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NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Aug 25th, 2001 at 10:24am
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On the evening of Thursday, 23 August 2001, the FBI arrested retired U.S. Air Force master sergeant and National Reconnaissance Organization (NRO) contractor employee Brian P. Regan on charges of conspiracy to commit espionage. This case will doubtless be of some interest with regard to polygraph policy, because NRO is one of the prime users of counterintelligence-scope polygraph screening. Whether Regan was polygraphed at any time after he allegedly began conspiring to commit espionage is not publicly known, but at a minimum, if the allegations against Regan prove to be true, the prospect of periodic polygraphic interrogation did not deter him.

For more on this case, see "Air Force Retiree Charged as Spy" by Brooke A. Masters and Vernon Loeb in today's (25 Aug. 2001) Washington Post as well as CNN.com's index page for this story.

For a more detailed description of Regan's alleged conspiracy to commit espionage, see the 19-page "Affidavit in Support of Criminal Complaint and Search Warrant" filed by FBI Special Agent Steven A. Carr (987kb scanned PDF):

http://news.findlaw.com/cnn/docs/regan/usregancmplt82301.pdf

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #1 - Feb 15th, 2002 at 12:22pm
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On 14 February 2002, a grand jury returned a new four-count indictment of Regan. (He had been charged with one count of espionage in October.) An Associated Press article about the new indictment is available here:

http://my.aol.com/news/news_story.psp?type=1&cat=0100&id=0202150312281730

Brooke A. Masters and Dan Eggen of the Washington Post also report on the new indictment in a story titled, "Indictment Says Suspect Tried to Sell Defense Secrets":

http://www.washingtonpost.com/ac2/wp-dyn/A12737-2002Feb14?language=printer

No word is available on the results of any polygraph screening "test/s" to which Regan may have been subjected.

The earlier indictment, dated 23 October 2001, is available as a PDF file here:

http://news.findlaw.com/cnn/docs/regan/indictment102301.pdf
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Reply #2 - Feb 16th, 2002 at 1:12pm
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The 14 February 2002 indictment is now available as a 1.9 MB PDF file at:

http://news.findlaw.com/hdocs/docs/regan/usregan021402supind.pdf
  

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #3 - Apr 10th, 2002 at 3:49pm
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I am in touch with the NRO to determine whether or not Mr. Regan was ever administered a polygraph while a contractor for the NRO.
  

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #4 - Apr 10th, 2002 at 5:09pm
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Ms. Cathy Bowers of the National Reconnaissance Office, Office of Corporate Communications confirms that Brian Regan was administerd a counterintelligence polygraph interrogation, conducted by the CIA, in 1995 as a condition of his initial employment with the NRO. Mr. Regan had a long military career prior to being employed by the NRO, and earned a Top Secret as well as SCI rating.

Tangentially Ms. Bowers informed me that the NRO has their own polygraph interrogators, DoDPI trained.
  

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #5 - Apr 10th, 2002 at 5:41pm
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beech trees,

Regan's polygraph in 1995 seems to be well before the commencement of his alleged conspiracy to commit espionage. I believe the CIA tries to polygraph employees once every five years; perhaps the NRO follows a similar schedule. If so, Regan would have been due for another polygraph by the time he retired from the Air Force and began work with NRO contractor TRW in October 2000. Interestingly, Regan's SCI access was only restored in July 2001, by which time he was already suspected of espionage. I wonder if the delay in restoring his SCI access was because he needed to be re-polygraphed?

Did Ms. Bowers indicate that Regan was not polygraphed after the CIA polygraph in 1995?
  

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #6 - Apr 10th, 2002 at 6:40pm
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Regan's polygraph in 1995 seems to be well before the commencement of his alleged conspiracy to commit espionage. I believe the CIA tries to polygraph employees once every five years; perhaps the NRO follows a similar schedule. If so, Regan would have been due for another polygraph by the time he retired from the Air Force and began work with NRO contractor TRW in October 2000.


Agreed, although we will probably never know what was in Mr. Regan's heart and mind at that time (1995) about what he would do in the future. Perhaps he feared military prosecution more so than criminal and was merely biding his time. Ms. Bowers told me that NRO employees are polygraphed at hiring and then 'aperiodically' thereafter.

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Did Ms. Bowers indicate that Regan was not polygraphed after the CIA polygraph in 1995?


She only confirmed the one. She neither confirmed no denied knowledge of Mr. Regan taking any other polygraphs, she just said she had no knowledge of any others.
  

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U.S. Seeks Death Penalty in Regan Case
Reply #7 - Apr 20th, 2002 at 8:07am
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In a front page article titled "U.S. Set to Seek Death in Spy Case" in today's (20 April 2002) Washington Post, Brooke A. Masters reports that the U.S. will seek the death penalty for Mr. Regan. The government also plans to present during the sentencing phase evidence that Regan actually committed espionage, and didn't just attempt to do so.

Jerry Seper of the Washington Times also writes about the Regan case in an article titled, "U.S. to seek death penalty in spying case" and David Stout writes about it in a New York Times article titled, "U.S. Sets Goal of Death Penalty in Air Force Sergeant's Spy Case."

See also the government's "Notice of Intent to Seek a Sentence of Death" filed in U.S. v. Regan (137 kb PDF).
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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #8 - Jan 13th, 2003 at 9:33am
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Jury selection begins today (13 Jan. 2003) in U.S. v. Regan, with opening arguments scheduled to begin on 27 Jan. See Washington Post staff writer Tom Jackman's article, "Execution Possibility Intensifies Spy Trial."
  

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #9 - Jul 29th, 2003 at 3:25am
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CNN reports that "FBI agents have recovered more than 10,000 pages of highly sensitive secret documents buried by convicted spy Brian Regan before his August 2001 arrest, government sources said Monday." See, "FBI digs up secret documents in spy case."
  

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Re: NRO Contractor Arrested on Espionage Charges
Reply #10 - Jul 29th, 2003 at 3:31am
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See also, "FBI digs up thousands of spy's documents" by Associate Press correspondent Curt Anderson:

http://www.kansascity.com/mld/kansascity/news/breaking_news/6404129.htm
  

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