First: In-Q-Tel is the venture capital arm of all of the U.S. intelligence services, including DHS, FBI, etc; not just CIA. DHS, for example, will be blamed for any big security disaster; you should not presume that the motives of the agencies are uniform. Nor is all of what those agencies do bad.... It's the pervasive surveillance we *must* stop, and compromising our security standards. See: https://www.iqt.org/about-iqt/ for In-Q-Tel rather than the Wikipedia entry for Dan.
Second: Dan has never taken a security clearance, over his entire career.
Third: He's actually not a In-Q-Tel employee, but a consultant (full time) for them. This is so that he does *not* have to sign a employee agreement, but can remain able to speak freely. Which he does regularly: See http://geer.tinho.net/pubs for some of his publications. One I sparked him to write recently is: http://geer.tinho.net/geer.lawfare.15iv14.txt in reaction to the information I cover in my Berkman Center talk you can find at: https://cyber.law.harvard.edu/events/luncheon/2014/06/gettys
Fourth: people who know Dan, who is really one of the founders of the computer security field, hold him in very high regard and trust, as I do.
If you look at Dan Geer's career, rather than jumping to unfounded, ill informed presumptions based on news reports that don't bother to go beyond reading the Wikipedia entry, you will find:
1) he managed the development of Kerberous at Project Athena (where I got to know him)
2) he co-authored the famous Microsoft is a dangerous monoculture paper a bit over a decade ago (which Microsoft hated so much they
got @Stake to fire him.
3) he is a holder of the USENEX Flame award https://www.usenix.org/about/flame
In short, guys, he's one of "us"....
Don't be ill-informed slashdotters....