March 16, 2015, - 3:24 pm

Hillary Clinton, David Petraeus v. Larry Franklin: A Tale of Double Standards on Classified Materials

By Debbie Schlussel

Both Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus should do serious jail time for mishandling and improperly possessing classified information and risking America’s national security. But, sadly, neither will. And, yet, Larry Franklin was initially sentenced to 12.5 years in jail for it. Jonathan Pollard still rots there.


Mrs. Clinton lives a life of luxury. So does Petraeus. And yet Franklin was set to go to jail for it, served 10 months in a halfway house, and was forced to dig ditches and clean bathrooms for a living. Franklin was warning Israel about the Iranian threat, though. And, so, the Bush Administration prosecuted him. It’s a tale of double standards.

I’ve been galled over the last two weeks as both former General Petraues and Mrs. Clinton got away with what you or I would be prosecuted for.

According to news stories, Mrs. Clinton had all kinds of classified information stored in e-mails she sent through private e-mail on a private server. As Secretary of State, she likely would have had access to information on which employees at U.S. Embassies were really CIA spies. She might even know the details of covert operations and security missions of those CIA spies. If those agents were from the State Department’s own agents–a lesser-known group of federal agents–she definitely would have had details of their operations and missions. And all of that likely went through her private e-mail server, all improper and all illegal.

Oh, and all ready and able to be hacked into, despite Mrs. Clinton’s laughable claim that the Secret Service was physically guarding the server. Um, did someone tell her hacking is like robbery or home invasion, and you need to be there to do it? Also, do you really believe a Secret Service agent was guarding the doors of Mrs. Clinton’s private server? Uh-huh. I’m sure that happened. Guy at the bar: “Hey, baby, I’m a Secret Service Agent. But, don’t worry, I’ll never take a bullet, ‘cuz I’m the guy who guards that bitch Hillary Clinton’s server.”

Over the weekend, the Clintonistas–reeling from a week of bad PR–announced that in a frantic effort, Mrs. Clinton’s private staffers were going through more e-mails from her private e-mail address, and finding more e-mails pertaining to State Department business, which they were turning over to the federal government. Um, who are these Clintonista staffers going through the e-mails and viewing this classified information? Do they have security clearance? Or are they recent college grads who chose the tarnished “glamor” of Clintondom over better pay and benefits at Starbucks? More likely the latter than the former. And it’s yet another national security hazard in play at Clinton Adventureland.

Hillary Clinton should be indicted for this. She took classified evidence home and she took it around the world and a lot of mysterious places by putting it in a private e-mail account on a private server. She should serve jail time. But it’ll never happen. She skates every time, more lives than a cat. Oh, and she did this for self-interest, not any important cause, like helping our allies or doing what’s in America’s best interest. So all the more reason that she’ll get away with it. This isn’t about State Department policies, which she broke, and the law that was enacted after the fact (or in the middle of it), against federal officials using private e-mail accounts for federal business. It’s about the law that’s been in place for decades–against taking home and disseminating classified info via private servers and private e-mail to unauthorized third parties.

Oh, and don’t forget that one of Hillary’s staffers–her key staffer, in fact–Muslim Brotherhood associate Huma Abedin was collecting illegal dual salaries at the time of Hillary’s dual e-mail addresses. Huma got a State Department salary and one from Teneo, a “consulting firm” with mysterious “investors.” Teneo gave “information about the government” to its customers. Who were those customers and who were the investors? Which e-mail addresses did Huma use when “consulting” with them? And is Huma one of Hillary’s staffers who is now going through the e-mails? Did Hillary write to any Teneo customers while using her “private server” and are these considered “private e-mails” that will never be turned over?

By the way, some of Mrs. Clinton’s e-mails containing classified information are “lost”–somewhere on the internet or on a server somewhere, only to be recovered by who knows whom or to show up when. Attention, Islamic terrorists . . . .

And, then, there is David Petraeus. As you probably know from recent news stories, Petraeus had several “little black books.” They didn’t contain the names of paramours and their sex acts. Far worse, they contained a lot of super top secret, classified information, including the names and details of covert operations and the details of undercover American operatives overseas. Petraeus improperly and illegally took these books home. And he kept them, even after he was deposed from his position atop the CIA. And he gave the black books to his mistress and biographer, Paula Broadwell, authoratrix of the ironically-titled “All In.” Then, under questioning by FBI agents, Petraeus lied and denied having the books. He also lied again, denying that he gave these books and the classified information contained therein to Paula Broadwell.

We’re lucky that Ms. Broadwell isn’t secretly an Islamic terrorist operative or working for the Chinese or the North Koreans. It’s certainly possible someone could have taken advantage of Mr. Petraeus’ lascivious and extremely risky ways. Regardless of who Ms. Broadwell was, David Petraeus took tremendous risks with America’s national security and put other Americans’ lives at risk, all because he was thinking with his penis. And, for that, he deserved jail time. But he won’t. He’ll skate.

As you probably know from reading the stories, Petraeus will merely serve probation. And, now, he’s serving as the high-paid adviser to a venture capital firm. He lives the life. And you get to read about it.

But if you or I did what Petraeus or Mrs. Clinton did, we’d serve time. Anyone else would. Just ask Larry Franklin, a righteous guy who went to jail for far less, and who did what he did for the right reasons. As you may recall during the Bush Administration, the Bush Justice Department prosecuted two American-Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC–the American pro-Israel lobby) staffers and a Defense Department employee. Michelle Fraudkin shrieked about the “spies for Israel” all over her website in at least NINE! different posts (and then Daniel Pipes made excuses for her to me). So did anti-Israel, Grover Norquist butt-licker Ed Morrissey, whom Malkin then promptly hired to run her Hot Air site.

So, here’s what happened with Franklin. Larry Franklin was the Pentagon’s Iran analyst during the Bush Administration. Pursuant to binding treaties between the United States and Israel on intelligence gathering and sharing, the Bush Administration had the legal responsibility and obligation to hand over to Israel certain intelligence on Iran. But, instead of doing what it was supposed to do, the Bush Pentagon didn’t. Franklin showed a report on Iran (reportedly its growing nuclear threat) to two AIPAC staffers, who passed it on to the Israeli Embassy and the press. He also reportedly leaked information on a bad deal the Bush Administration was negotiating with the Iranians for the release of two Al-Qaeda officials held in Tehran.

The FBI and Bush Justice Department were looking to go after Jews and the pro-Israel lobby to pander to whining Muslims and “balance out” their anemic efforts to root out Islamic terrorists in our midst after 9/11. Franklin discussed the incredible anti-Semitism communicated to him by the FBI agents investigating him and looking for “spies for Israel” in the Pentagon in an interesting interview with the Forward.

Franklin was initially sentenced to 12.5 years in federal prison for this. Instead, to avoid prison, he agreed to set up an FBI sting against the two AIPAC staffers. (He says he felt betrayed by the AIPAC because he did not want the report on Iran made public, only communicated to the Israelis and the National Security Council.) The charges against the AIPAC staffers were dropped. They feds had no case. And Franklin, who’d pleaded guilty for his deal, had to spend 10 months in a halfway house, do 100 hours of community service, and was forced to clean bathrooms in his church and mop floors at a Roy Rogers location.

This is what Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus should be doing for putting classified information at risk. They knew better . . . but they did it anyway.

A nice jaunt in a halfway house and cleaning some urinals would be appropriate for both.

Sadly, instead of doing time, they are laughing at you all the way to the bank. And in Hillary’s case, probably all the way to the White House.

She’s betting this scandal, too, like all the others, shall pass. And that’s a good bet.

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17 Responses

In the past, the “MoveOn” Left had referred to Petraeus as “General Betray-Us.” Given what was on his computer as Debbie elaborated, though . . .

ConcernedPatriot on March 16, 2015 at 4:01 pm

Another equally slimy and grossly incompetent KKKlinton in the WH. What a nauseating thought.

DS_ROCKS! on March 16, 2015 at 4:11 pm

Hillary Clinton has shown her crooked ways at least since her time as “First Lady” of Little Rock. The tales that she and her accolytes are pushing regarding her “Secret Server” and deleted emails would be laughable, if they came from anyone else. Hillary Clinton could not be bothered with having a proper government email account set up. No one seems to be brave enough to ask her why she felt that she was exempt from such requirements. Any other federal employee who engaged in such conduct would, as Debbie has noted, faced prosecution and prison time. Hillary, as usual, will sit out the storm and face no real consequences for her actions.

As for Paula Broadwell and David Petraeus, they were quite the felonious pair. Broadwell was nothing more than a skank who wanted her ghost written book to earn more than a Barbara Boxer novel. Despite her previous military career, she had no problem with receiving plainly classified material. David Petraeus was always a political hack, whether he was in or out of uniform. I doubt that Paula Broadwell was the first military woman that he had bedded during his married life. David Petraeus, as well as Paula Broadwell, betrayed their country. They should have been prosecuted to the fullest extend of the law.

As for Larry Franklin, he was a man without connections, so he paid the price.

Worry on March 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    Worry, I LOVED your line RE: the Barbara Boxer novel! So enjoyable! 😀

    And your enjoyable post reminded me that I also wanted to rant about how much of a farce I think it is about Petraeus staying married to his cuckold-ed wife. PUH-LEEZE. That’s just another example of a “strong woman” just being afraid to be alone. I’m sickened by in NOT in a feminist vein but one of common sense & dignity.

    Oh, & bully for Barry P. mentioning the Loretta Lynch confirmation. Anyone who thinks the GOP won’t bend over for the Libtards is seriously gas-huffing. The fact that they confirmed ERIC HOLDER in the percentile they did tells the tale. Second verse, same as the first….

    Skunky on March 16, 2015 at 7:56 pm

They should but they won’t.

They get special treatment and the law is for the Little People.

Debbie’s right, if she or me did what Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus did, we’d be facing hard time.

People who break the law should face justice. The privileged and well-connected don’t have to obey it.

That goes right to the cynicism people feel about government in this country – and sadly, its justified.

The people who are our public servants aren’t looking out for the country or for us – they’re looking out for themselves.

And when they get caught with their proverbial pants down, they spin about how it never occurred to them to ever do the right thing. Disgusting.

Petraeus will go nowhere, thank Heaven but Hillary in the White House, ethically challenged as she is is even more frightening to contemplate than Obama.

The past week has revealed her character in spades and no decent person should find her attractive both as a person and as a candidate for the highest office in our land.

NormanF on March 16, 2015 at 4:30 pm

Hillary is a traitor, just like our POTUS.

Occam's Tool on March 16, 2015 at 5:11 pm

The National Security establishment has always treated Jews as practically an alien force in our country. Anti-semitism within the Defense Department is well known, and the few exceptions prove the rule. I guess in order for a Jew to ascend the heights of the Armed Services, it is good to convert to Episcopalianism, and even then…

Little Al on March 16, 2015 at 6:06 pm

And, needless to say, one of the key enabling factors for this dual standard of security is the abandonment by large sectors of the ‘conservative’ movement of any commitment to conservativism, and the abandonment by large sectors of the Jewish Establishment (sic) of any standard of defense of Jewish interests.

With an aggressive conservative movement, some of the things that are going on might not have been possible, and with a Jewish movement aggressively committed to the defense of Jewish interests, maybe Franklin and others would not have been scapegoats.

Little Al on March 16, 2015 at 6:46 pm

It always baffles me when there is one set of justice for privileged people, and another set of justice for all other people. We’re not even allowed to know if Hillary signed a separation agreement. It’s clear she broke the law, but she’ll never spend a minute in jail. Ask Jon Corzine. Ask HSBC, the world’s largest money laundering operation. Not a minute in jail.

Loretta Lynch answered a question about illegals so wrongly that she should have been disqualified immediately, but she’s set to be our nation’s next Attorney General!

Barry Popik on March 16, 2015 at 7:09 pm

    “It’s clear she broke the law, but she’ll never spend a minute in jail. Ask Jon Corzine. Ask HSBC, the world’s largest money laundering operation. Not a minute in jail.”
    Ask Lois Lerner, too.

    Still Educating the Idiots on March 17, 2015 at 1:23 pm

Enjoyable & informative column.

The fat-cankled, sociopathic, viperous, coattail-rider HRC & her evil machinations have been well known to USA for decades. At this point the problem lies with all the super-retarded morons who continue to prop up that malacious black mamba snake to grab all the power she can. If USA didn’t have so many drooling dopes willing to pretend she is such a fantastic female she would be scrubbing under the urine cakes in public bathrooms all across the USA.

I’m so tired of it. These Libtards & Luvvies are the worst cancer on America ever. Poison pumps backwards all through what was once a truly great America & I’m tired of these evil pieces of crap getting away with all they do. Cankles being the most lucky of all in that regard. Nothing sticks to that aging bag of puke and her pervert husband.

Everything is ass-backwards now. The most dopey morons protesting bullsh in Ferguson, MO. The most lying liar marxist President grabbing power like grabbing cake from a 2 YO in a high chair, the LIBERAL GOP spreading it for the libtards faster & wider than any easy ho you know. The Kardashian skankerrhea that infects & infests the culture. The love of a poorly-written & non-erotic piece of warthog crap BDSM foolish porn book. The predominance of fembot-y males (or their nasty twin, the pig male who takes advantage of what skanky chicks offer up for free) & ball-busting skanky women & all the out of wedlock bastards that emanate from such dysfunctional “relationships”. Get me off this crazy thing!

I couldn’t agree more with DS & I am thankful for this oasis but I am tired of the retarded who have kept us slaves to the evil ways that are status quo now. As things get worse those are the effing freaks I think of when I start gritting my teeth! It’s all because of them!!

Skunky on March 16, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    I couldn’t agree with you more Skunky. The PIAPS has felt like an entitled queen who lords over us little peons for decades. She knows that she has her scumbag hubby and media sycophants like little Georgie Snuffaluppagus to run interference for her. She was the most useless Sec State since that other old liberal crow Maddie Halfbright. Debbie might be right in that this corrupt, inept power hungry harridan could be our next president after the Obamanation. If that happens heaven help us.

    Ken B on March 17, 2015 at 11:46 am

In the light of all this, I’ll ask : Why did “scooter ” Libby go to prison ?

I think the answer is : because he worked for and was loyal to a Republican president.

And for NO other reason.

JayPee on March 16, 2015 at 11:50 pm

I don’t think it’s fair to compare Hillary Clinton and David Petraeus to Larry Franklin and Jonathan Pollard. Franklin and Pollard deserve to punished because they were helping friends of America, whereas Clinton and Petraeus favored helping the enemies of America. If Franklin and Pollard were aiding Libya or Indonesia with classified information, I could see letting them off. I could even see letting them off if they were helping Sweden out with security secrets, since, after all, Sweden is well on its way to full Islamization, now having one of the highest per capita rape rates in the world. But letting them off for helping Israel–a bulwark against America’s enemies? Perish the thought!

Ralph Adamo on March 17, 2015 at 2:20 am

Re: Petraeus is symbolic of what the US military upper echelon of so-called leadership has become in the last 20 years or so. Any and probably all potential Bradley, Patton, and such like have either been silenced, retired, or left the services in disgust.

RA2216 on March 17, 2015 at 9:53 am

Hillary looks like a high tech Clinton associate Sandy Berger.

Whoever is behind this Clinton-like character assassination is doing a good job.

Carry on.

Panhandle on March 17, 2015 at 1:27 pm

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