News you may have missed #815 (analysis edition)

Polygraph testBy IAN ALLEN | |
►►Should polygraph tests be trusted?  US federal polygraph programs have flourished, targeting a growing number of private contractors with more intensely personal questions than ever before. More than 70,000 people are now screened yearly in the US. Yet thousands of people a year could be identified as lying in polygraph screenings when they are not, according to statistical models by the National Academies, which advises the federal government on scientific matters. Under the current system, many of them would have no way to legally challenge polygraphists’ conclusions, especially in the intelligence world.
►►Why the US does not need another law against intelligence leaks. Leonard Downie Jr., vice president at large of The Washington Post, warns that the 2013 Intelligence Authorization Act “would make it a crime for career intelligence officers to provide almost any type of information to the news media, whether the information is classified or not”. He argues that the proposed legislation would “end contacts that often benefit both the government and the public by allowing the exchange of accurate information about vital national security issues and intelligence activities, including abuses requiring attention”.
►►The preventable decline of British defense intelligence. Defense intelligence refers to something rather different from ‘military intelligence’. It takes place at the topmost levels of defense coordination and decision-making and draws together participation from all of the armed services with civilian subject-matter and technical experts and produce consolidated assessments for senior civil servants, ministers and the service chiefs of staff. Philip Davies, director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence and Security Studies in the United Kingdom, argues that, in Britain, defense and military intelligence remains “something of a poor cousin in the intelligence community, the eternal Peter robbed to pay the Paul of other, seemingly more urgent, defense expenditure and policy priorities”.

One Response to News you may have missed #815 (analysis edition)

  1. Anonymous says:

    Dear Mr. Allen:

    Re: #815 (Analysis Edition) Should polygraph tests be trusted?

    I was asked if I had any issues before they strapped me in to one of my required counter-intell polygraphs I had to take over my 30 year career. I said yes I have an issue. I said to the investigator the following: If I had gone behind the ‘iron Curtain’ to Moscow during the Vietnam/Cold War in January of 1970 as a ‘poor’ Rhodes Scholar to a “peace conference” and stayed in the most expensive hotel in town. Then after the ‘peace conference’ I had taken a 40 day train trip behind the the ‘Iron Curtain’ and stayed with the family that started the Czech Communist party — would I be sitting here today strapping in? The investigator said “probably not”. We know who did don’t we. See: Clinton’s Czech-communist connection, Published: 04/30/1999 at 1:00 AM Read more at

    After I passed the poly, they asked me to make suggestions to improve the program.

    My suggestion was starting with the Commander in Chief (CINC) the ‘President’ on down the line needed to strap in – no exceptions to politicians.

    Otherwise the ‘system’ is broke.

    Based on Kent Clizbes (Willing Accomplices: How KGB Covert Influence Agents Created Political Correctness and Destroyed America- Author) relatively simple, 3-question process to screen for CI indicators. You can run anyone’s situation through it, and it is pretty reliable in indicating potential KGB Willing Accomplices.

    1. Visited Soviet Union?
    2. Circumstances changed for the better after their visit?
    3. Writings, work, speeches, public acts follow the Muenzenberg Creed (America sucks, capitalism sucks, America is a racist, sexist, foreigner-hating horrible country)?

    Fits William J. Clinton very well.

    The sad thing now is that our current CINC could not pass the ‘vetting’ process that Gary Aldridge (Unlimited Access – An FBI Agent Inside the Clinton Whitehouse – Author) would have run.

    Respectfully yours,

    Mike Beuster
    Blairsville, GA

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