Clear­ance ap­proved

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - VOICES -

While in the Air Force dur­ing the Korean War, I held a top-se­cret se­cu­rity clear­ance. One of the ques­tions on the ap­pli­ca­tion had to do with con­tacts with for­eign na­tion­als. My wife was at the time a cit­i­zen of the U.K., but her par­ents were es­tranged from her fa­ther’s side of the fam­ily. Be­ing a smart-aleck 20-year-old at the time, I en­tered her par­ents’ names and “… 20 as­sorted aunts and un­cles, names and ad­dresses un­known.” The clear­ance was ap­proved.

My ques­tion for the Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion: Is Jared Kush­ner not as smart as a smart-aleck 20-year-old, or sim­ply not as hon­est? In ei­ther case, I ques­tion whether he should con­tinue to hold his se­cu­rity clear­ance and have the ac­cess to the na­tional se­cu­rity in­for­ma­tion that he has. I also ques­tion our pres­i­dent’s judg­ment in per­mit­ting him ac­cess to such in­for­ma­tion. WIL­LIAM A. MOELLER


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