As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton signed a non-disclosure agreement governing access to Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI). In doing so, she acknowledged that there is no statute of limitations for actions that result in compromising TS/SCI information. It is already in the public record since 2016 (!) that she compromised at least 22 TS/SCI emails – almost certainly the leaks that resulted in the deaths of US intel assets in China and Iran. And by virtue of that NDA, she knew what she was doing! Who knows what else she compromised in those and other lesser-classified emails!
We’ll get to that, but first, let us review some important background and context. We’ll use Mr. Peabody’s WABAC machine to review some sordid Clinton history. Do you remember that cartoon show? It was one of my staples while growing up.
The Clintons have been grifters from the very beginning. What is a grifter? Someone who uses a confidence game to gain the trust of people in order to defraud them. In the case of the Clintons, they have exploited their political status (their blatant confidence game) to enrich themselves over the decades. I believe this was driven more by Hillary than Bill, as virtually her entire history has been an exemplar of the Seven Deadly Sins – especially envy, greed, and wrath! There are dozens of stories about each over the years in that regard.
Much has been written about how the Clintons have amassed their >$300 million fortune outside the private sector and also about Hillary’s “grifting ways.” Perhaps my favorite is this one from 2016:
Grifters are not just thieves, but parasites. They generally hijack another person’s accomplishments and use them for personal enrichment. Clinton was married to a President and parlayed this role into a lackluster Senate career, a failed bid for President, a disastrous term as Secretary of State, and now another run where despite having the field cleared for her, is still struggling. Clinton has lived the Way of the Grifter on such a large scale we can recognize the signs from her life. Let us not bemoan the grifters in public life and fail to see them in private life. What is the Way of the Clinton?
- The grifter rides the ideas or accomplishments of someone else to power.
- The grifter is brutal to subordinates.
- The grifter is constantly remaking themselves.
- The grifter loves building a long list of accomplishments or certifications without doing much with them.
- The grifter will attack others for the very things she is doing.
- The grifter will break the rules, but go through four techniques if confronted: denial, attack, minimization, move on.
Undeniably, these characteristics describe Hillary to the proverbial “T”! Let’s take a ride on the WABAC machine and review a chronological list of the more memorable grifts performed by the Clintons (especially Hillary) over time:
- Cattle futures (1978-9): Hillary as a “commodity trader” (does anyone seriously believe she knows the first thing about commodities trading?)
- Whitewater: A failed land speculation deal that crashed a large savings and loan association.
- Asia fundraising scandal (1996): the Lincoln bedroom, White House donor coffees and Buddhist monks for cold, hard campaign cash
- Chinagate (1996-9): nuclear and technology secrets for campaign cash [Note: how do you think the Chinese caught up to US capabilities in space and in the South China Sea? Bill Clinton gave them a helping hand!]
- Pardongate (1999-2000): donations collected as probable motives for presidential pardons (more on Marc Rich later!)
- Their “Golden Tongues” (2000-present): shocking amounts of money paid for Clintons’ “speeches” [Does anyone seriously believe that what these two have to say is worth a plug nickel?]
- Foundation favors (2009-2013): the Clinton Foundation was a pay-to-play back door to the State Department (think about Haiti in that regard for starters)
- Swedish slush fund (2009-2013): $26 million collected while Sweden was lobbying Hillary’s State Department to forgo Iran sanctions.
- Boeing bucks (2015): Boeing gave big bucks to Clinton causes after Hillary steered its Russian contract at the State Department.
- Uranium One (2009-10): millions from Russia through the Clinton Foundation for uranium rights while Hillary was a member of the Committee on Foreign Investment of the United States (CFIUS)
- Benghazi: gun-running of Qaddifi’s old weapons stocks to Syria et al (who got that money, anyway?)
- Haiti: the Clinton Foundation fleeced and laundered Haitian relief funds after the 7.0 earthquake in 2010.
- Finally, the Panama Papers exposed a TON of corruption and international donors to the Clinton Foundation and Clinton Global Initiative.
That’s an astounding list of grifting activities without there being any accountability whatsoever! Truly unprecedented! And now for some observations:
- They’ve been grifting from the very beginning. I believe they’ve been envious of successful business people since their days in Arkansas and have a built-in inferiority complex because they’ve never earned any of the money thrown at them over the years.
- They couldn’t have succeeded without massive enablement from the Deep State. They were “the chosen ones” in much the same way Obama was chosen and groomed for high office.
- Their grifting schemes got more grandiose and complex over the years – a characteristic of megalomaniacs over time.
- They purposely skirted US laws and sold out their country for money. Nothing else mattered other than self-aggrandizement and pursuit of personal pleasures (think about their trips to Pedophile Island!).
- They mastered government corruption and placed allies in the leadership – and federal bureaucracy – over the years who were strategically in positions to protect their interests (e.g., Comey, McCabe, Yates, and numerous State Department personnel).
- And they have yet to be held accountable for their actions!
Back to Marc Rich’s pardon for a minute. Rich was an “international financier” and commodities trader known for “making controversial oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis.” He was pardoned by Clinton for his federal tax evasion charges. It is almost certain that a primary reason for Rich’s pardon was to engage his “money skills” in helping establish the Clinton Foundation in such a way as to “legally” launder mountains of cash, especially from foreign entities. In short, Rich put the Clintons’ grifting on steroids.
Mr. Peabody’s WABAC machine now takes us to the Special Access Program (SAP) compromises associated with Hillary’s email server. There is no question that there was SAP information on that server. It was clearly reported after an IC review by Intelligence Community Inspector General Charles McCullough in January 2016.
My own views on which specific SAPs were compromised by Hillary have to do with grifting. First and foremost, Hillary is all about the cash, as accumulation of money (and of course political power from which money can be gained) is her primary motivation in life. Occam’s razor states that, when presented with competing hypothetical answers to a problem, one should select the answer that makes the fewest assumptions. I would argue that any SAP info on that server was put there exclusively for the purposes of financial gain, not simply for convenience of access purposes.
Chinese theft of stealth technology (sold for money) is a feasible possibility, but the technology pipeline and industrial base necessary for the Chinese to produce and field, say, a stealth aircraft would have taken years to develop regardless of any “technology transfer” by the Clintons. That said, F-35 is a long-standing and publicly acknowledged SAP which makes it high on the Chinese espionage “requirements list.” I suspect that at least one of the SAPs compromised likely dealt with *some* aspect of the F-35. This would be considered an “acquisition SAP” for protecting research, development, test, and evaluation (RDT&E) and procurement of new systems. Other acquisition SAPs that could have been sold for top dollar by Hillary may have been associated hypersonic weapons, acoustic sensors, advanced weapons, and SIGINT sensor technologies.
I believe that one other SAP compromised on that server was related to the CIA’s Benghazi gun-running scheme, which would have been an “operations and support SAP” associated with the planning and execution of sensitive military activities. Recall that the removal of Qaddafi in Libya was supposed to be a supreme foreign policy feather in Hillary’s cap, setting her up for her 2016 run at the presidency. That was supposed to have given her the necessary “foreign policy credibility” to fend off any Republican challenger since she had none to speak of beforehand. Except that didn’t work out so well when Libya reverted to slave-trading state status after Qaddafi’s execution.
The CIA’s gun-running scheme involved movements of large amounts of untraceable money to and from unknown entities. Occam’s razor tells me that the Clintons peeled off a sizeable chunk that was laundered through the Clinton Foundation. It wouldn’t surprise me a bit if the Obamas and others got their share, too, including some Uniparty Republicans (e.g., former Rep. Mike Rogers for starters, who white-washed the first Benghazi investigation by the House Intel Committee). Longtime Hillary crony Sid Blumenthal was almost certainly rewarded for services rendered, too.
Speaking of white-wash, this explains why – to this very day – NOBODY has been held accountable in any way for the Benghazi debacle. The deaths of four Americans and a US ambassador has simply been swept under the rug despite egregious lying and obfuscation by many! At least one of the SAPs compromised was almost certainly covering the Benghazi gun-running operation and would have been completely aligned with her need to monitor and control all associated complex grifting operations.
There’s still a decent shot that a revisiting of the Clinton email server cover-up will ultimately burn her down because the statute of limitations on her many classified information handling crimes will never run out! I dearly pray at Attorney General Barr will get it done. The latest news on that front is that Judicial Watch obtained the immunity deals granted by the FBI to two of her lawyers, Cheryl Mills and Heather Samuelson, during the FBI’s faux email server investigation. You will recall that they were involved in destroying the fabled 33,000 emails dealing with “yoga classes and Chelsea’s wedding.” The FBI let two “officers of the court” get away with obstruction of justice to hide Hillary’s – and their – crimes! Good thing there’s no statute of limitations on crimes related to the Espionage Act and mishandling classified information! There’s still a decent chance that all them will be pay BIGLY for their many crimes, including all the corruption and grifting!
How successful have the Clintons been as grifters over the years? Very! Here’s one estimate:
Clinton’s tax returns show that she and former President Bill Clinton have made $240 million since leaving the White House, thanks largely to speaking engagements and books. Forbes attributes a large portion of that—$189 million—to Bill Clinton, leaving Hillary with a $51 million profit so far.
A couple of things spring to mind when contemplating their grifting successes over the decades:
- Who but politicians make $240M in a little over 15 years from speaking engagements and books? Not regular people.
- Who paid for the speaking engagements? Those currying favor for “future considerations” had Hillary stolen her way into the Oval Office. And those buying “protection” and insurance in the event the Hillary was successful in stealing her way into the Oval Office.
- Book sales are bulk buys and ways for laundering money to “favored” people. Happens all the time. The average people who donate to the Clintons and/or buy their books are fools. The Clintons are laughing all the way to the bank.
- That $240M is what is on the books and known. How much have they laundered through the Clinton Global Initiative that resides in offshore accounts? I’d love to see that confiscated and used to pay down the national debt.
To summarize, in order to understand the Clintons, always follow the money! And money is a means toward their ultimate desired end (political power). SAPs plus Clintons equals money to be made. Nothing else matters to them – except trying to escape the hoosegow for their past crimes. They both deserve harsh justice for the destruction they wrought on the country over the years! Image: Reuters