“A Jekyll-Hyde Existence:” Inside the CIA’s 1980 Manual for ferreting out Homosexuals

“A_Jekyll-Hyde_Existence_”_Ins2017-03-09_16-35-49.png“A Jekyll-Hyde Existence:” Inside the CIA’s 1980 Manual for ferreting out Homosexuals – [.muckrock.com] In 1979, a memorandum to the General Counsel defended the agency’s long-standing practice of barring sexual minorities from working in the CIA, legally justifying it by rationalizing that “An investigation is not routinely terminated when allegations of homosexual conduct are developed. Rather the investigation is continued until and unless credible evidence or an admission is obtained.”

Meaning, speculation alone was not grounds for dismissal, but evidence of same-sex desire still was. The fear, of course, being, “that the modus operandi of hostile intelligence services includes the collection of compromising information regarding known or suspected homosexuals and the subsequent targeting of these individuals for assessment and recruitment.”

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