The Use of Polygraphs and Similar Devices by Federal Agencies

The Use of Polygraphs and Similar Devices by Federal Agencies : Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Ninety-Third Congress, Second Session; June 4 and 5, 1974 (Classic Reprint)

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Excerpt from The Use of Polygraphs and Similar Devices by Federal Agencies: Hearings Before a Subcommittee of the Committee on Government Operations, House of Representatives, Ninety-Third Congress, Second Session; June 4 and 5, 1974 The American Civil Liberties Union strongly Opposes compulsory submission to any form of mechanical lie detector test. The Union's policy statement on the polygraph was adopted in 1954 and reads in part: No person may be required, by moral or legal compulsion, to submit to a lie detector test. The alleged lie detector, at least at this stage of its development, is not ready to be compulsorily administered, in View of the lack of a sufficient number bf experts to administer tests and interpret the results, the temperamental unsuitability of many subjects, and the fact that an habitual or pathological liar might pass the test even if he is guilty. The 1954 policy, however, was qualified by the statement that [n]o civil liberties objection can be made to a person's volunteering to subject himself to a test. With the increasing use of polygraph testing in the last decade by employers and industrial security agencies, this qualification became less realistic. Recognizing that polygraph testing in the employment setting is potentially an invidious method of surveillance where consent is meaningless, the aclu in 1966 stated that it Opposes at all levels the use of lie detector tests as a condition of employment and seeks legislation to prohibit their use in both the public and private fields. About the Publisher Forgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.com This book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully; any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.show more

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