May 27th, 2003

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Polygraphs: Worse Than Worthless

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By Alan P. Zelicoff

Tuesday, May 27, 2003; Page A19


In 1999, in the midst of alleged leaks of nuclear weapons information from his department's national laboratories, the secretary of energy, Bill Richardson, set out to show that he could be "tough" on national security matters. He sought congressional funding for a wide-ranging polygraph program to cover all employees with high-level clearances -- about 15,000 people in all.

Congress agreed -- despite the absence of any evidence that polygraphs have ever detected a spy operating anywhere in the U.S. government. But Sen. Jeff Bingaman (D-N.M.) managed to get the Senate to stipulate two important conditions -- first, that the National Academy of Sciences (NAS) review the medical and scientific literature to determine whether use of polygraph tests for screening was in any way worthwhile and, second, that the secretary report back to Congress after the NAS report was completed.

Late last year the NAS published its findings. It determined that the polygraph was not a worthless tool -- indeed, that it was much worse than worthless. The report said that "available evidence indicates that polygraph testing as currently used has extremely serious limitations . . . if the intent is both to identify security risks and protect valued employees." The NAS panel, made up of internationally respected psychologists and statisticians, further determined that the test was so nonspecific that even if the polygraphers managed to finally uncover their first spy, at least 100 innocent laboratory employees would have their clearances yanked because of the "false positives" inherent in the test. The NAS concluded: "Polygraph testing yields an unacceptable choice . . . between too many loyal employees falsely judged deceptive and too many major security threats left undetected. Its accuracy . . . is insufficient to justify reliance on its use in employee security screening in federal agencies." It doesn't get much clearer than that.Collapse )
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Матрица релоадид

Кроме мордобития, никаких чудес. Слова "Вы должны верить" и "Война" повторялись почти столь же часто, как в речах мистера Буша.
Итак, в Будущем будет продолжена Вечная Война за Вечный Мир. Правда, не с мусульманами, а с роботами.
Да, в будущем люди перемешались и у всех "приятные смуглявенькие личики," как в снах т. Нагульнова.
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Молот Богов

оказывается, еще задолго до Лед Зеппелин как поэтическую метафору использовал Фридрих Ницше.