CONLON v. CIA et al
MEMORANDUM OPINION. Signed by Judge Rudolph Contreras on 09/09/2020. (zsb)
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UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
FOR THE DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA
RYAN M. CONLON,
CIA, et al.,
SEP - 9 2020
Clerk, U.S. District & Bankruptcy
Court for the District of Columbia
Civil Action No. 1:20-cv-02237 (UNA)
This matter is before the Court on its initial review of plaintiff’s pro se complaint and
application for leave to proceed in forma pauperis. The Court will grant the in forma pauperis
application and dismiss the case pursuant to 28 U.S.C. § 1915(e)(2)(B), by which the Court is
required to dismiss a case “at any time” if it determines that the action is frivolous.
“A complaint must contain sufficient factual matter, accepted as true, to ‘state a claim to
relief that is plausible on its face.’” Ashcroft v. Iqbal, 556 U.S. 662, 678 (2009) (quoting Bell Atl.
Corp. v. Twombly, 550 U.S. 544, 570 (2007)). A complaint that lacks “an arguable basis either in
law or in fact” is frivolous, Neitzke v. Williams, 490 U.S. 319, 325 (1989), and a “complaint plainly
abusive of the judicial process is properly typed malicious,” Crisafi v. Holland, 655 F.2d 1305,
1309 (D.C. Cir. 1981).
Plaintiff, a resident of Linthicum, Maryland, sues the Central Intelligence Agency, National
Security Agency, United States Army, Pentagon, and Department of Defense. He has filed a 232page prolix complaint that, according to him, constitutes a “Civil Action Case against these federal
or military entities for Electronic Harassment of a technology known as Microwave Hearing
Effect, or Microwave Auditory Effect [used] to torture, threaten, and harass [him].” As a result, he
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alleges that he has been “exposed to threatening Non-ionizing radiation [at] High-levels.” He asks
the Court to “subpoena” and investigate defendants and order them to stop torturing him, pursuant
to the Torture Victim Protection Act.
This Court cannot exercise subject matter jurisdiction over a frivolous complaint. Hagans
v. Lavine, 415 U.S. 528, 536-37 (1974) (“Over the years, this Court has repeatedly held that the
federal courts are without power to entertain claims otherwise within their jurisdiction if they are
‘so attenuated and unsubstantial as to be absolutely devoid of merit.’ ”) (quoting Newburyport
Water Co. v. Newburyport, 193 U.S. 561, 579 (1904)); Tooley v. Napolitano, 586 F.3d 1006, 1010
(D.C. Cir. 2009) (examining cases dismissed “for patent insubstantiality,” including where the
plaintiff allegedly “was subjected to a campaign of surveillance and harassment deriving from
uncertain origins”). A court may dismiss a complaint as frivolous “when the facts alleged rise to
the level of the irrational or the wholly incredible,” Denton v. Hernandez, 504 U.S. 25, 33 (1992),
or “postulat[e] events and circumstances of a wholly fanciful kind,” Crisafi, 655 F.2d at 1307–08.
The instant complaint satisfies this standard. In addition to failing to state a claim for relief,
the complaint is deemed frivolous on its face. Consequently, the complaint and this case are
dismissed. Plaintiff has also filed a “motion for discovery as evidence” and “motion requesting
new legislation to make mind control illegal,” both of which are denied as they reiterate the same
frivolous arguments. A separate order accompanies this memorandum opinion.
Date: September 9, 2020
United States District Judge
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