Raja Krishnamoorthi Aims to End Security Clearances for Members of Hate Groups
Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi (D-IL) introduced the No Security Clearance for Hate Groups Act this month as part of a larger effort to end the approval of security clearances for individuals who are associated with known hate groups. Currently, there is no law that stops these people from obtaining a clearance, but there is also no data on how many have been approved for clearances. If passed, the bill would have federal agencies establish and maintain a list of hate groups in the U.S. while requiring the head of each federal agency to make public the number of individuals seeking a security clearance who are affiliated with a hate group, including those who have been approved or denied such clearances. “Since 2016, the United States has seen a surge of hate group membership and violence coming from hate groups. At the same time, people supporting these extremist views are attempting to gain a foothold in our law enforcement and national security community through federal security clearances,” said Krishnamoorthi. “This bill will help us to understand the breadth of this problem and just how some of those involved with hate groups were able to gain access to our nation’s secrets.” More here.