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June 13, 2015

China’s Spies Hit the Blackmail Jackpot

Whoever has OPM’s records knows an astonishing amount about millions of federal workers, members of the military, and security clearance holders.
They can now target those Americans for recruitment or influence. After all, they know their vices, every last one—the gambling habit, the inability to pay bills on time, the spats with former spouses, the taste for something sexual on the side—since all that is recorded in security clearance paperwork. (To get an idea of how detailed this gets, you can see the form, called an SF86, here.) Speaking as a former counterintelligence officer, it really doesn’t get much worse than this.... Why Beijing wants that information isn’t difficult to determine. Armed with lists of Chinese citizens worldwide who are in “close and continuing contact” (to cite security clearance lingo) with American officials, Beijing can now seek to exploit those ties for espionage purposes. And it will. -- The Daily Beast

Posted by gerardvanderleun at June 13, 2015 10:35 AM. This is an entry on the sideblog of American Digest: Check it out.

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SF 86 form at GSA forms library.

The Standard Form (SF) 86, Questionnaire for National Security Positions, is the form that is used by military personnel, government contractors, and government employees to apply for a Security Clearance (CONFIDENTIAL, SECRET, TOP SECRET).

These days, most activities use a computerized version of the Security Clearance Questionnaire, but it contains the same questions and information as the SF 86. The SF 86 is provided here for information purposes.


Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2015 1:06 PM

That damned form must be 15 or 20 pages long. (I scanned through it, but didn't count the pages.) I had to get a top secret clearance in the late '50s IIRC), and I don't remember filling out anything at all. Just answered some questions for some admin type who notarized it after I signed what he wrote down.

Posted by: BillH [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2015 1:35 PM

Our daughter in law does crocheting, they also have 2 cats, and cats being cats, they like getting in her yarns. Imagine 2 cats alone for 8 hours with boatloads of yarn on the living room floor. Soon, they learned to make sure the yarns were put away before leaving the house. Yes, I'm going somewhere with this.

The gov't has been gathering so much info or such a long time and it's been managed by unaccountable and irresponsible female minorities of very low intellect with chips on their shoulders and 3" purple fingernails that all of this info now looks like the cat yarns. It's all over the place, fragmented, mixed up, and impossible to make heads or tales of any of it. YOUR info is mixed in with MINE and everybody else's.

Good luck to the chinese or anyone else trying to make any sense out of this cacophony horrors.

No wonder Jenner's a ho and that other wench is a nigga, everybody is everything and nobody is anything.

Can the end be far away?

Hunker down, tooter up.

Posted by: ghostsniper [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2015 2:30 PM

When I went through the military they were still using hard copy for everything. I can see my files now, in a crummy paper file box in some moldy basement or warehouse and rodents making nests of it.
And yes, ghost, all of the faceless bureaucrats and file-checkers are union stooges with a thirty per cent performance ratio. They don't care if the whole thing blows away as long as they get their paychecks every two weeks.

Posted by: chasmatic [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 13, 2015 6:29 PM

So if I have to update my SF-86, do I just dial the number in China now? Saves time that way.

Posted by: StephenB [TypeKey Profile Page] at June 17, 2015 4:22 PM

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