Does intelligence work impact international travel?
November 17, 2010 9:31 AM Subscribe
Does working in US intelligence or for private firms closely integrated with US intelligence impact future international employment or citizenship?
I am a US born citizen and I will very shortly be receiving a PhD in a discipline which is attractive to the US intelligence community, and during my job search, the question of whether or not to apply to governmental agencies and private intelligence organizations strongly connected to the government will not be an idle one.
However, my political viewpoint is best described as strongly socialist, and I feel that the current American political structure and zeitgeist is extremely antithetical to how I want to live my life. It feels incorrect for me to continue living in such a place, and I am extremely doubtful that US or state policies will align with my opinion. I must emphasize that this is not the place to question this line of thought - please take it as a given that this is my viewpoint.
I also realize the apparent contradiction in supporting a military industrial complex with my labor when I consider the country itself to be in the wrong. However, the US is not evil, nor is its military (for all the evil it finds itself doing), and in any case I am willing to work in such a job for a few years if no other option presents itself.
In any case, my future plans are to (if not immediately after receiving my PhD) eventually find employment in a western European country with a view to obtaining citizenship.
So I have three related questions:
1. Would obtaining employment in a private US intelligence firm (requiring top secret clearance etc.) affect my future employment or citizenship in western European countries?
2. Would obtaining employment in a US government intelligence organization affect my future employment or citizenship in western European countries?
and a very related question:
3. Do my current beliefs and desires as stated above preclude me from receiving top secret clearance or from working in one of these intelligence jobs?