Hillary Clinton was absolutely required to take certain mandatory government intelligence training courses dealing precisely with how to handle classified material while she was Secretary of State. Now we have learned that she didn’t take any of that important mandatory training.
Why not? Well, because she just blew it off; that’s why. Knowing how to handle classified material was never important to her.
Clinton chose to use an unsecured and unauthorized private server installed at her home instead of the State Department system to send and receive all of her personal and official email correspondence – including classified, secret and top secret correspondence. She set it up that way calculatingly and deliberately so that she could eventually hide her tracks by destroying correspondence that would otherwise be archived on a State Department server.
And destroying correspondence is exactly what she did – as least 33,000 documents that she didn’t want her superiors and the American people to see.
“It’s hard to believe, particularly as it was her first year in office as Secretary of State,” said Retired Col. Jim Waurishuk, who oversaw security protocols as deputy director for intelligence at the U.S. Central Command and served on the White House National Security Council staff. “The standard process is you will get all your security indoctrination done immediately upon taking office… I don’t care if you’re a GS-1 or a private or a four-star general or President of the United States. You’re going to go through your security indoctrination, particularly in the position of Secretary of State.”
Waurishuk says that people who refuse SCI training, including Clinton, should have their security clearances revoked. “Technically, if you don’t do (the SCI training) for people at my level, they can pull your clearance… There’s a level of responsibility, trustworthiness and your integrity that comes into play here.”
Clinton admitted during her interview with the FBI that “she "could not recall … any training or guidance provided by State." So the United States Secretary of State was entirely clueless about how to handle classified information during her entire time in office. She never should have acquired any security clearance. As the FBI discovered, Clinton "could not give an example of how classification of a document was determined," and she repeatedly told the FBI that she relied on others — not her own knowledge — to know how to properly handle classified material.
Why was that?
She just blew it off.