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Hillary Clinton’s State Department Gave South Sudan’s Military a Pass for Its Child Soldiers

I met a few of them in the town of Pibor last year. These battle-tested veterans had just completed two or three years of military service. They told me about the rigors of a soldier’s life, about toting AK-47s, about the circumstances that led them to take up arms. In the United States, not one of these soldiers would have met the age requirements to enlist in the Army. None were older than 16.

Rebel forces in southern Sudan began using child soldiers long before seceding from Sudan in 2011. The United States, on the other hand, passed a law in 2008 that banned providing military assistance to nations that use child soldiers. The law was called the Child Soldiers Prevention Act, or CSPA, but after South Sudan’s independence, the White House issued annual waivers that kept aid flowing to the world’s newest nation despite its use of child soldiers. President Obama stated in 2012 that the waiver that year was in “the national interest of the United States.”

The president’s move was criticized by human rights activists and others. Rep. Jeff Fortenberry, a Republican from Nebraska and the author of the CSPA, described the use of child soldiers as an “unthinkable practice.” The U.S. “must not be complicit in this practice,” he said. “The intent of the law is clear — the waiver authority should be used as a mechanism for reform, not as a way of continuing the status quo.” Because of the requirements of the law, the waivers were issued by the White House rather than the State Department, so Obama was the target of most of the criticism.

Hillary Clinton, who was secretary of state when the first waivers were issued, was apparently never asked to comment on them, and the State Department never provided any explanations about its role. Clinton had spent years vowing to defend the rights of children worldwide — in 2012, she railed against “modern-day slavery” in the introduction to a State Department report on human trafficking that took aim at the “unlawful recruitment or use of children” by armed forces. Yet she does not appear to have publicly explained her role in allowing South Sudan and other countries to receive military support despite using children as combatants. In fact, the State Department played a central role in issuing the controversial waivers, according to two sources, including a former State Department official."


https://theintercept.com/2016/06/09/hillary-clintons-state-department-gave-south-sudans-military-a-pass-for-its-child-soldiers/

Experts: Clinton emails could have compromised CIA names

Source: AP

The names of CIA personnel could have been compromised not only by hackers who may have penetrated Hillary Clinton's private computer server or the State Department system, but also by the release itself of tens of thousands of her emails, security experts say.

At least 47 of the emails contain the notation "B3 CIA PERS/ORG," which indicates the material referred to CIA personnel or matters related to the agency. And because both Clinton's server and the State Department systems were vulnerable to hacking, the perpetrators could have those original emails, and now the publicly released, redacted versions showing exactly which sections refer to CIA personnel.

"Start with the entirely plausible view that foreign intelligence services discovered and rifled Hillary Clinton's server," said Stewart Baker, a Washington lawyer who spent more than three years as an assistant secretary of the Homeland Security Department and is former legal counsel for the National Security Agency.

Read more: http://bigstory.ap.org/article/1a737240cf144c728b45ef64e181f19d/experts-clinton-emails-could-have-compromised-cia-names#



AP confirms what's obvious based on those codes. It should also be noted that the FBI officially confirmed that they recovered files from Hillary's server and considers it evidence.

Justice Dept. granted limited immunity to staffer in Clinton email probe

Attorneys for a former State Department staffer who helped set up Hillary Clinton’s private email server said Tuesday that he was granted limited immunity by federal prosecutors in an ongoing Justice Department investigation and not shielded from prosecution in connection with other matters.

The disclosure came as Bryan Pagliano met a court deadline to disclose details of the agreement after he sought to invoke his Fifth Amendment right against self-incrimination to avoid answering questions in a civil open-records lawsuit brought by the conservative group Judicial Watch.

Pagliano’s attorneys, led by Mark J. MacDougall, filed the agreement under terms that it be sealed from all but U.S. District Judge Emmet G. Sullivan of Washington.

In an accompanying filing, they explained that Pagliano entered into “use and derivative use” agreements with the Justice Department shortly after approaching it in December 2015 with a proposal to give testimony.

The agreements do not give Pagliano blanket immunity in what The Washington Post reported in March was part of an ongoing FBI criminal investigation into the possible mishandling of classified information related to Clinton’s email setup while she was secretary from 2009 to 2013. Instead, such deals typically prohibit prosecutors from using evidence against a witness developed from his own testimony — but not evidence obtained independently.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/crime/justice-dept-granted-limited-immunity-to-staffer-in-clinton-email-probe/2016/06/07/a1a46d2c-2ce8-11e6-b5db-e9bc84a2c8e4_story.html

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OHP Uses New Device To Seize Money Used During The Commission Of A Crime

Source: News9


"You may have heard of civil asset forfeiture.
That's where police can seize your property and cash without first proving you committed a crime; without a warrant and without arresting you, as long as they suspect that your property is somehow tied to a crime.

Now, the Oklahoma Highway Patrol has a device that also allows them to seize money in your bank account or on prepaid cards.

It's called an ERAD, or Electronic Recovery and Access to Data machine, and state police began using 16 of them last month.

Here's how it works. If a trooper suspects you may have money tied to some type of crime, the highway patrol can scan any cards you have and seize the money.


http://m.news9.com/story.aspx?story=32168555&catId=112032

Read more: Link to source



A whole other can of worms has just been opened with this one.

Ex-Clinton staffer files sealed documents on immunity issue

Source: AP

WASHINGTON (AP) -- The ex-staffer who set up Hillary Clinton's home email server has filed documents under seal in response to a judge's directive that he reveal his immunity arrangement with the Justice Department.
Bryan Pagliano submitted a motion in federal court on Tuesday to file a document under seal. The motion was hidden from public view, and two exhibits were also sealed.

His lawyer, Mark MacDougall, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Pagliano last week said he would not testify in an upcoming deposition sought by conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued for information about Clinton's email server.
In response, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Pagliano until Tuesday evening to file with the court a copy of his immunity agreement.

Read more: http://ap.stripes.com/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLINTON_EMAILS_LAWSUITS?SITE=DCSAS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-06-07-16-52-04#0199db1a-e701-42f5-b9f0-476e72d37700

Ex-Clinton staffer files sealed documents on immunity issue

"The ex-staffer who set up Hillary Clinton's home email server has filed documents under seal in response to a judge's directive that he reveal his immunity arrangement with the Justice Department.
Bryan Pagliano submitted a motion in federal court on Tuesday to file a document under seal. The motion was hidden from public view, and two exhibits were also sealed.

His lawyer, Mark MacDougall, did not immediately return a phone message seeking comment.
Pagliano last week said he would not testify in an upcoming deposition sought by conservative legal advocacy group Judicial Watch, which has sued for information about Clinton's email server.
In response, U.S. District Judge Emmet Sullivan gave Pagliano until Tuesday evening to file with the court a copy of his immunity agreement."



http://ap.stripes.com/dynamic/stories/U/US_CLINTON_EMAILS_LAWSUITS?SITE=DCSAS&SECTION=HOME&TEMPLATE=DEFAULT&CTIME=2016-06-07-16-52-04#0199db1a-e701-42f5-b9f0-476e72d37700

NBC: No one wanted Hillary Clinton to win this way

"No one wanted Hillary Clinton to win the Democratic nomination Monday night -- not even Hillary Clinton.

The Associated Press’ surprise decision to declare Clinton the party’s presumptive nominee the night before voters headed to the polls in six states Tuesday has muddled the impact of Clinton’s historic accomplishment and salted the wounds of Sanders supporters.

The declaration, based on a survey of superdelegates, was quickly followed by other news outlets, including NBC News. It sent reporters scrambling and put both candidates and the rest of the Democratic Party in an awkward position as the race was called when few expected it to end.

For Clinton, this is not how she wanted to become the first woman to be a major political party’s nominee. During a monumental moment, Clinton kept the party under a lid, instead of breaking out the champagne. "


http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/no-one-wanted-hillary-clinton-win-way/amp

KING: Hillary Clinton did not win the Democratic Primary, she won a secret survey of party elites

"On Monday, on the eve of the most important day in the primary, on a day where not a single vote was cast, Hillary Clinton was surprisingly declared the winner of the Democratic Primary.

Tuesday was scheduled to be the single biggest day of the entire Democratic Primary season with a total of 694 pledged delegates up for grabs in California, New Jersey, North Dakota, South Dakota, Montana, and New Mexico.


In the past 45 days alone, more than 650,000 new voters registered in California and the state announced that with 72% of available voters registered, it was the highest percentage of people ever registered for primaries in the state.

This should have been a celebration for the Democratic Party as it welcomed record numbers of new voters into the fold. Instead, something far more nefarious and underhanded has happened. New voters didn't put Hillary Clinton over the top. Pledged delegates didn't seal the deal. It wasn't a recount of a primary or caucus.

It was a survey - an anonymous survey.

Yes, you read that correctly - a survey. The Associated Press conducted a secret survey of super-delegates, in which they promised to protect their identities, and determined that just enough of them, the perfect number actually, said they intended to vote for Hillary Clinton 50 days from now during the Democratic Convention. For the AP, that was enough to go ahead and call the race for her.

Let me say that in a different way.

A secret survey of politicians and party insiders on whether or not they will actually vote for Hillary Clinton during the Democratic Convention on July 25 in Philadelphia is what the AP used to call this race a done deal.


It's disgusting."


http://www.nydailynews.com/amp/news/politics/king-hillary-clinton-not-won-democratic-primary-article-1.2664569

The AP didn't call it for Obama until the last states voted and those were only 31 delegates combined.

Why the Associated Press called the race for Hillary Clinton when nobody was looking

"Most observers expected that Hillary Clinton would be crowned the victor in the Democratic presidential primary process at some point after New Jersey voted on Tuesday. Supporters of Bernie Sanders hoped to convince the media to hold off on such an announcement until the convention or, at the very least, until after polls closed in California later Tuesday night. But everyone knew some sort of declaration was coming; Clinton was within a few dozen delegates of winning — including both winning through voting and superdelegates — and New Jersey would put her over the top.

But then on Monday evening, unexpectedly, the Associated Press sent out an announcement: Clinton was already there.

Over the weekend, Clinton won two more Democratic contests that drew her within shouting distance of clinching the nomination — the Virgin Islands and (more important) Puerto Rico. On Monday morning, she needed 23 more delegates to hit the 2,383-delegate mark that constitutes a majority for the convention. She had 1,812 pledged delegates and commitments from more than 500 superdelegates, but she was a bit short of the threshold.


What happened on Monday was that the Associated Press received commitments from enough superdelegates — just enough superdelegates, in fact — to put Clinton over the top. With 23 more superdelegates in hand, Clinton reached the 2,383 mark, and the AP made the call.

Understandably, that out-of-the-blue determination prompted even more frustration and confusion than was already expected. How was the AP sure that those superdelegates wouldn't change their minds? Why release new totals the day before the critical primaries in California? Who were the superdelegates that made the difference?

We did our best to answer those questions"

https://www.washingtonpost.com/amphtml/news/the-fix/wp/2016/06/07/why-the-associated-press-called-the-race-for-hillary-clinton-when-nobody-was-looking/
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