The major story a few weeks ago was the War Department leak and the arrest of a National Guardsman for that leak.
Apparently the War Department is using its clout with the MSM to have the story slowly die and be replaced with nonsense like the Correspondents Party.
Many have asked just how could this part-time soldier have access to such sensitive info and how did he get a security clearance?
I am glad you asked.
Jack Teixeira, 21, had a top-secret security clearance which gave him access to sensitive and highly classified government documents. The case has prompted questions about the clearance process and the subsequent red flags that seem to have gone unnoticed after it was granted.
In 2018, a year before he joined the Massachusetts Air National Guard, Mr Teixeira was suspended from high school after being overheard making threats and discussing weapons.
The same year, he made an application for a firearms identification card which was denied over police concerns about his remarks.
Neither incident prevented him from passing the background checks needed to get security clearance for his job as an IT specialist in an intelligence unit.
In the US, security clearances are issued by a wide array of government agencies ranging from the CIA to the Department of Energy. The vast majority are issued by the defence department, according to ClearanceJobs.com, a job portal focused on government jobs that require clearances.
Most agencies have four main levels of security clearance: confidential, secret, top-secret, and “sensitive compartmented information”, which has been called “above top secret”, and can include material from intelligence sources.
The process of obtaining a security clearance begins with a suitability check to determine eligibility for the job, and applicants then have to fill in an exhaustive form. Standard Form 86, or SF86, includes personal data such as education and employment history, details of family and associates, and foreign travel and connections. It also asks about criminal history, military service, and financial issues.
Personally I think there are too many ‘security consultants’ with access to sensitive info….this will not stop the abuse and as long as there are more ‘consultants’ than military it will continue to be a problem.
And the beat goes on.
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