Friday, December 16, 2016

Thomas Knapp — Servergate/Hackergate: The Case of the Investigatory Double Standard

When is it proper to investigate alleged wrongdoing by, or on behalf of, powerful politicians? Apparently it depends.
In the months leading up to the popular vote, Clinton and her supporters first praised, then condemned, FBI direct James Comey.
In July, Comey announced that he would recommend against prosecuting Hillary Clinton for her criminally negligent storage of classified information on an illegal private server as Secretary of State.
Then, 11 days before the election, Comey informed Congress of possible new evidence in the matter. That evidence apparently came to naught, but the Clinton campaign blew its stack. Clinton's supporters are still calling for Comey's head. He's one of their scapegoats not just for Clinton's crimes, but for her mediocre campaign and losing performance (the other scapegoat is, of course, !THEM RUSSIANS!).
Throughout the "Servergate" controversy, Clinton's supporters routinely complained that all inquiries into her actions constituted illicit attempts to affect the outcome of the election, and that law enforcement should back away from politically sensitive investigations near election time.
Apparently that complaint only applies when the investigation might hurt Hillary Clinton. When Donald Trump might be damaged, the week before the final vote strikes them as perfect timing for an investigation.
The publicly disclosed evidence against Clinton was overwhelming. Comey's argument against prosecuting her came down to "well, after all, she's Hillary Clinton."
The publicly disclosed evidence that Vladimir Putin's regime attempted to influence the election of the outcome other than through propaganda? Zero. Zip. Zilch. Nada. The only thing we've seen so far are vague assertions about "methods consistent with" state-backed hacking. So far, the argument for an investigation that might hurt Donald Trump is "well, after all, he's Donald Trump."…
The same applies to the widespread and long standing US espionage, election hacking, and regime change to which the US presumes it is entitled, while becoming outraged when another government turns the tables.

Rank hypocrisy, as well as childish.

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