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Trump defends revoking Brennan's security clearance, lashes out at Mueller

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In actual practice, once a person leaves a position that requires a clearance, they no longer have a need to access highly classified information so therefore their clearance is withdrawn as a normal part of leaving a position or job. It has long been a professional curtesy (not a rightful entitlement), that some persons that occupied certain key positions (like the CIA director), Were ALLOWED to maintain their clearances for possible recall for advice or exchange of opinions on some issues based on classified information. This is allowed for the convenience of the Government and is NOT a right of the individual or some entitlement earn by the individual! So, most of these post are made by people that don’t know what they are talking about.

After reading most comments, it seems clear to me that most people do understand that it is a privilege and not a right and that the president can revoke it.

But what I think most people worry about is that Trump has exercised this right solely because he was criticized. Furthermore it seems to be a warning that if you criticize Trump, then you too could have your security clearance pulled.

This is little better than a dictator in a banana republic. Trump admires Putin, but I bet he wishes that he could silence his critics as effectively as Putin has.

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I’ve said this so many times I feel like a broken record. Security Clearances (SC) are issued following a Background investigation (BI). They do not pertain to everything classified, only to that information incidental to your position. Once you no longer have a Need-to-Know they’re retracted (placed in limbo) and your given an oral and written debreifing - signatures required. If you ever have a future need for that clearance you will be given an updated BI and reissued your retracted SC. Senior officials military and government like to keep them to assist their future employment and not because its a privilege. There is NO such thing. Need-to-Know is just that period! All the other rhetoric is just that.

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As a former member of the National Intel community I see all these post and read most of them to try to understand the opposition to Trump pulling the Security Clerance. After reviewing most of these post it is very clear that most (90%), do NOT know or understand what it required to gain a clearance, the different levels of clearances and Compartments and Special Access Programs. Terms of possessing/maintaining a clearance and non-disclosure agreements that go along with all of that. So most of what you read here is immature or misinformed dribble written by people that just don’t like Trump or like Trump but just don’t understand authorities in the Presidential position. In actual practice, once a person leaves a position that requires a clearance, they no longer have a need to access highly classified information so therefore their clearance is withdrawn as a normal part of leaving a position or job. It has long been a professional curtesy (not a rightful entitlement), that some persons that occupied certain key positions (like the CIA director), Were ALLOWED to maintain their clearances for possible recall for advice or exchange of opinions on some issues based on classified information. This is allowed for the convenience of the Government and is NOT a right of the individual or some entitlement earn by the individual! So, most of these post are made by people that don’t know what they are talking about.

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Mueller is a registered Republican

Mueller only registered as a Republican years ago and pretended to be nonpartisan throughout his career because he knew that one day the Messiah, Donald J. Trump would ascend to the presidential throne and then Mueller would use stealth tactics and facts to launch a witch hunt to take down the man who is like the smartest person in the world. The left just can’t get their heads around that.

Remember, as the prophet Giuliani spake, “truth isn’t truth”.

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Add to that not one person on the team is a Republican

Mueller is. Trump (Republican) approved Mueller ( Republican), he also refuses to fire Mueller. Sounds like a real Republican problem to me.

Proof:

Mueller is a registered Republican

(news source)

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Yes, and he won the Presidency with 304 electoral votes.

Against the will of the people.

You have a right to your opinion.

It’s fact. But it takes a degree of intelligence to be able to recognize that.

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one of those rules being that things the person formerly said and did get brought forth to show a lack of character/intelligence.

Yes, and he won the Presidency with 304 electoral votes.

show a lack of character/intelligence.

You have a right to your opinion.

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I think he was a democrat back then too.

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The Democrats made it personal

And you worship the demagogue leader of a personality cult.

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You seemed to have left out the part about the Sunday MSM talk shows with Cheney and specifically the New York Times who sold the (big lie) story. It would have been impossible to attack Iraq without this partnership with the MSM.

So the “MSM” should have not reported the lies the Bush administration was pushing?

And now you’re telling us that the press should be reporting Trump’s lies? You guys are all over the place. All those death rays from Tower VII must be messing with your brains.

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Oh, so it's a personality cult thing.

The Democrats made it personal, so.....

Stick your nose under the neck of your top and take a good long sniff, then.

It smells like Democrats corruption all the way.

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not one person on the team is a Republican, they’re all Democrats and the majority of them voted and supported Democrats and a few even worked for Hillary.

Considering how much you guys whine about fake news, it’s amazing how you are so willing to spread it.

Lets stick to reality mmmkay?

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@bass4funk

No, just the Trump haters that have been trying to undermine oppose him with as much classified info as they can get and to what degree they can get is unknown, but the threat is real.

Oh, so it's a personality cult thing.

As usual.

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Mueller deliberately assembled a team of partisans with a history of political bias who appear determined to undo the results of the 2016 presidential election and drive President Trump from office.  

Bingo! Add to that not one person on the team is a Republican, they’re all Democrats and the majority of them voted and supported Democrats and a few even worked for Hillary.

Because Mueller improperly stacked the deck of his special counsel staff with biased crusaders, he transformed what was supposed to be an impartial investigation into an illegitimate and seemingly corrupt one.   

We are nearing the end of it and I think Mueller is doing his best to get out as elegantly as possible.

I agree.

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Some guy on the internet has an opinion, just like you.

I wasn't giving an opinion. I was pointing out that the Inspector General investigated it, and came up with a declaration of no bias, yet you seem to think that you, who hasn't even bothered to fact check himself (see below) know more than someone who actually investigated the situation.

Mueller deliberately assembled a team of partisans with a history of political bias who appear determined to undo the results of the 2016 presidential election and drive President Trump from office. 

No he didn't. And let's not forget, Mueller is a Republican appointed by Republicans. If anything the bias would be towards Republicans. Fact check yourself son.

We are nearing the end of it and I think Mueller is doing his best to get out as elegantly as possible.

Based on....? Seeing as he hasn't made any statements, the only things we can use to guess his actions are the indictments the office has made so far, and the trial that has come out of it so far. Neither of which says Mueller is trying to get out, elegantly or any other way.

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So, how exactly are you, some guy on the internet

Some guy on the internet has an opinion, just like you.

Based on what?

Mueller deliberately assembled a team of partisans with a history of political bias who appear determined to undo the results of the 2016 presidential election and drive President Trump from office.  

Because Mueller improperly stacked the deck of his special counsel staff with biased crusaders, he transformed what was supposed to be an impartial investigation into an illegitimate and seemingly corrupt one.   

We are nearing the end of it and I think Mueller is doing his best to get out as elegantly as possible.

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I think Trump is definitely not clean, but it is pretty obvious how biased the Mueller team really are

Based on what? They literally haven't released anything at all. They were investigated by the Attorney General though, who after investigating declared there was no bias.

So, how exactly are you, some guy on the internet, declaring they are biased, even after the guy who actually did investigate them, rather than just reading a bunch of stuff on the internet, determined they weren't?

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Tell me, Super, did you agree with the intelligence officers who told us Iraq had all these WMD?

Someone didn't bother to fact check themselves. The Intelligence officers told the Bush administration that the intel they had was not enough to confirm the assertions the Bush administration went on to claim was fact. Little Bush wanted to finish his daddy's job, so he and Powell and their band of merry men didn't care that the info wasn't solid, they were going to war no matter what.

And they only destroyed a country and made millions of permanent enemies in the region as a result! Go USA!

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It's going on two years

What is? I hope you're not going to say the Mueller investigation, because that just shows you can't even bother to fact check yourself. Does the right not even know how to use a calendar anymore?

when you look at how biased and aggressive Mueller has been toward everything Trump related

You mean none? Mueller has made almost no statements whatsoever, and not even once been aggressive towards anything "Trump related".

Unless that is, you mean investigating crimes one was appointed to investigate is an act of aggression. That would just mean you have no respect for the requirements of a healthy society. Is the right the party of Fascism now?

that's because you have bought into socialism/communism that is being heavily embraced on the left.

Mueller, whom lets remember was appointed by Trump to do the investigation, has made no statements whatsoever that have anything to do with Socialism or Communism. Has the right lost the ability to speak anything other than rhetoric anymore?

What a sad post that was.

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It's going on two years and when you look at how biased and aggressive Mueller has been toward everything Trump related, you can be sure President Trump is clean!!

I think Trump is definitely not clean, but it is pretty obvious how biased the Mueller team really are.

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otherworldlyToday 06:19 am JST

It's going on two years and when you look at how biased and aggressive Mueller has been toward everything Trump related, you can be sure President Trump is clean!!

Going by that logic every time police and prosecutors appear to be what you perceive as "biased" and "aggressive" in their pursuit of a suspect that person must also be "clean." Bit of a simple, naïve point of view.

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It's going on two years and when you look at how biased and aggressive Mueller has been toward everything Trump related, you can be sure President Trump is clean!! You hate him, that's fine. But, that's because you have bought into socialism/communism that is being heavily embraced on the left.

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Tell me, Super, did you agree with the intelligence officers who told us Iraq had all these WMD?

So from now on we don’t trust anybody in intelligence. We put our full trust in our Lord and Savior Donald J. Christ. Only he knows what is good and just.

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Looks like Trunp fans are holding on to the false point that clearance isn't used and it makes sense to revoke.

So now you know more than everyone else in Washington? You have absolute and verifiable truth on this? Lol

So be it. They need something to say so they can agree with Trump and ignore 60+ CIA employees.

Look, you can say what you want, Brennan is out, No more classified info for him. Klapper should be next. It was long overdo.

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Looks like Trunp fans are holding on to the false point that clearance isn't used and it makes sense to revoke.

They automatically think once a person has clearance they can simply see what the president sees. Not so. For example air traffic controllers have clearances to make sure they are not insane and they don't purposely do something crazy to a plane's flight plan. It's just that, and has nothing to do with what the president knows.

You can’t separate the two and as the old saying goes, “why take a chance?”

Like that example

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Looks like Trunp fans are holding on to the false point that clearance isn't used and it makes sense to revoke.

So be it. They need something to say so they can agree with Trump and ignore 60+ CIA employees.

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You cannot take away his clearance if he has done nothing wrong.

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Tell me, Super, did you agree with the intelligence officers who told us Iraq had all these WMD?

I figured someone would bring this up at some point. Let's get this straight: the intelligence community deals with probability, not certainty. If it were certainty, it would be in the JT. Bush invaded Iraq not due to faulty intelligence but because that is what he was going to do regardless of any info he received. While it's funny that the right has turned on Bush, of all people, their purpose for doing so is not funny.

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Traitor Trump has nothing defensible - kidnapping children + placing them in concentration camps, making money from wars, obstructing justice, rape, incest, inducing panic and violence, treason. Nothing defensible or even justifying

I’m sorry, but what does any of that rant have to do with Brennan? You’re a bit off topic.

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Super: "Well obviously I’m going to agree with dozens of intelligence offercers over Trump and his fans. It’s not rocket science."

Tell me, Super, did you agree with the intelligence officers who told us Iraq had all these WMD?

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Yeah it’s great that Admiral McRaven thought he would be Hillary Clinton’s Vice President. Thankfully that term does not exist in the English language and never will.

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Security clearance and having access to classified information are not the same thing.

You can’t separate the two and as the old saying goes, “why take a chance?”

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I was talking about the Trump opposition haters that have access to classified information

Security clearance and having access to classified information are not the same thing.

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Again, there are millions of people with security clearance who use that status in the private sector after they leave government.

But I wasn’t talking about those people. I was talking about the Trump opposition haters that have access to classified information, which they don’t need. Block them and they can still spout off. When I left NBC I had to turn in my swipe card, there was No way they would’ve allowed me to keep it.

Prove it. How did Brennan use "classified info" to undermine Trump

Trump just did, by blocking Brennan’s dumbhead from accessing the classified info. Called him treasonous without a shred of evidence to support that outlandish claim, gave misleading information about the Russians manipulating Trump and giving the liberal media false information that Trump colluded with the Russians without hard fact evidence. Anyway, it’s done and the left can cry, nothing you guys can do anything about.

I don't give a rats about hypotheticals and your feelings about "the left". Hillary isn't president. Your man is. Own it.

No, you’re not getting off like that! Again, if the roles were reversed, there is No way the left would allow this to happen, they would shut it down faster than a Toys R Us shop.

"bring him down". lol. What childish nonsense. Trump is bringing himself down.

Uh-huh...The left has been saying that since the primaries. Lol

He's surpassing Nixon in this purging of people he deems enemies. People who hurt his feelings. Boo hoo.

No, just old Communist idiots that have no need or business for accessing classified government info.

Other presidents have dealt with opposition. Obama sure as hell did. Trump can't, because he's a man child.

You didn’t have former Ex-Federal employees using their power or hiding behind it to undermine the first black President, can you imagine the sheer hysteria? The left would demand all these agencies to be disbanded. But as the President, he has the constitutional right to block former Fed-employees and good on him.

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He is not seeking to silence critics - this is witness tampering, and potentially obstruction of justice if those on this list are called to testify before congress and are unable to review documents from their time in office. The could either have their credibility questioned, or face charges of perjury if their memory is incorrect. If he can remove Orr's security clearance, he may try to take Mueller's as well. This may be the endgame.

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There is No reason that they need to have a security clearance and if they want to use it for the private sector, so far with the exception of Brennan they should be able to find employment somewhere else.

Again, there are millions of people with security clearance who use that status in the private sector after they leave government. Aerospace, military contractors, finance, you name it. It's part of what makes things tick. Read up on it.

the Trump haters that have been trying to undermine oppose him with as much classified info as they can get

Prove it. How did Brennan use "classified info" to undermine Trump.

the roles were reversed and the same were done to Hillary or Obama, there is No way the left would allow it, none whatsoever.

I don't give a rats about hypotheticals and your feelings about "the left". Hillary isn't president. Your man is. Own it.

Anyway, he’s the President, his constitutional right and his feeling towards the man and these people that are doing their best to bring him down and I would do the exact same thing.

"bring him down". lol. What childish nonsense. Trump is bringing himself down. He's surpassing Nixon in this purging of people he deems enemies. People who hurt his feelings. Boo hoo. Other presidents have dealt with opposition. Obama sure as hell did. Trump can't, because he's a man child.

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Micheal Flynn - Lied to the FBI. Security Clearance suspended but but revoked.

Jared Kushner - Lied on his Security Clearance application. Still has clearance.

Rob Porter - beat his wife and girlfriend. Allowed to keep his security clearance until his behavior was reported by media.

Steve Bannon, Sean Spicer, Sebastian Gorka, Tom Price, Scott Pruitt, Rex Tillertson - all fired or resigned - status of their security clearances?

William Brennan - served his country with honor - criticizes the President. Clearance revoked.

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There are about 5 million Americans with security clearance. I'm sure most of them are no longer working in the Trump administration.

I was specifically talking about the former administration WH Ex-employee staff. There is No reason that they need to have a security clearance and if they want to use it for the private sector, so far with the exception of Brennan they should be able to find employment somewhere else.

You seem to be claiming two things. Firstly, that NO previous staff should hold clearance.

No, just the Trump haters that have been trying to undermine oppose him with as much classified info as they can get and to what degree they can get is unknown, but the threat is real.

And secondly, that Brennan in particular shouldn't because he is critical of Trump and has concerns about breaches of security from outside the U.S. Most presidents like to have alternative opinions within their intelligence pool, otherwise you're going to get a bunch of sycophants who will tell the president only what he wants to hear.

He shouldn’t, the roles were reversed and the same were done to Hillary or Obama, there is No way the left would allow it, none whatsoever. The WH did the right thing and that’s that, none of these people should be anywhere near classified information as former government employees, particularly willing to give some to the media Trump opposition. Having a security clearance is an honor and not a privilege.

That is dangerous.

Well, I agree, Brennan should have lost his a long time ago

Unfortunately, that is the kind of intelligence pool Trump prefers, because he only sees the world in terms of himself. (Witness his call for a military parade and his reluctance to admit Russian meddling in 2016 because it would diminish his own sense of his popularity.)

Uhhhh, Yeah, ok. Anyway, he’s the President, his constitutional right and his feeling towards the man and these people that are doing their best to bring him down and I would do the exact same thing.

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Well obviously I’m going to agree with dozens of intelligence offercers over Trump and his fans. It’s not rocket science.

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"You clearly have no idea how this works. You may be no longer an employee, but your knowledge and skill may at certain points be useful, but to utilize this to the best extent, you must retain security clearance."

Wrong. You should lose your clearance once you are not working in that job anymore.

"Trump: 1

USA: -1"

Wrong.

Trump/USA 1

Brennan 0

Trump didn't stop Brennan from flapping his lips. Trump only took Brennan's hand out of the cookie jar.

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I think Trump people are (purposefully) mistaking security clearance with meaning access to secure documents etc. The person may not be accessing anything, but if/when they need to be, not having security clearance is a massive barrier.

Now watch the Republicans freak out when the next Democratic president starts doing this to all of their people. Unfortunately, they've set the bar that much lower by supporting Trump in this maneuver. Pandora's box has been opened a little further.

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But my point is my security clearance should be revoked if I'm no longer an employee.

You clearly have no idea how this works. You may be no longer an employee, but your knowledge and skill may at certain points be useful, but to utilize this to the best extent, you must retain security clearance.

In other words:

Trump: 1

USA: -1

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"Tell that to the millions of other former federal employees who still have clearance."

Yeah, they all need to have their clearance revoked. What do they need it for now? How does that further national security?

I can't go to any of my old jobs and use my old employee discounts.

"Ridiculous analogy."

I think the humor went over your head on that one, monkey. But my point is my security clearance should be revoked if I'm no longer an employee. Why would I be allowed to keep it? Makes no sense.

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How about he isn't even a government employee in any capacity anymore? Once you stop working for the federal government there's no reason for you to still have security clearance. 

Tell that to the millions of other former federal employees who still have clearance.

We've already gone through this. Do some fact checking before you spout.

Brennan lost his security clearance because he hurt Trump's feelings. Where I come from, Trump's actions would label him a complete loser.

Which he is.

I can't go to any of my old jobs and use my old employee discounts.

Ridiculous analogy.

How about this one: I can't go to my current job and spend the day watching TV, playing golf, and tweeting trash against people who don't treat me like royalty.

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Cry me a river, Brennan. I can't go to any of my old jobs and use my old employee discounts.

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"that doesn't mean he should lose his security clearance because he's critical of Trump"

How about he isn't even a government employee in any capacity anymore? Once you stop working for the federal government there's no reason for you to still have security clearance. It's like if your former employees from any company shouldn't able to walk right in at any given time and start going through company documents, looking at sensitive information. Anyways...

Trump 1

Brennan 0

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8TToday 10:15 am JST

"That's just so nauseatingly sycophantic"

Kind of over reacting and harsh, don't you think?

No, I don't.

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The fact that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is now divided along the lines of left and right

Wallace, you're getting this wrong. Brennan, Mueller and Comey are all center-right Republicans. Many others, such as Romney, who I disagree with on many issues but respect, has come out against Trump. Trump signed the military funding bill which was named to honor McCain, another person I disagree with but honor - and in his speech, never once mentioned this war hero currently dying from cancer's name.

It is not right vs left anymore. It is the Trump personality cult.

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The fact that ANYTHING and EVERYTHING is now divided along the lines of left and right is absolutely mind numbingly stupid. If we don't allow ourselves to break free of this restriction, then the future is truly bleak.

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And it’s utterly amazing how some people will STILL defend this disgusting classless and clueless POS !

He doesn’t even have enough brain cells to keep his mouth shut in any effort to make false or potentially self incriminating statements.

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Anyway, I don't care what you think of Brennan and his work at the CIA. I'm not a big fan either, but that doesn't mean he should lose his security clearance because he's critical of Trump.

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Ah, the media. How could I forget.

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Lots of intelligence officers, past and present, speaking out against Trump.

Can’t really smear them all. Maybe Deep State? “It’s bigger then we imagined.”

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the left are angry 

This has absolutely nothing to do with left or right.

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"My father, Ronald Reagan, would have never stood for this."

-------Patti Davis

What the hell has happened to the Republican Party?!

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There is NO need for any of these people to have access to classified information.

You might want to read up on this a little. There are about 5 million Americans with security clearance. I'm sure most of them are no longer working in the Trump administration. While one might argue that 5 million is too many, as it tends to make secrets less secret, there is also the fact that the intelligence community relies on previous administrations' intelligence officers to help sort out very complicated intelligence issues.

If they want to spout off on Trump, go ahead, do it as much as you want, but minus the classified info.

You seem to be claiming two things. Firstly, that NO previous staff should hold clearance. And secondly, that Brennan in particular shouldn't because he is critical of Trump and has concerns about breaches of security from outside the U.S. Most presidents like to have alternative opinions within their intelligence pool, otherwise you're going to get a bunch of sycophants who will tell the president only what he wants to hear. That is dangerous. Unfortunately, that is the kind of intelligence pool Trump prefers, because he only sees the world in terms of himself. (Witness his call for a military parade and his reluctance to admit Russian meddling in 2016 because it would diminish his own sense of his popularity.)

The President can revoke anyone's clearance he wants. That is why he is called The President. 

That is correct. However, it's an incredibly petty decision that stems from Trump's personal insecurity rather than from national security concerns.

Obama was roundly criticized by his opponents for using the power of his office to implement policies that he couldn't get through Congress. Whether you agreed with them or not, Obama's actions were policy-oriented. DACA was not a personal vanity project. Funny who these same people (born-again Cult 45ers) have zero qualms about Trump using executive privilege for nothing other than to protect his own fragile ego. The office of the president is to be in service to the nation, not in service to the man behind the desk.

And I really can't believe that I'm having to argue this point.

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the economy sure is booming these days

That's fine. What if it's a bubble, however? What if we are coming up to 2008 all over again?

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Why does the former CIA director have a clearance anyway? Most people lose their clearance 180 days after they have left a job where one is required. Yet there are people in DC who have clearance for life...

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No, the left are angry because they know all the other players in this from the former administration will probably suffer the same fate. There is NO need for any of these people to have access to classified information. If they want to spout off on Trump, go ahead, do it as much as you want, but minus the classified info.

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In the end, Hitler had his bunker to rave in . Trump is now raving in his tweets.

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Amusing, the easily befuddled of the left wing actually believe revoking security clearance of an ex government employee is the harbinger of tyranny. The clown doesnt work for government anymore, so like EVERY OTHER JOB, he clears the desk, takes the photo of wife and kids home, returns the computer, his login is disabled, your payroll stops and or yeah you lose access to all information internal to the job, you no longer have. Not sure how this is the harbinger of doom the left wing claims, but hey if they want to think this, let them, it makes winning in november even easier.

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There is no need to defend revoking unhinged Brennan's security clearance. It's just common sense.

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The President can revoke anyone's clearance he wants. That is why he is called The President. Meanwhile while dolts and morons focus on these non-issues, the economy sure is booming these days (too bad nobody reports it) you will see when he is re-elected. The people notice.

Bingo! Thank you very much!

-12 ( +3 / -15 )

...off his meds and suffering paranoid delusions again... somebody get that man a straitjacket.

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Is this to deflect attention from the Omarosa debacle? This man-child does more damage everytime he wants to divert attention from whatever latest scandal is in the news.

Talking of Omarosa, what's the tape of the week?

I love her strategy. Make a seemingly wild accusation, let her opponents deny everything and lie through their teeth (or dentures) , and then release tapes so her opponents end up with egg on their faces.

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The President can revoke anyone's clearance he wants. That is why he is called The President. Meanwhile while dolts and morons focus on these non-issues, the economy sure is booming these days (too bad nobody reports it) you will see when he is re-elected. The people notice.

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That's just so nauseatingly sycophantic

Kind of over reacting and harsh, don't you think?

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yakyakToday 09:21 am JST

It's funny how they "lash out" at the President, but they cannot do anything about it. Trump knows the rules and knows how to exploit the rules, just like every President before him. The difference is his actions speak much louder than his words. He is enjoying making America great again!

That's just so nauseatingly sycophantic it reads like you've been paid to write it.

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It's funny how they "lash out" at the President, but they cannot do anything about it. Trump knows the rules and knows how to exploit the rules, just like every President before him. The difference is his actions speak much louder than his words. He is enjoying making America great again!

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Did you see the movie Black Mass starring Johnny Depp about the Irish mobster Whitey Bulger? In the story, true by the way, Whitey Bulger received help from a corrupt FBI agent, John Connolly (actor Joel Edgerton).

Anyway, John Connolly is an Irish mobster-wanna-be even though he's an FBI agent. The FBI eventually puts 2 and 2 together. Connolly refuses to testify against Bulger and does a long stint in prison.

Trump is just like this guy, except in Trump's case he's a Russian mobster-wanna-be. Trump lies all the time, like a mobster. He lies so much that he even believes himself, like a mobster.

Right now the U.S. is being tested by both domestic and foreign corrupt influences. In the future, this presidency will be a case study on how to better defend the U.S. government and its constitution from corrupt individuals.

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I suspect I’ll be taking it away very quickly.

I suspect the timing will depend on the news cycle, likely the conviction of Manafort, to provide diversion.

But really, this is an exercise in widening the Overton Window into what is allowable by a president - he eventually wants to restrict Mueller. We'll see if he has the guts to do so, and if congress has the guts to stop him.

10 ( +12 / -2 )

This is all going on due to the fact that the conservatives are winning the debates. So the left, being the party that is politically and morally bankrupt now will try everything and anything to create chaos to try and shut Trump down. Brennan was a sore loser from the very beginning and his tweets were some of the worst towards Trump.

-13 ( +4 / -17 )

Yep, Trump is freaking out.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

It always seemed odd to me that clearances weren't tied to a specific position/role. When you leave a role, your clearance for that sort of data should end automatically.

After all, when you leave any job, they disable all your computer access, usually before you even leave the building.

If I worked on stealth projects and now work on telecom project at a different location even while working for the same company, my access to stealth information is removed, for example.

There is an idea in security management - principle of least privilege https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Principle_of_least_privilege I really don't care which projects or politics are involved. And the day that a sitting President leaves office, that person should loose all their access too.

-6 ( +5 / -11 )

This dimwit  is giving 2 bit dictators a bad name

9 ( +14 / -5 )

What do you mean they can’t access their notes without a clearance?

They take those home as “memos” and share them with friends who pass them to the media.

-14 ( +6 / -20 )

@burningbsh Ignore Mueller, he hasn’t been able to touch you yet, he’s a dud.

The latest info coming out shows Trump's long been money laundering for 'foreign' gangsters and their co-workers in a 'foreign' intelligence agency that's run by a 'conservative' despot. The best hope for Trump, his family, gangsters in the US, oligarchs 'abroad' who want to continue doing business in the US, plus huge numbers of politicians at all levels is to have Mueller and the investigation go away. Trump knows his boss the 'conservative' despot has many ways to get rid of opponents. I know: 'Can't prove it! Can't prove it!' Nor can you prove I'm wrong.

9 ( +15 / -6 )

Burning BushToday 07:13 am JST

Ignore Mueller...

He should but he won't. He probably can't.

he hasn’t been able to touch you yet...

"yet" being the key word.

7 ( +14 / -7 )

Loving it Don.

Ignore Mueller, he hasn’t been able to touch you yet, he’s a dud.

-19 ( +7 / -26 )

The people president traitor is targeting also have used their security clearances to access their notes and files to prepare for testimony, to Congress, for example. So revoking their security clearance also interferes with their ability to review their notes and records to the extent they contain classified information in order to give full and accurate testimony, whether to Congress, investigators, Mueller, etc. So, witness tampering.

8 ( +14 / -6 )

Keep defending the indefensible, Donny. You're just talking and talking and talking yourself into the American people saying 'You're Fired.'

14 ( +20 / -6 )

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