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Thursday, August 2, 2018

Access to Classified Info Without Duty to the President

For John, BLUFNobody told me I could keep my security clearance, once I left the Service, and for Code Word tickets, once I left a job.  Nothing to see here; just move along.

From Real Clear Investigations, by Reporter Lee Smith, 2 August 2018.

Here is the lede:

President Trump has been criticized for politicizing the intelligence community by threatening to strip the security clearances of former top officials including John Brennan and James Clapper.  But numerous past and present senior intelligence officials say that the Obama administration started the politicization -- and that revoking the clearances of those who abuse the privilege for partisan purposes may help right the ship.
Further down, the article states:
Security clearances are commonly extended for the top leaders of the intelligence community after they leave their jobs, on the rare chance that they should be called upon to consult with their successors.

“The Trump administration is not going to call in Susan Rice for advice, never mind John Brennan,” said one active intelligence officer.  “And if someone does get called in from a previous administration they can get a temporary clearance, akin to a one-day non-disclosure agreement.”

Courtesy is one thing, but feeding your enemies is another.  This smacks of Deep State.

Hat tip to the InstaPundit.

Regards  —  Cliff

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