Analysis (April 2, 2919) Twenty-five staffers in the White House had their clearances approved. Some may be compromised by foreign interests. Let’s be clear, it matters little who is the president, this falls under his (or her) purview. Presidents can override professional carrier staff that tells them that a preferred aide does not qualify for a clearance. However, most presidents listen to staff that tells them that a person could be compromised. There are reasons why these clearances are not given. They range from drug use to sex habits, to connections abroad. Any of these may be used to turn a person against the United States. In other words, they could be bribed. Or in the national security sense, they could be compromised.
This story should have been a scandal. And even ten years ago it would have been. It’s become a symbol of how corrupt the Federal Government is becoming, under the leadership of Donald Trump. The reality is that the party of national security does not care. The other party is speaking now because they do not have the White House. The rolls were inverted during the Hillary Clinton Email scandal, the one the media mostly missed. This is the emails that she shared with people with no security clearances, while Secretary of State. That scandal never became one either, and it is for the same systemic reasons this one will not rise beyond a few headlines.
We have to ask if our national elites are happy with the corruption and what it says about the country. Or far more darkly, what if they do not care? And if they do not, why are they doing this, or pretending when they do not hold power.
There are reasons doe national elites to mostly ignore the dark implications. They speak to the transformation of the American political system from something familiar to a post-imperial order that has little to do with the last two hundred years of history. We are not talking of democracy at this point or transparency in government. Nor did this start with the Trump administration, before I hear from fans on both sides who like to accuse the other of the greatest of evils. This move towards plutocracy started back in the 90s and tracks with developments around the world. This is the rise of the technocrats who know better than the people. It is a form of what happened, to a certain degree, under the John…