Letters to the Editor

Surprise!

There’s a TV commercial making the rounds advertising a popular American-built automobile. In it the manufacturer completely sanitized one of its cars, removing any indicators of its identity.

Then men and women allegedly from right off the street were invited to take a careful look, both inside and out. The manufacturers pitchman asks the people what kind of car they think it is and how much it would cost to purchase.

After a little chit-chat to heighten the anticipation he proclaims, “It’s a ____!” He then proclaims the amazing sale price.

Everyone acts surprised and amazed.

I liken this commercial to the legal situation involving Hillary Clinton and classified material that was found on her unsecured personal email server.

She alleges she didn’t recognize the material as classified since it wasn’t appropriately marked.

As Secretary of State, Clinton was the equivalent of a corporation CEO. Wouldn’t an involved CEO immediately recognize one of the company’s products, whether it was a vehicle or a classified document?

Her boss, the president, expected as much. He appointed her as a “classifying authority.” Clinton was not only expected to recognize classified information but had the authority to actually classify information as “Top Secret” or “Secret.”

There should have been no surprises.

Bill Malec, O’Fallon

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