Are polygraph (lie detector) tests required?
The use of the polygraph for any Department of Defense program is governed by DoD Directive 5210.48 and DoD Regulation 5320.48R.
A polygraph examination is mandatory for employment by or assignment to the DSS and the National Security Agency (NSA) and for assignment (or loan) of DoD personnel to the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA ). It is also mandatory for some SCI and SAP access programs.
Additionally, the polygraph may be used for any other personnel security investigations to resolve serious credible derogatory information and then only with consent. No adverse action may be taken solely on the basis of a polygraph examination that indicates deception, except upon the written finding by the Secretary or Under Secretary of Defense, or a Secretary of one of the military departments, that the classified information in question is of such extreme sensitivity that access under the circumstances poses an unacceptable risk to the national security.
Polygraph examinations may also be used to supplement investigations of federal felonies, of unauthorized disclosure of classified information or of alleged acts of terrorism, or when requested by the subject of a personnel security investigation, for exculpation with respect to allegations arising in the investigation.
The DoD regulation details the exact manner in which the examination must be conducted. No relevant question may be asked during the polygraph examination that has not been reviewed with the person to be examined before the examination, and all questions must have a special relevance to the inquiry. Certain "validating" questions may be asked without prior disclosure to establish a baseline from which the examiners can judge the validity of the answers to the relevant questions. The probing of a person's thoughts or beliefs, or questions on subjects that are not directly relevant to the investigation, such as religious or political beliefs or beliefs and opinions about racial matters, are prohibited.
MB..can you please confirm what Babbin said..as I reported it...that refusal is an automatic loss of security clearance,a nd that Babbin specifically mentioned Rockefeler, Durbin ,and Wyden..
I'm blurry eyed .. but it sounds like they can't be forced to take one
I still wonder what the exact rules for the Senate Intel are
Also .. after the hearing yesterday .. Rockefeller, Feinstein and Wyden were in a little pow wow with a couple of staffer .. though there wasn't a mic and I couldn't tell what they were saying
Seems to me that if even the non-relevant (neutral) questions are not disclosed, the subject would show more stress than would normally be shown if the the neutral question(s) were known beforehand.
I think non-disclosure would be responsible for establishing a false baseline and could possibly cloak 'control' question stress -- assuming that they would use control questions. Some do and some don't.
Any truth examiners out there agree with that?