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Old Mar 4th 2018, 02:05 PM
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Default Fox Guarding the Hen House?

I went to Wikipedia to find out who it is that grants security clearances to people like Jared Kushner and others.

As one would expect, the article didn't name the people who issue security clearances, but I did learn this when I scrolled down to "Authority."

The authority for classifying information and granting security clearances to access that information is found in executive orders (EOs) and US Federal law. USA's National Security Information (NSI) has been classified under EO 13526, but since January 10, 2017 the rules were modified by James Clapper as Security Executive Agent Directive 4 in the closing days of the Obama administration.[15] Information may be classified under this Order if a classification authority determines its unauthorized release could cause damage to the national defense or foreign relations of the United States. Information concerning nuclear weapons and fissile material may be classified under the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 (AEA). These clearances are only granted by the Department of Energy. The clearance process for access to NSI or AEA information is substantially aligned. Under EO 12968, the investigative and adjudicative guidelines for NSI and AEA clearances are identical. This enables reciprocity between NSI and AEA clearances, although some exceptions exist.
USA's Executive Order 12968's standards are binding on all of the USA's government agencies that handle classified information, but it allows certain agency heads to establish Special Access Programs (SAPs) with additional, but not duplicative, investigative and adjudicative requirements. The Intelligence Community's Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI) control systems are a family of SAPs, and SCI eligibility must be granted prior to accessing any particular control system or compartment (which may require additional investigation or adjudication). SCI eligibility policy is described in Intelligence Community Directive 704 and its implementing policy guidance [It should be noted that within the Intelligence Community, the access to SCI information is far more common than "Collateral Top Secret information," and therefore operatives will routinely include SCI in a TS product, just to ensure they do not have to meet the "cradle-to-grave" accountability requirements of Collateral TS information.] Any additional clearance measures used by SAPs must be approved by the Office of Management and Budget, which has generally limited such measures to polygraphs, exclusion of persons with non-US immediate family members, requiring more frequent reinvestigations, and requiring annual updates to security questionnaires."

Note the name James Clapper, who as Director of National Intelligence in charge of all 17 secret police agencies, had testified before Congress that the NSA did not collect intelligence on a single US citizen, and then note what Edward Snowden said in this Wikipedia article on Clapper, below:

"When Edward Snowden was asked during a January 26, 2014, television interview in Moscow on what the decisive moment was or what caused him to whistle-blow, he replied: “Sort of the breaking point was seeing the director of national intelligence, James Clapper, directly lie under oath to Congress. ... Seeing that really meant for me there was no going back.”[46]
On June 5, 2013, The Guardian published the first of the global surveillance documents leaked by Edward Snowden, including a top secret court order showing that the NSA had collected phone records from over 120 million Verizon subscribers.[47]"

So, effectively, what I have learned is that deep state apparatchiki vet people for security clearances here in the Fourth Reich, just as one would suppose that deep state apparatchiki vetted people for security clearances in the Third Reich or in Stalin's Russia.

Again, note that James Clapper lied to Congress in 2013 and was involved in vetting security applications in 2017.

Seems the deep state wolves are guarding the sheep pen.
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Old Mar 7th 2018, 06:57 PM
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Default Re: Fox Guarding the Hen House?

Hold on... are you acting shocked or surprised that some American politico apparently lied to Congress?

I swear that if one expunged all the lies spoken in Congress, and especially in Congressional Committee hearings, there wouldn't be anything to type up in a report. That is to say, American politicians lie even more than the American mass media and that says something!

And please, just because the rightwing noise machine has decided that the so-called 'deep-state' is against them at this moment in time, don't forget the line above. They lie. The deep-state, in so far as it exists, is definitely very pro-rightwing, always have been and always will be. The FBI actually and willfully interfered in an election to favor Trump in 2016 (and actually and willfully played down evidence of Trump's corruption while doing so).

At the moment, the rightwing has their knickers in a knot because the so-called 'deep-state', isn't 100% pro-Trump and cheering loud enough. In rightwing terms, that makes them the enemy of the week. Anyone who jumps on this band-wagon is getting played.
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