java01 said:yes that makes perfect sense, with changing world order, conflicts with US, iran, iraq etc..., country of origin matters, especially to US agencies, plus ethnic background also, like I'm from pakistan, although pakistani government is US ally supporting and helping finding bad guys, and so does all educated and non-radical muslims, but still to uS government 'pakistan' is a troubled country and I don't blame them, they have to do their security check to save from bad guys.
The FBI received my name check on 7/20/06 and its still pending. I am from the UK and was a former reserve officer in the Army with previous full security clearance in the UK up til jun 2002.
I don't mean to burst any bubbles, but the name check delay does not appear to be related to country of origin or previous security issues. If it was, then mine would have been cleared very quickly.
In my opinion its more related to a small number of analysts working on too many cases and the fact that the name check itself uses many variations of your name. So if your name is pretty unusual and a similar US style name is also unusual then you are in luck. Otherwise you just get added to another long queue.