The National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) was recently sued by a former employee over the loss of his Top Secret/Sensitive Compartmented Information (TS/SCI) clearance.
According to the story on the FAS website:
Mahmoud M. Hegab was a well-regarded budget analyst at the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) until last year when his Top Secret/SCI security clearance was abruptly revoked.
Among the issues precipitating his loss of clearance were the fact that his newlywed wife had graduated from an Islamic school, that she had participated in an anti-war protest, and that she had engaged in pro-Palestinian political activity while a student at George Mason University.
This week Mr. Hegab filed a lawsuit against the NGA seeking reinstatement of his clearance.
“The revocation of plaintiff’s security clearance and access to classified information by NGA was based solely on plaintiff’s wife’s religion, Islam, her constitutionally protected speech, and her association with, and employment by, an Islamic faith-based organization,” wrote Sheldon I. Cohen, Mr. Hegab’s attorney. None of her actions or affiliations posed any national security concern, the lawsuit said.