Mind and Destiny

“I make no pretension to patriotism. So long as my voice can be heard ... I will hold up America to the lightning scorn of moral indignation. In doing this, I shall feel myself discharging the duty of a true patriot; for he is a lover of his country who rebukes and does not excuse its sins. It is righteousness that exalteth a nation while sin is a reproach to any people.”- Frederick Douglass

Location: Delhi, N.Y., United States

The author and his webmaster, summer of 1965.

Monday, September 12, 2016

Personal Emails

Former Secretary of State Colin Powell told his successor, Hillary Clinton, that he used his own personal computer to communicate with friends and foreign leaders and sent emails without going through the State Department server, according to emails released by congressional Democrats.
Clinton had reached out to Powell when she began serving as the nation's top diplomat to find out how he used personal devices.  In a four-paragraph email response, Powell told Clinton he didn't use a BlackBerry, but detailed how he got around having his communications with both employees and people outside the State Department from becoming part of the agency's official record.

He wrote: “What I did do was have a personal computer that was hooked up to a private phone line.  So I could communicate with a wide range of friends directly without it going through the State Department on their personal email accounts.  I did the same thing on the road in hotels.”
Clinton's use of a private email server during her tenure as secretary of state has loomed over her presidential campaign and spurred intense criticism from Republicans.  The email exchange between Clinton and Powell was released by the State Department after Democrats on the House Oversight Committee pressed for it.  They complained the full exchange was not part of earlier email document releases from the department that Republicans in Congress have asked for as part of their probe into Clinton's email use.

FBI Director James Comey defended the bureau’s release of documents from Hillary Clinton email investigation by saying that “we don't play games” and that the documents were put out when ready.
In a memo to FBI employees Comey wrote: “At the end of the day, the case itself was not a cliff-hanger; despite all the chest-beating by people no longer in government, there really wasn't a prosecutable case.”


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