Government officials targeted the customers of two men who were teaching others techniques to pass lie detector tests in job interviews. What did Uncle Sam do? They confiscated the “customer records” of the men, took 4,904 of those customer’s names and other personal information including Social Security numbers, addresses and professions, and sent the information to 30 government agencies including the IRS, CIA, FBI, NSA. An odd thing about the article – the agency first collecting the data is not identified.
Although the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven, authorities hoped to find government employees or applicants who might have tried to use them to lie during the tests required for security clearances. Officials with multiple agencies confirmed that they’d checked the names in their databases and planned to retain the list in case any of those named take polygraphs for federal jobs or criminal investigations.
It turned out, however, that many people on the list worked outside the federal government and lived across the country. Among the people whose personal details were collected were nurses, firefighters, police officers and private attorneys, McClatchy learned. Also included: a psychologist, a cancer researcher and employees of Rite Aid, Paramount Pictures, the American Red Cross and Georgetown University. Source: McClatchyDC
Many of those listed had not taken lie-detector-beating instructions from the men. Some had not been in contact with them at all and some of those whose names were snatched wanted to learn how to pass a lie detector test due to marriage infidelity.
The federal government previously treated such instructors only as nuisances, partly because the polygraph-beating techniques are unproven. Instructors have openly advertised and discussed their techniques online, in books and on national television. As many as 30 people or businesses across the country claim in Web advertisements that they can teach someone how to beat a polygraph test, according to U.S. government estimates.
In the last year, authorities have launched stings targeting Doug Williams, a former Oklahoma City police polygrapher, and Chad Dixon, an Indiana man who is said to have been inspired by Williams’ book on the techniques, people who are familiar with the investigation told McClatchy. Source: The Free Lance-Star
As the article points out, lists of Americans are being put together for one purpose and then are being utilized for other purposes. Like those on the TSA’s No-Fly list, it’s impossible to get your name cleared, and you likely do not know it needs to be cleared until some event in your life shines a light on government misbehavior.
Think about it. If you apply for a government job and you vote conservative, you MUST know how to control your breathing, don’t forget to bite your tongue and due some mental arithmetic so that your conservatism will not be detected. Jobs for known conservatives in our bloated liberal government are close to non-existent.
There is NOTHING sacred about your personal data. There is nothing ‘personal’ about who you are. Your privacy rights are not your right.
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