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Homeland Security Strips Gov. Blagojevich of Access to Fed Security Info

Slowly authorities will strip the governor of his powers til there’s very little left.

By CARYN ROUSSEAU
Associated Press Writer
CHICAGO – The U.S. Department of Homeland Security has revoked embattled Gov. Rod Blagojevich’s access to classified federal security information, officials said Friday.
The move withdraws the governor’s access to classified information, although Blagojevich spokesman Lucio Guerrero said other individuals within state and local government have access and the head of the Illinois Emergency Management Agency has usually been the main contact in emergencies.
The revocation was “pretty standard procedure,” Guerrero said, adding that such emergencies are rare.
“It hasn’t come up – I don’t think it’s something that comes up often,” he said.
IEMA received a memo about Homeland Security’s decision on Dec. 9, the day Blagojevich was arrested, said spokeswoman Patti Thompson. The memo was brief and did not include a reason for the action.
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