DHS hopeful Clarke denies plagiarism in master's thesis

Posted May 23, 2017

Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke, the firebrand Fox News commentator reportedly tapped for a senior post at the Department of Homeland Security, may have plagiarized nearly 50 sections of his master's thesis, a new analysis shows. CNN reported Saturday that Clarke plagiarized significant portions of his 2013 thesis on homeland security, failing to properly cite his sources 47 times.

CNN reports Clarke lifted passages from former President George W. Bush's book "Decision Points", the 9/11 Commission Report, reports from the Pew Research Center and a Washington Post article, among other sources.

Clarke reportedly built his 2013 thesis titled, "Making U.S. security and privacy rights compatible", by using the language from such sources while he attended the Naval Postgraduate School in Monterey, Calif.

The Milwaukee Journal Sentinel reported that Clarke said in an email to the paper, "Only someone with a political agenda would say this is plagiarism".

Without commenting on the claims in their reporting, Sheriff David Clark snarled at the CNN team that says he plagiarized repeatedly almost four dozen times in his master's thesis.

File's report came a week after Clarke claimed the White House had appointed him to be an assistant secretary in the Department of Homeland Security, which the DHS has yet to confirm. A message on the school's online archive directed viewers to its policies page, which listed several reasons for taking an item down, including not meeting "the school's guidelines for plagiarism, research methodology or integrity of research".

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According to the school's standards, if a student directly quotes a passage or source, they must indicate the source's words with quotation marks - which Clarke failed to do - or with an indented paragraph if the quote is long. Guy is a sleaze bag.

In the CNN report, Clarke is accused of allegedly neglecting the basic requisites of proper attribution. Clarke mentioned the appointment during an interview on WISN Radio saying he was looking forward to joining the Trump administration.

But Wisconsin Republicans, including Gov. Scott Walker, have declined to say if they think Clarke is doing a good job as sheriff.

Clarke has raised eyebrows for controversial comments, including calling the Black Lives Matter movement a hate group.

He has also attracted national attention regarding the death in Milwaukee County jail of a 38-year-old man with bipolar disorder, of dehydration after his water supply was shut off for seven days. Scandals involving the deaths of inmates, with one of those deaths being a newborn.