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Minorities and Immigrants Protest against a number of Donald Trump’s campaign promises in Washington, ahead of his Inauguration

Minorities and immigrants rally against a number of Donald trump's campaigns in Washington, just a week before his inauguration as the President of the US

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A week ahead of Donald Trump’s inauguration as president of the United States, demonstrations against a number of his campaign promises are underway in Washington, D.C.

The “We Shall Not Be Moved” march was led by civil rights leader Reverend Al Sharpton.

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“Protecting the civil rights of citizens and the voting rights of people that have been excluded, providing health care for all Americans and equal opportunity should supersede any of the beltway partisan fights that we are inevitably headed into,” the group’s website and event page reads. “Groups come and go, elections come and go, but some things must remain constant and non-negotiable.”

The march comes on the holiday weekend Americans commemorate Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. — renowned for his tireless work to end racism and promote civil rights in the 1950s and ’60s.

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Later on Saturday, a “Here to Stay” rally supporting immigrant and minority rights followed at a Washington church.

“The Trump team has already announced that some of its first measures will target immigrants and Muslims,” the rally’s online statement reads. “We will join hands and stand together to oppose criminalization, mass deportation, and hate crimes. We are #HereToStay and we shall not be moved.”

In a polarizing campaign, candidate Donald Trump made promises to “build a wall” along the border with Mexico as well as start a Muslim registry — ideas which immigrants, minorities, and a broader range of liberals have used as grounds to stage protests since his election in November. (IANS)

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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.

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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)