security clearance


: special permission given only to people who are approved to know or see secret things
The documents are only available to people with security clearance from the government.

Examples of security clearance in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Mark Zaid, a whistleblower attorney with a security clearance who represents many of the victims, said there's little doubt in his mind that Russia is involved and that the latest reporting should move the needle. Anne Flaherty, ABC News, 1 Apr. 2024 The film also chronicles Oppenheimer’s tense relationship with bureaucrat Lewis Strauss (Downey), who engineered a push to remove Oppenheimer’s postwar security clearance during the McCarthy era. Daniel Arkin, NBC News, 11 Mar. 2024 The story follows the career of J. Robert Oppenheimer (Cillian Murphy), from his efforts at Los Alamos to build the weapons of mass destruction that ended the war to his eventual fall from grace during a security clearance hearing. Rebecca Rubin, Variety, 11 Mar. 2024 But those who do may find that parts of their criminal records remain visible to potential employers, if the person conducting the background check has a law enforcement-level security clearance, Smeeton said. Deon J. Hampton, NBC News, 25 Feb. 2024 Roger Robb tries to intimidate Kitty Jason Clarke plays Roger Robb, the prosecutor seeking to revoke Oppenheimer’s security clearance. Tim Grierson, Los Angeles Times, 20 Feb. 2024 Musk’s government security clearance is at risk, likewise. Bradley Brownell / Jalopnik, Quartz, 5 Feb. 2024 This means the Space Force needs to entrust more real-time operational decisions to junior officers who may not hold a top-level security clearance. Stephen Clark, Ars Technica, 24 Jan. 2024 The filing also asked for additional information about a security clearance from the Energy Department that Trump somehow maintained well after leaving office. Alan Feuer, Sun Sentinel, 17 Jan. 2024

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“Security clearance.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 18 Apr. 2024.

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