Freedom of Information

Topic:  Statement by FBI Director James B. Comey on the Investigation of Secretary Hillary Clinton’s Use of a Personal E-Mail System

On thing I’ve notice with freedom of information is how quickly the information can be twisted.  Now days, we have so much information available to us, and so much bombarding us, we don’t think for ourselves.  We scan down through the many pieces flying our way and capture the ones with the headlines that align with our individual beliefs the most. Then we take it and share it, repost it, regram it, and spread our findings with everyone we can. Without ever considering is this truth or is it lies. Anything that isn’t the whole truth, is a lie, don’t kid yourself.

Today, I’ve seen some post that are not fully truth, so I thought I’d share some truths. It’s in regard to the FBI announcement regarding one of the candidates for President. Its times like these when we need to set our opinions aside and seek the truth. Evaluate it without bias, as hard as that can be.  Sometimes I think the hardest thing is to accept the truth. Sometimes its disappointing. Sometimes its frustrating. Sometimes its humiliating because of how much we defended or promoted something and its made us wrong.

Truth almost always sets us free. But truth is not always pleasant.  Its not always easy to hear or accept. It isn’t always uplifting. And quite frankly, it doesn’t really feel freeing at times.

I encourage you not to read just the parts I point out, but read the whole statement in order to get context. That’s another thing, when we read things like these we need to consider what the question is we are trying to answer. Are we asking the best questions?

Take this particulare subject for instance. Which question are you asking?

  • Is this person the best candidate for my party? The other party?
  • What can I find out about this person to make them look worse than my candidate?
  • Should this person be punished, prosecuted, jailed, fined, etc?
  • Is what this person did right or wrong? Based on my moral convictions? My beliefs? The rules set in place? For the situation?
  • Is this someone I should vote for?

There are a lot of questions people could be asking when reading these findings. And based on your question, your truths found might be different than my truths found. The only thing that will not change are facts contained in the current version of what we are examining.  Those same facts could change tomorrow. Or they may not have ever been facts, but what was falsely presented as facts. For now, the facts before are what we know.

So enough introductory statements on my part. For me, my question in regard to an election year is, “Is this someone I want to represent me? Is this someone I would hire personally? Is this someone with a record that although I do not agree with, I could live with?” So those questions will be what finds my truths in this article. And here are some statements that have jumped out at me:

Although we did not find clear evidence that Secretary Clinton or her colleagues intended to violate laws governing the handling of classified information, there is evidence that they were extremely careless in their handling of very sensitive, highly classified information

None of these e-mails should have been on any kind of unclassified system, but their presence is especially concerning because all of these e-mails were housed on unclassified personal servers not even supported by full-time security staff, like those found at Departments and Agencies of the U.S. Government—or even with a commercial service like Gmail.

… we also developed evidence that the security culture of the State Department in general, and with respect to use of unclassified e-mail systems in particular, was generally lacking in the kind of care for classified information found elsewhere in the government.

Okay, so as to my questions asked, I don’t think I would hire this person. Just based on this information, not even going into other past incidents. Why? Because it appears they are careless with vital information. They clearly didnt think things through or consider the ramification of their decision. They may not initially have been responsible for the condition of the department, they were there long enough to decide whether to reform it or join it, they clearly chose the latter.

I’m sorry, I just wouldnt hire this person to represent me, my company,nor run my organization. Its really a no brainer especially if we review the entire resume of things.

Please note this isn’t about being for someone else either. This is about examining information and searching for the truths we can find. If we take in the whole picture, we may find we wouldn’t hire anyone. We may be forced to choose someone we least disagree with as opposed to one we most agree with.

So what questions are you looking to answer?

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