Blago Still Innocent Until Proven Guilty
But he’s not being treated that way. Now he’s being stripped of his national security access by the Department of Homeland Security, meaning he can’t have classified information. Blago’s spokesperson calls this “pretty standard procedure.” Meanwhile, Illinois House speaker Michael Madigan is fast tracking impeachment proceedings, calling lawmakers to Springfield next week for a vote.
In the past, Blagojevich would get personal briefings on major situations such as the alleged 2006 plot to blow up Sears Tower and the alleged 2006 plot to blow up planes traveling from London to the United States, [Illinois Emergency Management Agency spokesperperson Patti] Thompson said.
“On the day-to-day things, his advisers are briefed,” she said. “I think things will operate without a hitch because the higher advisers have that clearance.”
But Jay E. Stewart, executive director of the Better Government Association, said Blagojevich is “flying in the dark when it comes to security.”
“If there is an issue in Illinois with a national security element, he will not be the first to know about it in the state,” Stewart said. “He is not in the loop. Aside from Illinois being embarrassed yet again on a national level [with Blagojevich’s arrest], our state operations are hampered and this is another example of that.”
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