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Report: Spy Agencies Worry Pot Bans Hurt Efforts to Recruit Young People

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By    |   Wednesday, 26 Apr 2017 07:14 PM

America's spy agencies are worried about recruiting young people in the face of efforts to ferret out disgruntled insiders — and anti-marijuana hiring policies, McClatchy News reported.

The CIA's own website warns job applicants they could be rejected for a security clearance for using pot — even if they live in a state where marijuana is legal.

"Regardless of whether an individual is located in a state that has legalized marijuana or in a foreign country where local laws allow it, and regardless of whether the Department of Justice enforces applicable federal criminal prohibitions in those jurisdictions, any use of marijuana may adversely impact that individual's eligibility for a security clearance," the "drug use" section of the application process warns.

FBI Director James Comey also noted last year the bureau needed skilled young hackers for its cybersecurity division, but an anti-marijuana hiring policy had been problematic, McClatchy reported, saying the bureau might need to loosen its no-tolerance policy.

Retired Air Force Lt. Gen. James Clapper, who served as director of national intelligence until January, warned Wednesday young people may see spying as an unattractive career option, McClatchy reported.

"We need to attract new people, new young people, to the intelligence community," he said, McClatchy reported. "And they're going to say, 'You know, there's too much Big Brother. There's too much invasiveness and intrusiveness in my life, so I don't think I'm going to work here.' I worry about that."

Clapper noted major agencies with intelligence functions — such as the CIA, National Security Agency and FBI — had implemented a "pretty aggressive insider threat detection program" that monitored the electronic behavior of employees at the workplace and outside of it.

He added the agencies' security clearance system "is broken."

"In the end, our whole system, though, is based on personal trust," he said, McClatchy reported. "I don't care how many mousetraps we build into the system, if people are committed to spilling sensitive information, they'll find a way to do it."

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America's spy agencies are worried about recruiting young people in the face of efforts to ferret out disgruntled insiders — and anti-marijuana hiring policies, McClatchy News reported.
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