John F. Sullivan, a thirty-year veteran of the CIA’s Polygraph Division, brought this civil action in the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia against the CIA, Director Michael V. Hayden and unidentified employees at the CIA. The action arises out of the CIA’s retaliation against Mr. Sullivan due to his exercise of his First Amendment rights by way of the publication of two books that criticized the CIA, Of Spies and Lies: A CIA Lie Detector Remembers Vietnam and Gatekeeper: Memoirs of a CIA Polygraph Examiner.
Mr. Sullivan has raised several claims, including: 1) deprivation of his Fifth Amendment liberty interest by way of the initial decision to deny him a security clearance based upon inaccurate and derogatory information; 2) retaliation against Mr. Sullivan for excercizing his First Amendment rights; 3) violation of the Privacy Act due to the CIA’s failure to properly maintain accurate records pertaining to Mr. Sullivan and its use of inaccurate and derogatory information in reaching a determination regarding Mr. Sullivan’s security clearance.
This case is listed as Civil Action No. 07-00685 (RWR).