To quote Bernie Sanders, “The American people are sick and tired of hearing about your damn emails”. Even though the FBI has determined that Secretary of State Clinton was “extremely careless” in the handling of her emails, as far as I can tell, no harm was done. Hillary Clinton has not been Secretary of State in almost four years and if there were any actionable intelligence contained in her e-mails, that window has probably expired. I will be honest, I don’t fully understand the scandal as well as others but what I do understand is that she chose to use a private server located in the basement of her home rather than the servers at the State Department. I guess there is an issue of transparency there and perhaps I am too trusting of a person but I do trust a life long public servant like Mrs. Clinton to have done the right thing. Call me naive if you wish. I just don’t believe there was anything sinister in the decision. I believe it was sheerly a matter of convenience.
I do have one question , however. Do the lynch mobs that keep harping about Clinton’s e-mails realize that in March of 2015, it was revealed that Russian hackers infiltrated the State Department servers and perpetrated what Federal law enforcement, intelligence and congressional officials call the “worst ever” cyber intrusion into a government agency. If Ms. Clinton’s emails had been stored on that server, the Russians would now have access to them all. In retrospect, perhaps we should be applauding Mrs. Clinton for keeping her e-mail correspondence “close to the vest”.
Cyber terrorism is not new and any government agency makes an attractive target for hackers representing a foreign government. I look at it this way, if you believe that banks are at risk and possibly may become insolvent, you tend to put your money underneath your mattress or bury it in the backyard. Perhaps Mrs. Clinton was perceptive enough to understand the risks inherent in a large unruly bureaucracy and chose to bury her e-mails in the backyard. I will give her a pass.