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6. The statement is true, not false. The propensity to violate rules -- any strictly enforced rules -- is indeed an indicator of potential vulnerability. The case of U.S. Army Sgt. Roderick Ramsey shows this quite clearly. Ramsey was arrested in 1990 and sentenced to 36 years in prison for spying for Hungary. He was part of the Clyde Lee Conrad spy ring and himself recruited at least two other American soldiers to provide classified documents.

Ramsey himself used drugs regularly while in the military, and he saw drug use as the principal qualification for selecting those who might be susceptible to a recruitment pitch. He explained this as follows during an interview after his arrest.

"The people that I recruited, yes, they were involved in drugs, but it wasn't so much that they were pot smokers or hashish smokers that made them, in my opinion, more susceptible to the pitch. It was that these were people who had already shown a propensity or willingness to violate Army regulations. Anyone in the Army who was willing to take drugs on a regular basis has to be willing to take some kind of risk and has to be willing to break the Army's regulations."

In their continuing search for agents and informants, intelligence and security services typically monitor those circles and locations where human weaknesses are most likely to be displayed -- the drug scene, black market, bars, gambling centers, and red light districts. In any area where intelligence or security services are active, involvement in drugs will increase the chances of an individual being identified and pursued as a potential recruitment target.

Related Topics: Standards of Personal Conduct, How Do I Know When I'm Being Targeted and Assessed? Drug Use, Ramsay Recruited Drug Users.