About the bruhaha over security clearances…

Thanks to John Brennan for opening a veritable can of worms.


Let’s start with some basics.


I was a bit surprised to learn the sheer number of people walking around with security clearances.

According to USA Today:

The government has entrusted about 4.3 million people with various levels of security clearance.

These included nearly 2.9 million people at the “confidential” or “secret” level and nearly 1.4 million at the “top secret” level.

I would have guessed hundreds at “top secret” level … not a million!

And, I certainly didn’t think that there was such a thing as “courtesy clearances” to ex-government workers.


What does it take to qualify for a security clearance?

In general, security clearances are granted only to citizens whose work requires access to classified materials.

The background check must confirm the worker is trustworthy, honest, reliable and is free from conflicting allegiances or the potential for coercion,

Read these qualifications carefully … they help to clarify the current debate


Are there periodic checks?

Of course there are.

Polygraph tests every 5 years … with a deeper dive if situations warranted.

See About Strzok’s “out of scope” polygraph…


OK, so what to do?

I say, let’s start by revoking the security clearances of any ex-government employee who was terminated for cause.

Think: Peter Strzok and Andrew McCabe.

They hardly qualify as as “trustworthy, honest, reliable”.

Then, move on to those who have lied under oath.

Clapper is a good example, having lied publicly – under oath – about the NSA tracking innocent citizens’ phone calls (without a warrant).

See James Clapper’s testimony one year later

Then, move on to the leakers.

Best case is Comey … who crowed that he leaked his memos to– via an intermediary — to the NY Times.

See Comey’s private memos on Trump conversations contained classified material

Comey says “I’m not sure if the memos contained classified information”.

What’s not at doubt is that he leaked highly sensitive information.  Period.


So, what about Brennan?

He scored on a couple of points.

For openers, he lied under oath.

For example:

In 2014, he flat-out denied hacking into computers used by the Senate Intelligence Committee, which was at the time investigating the CIA’s use of harsh interrogation measures against terrorists.

After the computer break-ins were proven beyond a doubt, Brennan apologized but refused to acknowledge wrong-doing.

And, he leaked information.

Once instance: he leaked information regarding the existence and substance of the Steele dossier to Harry Reid … who subsequently went public with the information.

See WSJ’s Brennan and the 2016 Spy Scandal

And, sorry, but commentating on MSNBC doesn’t really constitute “work with a need to know”.

This jabrone’s clearance should have been pulled a long time ago!


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