Breakdown in Security

Sep 7, 2017

Security clearances are being issued on an interim basis because the backlog is so great. However, people who should not be getting security clearances are getting them. Currently 100,000 people hold interim clearances while they are waiting for a full background check. Daniel Payne, head of the Defense Security Service says, “I’ve got murderers who have access to classified information, I have rapists. I have pedophiles. I have people involved in child porn. This is the risk we are taking.” The temporary clearances affect “the Defense Department and its associated industrial base.” The intelligence agencies never grant temporary clearances. “The Pentagon has little choice but to offer interim clearances to keep weapons development programs at full steam,” said Payne. “If we did not give these individuals interim clearances, the production of these programs would shut down. It would have a horrific impact.” After one major security clearance contractor lost its contract with the government, the backlog of security clearances sharply increased.