Pentagon was forced last year to rescind interim security clearances
granted under the Obama administration to at least 165 contractors
linked to various crimes, including felony convictions for pedophilia
and foreign government affiliations, revealed a report issued by the
Director of the Defense Security Service (DSS).
to the report,
DOD contractors preserved their ability to access sensitive government
information despite prior criminal records and other illicit past
activity that the Pentagon’s vetting process failed to detect.
those 165 cases, 151 people had pre-existing issues that they did not
disclose and were not discovered during initial checks; the issues were
not identified until the investigation was completed [in 2017],” noted
the report, adding, “The interim decisions analyzed … actually occurred
before 2017 and were subject to a final decision by the Defense Office
of Hearings and Appeals (DOHA) in 2017.”
other words, the Pentagon subjected the contractors to the first round
of vetting under former President Barack Obama and the Trump
administration discovered their deception last year.
report captured data from 200,000 applications for secret or top
secret clearance by defense contractors over the past three years,
many of which were not fully adjudicated until 2017. It found that 486
applicants had their clearances denied or revoked. Of those
applicants, 165 had slipped through the initial round of vetting and
been allowed access to sensitive information…Felony charges were the
cause for revoking 63 clearances, [drug use resulted in 66 revoked
clearances], and evidence of foreign influence or foreign preference
was found in 56 applications.
151 of the cases, applicants were granted an initial security
clearance that was later revoked when it was discovered the applicant
withheld information. In one example, a person given interim secret
clearance in 2015 was discovered in 2017 to have been found guilty of
raping a child prior to applying for the clearance.
Pentagon provided the
report to Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) in mid-October in response to
questions about the Pentagon’s vetting processes.
appears that the Maryland Democrat’s intentions to link the Trump
administration to vetting process violations may have backfired.
to the DSS report, the Pentagon conducted the initial security
clearances before U.S. President Donald Trump took office. It was not
until the investigation into the cases ended last year that DOD revoked
is the top Democrat on the House Oversight and Government Reforms
the Democrat condemned the data as “troubling,”
he seized the opportunity to send a letter to Trey Gowdy (R-SC), the
House panel’s chairman, urging him to subpoena the White House.
called on Gowdy to order the White House “to produce documents it is
withholding relating to interim security clearances for the [President
Trump’s] top aides.”
Maryland Democrat did not ask for an investigation into the Pentagon
officials who granted security clearances to criminals, including
pedophiles, under Obama.
would not be the first time that pedophiles receive passes under Obama’s
tenure. The former president’s Pentagon issued a waiver allowing the
U.S. military to provide funding for Afghan forces accused of raping children.
activities highlighted in the Pentagon report ranged from
suspicious financial dealings to concerns that influence from
foreign governments potentially compromised the contractors in question.
Trump’s Pentagon revoked most clearances over questionable financial