Does the President Have Security Clearance?
Maule at law.villanova.edu
Wed Oct 22 13:35:04 PDT 2008
Whether it is true or not I haven't researched, but supposedly for some time in early 1942, the President was taken off the list of those who had access to the details of the code breaking in the Pacific. It apparently stirred up some controversy. Perhaps a military historian can enlighten us. And I'd suppose things have changed during the past 66 years.
From: conlawprof-bounces at lists.ucla.edu [mailto:conlawprof-bounces at lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of Sisk, Gregory C.
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When I was clerking for a federal court of appeals judge and national security related matters would come before the court sometimes accompanied by classified materials under seal, we clerks needed to obtain a security clearance if we were to have any access to the materials. But the judge did not. He'd always say with a smile that his security clearance was conferred by Article III of the Constitution. Likewise, I would assume that the President automatically has access to any materials, classified, law enforcement related, etc., by virtue of his role as Chief Executive and Commander in Chief under Article II.
Orestes A. Brownson Professor of Law
University of St. Thomas School of Law (Minnesota)
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From: conlawprof-bounces at lists.ucla.edu [mailto:conlawprof-bounces at lists.ucla.edu] On Behalf Of RJLipkin at aol.com
Sent: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 3:04 PM
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Subject: Does the President Have Security Clearance?
I just received a call from a local radio talk show host asking me just how a president gets security clearance permitting him or her to have access to classified intelligence. Let me be perfectly clear. I did not make up this question. So if anyone knows the process, I'd be grateful to hear about it. Off-Line replies are fine.
Robert Justin Lipkin
Distinguished Professor of Law
Widener University School of Law
Ratio Juris, Contributor: http://ratiojuris.blogspot.com/
Essentially Contested America, Editor-In-Chief http://www.essentiallycontestedamerica.org/
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