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  •  What's unfair about it? (16+ / 0-)
    The test asks whether an applicant has ever committed a hate crime or a race-based crime.
    The first part of that is a straight up question because "hate crime" has a legal definition and the answer can only be "yes" or "no."  "Race-based" is more subjective and broad and is, no doubt, an attempt to cover all the bases.  The goal is psychological more than anything else.  As the man said, there are potential applicants who suddenly decided not to apply after they heard they'd be polygraphed.

    Reading up on polygraphs in wikipedia (also not 100% reliable but a good place to start) gave me this:

    Law enforcement agencies and intelligence agencies in the United States are by far the biggest users of polygraph technology. In the United States alone all federal law enforcement agencies either employ their own polygraph examiners or use the services of examiners employed in other agencies.[28] This is despite their unreliability. For example in 1978 Richard Helms, the 8th Director of Central Intelligence, stated that:
    "We discovered there were some Eastern Europeans who could defeat the polygraph at any time. Americans are not very good at it, because we are raised to tell the truth and when we lie it is easy to tell we are lying.
    I, too, thought polygraph results were not admissible in court but that's not wholly true.  
    In 2007, polygraph testimony was admitted by stipulation in 19 states, and was subject to the discretion of the trial judge in federal court.

    To stand in silence when they should be protesting makes cowards out of men. -Abraham Lincoln

    by Eyesbright on Fri Mar 08, 2013 at 03:56:35 PM PST

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