From The President’s Desk


4+ million Americans have security clearances.

President Trump revoked 1.

Why some say stripping former CIA Dir. John Brennan of his clearance is an attack on free speech, while others say it had to be done.


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Who Keeps Clearance?

  • Who: Former federal employees who had on the job security clearances.
  • Why: In case a need arises when he or she can be of use to the current administration.
  • How long: Clearance continues (with periodic reviews) as long as person avoids sharing classified info, getting into debt, & traveling to certain parts of the world, etc.
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Bigger Picture:

  • Current *Security Clearance* system deemed “high risk” by gov’t watchdog.
  • Too many people have security clearances (est. 1.4M at “top secret” level) & continual reviews of their eligibility are inconsistent.
  • Evaluations take too long. More than 700,000 people waiting for security clearance, according to most recent estimates.
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Why Revoke Brennan?

“Mr. Brennan has recently leveraged his status as a former high-ranking official with access to highly sensitive information to make a series of unfounded and outrageous allegations a wild outbursts on the Internet and television a about this administration.

President Trump
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John Brennan’s Response:

“This action is part of a broader effort by Mr. Trump to suppress freedom of speech & punish critics.A It should gravely worry all Americans, including intelligence professionals, about the cost of speaking out. My principles are worth far more than clearances. I will not relent.”


Click: His Criticism
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The topic of revoking security clearances came up several weeks ago when some, like Brennan criticized the President's meeting with Vladimir Putin. Is Brennan sowing "division & chaos" or exercising free speech? Does social media change the equation?

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