It’s like living in a tinpot dictatorship where the ruling class unabashedly lie to the people and have little to no fear in doing so. A former Inspector General says unequivocally that the State Department is lying when they say they didn’t know until it was too late that Hillary Clinton was using a private, unsecured server to conduct official business.
They never set up an agency email address for her and of course they knew. It was planned.
“This was all planned in advance” to skirt rules governing federal records management, said Howard J. Krongard, who served as the agency’s inspector general from 2005 to 2008.
The Harvard-educated lawyer said State had to know from day one.
“That’s a change in the standard. It tells me that this was premeditated. And this eliminates claims by the State Department that they were unaware of her private e-mail server until later,” Krongard told the NY Post. “How else was she supposed to do business without email?”
He pointed to the fact that there was no permanent Inspector General (IG) the entire time Clinton served – 2009-2013, a five-year vacancy that was unprecedented.
Not only did Hillary use a personal server to avoid FOIA for her own selfish motives, putting national security at risk, but the State Department did as well. A permanent IG wasn’t hired because they don’t want watchdogs. It’s a simple and obvious as that.
Whistleblowers are prosecuted in a way no other administration has done before with more prosecutions during the Obama administration than all previous administrations combined.
Inspectors general inside the federal government have been kicked, neutered and starved of the authority and information they need to do their jobs.
This administration’s denial of powers to Inspector Generals and the perversion of the Freedom of Information Act are proven examples of the lack of transparency that goes with their arrogant and lawless rule.
The FBI also stonewalls FOIA requesters and it stonewalls its in-house investigator.
Inspector General Michael Horowitz has been fighting a courageous, but losing, battle against FBI secrecy. As the head of the DOJ’s OIG office, you’d think FBI officials would throw a small amount of deference his way. But no. They don’t. It has obstructed his investigative work “for years,” leading to this sort of thing: [Horowitz] said the refusal to grant routine requests stalls investigations, including one on FBI material witnesses, such that officials who are under review have sometimes retired or left the agencies before the report is complete.
The FBI won’t even release an organizational chart to him.
Horowitz is chairman of the Council of the Inspectors General on Integrity and Efficiency, a watchdog over the watchdogs that also sets policy.
The Washington Post reported in July that the Obama administration has ruled that inspectors general have to get permission from the department they’re monitoring for access to wiretaps, grand jury and credit information, a decision that immediately was denounced by watchdogs and lawmakers.
“Without such access, our office’s ability to conduct its work will be significantly impaired, and it will be more difficult for us to detect and deter waste, fraud, and abuse, and to protect taxpayer dollars,” Inspector General Michael E. Horowitz said in a statement.
IG employees investigate waste, fraud and other things that go wrong in federal places. IGs are designed by law to be independent and agencies are not permitted to interfere with their investigations or at least that’s the way it used to be.
It was extraordinary that 47 inspectors general, about two-thirds of the total, wrote to Capitol Hill in August to complain that interference does happen.
Congress has looked into it but nothing changes.