• How to Keep/Lose Your Security Clearance at the State Department

    May 5, 2012

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    Posted in: Embassy/State, Iraq

    As an aid to all current and future State Department employees, here are examples of how to keep/lose your security clearance. These example are important, because the Bureau of Diplomatic Security (DS), which grants and withdraws clearances, operates as a type of black hole: information goes in and decisions come out, but nothing that happens inside is visible. One never knows why a decision was made, or on what basis.

    With DS, facts can be hidden from Freedom of Information Act requests and even court-ordered discovery in the name of “security,” and thus manipulated to document pre-determined outcomes. What is called an investigation can morph into an indictment, where the goal is to keep fishing until something, anything, comes up. Actions by Diplomatic Security at the State Department occur without any independent review, and are largely not appealable to the Courts. Diplomatic Security, unlike its counterparts at the Department of Defense and other agencies, even refuses to use the “substantial evidence standard” mandated by the Administrative Procedures Act.

    Here is how to keep your security clearance:

    Commit rape. Tracy Barker, who says a State Department employee sexually assaulted her in Iraq in 2005 has won $2.93 million in arbitration from KBR, the military contracting company that employed her. KBR denies a rape occurred while Ms. Barker remains clear that State Department employee Ali Mokhtare assaulted her in Basra, Iraq. Investigators asked that the State Department suspend Mokhtare’s security clearance, but that request was denied. Clearance remains.

    Here is how to lose your security clearance:

    Write a blog. You can read more here. Clearance suspended.

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  • Recent Comments

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      Another way to keep your security clearance: Consort with Russian prostitutes.

      05/5/12 2:40 PM | Comment Link

    • Rich Bauer said...


      Consort with prostitutes? Diplomatic Security agents have a higher standard than that “other agency” and would be willing to take a polygraph to prove it. (Refusing to take a poly is grounds for losing a security clearance, right?)

      05/5/12 5:18 PM | Comment Link

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      I wasn’t referring to DS agents consorting with Russian prostitutes. I was thinking of someone higher up.

      05/5/12 5:49 PM | Comment Link

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      And not all honeytrap whores are streetwalkers.

      05/5/12 5:50 PM | Comment Link

    • Mary said...


      What a coincidence. I’ve been working on a sexual harassment case by a US contracted Counterintelligence agent for the L-3 Corporation against Iraqi women, too.

      State, Consular Affairs, and the DOD all refuse to correct this injustice.

      The contractor is accused of 1) pressuring local national females into having sexual relationships in exchange for US visas, 2) retaliating against witnesses, 3)creating, doctoring and filing false reports.

      Hello, minder and watcher of Peter’s blog, can you contract me, please.

      I think it would be best to settle this case, as it will soon be filed in the D.C. courts.

      Come on, State Dept. Minder, gimme a call.


      PS. Here is the WaPo article to refresh your memory:


      05/7/12 2:48 AM | Comment Link

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      Crude disinfo.

      05/7/12 8:09 AM | Comment Link

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      Also smells like fishing for info.

      05/7/12 8:11 AM | Comment Link

    • Mary said...


      Hello Melove,

      What’s the crude disinfo?

      05/7/12 12:16 PM | Comment Link

    • Meloveconsullongtime said...


      Peter can draw his own conclusions.

      05/7/12 12:27 PM | Comment Link

    • jhoover said...


      Sorry here but did you know Ali Musa Daqduq release Hezbollah commander accused of plotting the killing of five US soldiers and handed to his big brother “Iranian” in Bagdad?

      Why State department or CIA did not lift this killer to Guantanamo Bay detention camp like other terrorist who killed American and mass killer of Iraqis?


      05/8/12 9:10 AM | Comment Link

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