June 30, 2016

Boy, Were We Wrong!

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 2:00 pm

Lynch copyIn our OpenCdA posts on November 18, 2014, and December 5, 2014, we expressed our unqualified support for the US Senate to quickly confirm President Obama’s nominee, Loretta Lynch, to be the new United States Attorney General.  Our support was based on her responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee and Lynch’s performance as a straight-up US Attorney in the Eastern District of New York.

But then yesterday in a television news report from ABC15 News Arizona in Phoenix, we first learned that Attorney General Lynch and former President Bill Clinton met privately for 15 to 30 minutes on her airplane at Phoenix Sky Harbor Airport.  A few more details about the meeting were in today’s online Washington Post story headlined Attorney general meets with former president Clinton amid politically charged investigation into his wife’s email.

Both Lynch and Clinton denied that anything in their conversation was inappropriate.

Maybe, but we know that Lynch is obviously an experienced federal prosecuting attorney, and Clinton was at one time a practicing attorney.  Without any doubt, both Lynch and Clinton knew any private meeting between them would create an appearance of impropriety and be a very serious breach of legal ethics and professional conduct.  Conceivably, in Clinton’s case, his conduct could rise to the level of obstruction of justice.

OpenCdA would like to believe that AG Loretta Lynch was blindsided, that neither she nor her staff had agreed in advance to meet with Clinton.  Former president Clinton is a proven liar, so we do not believe his version of this story, that he just happened to be at Sky Harbor at the same time Lynch was and that he spontaneously decided to meet with her.

Unless there had been prior coordination of such a meeting, Lynch’s security detail should have stopped Clinton at the bottom of the stairs to her aircraft.  Clinton should never have been allowed to board her aircraft.  Lynch should have instructed her staff to politely but firmly decline to allow Clinton on board to meet with her and remind him of how such a meeting would appear.   It was the AG staff’s job to politely but firmly deliver that message to Clinton.  Once the AG’s staff had informed Clinton that the AG would not meet personally with him, it became the duty of the FBI SAs on her security detail to prevent his unauthorized boarding of her aircraft, physically if necessary.

AG Loretta Lynch had the duty, the authority, and the “muscle” to prevent former president Clinton from being in a position to  compromise her objectivity and integrity in making a charging decision about Hillary Clinton.  She failed.

Lynch’s failure of duty taints any decision she might be asked to make about Hillary Clinton’s alleged criminal conduct.

OpenCdA believed that after the fetid stench of Eric Holder, Loretta Lynch would be an ethical and professional breath of fresh air at the top of the US Department of Justice.

Boy, were we wrong!

June 14, 2016

She Hopes…

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 7:30 pm

Clinton 100OpacityThe Hill article titled Russian hackers stole DNC’s research on Trump reveals that, “Two separate Russian government hacking groups that did not appear to be working together infiltrated the DNC’s systems.”  “… hackers also targeted the campaigns of Trump, the presumptive GOP presidential nominee; and Hillary Clinton, the presumptive Democratic nominee; as well as several GOP political action committees.”

But according to the Associated Press article titled Russian hackers breached Democratic Party’s computers, “Clinton’s use of a private email server while secretary of state raised questions of how well her personal system was protected from intrusions; her campaign has said there’s no evidence it was breached.” [emphasis ours]

Unquestionably the Clinton private email server was targeted.   Unquestionably Clinton ordered that some and maybe all its content was erased; better yet from her viewpoint if it had been securely wiped.

Clinton is not stupid.  It seems reasonable that her effort to delete information on the server was to have also hidden  any evidence of a hostile breach as well.  The absence of evidence of hostile penetration bolsters her case which first professed there was no classified information on the server.  Evidence of hostile penetration increases the likelihood that valuable intelligence had been gleaned from her email traffic.

It is a fallacy that only classified information has value.  Open-source information, unclassified information, that reveals thought processes, personal weaknesses, chronic illnesses, behavioral disorders, medications, and personal desires and failures can often be of as much value as information with seemingly stratospheric classifications and compartments.

Some of our earlier posts on the Clinton email server issue explained the importance of the damage assessment being conducted by the Intelligence Community.

As much as Hillary Clinton hopes that little or none of the classified and compartmented information on her unlawful private email server will be retrieved by the Intelligence Community investigators, she also hopes that any evidence of outside penetration by other nations’ intelligence services will have been obliterated by her actions.  That’s part of the plan to conceal the damage her illegal use of the private email server has done to national security.  She hopes …

June 1, 2016

And In a Related Matter …

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 4:54 pm

Clinton 100OpacityIn a report headlined Survey:  More than half of corporate CEOs prefer Clinton over Trump, The Hill website is reporting “More than half of Fortune 500 CEOs [who responded to the survey] say they would prefer Hillary Clinton to win the White House instead of Donald Trump.”

And in a related matter, a note left scribbled on the wall of a McEuen Park porta-potty by an occasionally sober source informed OpenCdA that acting on a recommendation from the Clinton Foundation, Hillary Clinton has engaged the services of the often used but rarely mentioned Cayman Islands consulting firm of Bakhshesh, Baksheesh, Mordida, and Hùi Lù.   Apparently the State Department Inspector General’s report about Hillary Clinton’s email server has renewed the candidate’s concern about her criminal liability.  B-B-M & H has been retained to act as Clinton’s negotiator with the US Department of Justice.

April 5, 2016

‘… left the office with a briefcase full of reports…’

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 7:05 am

Clinton 100OpacityHistorical perspective can be very educational.

The British Broadcasting Company has recently found a film of British spy Harold “Kim” Philby giving a how-to class to the East German Ministry for State Security (MfS or StaSi). after his defection to the Soviet Union.  The linked film excerpt lasts about 3-1/2 minutes and is worth watching and hearing.

The newly-found film is noteworthy not for any clever spy tradecraft it reveals but how easily Philby “…got away with treachery…” because he had been “… born into the British upper class.”  Exposing someone of his social and political prominence would have caused a scandal in Britain.

Philby reveals how at night before he left work, he simply crammed his briefcase full of secret material, left the building, delivered the material to his case officer/handler who then photographed it.  The next morning, Philby retrieved the secrets from his case officer/handler and returned them to the office with no one the wiser.

If Philby were to be resurrected and reactivated today, his briefcase might conveniently be replaced by a private email server.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” (George Santayana, The Life of Reason, Volume 1, 1905)

March 26, 2016

Lesson Learned?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 6:50 am

Clinton 100OpacityWhat’s the lesson here?

August 2013 – US Army Private First Class Bradley [now Chelsea] Manning convicted and sentenced to 35 years in federal prison for leaking hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks.

March 2016 – US Navy Captain Daniel Dusek convicted and sentenced to 46 months in federal prison “… for selling military secrets to an Asian defense contractor in exchange for prostitutes, stays at luxury hotel and other favors.”

March 2015 – US Army General and former CIA Director David Patraeus accepts a plea bargain and receives no jail time for leaking classified and codeword documents to his biographer – girl friend in return for sex.

January 20, 2017 – Former First Lady and Secretary of State Hillary Clinton inaugurated as 45th President of the United States after voters ignore her successful efforts to solicit millions of dollars in foreign financial contributions and her placement of classified and compartmented national security information on her illegal private email server where it could be accessed by foreign intelligence services and terrorist organizations.

March 13, 2016

Wild Guess – Not an OpenCdA Reader

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 11:57 am

Clinton 100Opacity“Eric, with the Hillary campaign” just called to ask if we were going to participate in the Democratic caucus on March 22.

We’re going to take a wild guess here.

We suspect Eric has not been reading our OpenCdA posts about Hillary Clinton.  More likely Eric and the gang are calling Idaho’s unaffiliated registered voters to solicit participation in the caucus.

We also suspect Eric did not pass along our heartfelt “nǐ hǎo” to Mrs. Clinton, either.


February 14, 2016

Beyond the Hyperventilation

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , , — Bill @ 1:10 pm

Clinton 100OpacityThe views and skews media blatherskites are hyperventilating at the suggestion the US Department of Justice might indict former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton for mishandling of national security information or influence peddling.  “How would that affect her presidential campaign?” they worry.

OpenCdA doesn’t know if she will be indicted.

Our uncertainty has nothing to do with US Attorney General Loretta Lynch’s political loyalties or with President Obama’s prejudicial comments made during his 60 Minutes television interview on October 11, 2015.

Prosecutors from the US Attorney General down the prosecutorial food chain to the most incompetent and politically comprimised county prosecutors in Idaho are given great latitude to decide which cases will be prosecuted and which ones will be declined for good reasons, bad reasons, politically expedient reasons, or no reason at all.

Our concern is that when Hillary Clinton used unsecured email systems and her own private server to exchange and store national security information, she knowingly and wilfully exposed that information to exploitation by all enemies foreign and domestic who will use that information harm to our nation.

That damage has been done.  It will not be corrected even by criminal prosecution, conviction, and lifetime incarceration for Hillary Clinton.

If there is any value in criminally prosecuting and convicting Hillary Clinton, it is in ensuring she would never again be in any position of public trust and never again have access to national security information.   It is in ensuring she would never again be able to barter information which, in the wrong hands, places at grave risk the lives of American citizens and foreign nationals working on our behalf. (more…)

November 3, 2015

That FARA Way Look

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 11:52 am

MSS-China-CRIThe US Department of Justice and the Federal Communications Commission are looking at California businessman James Su’s company, G&E Studio Inc. to determine if the company is violating the Foreign Agent Registration Act (FARA).

Su’s company is in West Covina, CA, just east of Los Angeles.  Federal law prohibits foreign governments or their representatives from holding a station license for a U.S. broadcast station.   Su’s company does not own any radio stations, however it leases two 50,000 watt “blowtorch” stations, one that blankets the Washington, DC, area from suburban Virginia and one in Philadelphia.   Additionally, his company provides nearly all the program content to stations in Los Angeles, New York, San Francisco, Houston, Boston, Atlanta, Portland, Las Vegas, Dallas/TJ, northern California, and Hawaii.  The program content is produced in his West Covina studio and by China Radio International, the Chi-Com state run radio system.

Su and his company are being scrutinized by DoJ because the FARA requires that anyone inside the US seeking to influence American policy or public opinion on behalf of a foreign government or group must register with the US DoJ as a foreign agent.  Neither Su nor his companies are registered as Chi-Com agents.  Su contends he is not violating US law because his and the CRI programs are run on radio stations his company leases but does not own.

For a very detailed examination of CRI’s operations, see the Reuters November 2, 2015, article headlined Exposed — China’s covert global radio network airs China-friendly news across Washington, and the world.

October 19, 2015

China Cheats – Is It Clearer Now?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 6:35 am

Clinton 100OpacityToday’s Washington Post is reporting that according to a private security company report, the People’s Republic of China (Chicom) continued to “… penetrate the networks of U.S. companies to steal their secrets despite a pledge by China’s president that they would not do so …”.

According to the Crowd Strike timeline, in the 24 days since Chicom President Xi Jinping promised US President Barack Obama that the Chicoms would cease trying to hack into US computer networks to steal secrets, there have been numerous attempts on nine days to hack into US technology sector networks and numerous attempts on two days to hack into US pharmaceutical sector networks.  And those are just the efforts that have been detected.

According to this report in The Hill today, the Chicom government-sponsored group Deep Panda has been responsible for these most recent hacks.  The Hill article also states, “Deep Panda has also been tied to cyberattacks on U.S. foreign policy think tanks and individuals who are experts on the Middle East.”

So if a Chicom government-supported hacking group is going after US foreign policy think tanks and individuals who are experts on the Middle East, OpenCdA wonders if that same group might not have been put some effort in hacking the private email server of then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton which was found to contain sensitive national security information?  Gee, ya think?

We hope our series of posts has made the picture clearer.

September 25, 2015

More China Money?

Filed under: Probable Cause — Tags: , — Bill @ 3:37 pm

Clinton85OpacityOn Thursday, September 24, 2015,  ABC News reported that, “The FBI has arrested a politically prominent Chinese millionaire [Ng Lap Seng], the alleged secret source of foreign money in a campaign finance scandal during the Clinton administration, on charges he lied about why he brought more than $4.5 million in cash into the United States over the last two years.”

Our August 13, 2015, OpenCdA post entitled The Clinton Family Trie (Huang , Hsia, and Riady, Too) reminded readers of the connection between the Clintons and  Yah Lin “Charlie” Trie, a major fundraiser and long-time close friend of the President, who accepted a plea agreement in return for telling how he had routed illegal donations from the PRC to the Clinton Presidential Campaign.  The ABC news story makes the connection between Trie and Ng.

Here is a link to the the federal criminal complaint.

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