As if you needed more evidence of the corruption that exists within the Obama administration, another case of blatant hypocrisy is rearing its ugly head. The Department of Justice just announced that they were pursuing criminal charges against an NSA contractor who was found with classified government documents in his home in both physical and digital formats.
On Aug. 27, 2016, search warrants were executed at Martin’s residence in Glen Burnie, Maryland, including two storage sheds, as well as upon his vehicle and person. During execution of the warrants, investigators located hard-copy documents and digital information stored on various devices and removable digital media. A large percentage of the materials recovered from Martin’s residence and vehicle bore markings indicating that they were property of the U.S. government and contained highly classified information, including Top Secret and Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI).In addition, investigators located property of the U.S. government with an aggregate value in excess of $1,000, which Martin allegedly stole.
The complaint alleges that among the classified documents found in the search were six classified documents obtained from sensitive intelligence and produced by a government agency in 2014.
If the NSA contractor, one Harold Thomas Martin III, is found guilty he could face up to 11 years in prison for “unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials” and for “theft of government property.”
Does this surprise you? It probably should. I mean, if Martin is only found guilty of “unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials,” he could get up to a year in prison. Which seems almost exactly like the punishment that Hillary Clinton should have faced, right? “Unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials” on her private email server is exactly what transpired, right?
Well, if the Justice Department is going after Mr. Martin, then they must be reasonably sure that he was up to no good. That is the whole reason they didn’t charge Mrs. Clinton after all. Remember? FBI Director James Comey told us that the FBI couldn’t find any proof that Clinton meant to do the illegal things she did (other than the fact that she did those illegal things over and over again for four years, and then tried to cover her tracks when we found out). So Mr. Martin must have been a spy or something, right?
Several officials said that at the moment it did not look like a traditional espionage case, but the F.B.I. has not ruled anything out.
Mr. Martin does not fit any of the usual profiles of an “insider threat,” and one administration official said that investigators thought that he was not politically motivated — “not like a Snowden or someone who believes that what we were doing was illegal and wanted to publicize that.”
So then, what’s the big deal, DOJ? Why are we being so rough with Mr. Martin, I mean, it’s not like there is any evidence that he acted with “necessary criminal intent.” That was the benchmark FBI Director Comey established for Mrs. Clinton (who was found with a much larger and more serious trove of confidential information), so why wouldn’t that be the benchmark for Mr. Martin?
Apparently, the Clintons really do live by a whole different set of laws than the average American. The hypocrisy here is palpable, and it’s proof that our country now bends its knee to corruption.
Republished with permission Eagle Rising
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