Hillary Clinton's Contract
|Editorial Cartoon by AF "Tony" Branco|
She signed a Sensitive Compartmented Information Nondisclosure Agreement -- a contract acknowledging that she held a very special position that would put her in possession of extremely important information. Information that had to be handled with the utmost care.
The contract is very clear. It states in part, "I have been advised that the unauthorized disclosure, unauthorized retention, or negligent handling of [sensitive compartmented information] by me could cause irreparable injury to the United States or be used to advantage by a foreign nation."
Hillary has defended herself by saying that none of the information she received on her private, unsecured server was ever marked classified. That is not a legitimate defense. The burden was on her to know whether it was classified or not.
Again, from the contract she signed: "I understand that it is my responsibility to consult with appropriate management authorities in the Department in order to ensure that I know whether information or material within my knowledge or control that I have reason to believe might be SCI."
As one former counterterrorism official put, "[Top secret, sensitive compartmented information] is very serious and specific information that jumps out at you and screams 'classified.' It's hard to imagine that in her position she would fail to recognize the obvious."
Now that this contract is public, it will be interesting to see if the FBI, the Justice Department and the media will hold Hillary to the same standard as General David Petraeus, former National Security Advisor Sandy Berger, former CIA Director John Deutch and former Clinton State Department official Peter Van Buren.
This scandal isn't about Hillary's emails. It is about Hillary's character and her competence. She signed a contract. She broke it. She put our national security at risk. We can't risk having Hillary in the Oval Office.
Gary Bauer is a conservative family values advocate and serves as president of American Values and chairman of the Campaign for Working Families
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