OBAMA: SECURITY CLEARANCE FOR MUSLIM BROTHERHOOD, JIHADISTS, NOT JEWISH DENTISTS
Jihadists, Yes, Pro-Israel Jews, No.
If you’re a member of a Islamic terror group, you can and will get security clearance. If you’re working at Fort Hood, you can run slideshows supporting terrorists and handing out Soldier of Allah business cards, and there’s no problem.
But if you’re an elderly Jewish dentist volunteering at a Naval clinic, it’s another story, as Bret Stephens reports.
When Gershon Pincus turned 60, he decided he wanted to give something back to his country. The Brooklyn-born father of four had maintained a successful private dental practice in New York City for 35 years. As he would later attest in an affidavit, “I can think of no better way to experience the sunset of my career than by using my professional skills as a dentist to assist those who have chosen to serve in the United States military.”
So Dr. Pincus turned to the USAJobs website, found an opening for part-time work at an off-base Naval clinic in Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and applied. By the summer of 2014 he was making a weekly commute of some 400 miles to the clinic from his home in the Far Rockaway neighborhood of Queens. It was routine dentistry at lower pay than he had earned in private practice. But it was the opportunity he had sought to serve.
That October, Dr. Pincus underwent a routine interview to obtain a security clearance for civilian employees. As part of the interview, he made note of his familial connections in Israel. Two of his siblings had moved there in the 1980s, though neither worked for the Israeli government. His elderly mother, now suffering from dementia, had also moved there late in life, so her daughter could help take care of her. And one of Dr. Pincus’s children, Avi, had served briefly in the Israeli army before tragically succumbing to a drug overdose at an early age.
So Dr. Pincus was denied clearance because, “You have weekly telephone contact with your mother and brother in Israel.”
And this appears to have become a pattern in the era of the
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