The tempest in a teacup (a Japanese teacup at that) continues, unfazed by facts, proportionality and subject to Santayana’s Curse.*
147 FBI agents involved in Clinton email probe
Jesse Byrnes / The Hill
A new report says 147 FBI agents are involved in the investigation surrounding Hillary Clinton — ‘s private email server and handling of classified material. — The Washington Post reports that the large number of agents have been deployed …
I find it either scandalous or utterly fantastical that so many “facts” have been reported in an ongoing FBI investigation. You’d think the FBI was less a professional organization than a sieve. And it’s almost as big a scandal as … Whitewater™!
Whitewater?† Yeah, that endless investigation from “independent persecutor (sic)” Ken Starr, who labored for nearly two presidential terms and spent $70 million in taxpayer — er, yours and mine — dollars to come up with precisely nothing. Nothing, that is, except an eventual carnival of evil, hypocrisy and GOP sleaze tactics that would result in an impeachment over a blowjob, while, all the while, married Newt Gingrich was banging his secretary, now Wife and secret Winkie on the Speaker of the House’s desk, figuratively and IIRC literally.
[† The Starr Report was a report on his investigation of sitting United States President Bill Clinton by Independent Counsel Kenneth Starr that was released–portentously, if you think about it–on September 11, 1998.]
Photo credit: CSPAN Screencap 2012 RNC/Public Domain press photo
And here we are again.
In the Real World™ we have to assess how many “top secret” secrets were potentially exposed to the worst possible enemies and balance it against the SIMULTANEOUS AND CONTEMPORANEOUS leak of Bradley Manning’s secret State Department (and other) cables.**
[** “The United States diplomatic cables leak, widely known as Cablegate, began on Sunday, 28 November 2010 when WikiLeaks—a non-profit organization that publishes submissions from anonymous whistleblowers—began releasing classified cables that had been sent to the U.S. State Department by 274 of its consulates, embassies, and diplomatic missions around the world. Dated between December 1966 and February 2010, the cables contain diplomatic analysis from world leaders, and the diplomats’ assessment of host countries and their officials. According to WikiLeaks, the 251,287 cables consist of 261,276,536 words, making Cablegate “the largest set of confidential documents ever to be released into the public domain.”
Somewhere, a BB rolls around in a boxcar, with at least three Congressional committees running after it, while ahead, the trestle has been wiped out in a tsunami of BS.
And we remain asleep at the wheel.
After enduring nearly a decade of “smear for hire” faux journalism trying to pin the suicide of Clinton friend Vince Foster ON the Clintons, we seem to have a fetish with pinning dead bodies on Hillary Clinton, a la “Benghazi” and yet no one spent their time and obsessive/compulsive endless speculations on Laura Bush’s ACTUAL vehicular homicide.
Odd, isn’t it?
When you work the referees for so long, it pays off, I guess.
As the Washington Post vainly attempts to keep up with the Faux Nooz™/GOP Fax Machine Smear-O-Matic® and its endless fake scandals.
At some point, doesn’t the burden of proof have to fall on the accuser?
And after the witch trials are over, are there no sanctions to be placed on the false (and intentionally so, let’s face facts) accusers — at the VERY LEAST, the withdrawal of face value credibility in ScandaLand™? Oughtn’t we demand , as the citizenry of Missouri legendarily proclaim “SHOW ME!“?
Or has Occam’s Razor only been used to slit our collective wrists in the warm bath of madness we now steep in, like fresh tea in a tempest tossed teacup?
UPDATE 3:06 PM PDT: As predicted, this does not pass the smell test [Emphasis added]…
Official: FBI team on Clinton email probe not near 150
By JOSH GERSTEIN 03/28/16 02:57 PM EDT
The FBI does not have close to 150 agents working the investigation into former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s email server, a source familiar with the matter told POLITICO Monday.
The official, who spoke on condition of anonymity, commented after the Washington Post reported that FBI Director James Comey told an unnamed member of Congress that 147 agents were working the Clinton investigation.
Asked about the Post report, the source said: “That number is greatly exaggerated.”
* No, not: A man’s feet should be planted in his country, but his eyes should survey the world. ~George Santayana
This: “Them what don’t remember whut wuz done is doomed to do whut wuz dun agin.”[New American Translation] …
Or words to that effect. (Please ignore its corollary: “Those who do remember the past are condemned to watch those who don’t repeat it.)