Originally Posted by mlah384
Daaayamm... Tell us how to make those dolla's!
I'm the owner of a company that sells products and services geared to mostly the top 25%ers of the 1st world-ers.
The type of people that come in and drop 40-100k and don't think anything about it... (there are some very rich clients.)
The sad part is that I can't even afford our own products (I want one though!), but I don't tell them that...
Prior to that I worked for the government; since it was a 24/7/365 sensitive compartmented information facility I also required a Restricted security clearance with Special-Access SCI constraints, in any case... one of the highest/higher non-MIL/non-LEA clearances that get issued to civilians.
The level is defined based on the risk of disclosure of the protected information, which in this case would be:
Mass public mistrust and mass financial loss of an elected government body. (A big leak sounds pretty grave... and it would be.)
It sounds like I might do jail-time if I leaked lists snowden-style (ya think?)
In addition to that, what I was doing was/is considered a controlled-activity, which is government-speak for illegal, which means: that if a normal unauthorized person attempted to do what I was doing (regardless of location or status), they would be arrested and criminally charged.
Heck even if they were a police officer they'd be arrested, even if they were a political leader with YankeeWhite clearance they'd be arrested on site etc etc.
Simply because: they don't have the needed authorization. In fact, they would be the last people on earth to be authorized simply because: they just don't NEED it to perform their JOB. Simple as that. That is the whole point of special-access. (Compartmentalization of information and duties!)
It would be the military-equivalent as if a solider started unloading shells on civilians, they simply aren't Authorized to do that stuff!
Nothing to do with their clearance level at all... Authorization and Clearance are two separate things! (Many people don't get that until you explain it.)
and once they did get out of prison they would never find another job willing to take them in, as it
is considered societally-unethical to perform a controlled-activity without authorization/governance from the same government who would otherwise arrest you for doing it. (It almost sounds like circular logic.)
Only a handful of people are issued this particular role (roughly 0.0000023% of civilians... if that.)
There is good reasons why it is so low/rare:
1) The less people involved, the better. Understandably.
2) You need the necessary education / skills they desire.
3) You need a clean background; no criminal records existing or pending in the FBI/CIA and RCMP/CSIS databases (at a minimum). Do you pay your taxes? Bankruptcies? Bad Credit History? If you have ever lived or visited a questionable country, even once, that alone could be reason-enough to reject you from consideration.
4) They look for honesty and discretion, and how easily you succumb to external influences / pressures. To see if you'll break, to see if you'll leak, to see if you'll mishandle tasks.
5) Just be in the right place at the right time when they are looking for shoes to fill... (this one is beyond your control.)
6) They monitor every move you make when on-site (at a minimum.) It doesn't just end with the interview process! It's continuous...
Add all those things together and that would reject a LOT of people from even being considered for Clearance+SA or the job/role.
Out of those that do qualify, they only select the most-suitable candidate too. (Durr! of course they would... why settle for 2nd place.)
I had a co-worker who couldn't handle his own unethicalness, and he killed himself. The government should really be FAR more careful in their screening/selection process of employees for this place, mental evaluations should be required, but apparently they aren't...
If you ask me, the government is playing with fire here. People are getting hurt, the government should really stop doing what they are doing, it's not very ethical (and they know it!)
Not only that, but the compartmentalization and isolation can get to you after a while. Not everyone is mentally-capable of being able/willing to be locked inside a hyper-secure facility, and still maintain their sanity over months, years, decades...
Add the two together and it is just a bad combo for some people (IMO at least, but what do I know...)
Pays well (that's how I built my theater), but we were treated worse than toilet cleaners there; place suffers from too many low-IQ's and sociopaths running things (a bad combo).
I was young and stupid when I chose that path... (DOH!)
After ten years of that, I threw in the towel.
[I realized I just said a whole lot, without really saying anything... LOL by design!]
I'm glad I did because now I get 7 months of paid vacation a year, and I set my own damn work schedule / pay rate... and I can sleep with myself at night.
Anyhow... thanks for the ear at least.