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NSA: homos are a security risk

How retro of National Security Adviser Stephen Hadley. It looks like the Bush administration is now worried about homosexuality as a security threat.

Raw Story reports that Hadley revised guidelines used to determine clearance and access to classified government documents and information, and specific language that prohibited rejection on sexual orientation grounds has been altered without explanation.

In a December 2005 revision of the “Adjudicative Guidelines for Determining Eligibility for Access to Classified Information,” Hadley made semantic but substantial changes which seem to mirror a broader shift in Bush Administration policy.

…The 2005 guidelines also allow the government greater ability to use sexual orientation against applicants.

Whereas the 1997 revision declared that sexual orientation “may not be used” as a basis for disqualifying applicants, Hadley’s revisions declare that clearances cannot be denied “solely on the basis of the sexual orientation of the individual.”

The 2005 guidelines also add a curious revision under the “Sexual Behavior” section. While the 1995 version said adverse sexual behavior could be eliminated from consideration if it were “not recent,” the 2005 version expands this, saying “the sexual behavior happened so long ago, so infrequently, and under such unusual circumstances, that it is unlikely to recur.”

Well, I will agree with them on one point — the closeted, self-loathing fools running around Washington are clearly potential threats, because they believe sexual orientation is something they are ashamed of and need to hide.

The sickness of the closet opens them up to blackmail and places them at risk for some of the legitimate reasons listed for the NSA to reject someone according to the guidelines, such as questionable judgment, untrustworthiness, unreliability, and lack of candor.

Hadley’s 2005 revisions also include discharge from the military under “dishonorable conditions” as another condition that could warrant denial of access to classified info. Anyone discharged from the military for engaging in homosexual conduct falls into this category.

Man, you just can’t believe this is all flying under the radar.

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