…hose who “behaved badly”: the dishonest, the immoral, drunks and drug users, and “sexual perverts.” The logic was that “sexual perverts,” particularly those who worked in the State Department, were risks because their sexual identities could be used against them by enemies of the United States (namely Communists) to obtain classified information.
Jeffry J. Iovannone
Right up through 1990, Jeffry, I had to worry about losing my security clearance because I was gay.
I left the Air Force in 1990 because with the imminent collapse of the Iron Curtain and the predictable fall of the Soviet Union, my career prospects as a Russian language, Soviet specialist didn’t look very bright.
In the back of my mind, though, I always worried that a stray rumor might cause my clearance to be pulled at any moment.
I’d seen it happen!