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Hillary Clinton violated federal law, exclusively used secret email account as Secretary of State

Hillary Clinton certainly isn’t the first Obama administration official to use a secret email account in order to circumnavigate the Federal Records Act, but she’s certainly the highest profile cabinet member to get caught. 

from New York Times:

Mrs. 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 was only two months ago, in response to a new State Department effort to comply with federal record-keeping practices, that Mrs. Clinton’s advisers reviewed tens of thousands of pages of her personal emails and decided which ones to turn over to the State Department. All told, 55,000 pages of emails were given to the department. Mrs. Clinton stepped down from the secretary’s post in early 2013.

Her expansive use of the private account was alarming to current and former National Archives and Records Administration officials and government watchdogs, who called it a serious breach.

“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 Jason R. Baron, a lawyer at Drinker Biddle & Reath who is a former director of litigation at the National Archives and Records Administration.

A spokesman for Mrs. Clinton, Nick Merrill, defended her use of the personal email account and said she has been complying with the “letter and spirit of the rules.”

Under federal law, however, letters and emails written and received by federal officials, such as the secretary of state, are considered government records and are supposed to be retained so that congressional committees, historians and members of the news media can find them. There are exceptions to the law for certain classified and sensitive materials.
Mrs. Clinton is not the first government official — or first secretary of state — to use a personal email account on which to conduct official business. But her exclusive use of her private email, for all of her work, appears unusual, Mr. Baron said. The use of private email accounts is supposed to be limited to emergencies, experts said, such as when an agency’s computer server is not working.

“I can recall no instance in my time at the National Archives when a high-ranking official at an executive branch agency solely used a personal email account for the transaction of government business,” said Mr. Baron, who worked at the agency from 2000 to 2013.

Regulations from the National Archives and Records Administration at the time required that any emails sent or received from personal accounts be preserved as part of the agency’s records.
But Mrs. Clinton and her aides failed to do so.

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If you’re thinking that this was just an oversight, think again.  The secret email account was created on the day she went before the Senate for her confirmation hearings.  The account was under a newly registered domain: clintonemail.com. 

So, it’s not that some staffer forgot to create an official State Department email address and never got around to it.  No, instead they registered an entire web domain in order to avoid obeying the law. 

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"However, the curious fact that Amuro was deniedresidency rights in space became a topic of conversation among the spacenoids. One theory was that the people of the Earth Federation government who lived on Earth, believing that Newtypes were dangerous, had prevented him from going into space.

If Amuro Ray were released into the new environment of space, he might become a soldier with even greater powers of insight and even turn into a second Gihren Zabi. That would be dangerous indeed. Or perhaps the people whose souls were pulled down by gravity merely sensed an element of danger in Amuro Ray’s emergence as a Newtype.

But the spacenoids and space residents didn’t think of Newtypes in that way. They believed that they were an evolution of humanity to adapt to the new environment of space. Of course, this had a different meaning from the classical theory of evolution.”

- from Zeta Gundam novelization, by Yoshiyuki Tomino

Hillary Clinton also violated the Freedom of Information Act with secret email account

The scandal over Hillary Clinton’s secret email account during her tenure as Secretary of State is just now breaking wide open.  It appears that she not only violated the Federal Records Act by destroying the account along with a large number of her emails, but she also violated the Freedom of Information Act by failing to disclose the account even when her department received a FOIA request specifically asking her to disclose any private email accounts used during the course of her official duties. 

Here’s a highlight of the FOIA request from Veterans group Veterans for a Strong America:

It doesn’t get much more specific than that.  

Union officers of the 1st New York Light Artillery Regiment posing in an unidentified camp during the Civil War, 1862. Animated stereoscopic photographs.

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"Deep inside, Char hated that the country of Zeon prefixed with his father’s name would fall into ruin. Whether they made a return to power or not, Char’s nature would not allow them to live without knowing the situation in Earth territory. Char acquired an enlistment in the Earth Federation Army, and returned to Earth territory.

Getting the Earth Federation Army position had been easy. As the One Year War had caused massive losses to both the colonies and to Earth, enlistment registries had disappeared from all over. Because of this fact, applications to return to enlistment were easily accepted on behalf of the residents of fully destroyed colonies and soldiers from platoons that were rumored to have been completely wiped out and such.

The loss of basic officer academy data made it impossible to trace or investigate the past history of any single soldier, and the declaration of the individual became the only proof. Of course, soldiers for which there was clear proof of participation in the Zeon Army would be punished as war criminals. But when it came down to it, investigations were easily avoided as former Zeon soldiers had made their way into every department of the Earth Federation.”


- by Yoshiyuki Tomino, from Zeta Gundam novelization

Petraeus to plead guilty to mishandling classified info, raising new questions about Benghazi

I find the timing of this to be very strange.  Yesterday, we learned that Hillary Clinton used a secret email account during her entire tenure as Secretary of State, including during the fallout of the 9-11 terrorist attack on Benghazi.  

If you will recall, General Petraeus’s legal troubles that led up to his resignation at the CIA all began immediately following Benghazi.  He personally investigated the burned out CIA facility after the attack.  He testified before Congress that it was the Obama administration that intentionally removed all references to terrorism from the CIA talking points on the attack in the days afterward.

His resignation and this new round of criminal charges stem from his affair with his official biographer Paula Broadwell.  The charges he has agreed to plead guilty to are misdemeanor charges of mishandling classified documents by giving them to Broadwell. 

from ABC News:

Decorated war veteran and former CIA director David Petraeus has entered into an agreement with federal prosecutors in which he would plead guilty to a misdemeanor charge for mishandling classified information.

Specifically, the charge is unauthorized removal and retention of classified material.

The charge stems, in part, from documents the former director allegedly provided to his mistress.

Contacted by ABC News, Petraeus’ attorney, David Kendall said he had “no comment” on the guilty plea.

Following the agreement with Petraeus, the Justice Department issued a statement: “Three documents — a criminal information, a plea agreement and a statement of facts — were filed today in the United States District Court for the Western District of North Carolina’s Charlotte Division in the case of United States v. David Howell Petraeus. The criminal information charges the defendant with one count of unauthorized removal and retention of classified material. … The plea agreement and corresponding statement of facts, both signed by the defendant, indicate that he will plead guilty to the one-count criminal Information.”

In November 2012, Petraeus resigned as director of the CIA after little more than a year on the job. For 37 years before that, he served in the U.S. Army, including as commander of American forces in Iraq and Afghanistan.

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Here’s what is strange about this whole ordeal.  Following the attack on Benghazi, Paula Broadwell spoke openly about the fact that the CIA was operating a secret detention facility on the compound in Benghazi.  This was, of course, denied by the Obama administration, who was still struggling with allegations that prisoners in Benghazi were being interrogated there, possibly using the same enhanced interrogation methods Obama promised to put a stop to. 

Not a single piece of evidence has surfaced to disprove Broadwell’s claim about a detention center being operated by the CIA in Benghazi.  The Obama administration still refuses to release all the documents pertaining to the attack there.

Furthermore, with the new revelations that Hillary Clinton’s secret email account was destroyed along with all of her emails (in violation of the Federal Records Act), we have more reason to believe that the Obama administration is still hiding damaging information about what was really happening in Benghazi before the attack.

Petraeus’s misdemeanor concerning classified documents is an excuse to keep him silent.  The Obama administration knew about his affair with Broadwell before the election in 2012 and kept silent about it until afterwards.  They even had Petraeus’s email tapped at the time (and likely still do).  Despite knowing about Petraeus’s illegal interactions with Broadwell, the Obama administration didn’t do anything about it until after Benghazi, when they needed the man who investigated it himself to be silent. 

If Hillary Clinton used a secret, personal email account to handle all of her communications as Secretary of State, the chances are high that she violated some of the very same laws regarding classified information as General Petraeus.  However, we don’t see the Justice Department pursuing criminal charges of Clinton because she already has good reason to keep her mouth shut about Benghazi.

How Roger beat Novak

Roger is playing very, very smart tennis again.

Roger Federer is having an amazing renaissance to his already amazing career. The latest highlight is a straight sets win over wold #1, Novak Djokovic, in the Dubai final on Saturday. I wrote a story for the ATP World Tour, which is still on the front page of the website. Here’s a link to the story if you missed it. It’s an absolute pleasure to partner with the ATP and write informative, detailed stories on the world’s best tennis website.

Craig’s ATP Dubai Final Story:
http://www.atpworldtour.com/News/Tennis/2015/02/8/Dubai-Final-Brain-Game-Federer-Djokovic.aspx


I am going to take 10 elements from the final for all us all to learn from. How do I get the information? Dartfish is my special sauce…

1. Serve & Volley - Roger won 10/12 on 1st serve and 1/4 on 2nd serve. Novak Djokovic is as good as it gets from the back of the court. Period. One of the first elements I teach players that i am coaching is that they are the second most important person on a court. Roger is not serving & volleying so much because he loves to bust a little old school - he is doing it because it is a wrecking ball for Djokovic’s baseline patterns! It’s the perfect way to counter the best hardcourt baseliner in the world! It’s such a natural part of the game - to form a counter-move that’s 180 degrees from what the opponent really wants. BOTTOM LINE - The world can serve and volley as well to counter our current crop of baseline grinders. I used to joke with a couple of Aussie mates, Alan & Andrew, in an exaggerated Nick Bollettieri voice - “Boris - you can’t play Andre from the baseline!”

2. Rush The Opponent - Roger was basically hitting the crap out of the ball. Again, the primary goal was to hurt the opponent with this tactic. He crushed some huge forehands and backhands up around 90mph to take time away from Novak’s preparation, and to make it harder for him to yo-yo Roger around the court. When points did start from the back of the court, Roger was banging hard.

3 Fast Start - For Roger to beat Novak, he had to “wear the pants.” What I mean by that is that he had to be the one dictating play, coming to the net, hitting the ball harder, whatever it took to control the flow of play. In Federer’s opening service game, he came to the net four of the first five points, including three serve and volley points. There was no easing into this match. Roger was looking to land the first blows and put Novak on his heels. It worked a treat.

4. 0-40 Spells Opportunity. So, sooo many matches turn on a game when a player comes back from 0-40 to win the game. Djokovic served at 5-5, 40-0 in the 2nd set and Roger won the game. At 40-0 Novak missed a routine backhand long, standing slightly in the ad court. At 40-15, Nole netted a 1st shot backhand return after a second serve, mainly because Federer hit one of his low, skidding slice backhand returns. At 40-30 Novak misses his first serve again and misses a run-around forehand from deep in the ad court. At deuce he double faulted. He loses the fifth straight point because Roger attacks with two big forehands. Roger only played ONE impressive point to win the game. He let the pressure of the moment work on Novak’s mind.

5. Serving To Position 1 - This was the primary spot Roger served in the deuce court, making 15 out wide and only six down the middle to Position 4. To Position 1 he attempted 20, made 15 and won 13. That ratio is off the charts, and much better to the smaller target at Position 4 where he attempted 14, made 6 and won 4. Serving out wide in the deuce court is something the whole world can copy from Roger!

6. Serving To Position 8 - Novak has the best backhand return in the world, so why serve to Position 8 so much. Roger would normally serve more to 8, but in this match he served 13, made 10 and won 9 to Position 8, but went more to Position 5 - attempting 22, making 14, and winning 10. We all have our favorite serve patterns, but if it happens to go straight to the opponent’s strength, then it’s time to adjust the pattern.

7. Serve + 1 Forehand - Roger actually hit his backhand pretty good, at times, in this match, but he is always looking to hit a forehand as his first shot after the serve. When he did not serve & volley, he hit a forehand as his first shot after the serve 72% of the time. Please people - copy that!!! He won 54% (14/26) with a Serve + 1 forehand, and only 10% (1/10) with a Serve + 1 backhand combo. This is such a big deal in our sport. Don’t think of your serve existing on it’s own. Returns will come back in play, and what you do with them, matters!

8. First Serve Returns - Roger hit exactly 19 forehand and 19 backhand returns off first serves - with vastly different results! Off the forehand side he won a very high 47% (9/19), mainly blocking deep down the middle of the court, neutralizing Novak’s first serve. But when Roger started with a backhand return off a 1st serve, he only won 16% (3/19) off his weaker return wing. It was definitely a tactical miscue for Novak to serve so much to Roger’s forehand.

9. Novak 2nd Serve Backhand Returns - Novak’s backhand return is so incredibly good, and he is able to step in and attack, and also defend off it so well. He can and also lean on the second serve and attack it with his body weight. Novak won 50% (4/8) returning second serves with a forehand, but a whopping 63% (12/19) with a backhand return off a second serve. Most second serves are going to go to the backhand, and if you work hard enough on this specific area, you can own the world! It’s mandatory in this sport that you can do something with a backhand return off a second serve.

10. Backhand Volley - Roger hit two backhand volley winners, and a sick backhand half volley winner - and they all went to the same spot. He loves carving it as a short angle into the ad court service box, with a little side spin to carry away from the opponent. We should all be working on this shot. It looks like a tougher shot, but off a backhand, you can get a little more ginsu knife into it, and really work that short angle well. If Roger likes it, we do too.

SUMMARY - That was a really tight match. Roger won all nine break points played, including seven on his own serve. If he loses one or two of those, he is well and truly on the ropes. But he didn’t. Novak looked edgy throughout the match, like he really didn’t believe that it was going to be his day. Roger looked supreme. There was nothing that was going to stop him. Between the points, Roger looked golden, while Novak too often had both arms in the air gesturing to Boris.

It’s always fun to give you a little more insight into these matches! This is the level of research that I drill down to the create the three strategy products I have made so far. Gotta take the guesswork off the table.

Hope you enjoyed it!

Best,

Craig

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"Denying the possibility that peoples’ abilities can be expanded, and ensuring the survival of humanity by creating a state of war between people, is Jamitov’s Titans’ goal. 


But then people will never be able to progress a single step from the old norm that civilization develops through warfare, just as they believed in the past.

Not so! People are not like that.”


- Char Aznable/Quattro Bajeena;

from Zeta Gundam novelization by Yoshiyuki Tomino

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Trayvon Martin’s killer just got off again 

The Department of Justice will not pursue federal civil rights charges against George Zimmerman, the former neighborhood watch captain who shot and killed unarmed black teen Trayvon Martin in Sanford, Florida, on Feb. 26, 2012. Attorney General Eric Holder explained in a statement why the justice department won’t be filing charges.