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Folsom Naval Reservist is Sentenced After Pleading Guilty to Unauthorized Removal and Retention of Classified Materials U.S. Attorney’s Office July 29, 2015 Eastern District of California (916) 554-2700
SACRAMENTO, CA—Bryan H. Nishimura, 50, of Folsom, pleaded guilty today to unauthorized removal and retention of classified materials, United States Attorney Benjamin B. Wagner announced.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Kendall J. Newman immediately sentenced Nishimura to two years of probation, a $7,500 fine, and forfeiture of personal media containing classified materials. Nishimura was further ordered to surrender any currently held security clearance and to never again seek such a clearance.
According to court documents, Nishimura was a Naval reservist deployed in Afghanistan in 2007 and 2008. In his role as a Regional Engineer for the U.S. military in Afghanistan, Nishimura had access to classified briefings and digital records that could only be retained and viewed on authorized government computers. Nishimura, however, caused the materials to be downloaded and stored on his personal, unclassified electronic devices and storage media. He carried such classified materials on his unauthorized media when he traveled off-base in Afghanistan and, ultimately, carried those materials back to the United States at the end of his deployment. In the United States, Nishimura continued to maintain the information on unclassified systems in unauthorized locations, and copied the materials onto at least one additional unauthorized and unclassified system.
Nishimura’s actions came to light in early 2012, when he admitted to Naval personnel that he had handled classified materials inappropriately. Nishimura later admitted that, following his statement to Naval personnel, he destroyed a large quantity of classified materials he had maintained in his home. Despite that, when the Federal Bureau of Investigation searched Nishimura’s home in May 2012, agents recovered numerous classified materials in digital and hard copy forms. The investigation did not reveal evidence that Nishimura intended to distribute classified information to unauthorized personnel.
This case was the product of an investigation by the Naval Criminal Investigative Service (NCIS) and the Federal Bureau of Investigation. Assistant United States Attorney Jean M. Hobler prosecuted the case.
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To Roman moralists the empire was always in decline, ever since some imagined state of republican virtus in the dim past. Small wonder that most modern historians have shunned as hopelessly misleading the whole vague notion of 'moral decline'. But MacMullen, looking steadily into this blind zone and assembling plenty of evidence, has traced a neglected but very influential process in the political and social changes that eventually permitted the dismemberment of the Western empire. This is an important book which will initiate a long debate.
His thesis is that a sea-change occurred in the dominant ethic of government and civil life. The earlier Principate operated not through impersonal administration, but rather through favour, patronage, recognised ties of family, kinship, class, city and guild membership, and so on. This network of mutual obligations was stable and pervasive enough to mesh with government in managing, more or less effectively, the huge empire: that is, providing for basic security, rule of law and the conditions of economic livelihood.
Bribery and abuses always occurred, of course. But by the fourth and fifth centuries they had become the norm: no longer abuses of a system, but an alternative system in itself. The cash nexus overrode all other ties. Everything was bought and sold: public office including army commands and bishoprics, judges' verdicts, tax assessments, access to authority on every level, and particularly the emperor. The traditional web of obligations became a marketplace of power, ruled only by naked self-interest.
originally posted by: DAVID64
Comey proved, without a doubt, there is a separate set of rules for the political Elite like Clinton. One for them, which basically says "Do what you want, we'll cover your ass" and another for us that says "Go straight to jail".
I've said it before and I'll keep saying it, I have no faith left in our government or justice system.
originally posted by: lordcomac
Any citizen who has any faith left in the system simply isn't paying attention to what said system is doing.
Having said that, we're all mad for letting it go on even one more day.
Putting it all together, I have trouble considering that Comey was involved in some kind of coverup. If he had been, he never would have said what he did. Clinton is certainly not happy with him.
originally posted by: BlueAjah
a reply to: MrSpad
Clinton's intentions are what is damning about this. Only the most naive would accept the "convenience" excuse. I think that more will come out about this with the Clinton Foundation FBI investigation.
It seems as if her reasons for keeping her emails private were to avoid FOIA requests, and to hide the connection to the Clinton Foundation.
Comey said there is no way to know what was in those 30,000 emails that were destroyed. Why would she totally destroy them, if they were only personal emails? Why not preserve them, just in case they found work emails missing that they might need to find in those pulled?