hillary worriedIntelligence community is pressing State Department to apply its own rules – revoke Hillary’s security clearance.

Hillary Clinton may have to answer a very uncomfortable question in a debate against her Republican opponent.

How can she be president if she can’t have a security clearance?

It may happen, because the intelligence community is now pressing the State Department to enforce its own rules – by suspending Clinton’s security clearance or revoking it altogether.

“Standard procedure is that when there is evidence of a security breach, the clearance of the individual is suspended in many, but not all, cases,” retired Army Lt. Gen. William Boykin, who was Deputy Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in the George W. Bush administration, tells The Washington Times.

“This rises to the level of requiring a suspension,” Boykin makes clear.

Clinton’s security clearance is still active, and she is still allowed to review classified information.

“I have no doubt she has retained her security clearance,” an anonymous former senior intelligence official who worked in several different national security offices tells the Times. “It’s almost automatic for somebody in that position for, as a courtesy, to retain full security clearances. And I think it should be suspended immediately until this is cleared up.”

The State Department would not tell the Times if Clinton’s security clearance is under review.

The intelligence community is stunned by Clinton’s decision to send and receive classified materials on an unsecured, private server she kept hidden from the State Department.

And they are making it clear the State Department’s own rules require her clearance to be suspended, and possibly even revoked, pending an investigation.

“In my opinion, not only should she have any clearances rescinded, she should be prosecuted to a greater extent than Petraeus,” Bart Bechtel, a former CIA clandestine service officer, tells the Times.

“This blatant disregard for regulations and security is egregious. If she does not suffer severe consequences, it will demonstrate how corrupt the entire Obama administration is,” says Bechtel.

Special Operations OPSEC, a group of former U.S. special operations forces and intelligence community personnel, has written to the State Department to demand Secretary John Kerry suspend Clinton’s clearance and conduct an investigation to determine if it should be revoked.

“We at OPSEC strongly believe that every email passing through the [email protected] server has been compromised and is now available in the raw intelligence data files of a number of hostile security services around the world,” reads a letter from the group. “This is a serious breach of our nation’s diplomatic, operational and strategic security.”

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