I don't get this.
Ex- convicts and addicts may get DoD clearance
By Elana Schor and Roxana Tiron
July 10, 2007
At the Pentagon’s request, Senate defense authorizers tucked deep within a defense bill a repeal of the department’s restriction on granting security clearances to ex-convicts, drug addicts and the mentally incompetent.
Removing the restriction opens the door to security clearances for high-profile felons, such as I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby, the senior White House aide whose prison sentence was commuted by President Bush last week.
“Could a Scooter Libby be hired by DoD?” Aftergood said. “The answer is, he wouldn’t be automatically disqualified.”
There is alot more in the article that you should read, including that some of our fav Senators are backing repealing the restriction. The ex-con and drug addict part kind of make sense to me in that they are things that can be overcome, but being declared mentally incompetent? That's not like just taking Prozac or whatever.
The last bit is the kicker.