Dear FBI Director Comey

Sir, you are a water-laden weasel. It hurts because you know its true.

Thu Sep 29 14:23:06 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 14

Judicial WatchOn March 6, 2009, Assistant Secretary of State for Diplomatic Security Eric J. Boswell wrote in an Information Memo to your Chief of Staff, Cheryl Mills, that he “cannot stress too strongly, however, that any unclassified BlackBerry is highly vulnerable in any setting to remotely and covertly monitoring conversations, retrieving email, and exploiting calendars.” A March 11, 2009 email states that, in a management meeting with the assistant secretaries, you approached Assistant Secretary Boswell and mentioned that you had read the “IM” and that you “get it.” Did you review the March 6, 2009 Information Memo, and, if so, why did you continue using an unclassified BlackBerry to access your email account to conduct official State Department business? Copies of the March 6, 2009 Information Memo and March 11, 2009 email are attached as Exhibit A for your review.

Since she's on record with an email response already, this one is harder to dodge. I think she will point to the security record of her server and say no one could ever prove it was hacked. And they can't prove anything about her blackberries or iPads either, because...

Remember, according to the FBI investigation, several of Hillary's blackberries were literally destroyed by smashing them with hammers or breaking them in half.

We could have had the guy who made that ad as the Republican candidate.

Thu Sep 29 12:53:42 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Immunized Clinton aide lied to FBI but was allowed to keep immunity deal

NYPostIn the latest bombshell from Congress’ probe into what’s looking more and more like an FBI whitewash (or coverup) of criminal behavior by the Democratic nominee and her aides, the Denver-based tech who destroyed subpoenaed emails from Clinton’s server allegedly lied to FBI agents after he got an immunity deal.

That’s normally a felony. As a federal prosecutor, Comey tossed Martha Stewart in jail for it and helped convict Scooter Libby for it as well. Yet the key Clinton witness still maintained his protection from criminal prosecution.

It's always been a coverup, it's just that they're running out of room under the rug.

Thu Sep 29 10:49:38 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Quid pro Quo

Hot AirHere’s a better question: what specifically did Liveris want to discuss with Hillary in exchange for the use of the aircraft? And another: did Hillary agree to take some sort of action or intervention on behalf of Dow or Liveris in exchange for the favor? Answers to those questions do not emerge from the e-mails, the Times’ Eric Lichtblau reports, but those are the questions that require answering. And it seems even more odd now that these connections are emerging that the FBI and the Department of Justice didn’t take very much interest in finding them when they had these e-mails all to themselves.

I'm sure Hillary cannot recall what was discussed in that private meeting. Perhaps Congress should subpeona the other person who was there and ask them.

Thu Sep 29 09:56:52 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

26 things we learned from the FBI release last friday

Among other things, someone was messing with FOIA requests by running them through a separate, unusual process with dedicated (and carefully selected) new staff rather than the normal staff. I wouldn't be surprised if that's how Wilkins handled the IRS document production to Congress.

Wed Sep 28 10:24:10 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

What Trump should have said

Wed Sep 28 10:13:53 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Orlando terrorist's 911 transcript released

He calls for the US to stop airstrikes on ISIS at least 5 times during the call, naming an obscure ISIS commander in the process. Clearly this guy was a serious fan, if not actually affiliated. And remember when the authorities were telling us we didn't know his motive and it might not be terrorism?

Yep. It's another obvious terrorist attack "with no known connection to terrorism".

And oh, by the way... where's his wife?

UPDATE: New York Times reporter asks whether the administration is stage-managing ISIS attacks. Of course they are. Why do you think we on the Right made such a big deal about them refusing to call it terrorism? They've been stage-managing attacks since Benghazi!

Wed Sep 28 10:13:38 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Court rules the First Amendment does not apply to speech about guns

Ars TechnicaA federal appeals court ruled Tuesday against Defense Distributed, the Texas organization that promotes 3D-printed guns, in a lawsuit that it brought last year against the State Department.

In a 2-1 decision, the 5th Circuit Court of Appeals was not persuaded that Defense Distributed’s right to free speech under the First Amendment outweighs national security concerns.

There are a couple problems with this ruling. The most obvious is that the First Amendment doesn't have a national security exception. People can agree not to disclose classified information (such as in return for employment or access to the information), and that agreement can be enforced, but the government can't go to a newspaper and say they aren't allowed to publish something classified. They can ask nicely and most journalists will play along if it's really about national security, but that's it. And this isn't about national security; it's about the ability to 3D-print a very basic handgun. There are millions of handguns legally owned in the United States and probably billions in the world.

Second, this has already been litigated. Decades ago, when BJ Clinton was president, there was a program called Pretty Good Privacy that was able to encrypt messages in a way that the government could not decrypt. The government hated that program and wanted it destroyed. If they couldn't have it destroyed, they wanted to make sure it stayed within the borders of the United States. They had regulations about that, regulations that treated encryption technology as munitions: that is, as a weapon, military technology. If you wanted to export weapons you had to get all sorts of licenses and permission slips, and the government would impose conditions, like don't sell this to our enemies. They brought all sorts of pressure on the author to get him to go through this process or stop distributing his program.

Instead, he printed out the source code of his program and published it, as a book... protected by the First Amendment.

This is exactly the same thing. The files in this case are the source code for a small, mostly (but not entirely) plastic, single-shot handgun.

So I say to Defense Distributed: write a book.

Wed Sep 28 10:03:07 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Clinton Foundation does not deserve credit for charitable works

Current AffairsBut critics of the Clinton Foundation may want to think twice before casually paying tribute to the organization’s tremendous good work. Most of the claims about the Foundation’s efficacy have little basis in any actual reported facts. Instead, it is simply assumed that the organization has tremendous humanitarian accomplishments, without any serious inquiry into what these are. An examination of the actual available evidence, as opposed to the PR claims of the Foundation and its boosters, suggests the need for far greater skepticism about the organization’s charitable acts in addition to its fundraising.

It's not a charity, it's a laundry.

Wed Sep 28 09:56:52 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Lester Holt was worse that Candy Crowley

I've already written about my impressions of the first 2016 presidential debate. Most of that was about the candidates' back and forth. I thought I would add my thoughts on the role played by Lester Holt, the supposedly unbiased moderator.

He was clearly biased.

In 2012, Candy Crowley collaborated with the Obama campaign to ambush Romney; when Romney criticized Obama (accurately) on refusing to call the Benghazi attack terrorism, Obama claimed he had called in terrorism in a speech. Candy Crowley, moderating the debate, jumped in to support him. The combination left Romney flustered and not sure where to go next.

But as it turns out, Candy was relying on a transcript of a speech Obama gave in which he did not in fact call the attack terrorism. He made some references to terrorism but not including the Benghazi attack among them. Romney, and everyone on the Internet criticizing the cover-up, was in fact correct. Candy got that speech in advance of the debate from the Obama campaign. It was, in other words, a planned collaboration.

Moreover, CBS News was sitting on a recorded interview with Obama in which Obama explicitly declined to call the Benghazi attack terrorism. Candy Crowley lied by commission, collaborated unethically with one of the candidates, and lied again by omission.

It has been alleged that someone at NBC provided Hillary with the debate questions in advance, allowing her to memorize prepared answers. I don't know if that's accurate; if it turns out to be true, it would be unethical collaboration. But even if it does not, Lester Holt was pressured by Hillary's campaign and a compliant media to "fact check" Trump live during the debate. He attempted to do that multiple times, with relatively limited success, but very persistently.

He did not try to fact-check Clinton even once.

That's clear and obvious bias, and arguably collaboration.

Lester Holt threw away his reputation and the trust of the public in that debate. He should be ashamed of himself, and the rest of the media should be ashamed of him. He should never be trusted to moderate such an event again.

Wed Sep 28 09:46:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 13

Judicial WatchAt the time you decided to use your email account to conduct official State Department business, or at any time thereafter during your tenure as Secretary of State, did you consider how emails you sent to or received from persons who did not have State Department email accounts (i.e., “” accounts) would be maintained and preserved by the Department or searched by the Department in response to FOIA requests? If so, what was your understanding about how such emails would be maintained, preserved,or searched by the Department in response to FOIA requests?

There's no good answer here. Even her usual dodges (aside from "I don't recall") won't work. FOIA requests are handled separately by different government agencies and records have to be requested from specific agencies that hold them. If Hillary emails, say,, then the logical agency to request the email from would be the State Department. That agency would not have a record. You could then guess "Hey, maybe Hillary emailed Obama at the white house email address. Let's file a FOIA request there." That email system may not be set up to preserve incoming emails as opposed to outgoing ones, and even if it is, you're basically making someone who wants Hillary's emails go to every possible government agency and make a separate request for her emails at each agency. Each agency would have time to search and perhaps deny the request, and perhaps even have to be sued. It would be an insurmountable barrier of red tape.

Wed Sep 28 09:45:17 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 12

Judicial WatchDuring your tenure as Secretary of State, did State Department personnel ever
request access to your email account to search for email responsive to a FOIA request? If so, identify the date access to your account was requested, the person or persons requesting access, and whether access was
granted or denied.

I'm guessing no, because they didn't know to ask.

Tue Sep 27 15:42:05 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

State Department missed email deadline

The HillThe State Department narrowly missed a court-ordered deadline on Monday to release documents about whether former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her senior aides participated in security training and briefings.

An email mix-up prevented an Obama administration lawyer from sending hundreds of pages of material to the Daily Caller News Foundation, an investigative reporting arm of the conservative-leaning website.

If you believe the email mix-up excuse, you're a fool. They delayed the release because the Presidential debate started at 9pm the night the release was due. If they did the release on time, stories about the release would have been mixed in with the debate stories and gotten a huge audience. By doing the release right after the debate instead, they get a more limited audience and also changed the topic from the debate.

The timing would be pretty close, too, but if the release had happened properly the Trump campaign might have been able to review it before the debate and unleash some devastating attacks during the debate.

Tue Sep 27 12:43:31 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump's media judo

The ObserverThat’s the fear. Trump’s unfettered mouth is his worst political enemy. His showmanship is his political genius. At The Mexican Trade Show Trump looked presidential, and far more so than Hillary ever has. Note that President Pena also invited Clinton, but she didn’t show. If she’d come she’d have had to face the media and someone just might have asked her about The Clinton Foundation or Benghazi… Donald Trump, however, is the rare Republican nominee who possesses media judo. With one move he can shift campaign momentum and in the process shatter a mainstream media narrative. His Mexican Trade Show is just the latest example.

I'd rather have Trump, the classic "ugly American" who is quintessentially American, wealthy but unpolished, sincere but undiplomatic... than a corrupt elitist like Hillary. And that's before we begin to discuss whether Hillary is even capable of filling the role of President for 4 years. She can't even manage a diplomatic trip to Mexico during her campaign, and she's afraid to take questions from the press before any stupid blunders she makes as President.

Tue Sep 27 09:56:52 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

First Presidential Debate 2016

I'll post my notes here. I probably won't try to liveblog it. So far, the pre-game show is that moderators will try to "fact-check" the candidates, which is media-speak for trying to help Clinton like Candy Crowley helped Obama with Benghazi. It turned out that Crowley was wrong, and Obama was wrong, and Romney was right. So my advice is to ignore any instant fact-checks as presumptively biased. Look it up yourself.

Overall conclusion: Hillary scored a few points, but Trump won solidly. There was some substance but less than I would have liked. More details below the fold.

UPDATE: Patterico points out that Hillary had a bit of a neurological event. I missed this because I wasn't watching the video feed when it happened. I had a suspicion it might have because the "WHOO! OKAY!" line reminded me of the "iced chai" comment; it looks to me like she felt something coming and couldn't entirely suppress it so she tried to mask it.

Watch and judge for yourself.

If the best medical support teams can't get her to function on stage for 90 minutes without a malfunction, maybe her warranty has expired and she needs to be replaced with the latest model.

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Mon Sep 26 21:42:47 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Some sort of attack in Houston with 7 injured

BREAKING: Attack in Houston. Details unknown.

That's uncomfortably close to home.

UPDATE: Total of 9 people wounded now. The police say the attacker is dead at the scene, and was a "disgruntled lawyer". That means they know who he was and are choosing not to release his name. The police found "numerous weapons" at the scene and the bomb squad is checking the attacker's car.

I'm betting this is one of those cases where "There are no obvious indications of terrorism" even though it's obviously terrorism.

UPDATE: So apparently he was wearing a Nazi uniform, and had other vintage (unspecified, but "going back to the Civil War") uniforms or military regalia in his home. So, terrorism, but not Islamic terrorism, right? Were his targets of any particular demographic?

His father's first name is "Prakash", which is common in India (where there is a substantial population of muslims), and there are reports from a while back suggesting he had anger issues and was having business troubles.

At this point we can't say whether it's terrorism or not. Too many contradictory indicators and no clear proof.

Mon Sep 26 11:19:40 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

The Putin Question

Scott AdamsAnd being chummy with Putin is more likely to keep us safe, whether you find that distasteful or not. Clinton wants to insult Putin into doing what we want. That approach seems dangerous as hell to me.

Scott is right as far as this paragraph goes. Insulting people and calling them tyrants rarely results in improved relations with the tyrants, whether they actually are tyrants or not.

But it brought to mind some interesting comparisons. When Clinton is attacking Trump for supposedly having ties to Putin through an advisor, Clinton also has ties to Putin through her advisor John Podesta, and she hasn't disavowed or backed away from them.

The President under whom she served as Secretary of State had a famous open-mic moment where he told Putin that he would have "more flexibility after the election." That is, after he didn't have to face the American people again, he could betray them. And under that same President, Clinton herself famously botched a gag gift of a "reset" button to Putin, presenting him with a red button that actually translated as "overcharge" (and may have been pilfered from a hotel pool in a remarkably Clintonian moment).

As far as ties to Russia go, Clinton is living in a glass house and operating a catapult.

Mon Sep 26 11:08:35 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

FBI never intended to prosecute Clinton

National ReviewAdd this to an already long list of startling concessions made to Mrs. Clinton and her confederates. The latest revelations raise other new questions that I will deal with in subsequent posts. For now, suffice it to say, yet again: It appears the Obama Justice Department’s goal was not to make a prosecutable case, but to make it appear that Hillary Clinton was “exonerated” after a thorough FBI investigation.

The multiple immunity deals are strongly suggestive of an intent to exonerate regardless of the facts rather than enforce the law.

Mon Sep 26 11:08:32 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Clinton Interrogatory Number 11

Judicial WatchDuring your tenure as Secretary of State, what, if any, effort did you make to inform the State Department’s records management personnel (e.g., Clarence Finney or the Executive Secretariat’s Office of Correspondence and Records) about your use of a email account to conduct official State Department business?

I'm betting she says she doesn't recall and that the real answer is "none", but we'll see.

Mon Sep 26 11:08:02 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Prescription drug databases are available to police without warrants

WCPOThe prescriptions you have in your medicine cabinet might not be as private as you believe they are. Thirty-one states grant law enforcement warrantless access to databases containing drug histories, and the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration is pushing hard to search records even in states that have privacy safeguards.

The disclosures to police agencies often take place without notifying the person targeted in a search and without offering a chance to object. That means no court ever approves the release of records that can reveal treatment for private medical conditions such as cancer, psychiatric disorders, HIV or gender reassignment.

I don't think anyone would be surprised that such records would be available with a warrant, but without a warrant surprised me. I suppose it shouldn't have, since we've had the War On Drugs shaping public policy ever since the puritans gave up on Prohibition, but it did. After all, something as innocuous as your video rental history is specifically protected under federal law and requires a warrant to access. Your prescription drug history is far more personal and revealing, yet it's available to police just for the asking?

Mon Sep 26 09:56:52 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

About those mass shootings that only happen in America...

Jewish PressAt least four people were wounded and possibly more in a shooting spree by one or more gunmen in the Swedish city of Malmo on Sunday evening at around 7 pm local time. The attacker/s were still at large, hours later.

According to a report by the Expressen newspaper, several shooters on motor scooters opened fire on a car they were chasing through a neighborhood in the southern sector of the city. Other local media described “a man in an Audi” who opened fire on a crowd at a local football “derby.”

This one happened in Sweden. I would be surprised if it wasn't another islamic terrorist attack, but we don't have any solid information yet.

Sun Sep 25 20:30:57 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Trump isn't doing too badly with hispanics

The HillA recent Bloomberg Politics average of polls found Hillary Clinton leads Trump by 38 points among Hispanics. Obama beat Romney by 44.

Part of this is that Hillary is such a horrible candidate. Obama is horrible in many ways, of course, but those are mostly policy. He did very well at campaigning. Hillary, on the other hand, hates campaigning and prefers to give speeches for corrupt pay-to-play deals.

But there's more to it than that. For all the ink spilled about Trump's supposed hatred of hispanics, that's not what he says about it. He's not calling hispanics rapists, criminals, or horrible people. He's saying that people who cross the border illegally are often rapists, criminals, and horrible people, but there are a lot of hispanics who are here legally, and even those that are here illegally can differentiate between drug dealers and rapists and those who are just trying to make a living.

Sun Sep 25 11:32:25 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Washington Mall Mass Murderer is a Muslim

He was originally reported to be hispanic, but it turns out he's from Turkey.

UPDATE: Mental health questions, but in modern society, the only way to get committed for mental health issues is generally violent and threatening behavior. So, we have a man who is from Turkey, probably Muslim by assumption, with a history of violence, prohibited from owning guns (by the deferred prosecution and drug use), who used a "hunting type" rifle rather than an assault weapon, and still killed 5 people. Authorities are saying no indications of terrorism, which just means he didn't ask permission from a terrorist organization first.

It's probably too early to class this as Islamic Terrorism, but there are lots of indicators.

Sun Sep 25 10:59:45 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

How to lie to Congress and get away with it

Watts Up With ThatWhat else was happening that summer? What was the weather like that summer?

Believe it or not, we called the Weather Bureau and found out what historically was the hottest day of the summer. Well, it was June 6 or June 9 or whatever it was, so we scheduled the hearing that day, and bingo: It was the hottest day on record in Washington, or close to it. It was stiflingly hot that summer. [At] the same time you had this drought all across the country, so the linkage between the Hansen hearing and the drought became very intense.

And did you also alter the temperature in the hearing room that day?

… What we did it was went in the night before and opened all the windows, I will admit, right? So that the air conditioning wasn’t working inside the room and so when the, when the hearing occurred there was not only bliss, which is television cameras in double figures, but it was really hot. …

So Hansen’s giving this testimony, you’ve got these television cameras back there heating up the room, and the air conditioning in the room didn’t appear to work. So it was sort of a perfect collection of events that happened that day, with the wonderful Jim Hansen, who was wiping his brow at the witness table and giving this remarkable testimony.

This sort of trick is not legitimate science, and it's not practiced by legitimate scientists.

Sun Sep 25 09:14:31 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

Hillary email admin refers to deletion of emails as a cover-up

PJMediaAn employee at Platte River Networks, the company that managed Hillary Clinton's emails after she left the State Department, sent a work ticket that referred to the "Hilary [sic] coverup [sic] operation" (Hillary cover-up operation) after Clinton's team had asked the company to modify her email system so that it would automatically delete messages after 60 days.

The FBI asked him about it and he said it was intended as a joke. Even if the comment was intended humorously, it was also accurate. And at this point, I feel confident that the FBI investigation, which granted immunity to five separate staffers, can also be accurately described as a joke.

Sat Sep 24 20:17:27 CDT 2016 by TriggerFinger. Comments [Tweet]

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