Skip to comments.LOOSE LIPS SINK SHIPS (Hillary did not have security clearance; Monica Lewinsky did)
Posted on 12/30/2007 10:01:38 PM PST by doug from upland
Although Hillary Clinton touts her foreign policy experience, being right there with her husband, the New York Times' Patrick Healy reports that she did not have a security clearance and did not sit in on NSC briefings.
Now recall this from the late David Hackworth. Monica Lewinsky did have TOP SECRET clearance. Perhaps she should be the one in the Dem primaries touting her experience.
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.
David Hackworth, RIP.
THAT really blows!!!
Hillary did not have a need to know. (And she would have actively worked it, if she did.)
Monica, had a security clearance, as required, by her job.
Monica should be leading the Zogby Poll for which dem is best able to run this country.
Shows you that oral skills are highly valued in any Clinton presidency. It will be the same should Hillery get elected to the office.
I wonder if Hillery smokes cigars?
Having said that, I would love to work in the White House some day. Unfortunately, I do not qualify. At least, not as a soldier. But there is a very good chance some day soon I will be working in a building somewhat near the White House.
Huma would know. I am sure Hillary and Huma have smoked together.
Monica’s lips weren’t too tight. They leaked onto her blue dress.
It is time - past due in fact - to take the two Clintons out of the US's political future.
Generally, security clearances are granted to individuals because of the information they may come across. A security clearance doesn’t entitle someone to review classified information.
It would seem to me that a First-lady would require a security clearance.
Is that Monica Lewinsky now or then?
One word: ew
Hey, Monica turns 35 this July so she’s legal to run. If their convention is brokered they can pick the one Bill did rather than the one he married.
I’m not sure when that was taken.
I thought it was Britney.
Could Hillary’s lack of a security clearance have something to do with the Black Panthers?
This whole country was being compromised during an entire administration while the media was focusing on tabloid sales interests.
Hold on to your seat belts. This ride ain't over yet.
Is that photo of Monica today? Has she straightened out her life?
Hey, she shilled for Jenny Craig. The only diet plan that allows you to...wait for it...eat the President!!
Have the veal, it’s great! I’ll be here all week!