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An Incidence of Hate Crime in US: 2 Indian Engineers Shot by Navy Veteran

On Sunday, in Kansas city, a peace march and prayer vigil was held for the victim Srinivas who had died from the shooting

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America, 1 March, 2017: Indian engineer Srinivas Kuchibhotla was killed, Alok Madasani was injured, along with a third American man Ian Gillot who was also injured at Austin’s Pub and Grill (crime scene) in Kansas City suburb in last week by a navy veteran Adam Purinton in the triple shooting. Purinton had mistook the Indians as immigrants from Middle-East and had slurred at them, and called them “terrorist”. The 24-year-old American man got injured when he tried to intervene. Shooter is a 51-year-old man, from Olathe, who has been charged with first-degree murder and attempted murder according to Hindustan Times. The 2 Indian men were 32 years olds who had come to US for studying and were engineers at GPS maker- Garmin. The shooter after shooting had driven off to Clinton, Missouri, where he confessed to a bartender in the Applebee’s restaurant. The bartender had then called 911. The incidence happened on Wednesday

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This incidence of hate crime has inculcated fear in the minds of the American-Indian community. The minority community of American Indians are also fearful of Trump’s recent plan to ban travelers from specific countries which has strengthened the fear of being ostracized.

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On Sunday, in Kansas city, a peace march and prayer vigil was held for the victim Srinivas who had died from the shooting. Hundreds of people joined in solidarity against hate crime.

Prepared by Upama Bhattacharya. Twitter @Upama_myself

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USA: Everything you want to know about Security Clearance; Find out here!

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas.

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Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA
Former CIA Director John O. Brennan speaks at the Council on Foreign Relations in Washington, March 11, 2014. President Donald Trump revoked Brennan's security clearance Wednesday. VOA

U.S. President Donald Trump on Wednesday revoked the security clearance of former CIA Director John Brennan. We take a look at what that means.

What is a security clearance?

A security clearance allows a person access to classified national security information or restricted areas after completion of a background check. The clearance by itself does not guarantee unlimited access. The agency seeking the clearance must determine what specific area of information the person needs to access.

What are the different levels of security clearance?

There are three levels: Confidential, secret and top secret. Security clearances don’t expire. But, top secret clearances are reinvestigated every five years, secret clearances every 10 years and confidential clearances every 15 years.

All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA
All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance. VOA

Who has security clearances?

According to a Government Accountability Office report released last year, about 4.2 million people had a security clearance as of 2015, they included military personnel, civil servants, and government contractors.

Why does one need a security clearance in retirement?

Retired senior intelligence officials and military officers need their security clearances in case they are called to consult on sensitive issues.

Also Read: Governments Across The World Request Apple for 30,000 Device Information

Can the president revoke a security clearance?

Apparently. But there is no precedent for a president revoking someone’s security clearance. A security clearance is usually revoked by the agency that sought it for an employee or contractor. All federal agencies follow a list of 13 potential justifications for revoking or denying a clearance, which can include criminal acts, lack of allegiance to the United States, behavior or situation that could compromise an individual and security violations. (VOA)

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