I don't think I've forgotten entirely what it's like to be young, but it's difficult to believe that this kid is actually as stupid as it sounds. I cannot fathom how he thought stealing classified information and spreading it on the internet would not catch up with him and result in being charged with Federal crimes.
If things really played out the way it is being claimed, this kid was an idiot in a class by himself.
Cripes, it just gets worse. This is infuriating.
Allowing anyone access to classified information after proper vetting and training is one thing, but permitting continued access after blatant deliberate security violations is another.
Members of the other armed forces have long made fun of the Air Force, and incompetence isn’t limited to that one, but at some point I must really wonder if those jokes we made weren’t jokes at all.
From The Wall Street Journal.
Leak Suspect Warned Multiple Times Over Classified Information
BY NANCY A. YOUSSEF
Nearly seven months before federal authorities charged an airman with unauthorized retention and transmission of national defense information, members of his unit saw him take notes from classified information, access classified information not related to his job and repeatedly told him to stop, according to memos submitted as part of prosecutors’ latest court filings. [Emphasis added.]
In three memos, dated Sept. 15, Oct. 27 and Feb. 3, Massachusetts Air National Guard commanders expressed concerns about Airman Jack Teixeira’s handling of classified information and told him to “cease-and-desist on deep dives” that weren’t related to his job. Prosecutors arguing Teixeira should remain in custody submitted the memos as exhibits ahead of a Friday detention hearing.
Federal authorities arrested Teixeira in April. In addition to charges of unauthorized retention and transmission of classified information, Teixeira was charged with unauthorized removal and retention of classified documents or material. He hasn’t entered a plea.
The Air Force declined to comment on the memos, citing the ongoing investigation. Teixeira’s lawyers didn’t respond to a request for comment.
According to a September 2022 memo from a member of his unit, Teixeira “ had been observed taking notes on classified intelligence information” in an area reserved for sensitive information. An unnamed master sergeant asked Teixeira if he planned to shred his notes and Teixeira was also told to stop taking notes. It is unclear from the memo whether Teixeira followed through with the order to shred his notes.
One month later, a master sergeant learned that Teixeira was “potentially ignoring a cease-and-desist on deep dives” after he asked “specific questions” during an Oct. 20 intelligence briefing. The unit offered Teixeira additional training on how to handle classified information but he declined “any cross training opportunity at this time,” according to the memo.
According to a Feb. 3 memo, a master sergeant saw Teixeira viewing classified material on Jan. 30 “that was not related to his primary duty and was related to the intelligence field.” That sergeant informed her supervisor about the incident, according to the memo. The signatory on all three memos was redacted but memos all appear on letterhead for his unit.
Teixeira began posting scores of sensitive material online as early as December 2022, according to charging documents.
Shortly after Teixeira’s arrest, the Air Force suspended commanders within his unit, the 102nd Intelligence Wing at Otis Air National Guard Base on Cape Cod.
“You have here documented evidence of multiple red flags,” said Aram Gavoor, associate dean for academic affairs at George Washington University Law School and a national-security expert. “It is surprising that the Air Force didn’t revoke Teixeira’s access.”
It isn’t clear from the memos whether Teixeira received an official military reprimand from his unit. The memos could have been cited in any potential reprimand. It also isn’t clear whether the suspected violations were reported to the security manager of the unit, who is supposed to be informed about the handling of classified information to determine whether further action was needed.
“Most men … can seldom accept the simplest and most obvious truth if it … would oblige them to admit the falsity of conclusions … which they have woven, thread by thread, into the fabrics of their lives.”
— Leo Tolstoy
As soon as they saw him taking notes, action should have been taken. But nothing happened.
He was told to cease and desist and offered him training. Again, nothing happened.
It appears none of the rules for handling classified documents are being followed. It also appears no one in his chain of command gives a damn.
|Drill Here, Drill Now
I've never served, but my understanding is that an E7 isn't someone to be trifled with and doesn't need to run off to a supervisor to get permission to deal with someone not following orders.
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There needs to be a good hanging for Treason to teach these sumbitches a lesson. Maybe people will start to think twice. Our militay and civil justice systems have grown soft. JMHO…
"If you’re a leader, you lead the way. Not just on the easy ones; you take the tough ones too…” – MAJ Richard D. Winters (1918-2011), E Company, 2nd Battalion, 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne
"Woe to those who call evil good, and good evil... Therefore, as tongues of fire lick up straw and as dry grass sinks down in the flames, so their roots will decay and their flowers blow away like dust; for they have rejected the law of the Lord Almighty and spurned the word of the Holy One of Israel." - Isaiah 5:20,24
I think this is a case of people dealing with Classified Material incorrectly. It almost appears they didn't have the integrity to act when they saw something being done wrong.
|Official Space Nerd
It depends on the unit leadership and climate. In a healthy unit, a good (and they aren't all good, unfortunately) MSgt can address a LOT of this nonsense personally without needing an officer to hold his hand.
In a broke / disfunctional unit, this crap can go on, especially if the perp is a 'favorite' or a 'pet.'
I had the grievous misfortune to be in one such broke unit. One junior enlisted did what she wanted, because she was protected from above (probably sleeping with some of them), and we MSgts couldn't do anything about it. She was a real piece of trash, but nobody would 'fix' the problem.
I worked with classified most of my career. Any ONE of those incidences (for example, accessing stuff one wasn't cleared for) constitutes a crime, and would have been dealt with IMMEDIATELY (even in the disfunctional unit, we NEVER screwed around with proper security gandling procedures).
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Back in the day when I was on active duty just because you had a secret or higher security clearance did not get you access to whatever if you did not have the need to know.... example; (My rank SSGT E-6) I was assigned a special detail by the post commander (full bird colonel) to be a armed guard (live ammo) ..While performing the detail this officer and his driver was approaching our location when I challenged the occupants who wanted onto the site... told the post commander that until I was relieved of my duties that he would not be allowed to proceede even though of who he was and since he did not have a need to know and would not be allowed on site.. He instructed the driver to turn around and leave the area... Need to know basis..................... drill sgt.
Outstanding. Good on ya.
I worked many years in Navy SCIFs and other secure spaces including the NSA at Ft. Meade. I did everything by the book, even when it didn't make sense, and if anything needed clarification I secured it beforehand, had everything in writing, dotted all the I's and crossed the T's. I never messed with or compromised any requirements or formalities, no matter how difficult it was to get squared away. You don't fuck with Uncle Sam or the Military when he gives you a job like that. None, nada, aint gonna happen, just hell no.
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