Why Hillary Clinton Needs to Be Two-Faced – by Jonathan Rausch – The New York Times

“The Japanese, whose political culture is less idealistic than our own, have a vocabulary for socially constructive lying. “Honne” (from “true sound”) is what we really believe. “Tatemae” (from “facade”) is what we aver in public. Using honne when tatemae is called for is considered not bravely honest but rude and antisocial, and rightly so. Unnecessary and excessive directness hurts feelings, foments conflict and complicates coexistence.”

Source: Why Hillary Clinton Needs to Be Two-Faced – The New York Times

Fact Checks of the Third Presidential Debate – The New York Times

Reporters for The New York Times fact-checked the statements made by Hillary Clinton and Donald J. Trump during Wednesday’s presidential debate.

Source: Fact Checks of the Third Presidential Debate – The New York Times

“Mr. Trump said Mrs. Clinton deleted 33,000 of her private emails after she got a subpoena.

Mostly true.

Hillary Clinton’s aides did delete about 33,000 emails from her private server, emails that she said were “personal” in nature. The F.B.I., however, indicated that many of the deleted emails may, in fact, have been related to her work at the State Department.

Days after The New York Times first disclosed Mrs. Clinton’s use of a private email system in March 2015, the House committee investigating the 2012 attacks in Benghazi, Libya, asked that her emails be preserved and subpoenaed those that were related to the attacks.

But about three weeks later, an unidentified computer specialist realized that he had not destroyed an archive of emails that was supposed to have been deleted a year earlier, according to the F.B.I. report. The specialist then used a program known as BleachBit to delete an unknown number of emails, the F.B.I. said.

It is unknown how many of the deleted emails related to the Benghazi attacks and might have been covered by the congressional subpoena.

Mrs. Clinton told F.B.I. investigators that she was unaware that the aide had deleted the emails. The F.B.I. did not find evidence to contradict that assertion.”

— Eric Lichtblau

What We Know About Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server – The New York Times


“A federal judge on August 22 ordered the State Department to plan for the releaseof nearly 15,000 emails uncovered by the F.B.I. during its investigation into Hillary Clinton’s handling of classified information on a private email domain as secretary of state. In July, The F.B.I. recommended no charges against Mrs. Clinton and said that there was no evidence that those emails were “intentionally deleted,” but called her handling of her email at the State Department “extremely careless.” ”

Source: What We Know About Hillary Clinton’s Private Email Server – The New York Times

I was particularly interested in:

“January 2016

The State Department announces that it will not release 22 emails that contain “top secret” material. The classifications of the emails were increased after the fact; they were not marked when they were sent. Three days later, the first presidential primary is held in Iowa.”

This last paragraph could mean several things. Whether Hillary Clinton was being careless or not, depends on a classification that had not occurred yet. Since we do not have all the facts, we should bow to the authorities who investigated these actions. The investigators decided unanimously that Clinton had not done anything that deserved punishment, and some investigators, like the Republican appointed FBI director said she was sometimes egregiously careless, but he recommended against pressing any charges.

What appears in these articles, is another story, that the great bureaucracies of Washington DC have their own turf wars, split between Republican vs Democrat political factions. Also, the determination of what is secret, or top secret, and what is not, is complex, non-scientific, and frequently political. In this complex and difficult set of subjects, Trump and the Hillary Haters are interested in smearing Hillary, since it is very difficult for non experts in the investigation lab to understand the complexities.

Over 40 years of following and writing about the cold war and foreign policy, I have read perhaps a dozen times that the subject of classified material is extremely controversial. Inside the government, the various factions are rarely in agreement as to what should be classified, and why. A random of example of disagreement, The Pentagon Papers was classified top secret. It was leaked do the NY Times, by Daniel Ellsberg, one of the co-authors of the report, because as a citizens and whistle blower, he thought the American people should know that the government was not telling the truth in its press releases of what it thought and knew about the poor outcomes occurring in the Vietnam War.

The prosecution of Ellsberg and the NYTimes, I think I recall made it to the Supreme Court, which decided against the government, and in part, that the classification system was being abused to keep the US public stupid about the mishandling of a difficult war by the government.

Agencies Clashed on Classification of Clinton Email- Inquiry Shows – The New York Times

…………. “In the interview, an unidentified F.B.I. official in the international operations division said Mr. Kennedy had complained to him that the F.B.I. classification of the document “caused problems for Kennedy” and that Mr. Kennedy had wanted to give it a different designation and file it in the State Department basement — “never to be seen again.”The unidentified F.B.I. official said he was the one who then “told Kennedy he would look into the email matter if Kennedy would provide authority concerning the F.B.I.’s request to increase its personnel in Iraq.” ”

Source: Agencies Clashed on Classification of Clinton Email, Inquiry Shows – The New York Times

There is plenty of evidence in this article, that Hillary wasn’t doing what she is accused of, as much, or at all. The interagency conflict is what is apparent.