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Sheriff David Clarke Plagiarized Portions of His Master's Thesis on Homeland Security
Sheriff David Clarke Plagiarized Portions of His Master's Thesis
on Homeland Security
By Andrew Kaczynski, Christopher Massie and Nathan McDermott,
Updated 7:45 PM ET, Sat May 20, 2017
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(CNN)Controversial Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, who this week
announced he will be joining Donald Trump's administration as assistant
secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, plagiarized sections of
his 2013 master's thesis on US security, a CNN KFile review has found.
Clarke, a visible surrogate for Trump during the campaign known for his
incendiary rhetoric, earned a master's degree in security studies at the
Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, California. In his thesis, "Making
U.S. security and privacy rights compatible," Clarke failed to properly
attribute his sources at least 47 times.
In all instances reviewed by CNN's KFile, Clarke lifts language from
sources and credits them with a footnote, but does not indicate with
quotation marks that he is taking the words verbatim.
According to guidelines on plagiarism posted on the Naval Postgraduate
School's website, "If a passage is quoted verbatim, it must be set off
with quotation marks (or, if it is a longer passage, presented as indented
text), and followed by a properly formulated citation. The length of the
phrase does not matter. If someone else's words are sufficiently
significant to be worth quoting, then accurate quotation followed by a
correct citation is essential, even if only a few words are involved."
The school's honor code defines plagiarism as "submitting material that in
part or whole is not one's own work without proper attribution. Plagiarism
is further defined as the use, without giving reasonable and appropriate
credit to or acknowledging the author or source, of another person's
original work, whether such work is made up of code, formulas, ideas,
language, research, strategies, writing or other form(s)."
Sources Clarke plagiarized include a 2002 ACLU report about "The
Government's Demand for New and Unnecessary Powers After September 11," a
2003 ACLU report critical of the FBI's records-collection practices, a
2007 ACLU report on "fusion centers," and a 2011 ACLU report on the need
to overhaul secrecy laws.
Other sources Clarke lifted words from include: the 9/11 Commission
Report, a 2011 article in the Homeland Security Affairs journal, the Pew
Research Center, a 2012 report by the Constitution Project, a 2003 report
by the US General Accounting Office, a 2011 Brennan Center report, a 2013
Washington Post article about the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court,
Comparative Homeland Security: Global Lessons, a textbook by Nadav Morag,
and Safe Cities Project, a research paper published by the Manhattan
Clarke announced on Thursday that he had received the appointment to the
DHS "office of partnership and programs" where he will serve as a liaison
with law enforcement at several levels across the country. A spokesperson
for DHS later said Thursday that no announcement had been made regarding
Clarke is known for his eyebrow-raising comments, including calling Black
Lives Matter a hate group and calling the organization "Black Lies
Matter." Clarke has also faced criticism for his management of a Milwaukee
County Jail, where local prosecutors say an inmate died of dehydration
after going a week without water.
In a statement, a spokesperson for the Naval Postgraduate School said
standard procedure would be to launch an investigation into a thesis when
allegations of plagiarism are made.
[The article is followed by documentation of every incident in this
masters thesis of plagiarism]
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