Lie detectors travel seekers at the border Agency

In this Dec. 3, 2014 file photo, a U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer checks under the hood of a car as it waits, in the United States from Tijuana, Mexico through the San Ysidro port of entry in San Diego. Under a polygraph is a condition of employment with CBP, in 2012, after a huge rent surge was led to be arrested more agents and for misconduct. (AP Photo/Gregory Bull)

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SAN DIEGO – David Kirk was a career Navy pilot with a top secret security clearance and a record of the flying classified missions. He was in the cockpit, as President George W. Bush and Vice President Dick Cheney, and Joe Biden traveled to the capital of the nation with the helicopter.

With credentials like that, Kirk was amazed to fail a lie detector, if he guards for a pilot job with the US Customs and Border Protection,, the 6,000 miles of border with Mexico and Canada. After two controversial lie detector sessions lasted a combined eight hours, Kirk said, he drove home, “with my tail between my legs,” ask how things had gone so wrong.

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Two of the three applicants for the CBP, not his lie detector, according to the Agency-more than double the average rate of eight law enforcement agencies, the data from the Associated Press under the open-records requests.

It is a large base of around 2,000 jobs at the nation’s largest law enforcement agency, the blank, with the Border Patrol, a part of CBP, recently slipping below 20 000 agents for the first time since 2009. And it has raised questions of whether the lie detector will be administered the tests properly.

CBP Commissioner Gil Kerlikowske, said the failure rate is too high, but it is not for the most part, because the Agency still attracted to the candidate who wants it. He and other law enforcement experts claim that polygraphs are usually works as intended, at the Agency, which has tried, at the root of bribery and other corruption.

But others, including lawmakers, Union leaders and polygraph experts who claim that the use of lie detectors has gone wrong, and that many applicants are subject to an unusually long and hostile interrogation, which some people say is deceptive appearance, even if you tell the truth.

Republican sen Jeff Flake of Arizona, said he believed that the CBP fail the examiner applicant to justify their own jobs. He said he worries applicants unfairly branded with a “scarlet letter” in the eyes of other potential government employers.

“There seems to be no good explanation, and when we hear that so many of the anecdotal stories, it starts to look like a trend where you feel to fail as they, a certain number,” he said. “It makes you angry, that man.”

In December, the Homeland Security Department inspector General said it was checking whether CBP polygraphs are effective in the setting. The recruitment difficulties have become so acute that the Border Patrol has recently the unusual step of asking Congress to use money earmarked for 300 jobs for other purposes. This casts doubt on President-elect Donald Trump’s promise to add 5,000 agents.


Under a polygraph is a condition of employment with CBP, in 2012, after a huge rent surge was led to be arrested more agents and for misconduct.

James Tomsheck said, if he CBP chief of internal affairs from 2006 to 2014 was approved 30 applicants during the polygraph test that they were sent by drug cartels; it was said that he killed his newborn son.

An applicant disclosed his brother-in-law wanted to have it said to smuggle cocaine on the job, and another, he used marijuana to 9,000 time, even the night before his exam, according to the Government Accountability Office.

Interviews with six candidates who failed to clear the lie-detector-fit patterns: The controller the sound changes abruptly, leveling accusation of lying or holding back something. The job-seekers, denies and the interview goes in circles for hours. Some are not invited for a second visit, this ends differently.

Luis Granado applied to the Border Patrol in 2014, with military experience and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Arizona. His father is an agent, and Granado, in order to proud to try on the badges as a boy.

“That was my dream job,” says Granado, 31, who is now a full-time air force reservists in Tucson, Arizona. “I wanted to follow in my father’s footsteps.”

He said that the auditor switching him for answers that were “too emphatic, too fast” and told him to stop, grit my teeth.

Granado said the auditor was troubled by the confession that he cheated on a test in high school. If he always denied belonging to a cartel or terrorist group, the suspended controller and said, “Well, I think you are being deceptive,” says Granado. After two sessions that lasted a total of 12 hours, its conditional job offer was revoked.

CBP declined to comment on the individual cases.

CBP Kerlikowske ‘ of the Agency-polygraph failure rate at about 65 percent. The AP asked law enforcement agencies throughout the country for two years, the lie detector-data for applicants, including the police departments in the nation, the 10 largest cities and in the big cities along the Mexican border. Eight of them, the figures provided showed an average failure rate of 28 percent.

Tomsheck said, if he failure rates of less than 35 percent had CBP was the internal Affairs of the chief, other Federal agencies, including the FBI and Secret Service. The U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Federal Agency, the data passed in the AP failed 36 percent in the past two years.

Mark Handler, editor-in-chief of the American Polygraph Association, said default rates of over 30 percent are typical rents in law enforcement.

Kerlikowske explains that the Agency is not always the candidate that wants it, because the CBP, created in the year 2003, “non-brand” and is unfamiliar to some.

Among other possible reasons offered, by some experts for the Agency’s failure rate: CBP, maybe the standards are higher than local departments, and experienced applicants who have never before come less, is a lie detector.

The duration of the CBP-examination strikes some experts as unusual.

“If there is a test with a duration of four to eight hours, your polygrapher is either incompetent or a fool or both,” said Capt. Alan Hamilton, commanding officer of the Los Angeles police Department recruitment and employment division. His Department tests not longer than 90 minutes.

Handler said extended, accusatory interviews can lead to errors, for people who tell the truth. Lie detectors measure the blood pressure, the sweating and breathing.

Polygraphs are usually not admissible in court, and to hire a Federal law bars private employers from using it. The military is not with you on the screen enlistees, and some law enforcement agencies do not use them in the setting, including the New York Police Department, U.S. Marshals Service and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement.


To hire CBP, under pressure, recently standards, which is based on previous marijuana use and, under a law that came into force in December, can do without polygraph for veterans with top secret loosened shares.

Kirk, 47, Friendswood, Texas, applied to CBP in 2013 after 20 years as a naval officer and calls it one of the worst experiences of his life. In the Marines, “one of our biggest mantras of our honesty and integrity,” he said. “Someone called me a liar, I take it very personally.”

During the 2013 lie-detector tests, he said, he was accused of fraud, his wife, and the improper handling of classified information, and was told he was acting like a drug dealer trying to infiltrate the Agency. Kirk vehemently denies the allegations.


The accusation of marital infidelity “almost made me want to jump over the Desk,” said the father of four. He told the examiner that he tried marijuana in high school and says the biggest mark on the Album is a speeding ticket.

“They treated me like a criminal,” said Kirk, now a private pilot. “I don’t know who was better qualified to occupy me for this post.”

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