In 2012 Andrew McCarthy, former federal prosecutor and author of several books on Islamic Jihad, wrote a very good piece on Huma Abedin’s background:
McCarthy clearly explains security clearances:
“A person is not required to have done anything wrong to be denied a high-ranking government position, or more immediately, the security clearance allowing access to classified information that is necessary to function in such a job. There simply need be associations, allegiances, or interests that establish a potential conflict of interest.
Government jobs and access to the nation’s secrets are privileges, not rights. That is why the potential conflict needn’t stem from one’s own associations with hostile foreign countries, organizations, or persons. Vicarious associations, such as one’s parents’ connections to troublesome persons and organizations, are sufficient to create a potential conflict.
In this instance, however, before you even start probing the extensive, disturbing Brotherhood ties of her family members, Huma Abedin should have been ineligible for any significant government position based on her own personal and longstanding connection to Naseef’s organization. (my highlights)
Specifically, Ms. Abedeen was affiliated with the Institute of Muslim Minority Affairs, where she was assistant editor of the Journal of Muslim Minority Affairs. The journal was the IMMA’s raison d’etre. Abedin held the position of assistant editor from 1996 through 2008 — from when she began working as an intern in the Clinton White House until shortly before she took her current position as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s deputy chief of staff.”
The liberal mainstream media and the Clinton spin machine have spent years downplaying Abedin’s background, trying to paint any questions about her close connections to a terrorist-funding organization as Islamophobia and “hate”, when all along the questions were common sense, principled, clear-eyed national security concerns.
So, whether Abedin’s email stash just provides information into the Clinton Foundation corruption or leads to more alarming national security concerns, at the beginning of this is Hillary Clinton made the decisions to ignore national security protocols by setting up her home-brew server and she ignored them by ignoring national security protocols when hiring staff too.
Some old LB posts:
The thumb drive question is still an open question – David Kendall’s office saved the emails from Hillary’s server on thumb drives.