Links for 9-24-2016

  • Andrew McCarthy asks why the Department of Justice granted immunity to Hillary Clinton aide Cheryl Mills:

    The FBI had abundant reason to suspect that there was classified information improperly stored – i.e., potentially illegally stored – on Mills and Samuelson’s computers. These devices had been used in 2014 (i.e., about two years after Mills and Clinton had left the State Department) in the process of reviewing the 62,000 emails stored on Clinton’s homebrew server. It was by this process that Clinton determined which emails related to government business and would be surrendered to the State Department, and which were (purportedly) private and would be retained by Clinton. (We now know that thousands of what Clinton claimed were “private” emails were actually government-related, that some even contained classified information, and that Clinton and her minions attempted to destroy all of them – notwithstanding that destroying even one government file is a felony.)

    Because thousands of emails containing classified information were included among the 62,000 reviewed on the Mills and Samuelson computers, and because data usually remain stored in the memory of a computer even if a deletion attempt has been made, it was a good bet that the Mills and ­­Samuelson computers contained classified information.

    It can be a felony to mishandle classified information by transmitting it to, or storing it on, an unclassified system. Moreover, it constitutes a threat to national security (and to informants who risk their lives to acquire intelligence for the United States) to leave classified information on a non-secure private computer that can easily be hacked or otherwise infiltrated. Consequently, the Justice Department had the power and the duty to take custody of the Mills and Samuelson computers.

    It does not matter whether Mills and Samuelson were concerned that their computers might contain incriminating information. The Fifth Amendment privilege against self-incrimination only protects a person from being forced to provide the government with self-incriminating information of a testimonial nature; it does not cover physical evidence.

  • David French writes on Ted Cruz’s decision to endorse Donald Trump:

    Let’s be clear, between the Republican convention and this weekend, absolutely nothing changed about either Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton. Trump and Clinton are the same politicians with the same towering self-regard and same unfitness for the presidency. Trump is the exact same person who Cruz once said could “plunge” this nation “into the abyss.” Clinton is the exact same person we’ve seen throughout a quarter-century of dreary, corrupt years in national public life. What changed is all this “pressure” I keep hearing about. “The pressure is building,” people say. It’s time to get in line behind Trump.

    What pressure? You might get primaried? The terrifying Reince Priebus might get angry? You might – gasp – lose your Senate seat? Good heavens – the nation just can’t survive without Cruz in the Senate!


    Similarly, while there are substitutes for any senator, there is no substitute for respect for the values and constitutional principles that made this nation great. And if a politician has to expose himself to Reince’s public relations peashooter to — quoting Cruz himself at the convention – “defend our freedom” and be “faithful to the Constitution,” then by God you do it. Too bad Ted couldn’t. Perhaps someone else will.

  • President Obama used a pseudonym when he communicated with Hillary Clinton via email, which suggests he knew she was using an insecure private server.

  • An internal U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services email says the agency is offering overtime to process naturalization applications before the election. The agency claims it receives more naturalization applications during election years, and that it’s trying to maintain its usual five to seven month processing time despite the increased number of applications. Critics say it’s trying to manufacture Democrat voters.

  • A U.S. Air Force F–35 caught via during engine startup. The plane was participating in exercises at Mountain Home Air Force Base at the time. The pilot got out OK and the ground crew extinguished the fire.

  • A man used a rifle to kill five people at a mall in Burlington, Washington. Law enforcement is still searching for a suspect.

  • An American drone strike killed a local al Qaeda commander in Yemen; three other al Qaeda members were killed in the strike, too. This is the second such drone strike in as many days.

  • Two terrorist attacks in Germany for which ISIS claimed responsibility were actually tightly controlled by ISIS operatives via phone messaging applications — law enforcement describes the attackers as operating under remote control.