I seem to be falling into an interesting pattern of talking about different polls in different articles consecutively or at least in a short time span from one another. Back in June, I talked about a poll ranking Obama as the worst post-WWII President, followed by a poll saying that most Americans are distrustful of the MSM.
Yesterday, I talked about a poll saying that only a quarter of Democrat voters want to abolish ICE and today, I will be talking about a poll that says most people agree with Trump on revoking Brennan’s security clearance, as well as a couple other things regarding security clearances.
In a Harvard CAPS/Harris survey, which constituted of 1,330 registered voters on August 22nd and 23rd, comprising 37% Democrat voters, 32% Republicans, 29% Independents and 2% “other”, according to The Hill: “The survey showed 59 percent of registered voters felt Brennan should have lost his security clearance, while 64 percent said Comey and others at the FBI who were fired or demoted over their actions should lose their clearance.”
This is pretty incredible news for a couple of reasons.
First of all, logic seems to have a hand in all of this. Think about it. What have some people who have formerly worked with the federal government and thus received some level of security clearance done after leaving government work? Well, Brennan has gone on to become a consultant or news contributor, as, basically, has Comey.
And do you remember the ex-CIA official who freaked out at Trump supporter Paris Dennard over this very subject? He also has a security clearance.
These people work for the federal government at varying levels, receive varying levels of security clearances, and are trusted to not do anything with that security clearance after leaving those positions? That has the potential to be a HUGE security risk for the very reasons these people attack Trump: potential for collusion with a foreign government.
Dianne Feinstein has some level of a security clearance because she’s a sitting Senator and she had a Chinese spy working for her for decades. John Brennan was the head of the CIA under Obama, and thus, had a pretty powerful security clearance. James Comey was the head of the FBI under Obama and still has his!
And do you know what has been mentioned to be the biggest reason for revoking Brennan’s security clearance? An op-ed published on the NYT written by Brennan in which he writes things like: “Mr. Trump’s claims of no collusion are, in a word, hogwash. The only questions that remain are whether the collusion that took place constituted criminally liable conspiracy, whether obstruction of justice occurred to cover up any collusion or conspiracy, and how many members of ‘Trump Incorporated’ attempted to defraud the government by laundering and concealing the movement of money into their pockets.”
Do you see what tone Brennan uses in this one paragraph alone? He speaks as though collusion is A MATTER OF FACT THAT HAS ALREADY BEEN PROVEN! And you’d think Brennan would be someone who would know this for a fact if it happened, right? Well, if that’s the case and it is a matter of fact, then why didn’t he mention this IMMEDIATELY AFTER THE RUSSIAN COLLUSION STORY BECAME A THING?!
Surely, as head of the CIA under Obama, he would have the intel to know if collusion did happen. And yet, he didn’t mention it in the Intelligence Community Assessment released in 2017 or to the Special Counsel, as Senate Select Committee on Intelligence Chair Senator Richard Burr (R-NC) points out. Why talk about Russian collusion as a fact in the New York Times but not an official government assessment that would definitely have led to Trump’s immediate impeachment, which is the whole point of this entire narrative anyway?
So he talks as though collusion definitely happened and had the security clearance, at that time, to definitely know it didn’t. With his mindset of destroying Trump, I wouldn’t be surprised if he had leaked some things or said things he had no right to say.
So the fact that most people agree that Brennan’s security clearance should have been revoked is a big win for logic. People who have the intent of destroying a sitting and duly-elected POTUS for the sole reason that “I don’t like him” should not have access to our very secret records.
The second reason this is incredible news is the fact that, pretty much as always, there were more Democrats surveyed than Republicans, but they still sided with Trump on this.
You’d be hard-pressed to find any Democrat voter agree with Trump on anything, particularly if they intend on voting for Democrats who will try to impeach Trump. And it’s not like the sample size was minuscule. Over a thousand people is quite the big sample to ask people questions. So to see so many people so much in favor of such a Trump action is quite endearing.
But returning to the larger point I wanted to make here: it’s ridiculous that people who no longer work for the federal government can keep their security clearances as long as they don’t do things that would warrant them being revoked (or at least getting caught doing such things).
Because it puts a lot of trust in people that should not be trusted. Hillary sold 20% of our Uranium supply to the Russians and had a private e-mail server with over 30k e-mails of confidential or classified information. Why does she still have her security clearance when she is, at the same time, willingly and inadvertently such a huge security risk for our nation? I mean, there was even a report from the Daily Caller that Hillary’s server was hacked by the Chinese throughout her tenure as Secretary of State!
And James Comey worked alongside Brennan, Hillary, the DNC and John McCain (whom I shed no tears for upon learning that he died) to plant a spy in Trump’s campaign, without telling him about it, and look for evidence of Russian collusion before the story broke out and before they even thought he would win but felt compelled to have an insurance policy in the case he won, allowed for the insanely bogus and unverified Steele dossier to be the foundation for the FISA warrants to spy on Papadopalous and Carter, as well as being the foundational document for the Mueller investigation (despite their denial of all this) and diligently worked to undermine and even overturn a Presidential election when it didn’t go the way they wanted it to.
So why does he still have his security clearance? Why does anyone keep their security clearance upon leaving government? That’s putting a lot of trust in a lot of people that have either proven or have the potential to be massive national security risks.
It’s asinine for anyone to keep their security clearance upon returning to civilian life. It’s illogical and makes no sense whatsoever.
And I, for one, am glad most people seemingly agree. Again, 59% of people agreed with revoking Brennan’s security clearance and even more people (64%) believe Comey and others within the FBI who were fired or demoted (*ahem* Peter Strzok *ahem*) should have their security clearances revoked as well and that, if those people become consultants or news contributors, 60% agreed they should have their clearances revoked.
In my opinion, even if they don’t plan on using the security clearance, they still shouldn’t have that clearance. I mean, if a former high-ranking official wanted to open up a bakery in Boca Raton, Florida, what would they need that security clearance for? Some secret Russian recipe for cupcakes?
The reality is that anyone with a security clearance will likely utilize it to some extent, otherwise it becomes irrelevant. Which is why it makes no sense to allow people to leave their government jobs and keep one of its best perks. Either you would use it for something shady like working for the media and using that intelligence to drive a story or you don’t use it at all, at which point it makes no difference if one has a security clearance or not.
So why risk our national security by letting highly untrustworthy people keep their security clearance upon leaving government? What sense does it make to have this as a rule? Either people will use it for evil or not at all.
Either way, I’m happy to see many people siding with Trump on this issue, which the Left has tried very hard to make it look unconstitutional in some way or another and that people aren’t buying what they’re selling. Here’s hoping we soon change the way things work and revoke the security clearance of anyone who no longer works in the government.
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