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Clinton’s E-mails: The Real Issue

Haiti

So James Comey, the head of the FBI, is recommending no indictment against Hillary Clinton for her having used her private e mail server for government business. Both he and the entire corporate-controlled media are pretending the central issue is whether or not she violated government security. Is that the real issue?

Consider the Clintons’ history:
In 2011, the US State Department cleared a $29 billion dollar arms deal with the repressive government of Saudi Arabia. Over the previous few years, the Saudi government had donated some $11 million to the Clinton Foundation, including $900,000 just a few months prior to the arms deal being approved.

As Mother Jones magazine points out: “The Saudi transaction is just one example of nations and companies that had donated to the Clinton Foundation seeing an increase in arms deals while Hillary Clinton oversaw the State Department. IBT found that between October 2010 and September 2012, State approved $165 billion in commercial arms sales to 20 nations that had donated to the foundation, plus another $151 billion worth of Pentagon-brokered arms deals to 16 of those countries—a 143 percent increase over the same time frame under the Bush Administration. The sales boosted the military power of authoritarian regimes such as Qatar, AlgeriaKuwait, the United Arab Emirates, and Oman, which, like Saudi Arabia, had been criticized by the department for human rights abuses…. 17 out of 20 countries that have donated to the Clinton Foundation saw increases in arms exports authorized by Hillary Clinton’s State Department.”

Clinton Foundation & Haiti
One of the biggest, and unmentioned, scandals of the Clintons is their role in Haiti. Bill got himself appointed as the leader of rebuilding efforts there after the disastrous earthquake of 2010. Under his leadership, the signature $224 million “Caracol” industrial park was organized. This was to be a special industrial park, mainly for clothing manufacturers. According to a Counterpunch article, “According to an October 2013 Worker Rights Consortium report, all 24 garment factories studied cheated workers out of legally-entitled minimum wages. Housing outside of the project was inadequate and way over budget, prompting criticism from the Government Accountability Office in a June 2013 report. They were so badly built they were in need of repair.”

Simultaneously, the Clinton-run State Department was pushing for keeping the already starvation level minimum wage to be kept that way.

Caracol industrial park, left. It has contributed to the massive poverty in Haiti, as encouraged by the Clintons.

Caracol industrial park, left. It has contributed to the massive poverty in Haiti, as encouraged by the Clintons.

Who were the donors to the Clinton Foundation and what links did they have with investment in Haiti? We will never know. But we do know that Hillary kept a close watch on that while she was in the State Department. ‘One of these people, a veteran Foreign Service officer, described a trip on the secretary of state’s Air Force C-32. “Hillary took along stacks of papers in manila folders that were marked ‘CF’ and ‘CGO’ — the Clinton Foundation and the Clinton Global Initiative,” this person said. “They had dividers labeled ‘Donations,’ ‘Fund Raising,’ ‘AIDS/HIV,’ ‘Haiti,’ and so forth,”’ explains one report.

Freedom of Information Act
Under the Freedom of Information Act, we would have much more access to e mails Hillary Clinton would have sent or received which draw the links between personal/family financial gain and her activity as Secretary of State — that is, if those e mails were sent and received on government e mail servers.

Hillary Clinton has claimed that all non-personal e mails have been turned over to investigators. But as Michael Mukasey, former US attorney general, points out in the Wall St. Journal: “The (FBI) agents had to reconstruct thousands of emails from a series of private servers used and abandoned over the years, some of them turned into confetti in the process. The FBI agents also had to tease out from the files of other government employees emails that they might have received from or sent to Mrs. Clinton during her tenure as secretary of state, and weigh their importance.” And it was Clinton’s own lawyers “who decided which emails to produce by reading just the headings.”

In other words, by using private e mail servers, she was protecting herself from Freedom of Information Act revelations about potential self-enrichment through her government position.

Just the Norm
Why is the corporate-controlled media ignoring this issue?

Take the case of West Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell. Criminal corruption charges

Governor Bob McDonnell. What he did was the norm.

Governor Bob McDonnell. What he did was the norm.

were brought against him for accepting donations directly connected with government legislation. However, as the Wall St. Journal reported, ‘“Gov. McDonnell was convicted in part for taking actions that, in the main, are indistinguishable from actions that nearly every elected official in the U.S. takes nearly every day.”

Evidently the US Supreme Court agreed with this, because they recently unanimously threw out the conviction. In other words, if Hillary’s self serving deals were to be fully exposed, it would expose what practically every politician in the US is doing. Imagine how that would undermine the already weak confidence in US politicians, Republican and Democrat alike.

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