For those outside of the Washington orbit, security clearances are exactly what Daniel McCarthy says in the attached article. They are a passkey. Often they are a passkey to riches. Especially after an “official” career in Washington.
There is really no reason for Brennan to continue to have a clearance at this point, as Brennan himself admits.
So, end it.
(From The Spectator)
John Brennan had a tough time when he took his first CIA lie-detector test in 1980. He was asked a standard question as to whether he had ever belonged to an organisation dedicated to the overthrow of the United States government. Not quite, but almost: just four years earlier Brennan, then a student at Fordham University, had cast his first vote for president for the candidate of the Communist Party USA. Brennan had never been a party member—just a Communist voter.
The CIA let him in. A little more than thirty years later, he was appointed by Barack Obama to lead the agency. But now, ex-CIA director Brennan is questioning the patriotism of Obama’s successor, accusing the president of being an agent of Moscow. “Donald Trump’s press conference performance in Helsinki rises to & exceeds the threshold of ‘high crimes & misdemeanors,’ Brennan wrote on Twitter. “It was nothing short of treasonous.”..
…Sen. Rand Paul, the Republican who votes against Trump more often than any other in the U.S. Senate, has called on the president to strip Brennan of his inactive security clearance. Trump is considering doing just that. He’s contemplating depriving Michael Hayden, Susan E. Rice, James R. Clapper Jr., and other former intelligence officials who have been critical of him of their clearances as well. Democrats claim that this is intimidation, though the question on many observers’ minds is: why do so many ex-officials have these clearances in the first place?
The answer to that question was provided by what is now the most anti-Trump newspaper in the land, the Washington Post, back during the Obama administration. A series of articles collectively published as “Top Secret America” in 2010 explained the lucrative market in consulting and government contracting for holders of clearances. The title of the article that provided the details—“A hidden world, growing beyond control”—still stands as an apt description of what Trump supporters call the Deep State.