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DEFENDING AMERICA: Loose Lips Sink Ships (Monica Lewinsky and TOP SECRET clearance at the Pentagon)
hackworth.com ^ | orig. 1998 | Hackworth

Posted on 09/07/2006 12:40:39 PM PDT by doug from upland

DEFENDING AMERICA David H. Hackworth 17 March 98

LOOSE LIPS, SINK SHIPS..

While at the Pentagon, Monica Lewinsky traveled with Defense Secretary William Cohen, sat in on briefings where the highest secrets were discussed and routinely handled highly classified documents ­ top-secret documents, which, if they fell in the wrong hands, could put America at high risk and cost the lives of our warriors.

But no sweat. Lewinsky had all the appropriate clearances, right?

No doubt her background had been thoroughly checked out by investigators. Or perhaps she'd been given a top-secret clearance in a hurry on order of a high White House official, thus expediting her transfer from the White House firing line to safer turf in the five sided puzzle palace.

Bet on the second scenario and you've got a winner.

A Pentagon source says that Lewinsky was given an instant top-secret clearance, that "they rushed her clearances through and she didn't get the normal fine-toothed security combing."

Another Pentagon security source reports the White House is "spy heaven."

He says "Bill Clinton delegates clearance approval to White House flunkies who waive all sorts of criteria. A standard background investigation would have picked up Monica's promiscuity and devious nature in a heartbeat."

Normally, a security background investigation takes months. Investigators dig into every corner of your life. Did you cheat at marbles when you were 10? Were you a straight arrow in high school? Did you drink too much beer while at college? Were your mother and father stable and all-the-way-with-the-U.S.A.?

Yet, Lewinsky received her top-secret clearance in days. All her dirty laundry was left in the basket. Nothing came out about her college affair with a married teacher who says she "stalked" him using "emotional blackmail" to trap him into continuing their romance or her mailing him White House documents that could have national security implications or her being accused of being a "scheming truth-mangler."

Lewinsky was awarded one of the Pentagon's highest security clearances even though she was considered by White House insiders to be a flake with poor work habits.

And now the same White House gang that got her a quickie top-secret clearance is whispering she's an "unstable air head."

Rep. Charlie Rangel, D-N.Y., providing the overworked White House Spin team with fire support, said "The poor child has serious emotional problems." He went on to say that she lives in fantasyland. "And I haven't heard she plays with a full deck."

Those in power should have checked out her background and where her head was at rather than where her body had been prior to hiding her in the Pentagon to shuffle through secrets of state like they were pages in her date book.

A former CIA agent says "The Clinton administration has played fast and loose with the rules. Given their politicized approach to intelligence and security matters, it wouldn't surprise me if a lot of people at the White House besides Monica Lewinsky had not been properly vetted for security clearances."

CIA Director George Tenet recently said "The executive branch leaks like a sieve." He told a Senate committee that "there are people all over this executive branch who have violated a trust."

According to former CIA and FBI agents, there are hundreds of security political appointee timebombs inside the Beltway. Take John Huang, formerly of the Commerce Department and now inches away from the slammer. He also had a top secret clearance. During an 18 month period, Huang received 37 personal briefings from the CIA and eyeballed thousands of secret documents. Frequently after a briefing, he was quickly on the phone to Indonesian, the land of his birth. When he was reassigned to the Democratic National Committee to raise money, he set a new record: the only Commerce Department employee ever to retain his top secret clearance after departing.

With such a loose security program, it's no wonder that an Iraqi spy recently passed information from the Pentagon to a senior intelligence official in Baghdad about the planned February U.S. air attack on Iraq or that a well dressed dude popped into an office near Madeline Albright and carted off a briefcase full of secret documents.

Congress should give Sexgate a miss. The real issue should be Securitygate. Right now it's wide open and our secrets are taking a walk.

THE END


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; Government; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: clinton; dontgothere; intern; looselips; nationalsecurity; pathto911; pentaon; topsecret
This is what he thought about our national security. He cared about legacy and BJs. That's all.
1 posted on 09/07/2006 12:40:42 PM PDT by doug from upland
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To: doug from upland

--great reminder--


2 posted on 09/07/2006 12:42:47 PM PDT by rellimpank (Don't believe anything about firearms or explosives stated by the mass media---NRABenefactor)
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To: doug from upland

He cared about national security issues so much that he and Berger hung up on the CIA when they had OBL surrounded. Hey - he was playing golf and had his priorities in order.


3 posted on 09/07/2006 12:42:51 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: doug from upland

Thanks for reminder.

"Loose lips" indeed.


4 posted on 09/07/2006 12:43:28 PM PDT by cvq3842
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To: doug from upland

More of the Clinton legacy...


5 posted on 09/07/2006 12:44:46 PM PDT by 2banana (My common ground with terrorists - They want to die for Islam, and we want to kill them.)
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To: doug from upland

I thought we weren't supposed to worry about the President's private life. Pretty scary to think about--all someone had to do is flash him a little butt and she was in like Flynn.


6 posted on 09/07/2006 12:45:23 PM PDT by beaversmom
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To: doug from upland

yup. While I considered the perjury and abuse of office important, it is the way she got access that was the most troubling. ...and the media didn't seem to be the least concerned by her claim to have taken documents from Clinton's desk to prove to another person her access.


7 posted on 09/07/2006 12:46:22 PM PDT by lepton ("It is useless to attempt to reason a man out of a thing he was never reasoned into"--Jonathan Swift)
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To: doug from upland

Actually Monica had a higher than "Top Secret" clearance. Terence Jeffrey had an article in Human Events detailing this abomination years ago.


8 posted on 09/07/2006 12:47:25 PM PDT by justshutupandtakeit (If you believe ANYTHING in the Treason Media you are a fool.)
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To: beaversmom

"little butt"? Not.


9 posted on 09/07/2006 12:47:42 PM PDT by brivette
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To: doug from upland

The CIA (and probably other bureaucracies) got used to doing for themselves for 8 years while Bubba played. They had to set policy in the absence of clear direction from above, and this should not have been. It's no wonder that they dug-in there heels when GWB entered office (Plame Affair). GWB decided HE wanted to be president -- imagine that?

Reminds me of the scene in the baggage car of "Mission Impossible".


10 posted on 09/07/2006 12:48:43 PM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: doug from upland

It would appear that a lot of people were guilty of "Extreme Mentoring" beside Ex-Pres. Clinton.


11 posted on 09/07/2006 12:50:03 PM PDT by Lokibob (Spelling and typos are copyrighted. Please do not use.)
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To: doug from upland

Bumperoo.


12 posted on 09/07/2006 12:50:06 PM PDT by roaddog727 (Bullsh## doesn't get bridges built.)
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To: doug from upland


Here's your legacy, Bill.
13 posted on 09/07/2006 12:50:07 PM PDT by texas_mrs (Stop the OCCUPATION OF THE U.S. by illegal Mexican immigrants)
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To: doug from upland

Hmmm... I don't like X-42 any more than anybody else around here, and I don't know if "that woman, Miss Lewinsky" was a good choice for handling sensitive information.

But... there's nothing to suggest that a background check wasn't done after a provisional clearance was issued, and she most likely would have passed anyway, given that nothing extraordinary was there to be found.

I would suppose that some sort of provisional clearance, especially right after inauguration as offices are being rapidly staffed-up, are not uncommon.


14 posted on 09/07/2006 12:50:20 PM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1600 knives and counting!)
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To: doug from upland

I'm pretty sure the dragged or "drugged" their feet in getting security clearances and back ground checks on staffers when the whole circus came to town in 1992. Tons of staffers "we don't need no stinking background checks!"


15 posted on 09/07/2006 12:53:07 PM PDT by listenhillary (Only the stupidest of animals fouls it's own nest - Democrats provide a fine example of this)
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To: doug from upland

I recall that the security at Los Alamos was so bad (thanks to Bill Clinton) that the ChiComs got off with our nuclear weapons secrets.


16 posted on 09/07/2006 12:53:27 PM PDT by Mogollon
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To: Ramius
I would suppose that some sort of provisional clearance, especially right after inauguration as offices are being rapidly staffed-up, are not uncommon.

True. Using holdovers from the previous administration, who already HAVE security clearances, is also not uncommon. Except that for the Clintons political-purity was more important than basic security.

17 posted on 09/07/2006 12:55:51 PM PDT by Tallguy (The problem with this war is the name... You don't wage war against a tactic.)
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To: doug from upland

You said it well Doug. You are one of the most educated Americans' when it comes to Bill and Hill!!! GO DOUG!!!


18 posted on 09/07/2006 12:55:59 PM PDT by pollywog
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To: doug from upland

This is too ripe with the title. I'm not even gonna go there.


19 posted on 09/07/2006 12:56:07 PM PDT by antiRepublicrat
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To: doug from upland
And this, among many dozens of other reasons, is why the left must NEVER be allowed to hold the reigns of power again.

I do not think America can survive even another 4 years of leftist madness..... 3000 people on 9-11 didn't survive it.... Dozens of sailors on the USS Cole didn't either.... I'll stop there, but you all get the idea.

Yet the left keeps saying it's all "Bush's Fault"... As General "Uncle Russ" Odeairno (sp) said: (The left is) "Stuck on Stupid"!!
20 posted on 09/07/2006 12:56:27 PM PDT by M1Tanker (Proven Daily: Modern "progressive" liberalism is just National Socialism without the "twisted cross")
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To: Tallguy

Roger that... and nothing in my above comment should be construed as suggesting that mister bill's administration was anything other than a security disaster. That place was leaky.

If anything, it was Lewinsky that did a pretty good job of keeping her lips sealed. Most of the time. Well... sealed on something, anyway... oh... heck with it.


21 posted on 09/07/2006 1:00:26 PM PDT by Ramius (Buy blades for war fighters: freeper.the-hobbit-hole.net --> 1600 knives and counting!)
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To: doug from upland

Monika Lewinsky.

Yeah, she can keep a secret allright.


22 posted on 09/07/2006 1:00:51 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: doug from upland

I kinda like the original spelling...


23 posted on 09/07/2006 1:02:33 PM PDT by Bon mots
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To: doug from upland

bump for later


24 posted on 09/07/2006 1:18:25 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: texas_mrs

LOL! Great Pic!


25 posted on 09/07/2006 1:34:36 PM PDT by Fiddlstix (Warning! This Is A Subliminal Tagline! Read it at your own risk!(Presented by TagLines R US))
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To: doug from upland
17 March 98; OK.

Hackworth died 2005.

26 posted on 09/07/2006 1:36:45 PM PDT by onedoug
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To: doug from upland

If I am not mistaken, Top Secret is the lowest security clearance, given out rather too easily, IMO.


27 posted on 09/07/2006 1:38:11 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: 2banana

From the Age of Clinton.


28 posted on 09/07/2006 1:54:53 PM PDT by Eric in the Ozarks (BTUs are my Beat.)
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To: beaversmom
I thought we weren't supposed to worry about the President's private life. Pretty scary to think about--all someone had to do is flash him a little butt and she was in like Flynn.

Little butt.

Even before she ballooned up, this pig never had a Little Butt. Bill refereed to it as his cigar holder.

29 posted on 09/07/2006 2:27:18 PM PDT by USS Alaska (Nuke the terrorist savages - In Honor of Standing Wolf)
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To: doug from upland

Add poor taste in women to his list of numerous screw-ups.


30 posted on 09/07/2006 2:39:29 PM PDT by wjcsux (I would prefer to have the German army in front of me than the French army behind me- Gen. G. Patton)
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To: OldFriend

The woman was being referred to as a troubled stalker. Yet, they gave her the clearance.


31 posted on 09/07/2006 2:51:24 PM PDT by doug from upland (Stopping Hillary should be a FreeRepublic Manhattan Project)
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To: doug from upland

And she sent classified documents from a desk in the Pentagon to her former (married) boyfriend to show off.


32 posted on 09/07/2006 3:06:03 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: doug from upland

The Rove Machine's only in second gear. There's still a whole highway ahead.


33 posted on 09/07/2006 3:11:58 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: OldFriend

"Top Secret is the lowest security clearance"

Really? I guess my clearance and 3 month security check (BI) was just a lark.

You don't know what you're talking about.


34 posted on 09/07/2006 3:14:28 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: toddlintown

I NEVER TOOK HACKWORTH SERIOUSLY. He pulled his punches when it came to the Clintons and for a 'foot soldier' who stood up for the enlisted GI's he didn't take seriously enough the goings' on of the upper brass when the grunts were doing the dirty work.


35 posted on 09/07/2006 3:16:35 PM PDT by DIRTYSECRET
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To: Peach

CIA directed in 1995 to seek Video Pirates
http://www.FreeRepublic.com/forum/a3ba75bb5147c.htm


36 posted on 09/07/2006 4:31:52 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: Peach

CIA directed in 1995 to seek Video Pirates
http://www.FreeRepublic.com/forum/a3ba75bb5147c.htm


37 posted on 09/07/2006 4:42:11 PM PDT by RaceBannon (Innocent until proven guilty: The Pendleton 8)
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To: RaceBannon

Race - thanks so much for that ping. And reminder. I'd forgotten that. I do remember that the FBI seemed more concerned with fighting Microsoft than finding sleeper cells in America.


38 posted on 09/07/2006 4:49:56 PM PDT by Peach (The Clintons pardoned more terrorists than they ever captured or killed.)
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To: toddlintown

This past week there was a story about high school kids from D.C. spending the summer at the FBI learning all about what they do there. They said they gave all the kids Top Secret Clearance.


39 posted on 09/07/2006 5:33:03 PM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: OldFriend

Bull. You don't know what you're talking about. I've been there. Obviously you haven't.


40 posted on 09/07/2006 5:46:30 PM PDT by toddlintown (Six bullets and Lennon goes down. Yet not one hit Yoko. Discuss.)
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To: OldFriend
If I am not mistaken, Top Secret is the lowest security clearance, given out rather too easily, IMO.

You're mistaken. The lowest level of classfication on a document is confidential. Secret is next, then Top Secret. Various "caveats" may be applied indicating the nature and reason for the classication. At the time the clearance is granted, the security officer explains all the penalties for revealing any of the protected information. The range is nominally 10 years in federal prison to execution.

41 posted on 09/07/2006 5:55:46 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: OldFriend
They said they gave all the kids Top Secret Clearance.

Do you believe everything you read? A TS clearance starts with about 40 pages of detailed forms on everything imaginable. Then the background investigations start. It can take upwards of a year for a TS to go "final" before you are permitted access to any material classified at that level.

42 posted on 09/07/2006 6:00:23 PM PDT by Myrddin
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To: OldFriend
If I am not mistaken, Top Secret is the lowest security clearance, given out rather too easily, IMO.

You are *quite* mistaken... The lowest security clearance is "Confidential", followed by "Secret", then "Top Secret" (with a few others after that which are Top Secret followed by some special identifier, at various levels). Top Secret isn't at the bottom, but near the top, and *not* handed outout like popcorn...

the infowarrior

43 posted on 09/08/2006 12:44:16 AM PDT by infowarrior (The GOP runs the US, the Dems run their mouths... Freeper HardStarboard)
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To: doug from upland
I guess none of the staff wanted to go through a background because of the way the Clintons used the FBI files. I wouldn't have trusted them with any of my information either. Not that I've ever done anything wrong.
44 posted on 09/08/2006 12:59:32 AM PDT by Razz Barry
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To: beaversmom
Not to mention the access donor cash would get you.
45 posted on 09/08/2006 1:04:38 AM PDT by endthematrix (None dare call it ISLAMOFACISM!)
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To: infowarrior

Sure was handed out like popcorn to the D.C. high school kids embedded in the FBI this summer. To say nothing of the girl in the blue dress getting that same designation.


46 posted on 09/08/2006 4:04:08 AM PDT by OldFriend (I Pledge Allegiance to the Flag.....and My Heart to the Soldier Who Protects It.)
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To: doug from upland
Did you cheat at marbles when you were 10? Were you a straight arrow in high school? Did you drink too much beer while at college? Were your mother and father stable and all-the-way-with-the-U.S.A.?

I had a TOP SECRET Clearance and

1.) I was a more-than-regular pain in the ass in High School. The dean wrote a letter of "non recommendation" to my college.
2.) I drank way too much in college.
3.) My parents were pinkos and clearly far from stable.

47 posted on 09/08/2006 4:09:36 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: OldFriend

Top Secret is the highest level of security clearance. There is compartmentalized information that requires special breifings, but no "higher" level. In the day, a TOP SECRET clearance took almost a year.

A SECRET clearance is based on what is essentially a police records check, a CONFIDENTIAL merely requires the applicant to fill out a form, which is later checked for veracity. TOP SECRET requires extensive interviews with neighbors, employers, and others who might have had dealings with the applicant.


48 posted on 09/08/2006 4:15:00 AM PDT by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: 'Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS: Fake But Accurate, Experts Say.')
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To: lepton

I wonder how many of these people are still within government.


49 posted on 09/08/2006 4:24:04 AM PDT by 7thson (I've got a seat at the big conference table! I'm gonna paint my logo on it!)
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To: toddlintown
I guess my clearance and 3 month security check (BI) was just a lark.

I'm with you. My current job in the FedGov required a BI. I handed the investigator my TS clearance, he looked at it and said, "That's nice," and handed it back.

50 posted on 09/08/2006 4:33:25 AM PDT by Terabitten
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