The president doesn't have a “security clearance” as he is the ultimate authority and grantor of such clearances. Thus, when President Carter spoke of our Keyhole satellites, that information was instantly declassified, to the surprise and chagrin of the military and intelligence communities.
posted on 01/11/2013 3:07:32 PM PST
(I'll raise $2million for Sarah Palin's presidential run. What'll you do?)
Your comment reminded me of somethng I was told once; Queen Elizabeth II has neither a passport nor a drivers license because no one in the UK has the authority to issue her one as hers is the authority that issues them to everyone else.
posted on 01/11/2013 3:54:50 PM PST
(Our forefathers would be shooting by now.)
...Thus, when President Carter spoke of our Keyhole satellites, that information was instantly declassified, to the surprise and chagrin of the military and intelligence communities.
It was revealed, but it was not declassified.
Anyone at a lower level than President, who was briefed on the classified program and made the same revelation, even merely quoting the President, could be subject to stiff penalties, including lengthy prison terms.
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