Hillary Clinton's emails and server misconduct are the least of our worries. The fact that her server was receiving files that passed through or originated on the State Department servers is enough to know she exposed her private system to hackers. The US system is/was/has been compromised, for years, since before Hillary tapped in her new network. Michael McCaul, a Texas Congressman and Chairman of The House Committee On Homeland Security called Clinton "careless" and said she "potentially did harm" to national security. Earlier this week McCaul said this:
One thing is clear from FBI Director Comey’s announcement today—Secretary Clinton was not fully honest in her representation of her use of email to the American people. She was careless with classified and sensitive information and potentially did harm to the United States and our national security. Secretary Clinton will still have to answer to and be held accountable by the American people.
Congressman McCaul has good reason to think that way. According to his website, the Congressman has been:
- The Chief of Counter Terrorism & National Security in the US Attorney's office, TX
- The Led on a Joint Terrorism Task Force charged with detecting, deterring and preventing terrorist activity,
Recall FBI Director Comey commenting "...we asses it is possible that hostile actors gained access to Secretary Clinton's personal email account". With that in mind, listen carefully to this 2011 comment from Michael McCaul, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security speaking at a Cyber Security roundtable hosted by the Council on Foreign Relations (comment at 52:08) in which he responds to a question saying:
This is what keeps you up at night...the intellectual theft is awful and espionage, but the cyber warfare piece can be, the consequences far more damaging than a one-to-two man ISIS operation in the United States. This could literally bring down, you know, the energy grid, you know, the banking institutions, I mean, the stock exchange...cause chaos and enormous damage. I would argue they've [foreign governments] infiltrated many of our data systems already and can turn the switch off. That's the power that they have.
Allow us to repeat that one more time for dramatic effect for that is a heavily weighted comment buried an hour into a video with only 4,319 views:
This could literally bring down, you know, the energy grid, you know, the banking institutions, I mean, the stock exchange...cause chaos and enormous damage. I would argue they've [foreign governments] infiltrated many of our data systems already and can turn the switch off. That's the power that they have."
That's huge! When Hillary began transferring files and connecting emails with the State Department system, she was already compromised. No matter how she felt, what she thought, nothing matters. The open US system is likely why Marcel Lazar, aka Guccifer, said Hillary's server "was like an open orchid on the Internet."
Mind you, as we reported in May, Lazar had been focusing on US political actors for some time:
Lazar was indicted in 2014 on nine felony charges stemming from his alleged hack into the emails of several prominent Americans, including former Secretary of State Colin Powell, a relative of former President George W. Bush and George H.W. Bush, and former Clinton adviser Sidney Blumenthal. A set of Blumenthal's emails were published online in 2013, disclosing a private email address Clinton used. She later changed the address.
What is concerning is that the breached systems, thus far, have only been "patched", like a pothole being covered up. The US and other unsuspecting nations, have made it easy to hack their systems and execute unauthorized directives. In response there appears to be a focus on whether blockchain will be the answer we all are looking for when it comes to verified security around transmission of messages. As Zero Hedge detailed just last month, Blythe Masters is hard at work using HyperLedger as a way to embed herself into the new central banking messenger platform. What we said:
The SWIFT rebuild will likely require the insights of an outlet such as Hyper Ledger, run by longtime Zero Hedge CDS and commodity trading icon, Blythe Masters. Hyper Ledger works with a consortium of organizations and corporations tasked with developing systems to offer protection for messages sent between the world's central banks, which will be based on blockchain technology. A rebuild is still likely 2 years away according to well-placed Zero Hedge sources, which opens new concerns about the current integrity of the SWIFT platform and what problems may be lurking within it that we have yet to discover. The question that remains unanswered currently is: Who still has access to the central banking SWIFT system and is capable, right now, of monitoring message flow between institutions? Something to keep in mind as the EU experiment unravels.
Good question: Who still has access to the central banking SWIFT system and is capable, right now, of monitoring message flow between institutions? Again, we cannot stress this enough, according to Michael McCaul, Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security, our cyber systems are already compromised beyond our control. That is scary! We have mass global hacking going on and in the US, the very systems that support the US citizen's day-to-day existence, are believed to be compromised by the Chairman of the US House of Representatives Committee on Homeland Security.
The US is so far behind their adversaries it is shocking that US citizens are not in an uproar over how exposed they are as a nation. Many of us are aware of the typical response to a slow WiFi, screaming and smashing things wondering "why isn't this connecting faster!?". Imagine the vacuum that would form around the US workforce skills-set if they could not use Google Search for a day, let alone weeks, months, or years, because the US power grid was taken down in a coordinated attack and Google's service couldn't reach the end user. Imagine if Citadel had no way to power their orders? Armageddon.
It is time the US citizens stop armchair quarterbacking government through mainstream media cues and begin utilizing the resources available to them to get ahead of the game. The global population would be wise to gather a better understanding of the risks surrounding the Internet of Things and full automation (emails, news, Tesla cars, coffee, etc). Knowing what Michael McCaul thinks about American cyber security protection brings an entire new perspective to the Hillary Clinton email case.
No matter what we learn about Hillary's fate, the simple fact that the US systems are already compromised means Hillary's server was exposed the entire time and more importantly, the entire nation continues to leave the back open for cyber-attacks. The only question remaining is...those hackers that are in the US systems already, why are they waiting to "turn the switch off"?