Seb Talks to Kash Patel About the Purpose of Security Clearances
I have so many things I want to dissect with you. Let's start by let's talk about clearances and classified information. Yeah. So I've still got my clearance. I gained a clear inside of clearance, a secret clearance in the British Army. I got a TSS CI in The White House when I came in and I think most people don't understand why the clearance system exists and why we have classified information and who the intelligence agencies of America work for. So would you as somebody who's worked in Congress convicted terrorists to the DoJ ran The Pentagon, why do we have intelligence services? And who are they writing their classified products for cash? Yeah, that's a great starting point. We'll get to their failures in the second, but classified information serves a purpose set. It's to protect American national security interests, which means you are protecting Americans. And sometimes the information is so sensitive, we don't want it out there in the public. IE. We don't want to tell Baghdadi that we're coming to get him because we put it out on Twitter. We don't want the facebooks of the world to know the positions of our hostages before we go and get them. Those are just obvious examples, but the better point is the intelligence collection doesn't always necessarily lead to an end state. It shapes policy at The White House and how we defend against Russia, China, and Iran, the largest state sponsor of terrorism and the like. So there is a need and a purpose for classified information. But the over classification of information has become a systemic problem and the failure of agencies to be able to share with each other is another problem that I tried to fix when I was deputy director of national intelligence.