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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 Phoenix666 on Monday March 30 2015, @03:09PM

    by Phoenix666 (552) on Monday March 30 2015, @03:09PM (#164288) Journal

    Yep. It has nothing to do with political party and everything to do with being a part of the ruling class.

    Ding, ding, ding! You're a winner. You've hit the nail on the head exactly. Growing up in the West of the US, I had the same image of government and power in the US as everyone else in the rest of the world. I thought that Republican vs. Democrat were real distinctions, and that democracy was a real contest of ideas that was won through successful debate. Then I moved to NYC and walked with the wealthy and powerful, listened in on their private salons, and gained access to their inner sanctums. After the initial shock of, "Holy crap! I'm sitting in a meeting with a former President of the United States and one of the wealthiest men in the world!" wore off (about 4 minutes), I realized that the joke was on all the rest of us in the human race.

    First, forget all the Left vs. Right stuff, it's a sham. They're all in bed with one another. Their private piques and prejudices ("So-and-so didn't invite me to her Spring Tea!") matter far more to them than the petty, mundane concerns of ours (ie, they voted to starve 10,000 poor children in W. Virginia to death).

    Second, they will never, ever stop unless brought to a definitive end point like a guillotine. They're always working their networks and connections to get special consideration or treatment. That is their currency, and the only thing that matters to them.

    Third, though bestowed with low cunning, they are fundamentally stupid, stupid human beings. They have no intelligence or skill or technical knowledge or ability to do anything meaningful, really. If confronted by determined forces who do possess those qualities, they will melt like snow in the summer sunshine.

    Washington DC delenda est.
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  • (Score: 0) by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 30 2015, @06:55PM

    by Anonymous Coward on Monday March 30 2015, @06:55PM (#164423)

    First, forget all the Left vs. Right stuff, it's a sham. They're all in bed with one another.

    I would say that its just like "professional wrestling" but lots of people think that's real too, so it wouldn't really help much.