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Single Scope Tyranny

I recently heard from one of my readers who holds a Top Secret clearance and who has SCI access [1]. His clearance was up for a Single-Scope Background Investigation (SSBI) periodic reinvestigation (PR) [2]. These SSBI-PRs [3] are standard practice for anyone who holds a Top Secret clearance with access to Special Access Programs (SAPs), Sensitive Compartmented Information (SCI), or nuclear (“Q Access”) programs. He told me that he was the subject of an “Expanded Reinvestigation” and in the course of that investigation he was challenged by investigators about his loyalty. The challenges, he discovered,were based upon his e-mail history and the assortment of books that he had purchased for his Kindle reader. Among other prepper-oriented books, he had Kindle copies of all three of my novels [4], and the investigator’s report specifically mentioned them as suspect.

I find it almost comically absurd that for someone to possess copies of novels that have been on the New York Times bestseller list is somehow “Un-American” or “disloyal.” But there you have it. We have now reached the era of ultimate inversion. The kissing cousins of the Stasi have been put in charge of guarding the hen house. They have unilaterally declared that family preparedness is now be disloyal and unpatriotic. So being prepared like a Boy Scout and stocking up on canned goods like your grandmother is something suspect, or somehow sinister. Lord help us.

At the risk of having my blog’s web statistics take a hit, I feel obliged to warn my readers: If you are in a “position of special trust and confidence” (you know who you are: You hold a TS clearance with a bunch of funny little letters following the “TS”) then I recommend that you take the following precautions:

The foregoing precautions are now only recommended only for folks with a Top Secret clearance that requires a SSBI. But everyone else reading this should pay attention. Who knows? You may need to take similar steps, if the statists tighten their grasp on our collective throats. – J.W.R.