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July 15, 2006 | James Gilden, Special to The Times
Having your name on an airport watch list can be nothing but trouble. Just ask James Fenimore Cooper, a Los Angeles banking executive. Most travelers have heard about the "no-fly" list that keeps people off airplanes. In addition, the federal government maintains an airline security "selectee list." If your name is a match, you must undergo additional screening before being permitted to board an aircraft. The government, citing security concerns, won't divulge how the list is compiled.
November 6, 2005 | Peter Wallsten and Tom Hamburger, Times Staff Writers
An intelligence analyst temporarily lost his top-secret security clearance because he faxed his resume using a commercial machine. An employee of the Defense Department had her clearance suspended for months because a jilted boyfriend called to say she might not be reliable. An Army officer who spoke publicly about intelligence failures before the Sept. 11 attacks had his clearance revoked over questions about $67 in personal charges to a military cellphone.
August 30, 2005 | From Associated Press
The judge in the case of an American student accused of joining Al Qaeda and plotting to assassinate President Bush said Monday he possessed evidence that could help the defendant, but that he couldn't give it to defense lawyers because they lacked required security clearances. U.S. District Judge Gerald Bruce Lee said at a pretrial hearing that he received the classified material from prosecutors, who are required to turn over any evidence that is potentially beneficial to the defense.
July 5, 2005 | Jonathan Peterson, Times Staff Writer
When a Dutch company sought to take over Silicon Valley Group Inc., a high-tech firm in San Jose, the ultimate vote was cast not by shareholders or executives or even the board of directors. That job went to the Committee on Foreign Investment in the United States, a secretive, little-known panel of U.S. officials that rules on whether purchases of U.S. businesses by foreign entities would impair national security and should be banned. The committee approved the $1.
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.
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.
November 11, 2001
"FBI Turns Down Hundreds of Ex-Agents Offering Help" (Nov. 6) indicated that the FBI was turning down offers of help in the current crisis from retired agents while the CIA welcomes such aid. A couple of important points got lost. First, the FBI has brought back, under contract, retired agents with specialized expertise and has another sizable pool of retired agents who are already under contract and have all the necessary security clearances. They are being used as needed. Second, unlike the CIA, the FBI receives enormous assistance from state and local officers.
The Clinton administration, concerned that it had hobbled its top diplomat in Israel in the midst of the worst violence there in a decade, restored the security clearance of Ambassador Martin Indyk, the State Department said Tuesday. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright reinstated Indyk's right to use classified information "in light of the continuing turmoil in Israel, the West Bank and Gaza [Strip] and for compelling national security reasons," department spokesman Richard Boucher said.
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.
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