Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance

TheHill.com today has an article on the repeal of restrictions for granting security clearance to convicts, drug users and the mentally incompetent.

http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/ex-- convicts-and-addicts-may-get-dod-clearan ce-2007-07-10.html

At the Pentagon's request, Senate defense authorizers tucked deep within a defense bill a repeal of the department's restriction on granting security clearances to ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent.

This isn't something that has passed.  In fact it is likely to become an issue this week.

Is this an opening to hire Scooter Libby at the Pentagon?

This law has been around for seven years.  It prevents individuals from getting security clearance.  There is a waiver process that can be applied if they really want to give someone security clearance.  The Senate Armed Services panel wants to repeal the law but the Intelligence comittee deleted the change.

Senators Rockefeller Russ Feingold (D-Wis.) and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) voted for the repeal.

The question I have is this.  Since the number of potential contractors or employees disqualified due to this law is small, can't they get replacements?  Is this a way to open up Pentagon jobs to friends (former elected officials?) that would have disqualified them?

It is no wonder that politicians are often despised.  On the one hand they talk about being tough on crime then they pull something like this.

Tags: convicts, Department of Defense, DOD, security clearance, Senate (all tags)

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