By Neil A. Carousso
Millennials, defined as individuals who reach adulthood around year 2000, have been closely watching the 2016 presidential campaigns. Many were mobilized by Senator Bernie Sanders’ (I-VT) message of a “future to believe in” while not trusting now Presumptive Democratic Presidential Nominee Hillary Clinton because of her history taking large sums of money from corporations and countries for the Clinton Foundation and for speeches.
On July 5, FBI Director Jim Comey laid out a scathing report of the agency’s investigation of Hillary Clinton’s private e-mail server, actually multiple servers, which Comey revealed, to the American people.
“One hundred and ten emails in 52 e-mail chains have been determined by the owning agency to have contained classified information at the time they were sent or received,” Comey said in front of a national television audience. “Eight of those chains contained information.”
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has denied using a private e-mail server multiple times including a March 10 press conference, two Democratic presidential debates and under oath in front of the U.S. House Select Committee on Benghazi on October 22, 2015
“There was nothing marked classified on my e-mails, either sent or received,” Clinton said under oath in response to questioning from Representative Jim Jordan (R-OH).
Clinton had also been caught in hostile questioning from Rep. Jordan regarding her blaming of the September 11, 2012 Benghazi attack on a video when she told her daughter, Chelsea, and the Egyptian Prime Minister Hisham Kandil within 24 hours that it was, in fact, a terrorist attack. Four Americans including U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens died in Benghazi, Libya.
Millennials react to the campaign, specifically discuss whether or not they trust Mrs. Clinton. A recent New York Times/CBS News Poll indicates Clinton’s “not honest and untrustworthy” numbers are at an all-time high 67 percent, up 5 percent from last month.
By Neil A. Carousso
New York, NY — Donald Trump introduced Governor Mike Pence (R-IA) on Saturday morning at the New York Hilton Midtown. Trump said Pence was his “first choice” because he was impressed by Pence’s record in Indiana which includes over 150,000 new private sector jobs, 32,000 school choice scholarships and the 2nd lowest unemployment among veterans in the nation.
The Republican National Convention begins Monday in Cleveland, OH where Trump and Pence are expected to be officially billed on the Republican ticket.
By Neil A. Carousso
Exercise is extremely important for one’s physical and mental health, which Chris Ryan, certified fitness trainer and expert, emphasizes. In fact, some sort of daily fitness routine can dramatically reduce stress and combat hypertension – the leading cause of death in the United States. Ryan, a trainer on the first season of NBC’s “STRONG,” discusses how the most successful people incorporate fitness into their lives and gives me a bit of a workout as well for you to watch and emulate.
Featured image courtesy of Cameraman & Editor Nick Hintz, Carousso Enterprises.
By Neil A. Carousso
Earlier, the Washington Post reported that Russian government hackers infiltrated the Democratic National Committee computer network, gaining access to their entire database, including Democrats’ opposition research on GOP presumptive nominee Donald Trump.
“This cyber crime is huge,” said Robert Strang, a security expert on terrorism, personal and corporate security as well as investigative matters. “There’s really no limits to what’s happening in the world right now.”
Strang has seen security breaches in both the private and public sector throughout his career. He started as a special agent for the Federal Bureau of Investigation, working for the United States Justice Department for about 10 years before founding Investigative Management Group, a unit of Strang Holdings Corp., for which he is the Chief Executive Officer.
Strang says many cases that his company investigates involve individual hackers in the Philippines, China and Eastern Europe who steal American companies’ information from outside the U.S.
“There are not enough bad guys to buy all the available information that’s out there on the black market,” said Strang, continuing, “It would be like we’re flooded with drugs, there’s not enough drug users and you’re giving it away, almost. It’s so cheap. There’s so much, yet, there aren’t enough bad guys to buy it.”
The security expert points out the only positive thing about new technology, which makes personal, corporate and government information “vulnerable,” is the fact that it will become antiquated in a short period of time. New technology is emerging too quick in order to effectively secure.
“If you’re connected to the internet, you’re vulnerable; there’s no question about it,” said Strang.
Citing today’s Washington Post report, the DNC network has been compromised for about a year. “The intruders so thoroughly compromised the DNC’s system that they also were able to read all email and chat traffic, said DNC officials and the security experts,” journalist Ellen Nakashima wrote.
While the DNC claims no donor or personal information “appears to be accessed or taken,” this intrusion is “one of several targeting American political organizations,” writes Nakashima. Both Hillary Clinton and Trump were targeted by Russian spies. Republican political action committees were targeted, too, according to U.S. officials. Further information on those cases are not public.
Strang ensures that corporations he secures around the world have top-notch security and intelligence gathering services through the IMG platform, a company that has been successful in the high-end investigative market because of the resources of a large firm without the bureaucracy of the largest firms and government agencies.
Even with the best security systems, Strang emphasizes the importance of being selective in content included in electronic communication. Conducting business through the Internet, including e-mail, is risky. Sensitive and confidential material is best to be presented in person.
“I’m certain the government must do it as well,” said Strang adding, “You know common sense and the fact that we are being hacked and these kinds of thefts do take place on a regular basis.”
Mike’s On: WFAN’s Francesa Talks Belmont Stakes, His Broadcasting Future and Acquaintance Donald Trump
By Neil A. Carousso
New York sports talk show host Mike Francesa sat down with me before his annual radio show from Belmont Park, the day before the 148th Running of the Belmont Stakes. In addition to horse racing and last year’s Triple Crown by American Pharoah, we discussed his future when he leaves WFAN at the end of 2017 and I asked him if he would consider hosting a politically focused program since he takes calls about the 2016 presidential race. Francesa informed me about his relationship with presumptive Republican nominee Donald Trump.
Francesa has been with WFAN-AM, now also on the FM dial, since August 1987. He co-hosted “Mike and the Mad Dog” with Christopher “Mad Dog” Russo, starting in 1989. Mike’s encyclopedic knowledge combined with Russo’s enthusiasm, energy and vibrant passion revolutionized sports talk radio and propelled successful careers for both Francesa and Russo. I brought up “Mike and the Mad Dog” in the context of Mike Piazza’s career, which Francesa and Russo would chronicle during their afternoon drive show during Piazza’s prime in a New York Mets uniform; however, that portion of the interview will air on “WRHU’s 3rd Annual Hall of Fame Live Special with Neil A. Carousso,” which I will host live from the National Baseball Hall of Fame induction ceremony in Cooperstown, NY on Sunday, July 24, 2016 at 12 noon ET on 88.7 FM WRHU in New York, WRHU.org and the free WRHU mobile app. Piazza, who Francesa deems the undisputed “best hitting catcher of all-time,” better than Hall of Fame catchers Johnny Bench and Carlton Fisk, in Francesa’s opinion, will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame while donning a Mets cap on his plaque. Ken Griffey, Jr. will be inducted into the Hall with Piazza.
Mike Francesa, considered “the biggest name in sports talk radio,” currently hosts “Mike’s On: Francesa on the FAN” afternoons from 1-6:30 PM ET on sports radio 66 and 101.9 FM WFAN New York. Francesa also hosts “NFL Now,” Sunday mornings during the NFL season.