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Has your security clearance been revoked?

On Behalf of | Aug 17, 2022 | Military Law

As a service person in the military, you rely on having security clearance to do your job. Under certain conditions, your security clearance may be revoked, which ultimately means you can no longer do your job. 

It’s important to note that accusations of misconduct do not amount to automatic guilt. You have a right to an impartial investigation and due process. 

Why might your security clearance be revoked and what can you do about it? 

Questions over your loyalty 

As a service member, you are expected to act in the best interests of America and its people. If authorities gain access to information that appears to show your allegiance lies elsewhere, this could be grounds to revoke your security clearance. For instance, if it comes to light that you have shared social media posts in favor of a designated terrorist group, this could land you in hot water legally and put your clearance at risk. 

Financial activities 

Ultimately, having security clearance means that you need to be of good moral character and responsible in your behavior. If you are facing heavy debts, this could impact your security status in the military. Debts can make someone vulnerable to coercion or bribes.

Online misconduct 

You have a right to privacy online and so do your colleagues. The military is also very strict about upholding the privacy of sensitive information. If you have shared information with unauthorized individuals, or have bypassed security measures to look at information you shouldn’t have access to, your security clearance could be placed in jeopardy. 

If you have had your security clearance revoked for any reason, it is vital that you defend yourself. Having legal guidance on your side will help to ensure a just outcome.