One of the responsibilities of public service is to be open and transparent to the people whom you serve. It appears this is not a code by which some wish to live — instead believing they are beholden to a different standard. However, at a time when lives have been lost, it does indeed make a difference.
As reported by Politico, “Hillary Clinton wiped “clean” the private server housing emails from her tenure as secretary of state, the chairman of the House committee investigating the 2012 terrorist attacks in Benghazi said Friday. “While it is not clear precisely when Secretary Clinton decided to permanently delete all emails from her server, it appears she made the decision after October 28, 2014, when the Department of State for the first time asked the Secretary to return her public record to the Department,” Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.), chairman of the Select Committee on Benghazi, said in a statement.”
“Clinton was under a subpoena order from the panel for all documents related to the 2012 attacks on the American compound there. But David Kendall, an attorney for Clinton, said the 900 pages of emails previously provided to the panel cover its request. Kendall also informed the committee that Clinton’s emails from her time at the State Department have been permanently erased.”
And so it goes, as with the emails of another government servant, Lois Lerner of the IRS. When in question, it seems official government correspondence just sort of vanishes.
Just this past weekend, while speaking in Washington state, I was asked if the truth regarding Benghazi would ever surface. Sadly, I responded I didn’t believe it would.There is still a contingent of people who believe the deaths of four Americans and the false narrative created to cover the Islamic terror attack by Ansar al-Sharia warrants no inquiry. As well, the game of thrones surrounding the political aspirations of some are far more important. What does this say for someone who seeks to be “Commander-in-Chief” of our U.S. military? How can our men and women in uniform trust and believe that their backs will be covered if we have a sentiment, an arrogance that is clearly not in keeping with a high standard of integrity?
Americans were abandoned to die, yet to some they are nothing more than just emails to be destroyed. A nation cannot survive this type of blatant disregard — or treachery.
As a government official you don’t get to decide what correspondence will be released and shared for the representatives of the American people to view. As well, that correspondence is not “supposed” to be stored on private servers in a private residence — only to be deleted at the convenience of the holder. Clinton’s lawyer’s statement that “Secretary Clinton’s emails from her time at the State Department have been permanently erased” are not words the American people should tolerate — and that should be a bipartisan position.
So where does this leave the ongoing search for truth in the matter of four Americans being left to die in Libya?
“Gowdy said that Clinton’s response to the subpoena means he and Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) will now contemplate new legal actions against Clinton. “After seeking and receiving a two week extension from the Committee, Secretary Clinton failed to provide a single new document to the subpoena issued by the Committee and refused to provide her private server to the Inspector General for the State Department or any other independent arbiter for analysis,” Gowdy said.”
“In a letter provided to the committee, Kendall said Clinton would not be turning over the server to a third-party for review and that the emails no longer exist on the private server located in her New York home. “There is no basis to support the proposed third-party review of the server that hosted the [email protected] account,” Kendall wrote. “To avoid prolonging a discussion that would be academic, I have confirmed with the secretary’s IT support that no emails…..for the time period January 21, 2009 through February 1, 2013 reside on the server or on any back-up systems associated with the server.”
And so the story goes in our new fundamentally transformed America, where the elitism of governance casts its long and ugly shadow. Where it seems there’s not am economic class system developing but instead a system of those who are perceived above reproach — and us serfs who are told to do as they say, not as they do. Move along, stop bothering us, we have others things to do.
That sentiment is demonstrated by Rep. Elijah Cummings, the top Democrat on the Benghazi panel, who said Clinton’s response “confirms” that the former secretary of state has provided all documents related to the Benghazi attacks to the committee. “This confirms what we all knew—that Secretary Clinton already produced her official records to the State Department, that she did not keep her personal emails, and that the Select Committee has already obtained her emails relating to the attacks in Benghazi,” said Cummings (D-Md.). “It is time for the Committee to stop this political charade and instead make these documents public and schedule Secretary Clinton’s public testimony now.”
So no America, at least for those who care, we will never know the truth behind the deaths of Ambassador Christopher Stevens, Sean Smith and two former Navy SEALS — Glenn Doherty and Ty Woods. After all, what difference at this point does it make?
Clearly it means little to those who seek power to rule and establish a different set of rules for themselves.