As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

89 Responses to Open Thread || Saturday, January 30, 2016

  1. More than 10,000 comments on the Hillary story in the Post this AM! (Around 3K is the usual or even way fewer.) This has to be a record–maybe people do care. Some were of the “Neener, hope you love her as president” variety, but it seemed to me (without reading all) that many were condemning her.

  2. And this little twist on Hillary’s email saga, lest we forget:

    “Earnest: Obama, Hillary corresponded via her personal email”

    http://www.politico.com/story/2015/03/obama-hillary-clinton-personal-email-115899

    So the President of the United States and the Secretary of State emailed each other via a personal, unsecured email system. When I was trained in intelligence procedures, processes and practices, we were taught that ANY little piece of unsecured communication could solve a big puzzle existing in the enemies’ classified information stream. When you can do that, you go, “AHA! So that’s what this meeting/person/situation is all about.” It’s perfectly obvious that this is the case. It doesn’t matter if the topic discussed in the email is how delicious pumpkin pie tastes or who’s attending an upcoming meeting. One little piece of seemingly insignificant information can help the analyst place the puzzle pieces in precisely the right place. Fundamental stuff. Intelligence 101.

    So, as has been said recently by many, many experts, there’s little doubt the Iranians, Russians, Chinese and who knows who else, intercepted these Obama/Hillary unsecured emails. Oh, oh. Just think of all the little puzzle pieces they acquired while the did this. Just think of how much highly classified information they acquired from this unsecured email server.

    So now we hear Obama declaring recently, “Nah, she didn’t do anything really wrong.” In other words, there’s really nothing to see here, “And I, Obama, have done nothing to jeopardize the security of the United States by using this unsecured email system.”

    Oh, yes, there is and yes, you did, Barry..

      • One time, one of our people accidentally went home with a classified document in his pocket. It wasn’t even Top Secret, only Confidential. The next day he came to work, placed the document in the right place, and told the Section Chief what he had done. Within 24 hours he had permanently lost his clearance, given an Article 15 and sent to work in Supply. That’s how serious they took the situation.

        • We had to maintain a certain grade level in tech school.
          85% or better on all tests.
          Very few washed out, but if you did they would train you to be an SP.
          They spend a lot of money on clearances.

          • Ther sure did spend a lot. Mine took about a year of background checking. My tech school was a year long, so about the time I graduated, I finally got the clearance. I eventually talked to some of the people the FBI interviewed. They wanted to know who my friends were, did I ever say anything against the US, what was I like in high school, did I drink, who did I date, did I own a car, was I a safe driver, was I popular in high school, did I ever act weird, etc. It’s a miracle I ever got a clearance. ;+}

          • In the sixties (1960s not age), the FBI used to poke around clearing people. They interviewed me once about a friend and I said, “She would be a good govt employee, but why would anyone want to work for the government?” I think they switched to me at that point. Another friend got a questionnaire that read: Have you ever advocated the overthrow of the government by sedition or violence? He wrote–sedition. Ah–good times.

          • My Mom and Dad told me that government officials canvassed the neighborhood asking questions pertaining to me.
            I had a secret clearance while in tech school.
            Once out, I had to wait for my TS clearance to come through.
            In the mean time I served on the Honor Guard.

            When the TS came through, they sent me to Syracuse, NY, Hancock Field.
            Spent 18 months there, then overseas to the Philippines.

          • Ahh. Hancock Field. When the USAF sent me to Syracuse U in the AECP program, we used to have to go up to Hancock to “sign in” every single week. We’d (three of us in the program) wander into the office with beards and scruffy hair and they’d ask us if we were really in the Air Force. ;+} We’d say, yep, believe it or not. Good times.

          • To Marcus.
            There were two sides to the comm center at Hancock.
            One Air Force and one Navy.
            I got to see the Northeast from Maine to Pennsylvania.
            The remote sites looked like a golf ball sitting on a cup.
            Underneath the golf ball was a rotating radar dish.
            If the equipment failed, we were sent out to replace it.

            We were supporting NORAD communications.

    • Some time ago someone said some emails were just invitations to meetings–well, wouldn’t evil doers want to know who was looped into what and when they would be in one room?

      • Exactly right, Star. For awhile (don’t know about now), the Cubans, trained by the Soviets, were the best in the business, and of course they were in a great geographic location to sneak into/snoop on the US. And their ability to slither into the US, via Mexico, with its open or loose borders, et al, was unmatched.

        • I used to walk by the Soviet embassy on 17th Street everyday-just a wrought iron fence, limos in front–but it seemed kinda sinister in those days…Guys in bad suits coming in and out. They later were moving it to Woodley Park out of midtown, but it took ages to build and there was some dustup over listening devices, I forget the details. Very LaCarre.

          • Yep. I know the building very well. Creepy looking mansion type place. The FBI nested themselves in the building right across the street and photographed every single person who entered and exited the Embassy. The new Russian embassy is on Wisconsin Avenue Northwest, as I remember. Pretty modern looking joint, compared to the old one.

          • Meant to mention—the dust up was over the tunnel the NSA and the FBI were secretly construcing under the new Russian Embassy–to install listening devices, etc. FBI agent/traitor Robert Hanssen blew the whistle to the KBG,and that was the end of that little caper.

    • Marcus, thanks for bringing up this subject. I have never held a job like yourself, AFVet, and Star that I had to be screened. However through reading History, and just reading books in general, and movies through the years, I knew there was this type of screening. As well as punishment if the rules were not followed.

  3. It’s harder to get on Keith’s blog these days, my server freezes up. When I do, my comment replies are super skinny. I really hate that.

    I love Keith, and I really hate to whine, but I’m not here as often as I’d like to be these days. Though so glad I run into most of you on other blogs,haven’t checked on Lifezette in awhile, no comment section yet? If so let me know!

  4. Sounds like we had the same or similar experiences around the same time.

    One good thing. Embassy and other receptions. For a graduate student and entry level worker — free and good food.:)

    BTW, I don’t see how the Hillary thing goes anywhere as she and Obama traded emails and as I said earlier, he was her direct report. Push comes to shove, he knew.

    Who knows what these two corrupt, criminal evil people have agreed to that allowed them to do such damage to this country and our security.

  5. Have enjoyed reading the comments this Saturday.
    Had no idea that so many have such stellar occupational histories! I am impressed and I truly mean that.
    Gracepc says she is sure Holder was involved in this email escapade.
    IMHO, there is not a living soul in Washington DC government that does not have the stink of corruption…in one way or another. And you can’t wash that smell away.
    I’m just an old country girl, so the talk of embassy events sounds interesting and romantic to me.
    I did go to the UN Bldg. once. A creepy, creepy place.
    And O/T, today was my only brother’s birthday. He is fighting stage 4 cancer. I am praying and asking God to cure him. I believe God certainly can if He wants to. Anyone inclined to agree in this prayer is welcome and I thank you.

  6. Interesting how Fox News moderators directed the debate to essentially make Cruz look bad. Before the debate, Cruz was rising in polls. “The Establishment” needs an even spread of candidate performance to “leave them no choice” but to do the brokered convention so they can kick Trump out. Next they will hit Rubio.

    • Pretty much agree convention will be brokered and that Rubio will be the GOPe candidate. Enter the era of the Ryan/Rubio fancy boys who will do us in with their agenda of surrender to the Socialist Demokrats.

      • I think Rubio is the fair haired child with the establishment…and maybe the media.
        I am attempting to analyze each candidate based on their stance on certain issues and their historical actions – and not on their personality.
        (However I confess that I am amazed that a 74 year old socialist is a contender!)
        Seems to me that the media wants to control this election using personality as the basis of individual choice. The same ploy that elected BHO.
        We have to listen carefully, watch closely and “be wise as serpents.”

          • Haha, me too! I know people who remain staunch supporters of HRC. At least once per day, I say to myself, “What is wrong with people?”
            Die hard Dems vote for whomever they believe will help them personally in some way, I suppose. But why on earth would anyone want more government involvement in their life? I do not understand that.

          • In response to Aileen, choosing a candidate that helps them personally in some way… That is exactly what my sister did when she voted for Clinton. She claimed a vote for slick willy would give her the best chance at a lower interest rate as she was getting ready to buy her first home. My USMC dad just about disowned her. They rarely talk to this day.