Doug Bedell — August 15, 2010, 7:47 am

Top Secret Clearances Jump in Concerted Anti-Terrorism Work

Security officers with top-secret FBI clearances have been getting a lot of collegial company in intensified antiterrorism activites. USA Today reports that the number of state and local law enforcement officers with top secret clearances in the FBI’s network of regional terrorism task forces “jumped to 878 in 2009, up from 125 in 2007. During the same period clearances granted to other law enforcement officers and contractors  soared to 945 from 364.”

The number of clearances this year is at a rate to equal or surpass last year’s totals, USA Today adds.

As an example of anti-terrorism teamwork, Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis “says some of the agency’s officers with clearance authority assisted in the fast-moving May investigation into the unsuccessful bombing in New York’s Times Square. Eight Boston officers have clearance, up from two or three in 2001.”

Working together against common enemies in the U.S. makes security sense, a salutary law enforcement trend.

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