Wednesday, April 5, 2017

Susan Rice and the Chinese Wall

From InfogalacticChinese wall is a business term describing an information barrier within an organization that was erected to prevent exchanges or communication that could lead to conflicts of interest. For example, a Chinese wall may be erected to separate and isolate people who make investments from those who are privy to confidential information that could influence the investment decisions. Firms are generally required by law to safeguard insider information and ensure that improper trading does not occur.

And Susan Rice blew a huge fucking hole through it.

She clearly and deliberately crossed a line.

It is a threat to our electoral democracy if a party in power is able to use the nation’s intelligence apparatus to do opposition research on the party out of power. This is what Rice appears to have done, perhaps to protect her boss's legacy from being undermined by the new Trump administration. Rice denies all of this, of course.

“The allegation is that somehow, Obama administration officials utilized intelligence for political purposes,” Rice told MSNBC’s Andrea Mitchell. “That’s absolutely false.” It is what Rice did not expressly deny that is revealing. She did not deny making any unmasking requests, which she claimed would not be unusual in and of themselves. She said, however, that “I don’t have a particular recollection of doing that more frequently after the election.” Then she changed the focus from unmasking to leaking. “I leaked nothing to nobody,” she declared. But she ducked the question of whether she would agree to testify under oath.

The problem is that Susan Rice cannot be trusted. Just look at her track record. During a PBS interview last month, Rice denied any knowledge as to whether Trump transition officials may have been swept up in surveillance of foreigners at the end of the Obama administration. “I know nothing about this,” Rice told Judy Woodruff. She also questioned the validity of a New York Times report that Obama administration officials widely disseminated information within the government, during the final days of the Obama administration, about what they knew regarding intelligence that the Russians had interfered in the election last year and that there may have been a connection with Trump campaign officials.

Her arrogance and stupidity are to be expected. She learned honed those talents under the tutelage of the best in the business. Hillary Clinton.

When Rice was a Clinton political appointee and yes she was very much one of the Daughters of Hillary, she was stationed at the DOD.  Her well known specialty was attempting to humiliate the uniformed military at every opportunity available.  Showing up late to meetings.  Not offering seats when they came to her office.  Her contempt was well known.

I built my character of Brandon Alwhite around her which if you have read Dark Winter tells you something of my opinion about the woman.

And while she was loyal for awhile butg when Obama came along she turned her coat against Hillary in 2008 without the slightest hesitation or regret.  This was gutsy on her part because the "Clintons never forget and that goes both way" was a well known aphorism in Washington.

In Rice I think Obama clearly saw a reflection of himself in female form.

And the truth is, he was right.

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