Un­fit for clear­ance

The Washington Times Weekly - - Letters To The Editor -

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

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