Defense official: Rapists, murderers received clearances
- By FederalSoup Staff
- Sep 06, 2017
The federal government security clearance backlog has led to convicted felons, including murderers and pedophiles, to be given interim clearances, a senior government official said during a national security conference this week, McClatchy's Washington D.C, news bureau reports.
Daniel E. Payne, head of the Defense Security Service, spoke at the Intelligence & National Security Summit in Washington on Sept. 6, where he said about 100,000 people hold interim clearances while working for companies with Defense Department contractors or at 13,000 cleared facilities and plants around the country as they await a full comprehensive background investigation, McClathcy reports.
According to the article, it takes about one year for a full top security clearance investigation, and Payne said the backlog is so great that the Pentagon has very little choice but to offer interim clearances to keep weapons development programs running, but added that discovering later that murderers, rapists and pedophiles have had access to classified information is very dangerous.