Taking pictures of the nuclear reactor and control systems of an American Los Angeles-class attack submarine is a crime, and obstructing the investigation of federal officials investigating the case could land a sailor in prison for 30 years. Kristian Saucier, 28, served as a machinist mate aboard U.S.S. Alexandria (SSN-757) from September 2007 through March 2012. During that time, it is alleged that he took photographs of the nuclear reactor and control systems of the submarine. When the photographs on his cell phone were discovered, he allegedly attempted to destroy other photographs kept on his computer to keep the FBI and Naval Investigators from finding them.
Obviously, both taking pictures of classified equipment and attempting to obstruct an investigation are federal crimes. The first is punishable by a maximum of “10 years and a fine of up to $250,000 for unauthorized retention of defense information and 20 years and a $250,000 fine for obstruction of justice.”
If the sailor is guilty, he should face the consequences of his actions. Period. While in the Navy, I had access to classified material and the proper handling of it was ingrained in our behavior from day one. At the time, the Walker Spy Ring was being dismantled and new security procedures were being developed that are still in use today.
Although the charges against the sailor are interesting, and show that sometimes people do dumb things and then they have to pay for them, it also shows that we have a group of people in this country that not only don’t have to follow the rules, but are more than capable of flaunting the rules, obstructing investigations into their own rule-breaking and have every confidence of not being punished in any way, shape or form.
Petty Officer Saucier had classified information on an unauthorized and non-secure device and then attempted to destroy the information (and the device). Compare Saucier’s alleged crimes with the newest allegations against Hillary Clinton. Although Clinton may not have had pictures of a nuclear reactor on her phone, she knowingly sent at least four emails that “were classified when they were sent and are classified now.” The Inspector General’s investigation has found that the emails should have been sent through secure servers and not through her personal server.
Accountability only works if it is leavened across society equally. If Saucier is jailed and fined for what he has allegedly done, why should Clinton get a pass? The photographs that the sailor had are of equipment that is over 45 years old and, although it is still classified, it is difficult to imagine that all of our enemies have not seen and had access to this information for years.
The information that Clinton sent over an unsecured server may not have been about nuclear propulsion systems, but it was probably a lot more recent in nature. If the government is going to pursue charges against Petty Officer Saucier, they should be pursuing charges against former Secretary of State and current Presidential candidate Clinton as well.
After all, what’s good for the goose should be good for the gander.
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