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Wondering if the FBI Handled Those Mar-a-Lago Documents Properly August 23, 2022

Posted by geoff in News.

Was pondering the Mar-a-Lago raid and was struck by a thought.

If some of the material was actually marked “TS/SCI,” as claimed in the press, that would mean that the FBI agents handling the material would have to have an appropriate clearance. The “TS” part isn’t a problem, but the “SCI” part stands for “Special Compartmentalized Information.” SCI info can only be handled by people who have been read into the specific program that has been classified.

For example, back in the day (more than 35 years ago) there was an SCI program called “Have Fury” (named after my Plymouth Fury II). I had a TS/SBI clearance (Top Secret/Special Background Investigation), so I was eligible to be read into the Have Fury program. But they didn’t read me into it, so I didn’t have access to that information. I couldn’t handle it unless it was double-wrapped in plain brown paper, with the inner wrapping sealed, signed, and marked with the appropriate classification.

The FBI agents shouldn’t have known a priori which SCI programs were included among the Mar-a-Lago documents. So it’s extremely likely that they didn’t have the required clearance to handle those documents.

I’d also like to know about the custody of the boxes, i.e., whether the FBI added appropriate markings before transporting them, how they were sealed and transported, and whether custody was maintained until they were presumably secured in safes in DC. When we transported documents, we had to have a master list to make sure that none of them went missing. Haven’t heard that such a list existed when they left Mar-a-Lago.

If the FBI violated security protocols, they may end up hoping that Trump declassified those documents after all.


1. jam2 - August 24, 2022

Who would actually charge them if they didn’t?

2. jam2 - August 24, 2022

We are well past Adams’ government of moral men.

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