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Originally posted by Shadowhawk
TOP SECRET is the highest clearance level, but compartmentalized Special Access Programs (SAP) have additional codeword clearances for each program on a kneed-to-know basis.
In other words, just because you have a TS clearance it doesn't mean you can access OXCART material. You would have to have a TS-OXCART clearance.
It's kind of like the Freemasons. Third Degree (Master Mason) is the highest level, but then you can earn consistory levels up to 32nd Degree.
So there really is nothing "above top secret." It's just a matter of compartmentalized access.
As has already been said, COSMIC is just NATO TOP SECRET. I wish people would stop perpetuating the myth that COSMIC is related to UFOs.
Originally posted by mbkennel
The Cosmic qualifier refers to NATO information, that's all.
People are overblowing the "cosmic" thing.
There are levels above top secret. I know because my uncle has an above top secret clearance with EG&G. That's all he told me. He wouldn't tell me what it's called. Had to stop communicating with him because EG&G got all puffy about it.