Calls mount for Hillary Clinton criminal investigation amid email data breach fears

Critics say former secretary of state’s actions compare unfavorably to David Patreaus’

Questions are mounting over why the Justice Department has not yet opened a criminal investigation against Hillary Rodham Clinton for mishandling a mountain of classified information. (Associated Press)

By Guy Taylor - The Washington Times - Sunday, August 2, 2015                    

With U.S. intelligence officials scrambling to contain damage from potentially hundreds of spy agency secrets in Hillary Rodham Clinton’s private emails, questions are mounting over why the Justice Department has not yet opened a criminal investigation against the Democratic presidential front-runner for mishandling a mountain of classified information.

While some secrecy experts believe Mrs. Clinton will be able to build a strong case that material on her server was not classified at the time it was moving through her emails, others assert that what the former secretary of state did was far more egregious than the mishandling of information that saw former CIA Director David H. Petraeus sentenced to two years probation and a $100,000 fine.

“I don’t see how the Justice Department would be able to avoid at least investigating this,” said Kevin Carroll, a former CIA officer and secrecy lawyer in Washington. “What Petraeus did was really small in comparison, because there was no exposure of any information to any foreign intelligence services.”




July 28th 1914: Austria-Hungary Declares War on Serbia

The front page of The Washington Times above reports that following the unsatisfactory Serbian response to Austria’s July Ultimatum the Austro-Hungarian Empire have declared war on Serbia.  

The Ultimatum had been drafted to be unacceptable and while Serbia had agreed to all but one of the ten demands Austria took the opportunity to declare war on the small Balkan state on its southern border.   With Germany and Austro-Hungary declining to take part in suggested mediation talks. The declaration of war would suck Russia, Serbia’s ally, into the conflict forcing them to mobilise their forces.  

The resulting mobilisations snowballed Europe into a total war the likes of which it had never seen.  Following Germany’s declaration of war on Russia war between the rest of Europe’s major powers was inevitable.

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Moonie Times' Pruden: "Unlike A Man Her Age, Hillary Clinton 'Is Getting Past Her Sell-By Date'"

The Washington Times’ Wesley Pruden launched a sexist attack against Hillary Clinton, claiming that while a man her age is “not particularly old,” a woman in public life like Clinton “is getting past her sell-by date.”

Discussing speculation that Clinton might run for president in 2016, Washington Times’ editor emeritus Wesley Pruden, began his September 24 column by noting that Clinton's interview with New York magazine had revived speculation on her political plans, adding, “the lady knows how to keep everyone guessing. Only her roots are showing.” Pruden concluded by saying that Clinton’s age is “not particularly old for a man” but “a woman in public life is getting past her sell-by date”. 

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#KYSen: Mitch McConnell endorses sexist attack on his opponent

Sen. Mitch McConnell’s campaign and allies are eagerly pushing around a Washington Times editorial attacking McConnell’s challenger, Alison Lundergan Grimes, in a series of sexist and questionable ways. Parts of the piece seem to have been written before Grimes got in the race, when it looked as if McConnell might face Ashley Judd—shoot, it’s headlined “Hollywood challenges Kentucky as stars shine on Grimes,” and describes her as “an actress who wants to play senator.”

The “hey, look, a girl” descriptions flow free: Grimes has, according to the editorial, “smiled and chirped her way across the state,” and she is “no doubt a nice lady.” Grimes’s experience as secretary of state of Kentucky is waved off as “sound[ing] considerably grander than it actually is.” (Interestingly enough, Trey Grayson, the candidate McConnell favored over Rand Paul in the 2010 Kentucky Senate primary, was secretary of state.)

But the ostensible main point of the editorial, the big Hollywood connection, is that Grimes has gotten some contributions from some people in the movie industry. The Washington Times runs into trouble there, too:

… the editorial contains at least one factual inaccuracy. It says McConnell “has few famous contributors, but nearly all of his contributors actually live in Kentucky,” in contrast with Grimes, who “has raised more money from Californians than Kentuckians.” But the Courier-Journal reported last fall that nearly 90 percent of McConnell’s contributions come from out of state. In addition, a super PAC supporting McConnell raised over $1 million from out-of-state donors.

Fascinating. No wonder they felt like they had to remind us about a dozen times that she was a girl, a silly silly fluffy girl, if that’s the level of substantive attack they’ve got to work with. After all, that “actress who wants to play senator” is running even in the polls with the Senate minority leader.

h/t: Laura Clawson at Daily Kos

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Whenever posts complaining about something The Washington Times has published or written appear on my dash, I don’t even read them because I’m mystified as to why anyone would take that “newspaper” seriously or even label it “media”.


York swears he is not from Boston.

RVB, 727 words.

“It was wicked.” York said.

The mess hall went silent. He froze, feeling the piercing stares of the twins across from him. North was half finished chewing, his jaw skewed to one side in befuddlement. South had this wild, terrified look in her eyes like York had turned into a rainbow unicorn and started breathing butterflies and rose petals. She composed herself in less than a minute.

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Washington Times  Dredges Up Zombie Attacks On Southern Poverty Law Center | Equality Matters

The Washington Times repeated the myth that the FBI has ended its relationship with the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC), ignoring that the FBI had already debunked that claim and distorting SPLC’s work against domestic hate groups.

In a March 28 editorial, the Times savagely attacked SPLC founder Morris Dees - asserting that he founded the nonprofit in part “to get rich” - baselessly charging that SPLC defines “hate crimes” as “Christian opposition to same-sex marriage.” The Times then applauded the FBI for cutting off ties with the group - something it didn’t actually do:

The SPLC never identifies the hate groups about to engulf the land, who they are or where they are assembling their regiments of engulfers. With the Ku Klux Klan shrinking to insignificance, the SPLC, which is thought to be sitting on a treasury of a quarter of a billion dollars, has lately turned its lurid appeals to prosperous but frightened gays.

“Hate crimes” by SPLC definition now include Christian opposition to same-sex marriage.

This week it emerged that the FBI, which has included SPLC data as “a resource,” has finally severed its link with the organization and dumped SPLC from the bureau’s Hate Crime Web page.

The FBI offered no explanation of why now, but the dumping follows appeals of 15 family groups to Attorney General Eric Holder Jr. and FBI Director James B. Comey to sever the connection. We think that was a good day’s work.

In just a few sentences, the Times’ editorial board peddles a number of blatant lies about the SPLC.

SPLC does identify hundreds of prominent hate groups across the U.S., which is why it’s so despised by right-wing extremists to begin with.  

SPLC doesn’t considering opposing marriage equality to be a hate crime. The SPLC has identified extreme anti-gay organizations like the Family Research Council (FRC) and American Family Association (AFA) as hate groups because they peddle anti-LGBT smears and misinformation, not because they oppose marriage equality. Despite its strident anti-gay stances, for instance, even the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) isn’t on the SPLC’s list of hate groups.

Meanwhile, the Times’ claim that the FBI chose to “sever [its] connection” with the SPLC is merely the latest sign that the paper’s editorial board is impervious to factsparticularly when it comes to LGBT issues.

While right-wing media gleefully pounced on the FBI’s decision to remove non-government organizations from a list of “resource” groups on a civil rights page, that decision applied to all non-government organizations, including groups like the Anti-Defamation League, equally. The bureau’s website still lists the SPLC as a “public outreach” partner in the fight against hate crimes.  Days before the Times published its editorial, the FBI contradicted the right-wing media narrative that by telling the Daily Caller that the bureau continues to receive support “from a variety of organizations,” but had simply “elected not to identify those groups on the civil rights page.”

Nowhere in its editorial did the Times even acknowledge that the FBI had corrected the record. The paper’s pattern of rabid homophobia is disturbing enough, but its willingness to lie in the service of bigotry is even more appalling.

H/T: Luke Brinker at Equality Matters
The Washington Times - Capitals' Green Becoming Complete Player [LINK]

Mike Green has always been known as an offensive defense man in Washington’s lineup, but he’s working on improving the defensive component of his game. NBC Sports analyst Eddie Olczyk agrees that no one’s improved more defensively as a blueliner than Green.

While Green was averaging at least a point a game in 2008-09 and 2009-10, he’s seen his offensive production decrease last season (Olczyk points this out too), but as he improves his defense, his offense will return again too and make him a much more viable Norris Trophy candidate.

There was definite improvement in the Caps’ defense last season and Boudreau attributes Green for that success. His teammates applaud him for this and it makes him an even more dangerous threat.

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Frustrated with Inspectors General exposing corruption, Obama limits IGs power to investigate

Even as the Inspector General for the State Department begins to clamp down on Hillary Clinton’s illegal use of a personal email to conduct secret government business, President Obama is clamping down on inspector generals’ ability to investigate his administration.

from Washington Times:

The Obama administration formally announced that inspectors general will have to get permission from their agency heads to gain access to grand jury, wiretap and fair credit information — an action that severely limits the watchdogs’ oversight capabilities, independence and power to uncover fraud.

An opinion, issued by the Department of Justice’s Office of Legal Counsel, says the Inspector General Act of 1978 — which was written by Congress to create the government watchdogs in order to help maintain integrity within their agencies — does not have the authority to override nondisclosure provisions in other laws, most notably in regard to grand jury, wiretap or fair credit information.

“In reaching these conclusions, our Office’s role has not been to decide what access [inspectors general] should receive as a matter of policy. Rather, we have endeavored to determine as a matter of law, using established tools of statutory construction, how best to reconcile the strong privacy protections … with the interest in access reflected in … the IG Act,” states the legal counsel’s opinion, which was dated Monday and released Thursday.

“I strongly disagree with the OLC opinion,” Michael Horowitz, the Justice Department’s inspector general, said in a statement. “Congress meant what it said when it authorized Inspectors General to independently access ‘all’ documents necessary to conduct effective oversight. Without such access, our Office’s ability to conduct its work will be significantly impaired, and it will be more difficult for us to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse, and to protect taxpayer dollars.”

Mr. Horowitz has had to seek former Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr.’s permission, and now Loretta E. Lynch’s, to gain access to such material. The approval process in obtaining the materials delayed review of Operation Fast and Furious — the failed Mexican drug cartel sting that lost track of more than 1,000 government-issued guns, one of which later was used to kill a U.S. Border Patrol agent — and has delayed other reports the inspector general is set to publish.

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In other words, Inspectors General now have to get permission to investigate corruption from the very people they’re supposed to investigate.