September 7, 1987 |
Getting a U.S. government security clearance can be easier than getting an American Express credit card. Would-be 7-Eleven clerks sometimes face tougher background checks than enlistees on the Navy's nuclear submarines. Yet background investigations, which 95 percent of military personnel and 99 percent of civilians ultimately pass, take an average of three months to complete and cost more than $165 million a year, according to the General Accounting Office. Those delays cost taxpayers as much as $920 million a year in lost productivity, the office says.
August 8, 1989 |
With computer degrees from high-ranking universities and experience in artificial intelligence, James M. Wood was looking forward to a career in the pioneering field when he accepted a job at General Electric Co. last fall. Some of the work he was hired to do was so sensitive that he had to apply for a government security clearance. But his application faced nothing but problems after the security investigation turned up an allegation that he was homosexual, Wood, 26, says in a federal lawsuit.
March 14, 2006
THE CIA HAS given Scooter Libby a "Get out of jail" card. The CIA claims that copying 400 daily briefing papers for the president would take up to nine months. We know that the copying itself would not take this long, even if the briefing papers ran to 20 pages apiece. So, it must be that the effort of blacking out the items that the judge is not authorized to review that causes the problem. Perhaps this problem could be avoided by obtaining a security clearance for the judge. Surely, this shouldn't be a problem for a federal judge who has passed muster with our illustrious and quick-witted GOP Congress.
November 17, 1989 |
The Defense Department, General Electric Co. and GE computer specialist James M. Wood have agreed to settle a suit Wood filed in July charging that he was denied due process in seeking a security clearance because of an allegation that he was a homosexual. The parties filed a stipulation of the settlement yesterday in U.S. District Court, and Wood released a brief statement. GE and the Defense Department had no comment. GE "has agreed to treat Wood the same as any other employee and not to engage in any retaliation because of his filing suit against GE," Wood, 26, of Center City, said in his statement.
October 2, 1989 |
General Electric Co. has agreed to seek a security clearance for a computer specialist who sued the company for withdrawing his application after he was alleged to have been leading "a homosexual lifestyle," according to the employee's attorney. However, the U.S. District Court suit stands, said attorney Cletus Lyman, because the level of clearance sought for James M. Wood will be different from the one sought in the original application. Lyman said it was unclear whether a different clearance would be satisfactory to Wood, 26, an information systems engineer specializing in artificial intelligence, which involves the development of computers that can simulate the complexities of human intelligence.
March 2, 2001 |
Defense attorneys for Rabbi Fred J. Neulander want to know more about Len Jenoff's role as an FBI informant. But the FBI is balking. In documents filed yesterday in Camden County Superior Court, a federal prosecutor asked Judge Linda G. Baxter to deny a request for production of a more complete file on Jenoff. Jenoff, a former private investigator, is a key witness against Rabbi Neulander, who is charged with capital murder, felony murder and conspiracy in the November 1994 slaying of his wife, Carol, in their Cherry Hill home.
October 19, 2005
"Blog" is short for "Web log," a diary on the Internet. Blogs can be endless and self-indulgent, or thoughtful and challenging. "Blog Cabin" offers a selection from recent high-profile blogs. Sic Semper Tyrannis 2005 http://turcopolier.typepad.com/sic_semper_tyrannis/ I had many levels of security clearance during my long government life. . . . I understood that with that access came an obligation to the state to protect the secrets of the American government. This obligation was entered into freely as a member of "the team.
March 19, 1992 |
Theodore Postol, a prominent physicist with a top-secret security clearance, had an unpleasant and slightly surreal visit from a Pentagon investigator this week. The visit concerned a paper Postol published in International Security, an academic quarterly, in January. The paper concluded that, contrary to popular opinion, Patriot missiles performed poorly in the Persian Gulf war, frequently failing to hit Iraqi Scud missiles and sometimes slamming into populated areas. He called the Patriot's performance "an almost total failure.
February 19, 2005 |
Lockheed Martin Corp., the nation's largest defense contractor, has bought a Bucks County software and services provider for $462 million. Sytex Group Inc., based in Doylestown, provides information technology and technical support to the U.S. Department of Defense and other federal agencies. The purchase price for the privately held Sytex excludes $13 million in net cash acquired. Sytex's three operating divisions specialize in technology engineering and systems integration, logistics, and technology for counterintelligence, counterterrorism and special operations.
July 19, 2012 |
WASHINGTON - Republican Sen. John McCain on Wednesday strongly defended a longtime aide to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton against unsubstantiated allegations that her family has ties to Egypt's Muslim Brotherhood, repudiating charges leveled by another Republican, Rep. Michele Bachmann. In a speech on the Senate floor, McCain praised the work and patriotism of Huma Abedin, a State Department employee who has been a constant presence at Clinton's side. Without mentioning Bachmann by name, McCain assailed the attacks on Abedin, a Muslim, as an example of ignorance and fear that defames the spirit of the nation.