Stephanie Murphy announces new legislation barring QAnon adherents from holding federal security clearances

click image Photo courtesy Congresswoman Stephanie Murphy/FacebookDarren Soto, Stephanie Murphy, Val Demings, Jerry Demings (l-r)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.“Any individual who participated in the assault on the Capitol or who is a member of the conspiracy movement QAnon should be required to disclose this fact when applying to obtain or maintain a federal security clearance,” said Murphy, in a press statement.

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