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US Assures the American-Indian Community of Speedy Trials of the Recent Hate Crimes against Indians

FBI is also involved in the investigation of the shooting of 2 the Indian engineers- Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani

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US, March 7, 2017: US has assured the American-Indian community of speedy trials of the series of recent hate crimes against Indians in US.

FBI has joined the investigation of the shooting of the Deep Rai, a US citizen of Sikh-Indian origin, who was tragically shot outside his home last Friday in Kent, Washington by a partially masked man who had expressed anti-Indian sentiments. FBI Seattle is investigating this incident jointly with Kent Police Department, mentioned PTI.

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FBI is also involved in the investigation of the shooting of 2 the Indian engineers- Srinivas Kuchibhotla, Alok Madasani, by a US navy veteran Adam Purinton who had shot them in a bar in Kansas. Kuchibhotla had died, Madasani had survived.

Navtej Sarna, India’s ambassador to US had expressed his concerns to the State Department regarding the recent occurrences of hate crimes against American-Indians.

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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.

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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)

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