Jumping the Security Clearance Shark

If you do not understand the difference between a “Security Clearance” and the “Need to Know,” then you might want to hold off on blowing up peoples clearances.

Seriously, being cleared for certain material is not the same thing as needing to be involved in that information. For example, once upon a time, I held a TOP SECRET-SIOP-ESI Clearance. That doesn’t even exist anymore. What it essentially meant was that I was cleared – after a long and serious investigation of my background that included a VERY uncomfortable discussion with my best friend in High School – to see material that could, if disclosed in an unauthorized manner, be “reasonably expected to cause exceptionally grave damage to the national security” of The United States.

The short version is that I was a targeting specialist. All FTB’s held the same clearance and while we could all do targeting, some of us did just a bit more. The clearance made it easier to transition people in and out of the positions needed without having to hold the ship up waiting for yet another clearance to be investigated and granted. But the fact that we all had the clearance did not mean that we all had the “need to know.”

By comparison, Edward Snowden had a very low-level clearance and had absolutely no “need to know.” But, some very stupid people who – as far as we know – have not held accountable, handed him some information for which he was neither cleared nor authorized to handle, and the next thing you know we have that debate going on. Bradley Manning knowingly stole classified material for which he was not cleared. Julian Assange had no clearance and no “need to know.” Where is he today?

The US Government used to take security very seriously. Today, it’s more of a “prosecution of convenience.” Some people are big enough not to concern themselves with OPSEC (|→|) and some people get hammered and then pardoned by the next President for it.

In every case, the singular rule of security applies – The ONLY people who can hurt you are the people you trust.

The New York Daily News has decided to “refocus” on actual news and sports, presumably in New York. This has caused great wailing and gnashing of teeth. Why? People got to eat, but there’s never an Op-Ed about how important restaurants’ are. Or how critical farms are so don’t take their water away. But a newspaper “refocuses” and you’d think that the apocalypse was upon us…

The second night of shark week has us back into Sharkumentaries, and this pleases me. Greatly.



About FTB1(SS)

Plausibly Live is the Official Podcast of The Dave Bowman Show. From 2007 to 2015, Dave was the host of KFIV’s “Afternoons Live” (Later “The Dave Bowman Show”) and the Central Valley’s go-to man for insightful and entertaining analysis of the day's news and events. In 2015, Dave left radio to raise his son and helped to launch the Podcast 99 network (www.podcast99.org), which features voices and topics from all around the area, the nation, and the world, on a variety of subjects. Re-launching his own show as a podcast, Dave continues his look at the world around him, now without the constraints of terrestrial radio, but still with his eclectic mix of history and common sense. The primary feature element of Plausibly Live is Constitution Thursday, which since 2010 has been a weekly look at the history and impact of the US Constitution. Dave is a US Navy Submariner, a radio talk show host, father, baseball fan, avid reader and a frustrated writer. He has a passion for books, theology, submarines, coffee, tequila, 1970’s music (especially funk!) and is a ToTaL Star Trek geek. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. Dave being promoted to FTB2(SS) in 1986. He was born in Oklahoma, grew up in Colorado, graduated from Ogden High School (Class of ’81) in Ogden, UT, served for eleven years in the US Navy Submarine fleet, was a Naval Instructor and as a Ballistic Missile Fire Control Technician, he achieved the rank of FTB1(SS) through sorcery and favoritism, but would have been happy staying an FTB2(SS) for life. He was trained as a targeting specialist and Battle Stations Missile Fire Control Supervisor aboard USS Michigan SSBN-727(G) and was trained on two Fire Control Systems, the Mk 98 Mod 0 TRIDENT and the Mk 88 Mod 1 POSEIDON. Later he served as a part of the Fleet Combat Training Center Dam Neck Auxiliary Security Force, which sounds impressive but was really just bait for Seal Team 6 and any Iraqi terrorists who happened to land on the beach in Virginia. He later attended Seminary in Atlanta, GA, then served as a pastor for five years before realizing the massive error of his ways. He then worked in non-Profit management until 2006 when he was hired to do sports for a local talk radio show, eventually moving into the host position in September of 2007. In the fall of 2008, after years of questioning and study, Dave completed the process of conversion to Judaism. In 2009 Dave married Cami, and in 2010 they were blessed with their son, Benjamin, to go along with four daughters, one son-in-law and three grandchildren. In the summer of 2017, Dave and Cami relocated “back home” to Silverdale, WA, where Dave had been stationed when they first met in 1985. From September 2007 to January 2015 Dave was heard each weekday from 3pm to 6pm (Pacific) on Power Talk 1360AM & 1280 in Modesto & Stockton, CA. Today, you can hear his Podcast Show, Plausibly Live, on The Dave Bowman Show website or on The Podcast 99 Network Page.

Posted on July 24, 2018, in News & Notes. Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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