KB -Ever since President Donald Trump’s recent revocation of disgraced former CIA Director John Brennan’s security clearance, America has been talking. The truth has been coming out about just how lucrative security clearances can be for ex-officials.
The New York Times reports, “Former CIA Director John Brennan’s temper tantrum over the revocation of his security clearance has inadvertently pointed a spotlight at one of the Swamp’s favorite get-rich-quick tricks: the national intelligence contractor hustle.”
President Trump stated on August 20th, “Everybody wants to keep their Security Clearance, it’s worth great prestige and big dollars, even board seats, and that is why certain people are coming forward to protect Brennan.”
Even a left-leaning news outlet like the New York Post had to admit that Trump had a “valid” point. For ex-government officials to maintain their security clearances and continue to have access to classified information is an easy way for guys like James Clapper, John Brennan, James Comey, among many others to rake in millions “from the private sector.”
The New York Times writes:
A security clearance reportedly yields a salary of up to 15 percent higher compared to the salaries of individuals without clearances for the same position.
For the more than 4 million private-sector individuals holding clearances, the secretive private intelligence industry is a massive ecosystem, ripe for concealed cronyism.
Unlike other Office of Governmental Ethics restrictions, security clearances themselves are not subject to a “cooling-off period” after someone leaves government service. This period refers to the time that a government employee must wait before lobbying or even meeting with the agency or officials they once worked for, among other prohibited activities.
It was reported that James Clapper took in more than $200,000 in six short months during the time that he was advising defense contractors. He was accused of lying in front of Congress while under oath. The Post reports that Clapper might have lied to Congress regarding his personal relationship with CNN’s Jake Tapper in reference to the fabricated Trump “dossier” as well. He denied talking about the document with Tapper. He later admitted to speaking to Tapper about it.
The Post reports of James Comey:
In Comey’s case, shortly after he was “given access” to the Bush-era NSA surveillance program as deputy attorney general, he notoriously pushed for changes — essentially tweaking the program’s “legal rationale.” These changes gave rise to the FISA rubber stamp while Comey went on to take a lucrative job with the largest spy contractor in history: Lockheed Martin.
In 2003, James Comey’s net worth sat at $206,000. In 2013, before heading back to become head of the FBI, his net worth exploded after he took in more than $10 million in the private sector. In just one year at Lockheed Martin, Comey earned $6.1 million.
The Post posed the question, “Why would Lockheed Martin pay Comey so much money?” Then they provided the answer, “Well, his access to top-secret program intel is one possibility. Another is what that security clearance provided access to — top-secret contracts from his old buddy, Robert Mueller.”
We recently reported about an argument about security clearances that took place during a segment of “Anderson Cooper 360”:
Why is it that liberals take everything so personally? More often than not, they make themselves look like fools for getting overly emotional when it comes to politics. Case and point: just take a look at what happened during a segment of CNN’s “Anderson Cooper 360” this past Friday.
During the taping of the show, CNN analyst and former CIA agent Phillip Mudd and guest Paris Dennard were having a conversation about security clearances. Things turned sour when the CNN analyst began screaming at Dennard when he expressed a differing opinion from his own.
The argument got heated when Dennard stated that security clearances are very lucrative via private contracting.
He stated, “A lot of these people that have these security clearances, and this is the secret in the swampy Washington, D.C., they have them and they keep them because it’s profitable for them after they leave government, because if you a security clearance, especially high level security clearance, your contracts and consulting gig pay you a lot more money because of the access that you have. I hope the president continues to do this, and I hope he adds Omarosa to the list, because if she has a clearance, she too because of her actions should have it revoked.”
Just take a look at the argument in the video below:
Security clearances are earning corrupt ex-officials millions. It’s time for liberals to stop whining about Trump revoking clearances of those who should no longer have them.