My latest column is up at AND Magazine.
Here is an excerpt:
It isn’t really a shock that Hillary used her own email server to conduct official State Department business. It’s also no surprise that, asseveral news outlets have reported, some of Hillary’s top aides used the private email server, as well. What is surprising is that anyone in the Clinton camp thought that America would buy Hillary’s excuse that she used a home-baked email server simply as a matter of “convenience.”
This is what Hillary claimed in her press conference, where she laid on the big spin:
“First, when I got to work as secretary of state, I opted for convenience to use my personal email account, which was allowed by the State Department, because I thought it would be easier to carry just one device for my work and for my personal emails instead of two. Looking back, it would’ve been better if I’d simply used a second email account and carried a second phone, but at the time, this didn’t seem like an issue.”
Now, there are thousands – perhaps even millions – of Americans who carry two phones with them every day – one for work, and another for personal use. Sometimes it’s for security reasons, other times it’s simply because companies provide a phone for business use. In the government, it’s mostly for security. Government employees are typically issued Blackberry devices meant to make calls and send emails over encrypted connections. The technology isn’t always perfect, but it’s much, much better than BYOD (Bring Your Own Device), which would allow sensitive government data to be transmitted over any number of non-secure networks.
If the “convenience” excuse wouldn’t work for some mid-level bureaucrat, who would be fired for much, much less than what Hillary did, how much worse is it that it was the cabinet-level Secretary of State doing all of this? And if running two devices is too arduous a task for Hillary Clinton, why would anyone think she would be qualified to run the United States government? If she was too lazy to take her role as Secretary of State seriously, then why even take the job?