morriswalters wrote:I shouldn't have to say this but a normal person wouldn't be Secretary of State or be in a position to run an email server in her basement filtering possibly Top Secret docs.KnightExemplar wrote:Lack of intent doesn't change the severity of what happened. I really believe a normal person would be fired and possibly lose their clearance (for life) because of the things Clinton did.
First: Clinton's private email server was 100% unclassified. There should have not been ANY filter. She should have been using the classified email system when talking about classified stuff.
Second: According to Washington Post:
* An estimated 854,000 people, nearly 1.5 times as many people as live in Washington, D.C., hold top-secret security clearances.
That's Top-Secret, the highest level of classification. There are a huge number of "normal" people who are Top-Secret cleared and handle the distinction between "Unclassified Emails" and "Classified emails" regularly.
Simple fact: Clinton was not able to do a task that almost a million of (top-secret, but otherwise average) Americans manage every day.
If a "normal" Top-Secret cleared person made the mistakes Clinton made, they would be fired and/or lose their clearance. That simple. Army, Navy, Air Force, Marine, FBI, TSA... whatever. They'd be fired and ousted. Clinton wasn't, because she's outside of the system. And that's what Tyndmyr is complaining about. And I really don't have any arguments against that fact... (the only argument I have is that the FBI seems to have done the best job they could here)
And State isn't exactly a paragon of preserving classified level documents. They got ripped by enlisted person in a war zone in one of the biggest leaks of recent memory. Or have recent events passed into the haze so quickly.
As Secretary of State, the blame rests 100% in Clinton (and her predecessor Condoleezza Rice). The role of a cabinet-level official is to organize and run a major department of the US Government. Any faults in the Department of State rest squarely on the shoulders of the sitting Secretary of State or their predecessors.