This is the story of a polygraph victim who was constantly recruited and rejected from CIA, NSA, FBI, DOD contractors, and later resigned from the U.S. Foreign Service due to my opposition with the whole U.S. government security clearance system. I have decided to share my stories and documents with the world. Note that all the mailing addresses and phone numbers for me in the documents are no longer valid. I have moved and changed my phone number many times since I went through these hiring processes. If you want to contact me, use the Contact page.
My name is Byron Johns. I am from the Washington, D.C. metro area. This journal starts in year 2009. At this point I have have my MBA, MS, and BS in Electrical Engineering. But what do I want to do for a career? I have no clue! Up to this point of my life all I have known is school, school, and more school! I never pictured myself outside of a classroom environment. As a matter of fact, I went to graduate school only because I didn’t want to enter corporate America. Well, after graduating from Georgia Tech with my Masters degrees and then a few months of fun goofing off in Atlanta for the summer, I move to Florida to start working with Lockheed Martin in August 2008. I quickly realize how much I hate the job. I would be laid off after working there only two years, two miserable years. During that time, I would have already begun my job hunt for a new exciting career. I would find out that my desired career is within the U.S. Intelligence Community. It is very difficult to get into the IC, but little did I know that the CIA, FBI, NSA, and Dept. of State would all express strong interest in me. The recruitment processes are very long and invading of your personal life, and I would be in for a journey as I had no idea what I was getting myself into!
To sum up why I was “banned from intel”, it started when I “failed” my two CIA polygraphs in 2010. The CIA accused me of using countermeasures and gave me security clearance / SCI access denial in conjunction with terminating my application. That clearance denial put a red flag in my government file which is permanently associated with my name and social security number. I was told by the CIA that I was banned for life, though not in those exact words, when I reapplied in 2017 and they rejected me based on my 2010 incident with them. Even though I passed the FBI polygraph and all of their processing, they refused to hire me because of the CIA clearance denial. I also could not get my Secret security clearance back when I was a DOD contractor, and no other contractors would hire me due to my issues getting a clearance. The State Department Foreign Service took forever to clear me, thanks in part to their inquiries with the CIA about my file there going unanswered, but I ultimately left the State Department for various reasons, under very bad conditions. I will now never get a clearance ever again, and I am likely banned from U.S. government service. Yay!
After about 10 years of dealing with the long recruitment process and subsequent rejection from the U.S. government, including a brief career as a Diplomatic Security Engineering Officer (SEO) in the Foreign Service, I threw in the towel. I am now happily enjoying my life without the U.S. government. I am traveling the world, living abroad, with a good job, and no security clearance restrictions. Total autonomy! I am FREE!