The rules are known

I remember when I had to learn them myself:

Nearly all of us had security clearances. The process of getting them involved an education in the requirements of the National Security Act. That Act makes anyone with access to classified information personally responsible for it. Whether through malice or negligence, if it escapes from his hands to uncleared hands, then regardless of his intent, he is guilty of a felony violation of federal law.

At the time, no allowances were made for political considerations. But we were honest then.


  1. Marisa »

    6 July 2016 · 12:11 pm

    As a former DoD contractor (tech writer for web-based Army training courses), I can say that it felt like anyone could get a security clearance, and that any ol’ person who wanted some Uncle Sam money and created their defense contracting firm could get one.

  2. CGHill »

    6 July 2016 · 12:50 pm

    The fact that they gave me one should support this thesis.

  3. McG »

    6 July 2016 · 6:23 pm

    When my mother worked at GE during the late ’40s, she had a Q clearance because as a clerk in an office that dealt with atomic secrets, she was in a position to handle atomic secrets.

    Didn’t make the likely consequences to her any less if she mishandled them. Nor does the fact you can probably find those secrets today on Wikipedia, let alone Wikileaks.

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