Letters to the Editor

Navy man offers security clearance perspective

I spent 20 years in the U.S. Navy, all with a security clearance. As an Intelligence Specialist I was required to have a Top Secret/SCI clearance in order to perform my job.

I was read-in to certain programs during my tenure and only allowed to read classified material that pertained to my individual assignment. Once that requirement was satisfied, I was read-out of the program and no longer allowed to view any material that didn’t require a “need to know.”

Those ignorant of the system, which virtually all are, need to drop the belief there is a First Amendment issue related to any security clearance. A clearance is a privilege, not a right and those who have been lucky enough to have one know the difference.

Upon departure from military service, my clearance and any need to know was pulled.

Why Jon Brennan or any other bureaucrat retired or fired from the Washington, D.C. swamp needs a clearance is ridiculous, and clearly within the president’s power to pull as well. They have no need to know and no reason for access to information to perform their talking-head job on television.

Those who learn from television networks with zero insight on how clearances work should speak with someone who has had a clearance and learn from them.

David Southard

North Liberty

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