The FBI’s Investigation Of Hillary Just Had A Major New Development That Can’t Be Good For Her

The investigation into Hillary Clinton’s use of a private email server has expanded to include a second company that was storing data from the server.

Meanwhile, emails have surfaced from employees of the company that maintained Clinton’s server in which they express doubts about how the backup of data from the server was being conducted.

The FBI last month asked Datto, Inc. to preserve all data possibly connected to Clinton. Datto was hired to back up data in May 2013 by Platte River Networks, the company that managed Clinton’s server. Both companies have said they are fully cooperating with the FBI.

When Datto officials realized they possessed data from Clinton’s servers, “there was a collective lump in our throats,” one company official told Fox News.

Datto was also asked to provide information by Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee Chairman Ron Johnson, R-Wis. In a letter to Datto, Johnson quotes from Platte River employee emails.

One Platte River employee wrote to another employee that he was “Starting to think this whole thing really is covering up some shaddy (sic) s—.”

“I just think if we have it in writing that they told us to cut the backups, and that we can go public with our statement saying we have backups since day one, then we were told to trim to 30days (sic), it would make us look a WHOLE LOT better,” the unnamed employee continued.

That email was sent shortly after the FBI publicly announced that it was investigating the security of the server, which was used by Clinton when she was Secretary of State.

The fact that a second company was involved in storing data from Clinton’s server raises questions over the security of the data as well as whether emails Clinton has said she deleted can now be recovered. Clinton has said she broke no laws or rules by using a private server. Critics have alleged the server was used to transmit classified information.

h/t: Fox News

‘Neutralizing’ John Lennon: One Man Against The ‘Monster’

“You gotta remember, establishment, it’s just a name for evil. The monster doesn’t care whether it kills all the students or whether there’s a revolution. It’s not thinking logically, it’s out of control.”—John Lennon (1969)

John Lennon, born 75 years ago on October 9, 1940, was a musical genius and pop cultural icon.

He was also a vocal peace protester and anti-war activist and a high-profile example of the lengths to which the U.S. government will go to persecute those who dare to challenge its authority.

Long before Chelsea Manning and Edward Snowden were being castigated for blowing the whistle on the government’s war crimes and the National Security Agency’s abuse of its surveillance powers, it was Lennon who was being singled out for daring to speak truth to power about the government’s warmongering, his phone calls monitored and data files collected on his activities and associations.

For a little while, at least, Lennon became enemy number one in the eyes of the U.S. government.

Years after Lennon’s assassination, it would be revealed that the FBI had collected 281 pages of files on him, including song lyrics, a letter from J. Edgar Hoover directing the agency to spy on the musician, and various written orders calling on government agents to set the stage to set Lennon up for a drug bust. As reporter Jonathan Curiel observes, “The FBI’s files on Lennon … read like the writings of a paranoid goody-two-shoes.”

As the New York Times notes, “Critics of today’s domestic surveillance object largely on privacy grounds. They have focused far less on how easily government surveillance can become an instrument for the people in power to try to hold on to power. ‘The U.S. vs. John Lennon’ … is the story not only of one man being harassed, but of a democracy being undermined.”

Indeed, as I point out in my book Battlefield America: The War on the American People, all of the many complaints we have about government today—surveillance, militarism, corruption, harassment, SWAT team raids, political persecution, spying, overcriminalization, etc.—were present in Lennon’s day and formed the basis of his call for social justice, peace and a populist revolution.

For all of these reasons, the U.S. government was obsessed with Lennon, who had learned early on that rock music could serve a political end by proclaiming a radical message. More importantly, Lennon saw that his music could mobilize the public and help to bring about change. Lennon believed in the power of the people. Unfortunately, as Lennon recognized: “The trouble with government as it is, is that it doesn’t represent the people. It controls them.”

However, as Martin Lewis writing for Time notes: “John Lennon was not God. But he earned the love and admiration of his generation by creating a huge body of work that inspired and led. The appreciation for him deepened because he then instinctively decided to use his celebrity as a bully pulpit for causes greater than his own enrichment or self-aggrandizement.”

For instance, in December 1971 at a concert in Ann Arbor, Mich., Lennon took to the stage and in his usual confrontational style belted out “John Sinclair,” a song he had written about a man sentenced to 10 years in prison for possessing two marijuana cigarettes. Within days of Lennon’s call for action, the Michigan Supreme Court ordered Sinclair released.

What Lennon did not know at the time was that government officials had been keeping strict tabs on the ex-Beatle they referred to as “Mr. Lennon.” FBI agents were in the audience at the Ann Arbor concert, “taking notes on everything from the attendance (15,000) to the artistic merits of his new song.”

The U.S. government was spying on Lennon.

By March 1971, when his “Power to the People” single was released, it was clear where Lennon stood. Having moved to New York City that same year, Lennon was ready to participate in political activism against the U. S. government, the “monster” that was financing the war in Vietnam.

The release of Lennon’s Sometime in New York City album, which contained a radical anti-government message in virtually every song and depicted President Richard Nixon and Chinese Chairman Mao Tse-tung dancing together nude on the cover, only fanned the flames of the conflict to come.

The official U.S. war against Lennon began in earnest in 1972 after rumors surfaced that Lennon planned to embark on a U.S. concert tour that would combine rock music with antiwar organizing and voter registration. Nixon, fearing Lennon’s influence on about 11 million new voters (1972 was the first year that 18-year-olds could vote), had the ex-Beatle served with deportation orders “in an effort to silence him as a voice of the peace movement.”

Then again, the FBI has had a long history of persecuting, prosecuting and generally harassing activists, politicians, and cultural figures, most notably among the latter such celebrated names as folk singer Pete Seeger, painter Pablo Picasso, comic actor and filmmaker Charlie Chaplin, comedian Lenny Bruce and poet Allen Ginsberg.

Among those most closely watched by the FBI was Martin Luther King Jr., a man labeled by the FBI as “the most dangerous and effective Negro leader in the country.” With wiretaps and electronic bugs planted in his home and office, King was kept under constant surveillance by the FBI with the aim of “neutralizing” him. He even received letters written by FBI agents suggesting that he either commit suicide, or the details of his private life would be revealed to the public. The FBI kept up its pursuit of King until he was felled by a hollow-point bullet to the head in 1968.

While Lennon was not—as far as we know—being blackmailed into suicide, he was the subject of a four-year campaign of surveillance and harassment by the U.S. government (spearheaded by FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover), an attempt by President Richard Nixon to have him “neutralized” and deported. As Adam Cohen of the New York Times points out, “The F.B.I.’s surveillance of Lennon is a reminder of how easily domestic spying can become unmoored from any legitimate law enforcement purpose. What is more surprising, and ultimately more unsettling, is the degree to which the surveillance turns out to have been intertwined with electoral politics.”

As Lennon’s FBI file shows, memos and reports about the FBI’s surveillance of the anti-war activist had been flying back and forth between Hoover, the Nixon White House, various senators, the FBI and the U.S. Immigration Office.

Nixon’s pursuit of Lennon was relentless and in large part based on the misperception that Lennon and his comrades were planning to disrupt the 1972 Republican National Convention. The government’s paranoia, however, was misplaced.

Left-wing activists who were on government watch lists and who shared an interest in bringing down the Nixon Administration had been congregating at Lennon’s New York apartment. But when they revealed that they were planning to cause a riot, Lennon balked. As he recounted in a 1980 interview, “We said, We ain’t buying this. We’re not going to draw children into a situation to create violence so you can overthrow what? And replace it with what? . . . It was all based on this illusion, that you can create violence and overthrow what is, and get communism or get some right-wing lunatic or a left-wing lunatic. They’re all lunatics.”

Despite the fact that Lennon was not part of the “lunatic” plot, the government persisted in its efforts to have him deported. Equally determined to resist, Lennon dug in and fought back. Every time he was ordered out of the country, his lawyers delayed the process by filing an appeal. Finally, in 1976, Lennon won the battle to stay in the country when he was granted a green card. As he said afterwards, “I have a love for this country…. This is where the action is. I think we’ll just go home, open a tea bag, and look at each other.”

Lennon’s time of repose didn’t last long, however. By 1980, he had re-emerged with a new album and plans to become politically active again.

The old radical was back and ready to cause trouble. In his final interview on Dec. 8, 1980, Lennon mused, “The whole map’s changed and we’re going into an unknown future, but we’re still all here, and while there’s life there’s hope.”

That very night, when Lennon returned to his New York apartment building, Mark David Chapman was waiting in the shadows. As Lennon stepped outside the car to greet the fans congregating outside, Chapman, in an eerie echo of the FBI’s moniker for Lennon, called out, “Mr. Lennon!”

Lennon turned and was met with a barrage of gunfire as Chapman—dropping into a two-handed combat stance—emptied his .38-caliber pistol and pumped four hollow-point bullets into his back and left arm. Lennon stumbled, staggered forward and, with blood pouring from his mouth and chest, collapsed to the ground.

John Lennon was pronounced dead on arrival at the hospital. He had finally been “neutralized.”

Yet where those who neutralized the likes of John Lennon, Martin Luther King Jr., John F. Kennedy, Malcolm X, Robert Kennedy and others go wrong is in believing that you can murder a movement with a bullet and a madman.

Thankfully, Lennon’s legacy lives on in his words, his music and his efforts to speak truth to power. As Yoko Ono shared in a 2014 letter to the parole board tasked with determining whether Chapman should be released: “A man of humble origin, [John Lennon] brought light and hope to the whole world with his words and music. He tried to be a good power for the world, and he was. He gave encouragement, inspiration and dreams to people regardless of their race, creed and gender.”

Sadly, not much has changed for the better in the world since Lennon walked among us. Peace remains out of reach. Activism and whistleblowers continue to be prosecuted for challenging the government’s authority. Militarism is on the rise, with police acquiring armed drones, all the while the governmental war machine continues to wreak havoc on innocent lives. Just recently, for example, U.S. military forces carried out airstrikes in Afghanistan that left a Doctors without Borders hospital in ruins, killing several of its medical personnel and patients, including children.

For those of us who joined with John Lennon to imagine a world of peace, it’s getting harder to reconcile that dream with the reality of the American police state. For those who do dare to speak up, they are labeled dissidents, troublemakers, terrorists, lunatics, or mentally ill and tagged for surveillance, censorship or, worse, involuntary detention.

As Lennon shared in a 1968 interview:

“I think all our society is run by insane people for insane objectives… I think we’re being run by maniacs for maniacal means. If anybody can put on paper what our government and the American government and the Russian… Chinese… what they are actually trying to do, and what they think they’re doing, I’d be very pleased to know what they think they’re doing. I think they’re all insane. But I’m liable to be put away as insane for expressing that. That’s what’s insane about it.”

So what’s the answer?

Lennon had a multitude of suggestions.

“If everyone demanded peace instead of another television set, then there’d be peace.”

“Produce your own dream. If you want to save Peru, go save Peru. It’s quite possible to do anything, but not to put it on the leaders….You have to do it yourself. That’s what the great masters and mistresses have been saying ever since time began. They can point the way, leave signposts and little instructions in various books that are now called holy and worshipped for the cover of the book and not for what it says, but the instructions are all there for all to see, have always been and always will be. There’s nothing new under the sun. All the roads lead to Rome. And people cannot provide it for you. I can’t wake you up. You can wake you up. I can’t cure you. You can cure you.”

“Life is very short, and there’s no time for fussing and fighting my friends.”

“Peace is not something you wish for; It’s something you make, Something you do, Something you are, And something you give away.”

“If you want peace, you won’t get it with violence.”

“Say you want a revolution / We better get on right away / Well you get on your feet / And out on the street / Singing power to the people.”

And my favorite advice of all: “All you need is love. Love is all you need.”

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FBI Makes Massive Announcement About The Emails Hillary Thought Were Gone Forever

The FBI has recovered work-related emails from Hillary Clinton’s time as Secretary of State as it investigates the contents of the private server the Democratic presidential candidate used for her communications.

“If the FBI – Federal Bureau of Investigation has now recovered work-related emails, official emails that were deleted, this would be a game-changer.” Ed Henry reported on Fox News’ The Kelly File. He explained that Clinton has long claimed that she only deleted 30,000 personal emails from the server; so if the FBI recovers work-related emails, that would suggest that Clinton was not telling the truth. Questions about the controversy have dogged Clinton’s campaign for months.

The FBI is examining the server to see whether any information, including classified data, was mishandled. Clinton has said the emails she deleted from the server involved personal matters.

However, both Bloomberg News and the New York Times reported Wednesday that work-related emails had been recovered on the server as well and that recovering the messages had not been overly difficult. The contents of the messages were not released. The FBI’s full investigation of the server and its contents is expected to take several months.

The revelations comes a day after the Washington Post reported that the State Department had asked Clinton to turn over work-related emails from her time as Secretary of State after learning about her use of a private server. The report differs from Clinton’s version that she turned over the emails due to a routine record-keeping request.

When asked about that report Tuesday, Clinton stuck to her guns.

“You’re telling me something I don’t know,” Clinton said. “All I know is what I have said. What I have said is it was allowed. The State Department has confirmed that. The same letter went to, as far as I know, my predecessors, and I’m the one who said, ‘Hey, I’ll be glad to help.’”

h/t: Yahoo! News

FBI Issues Warning About This Type Of ISIS-Inspired Terror Attack On 9/11

An ISIS-affiliated group of hackers has threatened to launch the kind of attack America’s top law enforcement official fears the most to mark the 14th anniversary of the September 11, 2001, attacks upon America.

“Will penetrate…governmental sites in September 11 to commemorate the destroyed skyscrapers,” threatened one recent tweet from the so-called “Islamic Cyber Army.”

The FBI has taken the threat seriously. On Thursday the FBI issued a notification to companies doing business with the U.S. government. The FBI told businesses that they need to be able to defend their networks should hackers try to “commemorate the anniversary of the terrorist attacks” with more serious action.

“ICA would most likely seek to attack targets of opportunity based on technical vulnerabilities and a perceived connection to the United States or other Western countries,” the FBI notice said. “Web site defacements and/or any possible unauthorized releases … of personally identifiable information (PII) by ICA likely would be accompanied by messages expressing support for ISIL (ISIS), and possibly language threatening additional cyber or physical terrorist attacks.”

ICA has “hacked and defaced” certain government websites, the FBI warned. It said similar campaigns by “extremist cyber actors” have targeted networks associated with the U.S. government and banking industry. ICA is an “ISI[S]-sympathetic hacking group,” made up like-minded hackers from the “Elite Islamic State Hackers” and other groups, the FBI notice said.

This latest threat follows claims from Twitter users calling themselves #AmericaUnderHacks, that they possess sensitive information about U.S. government personnel. Some of that information released previously has been found to be old or easily available to the public.

The potential cyber capacity of ISIS has been a growing concern.

“Concern that ISIS or any of our foreign enemies might develop (cyber) capacity … is the thing that keeps me and many of my colleagues in law enforcement up at night,” Attorney General Loretta Lynch said this summer. Lynch said at the time that ISIS had more than 20,000 English-language Twitter followers.

h/t: ABC News

Alleged Hacker Drops Bombshell He Says Means Hillary Is ‘Finished As A Presidential Nominee’

An alleged hacker is claiming to have 32,000 emails from Hillary Clinton’s private email account and is willing to sell them to the highest bidder.

Radar Online is reporting that the initial asking price is $500,000.

“If these emails get out to the public domain, not only is Hillary finished as a potential Presidential nominee, she could put our country’s national security at risk,” an insider revealed to Radar.

As to how the hacker gained access to the emails, the person said: “Hillary or someone from her camp erased the outbox containing her emails, but forgot to erase the emails that were in her sent box.” 

The claim should be taken with a grain of salt because Clinton attorneys admitted the server had been wiped clean prior to it being turned over to the FBI, though the agency has indicated it will be able to recover at least some of the data. 

The hacker seeks to add credibility to his or her claim by revealing some of the headlines from the supposed trove:

“H Libya security latest. Sid” (with attachment)

“H FYI, best analysis so far of hearing Sid,’ about the latest security in Libya”

“H Algeria latest French Intel on Algeria hostage Sid”

“H Latest French Intel in Algeria hostage Sid” (with attachment)

“H Latest Libya intel internal govt discussions high level” (with attachment)

“H HIGHLY IMPORTANT! Comprehensive Intel Report on (with attachment)”

Again, these credible sounding headlines may just be mimicking the style of those emails released by the State Department or the Select Committee on Benghazi.

Hundreds of emails from the 55,000 pages Clinton turned over the State Department have been determined to have classified information in them. The former secretary of state has claimed that none of them were marked classified at the time they were sent or received.

h/t: TheBlaze

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