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February 9, 2000 | From Associated Press
John M. Deutch, the former CIA director who lost his access to agency secrets last summer for violating security rules, volunteered Tuesday to give up his Defense Department industrial security clearances. Pentagon spokesman Kenneth Bacon said the clearances would be withdrawn.
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November 21, 2013 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON -- A House bill to authorize spending on intelligence contains a provision designed to help stem further leaks of classified information by Americans with security clearances. The provision, by Rep. Jim Langevin (D-R.I.), would require the director of national intelligence to undertake, “on an urgent basis, a study to determine whether our insider threat and security clearance processes are sufficient to detect both those looking to engage in traditional espionage and those seeking to make sensitive information public,” said Meg Fraser, his spokeswoman.
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NEWS
July 26, 1988 | JOHN M. BRODER, Times Staff Writer
The Defense Department has revoked the security clearances of six Pentagon employees implicated in the procurement fraud scandal, Defense Secretary Frank C. Carlucci announced Monday. The officials whose clearances were lifted include high-ranking Navy purchasing officer James E. Gaines and Air Force procurement official Victor D. Cohen, whose Pentagon offices were searched by FBI agents in June.
NATIONAL
September 23, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - Washington Navy Yard shooter Aaron Alexis obtained a secret-level security clearance after a federal personnel report failed to mention that a 2004 arrest involved a firearm, the Navy said Monday. A senior Navy official told reporters the service learned of the incident's violent nature only after Alexis had shot 12 people to death at the Washington Navy Yard last week and was himself fatally shot by police. The Office of Personnel Management knew of Alexis' Seattle arrest because of a fingerprint check when he joined the Navy Reserve in 2007 and interviewed him about it, the official said.
NEWS
September 23, 2000 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The State Department has suspended the security clearance of U.S. Ambassador to Israel Martin Indyk until it completes an inquiry into "suspected violations" of security standards, the State Department confirmed. The move bars Indyk from handling classified materials. There was no indication of espionage, and investigators were focusing on "the sloppy handling of classified information" before Indyk became ambassador, the department said.
NEWS
January 26, 1989 | KIM MURPHY, Times Staff Writer
A federal appeals court said Wednesday that there is evidence that the CIA routinely denies security clearances to homosexuals and refused to foreclose a legal challenge to the agency's practice of considering such applicants on a case-by-case basis. In one of a series of recent rulings restricting government discrimination against homosexuals, the U.S.
NEWS
April 17, 1985 | ROBERT L. JACKSON, Times Staff Writer
A government security system that grants top-secret clearances to thousands of defense industry employees each year is lax and outdated, Senate investigators charged Tuesday, calling it the weakest link in protecting U.S. military secrets. As a result, "some of this country's most guarded high-technology secrets" have been sold to hostile governments by defense contractor employees who have been given high government security clearances, said Sen. Sam Nunn (D-Ga.
BUSINESS
November 15, 2004 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
At 63, Keith Milbrandt is pulling down more per hour than he has in four decades as an aerospace engineer, and he's retired. That doesn't matter to Raytheon Corp., where Milbrandt is in the midst of a four-month contract, developing an airborne radar program for the Navy. He has another part-time job with Boeing Co. designing an Air Force satellite system. He's never been so popular.
NEWS
August 5, 1995 | MARLENE CIMONS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
President Clinton officially ordered an end Friday to the Cold War-era prohibition against granting security clearances to gays. The action formally eliminates a policy dating to a time when the country was greatly concerned about the spread of communism and when gays were believed to be vulnerable to blackmail and thus were thought to be security risks.
BUSINESS
April 14, 2003 | Peter Pae, Times Staff Writer
Over the years, Conquest Inc. has generated about as much revenue annually as Boeing Co. does in a few hours. So why would the Chicago aerospace giant, with about 170,000 employees, be interested in buying an obscure firm with a staff of 200? The answer: Conquest gave Boeing something that is a precious commodity in the defense industry these days -- workers with top security clearances.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2013 | By Becca Clemons
WASHINGTON - The Washington Navy Yard reopened Thursday morning following the shooting that resulted in 13 deaths there earlier in the week. The base opened at 6 a.m., as usual, with all facilities accessible except for the gym and Building 197, where the shooting occurred, a Navy spokeswoman said. A letter from Vice Adm. Bill French to employees said Thursday was a "regular workday. " "I join with you in grieving for our Navy Yard colleagues and Navy family who were senselessly gunned down on Monday," French wrote.
NATIONAL
September 19, 2013 | By David S. Cloud
WASHINGTON - When Aaron Alexis received an access card to enter the Washington Navy Yard, the Pentagon relied on a 5-year-old background investigation completed before most of his brushes with police and signs of mental illness, a senior Defense Department official said Wednesday. But the 2008 investigation was considered recent enough under federal rules for Alexis to be granted permission to enter the Navy Yard, where he worked, merely by flashing his card to a guard at the gate.
NATIONAL
September 18, 2013 | Richard A. Serrano, David S. Cloud and Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Six weeks ago, Aaron Alexis told people someone had threatened him at an airport in Virginia. A few days later, in Rhode Island, he heard voices. He thought people were speaking to him through "the walls, floor and ceiling" of the Navy base there, where he was working. In his hotel room, the voices used "some sort of microwave machine" to send vibrations through the ceiling and into his body, a police report shows him saying. He could not sleep. Alexis frequently moved as part of his contract work at military installations from New England to North Carolina; he arrived in Washington on Aug. 25. He switched hotels several times until Sept.
NATIONAL
August 13, 2013 | By Richard A. Serrano
FT. MEADE, Md. - He was late for meetings, and once curled in a fetal position on a storage room floor and clutched his head, a knife at his feet. He carved the words "I want" into a chair. Another time, he pounded his fists and flipped over a table of computers before he was wrestled into submission. And in April 2010, Army Pfc. Bradley Manning emailed his sergeant a mug shot of himself wearing makeup, dark lipstick and a flowing blond wig. "This is my problem," he wrote in the email.
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NEWS
April 20, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - Three more Secret Service employees who were involved in the Colombian prostitution scandal are leaving the agency, bringing the total to half a dozen agents or uniformed officers who saw their careers cut short in a widening investigation of alleged misconduct. The latest casualties of the embarrassing episode “have chosen to resign,” said Paul Morrissey, spokesman for the Secret Service. He also announced that a 12th agency employee is being investigated, one more than previously known.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 3, 2009 | Carol J. Williams
Melvin Brunetti, a federal appeals court judge for the last 24 years whose opinions included upholding anti-hate crime legislation, broader Pentagon scrutiny of homosexuals' security clearances and the death penalty for Robert Alton Harris, has died. He was 75. Brunetti died Friday at his home in Reno after a long battle with cancer, his family told the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals, to which he had been appointed by President Reagan in 1985. He had been on senior status with the appeals court since 1999, a semi-retirement in which a judge is replaced on the active roster but continues to handle a reduced caseload.
NEWS
January 25, 1988
Although the Reagan Administration ordered a halt to use of a secrecy pledge last month, the Navy, Air Force and a major defense contractor have persisted in requiring thousands of employees with security clearances to sign the form, military and corporate spokesmen said. Some employees of the Raytheon Corp. said they were warned by a company manager that they would lose their security clearances if they failed to sign.
NEWS
April 19, 2012 | By Ken Dilanian
WASHINGTON - More resignations are expected soon in the Secret Service prostitution scandal. "It is our understanding the resignations could come today or tomorrow," Rep. Peter King (R-N.Y.), chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, said Thursday. He has been briefed by Secret Service Director Mark Sullivan. The Secret Service announced Wednesday that it was seeking to fire one supervisor tied to the alleged misconduct. Another supervisor is retiring, and a third agent will be allowed to retire.
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