examiner.
Clinton’s judgement and character has long been in question since it was revealed that she was using an unsecure private server for classified communications during her tenure at the State Department — putting national security at risk and avoiding open records laws.
On Monday, it was revealed that the FBI has found an additional 14,900 email messages that Clinton never turned over to the government. She had previously claimed that she had turned over all of her work related electronic communications.
As the scandals continue to add up, whether this slide was a joke or not, it doesn’t appear that everyone in the Army is prepared to trust or respect Clinton if she becomes their new Commander in Chief, rightfully.
Officials have announced that the city of Paris has lost over $850 million in tourism revenue since the coordinated attacks by Daesh that left 130 people dead last November.
Last Fall’s attacks were carried out by eight suicide bombers and gunmen who waged war on bars, restaurants and the Bataclan theatre where the band the Eagles of Death Metal were performing. France has continued to suffer at the hand of extremists including an attack in Nice which claimed the lives of 84 people. In July, another attack left a priest dead at a church in Saint-Etienne-du-Rouvray, Normandy.
“It’s time to realise that the tourism sector is going through an industrial disaster. This is no longer the time for communication campaigns but to set up a relief plan,” Frederic Valletoux, the head of the Paris region tourist board said in a statement on Tuesday.
Valletoux also cited protests and floods as contributing factors, but the continuing attacks by extremists appear to be at the forefront of the slump.
In the statement, Valletoux explained that the first half of the year saw the sharpest decline in visitors since 2010. Tourism from Japan, Russia and Italy saw the biggest drop, with their numbers falling by 46%, 35% and 28%, respectively. Visitors from America and China have also shown a decline.
“Hotels are already laying off staff though they’re not saying it. This industry is on its knees and it needs relief measures now. Hoteliers need the weapons to fight back,” Georges Panayotis, head of hotel research firm MKG group, told Reuters.
According to a report from the committee, attendance at the Grand Palais has fallen by over 40% and the Notre Dame cathedral, the Arc de Triomphe and Versailles all lost an average of 20% of their usual tourist numbers.
“The Nice attack derailed our hopes of a recovery. It’s a dramatic situation and there will be job cuts in the sector if things do not get better by the end of the year,” Christian Navet, head of the UMIH-Paris-Ile-de-France hotel federation told Reuters.
The tourism industry provides approximately 7% of the nation’s GDP, with roughly 500,000 working in the industry.
As Hillary Clinton’s health remains a topic of conversation among those concerned about the elderly candidate — a Los Angeles street artist launched a brilliant campaign to point her in the direction of the nearest hospital as she arrives in the city for fundraisers.
Hillary’s Health Street Art Campaign
Signs pointing to nearby hospitals were altered to Clinton’s logo with “Hillary” appearing underneath and the word “ill” highlighted in red.
Clinton is scheduled to visit the city to attend high-dollar fundraisers with celebs such as Jennifer Aniston, Tobey Maguire, and Steven Spielberg.
Wanting a president who is not on death’s door has always been a valid concern — yet the mainstream media has become increasingly desperate to paint anyone who questions her health as sexist.
“So the things that they’re pointing to I don’t think support it and honestly, I think there’s an element of sexism to this,” CNN political analyst Kirsten Powers said on Tuesday’s episode of New Day, referring to questions over the candidate’s health.
“How so?” Alisyn Camerota asked.
“The way they talked about her, the way you watch Drudge posting things about granny and grandma. Well, Donald Trump is a grandpa. So what’s the idea here that somehow because she’s a woman and she’s a grandma and she is frail but he is this robust person who according to his doctor is astonishingly excellent health which is already in itself a kind strange thing for a doctor to be saying. So I think it’s the really low blow attack against her.”
It was not sexist, however, in 2008 when Democrats painted John McCain as a frail old man and demanded his medical records be released.
Hillary’s Health Street Art Campaign
It has been 263 days since the possibly-ailing Clinton has held a press conference. She also has no rallies on her schedule for the next month. This means that anyone who wants to question her health had better be prepared to drop tens of thousands of dollars to attend one of her pricey dinners.
Hillary’s Health Street Art Campaign
Hillary’s Health Street Art Campaign
There have been hints throughout the media and various releases that a second Snowden may be lurking at the NSA. Whether he/she is still employed at the agency is the remaining question.
With the recent leak of NSA (TAO) Tailored Access Operations tools being auctioned on the internet by a group calling itself The Shadow Brokers and Snowden making a cryptic call to action
just mere weeks prior, are we witnessing the beginning of a major operation to expose secret hacking practices and cyber weapon tools used to do so? Is someone trying to highlight how vulnerable software and hardware is to the NSA?
The release of the cyber equivalent of the Kraken was accompanied by a message in broken English and an auction of the tools that the Shadow Brokers group calls “Cyber weapons.”
The hack raises many questions but the obvious is – if it was state sponsored by Russia as the media has insisted, why auction the tools? Additionally if Wikileaks has the tools maybe the auction was a promotional thing and not legitimate.
The existence of a second Snowden-type leaker at the NSA has been hinted at before. Glenn Greenwald of The Intercept, the journalist and original reporter of Snowden’s files, has even said that there is a second Edward Snowden to Snowden himself in the documentary Citizen Four.
In October 2014, the FBI raided the home of the suspected second Snowden, who is presumed to have leaked how the U.S. puts people on suspected terrorist watch-lists, a classified 166-page document that was given to the intercept August 2014.
“So, what this individual did, this whistleblower, was done at great personal risk, but also has had an immediate impact on an issue that affects well over a million people, including many, many American citizens. What it also revealed is that the city of Dearborn, Michigan, population 96,000, which has the largest percentage of Arab Americans per capita and Muslim Americans per capita, is the number two city in the United States—the top five all consist of huge cities—New York City, Chicago, San Diego, Houston—but this small city outside of Detroit, Michigan, is the number two place where the U.S. intelligence community says there are known or suspected terrorists residing. It is abundantly clear that that is—it is religious and ethnic profiling at its core. And the only reason we know that is because of a whistleblower taking great personal risk to reveal this to the American public and to the world,” said Jeremy Scahill in Citizen Four, the Snowden documentary.
Additionally in June, 2015, Wikileaks released a trove of documents on former French president Nicolas Sarkozy and Jacques Chirac’s conversations between 2006 and 2012. The documents also featured conversations by current French president Francois Hollande. This prompted U.S. and European Intelligence officials to open up an investigation into this leak and suspected second Snowden.
Then in December 2015, another leak happened a leak of the NSA’s ANT Catalog, not attributed to Snowden by Wikileaks.
Wikileaks also added in that it’s received the Shadow Brokers release of NSA hacking tools prior and will be releasing them in due time.
So a second or even third or fourth Snowden isn’t out of the question and is highly likely with more and more people becoming tired of doing what they know is wrong more may emerge.
Alternatively these documents might have come from these documented NSA intelligence leakers.
The next piece of this current puzzle leading up to the recent hack of TAO “Equation Group” is a cryptic tweet by Edward Snowden himself saying “It’s time get in contact with me privately through a secure channel.” Accompanied by an equally cryptic tweet of a md5 hash or decryption password.
This tweet may have ultimately triggered someone to act on behalf of Snowden or to act on their own accord inspired by Snowden’s bravery. In either case, it’s a hell of a coincidence that a major hack came out of the NSA after this widely seen twitter statement.
Reuters reporter James Bamford also mentions that when he spoke to Snowden, Snowden wouldn’t answer questions on the ANT catalog, which was 50 pages of documented detailed tools at the NSA.
“In 2014, I spent three days in Moscow with Snowden for a magazine assignment and a PBS documentary. During our on-the-record conversations, he would not talk about the ANT catalog, perhaps not wanting to bring attention to another possible NSA whistleblower.
But going through this archive using a sophisticated digital search tool, I could not find a single reference to the ANT catalog. This confirmed for me that it had likely been released by a second leaker. And if that person could have downloaded and removed the catalog of hacking tools, it’s also likely he or she could have also downloaded and removed the digital tools now being leaked.”
Many dominoes are collapsing in on Hillary Clinton, now judicial watch has released a new email release on Hillary and Human Abedin which reveals the Clinton foundation’s pay to play scheme.
First, the FBI is investigating 15,000 new emails on Hillary Clinton. The existence of the emails proves that Hillary committed perjury when she testified that she had given the FBI all of her emails.
The FBI is also investigating the Clinton Foundation and it’s several lucrative deals to foreign donors in exchange for political favors.
Now, Hillary’s top aide Huma Abedin’s emails have revealed the bribery that took place at the State Department.
Judicial Watch released 20 new Clinton email exchanges that were not turned over to the State Department by Hillary Clinton.
The recent release shows that Huma Abdein served as a conduit between the Clinton Foundation and Hillary’s State Department.
In more than a dozen email exchanges between Abedin and Clinton Foundation top executive Doug Band, Abedin expedited direct access to Clinton for donors who contributed between $25,000 and $10 million to the Clinton Foundation. This system of bribery forced the Crown Prince Salman of Bahrain to go through the Clinton Foundation for an appointment with Hillary Clinton.
Abedin also advised Band that when she went through the “normal channels” at the State department, Clinton declined to meet. After Band intervened, however, the meeting was set up within forty-eight hours.
From: Doug Band
To: Huma Abedin
Sent: Tue Jun 23 1:29:42 2009
Cp of Bahrain in tomorrow to Friday
Asking to see her
Good friend of ours
From: Huma Abedin
To: Doug Band
Sent: Tue Jun 23 4:12:46 2009
He asked to see hrc thurs and fri thru normal channels. I asked and she said she doesn’t want to commit to anything for thurs or fri until she knows how she will feel. Also she says that she may want to go to ny and doesn’t want to be committed to stuff in ny…
From: Huma Abedin [Huma@clintonemail.com]
Sent: Thursday, June 25, 2009 10:35:15 AM
To: Doug Band
Offering Bahrain cp 10 tomorrow for meeting woith [sic] hrc
If u see him, let him know
We have reached out thru official channels
Additional email exchanges where the Clinton Foundation intervened with the state department include the following:
On Friday, June 26, 2009, Clinton confidant Kevin O’Keefe wrote to Clinton saying that “Kevin Conlon is trying to set up a meeting with you and a major client.” Clinton wrote to Abedin, “Can you help deliver these for Kevin?” Abedin responded, “I’ll look into it asap” Kevin O’Keefe donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation. Kevin Conlon is a Clinton presidential campaign “Hillblazer” who has raised more than $100,000 for the candidate.
On Tuesday, June 16, 2009, Ben Ringel wrote to Abedin, “I’m on shuttle w Avigdor Liberman. I called u back yesterday. I want to stop by to see hrc tonite for 10 mins.” Ringel donated between $10,000 and $25,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
On Monday, July 6, 2009, Maureen White wrote to Abedin, “I am going to be in DC on Thursday. Would she have any time to spare?” Abedin responded, “Yes I’ll make it work.” White donated $75,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
In June 2009, prominent St. Louis political power broker Joyce Aboussie exchanged a series of insistent emails with Abedin concerning Aboussie’s efforts to set up a meeting between Clinton and Peabody Energy VP Cartan Sumner. Aboussie wrote, “Huma, I need your help now to intervene please. We need this meeting with Secretary Clinton, who has been there now for nearly six months. This is, by the way, my first request. I really would appreciate your help on this. It should go without saying that the Peabody folks came to Dick [Gephardt] and I because of our relationship with the Clinton’s.” After further notes from Aboussie, Abedin responded, “We are working on it and I hope we can make something work… we have to work through the beauracracy [sic] here.” Aboussie donated between $100,000 and $250,000 to the Clinton Foundation.
On Saturday, May 16, 2009, mobile communications executive and political activist Jill Iscol wrote to Clinton, “Please advise to whom I should forward Jacqueline Novogratz’s request [for a meeting with the secretary of state]. I know you know her, but honestly, she is so far ahead of the curve and brilliant I believe she could be enormously helpful to your work.” Clinton subsequently sent an email to Abedin saying, “Pls print.” Jill and husband Ken Iscol donated between $500,000 and $1 million to the Clinton Foundation. Clinton subsequently appointed Novogratz to the State Department’s Foreign Affairs Policy Board.
This release shows that Hillary Clinton only met with foreign leaders once there was money in her pocket. This is bribery, this is unethical and this is criminal beyond a shadow of a doubt.
In addition to the email exchanges between Abedin and Douglas Band, newly released emails show a memorandum sent to Cheryl Mills from State Department White House liaison Laura Pena revealing that Rajiv Fernando, who donated $1 million to the Clinton Foundation and was appointed to the International Security Advisory Board without any experience, was fingered for the appointment as far back as June 2009.
“These new emails confirm that Hillary Clinton abused her office by selling favors to Clinton Foundation donors There needs to be a serious, independent investigation to determine whether Clinton and others broke the law.”
~Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton said.