Hillary Clinton is making a lot of noise lately regarding “headers” and “footers” on government documents that have made the rounds on her home-brewed private server in the basement of her Chappaqua, NY mansion.
As we all know by now, Clinton’s defense rests on the specific words TOP SECRET, SECRET or CONFIDENTIAL stamped on the top and bottom of each page to any given classified document. To the average American who has never dealt with classified information or documentation, that certainly does seem reasonable.
But for those of us who have dealt with classified information or documentation, we know that things aren’t all that black and white in the world of National Security. Especially when it comes down to the difference between classified information and classified documents.
Possibly the best explanation is given by Andrew McCarthy of National Review;
[Hillary Clinton] she is trying to exploit the public’s unfamiliarity with the distinction between classified documents and classified information – the former are obviously classified because they are marked as such; the latter, because of its nature, is well known to national security officials to be classified – regardless of whether it is marked as such or even written down at all.
So regardless if there was TOP SECRET prominently stamped on the top and bottom of each page, or even if the now famous “(C)” for classified was inserted in between the paragraphs, Hillary Clinton, the former Secretary of State, should have known sensitive classified information when she saw it.
Even the liberal New York media is admitting “Clinton is believed to have sent 2,101 emails that contained at least some classified information.”
Just in case the ex-Secretary of State has a tough time discriminating the difference between an email regarding yoga routines she’ll never do and an email regarding, oh… let’s say, our super-duper mega-top secret drone program, the US Army has issued direction to their troops when it comes to Personally Identifiable Information (PII);
If you come across data that is questionably sensitive or classified, in a place it should not be, take the following steps:
1) STOP all computer activity.
2) Call the Help Desk (775) 887-7244 and explain the situation.
3) Unplug computer from the network and push away.
Please keep in mind that the Army defines PII as “information such as Social Security Number, home address, military rank or civilian grade, phone numbers, birthdays, spouse names and other similar information. PII is information that can be used to trace someone’s identity.”
If the Army is going to be that vigilant against someone’s birthday falling into Vladimir Putin’s hands, imagine how up-to-snuff Clinton should have been when it came to protecting state secrets.
But going off of Hillary’s own logic, the only way she’d ever know if she’s in a Mexican or Chinese or Italian restaurant would be if “Mexican Restaurant” or “Chinese Restaurant” or “Italian Restaurant” was written in big bold letters over the entrance.
All things considered, let’s be glad she isn’t in the medical field. Could you imagine the hilarity that would reign if she had to have the differences between an esophagoscopy and a colonoscopy explained to her?