The latest step in the wave of security clearance reform is a renewed effort to apply ‘continuous monitoring’ to security-cleared professionals. The 2014 Intelligence Authorization Bill included a provision for ‘continuous evaluation’ – a requirement for agencies to evaluate public records such as credit histories and criminal backgrounds. Such electronic records would reveal information that would otherwise only appear in a periodic reinvestigation or as the result of a cleared professional self-reporting an issue.
Earlier today I wrote about the case of Mahmoud Hegab, a Virginia man who sued the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency and its Director for revoking his top secret clearance.
The agency maintains it had significant concerns about his clearance, such as his
- recent residence in, and dual citizenship with, Egypt;
- extensive contact with foreign nationals, many living outside the U.S.; and
- his holding of an Egyptian passport that would require contact with Egyptian officials to renounce his citizenship and turn in his passport, thus increasing the potential he would be monitored by foreign intelligence services, etc.
But after his marriage to Bushra Nusairat, a graduate of the Islamic Saudi Academy, it seems their fears heightened. The Islamic Saudi Academy is located in Fairfax County, Va. and is funded by the Saudi government-funded. (You can read more about her activities that raised eyebrows with the agency here.)