History of the Lie Detection
Would you believe that an native born FBI agent would be capable of espionage? Robert Hanssen verbally made an agreement in 1976 for employment with the FBI; agreeing he would not be involved or conduct any sort of espionage. During the 25 years as FBI agent, Rob Hanssen, never took a polygraph test. CIA employees endured a polygraph as a condition of employment. In the FBI agents viewed polygraph for criminals to prove cases. Robert Hanssen was accused and proven guilty of selling extremely important documents to Russia, putting the U.S.A. in a very vulnerable state where we are exposed as an open-book to whom ever wants to harm our country. Newspapers tell that Mr. Hanssen knew just about everything undercover regarding the United States. FBI collected boxes of evidence trying to link Rob Hanssen and the national secrets handed over to Russia (2002, The case against Robert Hanssen). What is scary about this case is Rob Hanssen was one of the few selected members involved with intelligence who knew the ins and outs of everything top secret. Due to Rob Hanssen's intensive deceit against the United States of
America, there new procedures with the computer systems, regulations, and more polygraph testing on government employees.
Lie detection can be dated back to the 1800’s. The first devise used for lie detection was from William Marston an American Physiologist from Massachusetts which he named the “Systolic blood pressure deception test.” William Marston created this machine that checked the blood pressure while observing physical body changes. In World War 1 William Marston’s machine was put to use by the Secretary of War for investigations regarding counterintelligence. The United States Military had used lie detection as a tool extensively during World War 2 as well. The CIA started to employ these tools in the era... [continues]
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