by Jim Kouri
Clash Daily Guest Contributor
When White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest told a room full of reporters, “I will just say on principle that the success of our democracy depends on the rule of law and there is no public official that is above the rule of law. Certainly not the President of the United States,” there should have been a cry from those attending for Earnest to stop his calculated dishonesty and non-transparency, according to more than one law enforcement official. Those accused of misconduct — even criminal activity –in the Obama administration have relied on stonewalling, deceit and news media disinformation to avoid punishment that lower level government workers are forced to endure, cops claim.
The news coverage regarding the use by presidential hopeful Hillary Clinton of a non-government email system complete with private Internet server has placed other allegations of malfeasance or unlawful behavior by Clinton and her aides in the backseat of the campaign’s “Scooby Doo” van, according to a former intelligence official with a specialization in Islamic terrorist groups, Lloyd Victor McKeller. Allegations that Mrs. Clinton, as Secretary of State, leaked classified data to one of her news media sycophants was ignored, while others who have done far less are sitting in jail cells.
A former Department of Justice prosecuting attorney who now works as an independent government watchdog has said that he believes then-Secretary of State Clinton — was responsible for leaking classified intelligence regarding the military plans of Israel’s Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and the Jewish States intelligence and military officials with the goal of destroying Iran’s facilities used to create a nuclear bomb.
In a news story on published in March 2, 2015, the Washington Post‘s reporter Anne Gearan wrote that a possible reason for the release of Israel’s top secret plans to a New York Times reporter was intended to curtail any action by Netanyahu, since President Barack Obama and his minions feared that Israel had the technical and strategic expertise to launch a sneak attack on Iran in order to eliminate their nuclear threat. Unfortunately, as the Russian delivery of an S-300 missile defense system draws near, such a surreptitious strike would be improbable.
In her news story Ms. Gearan wrote: “Hillary Rodham Clinton used a private e-mail account for her official government business when she was secretary of state and did not routinely preserve and turn over those emails for government records collection, the State Department said Monday.” She also wrote: “It was not clear why Clinton, a potential 2016 presidential candidate, created the private account. But the practice appears to bolster long-standing criticism that Clinton and her husband, former president Bill Clinton, have not been transparent.” To date, Hillary Clinton hasn’t even been asked one question about accusations she betrayed the trust of Israel and the American people.
In contrast to Clinton’s treatment, on Jan. 25, 2013, a former CIA official, John Kiriakou, was sentenced to 30 months in federal prison after he admitted emailing information on a past covert operation to a freelance reporter, who did not even publish it. Kiriakou at that time was the first current or former C.I.A. officer to ever be convicted of disclosing classified information to a reporter, and he wasn’t the last.
Kiriakou earned numerous commendations in his 15 years at the Central Intelligence Agency, some of which were spent undercover overseas chasing Islamic terrorists. He led the team in 2002 that captured Abu Zubaydah, an Osama bin Laden leader with al-Qaida, and other Islamists whose capture in Pakistan was considered a decisive victory after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.
According to documents obtained by the non-profit group Freedom Watch, which is headed by Larry Klayman, who once served in the U.S. Justice Department, Secretary Clinton and her closest staff members were the likely sources of the leaks to New York Times reporter David Sanger. Klayman also said Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) documents revealed that the Clinton leaks to the media were perpetrated with the knowledge of Obama White House’s national security team, including Susan “Benghazi” Rice and Iranian-born Valerie Jarrett.
Sanger, the New York Times‘s chief Washington correspondent, has criticized the Obama administration as being the “most closed, control-freak administration” he’s ever encountered in his career as a journalist. This despite Obama and his minions telling the American people that they are the most transparent White House in modern history.
In a sharp and biting statement, Larry Klayman, whose achievements include founding the very successful Judicial Watch, said at the time:
It seems that President Obama and would-be president Hillary Clinton have done much to try to put a chink in the side of both Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu and Israel so they could reach an under-the-table nuclear deal with Iran. This would include disclosing Israeli war plans and cyberwarfare sources and methods to prevent a preemptory strike.
Both the President and former Secretary of State Clinton should be forced to legally come clean about his serious breach of national security. While whistleblowers like Edward Snowden are held out to dry and prosecuted, higher ups are left alone to release classified national security information when it suits their political purposes.
Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.