security clearance

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security clearance

[si′kyu̇r·əd·ē ‚klir·əns]
(ordnance)
A clearance given to a person to permit access to classified material, equipment, or information up to and including a given classification, provided the person can establish a need-to-know.
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Developed Vetting: Is needed for the most sensitive appointments and tasks involving uncontrolled access to top secret information.
"Developed vetting", as it is known, is designed to weed out staff who might be vulnerable to blackmail due to aspects of their private life.