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THE SECURITY CLEARANCE MAZE

We frequently take on cases involving security clearances.   In the process, we see that initial determinations by the military services err on the side of caution. The idea seems to be that if there’s anything iffy about the individual’s record, the matter is “kicked upstairs” for determination by a Federal magistrate.

On appeal, we find these Federal magistrates fair-minded and considerate. 

 Some general guidelines: 

·         Don’t be foolish in Facebook postings — reviewers often check the social media

·         Be very careful of online dating and questionable ongoing relationships over the Internet

·         Expect concerns — whether fair or not – if you marry a spouse from a ‘hostile’ nation. 

.         Be extremely wary about sending money back to family members. 

·         Realize that the Internet contains a history of what books you purchased online

·         Obviously, avoid illegal drugs; also be wary of  questionable food supplements or special “teas”

·         Be aware that some agencies are spooked by anyone seeking psychiatric help

·         Don’t drink too much

·         Do not use government or contractor-provided computers for improper purposes.

An interesting dilemma arises when individual has fibbed about something for a long time, then “gets religion” and wants to tell the truth.

Other problems arise where, upon a divorce or split, the vindictive partner “tattles” to the authorities.

There’s one absolute, unshakable bottom line rule:  Never, never fib to these interviewers.  It’s almost a guarantee of failure. 

A BIT OF PHILOSOPHY.

We keep looking for useful matters for courts-martial argument.  Here are a few new items:

.Nothing sucks more than that moment during an argument when you realize you’re wrong.

I disagree with Kay Jewelers. I would bet on any given Friday or Saturday more kisses begin with Miller Light than Kay.

The first testicular guard, the “Cup,” was used in Hockey in 1874 and the first helmet was used in 1974. That means it only took 100 years for men to realize that their brain is also important.

Why don’t you ever see the eladinel, PSYCHIC WINS LOTTERY?

…..and this wisdom from deft Canadian mystery writer Louise Penny to this effect:  there are important words only the truly wise ever learn.:

I DON’T KNOW

WAS WRONG

I NEED HELP

I’M SORRY.


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