Unfit for clearance
I am a retired officer of the Central Intelligence Agency. I served 25 years at the CIA, including two years in Vietnam during the war, other overseas assignments, and domestic assignments.
My processing for employment at the CIA was very stringent and the security clearance investigation took over six months. This processing by the Office of Security included previous employment, interviews with neighbors, references, high school and college records, and defining any groups or organization with which I had been associated. The final security processing included face to face interviews with Security Officers and a five hour polygraph examination.
Upon entrance on duty, I was awarded a Top Secret security clearances and certain compartmental security clearances for different projects on which I would be working.
I know for a fact that during my security investigation, if I had been associated with people such as: Bill Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and the Weathermen organization, which was classified as a terrorist group, I would never have been employed by the CIA or given any kind of security clearance.
I am frightened to think that if Barack Obama becomes president, and he has already admitted his associations with Ayers and other people of dubious character, that he will be automatically awarded the highest security clearance of our country when he becomes CommanderIn-Chief. God help our country if this happens. Theodore F. Bischof Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida