National Security

Cruz’s vulnerability

Featured image I wrote here and here about what I take to be Marco Rubio’s greatest vulnerability in the GOP presidential race — his sponsorship of immigration reform legislation that would have granted amnesty and a path to citizenship to illegal immigrants. However, one views the merits of Rubio’s Gang of Eight legislation, I think it’s beyond dispute that this represents a serious problem for his campaign. Not surprisingly, Ted Cruz is »

The lesson from today’s attacks: step up our game

Featured image When I was in France this summer, I saw far more evidence of anti-terrorist security measures than one sees in the U.S. Military men with heavy weapons were visible at some of the major tourist spots in Paris and also at Reims Cathedral. Today, security must have been farily robust at the Stade de France for the France-Germany match attended by the French president. Otherwise, I imagine the attack would »

Found: a signed copy of Clinton’s agreement on handling sensitive compartmented info

Featured image The Washington Free Beacon reports that a day after becoming Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement that set forth the criminal penalties for “any unauthorized disclosure” of classified information. It had been assumed that she signed this document, but now it has been confirmed that she did. By signing the statement, Clinton affirmed, among other things: “I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, »

Report: FBI probe of Hillary is focused on Section 793(f) of Espionage Act

Featured image Some weeks ago, I attempted a preliminary analysis of whether Hillary Clinton violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). This provision states: Whoever, being entrusted with or having lawful possession or control of any document. . .relating to the national defense, (1) through gross negligence permits the same to be removed from its proper place of custody or delivered to anyone in violation of his trust, or to be lost, stolen, abstracted, »

Russian hackers tried to access Clinton’s server

Featured image AP reports that Russia-linked hackers tried at least five times to pry into Hillary Clinton’s private email account while she was secretary of state. This is clear from newly released spam emails from Clinton’s server that were released today. The emails in question were disguised as speeding tickets from New York. They instructed recipients to print the attached tickets. Doing so would have allowed hackers to take over control of »

Obama administration admitted 1,519 foreigners with terrorist ties into the U.S.

Featured image Judicial Watch reports that the Obama administration has granted asylum or residency to 1,519 foreigners with terrorist ties. This information comes from an annual report to Congress by the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). More than half of the terror supporters granted asylum or residency by Team Obama provided material support to terrorist organizations, according to the USCIS report. Other received military-type training from a terrorist organization (nine »

How Hillary wrecked the State Department’s digital information system

Featured image Hillary Clinton’s disregard for cyber-security at the State Department, and hence for the national security, is manifest from her use of a private email server. But the wreckage Clinton left behind in State’s main digital information security office arguably demonstrates her disregard even more starkly, and probably posed an even greater threat to national security. Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller provides the details. He cites scathing audits issued by »

Form SF-312 and its potential consequences for Hillary Clinton

Featured image Back in March, as the Hillary Clinton email scandal heated up, the question arose whether Clinton executed Form OF-109 when she left the State Department. This is the form in which a departing official certifies, under penalty of perjury, that she has “surrendered to responsible officials all unclassified documents, and papers relating to the official business of the Government acquired by me while in the employ of the Department” (emphasis »

Has Hillary Clinton created a national security disaster?

Featured image Most coverage of Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server (including mine) has focused on whether she lied about her usage and whether she violated the law. This focus is natural because Clinton is running for president. Presumably, only partisan Democrats are likely to support a liar and even some of them might balk at backing a criminal. But Stanley Kurtz looks at a different and vital question, namely »

Washington Post offers glimpses of Hillary’s legal jeopardy

Featured image The Washington Post reported today about the latest batch of classified emails found on Hillary Clinton’s private server. The story appears at page 5 of the print edition. The piece by Carol Leonig and Rosalind Helderman is reasonably informative and not particularly biased. (The headline in the print edition is “Clinton wrote, sent classified emails on private server;” the online edition offers a more pro-Clinton spin: “Clinton, using private server, »

Clinton emails contained top secret info derived from satellite spying on North Korean nukes

Featured image The latest batch of classified emails on Hillary Clinton’s private server includes information that may well be sufficient to establish that she violated 18 U.S.C. Section 793. However, as I mentioned here, we already knew that “top secret” information on her server derived from the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency, which performs aerial surveillance, had triggered FBI concern in the first place. Even without knowing what, specifically, the information pertained to, it »

Did Hillary violate the law against disclosing defense information? A preliminary analysis

Featured image Last night, I suggested that, pending a review of the just-released batch of emails from Hillary Clinton’s server, we should contemplate a section of the U.S. Code that Clinton may have violated — 18 U.S.C. Section 793(f). 24 hours after the release of these emails, we can now contemplate (but not reach firm conclusions as to) how Clinton’s conduct stacks up against Section 793(f). First, let’s again examine the statutory »

More sleepless nights for Team Clinton as additional classified documents are released

Featured image The State Department has just released a batch of about 7,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private server. Approximately 150 of them are redacted because they contain classified information. The classified emails deal with Haiti, China, and Sudan, among many other subjects. A preliminary analysis by Fox News, presented on Megyn Kelly’s program, found that some of the information on Clinton’s server was inherently classified. Fox’s analysts cited a memo transmitting »

What Hillary’s classified emails discussed

Featured image Sarah Westwood of the Washington Examiner reports that “Hillary Clinton’s classified emails contain discussions of conversations with foreign diplomats, issues with embassy security, and relations with countries from Russia to China.” Embassy security. I seem to recall hearing about this issue before. The issue arose in Clinton’s emails via a summary that Huma Abedin, Clinton’s former deputy chief of staff, forwarded to Clinton of a high-level 2009 meeting about “embassy »

The loose ends accumulate, Part Two

Featured image Richard Pollock of the Daily Caller reports that Department of State officials refused to identify to a congressional committee the “chain of custody” – the complete list of people who had access to former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s private email server. The request for this information, made by the House Select Committee on Benghazi last spring, was always reasonable. Now that we know Clinton’s private server contained classified, and »

Washington Post: “a number of Hillary’s statements appear to be false” [With Comment by John]

Featured image The Washington Post, in an article called “Clinton’s team went from nonchalant to nervous over e-mail controversy,” does a good job of demonstrating that Hillary Clinton has spoken falsely in trying to brush off this scandal. As Post reporters Carol Leonnig, Karen Tumulty, and Rosalind Helderman put it, “the issues around Clinton’s e-mails have. . .intensified as it has become clear that a number of her statements defending her actions »

The government’s nonchalant response to Hillary’s security breaches, Part Four

Featured image If you think about it, the government’s nonchalance over Hillary Clinton’s security breaches probably extends back to the beginning of the Obama administration. The White House likely knew early on that Clinton was using an extra-governmental server. It is implausible to believe that Hillary had no email correspondence, incoming or outgoing, with anyone at the White House. And her email address would have made it clear to correspondents that she »