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Trump Can Give Kushner a Security Clearance — And Congress Can Ask Why

Trump Can Give Kushner a Security Clearance — And Congress Can Ask Why

President Trump’s decision to give a security clearance to son-in-law Jared Kushner drew objections from the CIA among others. Sen. Mark Warner, ranking Democrat on the Senate Intelligence Committee called it an “abuse of power.” Kushner has reportedly been denied access to Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), the most secret government information, according to the Washington...

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The Intelligence Professionals Who Favor Revoking Brennan’s Security Clearance.

From Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, via Consortium News. “We are appalled by the willful misreading by pundits and much of the media of the nature of security clearances. They are certainly not a constitutionally protected right, but a highly conditional privilege. Its granting comes with personal acceptance of restrictions on speech and association: among...

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Former CIA Officer Makes the Case for Stripping Former Officials of their Security Clearances 

In Consortium News, John Kiriakou, a former CIA officer who went to jail for telling a reporter about the agency’s torture program, argues that security  clearances for retired official has “abuse written all over it.” I think Trump is using the clearance issue as a means to get control the intelligence community,  but Kiriakou’s questions are...

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Trump’s Deep State Strategy: Conquer by Dividing

President Trump is taking action against his so-called deep state critics, a sign of the intensifying power struggle in Washington between an authoritarian president and an unnerved and alarmed national security establishment. On Monday the White House announced Trump is considering revoking the security clearances of former CIA directors John Brennan and Michael Hayden, former director of national...

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