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posted by janrinok on Wednesday March 04 2015, @12:07PM   Printer-friendly
from the one-rule-for-them dept.

The NY Times reports that Hillary Rodham Clinton exclusively used a personal email account to conduct government business as secretary of state, according to State Department officials. She may have violated federal requirements that officials' correspondence be retained as part of the agency's record.

Clinton did not have a government email address during her four-year tenure at the State Department. Her aides took no actions to have her personal emails preserved on department servers at the time, as required by the Federal Records Act. "It is very difficult to conceive of a scenario — short of nuclear winter — where an agency would be justified in allowing its cabinet-level head officer to solely use a private email communications channel for the conduct of government business," said attorney Jason R. Baron. A spokesman for Clinton defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the "letter and spirit of the rules."

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  • (Score: 4, Insightful) by infodragon on Wednesday March 04 2015, @04:26PM

    by infodragon (3509) on Wednesday March 04 2015, @04:26PM (#153109)

    Replying to myself here...

    The more I think of this the more intrigued and suspicious I get...

    What does running her OWN server give her...

    1. Legal protection.
    2. Notice if the NSA/CIA/.../ subpoena her records. If it's uber secret subponea then she KNOWS!
    3. Control (most politicians love to control everything)
    3a. control who gets what
    3b. control a data loss accident. "Ooops we didn't get a chance to back that up, we missed a few days"
    3c. control/power over others. I control who sees this so we can talk more openly...
    3d. control over managing the email process... I did send you that email at this time... it got stuck in the interwebs... sorry for that...
    3e. plausible deniability. This is a politicians favorite thing, other than votes. "I don't recall"
    3f. ability to modify the record. If there is a very sensitive discussion in which the counter-party is exposed then the record can be altered and the counter-party would be in a worse position.
    3g. ability to alter headers showing false trails. Either to hide or implicate....

    If the record is altered and the counter-party does try to prove it, then it becomes he-said-she-said which is a political dream. More attention on me and I'm looking better because I put on "digital makeup"

    I'm not accusing anyone of doing any of these things. However not having this level of control over the public record is the reason why there are government email servers! When someone goes to the extraordinary effort to avoid centralized and "transparent" operations then without other compelling information we the population must consider that these are possibilities and DIG to ensure they did not happen. The secretary of state can cause immeasurable harm and must be held to measurable standards!

    Don't settle for shampoo, demand real poo!
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