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Drug tests are part of the clearance.

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Submitted by pmv (United States), Nov 3, 2008 at 20:26

Ok , but those are your feelings about him, not part of an actual background check. If he applies for a clearance from you, you should feel free to deny it to him based on your own process. I'm all for people having their own criteria for who they grant a clearance, the government (DOE,DOD, and FBI) also has its own criteria. Fortunately the government doesn't dissallow clearances based on 'association' or a candidates candor about their own previous history (which they in fact expect and require). They deny them for criminal violations, drug abuse, and yes security violations based any existing clearances.

Short of evidence of those, the conversation (as was my point) is about as meaningful as suggesting to nasa who would and wouldn't make a good astronaut based on their choice of style of tinfoil hat.

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