The Plastic Hippo

October 30, 2016

The truth is out there

Filed under: History,Politics,Society,World — theplastichippo @ 2:01 am
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x-filesWe all love a good conspiracy theory no matter how far-fetched or unlikely the juicy confection might be; so when the reputation and character of the Democrat US presidential candidate offers a buy one get one free deal on the legality of Hillary Clinton`s emails, we should form an orderly queue at the checkout. According to her rival, Hillary Clinton is the “biggest liar who ever lived” and the latest announcement from the Federal Bureau of Investigation that it has unearthed further emails not sent by or received by the former US Secretary of State, is “bigger than Watergate”. With less than two weeks to go before America elects a new President, a new Congress and a new House of Representatives, the timing and tenor of the FBI announcement is, to say the very least, interesting.

The Feds are above petty politics and like MI5 in the United Kingdom, would never engage in practices intended to influence of undermine the democratic process. Founded in 1896 as the National Bureau of Criminal Identification, the assassination of President William McKinley five years later by an anarchist led to the policy of identifying political extremists. In 1924, J. Edgar Hoover became director and in 1935 the agency changed its name to the FBI. Wire tapping, covert surveillance and extra-judicial execution halted many a gangster, bootlegger and drug dealer. In later years, the FBI was integral to the McCarthy witch-hunts and the targeting of civil rights campaigners. Hoover, in a statement strangely reminiscent of Donald Trump`s description of Hillary Clinton, described Dr Martin Luther King Junior as a “notorious liar”. Conspiracy theorists love to talk about the political assassinations that took place during the 1960s and Donald Trump loves to talk about what the National Rifle Association might like to do to Hillary Clinton.

At first glance, it could be construed that James Comey, the current director of the FBI, has acted politically to disadvantage the Clinton campaign. It seems that in the past, he donated support and money to former Republican presidential candidates including John McCain in 2008 and Mitt Romney in 2012. Appointed by President Obama, Comey defends his decision to disclose a further investigation into Mrs Clinton`s phone habits on the grounds of duty and national security. There you have it; conspiracy theory number one. The director of the FBI is using his powers to influence a proportion of the American electorate who, if we are to brutally honest as supporters of the special relationship, are sometimes gullible and are occasionally as dim as their British cousins who will believe anything they see on TV or read in a newspaper or on the internet. It is tempting to say that the State of Utah is more closely aligned politically to Boston Lincolnshire than Boston Massachusetts but that would be insulting the good people of those territories who are not racist, misogynist, homophobic, easily led or probably just a bit thick.

Hillary Clinton is clearly guilty. She has wilfully used an email system that was not approved by the State Department when the State Department was providing Blackberry devices as standard. She set up her email server before the law in the US had recognised the existence of the internet, let alone the use of mobile telephones. Mercifully, the US law has recently changed. She is, however, guilty of not having a mobile phone for work and a mobile phone for family. Cleary this is “bigger than Watergate”.

Strange then that the initial FBI investigation concluded that there was no criminal case against Mrs Clinton and although her aides were careless in handling classified information, the information was only judged to be classified some time after the event with the initials CI marked with red pen on the retrospective printouts of the offending emails. The current political scandal that is bigger that Watergate seems to involve the estranged husband of an aide to Clinton who may or may not have sent inappropriate email to a child. Donald Trump, who once suggested that his own daughter was “so hot” that he would one day be “dating her”, is quite right to be morally outraged at the disgusting behaviour of that “nasty” Hillary Clinton.

As Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton made some terrible and ghastly mistakes. Her management of the response to various terrorist attacks, humanitarian disasters and economic crisis was woefully inadequate. Her incompetence highlighted by her inability to deal with the attack in 2012 on the US consulate in Benghazi questions not only her judgement but also her ability. However, as far as we know or can ever be sure, she has not committed any criminal offence; she has not transgressed the law and has not indulged in conduct that is either criminal or is a danger to the national security of the United States of America.

As an aside, it is worth considering how these Clinton emails came to light. In November 2014 the State Department`s email system was hacked and it is likely that Mrs Clinton`s email server was hacked at the same time. According to CNN, this was the most serious cyber attack ever and the US government have openly suggested that Russian hackers were behind the attack. So the question is; who would benefit from the Russian hacking of Hillary Clinton`s emails? Would it be a political opponent constantly setting a “crooked Hillary” agenda or a federal law enforcement agency with a history of right-wing political interference?

Hold on just a moment. Here is your second buy one get one free conspiracy theory. Perhaps FBI director Comey has had a look at what a President Trump would mean for America. Responsible for homeland and overseas security, he will have had an estimate of the financial cost of protecting Trump against any anarchist with a gun or any racist with a gun. The FBI would not be able to police borders, cities, towns or shopping malls from the day of the dead rampage that Trump is encouraging. The US would simply become ungovernable and that would be a very bad thing for the future of the human race.

As pragmatism is a necessary part of the job description for any public servant, perhaps Comey and Clinton have hatched a deal. Trump`s only tactic, apart from encouraging hatred and division, is to challenge Clinton over her email server; a legitimate avenue to pursue if you are bereft of any policies other than building walls and excluding faiths of which you have no understanding. Imagine if the FBI, under pressure from Trump, were to announce a new investigation into Clinton`s emails and then a few day before election day announce that she is above reproach, innocent, clean and still capable of a virgin birth, Trump`s only reason for standing would be blown to bits. It is a high risk strategy but in the current weirdness happening in both the States and in Europe, it might just work.alpha-male

If this actually happens, and Mrs Clinton is judged to be not “the biggest liar who ever lived” and that a disgraced male pervert who sent emails to a child was not actually a scandal “bigger than Watergate”, then perhaps we can all calm down. Trump could then suggest that women do not have the intellect to understand how email works.

As someone who avoids paying tax, exploits employees, molests, abuses and denigrates women and subjects ethnic minorities to some pretty vile racist vilification, Trump might need to reflect on what is considered as criminality.

He might also think about any future investigation conducted by the FBI.


  1. People – believe this post.

    Comment by Rob — October 30, 2016 @ 11:16 am | Reply

  2. Trump might find that he is throwing stones in a glasshouse!

    Comment by andkindred — October 30, 2016 @ 9:01 pm | Reply

  3. I prefer the obvious.

    Comey has clear and demonstrable political conflicts of interest. He was already a dead man walking under a Clinton administration. So, under apparent pressure from US (Republican) Congress, he goes for broke and attempts to wreck the Clinton campaign.

    If it doesn’t work, then he loses nothing. In the American way, he will be retired with ‘honour’. If it comes off, then he holds enough on Trump to last a lifetime. After all, the man does run the FBI.

    There is a 3rd alternative. Hilary squeezes into the White House, the Republicans dump Trump and then move to impeach the new President.

    Comment by The Realist — October 31, 2016 @ 11:14 am | Reply

  4. I bow to the-Hippo again!!

    Comment by The Realist — November 8, 2016 @ 11:09 am | Reply

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