posted on Jul, 26 2005 @ 03:50 PM
Take it as you wish to.
The following statement is being made by a Staff Sergeant in the USAF, with 7 years of active duty, and 6 tours in 2 wars. I also personnally know
people, and I will leave this statement slightly open ended. Sorry.
There are degrees to clearence which is only used as a tool to classify who are allowed to know, but almost always intelligence is still on a need to
know basis only. Which is to say: Just because you hold a secret clearence does not automatically make all secret clearance information available to
you, unless you need to know it for your duties.
security clearances also dictate what areas you are allowed to roam freely without a chaperone in some government facilities, and especially the
military instillation in which you are assigned.
I am a firefighter in the Air Force, and even with a certain (I won't discuss my security clearance level) clearance level there are places I may
have to go to fight a fire, but I will still be watched closely by security forces while I fight a fire in certain areas.
security clearance background checks don't only include the individual that is being reviewed for a specific security clearance level. They will
review the entire lives and affiliations of your parents and siblings, and for higher security clearences they will review all known information on
not only your parents and siblings, but your grandparents, uncles, aunts, cousins, ex-bosses, and friends, to include all people in your high school
photo album you appeared with in the photos for extra-carricular activities. They will also find out what countries they have travelled to in their
entire lives. They will review what mailing lists you are on. They will review what websites they frequent to determine the interests of those
closest to you, or those who have had an influence on the way an applicant's outlook on life.
Hope this helps answer some of your inquiries.