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September 15, 2016

Medical Intelligence

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: — Bill @ 12:39 pm

medintelSince Democrat presidential nominee Hillary Clinton started coughing and recently appeared to collapse as she was approaching her van, the Trump campaign and the public, including many in the skews media, have been calling for  to release her medical records.  Naturally, the Clinton campaign wants to see Trump’s medical records as well.

“The voters are entitled to know about the health of the next President of the United States!” the bombasters of radio and television infotainment, skews, and political spin have decreed.

But there are other considerations arguing for confidentiality.  National security is at the top of the list.

It shouldn’t shock anyone to learn that the intelligence services of the world spend a great deal of time and money trying to gather medical intelligence about world leaders in government, military, and business.  They are also intensely interested in the emotional and psychological makeup of their adversaries.

The physical health of an individual influences his or her ability to comprehend information and make decisions.   From an intelligence perspective, knowledge of a leader’s physical and mental conditions adds to the information an adversary needs to influence an opponent’s decisions whether in diplomacy or warfare.

Would Nikita Khrushchev’s urinalysis results have been helpful to the CIA to aid President Eisenhower in dealing with the shootdown of our U-2 spy plane?

If the President was wearing a wireless Holter monitor to track an irregular heartbeat, would it be helpful to an adversary to know what that monitor indicated?

Or if the President was hospitalized with a traumatic injury, would the bandages, containers, and instruments bearing the President’s bodily fluids yield DNA results of intelligence value?  What about laboratory tissue samples?

Would detailed and accurate knowledge of the President’s ailments and medications be useful to another government whose leader might be interested in disabling but not killing the President to cause the 25th Amendment to be invoked?

OpenCdA does not agree with those who demand that all presidential candidates must release medical information.   The information may salve our curiosity, but that same information in the wrong hands will have serious adverse consequences in both diplomacy and warfare.

The medical conditions of the next President of the United States are indisputably a national security issue.

5 Comments

  1. I agree, releasing medical records to the general public is pointless. There are too many variables. Ben Carson was actually calling for the specialized MRI of Hillary’s brain. She could croak at any time if she is ripe with a cerebral venous sinus thrombosis and her coagulation studies go bad or whatever. It is anyone’s guess, certainly not mine, I am no doctor, but Ben Carson is a neurosurgeon. It may be a fragile release of medical records for the “day” and too much for anyone to comprehend. Nonetheless, I really do not care if Hillary or Donald have c-diff or not (a test for infected waste or diarrhea). But, she might have it and maybe that is why she had to leave the 911 ceremony. But there was no such test disclosed and I wonder why? She was taking antibiotics for her pneumonia, so I believe as a general public examiner of medical records, they failed to disclose other tests, because the underlying cause was merely the urge to get out of dodge and hit her Daughter’s home ASAP — I am sure you get my point… but we really do not know. Additionally, as a general public we are no more qualified to interpret medical releases/records or examine 1200 pages of Trump’s tax returns which might also be a national security issue, too. 🙂 Disclaimer: Hillary’s medical release to the public, I have read, and this is my professional general layperson opinion. 🙂

    Comment by Stebbijo — September 15, 2016 @ 2:59 pm

  2. Stebbijo,

    I agree. When it comes to candidates’ and nominees’ medical records, I say “So what?” At what point will a candidate or nominee likely be disqualified because of a medical condition? Only at the point that the ME signs off on the death certificate or the candidate’s or nominee’s political party invokes its own party’s rules and removes the candidate or nominee according to those rules. Until then, the meaning and significance of ailments and meds is speculative. We have the 25th Amendment that provides for the orderly replacement of a President who has been killed or disabled. I do not want the President’s medical information in the hands of another government.

    Comment by Bill — September 15, 2016 @ 3:31 pm

  3. Well, thank goodness it was not a France’s Yohann Diniz episode! She did not go to the hospital for a reason. 😉

    Comment by Stebbijo — September 15, 2016 @ 4:03 pm

  4. Speaking of Hillary — and she appears to be getting in deeper. What do you think of the latest developments of James Comey’s affiliation with his brother and law who works for the Clinton Foundation and the Lockheed connection along with his apparent rise as FBI Director? That connection alone was enough for him to allow a special prosecutor. This reminds of like connections within our own state judiciary. I watched a great deal of the hearing on the Oversight of the Federal Bureau of Investigation and it appears that he may be starting to gasp for air. This “exception” that James Comey made does not fit the usual standards for prosecution along with his ability to grant immunity to so many people and back peddle on those who perjured themselves. He cannot even remember what he did or said.

    Comment by Stebbijo — September 29, 2016 @ 12:18 pm

  5. Stebbijo,

    The public has sufficient evidence to reasonably conclude that the US Department of Justice has been compromised and politicized from its very top down. Just because many are attorneys doesn’t mean they’re honest or ethical or courageous. Some are, but many are little more than mediocre attorneys with little drive who have risen to their highest level of incompetence and are happy to bask in their complacency until they retire.

    For the life of me, I can’t figure out why Comey is doing what he’s doing and not doing what he should be doing. However, in her Wall Street Journal article headlined Jim Comey’s Blind Eye, Kimberley Strassel comes pretty close. I still hold out a glimmer of hope that Comey and the Feebs sacrificed the Clinton email server case in order to reduce or eliminate the availability of graymail to the defense if Bill, Hillary, and Chelsea are indicted for crimes involving the Clinton Foundation.

    Comment by Bill — September 29, 2016 @ 7:41 pm

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