Cementing the Clinton legacy

By Andy Winemiller - awinemiller@civitasmedia.com

The Clintons are individuals who seem to be obsessed with their legacy, and Hillary’s latest scandal is destined to help them in their bid to be forever remembered.

Bill Clinton started the legacy nearly two decades ago. Though I was only a child, I remember the Clinton legacy quite well. He was the president that lied to the American people, under oath, regarding his affair with a White House intern. He also joined the ranks of President Andrew Johnson when he became only the second U.S. President to be impeached.

Now Hillary seems destined to tack another scandal onto the legacy, and I’m not sure she will get the politically fueled acquittal that her husband got back in 1999. Bill disgraced the presidency, and now it appears that Hillary may have committed crimes that put the country’s national defense at risk.

I know a little bit about handling classified material. I remember sitting behind multiple computers while in Afghanistan, each with a different security clearance level. One computer was for the run-of-the-mill work such as managing personnel, another for “secret” matters and yet another for a different classification type.

The Army took it all very seriously. You couldn’t send the wrong information over one of the systems. Everything was labeled with green, blue, red or purple. You couldn’t use a blue printer to print red information. I was even questioned once when I took the ink cartridge from the printer with the red label and put it in one with a green label. I’m not exactly an IT specialist, but I’m pretty sure ink cartridges don’t have memory.

The point is that the Army took it all very seriously — despite the fact that the average infantryman was probably posting a bunch of stuff on Facebook anyways.

When I signed all my paperwork to get a security clearance and computer access, I was signing an agreement to handle all information whether it was “classified,” “secret” or “for official use only” with the care the Army and the United States government expected of me.

If I couldn’t live up to the standards I had signed there were repercussions. I could be stripped of my security clearance or my computer rights. Both measures would have made it impossible to do my job.

The worst of possibilities is, of course, an all-expenses-paid vacation to Fort Leavenworth. There, a military criminal’s days are spent enjoying the activity of breaking big rocks into little rocks and little rocks into littler rocks.

One of the worst things you could do is transmit any Army-owned information using a personal device. You couldn’t even put a thumb-drive in a computer. That act alone would make you the target of an investigation.

My guess is that Hillary Clinton signed documents similar to those I signed when she took the reins at the State Department, and my contention is that she should face the same punishment as I would have if I had been caught doing what she was reportedly doing.

We should expect more of leaders, and Clinton was very much in a leadership position. I believe there are probably emails among those that were transmitted using this personal email server that were at least “secret” in nature. For those readers that haven’t been around the federal government, the government has a very low threshold for what it classifies as “secret.” There’s no doubt the Secretary of State was getting emails that were at least “secret” or “classified” in nature.

Clinton is now playing a game that we called “dumb Private.” Privates used to do this when they had done something wrong. “I didn’t know that, Sergeant,” says the private. Then you shake your head and say “do push-ups.” It’s an effective game for a 19-year-old who truly may not have known better.

It’s not an effective game for a Secretary of State. She doesn’t get to play “dumb Private” because she’s not. She’s supposed to be a leader, which means she has the duty to know better.

I don’t know what will be turned up in this investigation, but if Clinton misused the system, her next home should be alongside those breaking the rocks at Leavenworth. If people were hurt or lives lost as a result of her mishandling of information, she should face those charges as well.

The “dumb Private” defense that Clinton is using just doesn’t work for a person who was in her position. However, no matter what happens, this incident will help solidify the Clinton legacy — which is one of lying, deceit, corruption and scandal.

By Andy Winemiller


Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or awinemiller@civitasmedia.com.

Andy Winemiller is a staff writer at the Mount Airy News. Andy can be reached at (336) 415-4698 or awinemiller@civitasmedia.com.

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