An open letter to the U.S. House of Representatives

Please Support the Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021

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Good morning. It has come to my attention that FL Representative Stephanie Murphy, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, intends to introduce legislation to disqualify participants in the violent assault on the United States Capitol and members of the conspiracy movement QAnon from obtaining or maintaining a federal security clearance. An individual must possess a security clearance in order to hold a national security position and in order to access classified information. Her bill, the Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021, would direct the U.S. Office of Personnel Management (OPM) to add another question to Section 29 that asks applicants whether they have ever been a member of, associated with, or knowingly engaged in activities conducted by an organization or movement - like QAnon - that spreads conspiracy theories and false information about the U.S. government. It would also require the security clearance process - whether the SF-86, the interview portion, or both - to ask applicants whether they participated in the Jan. 6, 2021, assault on the U.S. Capitol or a similar "Stop the Steal" event, as well as the specific role they played in the relevant event. Our national security is not partisan. Your lives were threatened. I am grateful you and your colleagues are safe. Gaining the ability to cut off the purveyors of dangerous disinformation from security clearance is not an infringement of rights, it is a matter of national security. Please cosponsor and support Rep. Murphy's legislation. Thank you for your time and consideration.

First sent on January 18 by Pierce

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