U.S. Rep. Stephanie Murphy, D-Winter Park, is introducing legislation to bar QAnon conspiracy theory adherents from obtaining or holding on to federal security clearances.
QAnon ride-or-dies are having a tough week. Their entire world came crashing around them Great Pumpkin-style when Donald Trump did not, in fact, lead the arrests of every single Democratic attendee at Joe Biden’s inauguration on Wednesday. (“We all got played,” wailed one unfortunate.)
And now Murphy, a member of the House Armed Services Committee and a former national security specialist at the Department of Defense, is making moves on a bill, the Security Clearance Improvement Act of 2021, that would prevent QAnon true believers, or anyone who participated in the unsuccessful Jan. 6 insurrection in Washington, D.C., from receiving or holding on to federal security clearance.
An individual must possess this clearance status in order to qualify for a national security position or to access classified information. This proposed Act would add new questions to existing — and exhaustive — background check paperwork seeking to root out QAnon enthusiasts or participants in the Jan. 6 violence in D.C.