Revoking High Level Security Clearances



Revoking High Level Security Clearances

One needs to ask does pouring salt into a wound make it better? The answer is No it does not.

In the bible Jesus talks about being Salt and Light in a fallen and sinful world.

13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot.

14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden.

15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house.

16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)

I recently decided to “clean up my act” so to speak and choose to write more selectively in order to ask thought provoking questions and let the reader provide his own answer. On the news this morning there is political babbling over yesterday’s White House Press release about President Trump over considering pulling security clearances from former top level Obama appointees. The pundits say it’s because the president is mad at those who talk against him. They may be right, however anyone who held a security clearance while serving in the military knows that receiving and renewing a security clearance is on a need to know basis. They also realize that when they leave the military the clearance also goes away.  Is it not the same for governmental cabinet officers and agency leaders?

So what exactly happens when a president, vice president or cabinet officer or member of Congress leaves office? Do they lose their clearance; does it simply go dormant; and are they still privy to classified information? I wonder because there have been president’s and cabinet officials who have misused or mishandled classified documents over unauthorized internet protocols, networks or devices and are no longer in office yet could potentially still be receiving classified information and the potential for continued misuse is still there.

Who makes the determination to terminate a high level security clearance? Is it the president; must it go through the National Security Council; maybe an act of Congress; or is it automatic? What are the rules governing security clearances at various levels? What constitutes revocation and who signs off on it? Why does the public need to know about such things? It’s like pouring salt upon a wound. If it’s within the authority of the President to revoke the clearance, then just do it.

End of story. – I am the Real Truckmaster!

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