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Deleting things isn't what it used to be. It used to be, once something was deleted, it was gone, shredded, burned. Today, however, with the advanced digital recovery means available to the government and law enforcement, deleting things has lost the permanence it once had. And that's a good thing.

The most ready example of deleting things that have now come back to life is Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton's deletion of thousands of work-related emails off of her private email server. Though Clinton claimed to have only deleted emails that dealt with things of a purely personal nature, such as her yoga classes and planning her daughter's wedding, the FBI recovered 14,900 emails of which many were work-related.

But the plot has thickened thanks to South Carolina Representative Trey Gowdy who revealed this week that the FBI found traces of a software program called BleachBit on Clinton's private email server.

BleachBit is a program that's designed to make deleted files unrecoverable--it attempts to jumble the files and "shred" them.

According to Gowdy, the presence of the software on Clinton's server proves that she was actively trying to delete those emails forever, including those related to her work as Secretary of State.

"If she considered them to be personal, then she and her lawyers had those emails deleted. They didn’t just push the delete button, they had them deleted so even God couldn’t read them."

While some of Clinton's actions make sense in a digital age of espionage and spying. Deleting emails securely is something many people consider a high priority. But Clinton wasn't working for a Fortune 500 company. She was working for the people of the United States. All of her emails that were work-related and deleted belonged to the citizens of the U.S., not her.

Thankfully Gowdy called out this point and it's now gaining the scrutiny it deserves.

h/t: Daily Caller


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