Are Too Many People Issued 'Top-Secret' Security Clearances?

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

There remain many unanswered questions about Edward Snowden, the Booz Allen Hamilton employee who exposed the N.S.A.’s phone and internet surveillance programs.

Snowden had “top-secret” security clearance, but he is far from alone in this high-level clearance. There are more than 4.9 million individuals who have security clearance and over 1.4 million of those are “top-secret.”

John Schindler, professor of national security affairs at the U.S. Naval War College and a former N.S.A. intelligence analyst discusses, how security clearance works, and the risks associated with so many workers having access to secret information.


Dr. John Schindler

Produced by:

Tyler Adams

Comments [2]

Larry Fisher from Brooklyn, N.Y.

The NSA Agents who have to listen to the inane chatter of Americans probably want to put a bullet in their head. Hey, why not give this job of listening in to Americans to the Prisoners of Guantanamo Bay!

Jun. 12 2013 02:00 PM
oscar from ny

The ppl conspiring against the constitution and the ppl if the us will sooner or later be tried as criminals and treason against the ppls government of the us.
Everyone in the world knows that 911 marked the beginning of war waged against America..Americas power was infiltrated and pulverized the heart (pentagon)and its monetary system (world trade centers) of america by a ruthless powerful group "country" bent against the destruction of what America and its ppl symbolize..for them we are Goliath and they are David.
13 years later these ppl have appropriated the net and phone system of all Americans..imagine the complications and the colossal proportions of what this means..It's an intrusion, an x ray of our structure can any right minded government allow this unless It's on a suicide course..imagine one day some rogue agent gets horny and decides to tinker someones personal data and since we don't know what ppls intention are he can easily read say the presidents daughter or wifes stuff, can this happen? this country rund down by taliban? i eat macdonals in the morning with alquaida? i surrounded by terrorist? group or government should have the power to see everyones else interest..from the no one to walmart company secrets or recipes..may god of the universe look upon the us with favor in this new century and finish all these jihadist demons that have travel thru time just to destroy the builders work..

Jun. 12 2013 10:05 AM

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