Lessons Learned From The Petraeus Sex Scandal

There are three things to learn from the Patraeus Sex Scandal

The first lesson is that everybody is having sex with everyone else. There is nothing new about consenting adults having consenting sex with other consenting adults whether they be in the military or secret service or even in the oval office. The only thing that surprises me about the Patraeus Sex Scandal is that Bill Clinton was not involved.

The second lesson to learn here is that email or text messages or any other form of electronic communications are not private. Every message sent leaves a trail and every compromising digital picture is vulnerable of being accessed by a third party. No matter how careful you are with electronic messages, using burner cell phones, dummy email accounts, and fake names everything is logged and traceable to the source.

The final lesson is that if you have a friend in the government, from the local police to federal agent, you can have them open an investigation on anyone you don’t like. The Patraeus affair was revealed only after one of the women involved contacted a friend in the FBI to open an investigation. I’ve know folks that have filed legitimate police complaints to report theft and vandalism where the police didn’t even show up. But this scandal proves that if you have friends inside the police you get a special investigation unit on the case.

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