RE: Secret government information

Subject: RE: Secret government information
From: "Dan Hall" <dhall -at- san-carlos -dot- rms -dot- slb -dot- com>
To: "TECHWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- raycomm -dot- com>
Date: Wed, 20 Mar 2002 07:17:12 -0600

I think that military clearance expires on separation from service...

Back in the dark ages of the Cold War, in the mid 80's when I was in the
Army, I was working in a drafting shop at SETAF (Southern European TAsk
Force) HQ in Vicenza, Italy. In order to do my job, I had to obtain both US
TS and NATO COSMIC Top Secret clearances (I have no idea what COSMIC stands
for, but it was a source of much amusement at the time). The clearance was
required because some of the pictures we were working from were taken by
disaffected Soviet citizens, and it was possible that the KGB could track
down the photographer from information in the photos (vehicle number,
location and date of picture, etc.).

Anyway, when I was looking for work in the early 90's (about 5 years later),
I was told by one company (that seemed pretty serious about hiring me as a
technical illustrator) that they were looking into my background and that my
clearance had expired. It wasn't clear at the time whether this meant I'd
have to undergo the full background again or not, but I do distinctly
remember that I was told it had "expired", which seems to indicate another
full go-round.


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subject admits and not to seek exactness where only
an approximation is possible. - Aristotle

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