Thousands of Intelligence Personnel Refusing Vaccine Potentially Face Dismissal: GOP Lawmaker

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A GOP lawmaker has raised concerns implicit the imaginable dismissal of unvaccinated quality employees if they should neglect to comply with the Biden administration’s COVID-19 vaccination deadline for civilian workers aboriginal this month.

Rep. Chris Stewart (R-Utah) said connected Friday that COVID-19 vaccination rates are antithetic successful each the 18-agency quality communities successful the United States.

“You’re perchance firing thousands of radical connected the aforesaid day. And it’s not similar you enactment an advertisement connected Craigslist and person radical use by Thursday,” Stewart said.

“My question is, what’s the interaction connected nationalist information if we bash that?” helium questioned implicit the imaginable removal of thousands of quality personnel, who are peculiarly hard to regenerate owed to the highly specialized enactment they bash and the difficulties of completing information clearance checks.

Stewart cited accusation that helium said had been provided to the House Intelligence Committee but has not yet been released publicly.

The Republican lawmaker said that immoderate quality agencies had astatine slightest 20 percent of their workforce unvaccinated arsenic of precocious October, The Associated Press reported. In different agencies, as galore arsenic 40 percent of quality unit stay unvaccinated.

In an emailed connection to The Epoch Times, a spokesperson from Stewart’s bureau confirmed that the figures listed successful the communicative published by AP are accurate.

“Unfortunately, thing much circumstantial than that is classified,” the spokesperson wrote.

President Joe Biden has ordered each civilian employees to beryllium afloat vaccinated by Nov. 22, arsenic good arsenic those employed by national contractors and entities receiving national support, successful transportation with the government’s galore microorganism betterment programs.

Epoch Times Photo President Joe Biden responds to a question astir the U.S. borderline arsenic helium speaks successful the State Dining Room of the White House successful Washington connected Nov. 6, 2021. (Alex Brandon/AP Photo)

Federal employees who aren’t vaccinated oregon haven’t received an exemption by the November deadline could look a suspension of 14 days oregon fewer, followed by imaginable dismissal.

The manager of the Office of National Intelligence declined respective requests to denote the wide vaccination complaint for the astir 100,000 radical who enactment crossed the 18-agency quality communities.

The CIA disclosed publically past week that 97 percent of its workforce is vaccinated against the CCP (Chinese Communist Party) virus, which causes the illness COVID-19. The National Reconnaissance Office, which operates U.S. spy satellites, reports a 90 percent vaccination rate.

Avril Haines, the manager of the Office of National Intelligence nether the Biden administration, declined to authorities past week what percent of the agency’s workforce has been vaccinated against the CCP virus.

Epoch Times Photo Director of National Intelligence Avril Haines (L), adjacent to CIA Director William Burns, testifies astatine a House Intelligence Committee proceeding connected Capitol Hill successful Washington, connected Oct. 27, 2021. (Jacquelyn Martin/AP)

Biden’s vaccination mandates person faced important absorption nationwide, sparking protests astir the country. Multiple cities, including ChicagoDenver, Seattle, and New York, person besides ordered employees to get vaccinated. In precocious October, thousands of police, firefighters, and different metropolis employees successful New York took to the streets to protest.

Civil liberties groups specified arsenic Liberty Counsel report being contacted by thousands of national subject and civilian workers, arsenic good arsenic firm employees, seeking ineligible assistance successful their efforts to beryllium exempted from the mandates connected the ground of aesculapian oregon spiritual grounds.

Democrats connected the House Intelligence Committee said they are assured the immense bulk of quality workers volition comply with Biden’s vaccination mandate.

“If idiosyncratic is not consenting to bash what’s indispensable to support their ain wellness and the wellness of their unit, that really calls into question their quality to efficaciously bash the job,” Rep. Jason Crow (D-Colo.) said during an interview.

Stewart, a erstwhile subordinate of the U.S. Air Force, says helium has been vaccinated against the CCP microorganism himself, but he opposes the authorities mandating the vaccines.

“If you say, ‘you person to bash this and we won’t see immoderate exceptions to that,’ that’s wherever you get radical to excavation successful their heels,” helium said.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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Lorenz Duchamps

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