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Twitter was an official cult at the State Dept until it all went bad across MENA.

Reversion of form.

How your dog sees a cat on acid

Clinton's lawyers didn't read the 30K emails they deleted. They just hit a button.

No Congressional committee or court of justice will be able to call witnesses who actually screened the more than 30,000 emails Clinton's lawyers characterize as "private." That's because the screeners don't exist; nobody reviewed the former Secretary of State's email before approximately half were deleted a few months ago.

As reported in yesterday's TIME Magazine, when Hillary Clinton's lawyers separated the Clintonemail.com account for public matter material, no human being actually read her emails before deleting what was deemed "private" messages. It was all done automatically on the basis of a key-word search: http://time.com/3741847/the-clinton-way/

She commissioned a review of the 62,320 messages in her account only after the department–spurred by the congressional investigation–asked her to do so. And this review did not involve opening and reading each email; instead, Clinton’s lawyers created a list of names and keywords related to her work and searched for those. Slightly more than half the total cache–31,830 emails–did not contain any of the search terms, according to Clinton’s staff, so they were deemed to be “private, personal records.”

When Mrs. Clinton addressed the assembled press corps earlier in the week, her explanation of the criteria for determining private material was rather different. These were merely “private personal emails,” Clinton claimed, as Time quoted her, the deleted

“emails (were) about planning Chelsea’s wedding or my mother’s funeral arrangements, condolence notes to friends as well as yoga routines, family vacations, the other things you typically find in inboxes.”

After she finished taking questions, Clinton’s staff disclosed that no one actually read through those 30,000-odd documents before she “chose not to keep” them.

GOPer invites Hillary Clinton to sign Iran letter

Source: CNN.com

Washington (CNN)Sen. Tom Cotton said Tuesday he'd "welcome" presidential candidates to join the 47 Senate Republicans who signed a controversial letter to Iran warning the country's leaders that a lasting nuclear deal would have to be approved by Congress.

And Cotton said he would welcome "even Hillary Clinton," the presumptive Democratic presidential frontrunner, to join the effort.

"I suspect she might have reservations about this ill-fated nuclear deal with Iran as well," Cotton said on CNN's New Day.

Several potential GOP presidential candidates have already signed onto the letter. Sens. Ted Cruz, Marco Rubio, Rand Paul and Lindsey Graham are among the 46 Republicans who signed onto Cotton's letter "to the Leaders of the Islamic Republic of Iran." President Barack Obama slammed the letter on Monday, accusing the GOP of making "common cause with the hard-liners in Iran" by attempting to undercut ongoing negotiations that face a first deadline for a framework agreement at the end of the month.

Read more: http://www.cnn.com/2015/03/10/politics/tom-cotton-2016-presidential-candidates-iran-letter/

So far, she has said nothing about the letter, despite being invited to sign it. As former Secretary of State, she's almost duty-bound to stand up with the President. If she doesn't speak out forcefully against the 47, she's complicit with the bipartisan war party. Again.

If she does take the opportunity during her 1:30pm statement today -- and is very clear in her statement that she supports the President's diplomatic efforts, and condemns this effort to hijack and spoil the talks with Iran -- my estimation of her can only rise, and I will thank her.

Add one more essential but not sufficient precondition for ISIS: destabilization of Libya and Syria.

Here's a lesser-known set of facts leading to the creation of ISIS:

John Kerry was actively wooing Assad until early 2011 when the Petraeus-Clinton faction took control over MENA policy, and regime change was brought simultaneously to Syria, along with Libya and Tunisia. The project was most aggressively led on the ground by covert operators from France and Qatar, to a lesser extent involving the U.S., U.K., Saudi Arabia, UAE and Turkey in funding, coordination, propaganda, logistics and support. Ongoing programs run by CIA and State Dept. were ballooned, and there were a lot of meetings, but mostly we watched civil war unfold as third-force special forces units (mostly Qatari) led armed uprisings in Libya and Syria. In March 2011, President Obama signed a classified "finding" coordinating efforts with Qatar and several other countries to overthrow Qaddafi. http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/03/30/us-libya-usa-order-idUSTRE72T6H220110330 A similar directive was signed ordering similar covert operations in Syria.

In April, 2011, Chris Stevens arrived in Eastern Libya where he took a lead role in organizing opposition militia. At the time of Stevens death on September 12, 2012, Ghadaffi had been killed the previous October after retreating to his tribal homeland in Sirte, and the Libyan army had dissolved. Opposition militia were in charge of the rest of the country and arms stocks. By that stage, there was an active pipeline set up for Islamic fighters and looted Libyan heavy arms -- along with shoulder-fired antiaircraft missiles (MANPADs) -- flowing into Syria by way of Turkey. That movement of MANPADs was first confirmed in a Times of London article published two days after the attack on the US compound in Benghazi. See, http://www.dailykos.com/story/2012/09/28/1137620/-Times-of-London-Shipload-of-Looted-Missiles-From-Libya-Arrives-in-Turkey#

The death of Stevens and the spread across the region of heavy arms and Jihadist Libyan fighters armed and trained by Qataris using Saudi and Gulf money forced President Obama to reconsider the policy. CIA Director Petraeus, who was confirmed in September 2011 to succeed Leon Panetta, resisted winding down the operation. In a showdown White House meeting the following October, Petraeus was supported by Secretary of State Clinton and Defense Secretary Panetta. Obama's decision to wind down what has been referred to as "Operation Zero Footprint" came after discussions with national security advisor Tom Donilon. The rift within the Administration was first made public during Senate hearings the following February. See, http://www.nytimes.com/2013/02/08/us/politics/panetta-speaks-to-senate-panel-on-benghazi-attack.html?_r=0 Petraeus' ongoing affair with his biographer was exposed, and Secretary Clinton's resignation graciously accepted after the Inauguration. The rest, as they say, is history.

Damn auto correct. NSA it is.

The first thing people in government and law firms learn is that email is both insecure to hackers and that many commercial email companies retain a copy. If the company doesn't have a copy on it's server, the NSA does. In the event of a law suit, email is subject to discovery.

That's why Hillary and Petraeus' use of commercial accounts is so surprising.

Peace comes to Syria - validates Gen. Petraeus and Sec. Clinton's policy.

Thank you General and Madam Secretary for championing the humanitarian solution, and supporting our moderate friends in the region. Re:
US Backed Syrian Rebel Group Dissolves, Merges With Islamist After Losses. AP 03/01/15. One of the main western-backed rebel groups announced on Sunday that it had dissolved itself and joined a larger Islamist alliance, weeks into a battle which saw it lose ground and men to more powerful al Qaeda insurgents. The statement posted online said its fighters would join the Shamiyah Front, an alliance of Islamist brigades in Aleppo, to prevent further bloodshed. http://www.ynetnews.com/articles/0,7340,L-4632188,00.html

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