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Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 1) 560

The problem with this argument is the FBI's report does not say it was only a sentence or two. It says there were thousands of classified emails, some of which were entire classified documents, markings and all.

No, it didn't. At least Comey's summary says nothing of the sort.

https://www.fbi.gov/news/pressrel/press-releases/statement-by-fbi-director-james-b-comey-on-the-investigation-of-secretary-hillary-clinton2019s-use-of-a-personal-e-mail-system

"Eight of those chains contained information that was Top Secret at the time they were sent; 36 chains contained Secret information at the time; and eight contained Confidential information, which is the lowest level of classification. Separate from those, about 2,000 additional e-mails were âoeup-classifiedâ to make them Confidential; the information in those had not been classified at the time the e-mails were sent."

And...

"With respect to the thousands of e-mails we found that were not among those produced to State, agencies have concluded that three of those were classified at the time they were sent or received, one at the Secret level and two at the Confidential level. There were no additional Top Secret e-mails found. Finally, none of those we found have since been âoeup-classified.â

Finally...

"Separately, it is important to say something about the marking of classified information. Only a very small number of the e-mails containing classified information bore markings indicating the presence of classified information."

So flat out, unless you are in possession of a different report that indicates Comey made up the summary in whole cloth, you're being dishonest in your claims.

An insightful read: http://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2016/03/the-forgotten-1957-trial-that-explains-our-countrys-bizarre-whistleblower-laws-213771

Comment Re:Too secure for insecure? (Score 2) 560

There are "little people" currently in prison for negligent handling of classified. Right now. Actually in prison.

There are also several that aren't. Administrative punishments are common, depending on the material in question, and the circumstances. In some cases, absolutely nothing was done.

For example, all of the people who accessed the early Wikileaks stuff and those people who accessed the Guardian articles that contained the Snowden material. There was an entire PR campaign directed at Executive Branch Agencies reminding people that "until officially declassified, just because it is published in public doesn't mean you can read it".

I personally contacted DHS regarding multiple "classified spills" surrounding the Wikileaks material being accessed on non-Classified systems and sent around in e-mail. Their answer? "Delete it and remind people not to do that. No, you don't have to destroy you entire MS Exchange storage array."

Under your criteria, hundreds of people would have been put in jail. They weren't and some of that Snowden stuff was SCI/Code word.

The Wikileaks stuff in 2010 was Bradley Manning's leak of, mostly, diplomatic cables -- exactly the type of stuff Clinton was dealing with -- except Clinton's was indirect reference (e-mail about) not full cables. In other words, de minimis.

According to your gross misunderstanding of our classification system, what crime did Petraeus commit? He had a clearance, and his girlfriend had a clearance. If "had a clearance" is good enough to excuse Clinton, then why was it not good enough to excuse Patraeus?

You're baiting him. You know the difference, which is Patraeus committed a conscious, direct act in knowingly and intentionally giving classified material to a person who was not authorized to have it. Clearance or not, she didn't have the necessary "need to know".

He also explicitly and directly lied to the FBI investigators by flat out denying he did it. Hillary has been very indirect and there is no indication she every did ANYTHING remotely similar to Patraeus.

There is a significant difference between "here is my notebook loaded with TS/SCI material that you shouldn't see" and, to the FBI, "never happened"; and "received or sent e-mail that may have contained a sentence or two copy-pasted from (95%) Confidential material".

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 56

A single atheist can exist. A group of atheists, will argue theology until the cows come home.

Same with any other fundamentalist.

"Dude, aren't religious rules derived from the holy book/word of god?"

Somebody had to write that book. Long before it was in a book, it was oral tradition. Long before it was oral tradition, it was bedtime stories for kids by parents trying to impart wisdom to the next generation.

Most religions existed long before their scriptures were written. Scriptures are only necessary if you get more than four generations from the founder without the cult collapsing.

"Hunter/gatherers also needed a surplus before some voodoo priest can claim that his magically connection to God helped them find food."

Few hunter/gatherer societies ever achieved a surplus of food- every single day was spent hunting/gathering- and yet they still had priests (who were also hunters/gatherers, you're right as far as a priestly class goes, but the professional priest is a rather recent addition and even today isn't entirely true, every priest I know has side interests and side jobs).

We were better off then because we had the three noble virtues:
https://www.thecatholicthing.org/2016/08/26/the-fading-of-three-christian-virtues/

We were happier back then.

Slavery to lust is still slavery.

Comment Re:Pierson's Puppeteers (Score 2) 693

Technology solves everything. Teach your children to think outside the box- and not only will they build a safer world for their kids and grandkids, they'll also make a ton of money off of fearful people in full panic trying to survive.

Myself, I'm thinking that if we start to see sea rise in feet rather than inches, it's time to invest in houseboats.

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 56

Haven't been back to the moon in over a generation. We've recently found out that horseman is back from the dead, in the form of antibiotic resistant disease, because you can't defeat evolutiohn. The internet is no different than the pony express, only faster, and could have just as easily been done with semaphore towers as routers.

"Free free to do so. As I said to MH42, the great thing about freedom is that you are free to do what you want, including nurturing your own spirit."

Tell that to the Democrats- they've been rather busy suing the pants off of people nurturing their own spirits lately.

Comment Re:Apples and oranges (Score 1) 56

"Empirically not true. The "human race" wasn't and isn't a single monolith. Societies across the globe developed independently, each gaining and passing down wisdom while having different or even no religion."

There is no human society greater than a single individual that does not include religion- AT ALL.

Those "arbitrary rules" actually evolve into place, and fit the way human beings survive in a place. You'd do far better to listen than to dismiss out of hand those rules.

"At the worse of times Christianity was partially responsible for the downfall of ancient Rome/Byzantine"

Actually,the rules of Christianity are what they are *because* of the downfall of ancient Rome. And it was Islam that killed the Byzantine empire, which shows how much you know about history.

" There had to be an agricultural surplus first before the voodoo priests can claim they have a special connection to the Gods that helps them magically make the harvest better. "

No, because hunter/gatherer cultures also had religion. You really are ignorant about human evolution, aren't you?

"stagnant in one spot, with little to no advancement."

Prove that what you have is actually advancement, instead of destruction.

"Feel free to elaborate on those ways."

Sustainable happiness for one.

"And if you think being more advanced in those ways makes the Good Old Days better than what we have here, feel free to disconnect yourself from this Internet and the rest our current civilization, gather like minded people, venture into the wilderness, and start your own little simulation of a feudal kingdom."

Anybody who tries that ends up with the federal troops shooting up the place.

"See, that's the great thing about freedom: you're FREE to go and retry the old ways yourself. You just can't force the rest of us to go with you."

Some freedom you have there. The freedom to be a slave.

Comment Outsourcing a national security risk? Shock! (Score 1) 252

NOT!

Anyone who's not a moron or a well bribed congresscritter or defense contractor has figured out that getting people in foreign countries involved in American technology with military operations is a huge vulnerability.

Think China or Russia buy mass quantities of military hardware and software from the USA? Surprise answer. Almost none.

Guess why?

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