Thursday, October 16, 2008
(Sensitive Compartmented Clearance) The surgeons lounge is often a free for all of discussions that are often fueled by the pressure of the days surgeries, delays and overall stress of operating. This leads to many ways to vent, with the most common being politics. Today, several of us that have been or still are military got into the subject of our security clearances. If you have never been through a clearance investigation, it is something that you would not believe. For a SCI they talked to everyone from my gradeschool teachers, neighbors, classmates, college friends and former lovers. In fact they gave me some extra credit for lovers that I never had! They whole process took over a year. One thing that amazed me was all my credit card receipts. Anyway, they knew the lot. We got to talking, if a politician is elected, what happens if they fail their clearance? I mean, what if a terrorist is elected or for that matter a spy? I mean, can they tell a Senator he cant be part of a discussion or a vote because it is above his clearance? I had to ask a friend of mine who is with the FBI, he gave me the sobering answer. The clearance comes with the job, meanining, if you get elected you get the clearance. They don't even bother to investigate.