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To: fireman15
Fireman15,

I will not argue with you on issues in which we are violent agreement, nor will I argue on issues that I admittedly know nothing about. I would suggest you hold to those same behaviors, but hey, that is entirely up to you. But I assure you that I know wherefore I speak, and I have personally gone through he process of my own background check and participated in those of several other people, and I know wherefore I speak.

The process of a security investigation is not based on Internet rumors, political rhetoric, or the decibel level at which the input is offered. It is performed by professionals who are quite adept at telling the difference between genuine issues and vacuous speculation, and as a result no one can ever predict from the outside looking in what clearances will or will not get granted.

I know that I myself doubted my own ability to get a clearance since I had a long family history of participation in organized crime. Yes, I am Sicilian and the son of a Mafia princess.

History shows that I not only received a clearance, but I was given custodial responsibility for nuclear weapons at the age of 21.

When all was said done, it did not matter who my grandfather was, or my uncles were, or who I was friends with, or where I was born, or what drugs I had ever used, or what previous jobs I had held.

It mattered only that their investigation determined I was deserving of the clearance.

I repeat... anybody who pretends they know ahead of time how a security clearance background check will go are demonstrating by that certainty that they have no idea what they are talking about.
23 posted on 02/18/2010 12:33:40 PM PST by EnderWiggins
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To: EnderWiggins
EnderWiggins,

I certainly appreciate your candor about your personal experience and background. It sounds very exciting compared to my childhood of chasing cows and falling off of horses. I will certainly try to tone down my rhetoric... the same way that I did after I introduced my wife to shooting.

I am very curious... did you graduate from West Point before or after you were given custodial responsibility for nuclear weapons?

My closest friend growing up went into Naval Intelligence and was one of those “professionals” of whom you speak. We have numerous family members who have been career military members in several branches of the service. My wife's ex-husband was a recruiter. Both my wife and I are very active in veterans and military history groups. The general consensus has been... given Obama’s claimed age he most likely would have had a difficult time even joining the military let alone getting a security clearance given his history of drug use and radical associations. But I will call my most knowledgeable friends and family members and ask again what they think.

I will tell you that I have been interviewed several times myself for other persons background checks. In every case the interviewers were very interested in the persons associations, possible drug use and their character.

25 posted on 02/18/2010 1:17:10 PM PST by fireman15 (Check your facts before making ignorant statements.)
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