Saturday, August 01, 2015

August 1990: Helping Protect Rights of 3.5 Million American Government and Govt Contractor Employees Holding Security Clearances (and Corporations Holding Facility Clearances)

August, 1990, Chicago: American Bar Association Annual meeting investigates security clearance denials, revocations and due process violations: Ed Slavin, chair program on security clearance due process with (left to right), Ropes & Gray partner George "Tim" Coburn; Judge Robert Bamford; Judge Delbert "Chip" Terrill; General Hugh Overholt; Ed Slavin, program chair, then Government Accountability Project Legal Counsel for Constitutional Rights (also Young Lawyers Division Human and Civil Rights Committee Chair and YLD Liaison member of the ABA Individual Rights and Responsibilities Section); Steptoe & Johnson partner, Richard K. Willard (elbow only)(former U.S. Assistant Attorney General); Government Accountability Project Legal Director Thomas M. Devine; ACLU lobbyist Leslie Harris; and Dr. Franklin Kameny, Ph.D., (American Gay rights pioneer and himself a victim of a wrongful security clearance revocation rubber-stamped by Civil Service Commission and United States Supreme Court, later apologized for by Presidents Clinton and Obama).

Left to right: Ed Slavin (beardless youth of 33, standing), former Assistant Attorney General Richard K. Willard, who served under Presidents Reagan and Meese, Government Accountability Project Legal Director Thomas M. Devine, ACLU lobbyist Leslie Harris, and Gay rights pioneer Dr. Franklin Kameny, Ph.D.  It was Ms. Harris who once said that Mr. Devine (my boss at the time) and I were "relentless" in opposing Bush proposed Executive Order.  "Relentless" is certainly how many wrongdoers have come to regard me since that time.

Photo credits: Robert I. Teir

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