anders at aleph.se
Fri Dec 10 18:52:24 UTC 2010
On 09/12/2010 20:46, Dan wrote:
> I don't think that's true. Sexual preferences have often been used to
> blackmail people -- and, in terms of security, has often been seen as
> a liability because someone might be blackmailed. In other words, if
> you were gay and in the closet, this might be seen as a way that
> foreign agents might manipulate you -- even if you were not, say, on
> their side ideologically, in their pay, or perhaps had a desire to
> change history.
There is a fun passage in Charles Stross' "The Atrocity Archives"
mentioning that one of the gay housemates of the protagonist is forced
to participate in the pride parade in order to keep his security
clearance - if he is in the closet he is blackmailable, so he must be as
out of the closet as possible.
As for having a FBI file or something similar, my opinion is that *not*
having one is a sign of being either suspicious or unimportant. What
matters is whether the information will be problematic to you or not.
This is of course where the "if you have nothing to hide, you have
nothing to fear" is proven wrong, since even entirely inoccuous and
truthful information can be misinterpreted out of context in bad ways.
Dr Anders Sandberg,
Future of Humanity Institute
Philosophy Faculty of Oxford University
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