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Letter: Yanking security clearance affects those seeking advice

Revoking clearances from former high-ranking officials affects only those currently in office who can no longer consult with their predecessors when necessary.

Having a security clearance does not automatically provide access to classified information. Two conditions must be satisfied to do so. One is a proper level security clearance, i.e. secret, top secret, special clearance. Equally important is the establishment of a

. The latter is determined by those currently in office who thus have absolute control of classified information released to former officials.

Hans Reif


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