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The Nation

The Defense Department is moving to revoke the “top secret” security clearance of General Dynamics Corp. executive vice president Lester Crown because he was once involved in a bribery case in Illinois, Kathleen A. Buck, the Defense Department’s assistant general counsel, said. Pentagon policy prohibits security clearances for people who admit to felonious conduct, barring compelling reasons, Buck told the investigations subcommittee of the House Armed Services Committee. Buck said Crown has admitted that in 1972, while president of Material Service Corp., a General Dynamics subsidiary, he contributed to a fund to “bribe certain persons in the Illinois Legislature.”


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