(NY Post) -- Mayor Bill de Blasio does not have security clearance to get classified information from the feds — unlike his two predecessors — and he has never even bothered to apply for it, The Post has learned.
Hizzoner would have to hope for a special waiver in an emergency situation such as an attack on the city, while Police Commissioner Bill Bratton has the clearance and would automatically receive intelligence from the feds, the sources said.
“It makes sense to get it because it’s more cumbersome to get information without it,” a source said.
The disturbing revelation comes just days before the 13th anniversary of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center.
A law enforcement source said Tuesday that if de Blasio does apply for clearance, he will have to endure an arduous vetting process that would include questions about his 1991 trip to Communist Cuba and support of the Marxist Sandinista regime during his visit to Nicaragua in the 1980s.
“He would automatically be questioned about his visit to Cuba and his contacts with the Sandinistas. Maybe he didn’t apply [for clearance] because he doesn’t want to go through that,” the source said.
Rudy Giuliani already had clearance as US attorney for New York before he became mayor. And Michael Bloomberg applied for and was granted clearance early in his administration.
The lack of clearance could waste precious time in the event of an emergency.