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dgibby Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:05 PM
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Homeland security temporarily pulled Sanford's security clearance after Argentina trip.
Edited on Thu Sep-17-09 02:05 PM by dgibby
After Gov. Mark Sanford's emotional confession in June that he lied about a secret tryst in Argentina, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security yanked the governor's security clearance because of questions about his "lack of candor" and "trustworthiness" to protect classified information, federal documents show.



Bob Sofaly

The Beaufort Gazette

Gov. Mark Sanford lost his security clearance with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, but it was reinstated after a week.
Homeland Security officials reinstated his clearance a week later, saying the suspension was a mistake by a lower-level employee. But documents obtained by The Post and Courier through the U.S. Freedom of Information Act show specific concerns about the governor's actions.

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Earlier this summer, Sara Kuban, a Homeland Security press secretary, told The Post and Courier that a department employee suspended Sanford's clearance without following proper procedures, and that "as soon as senior DHS officials learned that it occurred, it was immediately rectified." At the time, she and officials with the governor's office declined to say whether the suspension was related to Sanford's affair with Maria Belen Chapur.



Chapur is a former TV reporter and English interpreter in Buenos Aires. She also told The Associated Press in 2005 that she had worked as a market researcher and was learning Chinese to help her now-ex husband on a business trip to China.

more at link;

http://www.postandcourier.com/news/2009/sep/17/actions-... /



The question I have about all of this is: What kind of business was Maria's ex doing with China, and did it have anything to do with pulling Sanford's clearance? Sorry, but I don't buy the argument that some low level staffer make a mistake on this.

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monmouth Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Thu Sep-17-09 02:30 PM
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1. I can assure you as a retired secretary....I was at fault for numerous
happenings "higher up" that I had no clue about. Scapegoat is part of the job description.. I was always apologized to afterward and it was often stated "thanks for taking one for the team." Retirement is a wonderful thing.
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