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Thursday, October 30, 2008

Could Barack Obama Pass a Security Background Check?

Given all the shady characters (Bill Ayers, Rashid Khalidi, Ali Abunimah, et al) that Barack Obama has been associated with, the question has come up--understandably--of whether Obama could pass a security clearance background check like average Americans have to go through when working around sensitive national security information.

Fox News interviewed Daniel Pipes, Director of the Middle East Forum, (see video below) who doesn't think Obama would pass. Pipes sees Obama's associations with terrorists, anti-Americans and other radicals as a serious obstacle to a security clearance.

Pipes tells of a person who was looking to get a clearance to work at the National Security Agency (NSA) who had a French girlfriend; no dice on the clearance.

I remember when I was in the Air Force and came back to the States after spending three years overseas. While on leave between my last duty station and my upcoming one, I went to Del Rio, Texas to visit a friend stationed at the Air Force Base there. While I was there we went over into Mexico a few times since Del Rio sits right on the border. We just did a little sight-seeing, partying and dating some Mexican gals.

When I got to my next duty station, coincidentally I was up for a regularly scheduled security clearance review. One of the questions they ask is whether you've been to any foreign countries recently. When I told them I'd done a little partying in Mexico, suddenly the bright lights came on and they got the bamboo shoots ready for my fingernails. They were eventually satisfied I wasn't a commie spy or drug runner, but they gave me the third degree for a while.

But Barack Obama has associations with multiple radical anti-Americans going back many years. Most of these people have made it clear that they have immeasurable and burning hatred for the United States and would throw the party of the century if it was destroyed.

Because Obama is elected, he gets a free pass around the security standards average Americans would be held do.

If Obama is elected president, he will have access to ALL of America's national security information. He will be entrusted with America's national security itself.

Imagine that: someone who probably couldn't pass an average security background check, in charge of America's national security!

"You look at someone like Senator Obama with his plethora of very strong associations with radicals, with subversives, with anti-Americans, it's inconceivable to me that he could get a standard security clearance to work for the U.S. government."


Anonymous said...

Your argument has already pretty much been debunked as the Ayers connection would probably never come up nor would it affect his gaining a clearance.

Bob Ellis said...

Bob, I've found during this campaign season that PolitiFact itself has been debunked. It has published some blatantly biased and demonstrably false garbage, and has rendered itself irrelevant. I quit using it some time ago.

This piece has a lot of hedging in it to make it squeakably and narrowly accurate. Such as "Obama would't have to report his association with Ayers" and "even if he did, it wouldn't automatically disqualify him. Uh huh.

Anyone who has been through a detailed security review can see this "PolitiFact" is as thin as toilet paper.

About the only thing I saw that was candidly truthful was what I already said: that as an elected official, he gets to skirt the requirement average Americans would face.

Knowing what we know about him, his background and his associations, I don't know any security official who'd be crazy enough to sign off on Obama.

Apparently plenty of Americans, however, are self-centered enough to do so, as long as he'll pay for their healthcare or some such nonsense.

Anonymous said...

Interesting that Obama wants volumes of information on potential people in his administatration, but wouldn't disclose tons of information to be the most powerful politician in the free world...I have one word for Barry.... Hypocrit!!!!

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