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posted by martyb on Monday March 30 2015, @09:27AM   Printer-friendly
from the of-course-there-are-no-backups dept.

Anyone who follows American politics will have heard of Hillary Clinton's email server. Rather than using an official State Department address, she chose to use a private server for her official email. Federal law requires all official email to be archived on government servers. Armchair lawyers have pointed out that it doesn't require the use of government servers to send and receive the email, but the archival requirement is clear. This requirement was clearly violated in this case: in response to a subpoena, Hillary Clinton's private staff extracted emails from her private server and turned them over to the government. The contents of the server itself were never made available to the government, and now she has had the server erased:

Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday.

“While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.

As Popehat tweeted:

I ask you, who among us hasn't wiped a server clean after its contents were requested by subpoena?

I naively wonder why she isn't in jail, but that's just me. Comments and views from those interested in American politics?

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  • (Score: 5, Interesting) by tonyPick on Monday March 30 2015, @01:04PM

    by tonyPick (1237) on Monday March 30 2015, @01:04PM (#164208) Homepage Journal

    Sums up my general cynicism towards the partisan wrangling on this topic []

    "Let me see if I understand—you're not that bothered by torture, but are horrified by the practice of keeping email on the wrong server."

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  • (Score: 3, Touché) by TheRaven on Monday March 30 2015, @01:34PM

    by TheRaven (270) on Monday March 30 2015, @01:34PM (#164219) Journal
    How do you expect to find out about the torture if it's acceptable to delete the paper trail?
    sudo mod me up
  • (Score: 2, Interesting) by Mr. Slippery on Monday March 30 2015, @02:14PM

    by Mr. Slippery (2812) on Monday March 30 2015, @02:14PM (#164241) Homepage
    I'm very bothered by torture. Assassination too. Most of both the top people in both the Bush and Obama administrations should be in jail over it, but The System has decided that these are not really crimes. So we're left with trying to hold them accountable for minor crimes. It's the Al Capone tax evasion model.
    • (Score: 2) by Phoenix666 on Monday March 30 2015, @09:35PM

      by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 30 2015, @09:35PM (#164499) Journal

      Me too. Torture and assassination are crimes against humanity. The current government of the United States has granted themselves license to violate any law, any standard of human behavior. That license has, however, not been granted them by the people of the United States. I, for one, hold them accountable. If I have the opportunity, I will bring the guilty to justice. Nazis were hanged for the same; those in the United States deserve no less.

      Cheney, Bush, Clinton, and Obama and all those who follow their orders deserve the gallows. Period.

      The Age of Lawlessness these people represent must end. Period.

      Washington DC delenda est.