To The Daily Sun,
Hillary has embroiled herself in another scandal of her own making. This one concerns a law regarding protection of classified material. Material, which if released, could compromise our nation's security and get people killed.
For the record, the president issued "Executive Order 13526 – Classified National Security Information" in late 2009, requiring all employees with classification capability to take mandatory training. That requirement became federal law in late 2010. One would think the Secretary of State would be covered by the requirement and that the State Department would be able to confirm the requirement was met.
The State Department created a course subsequent to imposition of the requirement called, "Classified and Sensitive but Unclassified Information: Making and Marking," to satisfy that requirement. Those employees with classification authority who fail to take the course each year are supposed to have their classification authority suspended. One would think records at the State Department would be kept as to who took the training and when.
State Department employees are routinely denied access to information networks and systems for failure to complete this required training. Such action taken by the State Department appears logical as having untrained officials accessing sensitive material would be a menace to national security and could play into the hands of those who would endanger American interests. Audit and control without record keeping would be useless in assuring compliance.
Judicial Watch submitted Freedom of Information Act requests which have been ignored. They said basically: Show us that Hillary Clinton and her top aides at State completed the required training for the handling of classified information. Tell us if any of them had their access at the State Department suspended for not completing the required training. What training did Hillary Clinton take to allow her to make credible representations about classified information on her illicit email system? Tell us that Hillary Clinton didn't put the nation's security at risk. Tell us that she complied with the law.
The State Department is withholding the answers to these questions. Infer from the State Department's action or inaction what you will. The legal battle for the information is ongoing. My question to you today is: Why is funding that legal battle the best use of your tax dollars? Perhaps it is time to call your congressman and your senators and ask them: Why do they agree with the State Department's refusal to disclose? What have your congressman and senators done to protect your tax dollars being wasted fighting to withhold the answers to these questions?
Frank Guinta 202-225-5456
Kelly Ayotte 202-224-3324
Jeanne Shaheen 202-224-2841
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