We have a few stories in the news about security clearances. These annoying unnecessary and useless procedures get highlighted when an employee goes haywire.
Much of the information is useless and stupid. The interviews are carried out typically by recent college grads with zero life experience and James Bond fantasies. Asking close family friends if one would betray their country is not likely to get a response if real.
There is a great fascination with blackmail and contact by foreign governments. In reality questions in this area are rather amusing. If person A has a romantic relationship with a green card holder they are less likely
to be blackmailed then a person carrying on an adulterous affair. In general applicants who have liaisons with coworkers and contractors are more apt to be problems then a foreign born romantic interest. Thus your married boss with multiple affairs in the office flies under the radar for serious ethical lapses and a person with an exotic romantic interest gets undue attention.
The government could get better results by simply drug and alcohol testing and running finger prints. Talking to coworkers a decade ago makes little sense. Spending more time in the current job makes sense.
There is a fascination with mental health care that is deranged. Is it better to have untreated mental health conditions. Given the prevalence of work place bullying this treatment is in many times a reaction to an unhealthy work atmosphere. There is a great difference between general depression and cognitive types of mental illness.
This type of investigation is a waste of time and money.