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ÐÐ ¼ " Ðӏp°œXÓÌÌÌà p àÔ_ÔISCRÔ_ԀCase€No.€15„04386Ð  p% ÐÐ  \& ÐÒ.؉ð7r°°.ÒÓ °\X›XpÓÐ ”ä& Ðò òÓ  ÓAPPEAL€BOARD€DECISIONÐ €Ð' ÐÌÌòòAPPEARANCESóóÐ D!”* Ðó óÌÔ‡&àÓ%XXÔò òFOR€GOVERNMENTó óÐ #l, ÐJames€B.€Norman,€Esq.,€Chief€Department€CounselÐ ô#D- ÐÌò òFOR€APPLICANTó óÐ ¤%ô / Ðòòò òPro€seó óóóÔ#†XððX%&àÓì#ÔÐ |&Ì!0 ÐÌà @ àÌÓ  Óà  àThe€Department€of€Defense€(DoD)€declined€to€grant€Applicant€a€security€clearance.€€OnÐ *)z$3 ÐMarch€11,€2016,€DoD€issued€a€statement€of€reasons€(Ô_ÔSORÔ_Ô)€advising€Applicant€of€the€basis€for€thatÐ *f%4 Ðdecisionð!ðsecurity€concerns€raised€under€Guideline€E€(Personal€Conduct)€of€Department€of€DefenseÐ +R&5 ÐDirective€5220.6€(Jan.€2,€1992,€as€amended)€(Directive).€€Applicant€requested€a€hearing.€€OnÐ î+>'6 ÐFebruary€16,€2017,€after€the€hearing,€Defense€Office€of€Hearings€and€Appeals€(DOHA)Ð Ú,*(7 ÐAdministrative€Judge€Michael€H.€Leonard€denied€Applicantððs€request€for€a€security€clearance.€Ð Æ-)8 ÐApplicant€appealed€pursuant€to€Directive€ðððð€E3.1.28€and€E3.1.30.Ð ° ÐÌà  àApplicant€raised€the€following€issue€on€appeal:€whether€the€Judgeððs€adverse€decision€wasÐ ˆØ Ðarbitrary,€capricious,€or€contrary€to€law.€€The€Judge€found€in€favor€of€Applicant€on€two€GuidelineÐ tÄ ÐE€allegations€that€are€not€an€issue€on€appeal.€€Department€Counsel€also€withdrew€another€allegation.€Ð `° ÐConsistent€with€the€following,€we€affirm€the€Judgeððs€unfavorable€security€clearance€decision.Ð L œ ÐÔ_ Ôà  àò òThe€Judgeððs€Findings€of€Fact€Pertinent€to€the€Appealó óÐ 8 ˆ ÐÌà  àApplicant€served€as€a€law€enforcement€officer€in€a€small€town€for€about€four€years€until€heÐ  ` Ðwas€terminated€from€that€job€in€2010.€€This€termination€arose€from€an€incident€that€involved€theÐ ü L  Ðfiling€of€charges€against€a€suspect€for€aggravated€assault€with€a€deadly€weapon€or€dangerousÐ è 8  Ðinstrument€(a€broken€glass€bottle)€on€a€police€officer€as€well€as€other€charges.€€Those€charges€wereÐ Ô$  Ðprimarily€based€on€an€oral€report€that€Applicant€gave€to€a€county€prosecutor,€which€resulted€in€aÐ À  Ðcriminal€complaint€sworn€to€by€Applicant.€€The€suspect€was€convicted€of€the€offense€of€aggravatedÐ ¬ü  Ðassault€on€the€police€officer.€€Ð ˜è  ÐÌà  àPost„trial,€the€prosecutor€did€not€oppose€a€motion€to€vacate€the€judgment€because€newlyÐ pÀ Ðdiscovered€evidence€revealed€the€victim€was€not€a€òòbona€fideóó€police€officer€at€the€time€of€the€arrest.€Ð \¬ ÐApplicant€explained€the€victim€had€been€a€certified€police€officer€and€was€assisting€the€policeÐ H˜ Ðdepartment€pending€recertification.€€The€county€attorneyððs€investigation€established€that€ApplicantÐ 4„ Ðissued€the€victim€a€gun€and€a€badge,€although€he€was€not€a€certified€police€officer,€as€his€certificationÐ  p Ðlapsed€years€earlier€following€his€retirement€from€another€police€department.€€The€victim€was€notÐ  \ Ðon€the€townððs€payroll€when€the€arrest€occurred.Ð øH Ðà  àÌà  àThe€county€court€dismissed€the€aggravated€assault€charge€with€prejudice€because€the€integrityÐ Ð  Ðof€the€judicial€system€was€compromised€by€misleading€and€false€statements.€€The€county€attorneyÐ ¼  Ðinformed€the€town€manager€that€his€office€would€no€longer€work€with€Applicant€or€the€townððs€policeÐ ¨ø Ðdepartment.€€The€town€council€moved€to€terminate€Applicant€based€on€a€lack€of€confidence€and€trustÐ ”ä Ðdue€to€the€deterioration€of€relations€with€the€county€attorneyððs€office€and€county€court.€€AfterÐ €Ð Ðaffording€Applicant€an€opportunity€to€respond,€the€town€council€instructed€the€town€manager€toÐ l¼ Ðterminate€Applicantððs€employment.€€The€town€manager€refused€because€he€thought€Applicant€didÐ X ¨ Ðnothing€wrong.€€The€town€council€terminated€the€town€manager€and€then€appointed€a€new€townÐ D!” Ðmanager€who€terminated€Applicantððs€employment.€€Later,€the€county€court€found€Applicant€inÐ 0"€  Ðcontempt€of€court€for€acting€in€a€manner€to€obstruct€the€administration€of€justice.€€He€was€orderedÐ #l! Ðto€pay€over€$1,600€in€fees.€Ð $X" ÐÌà  àApplicant€requested€a€hearing€to€review€the€termination.€€A€retired€state€appellate€judgeÐ à%0!$ Ðserved€as€the€hearing€officer€and€concluded€there€was€good€cause€for€the€termination€becauseÐ Ì&"% ÐApplicant€failed€to€disclose€exculpatory€evidence€(the€victimððs€status€at€the€time€of€the€assault)Ð ¸'#& Ðresulting€in€the€suspect€being€denied€due€process€and€a€fair€trial.€€The€Judge€summarized€the€hearingÐ ¤(ô#' Ðofficerððs€conclusions€as€follows:€Ð )à$( ÐÌà8  àApplicant€knew€the€victim€was€not€a€certified€police€officer€at€the€time€of€the€assault;Ð h+¸&* ÐApplicant€never€notified€the€county€attorneyððs€office€that€the€victim€was€not€aÐ T,¤'+ Ðcertified€police€officer;€the€chief€criminal€deputy€prosecuting€attorney€spoke€withÐ @-(, ÐApplicant€before€issuing€the€complaint€against€[the€suspect]€and€believed€that€€theÐ ° Ðvictim€was€a€certified€police€officer€when€[the€suspect]€assaulted€him;€ApplicantÐ œì Ðswore€to€the€truthfulness€of€the€complaint;€and€a€superior€court€judge€later€found€theÐ ˆØ Ð[suspectððs]€case€was€based€on€a€complaint€that€Applicant€knew€was€false.׃×Ý ƒ#ÃÝòòÚ  Ú1Ú  ÚóóÝ  Ý×  ×ÐtÄÐ Ð  ÐÌà  àApplicant€maintained€that€he€never€spoke€to€anyone€at€the€county€attorneyððs€office€before€theÐ L œ Ðcomplaint€was€issued€and€that€his€termination€was€a€pretext€for€the€town€council€to€retaliate€againstÐ 8 ˆ Ðhim€for€zealous€policing€of€drug€cases€that€may€have€involved€family€members€of€the€town€council.€Ð $ t ÐHe€sued€the€town€and€others€for€breach€of€contract€and€wrongful€termination,€but€his€lawsuit€endedÐ  ` Ðwhen€a€U.S.€District€Court€granted€the€defendantsðð€motion€for€summary€judgment.Ð ü L  ÐÌà  àò òThe€Judgeððs€Analysis€Pertinent€to€the€Appealó óÐ Ô$  ÐÌà  àApplicant€demonstrated€questionable€judgment€and€lack€of€candor€when€he€allowed€aÐ ¬ü  Ðcriminal€case€to€proceed€against€a€suspect€based€on€false€information.€€He€swore€to€a€criminalÐ ˜è  Ðcomplaint€the€he€knew€or€should€have€known€was€false.€€He€maintains€that€he€did€not€speak€toÐ „Ô  Ðanyone€from€the€county€attorneyððs€office€before€he€swore€to€the€criminal€complaint,€but€his€statementÐ pÀ Ðis€flatly€contradicted€in€the€hearing€officerððs€decision.€€The€facts€and€circumstances€surrounding€hisÐ \¬ Ðtermination€create€doubt€about€his€reliability,€trustworthiness,€good€judgment,€and€ability€to€protectÐ H˜ Ðclassified€information.€€Ð 4„ ÐÌà  àò òDiscussionÐ  \ Ðó óÌà  àApplicant€contends€the€Judge€erred€in€finding€that€his€security€clearance€application€wasÐ ä4 Ðsubmitted€to€upgrade€his€clearance€as€a€key€management€official€for€a€company€he€owns€andÐ Ð  Ðmanages.€€He€states€his€clearance€was€being€upgraded€for€another€company€that€he€works€for€as€anÐ ¼  Ðcontractor€and€consultant.€€While€the€Judge€may€have€erred€in€this€regard,€it€is€a€harmless€error€thatÐ ¨ø Ðdid€not€likely€affect€the€outcome€of€the€case.€€òòSee,€e.g.óó,€ISCR€Case€No.€12„03420€at€3€(App.€Bd.€Jul.Ð ”ä Ð25,€2014).€à ` àÐ €Ð ÐÌà  àApplicantððs€appeal€brief€contains€documents€and€representations€that€go€beyond€the€evidenceÐ X ¨ Ðof€record.€€The€Board€cannot€consider€new€evidence€on€appeal.€€Directive€ðð€E3.1.29.€€Applicant€alsoÐ D!” Ðreiterates€in€detail€information€about€the€circumstances€underlying€his€employment€termination€andÐ 0"€  Ðthe€related€proceedings.€€In€doing€so,€he€raises€various€arguments,€including€that€he€proposed€theÐ #l! Ðsuspect€be€charged€with€aggravated€assault,€not€aggravated€assault€on€a€police€officer;€that€the€countyÐ $X" Ðattorneyððs€office€authored€the€criminal€complaint€with€the€defective€charge;€and€that€ð ðI€signed€theÐ ô$D # Ðcriminal€complaint€to€the€best€of€my€knowledgeðð€and€believed€the€county€attorneyððs€office€had€doneÐ à%0!$ Ðits€due€diligence€in€preparing€the€complaint.€€Appeal€Brief€at€7.€€His€arguments,€however,€are€neitherÐ Ì&"% Ðsufficient€to€rebut€the€presumption€that€the€Judge€considered€all€of€the€record€evidence€nor€sufficientÐ ¸'#& Ðto€show€that€the€Judged€weighed€the€evidence€in€a€manner€that€was€arbitrary,€capricious,€or€contraryÐ ¤(ô#' Ðto€law.€€òòSee,€e.g.óó,€ISCR€Case€No.€14„04553€at€3€(App.€Bd.€Apr.€13,€2016).Ð )à$( Ѐ€Ð |*Ì%) Ðà  àApplicant€also€contends€that€the€denial€of€his€security€clearance€is€tantamount€to€a€punitiveÐ h+¸&* Ðaction€that€affects€his€ð ðdesire€to€increase€[his]€workplace€market€ability.ðð€€Appeal€Brief€at€8.€Ð ° ÐSecurity€clearance€decisions€are€not€punitive€in€nature,€but€administrative€eligibility€determinations.€Ð œì ÐThe€Directive€does€not€permit€the€Board€or€Judges€to€consider€the€adverse€impact€an€unfavorableÐ ˆØ Ðdecision€may€have€on€an€applicant.€€òòSee,€e.g.óó,€ISCR€Case€No.€14„04202€at€4€(App.€Bd.€Dec€24,Ð tÄ Ð2015).€€Applicant€also€stated€that€he€was€ð ðsubjected€to€unsubstantiated€and/or€questionable€evidenceÐ `° Ðof€misconduct€that€[he]€was€time€and€again€not€afforded€the€opportunity€to€disprove€these€allegationsÐ L œ Ðis€a€denial€of€due€process.ðð€€Appeal€Brief€at€8.€€We€note€that,€at€the€hearing€below,€Applicant€did€notÐ 8 ˆ Ðobject€to€the€admission€into€evidence€of€Government€Exhibit€5,€documents€concerning€hisÐ $ t Ðemployment€termination€that€included€the€report€of€the€hearing€he€requested€to€review€thatÐ  ` Ðtermination,€or€Government€Exhibit€6,€the€U.S.€District€Court€order€granting€the€defendants€aÐ ü L  Ðsummary€judgment€in€Applicantððs€lawsuit.€€He€testified€during€the€hearing€and,€in€a€post„hearingÐ è 8  Ðsubmission,€presented€documents€that€were€admitted€into€evidence.€€Applicant€has€not€made€aòò€primaÐ Ô$  Ðfacie€óóshowing€that€he€was€denied€due€process€in€the€hearing€below.€€òòSee,€e.g.óó,€ISCR€Case€No.€15„Ð À  Ð02933€at€2€(App.€Bd.€Sep.€23,€2016).Ð ¬ü  ÐÌà  àThe€Judge€examined€the€relevant€evidence€and€articulated€a€satisfactory€explanation€for€theÐ „Ô  Ðdecision.€€The€decision€is€sustainable€on€this€record.€€ð ðThe€general€standard€is€that€a€clearance€mayÐ pÀ Ðbe€granted€only€when€ððclearly€consistent€with€the€interests€of€the€national€security.ðððð€€òòDepartmentÐ \¬ Ðof€the€Navy€v.€Eganóó,€484€U.S.€518,€528€(1988).€€òòSee€alsoóó€Directive,€Enclosure€2€ðð€2(b):€€ð ðAny€doubtÐ H˜ Ðconcerning€personnel€being€considered€for€access€to€classified€information€will€be€resolved€in€favor€Ð 4„ Ðof€the€national€security.ððÐ  p ÐÌà@ââ(ìàò òOrderó óˆÐ øH ÐÌà  àThe€Decision€is€ò òAFFIRMEDó ó.€€Ð Ð  ÐÌÌà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àòòSigned:€€Michael€Raððanan€€€€€€€€€€óóÐ ˜è Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àMichael€RaððananÐ „Ô Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àAdministrative€JudgeÐ pÀ Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àChairperson,€Appeal€BoardÐ \ ¬ Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àÌÌà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àòòSigned:€James€E.€Moody€€€€€€€€€€€€óóÐ  #p! Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àJames€E.€MoodyÐ  $\" Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àAdministrative€JudgeÐ ø$H # Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àMember,€Appeal€BoardÐ ä%4!$ ÐÌà  àà ` àà ¸ àÌà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àòòSigned:€James€F.€Duffy€€€€€€€€€€€€€óóÐ ¨(ø#' Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àJames€F.€DuffyÐ ”)ä$( Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àAdministrative€JudgeÐ €*Ð%) Ðà  àà ` àà ¸ àà  àà h àà À àMember,€Appeal€BoardÐ l+¼&* ÐÌ