Posted tagged ‘law’


August 29, 2022

clearance-01This morning I found an article on the Washington Post that claims 5.1 million Americans have security clearances, which amounts to 1.5% of the population.  It occurs to me that is why so many people seem to think that a former president taking huge amounts of classified material to his home is OK.   They’ve never seen what ordinary Americans who work with security clearances have to do every day to work with sensitive information.  I have worked for 60 years on defense systems, mostly sensor systems that keep track of the vessels and vehicles of countries that might mean us harm.   I have held clearances at most of the levels mentioned in the affidavit justifying the search of Mira Lago … Confidential, Secret, Top Secret and special access.  At each step, I was trained in the rules for handling classified documents at that level.  I had a safe in my office where I kept any classified documents in my possession. (more…)

On Being a Sports Fan

December 5, 2013

purplePeriodically, something happens that makes me stop and wonder why I love sports so much, why the success of my teams (note that I have no ownership in any team) can make me so happy and why I can be so disappointed when we lose (we, although I don’t play on any team either).  This time it could be a hangover from enduring college football Rivalry Week (enduring = we lost, rejoicing = we won).  Yes, my USC Trojans lost to UCLA.  I had to endure seeing my friend, Ben, post Go Bruins!  Who’s your daddy, USC? on Facebook.  (I responded, You’ll have to win a few National Championships to be our daddy!  It was a pretty snappy comeback but not as much fun as winning).  Maybe I’ve been spending too much time in the car listening to sports talk radio.  I’d suggest that nowhere on the planet can one find a larger assortment of over-grown adolescents and clueless doofuses than sports radio.  I want to know what’s going on with my teams but after a while, I feel like my IQ is dropping just listening to these guys.  Other times, I notice the sheer lunacy of many fans and wonder if I want to belong to this club.  Perhaps painting yourself purple and gold, then doing the Macarena mostly naked in freezing weather is just fun-crazy, but how about making death threats toward kickers and poisoning a tree on your rival’s campus? (more…)