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Mark S. Zaid @MarkSZaidEsq
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(1) THREAD on #SecurityClearances & #WhiteSupremacists. @PBS/@ProPublica issued a story today abt #MichaelMiselis — a UCLA PhD student who works for #NorthropGrumman w/security clearance. He participated in Charlottesville as a violent White Supremacist.…
(2) Miselis allegedly "pushed an African-American protester to the ground and began pounding on him," and "fought alongside RAM members, wrestling one protester to the ground and punching others" in Berkeley at a #Trump rally.
(3) RAM is Rise Above Movement, a Southern California group that expresses contempt for Muslims, Jews, and immigrants. A very typical #Trump supporting organization that President has never condemned. Pretty horrible group of Nazis basially. For info, read…
(4) To be fair, Miselis denies the individual identified in film footage is him, and he wouldn't respond to PBS/Propublica questions. Northrop Grumman employees & e-mails, however, "make clear the company knows of Miselis’ actions in Charlottesville and involvement with RAM."
(5) What does this mean for his employment and/or security clearance? Is this the type of person who should hold a #securityclearance or work for the defense industry? He has not been arrested or charged with any offenses.
(6) Current Adjudicative Guidelines regarding #securityclearances were issued in 2005, took effect at DoD (which controls Miselis' collateral clearance at either Secret or Top Secret) in 2006. They were revised a year ago. Start on pg 22:…
(7) #Securityclearance issues, which can mean many things, are far more about MITIGATION than refutation. Several Adjudicative Guidelines come into play based on description of Miselis' RAM membership and activities & I suspect DoD is currently investigating what to do w/him.
(8) Before even addressing Govt/security clearance issues, I wouldn't be surprised, unless he has term contract, Northrop Grumman releases him based on suitability and/or moral clauses in their employment guidelines. If so, sponsorship of him ceases & classified access stops.
(9) Adjudicative Guidelines that arguably could come into play to revoke his #securityclearance include "A" (Allegiance to US), "E" (Personal Conduct), "I" (Psychological Conditions), and/or "J" (Criminal Conduct). "E" and "J" clearly apply if facts are true.
(END) I am not going to opine what @DeptofDefense will or should do but these are serious allegations & worthy of investigation for sure. What I can say is if DoD does move to revoke his #securityclearance, my law firm @MarkSZaidPC will definitely NOT represent him.
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