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Is Ignorance Really Bliss?

- August 23, 2015

Clinton's Penchant For Blaming Others And Shirking Responsibility For Her Own Poor Judgment Makes You Think She Views Not Knowing What's Going On As A Virtue

AS SECRETARY OF STATE, CLINTON MISHANDLED CLASSIFIED INFORMATION AND HAS REFUSED TO TAKE RESPONSIBILITY FOR HER ACTIONS

Clinton Assured The American People That She Was "Well-Aware Of The Classification Requirements"

On March 10, During Her Press Conference At The United Nations, Clinton Said: "I Did Not Email Any Classified Material To Anyone On My Email. There Is No Classified Material." CLINTON: "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The UN Regarding Her Personal E-Mail Account, New York, NY, 3/10/15)

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  • Clinton: "I'm Certainly Well-Aware Of The Classification Requirements And Did Not Send Classified Material." "So I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The UN Regarding Her Personal E-Mail Account, New York, NY, 3/10/15)

Former State Department Employee Who Held Top Secret Clearance: "Employees At The Highest Levels Of Access Are Expected To Apply The Highest Levels Of Judgment The Government's Basic Nondisclosure Agreement Makes Clear The Rule Is 'Marked Or Unmarked Classified Information.'" "What matters in the world of secrets is the information itself, which may or may not be marked 'classified.' Employees at the highest levels of access are expected to apply the highest levels of judgment, based on the standards in Executive Order 13526. The government's basic nondisclosure agreement makes clear the rule is 'marked or unmarked classified information.'" (Peter Van Buren, "What Everyone With A Top Secret Security Clearance Knows - Or Should Know," Reuters, 8/3/15)

Clinton Has Shirked All Responsibility For Her Actions And Has Resorted To Telling Jokes About Her Secret Server

At Tuesday's Press Conference, When Asked If Her Server Had Been Wiped, Clinton Responded: "What, Like With A Cloth Or Something?" QUESTION: "You were in charge of it. You were the official in charge of it. Did you wipe the server?" CLINTON: "What, like with a cloth or something? No. I don't know how it works digitally at all." (Hillary Clinton, Press Conference, Las Vegas, NV, 8/18/15)

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At The Democrat Wing Ding Dinner, Clinton Said "[Y]ou May Have Seen That I Recently Launched A Snapchat Account. I Love It. I Love It. Those Messages Disappear All By Themselves." CLINTON: "By the way, you may have seen that I recently launched a Snapchat account. I love it. I love it. Those messages disappear all by themselves." (Hillary Clinton, Speech At The Democratic Wing Ding Dinner, Clear Lake, IA, 8/14/15)

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In July, During A Economic Policy Speech, Clinton "Mocked The Furor Over Her Emails" And Said: "Maybe The Heat Is Getting To Everybody." "Despite being the first major policy address of her 2016 presidential campaign, Clinton's speech on economic policy in late July at New York University was not immune to the email controversy. Before launching into a fiery condemnation of corporate culture and pitching a package of economic reforms, Clinton mocked the furor over her emails. 'There's been a lot of inaccuracies as Congressman (Elijah) Cummings made very clear this morning,' she argued. 'Maybe the heat is getting to everybody.'" (Eric Bradner, "Hillary Clinton's 7 Eyebrow-Raising Email Comments," CNN, 8/21/15)

At A Private Fundraiser In June, Clinton Said: "The White House Wouldn't Have Been Hacked 'Had They Been Using My Server.'" "According to a New York Post report, Clinton addressed the ongoing controversy at a private fundraiser in June after reports of a major cybersecurity breach at the Office of Personnel Management." (Eric Bradner, "Hillary Clinton's 7 Eyebrow-Raising Email Comments," CNN, 8/21/15)

In An Interview With CNN's Brianna Keilar Clinton Said: "Now I Think It's Kind Of Fun. People Get A Real-Time, Behind-The-Scenes Look At What I Was Emailing About And What I Was Communicating About." "'Now I think it's kind of fun. People get a real-time, behind-the-scenes look at what I was emailing about and what I was communicating about.' Clinton granted her first major interview after the launch of her campaign to CNN's Brianna Keilar, and the topic of her emails hung over the conversation." (Eric Bradner, "Hillary Clinton's 7 Eyebrow-Raising Email Comments," CNN, 8/21/15)

Clinton's Campaign Has Painted Her As A "Passive Recipient" Of Information She Received While At State

Clinton Spokesperson Brian Fallon Said: "She Was At Worst A Passive Recipient Of Unwitting Information That Subsequently Became Deemed As Classified." "'She was at worst a passive recipient of unwitting information that subsequently became deemed as classified,' said Brian Fallon, a spokesman for Mrs. Clinton's campaign." (Byron Tau and Robert McMillan, "Hillary Clinton Campaign Says Classified Emails Were On Server," The Wall Street Journal, 8/19/15)

Clinton Campaign Communications Director, Jennifer Palmieri, Said Clinton "'Didn't Really Think It Through,' When She Elected To Have A Private Email Server." "Hillary Clinton communications director Jennifer Palmieri said that Clinton 'didn't really think it through' when she elected to have a private email server in an interview Wednesday with Bloomberg's John Heilemann." (David Rutz, "Clinton Spokeswoman On Hillary's Private Email: 'She Didn't Really Think It Through,'" The Washington Free Beacon , 8/19/15)

Clinton's Campaign Has Pointed To Classification Requirements As An Excuse For Clinton's Actions

The Clinton Campaign Has "Stood By" The Explanation That "Intelligence Agencies Tend To Lean Toward Classification More Than An Agency Like State Would…" "And culturally, intelligence agencies tend to lean toward classification more than an agency like State would, several former employees on both sides agreed. The Clinton campaign stood by this explanation in its defense." (Cory Bennett, "Clinton Emails Reveal Murky World Of 'Top Secret' Documents," The Hill, 8/12/15)

Clinton's Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri: "It's Common For Information Previously Considered Unclassified To Be Upgraded To Classified Before Being Publicly Released." "'It's common for information previously considered unclassified to be upgraded to classified before being publicly released,' campaign Communications Director Jennifer Palmieri said in an email sent Wednesday to supporters." (Cory Bennett, "Clinton Emails Reveal Murky World Of 'Top Secret' Documents," The Hill, 8/12/15)

  • Palmieri: "'Some Emails That Weren't Secret At The Time [Clinton] Sent Or Received Them Might Be Secret Now. And Sometimes Government Agencies Disagree About What Should Be Classified." "'Some emails that weren't secret at the time [Clinton] sent or received them might be secret now. And sometimes government agencies disagree about what should be classified,' Palmieri added." (Cory Bennett, "Clinton Emails Reveal Murky World Of 'Top Secret' Documents," The Hill, 8/12/15)

Clinton's Story On Whether Or Not She Ever Sent Or Received Classified Information Continues To Evolve

On March 10, During Her Press Conference At The United Nations, Clinton Said: "I Did Not Email Any Classified Material To Anyone On My Email. There Is No Classified Material." CLINTON: "I did not email any classified material to anyone on my email. There is no classified material. So I'm certainly well-aware of the classification requirements and did not send classified material." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At The UN Regarding Her Personal E-Mail Account, New York, NY, 3/10/15)

On July 25, Clinton: "The Facts Are Pretty Clear: I Did Not Send Nor Receive Anything That Was Classified At The Time." "'The facts are pretty clear: I did not send nor receive anything that was classified at the time,' Mrs. Clinton told reporters in Iowa." (Colleen McCain Nelson, "Hillary Clinton Says She Didn't Use Personal Email Account To Send Or Receive Secret Data," The Wall Street Journal , 7/25/15)

On August 15, Clinton Said: "But The Facts Are The Same As They Have Been From The Very Beginning Of These Questions Being Raised, And Most Importantly I Never Sent Classified Material On My Email And I Never Received Any That Was Marked Classified." (Hillary Clinton, Remarks At Iowa State Fair, Des Moines, IA, 8/15/15)

CLINTON HAS A LONG HISTORY OF SHIRKING RESPONSIBILITY AS SECRETARY OF STATE, NAMELY DURING THE DEVASTATING SECURITY LAPSES IN BENGHAZI

The State Department Denied Requests For More Security In Benghazi In The Months Leading Up To The September 2012 Attacks. "Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans were killed in the Sept. 11, 2012, attacks after having made requests for more security to the State Department. State has acknowledged that security was not adequate but has defended itself by saying that it never received intelligence indicating an attack of the ferocity of the terrorist assault. Numerous attackers were involved in the assault, which lasted several hours." (Oren Dorell, "Democrats Join GOP To Blame State In Benghazi," USA Today, 1/15/14)

  • According To Deputy Chief Of Mission Greg Hicks, Ambassador Stevens' Requests For Additional Security For Benghazi "Were Denied Or Ignored." "To sum up: Chris Stevens was not responsible for the reduction in security personnel. His requests for additional security were denied or ignored. Officials at the State and Defense Departments in Washington made the decisions that resulted in reduced security. (Gregory N. Hicks, Op-Ed, "Gregory Hicks: Benghazi And The Smearing Of Chris Stevens," The Wall Street Journal, 1/22/14)

Clinton's Go-To Answer On Embassy Security? Don't Look At Me!

Clinton Said She Was Not Aware Of "Specific Requests And Decision Making" Regarding Security Because Decisions Rested With "Security Professionals." ALAN GRAYSON: "All right. Now, it was identified earlier that a report dating from the 1990s had said that the secretary should take a personal and active role in security. Have you done that during your four years at the State Department?" HILLARY CLINTON: "I have been very attuned to the environment in which threats are occurring, the intelligence that is available. Certainly not the specific requests and decision making, which rests with the security professionals." (Hillary Clinton, House Committee On Foreign Affairs, Hearing, 1/23/13)

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Clinton On The Requests For More Security In Benghazi, "I Didn't See Those Requests. They Didn't Come To Me. I Didn't Approve Them, I Didn't Deny Them." HILLARY CLINTON: "The specific security requests pertaining to Benghazi, you know, were handled by the security professionals in the department. I didn't see those requests. They didn't come to me. I didn't approve them, I didn't deny them." (Hillary Clinton, Committee On Foreign Relations, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 1/23/13)

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In 2014, Clinton Ducked Her Responsibility On The Attack In Benghazi, Saying, "I'm Not Equipped To Sit And Look At Blueprints To Determine Where The Blast Walls Need To Be Or Where The Reinforcements Need To Be." DIANE SAWYER: "Is there anything you personally should have been doing to make it safer in Benghazi?" HILLARY CLINTON: "What I did was give very direct instructions that the people who have the expertise and experience in security -" SAWYER: "But personally you --" CLINTON: "Well that is personal, though, Diane. I am not -- I'm not equipped to sit and look at blueprints to determine where the blast walls need to be or where the reinforcements need to be. That's why we hire people who have that expertise." SAWYER: "I wonder if people are looking for a sentence that begins from you, 'I should have. I should have.'" (ABC's "Good Morning America," 6/9/14 )

  • Diane Sawyer: "I Wonder If People Are Looking For A Sentence That Begins From You, 'I Should Have. I Should Have.'" (ABC's "Good Morning America," 6/9/14)

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Chairman Of The Joint Chiefs Of Staff Martin Dempsey Said He Was "Surprised" Clinton Had Not Seen A Specific State Department Cable From Ambassador Stevens Regarding Security Concerns. LINDSEY GRAHAM: "When Secretary Clinton testified a few weeks ago that she had a clear-eyed assessment of the threat that we faced in Libya, is that really a credible statement if she didn't know about the ambassador's cable on Aug. 15, saying we can't defend this place." MARTIN DEMPSEY: "Well, I don't know that she didn't know about the cable." GRAHAM: "She said she didn't." DEMPSEY: "Well, that's a…" GRAHAM: "Are you stunned that she didn't?" DEMPSEY: "I would call myself surprised that she didn't." (Armed Services Committee, U.S. Senate, Hearing, 2/7/13)

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CLINTON'S EXCUSES RAISE QUESTIONS ABOUT THE "CULTURE OF THE MANAGEMENT" SHE FOSTERED

CNN's John King: "[T]he Question Is: How High Up The Chain Of Command Did That Go? … It Raises Questions About The Culture Of The Management." CNN'S JOHN KING: "Then the question is: how high up the chain of command did that go, and that is one of the big questions Ana just touched on in Washington right now? You know, Secretary Clinton says she was never told about the security warnings in Benghazi. The President said he was never told about Angela Merkel's phone and things like that. The president says he wasn't told about the Web site problems. Let's assume all that's true. It raises questions about the culture of the management. Don't you want the boss to know when there are things that could undermine his signature domestic initiative or could undermine an important relationships in the world?" (CNN's "AC 360" 10/29/13)

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