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The US Office of Inspector General's damning report regarding Secretary of State Clinton (& ors) email & cybersecurity

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Secretary Clinton (January 21, 2009 – February 1, 2013): Former Secretary Clinton did not use a Department email account and has acknowledged using an email account maintained on a private server for official business. As discussed above, in December 2014, her representative produced to the Department 55,000 hard-copy pages of documents, representing approximately 30,000 emails that could potentially constitute Federal records that she sent or received from April 2009 through early 2013. Secretary Clinton’s representative asserted that, because the Secretary emailed Department officials at their government email accounts, the Department already had records of the Secretary’s email preserved within its recordkeeping systems.

As previously discussed, however, sending emails from a personal account to other employees at their Department accounts is not an appropriate method of preserving any such emails that would constitute a Federal record. Therefore, Secretary Clinton should have preserved any Federal records she created and received on her personal account by printing and filing those records with the related files in the Office of the Secretary. At a minimum, Secretary Clinton should have surrendered all emails dealing with Department business before leaving government service and, because she did not do so, she did not comply with the Department’s policies that were implemented in accordance with the Federal Records Act.



In addition to interviewing current and former officials in DS and IRM, OIG interviewed other senior Department officials with relevant knowledge who served under Secretary Clinton, including the Under Secretary for Management, who supervises both DS and IRM; current and former Executive Secretaries; and attorneys within the Office of the Legal Adviser. These officials all stated that they were not asked to approve or otherwise review the use of Secretary Clinton’s server and that they had no knowledge of approval or review by other Department staff. These officials also stated that they were unaware of the scope or extent of Secretary Clinton’s use of a personal email account, though many of them sent emails to the Secretary on this account. Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff also testified before the House Select Committee on Benghazi that she was unaware of anyone being consulted about the Secretary’s exclusive use of a personal email address.

The pertinent testimony from the former Chief of Staff, who declined OIG’s request for an interview, reads as follows:

Q Was anyone consulted about Secretary Clinton exclusively using a personal email address for her work?
A I don't recall that. If it did happen, I wasn't part of that process. But I don’t believe there was a consultation around it, or at least there's not one that I’m aware of, maybe I should better answer that way based on my knowledge.
Q So no private counsel?
A Not that I'm aware of.
Q Okay. The general counsel for the State Department?
A Not that I'm aware of.
Q Okay. Anybody from the National Archives?
A Not that I'm aware of. But I can only speak to my knowledge, obviously.
Q Sure. And anyone from the White House?
A Not that I'm aware of.


OIG did find evidence that various staff and senior officials throughout the Department had discussions related to the Secretary’s use of non-Departmental systems, suggesting there was some awareness of Secretary Clinton’s practices. For example:

  • In late-January 2009, in response to Secretary Clinton’s desire to take her BlackBerry device into secure areas, her Chief of Staff discussed with senior officials in S/ES and with the Under Secretary for Management alternative solutions, such as setting up a separate stand-alone computer connected to the Internet for Secretary Clinton “to enable her to check her emails from her desk.” The Under Secretary’s response was “the stand-alone separate network PC is [a] great idea” and that it is “the best solution.” According to the Department, no such computer was ever set up.

  • In November 2010, Secretary Clinton and her Deputy Chief of Staff for Operations discussed the fact that Secretary Clinton’s emails to Department employees were not being received. The Deputy Chief of Staff emailed the Secretary that “we should talk about putting you on state email or releasing your email address to the department so you are not going to spam.” In response, the Secretary wrote, “Let’s get separate address or device but I don’t want any risk of the personal being accessible.”152

  • In August 2011, the Executive Secretary, the Under Secretary for Management, and Secretary Clinton’s Chief of Staff and Deputy Chief of Staff, in response to the Secretary’s request, discussed via email providing her with a Department BlackBerry to replace her personal BlackBerry, which was malfunctioning, possibly because “her personal email server is down.” The then-Executive Secretary informed staff of his intent to provide two devices for the Secretary to use: “one with an operating State Department email account (which would mask her identity, but which would also be subject to FOIA requests), and another which would just have phone and internet capability.” In another email exchange, the Director of S/ES-IRM noted that an email account and address had already been set up for the Secretary153 and also stated that “you should be aware that any email would go through the Department’s infrastructure and subject to FOIA searches.”154 However, the Secretary’s Deputy Chief of Staff rejected the proposal to use two devices, stating that it “doesn’t make a whole lot of sense.”


Sadly for Ms Clinton, the complete report does make a whole lot of sense.    Love to know your favourite bits!  Prizes for brevity, pls leave comments.

US Office of the Inspector General report re Clinton Emails

You'd warn your friends about a life-threatening cancer that kills instantly - tell them about John Lyons feature on our Middle Eastern organised crime

One month ago today a murderer murdered - 11.45AM in a packed Sydney shopping centre. 

Since then The Australian's John Lyons has been embedded with the NSW Police Force's Middle Eastern Organised Crime Squad.

Here's the opener of his feature in The Weekend Australian.

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It was a funeral that would have made Melbourne crime boss Carl Williams proud: luxury cars, well-known crime identities paying their respects and a police helicopter flying overhead. In the surrounding streets, teams of uniformed and undercover police from several different squads waited discreetly in case the gathering erupted into violence.

There was something quite shocking about the funeral of Wally Ahmad — a sense of menace. Photographer Gary Ramage and I have spent time in various war zones and have come across many unsavoury characters, but on this day four weeks ago at Lakemba Mosque in western Sydney, each of us felt more intimidated than we had most of the time while working in the Middle East.

We’d arrived without security guards, unlike most of the media. Perhaps it was because I’d been out of the country for a few years, working as this newspaper’s Middle East correspondent, but the image of a media pack gathered, for their safety, about 100m up the road, alongside their security teams, was not something I ever expected to see in Sydney.

As one television news director said later: “We sent security because these are associates of organised crime. We wanted to make sure we were protected.”

The funeral of Wally Ahmad

Until Walid “Wally” Ahmad was shot dead in broad daylight at the Bankstown Shopping Centre on April 29, he controlled a leading crime family in southwestern Sydney. Ahmad had built an empire through drugs and forcing people to pay money for “protection”, often from other crime families. 

Many of the thugs, bodyguards, drug dealers and stand-over men who came to farewell Ahmad are “persons of interest” to NSW’s Middle East Organised Crime Squad. 

For the past three weeks, MEOCS has given The Weekend Australian unprecedented access. Among criminals in southwestern Sydney, MEOCS has built up a mythical status — some have even had its initials tattooed on to their bodies. 

While other specialist units, such as the Asian Crime Unit, have been disbanded, in this case because Asian crime has receded, crime from those with a Middle Eastern heritage is expanding. 

Formed in 2006, MEOCS is the only police squad in Australia that specialises in organised crime by Middle Eastern originated groups. 

Its critics say it’s unfair that one group is singled out for police attention. Its supporters say the key word in the squad’s name is “organised” — if the criminals were not systematically committing crimes the squad would not exist.

You can read John's feature online here - there are some hugely informative graphics in the piece along with 3 videos that warrant much greater attention that they've so far received.

So here's your challenge!

As at this morning, the 3 videos below had been viewed 54, 32 and 28 times respectively.   Here's the credits page from the final video chapter:

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The credits should give you an insight into the quality of what you'll see.

Please go to the videos and watch them.   Tell your friends to do the same.   This work deserves a much wider audience.   Let's make a big difference to those YouTube numbers - get watching, learning and helping your friends to do the same.



Four things that should be said today.

John Lyons feature on Middle Eastern Organised Crime in The Australian warrants your attention.

What sanction awaits the incompetent following belated judicial admission that judicial laxity green-lighted the murder of Jill Meagher?

We have underdone our education on Islamist ambitions for us.

While not channeling Jeffrey Bernard, I have felt insufficiently well to write much these past few days.

More on the first three here today - of the fourth, there's not much more to be said except it's good to be back!



Serious charges - former NSW Labor Supremo Jamie Clements - shame Chairman Mal dislikes disunity with Labor

This statement is from the NSW Electoral Commissioner - the defendant is former NSW Labor Party Supremo, Piece-Of-Work (POW) and workplace-shag-seeker Jamie Clements.

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This article from The Australian might give you some insight into the potential problems faced by Shag-Man and doer-of-favours for union chiefs.

ALP chief Jamie Clements ‘asked for voter’s details’


Jamie Clements denies he accessed the electoral roll for personal reasons. Picture: Sam Mooy

The boss of Labor’s party machine in NSW, Jamie Clements, ­is ­alleged to have arranged for a staff member to access the electoral roll to give details of a name and address to the head of a powerful union dynasty who wanted the ­information for personal reasons.

Mr Clements denies the alle­gations and says he is the victim of a smear campaign.

Mr Clements is accused of giving the details to Derrick Belan, then an influential union chief and one of his key ALP allies.

Mr Belan resigned in disgrace as chief of the NSW branch of ­National Union of Workers in late October before unrelated revelations at the royal commission into union corruption about alleged union credit card abuse by him and relatives.

It is claimed Mr Belan used the electoral roll name and address provided to him by Mr Clements to help a friend and financial ­associate in a personal matter.

Mr Clements, whose leadership is already under a cloud over an apprehended violence order taken out against him by a former ALP staffer, allegedly agreed to Mr Belan’s request for the information in June.

Mr Clements said: “I have never accessed any information from the electoral roll. No information was provided to Derrick Belan. These claims are false and part of an attempt to smear me.”

Sources claim Mr Belan kickstarted the process by giving Mr Clements the name of a man, asking if Mr Clements could use the ALP’s official access to information on the roll to find the man’s address.

An Australian Electoral Commission search then allegedly commissioned by Mr Clements allegedly found the address on the NSW north coast.

The electoral roll can be accessed at AEC offices, but political parties have privileged access under the Commonwealth Electoral Act, getting regularly updated electronic versions as well as a copy of a habitation index, which is the electoral roll organised by address.

This roll can be used only for purposes associated with an election or a referendum, or checking the accuracy of enrolment. Use of the roll for prohibited reasons is outlawed, with fines of up to $18,000.

Similar provisions exist in NSW electoral laws, except that in NSW parties can access more ­information than under federal laws, including an elector’s occupation. The penalty under NSW elections legislation for misuse is $110,000.


Here's Mr Clements in happier times, hooking in to the traditional meal of the NSW Labor Party's traditional owners (The Unions) - steamed Parrot Fish at Golden Century, Chinatown, Sydney.

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And here he is in previous encounters with this webpage.

Jamie Clements, NSW Labor State Secretary returns to work after ...
Aug 24, 2015 - On 7 August we brought you this story 08/do- ... Jamie Clements has just issued this public statement.

Great journalism in The Daily Telegraph today with a comprehensive ...
Jan 14, 2016 - Stefanie Jones: Former staffer blasts Labor's sexism in wake of the Jamie Clementsscandal. January 13, 2016 8:00pm. EXCLUSIVE Alicia ...

Do Labor people do any work? Relationship life-cycles seem to take ...
Aug 7, 2015 - ... to the 2011 NSW state election, OMG. NSW ALP boss Jamie Clements hit with AVO by ex-Cronulla candidate Stefanie Jones Read more: ...

The pathetic tale of the National Union of Workers - Michael Smith News
Nov 5, 2015 - Clement said in reply to Polly Jean. ...... I will be forever grateful for the friendship and support of Jamie Clements, Michael Lee and Chris Minns ...

Yours in Labor, Jamie - Michael Smith News
Dec 21, 2013 - I look forward to working with you next year and wish you a very happy and safe holiday. Yours in Labor,. Jamie Clements. General Secretary.


Yours in Labor indeed.

Shame Chairman Mal hates saying things Labor people might not like.



The Rudd who would be Chief of the World

This is The Rudd in communion with a Chinese cat.  The cat is named after the wife of a Chinese politician.   The Rudd knows a lot about China.   If The Rudd hasn't told you how much he knows about China, you have not been in the one place long enough.

This is The Rudd thanking his campaign volunteers during his last tilt at leadership.

Then it was leadership of Australia.  

Now, the world is not enough.


This man is seriously strange.

He will fit in perfectly at the United Nations.

Islamic scholar Aayan Hirsi Ali on anti-innovator Muhammad -v- Chairman Mal "Islam at innovation forefront"

Published on Jul 11, 2015

Ayaan Hirsi Ali argues that Mohammed was a creative genius who, upon his death, froze innovation in Islam forever. Ayaan Hirsi Ali's latest book is "Heretic: Why Islam Needs a Reformation Now" (

Compare and Contrast Ms Ali's scholarship with the need to be loved from Chairman Mal.

Turnbull joins Hizb ut-Tahrir in praising Islamic Caliphate "successful, really successful, artistically brilliant, brilliant in every respect"

Check for yourself -

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Turnbull on the Saudi-funded Islamic Museum of Australia

Direct quotes from Turnbull

"The museum vividly illustrates that throughout our history, Muslims have been at the forefront of innovation and education.

"And you know, the museum tells the story with which I'm familiar of the great heights of Islam in Spain and indeed in the Ottoman Empire, when the successful, the really successful, artistically brilliant, brilliant in every respect in terms of medicine, in terms of literature, I'm thinking of the Abbasid Caliphate, I’m thinking of the Umayyads in Spain. 

"I was talking earlier at the museum about some of the amazing collaborations, particularly one in Sicily with which I'm very familiar with, are collaborations between Greek mosaicists and Arab mosaicists, combining to produce a building, a cathedral in fact, above Palermo, which is a jewel…  a practical demonstration of that convivencia that was so evident in those days.



It's only an extra $1or $2 billion borrowed every week. Just $8BN a month. To cover normal expenses. Nothing to worry about, is it?

This is the current debt position - ie money owed - by the Australian Government - as at March 2016 about $420 billion.

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Add $9 billion in new debt for April, subtract $3.5 billion in redeemed Notes - nett new borrowings about $5.5billion for the month.

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Monthly Changes in Australian Government Securities (AGS) Outstanding  - March 2016 (add about $8billion)


As at 29-February -16 Face Value $’000

March-16 New Issuance Face Value $’000

March -16 Redemptions Face Value $’000

As at 31-March-16 Face Value $’000

Treasury Bonds 375,187,333 7,300,000(d)  47 382,487,286
Treasury Notes 4,500,000 1,000,000(e)   5,500,000
Treasury Indexed Bonds 29,229,249 250,000(f)   40 29,479,209
Other (b) 13,569     13,569
Total $A denominated AGS 408,930,151     417,480,064
Total foreign currency denominated AGS (c) 7,638     7,128
Total 408,937,790



Or January

Monthly Changes in Australian Government Securities (AGS) Outstanding January 2016 (add about $9BN)


As at 31-December -15 Face Value $’000

January -16 New Issuance Face Value $’000

January -16 Redemptions Face Value $’000

As at 31-January -16 Face Value $’000

Treasury Bonds 364,187,336 7,100,000(d) 3 371,287,333
Treasury Notes 5,500,000 1,500,000(e)   7,000,000
Treasury Indexed Bonds 28,979,249 (f)   28,979,249
Other (b) 13,574  4   13,578
Total $A denominated AGS 398,680,159     407,280,160
Total foreign currency denominated AGS (c) 7,472     7,683
Total 398,687,631.25     407,287,844

Or indeed this week when yesterday we did this - ie go to market to borrow just on $1 billion to cover the shortfall in goverment income versus spending - for half of one week.

Announcement - extra $1BN borrowed yesterday

The Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) will hold a tender for the issue of Treasury Bonds on Wednesday, 25 May 2016. Details of the tender are set out below.

Series Offered 2.75% 21 November 2027
Series Number TB148
Offered to Public ($million) 900
First Coupon Payment Due* 21 November 2016
First Coupon Payment Amount (per $100 face value) $1.375

*Coupons will be paid at half-yearly intervals thereafter.

Lodgement of Bids

Bids may be lodged by Registered Bidders through the AOFM Tender System, which is accessed via the Yieldbroker DEBTS System, between 10.45 am and 11.00 am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Wednesday, 25 May 2016.

All bids must comply with the Information Memorandum for Treasury Bonds [PDF 665KB | RTF 1.171MB] dated 4 March 2016.

Announcement of Results

The results of the tender are expected to be announced as soon as practicable after the closing time for the lodgement of bids.

Settlement Arrangements

Successful bids for Treasury Bonds offered in the tender must be settled in the Austraclear System on Friday, 27 May 2016.

Last updated: 25 May 2016


25 May 2016

Series Offered 2.75% 21 November 2027
Series ID TB148
Offered to Public ($million) 900
Amount Allotted to Public ($million) 900
Weighted Average Issue Yield (%) 2.4312
Coverage Ratio 2.5000
Lowest Yield Accepted (%) 2.3900
Highest Yield Accepted (%) 2.4350
Total Amount of All Bids Received ($million) 2,250
Total Number of Bids 39
Total Number of Successful Bids 15
Number of Bids Allocated in Full 10
Best Bid (%) 2.3900
Worst Bid (%) 2.4800
Weighted Average Bid (%) 2.4374
Amount Allotted at Highest Accepted Yield as Percentage of Amount Bid at that Yield* 31.3

And tomorrow we will do it again - another $1billion - the second for the week.   Which keeps us on average - about $8 billion per month, or about $100 billion per year.

Announcement - another $1BN borrowed tomorrow

The Australian Office of Financial Management (AOFM) will hold a tender for the issue of Treasury Bonds on Friday, 27 May 2016. Details of the tender are set out below.

Series Offered 2.75% 21 October 2019
Series Number TB143
ISIN AU3TB0000184
Offered to Public ($million) 1,000
First Coupon Payment Due* 21 October 2016
First Coupon Payment Amount (per $100 face value) $1.375

*Coupons will be paid at half-yearly intervals thereafter.

Lodgement of Bids

Bids may be lodged by Registered Bidders through the AOFM Tender System, which is accessed via the Yieldbroker DEBTS System, between 10.45 am and 11.00 am Australian Eastern Standard Time on Friday, 27 May 2016.

All bids must comply with the Information Memorandum for Treasury Bonds [PDF 665KB | RTF 1.171MB] dated 4 March 2016.


Just an extra 1 or 2 billion.   Every week.

I remember a time when the LNP were worried about Rudd's spending.   How times have changed.


ADF media management files for Morrison Jedi speech - "link to Liberal Party non-action and menugate"

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Defence files on Morrison/McGregor's Jedi Council speech by Michael Smith


PS - the prohibition of profiting from your time in uniform or presenting politically controversial views in uniform apparently doesn't apply to hunky-dory David - whose $15K per gig speaking engagements are advertised using Her Majesty's khaki and badges of rank quite brazenly.

These are screenshots of Morrison's advertising material published to the internet as of today, 26 May 2016.

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OK for Captain Hastie SASR to feature in Kevin Rudd's election shots in uniform - just not in his own

Their ABC and fellow travellers in the ADF have decided to campaign against former SASR CAPT Andrew Hastie.

Here's their ABC inviting Mr Hastie to avail himself of a time machine and stop wearing ADF uniform in photos.

This is a monstrous invasion of Andrew Hastie's life.   The photos were either lawfully taken (in that they don't breach any operational confidentiality or defence regulations) or they weren't.   If he owns them, then who is the ADF to say after the event how he can use his own property?   Do they want him to pretend he wasn't in the ADF?

Election 2016: MP Andrew Hastie asked to stop wearing Defence uniform in campaign material

Updated yesterday at 8:09pm

The Member for Canning, Andrew Hastie, has been asked by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to stop wearing his uniform in federal election campaign material.

The West Australian Liberal MP won the seat of Canning in a by-election in September. Prior to that, he was a Special Air Service (SAS) officer in the ADF.

Mr Hastie resigned from the ADF before taking office.

He did not seek Defence endorsement for advertising material.

In a statement, Defence said it had contacted Mr Hastie in relation to this matter and requested that any imagery featuring Mr Hastie in Australian Army uniform be removed.

"As a condition of their service, regular and reserve members of the Australian Defence Force are obliged to comply with various Defence instructions and policies," it said.

"Defence policy is designed to ensure that the ADF remains apolitical. ADF members are therefore not permitted to participate in any political activity in uniform, unless they are pre-approved to do so by an appropriate authority."



The ADF however was falling over itself to get this individual and his wife into an operational theatre in Afghanistan for what the ABC and Fairfax gleefully misreported as the first time a wife of a serving Australian prime minister has travelled to a war zone.

GALLERY: Kevin Rudd and Therese Rein visit troops in Afghanistan

SOURCE: Sydney Morning Herald 

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd and his wife Therese Rein made a surprise three-hour pre-election visit to Australian troops serving in Tarin Kowt, Uruzgan province, in southern Afghanistan.

This is the first time a wife of a serving Australian prime minister has travelled to a war zone to visit the servicemen and women on active duty.

Message to Australia's fashion-conshy troops - don't panic, tenders have been let for more Lace and Braid and Bling!!!!!

From the website finally released yesterday!

Current ATM View - CASG/LSD/RFQX4923/16


Lace and Braid

Agency Department of Defence - CASG
Category 53102700 - Uniforms
Close Date & Time 28-Jun-2016 12:00 pm  (ACT Local time)
Show close time for other time zones
Publish Date 25-May-2016 

ACT, NSW, VIC, SA, WA, QLD, NT, TAS, Overseas

ATM Type Request for Quote

Multi Agency Access No
Panel Arrangement No


Various Lace and Braid for sustainment to the Australian Defence Force

Other Instructions 

All items to be supplied in accordance with Specification DEF(AUST) 8931. Tenders samples required (refer to Special Conditions)

Conditions for Participation


Timeframe for Delivery

Delivery to be completed by 25 November 2016

Address for Lodgement

Tender responses are to be submitted electronically via the AusTender website using the 'Go to Lodgement Page' on this tender notification.

Contact Officer Senior Procurement Officer
Phone Number 0
Email Address [email protected]

Remember that photo shoot for Operation Lace and Braid in Singapore?

Who could forget our model, DavMo as he got a bit more bling - this time Asian!   Doesn't he look fab!

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Lace and Braid?   

Can you ever have too much?

Now if we can just get them focussed on the feathers and boas, DavMo will be in transcendental heaven.