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Letter to the Editor: An open letter to our former Chief Spooks
I read in the papers that the President has revoked Mr. Brennan’s security clearances. I have also read that you, Misters Webster, Gates, Tenet, Goss, Hayden, Panetta, Petraeus, Clapper, McLaughlin, Kappes, Morell, Haines, and Cohen have your feelings hurt. You assert that this revocation is as an attempt to overturn rights protected by the First Amendment. We, normal walking around citizens, who have paid handsomely for your service in government and continue to pay your fine retirement benefits, are not congenital fools. Your claim that this is a First Amendment issue is beyond crazy. How in the world could we give you such great authority in your former offices when you now demonstrate such juvenile, superficial understanding of the constitution? In the interest of security, no one should continue to have clearance to classified documents unless they hold some active position in government. I do not give a fig for past convention in this matter. You have no need to know. You are out of office. You have no inherited title.You are a plain citizen now and your status is equal to the rest of us.