April 26, 1989 |
When federal judges allow testimony on the results of lie detector tests, they risk the possibility of reversal because higher courts--especially the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals--have set narrow boundaries under which such evidence can be used. In the case of former FBI Agent Richard Miller, whose conviction for spying was overturned Tuesday, the 9th Circuit Court ruled that U.S. District Judge David V. Kenyon erred by allowing "extensive" testimony about Miller's polygraph examination, which he failed, thus exposing the jury to the "full prejudicial impact" of the lie detector results.
August 29, 1986 |
Adolph Coors Co. plans to stop its controversial use of lie detectors to screen job applicants, switching to other screening methods starting Monday, a newspaper reported Thursday. The Denver Post said that the brewing company, which has more than 10,000 employees nationwide, has been looking for alternatives to the polygraph since Congress began considering a variety of bills that would curb use of lie detectors in work-place screening. "If people are on narcotics we'll find it.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 27, 1986
I have a suggestion for getting to the bottom of the Iran arms-contra scandal. President Reagan and all his Cabinet members should take polygraph examinations and tell everything they know about the situation. The President has frequently expressed his enthusiasm for the polygraph as a fact-finding tool, particularly in cases involving national security. The current scandal presents a perfect opportunity for Mr. Reagan to demonstrate his faith in the machine. JANET R. BENDER Somerset, Pa.
May 16, 1999
Re "Suspected Spy Faced Inquiry 15 Years Ago," May 6: First, the FBI never tells the New Mexico lab or the Energy Department that Wen Ho Lee failed a polygraph test. When in a review of Lee's top-secret "Q" rating the information about the polygraph is discovered, it was sent to the Energy Department and was subsequently lost. The information that the FBI investigation would not be jeopardized if Lee's security clearance was lifted, or if he were transferred, was not passed on to officials at the Los Alamos lab. Did you ever wonder what happened to the Keystone Kops of silent movie fame?
April 10, 2014 |
Stealing secrets about an Internet prototype requires KGB spy Philip Jennings (Matthew Rhys) to work with an alcoholic Soviet sympathizer in Episode 7 (“Arpanet”) of “The Americans” on FX. A visit to the apartment of Charles Duluth (Reg Rogers) confirms Philip's suspicions. Charles is an unreliable drunk. He's sober during a meeting with a tech expert, however, who explains in layman's terms how a “virtual highway” connects military and scientific communities worldwide.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
September 27, 1986
Along with mandatory drug testing, I think that we should also have the Army search all private homes for unregistered firearms. We should begin with National Rifle Assn. members. Then we should have random administration of polygraph examinations to determine if anyone is hiding anything. It's a foolproof way to uncover lawbreakers. And as long as we're at it, we ought to give Reagan, his Cabinet and the Congress an IQ test, although I suspect none of them are hiding any intelligence.