FIRST ON CNN: Intel chief wants more lie detector tests to deter leaks
June 7th, 2012
12:59 PM ET

FIRST ON CNN: Intel chief wants more lie detector tests to deter leaks

By Suzanne Kelly

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper wants more government employees to be subject to an enhanced lie detector test as a deterrent to leaking classified information, an intelligence source told CNN Thursday.

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As he briefs top intelligence lawmakers who are outraged over a series of recent leaks of classified information, Clapper wants to widen the numbers of people across government agencies who would be required to take the “Counterintelligence Polygraph,” the source said.

The move would be aimed at government employees who hold top-secret clearance, including employees at the 16 intelligence agencies he oversees, but also at other departments, such as State and Defense, which have employees with access to similar information, according to the intelligence source. But the scope of Clapper's efforts would not include White House officials who also are privy to classified information.As of now, not everyone with that clearance level is required to take this specific polygraph, which, the source said, would have questions added to it, including whether the employee has passed information to journalists or other unauthorized recipients, for example.

Clapper is pushing for a number of bold changes to government procedures in order to detect and stop leaks, according to the source, which would also include looking at circumstances under which clearances might be revoked or suspended, and reviewing a number of other administrative policies.

Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-California, who chairs the Senate Intelligence Committee, is calling for new provisions to be added to the intelligence authorization bill, including requiring congressional notification of authorized leaks of information, and finding more severe ways to crack down on those who are not cleared to disclose information but do it anyway.

Feinstein was joined by counterparts on the House Committee on Intelligence in saying that a recent string of leaks are dangerous to the U.S. intelligence community and sometimes endanger lives.

Included among those instances were: disclosures about an ongoing operation deep inside al Qaeda as they developed a bomb to potentially be used against the United States; reports of drones carrying out targeted killings; and leaked information about the Stuxnet virus, which rendered centrifuges at an Iranian nuclear enrichment facility inoperable.

Sen. Saxby Chambliss, R-Georgia, the ranking member on the Senate Intelligence Committee, said after meeting with Clapper that there is "no more important issue than this issue."

Sen. John McCain, R-Arizona, has blamed the White House of intentionally leaking classified information to burnish President Barack Obama's national security image five months before the presidential election.

National Security Council spokesman Tommy Vietor said Thursday that those allegations "have no basis in fact." Feinstein and Senate Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman John Kerry, D-Massachusetts, said they do not believe recent leaks came from the top ranks of the White House.

soundoff (160 Responses)
  1. PK

    Why is CNN not reporting that Diane Feinstein and a counsel investigating leaks says they are coming from the White House. Dont you think that might be a little important?

    July 24, 2012 at 8:48 am | Reply
  2. B17

    Since Clapper brought this lie detector thing up let's apply it in this order. Start with the infamous Fast and Furious and put Obummer and then Holder to the test. Then broaden the topic to WH leaks and again test Obummer and Holder first. If they pass, then it can be broaden to other government employees.

    June 26, 2012 at 7:08 pm | Reply
  3. karna

    Anyone who has taken polys will tell you how crude the device is. In the 80's Reagan wanted to expand the use of polygraphs (including polygraphing his cabinet) due to leaks in that era. His Sec. State at that time, George Shultz refused and told Ronnie that he would resign if he was asked to taken one.

    Polygraphs are not accurate but are used as a 'coercive interrogation device'. They do elicit various confessions during screening because polygraph sessions can drag on for 3-4 hours at a time (full scope poly) and your focus can waver.

    The main issue with the polygraph however is that it is very blunt. It does measure overall physiological responses decently but it is not accurate at pinpointing issues for a particular question.

    John Pollard, Aldrich Ames, Richard Hassen all passed polys. They are used a lot at the IC's because it is cheaper to weed out potential employees before initiating expensive Background Investigations but polys do not do a good job accurate separting wheat from chaff. They throw the baby out with the bathwater. A crude instrument that provides a false sense of security to agencies who do not want to spend the extra/actually investigate all case files/employees.

    June 13, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  4. gman90210

    "Remarkably, nearly as many contractors hold top secret clearances (524,990) as do federal workers (666,008)."

    This is going to take awhile...

    June 8, 2012 at 9:26 am | Reply
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    June 8, 2012 at 2:32 am | Reply
  6. Really??

    This thread has got to win the "most immature posts" award of the day.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:34 pm | Reply
  7. Mikeeeee

    Save time and money - just start at the top.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:31 pm | Reply
  8. HenkV

    Lie detector tests don't work for people who do not know the difference between right and wrong or that lie for a living.
    Don't waste your time in DC.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Reply
    • closer3

      No kidding. If the lie detectors aren't going to include those at the White House, nothing will be accomplished.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:24 pm | Reply
  9. Brian

    Lie detectors are complete pseudo-scientific nonsense. You might as well administer chakra tests.

    June 7, 2012 at 6:11 pm | Reply
  10. Citizen Roy

    I'd like to give Dick Cheney a polygraph.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:54 pm | Reply
    • Jack Be Humble

      The polygraph for Dick Cheney should only be done... if it includes industrial 440v shocks when he tells a fib. :D

      June 7, 2012 at 6:08 pm | Reply
  11. jony

    Start with the WHite House

    June 7, 2012 at 5:39 pm | Reply
  12. johnymac60

    This is idiotic. POLYGRAPHS DO NOT WORK. The only folks who will claim they do are polygraph operators.This is pseudo-science at it worst.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:38 pm | Reply
    • TJ

      I agree, see how well it worked with preventing what Aldrich Ames and Robert Hanssen did.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:17 pm | Reply
      • JJ

        Oh HUSH now! The war on Drugs is working perfectly! "Lie Detector" science proven many times through common psychiatric analysis has results that show they don't work, BUT they kind of work if you spread the lie that they do! So we just gotta keep spreading the lie that Gun control works! That lie detectors work, and that the war on drugs is working and just wait a little while longer for it all to come true.

        Sarcasm off now. how much longer do we have to wait before we can throw out grandpas shoddy scientific practices?

        What we need are professional psychological evaluations to analyze people, not 'space age" seismographs.

        June 9, 2012 at 1:40 pm |
  13. genebrady

    It's all about Israel....

    June 7, 2012 at 5:33 pm | Reply
  14. Yeah

    The should have started with Baby Bush four years ago..The worst President ever

    June 7, 2012 at 5:29 pm | Reply
  15. kmac

    Obama can release anything he wants as President. What makes any of you thing any or even part is the truth or no part of mislead or any of the other games than other games that intel plays. Explain why most Russian advisors left Iran before the virus hit. Suppose we cover something there by talking here? Truth is a lie and lies are the truth sometimes.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:19 pm | Reply
    • old gaffer

      The President is held to the same rules of protecting classified information as the rest of us that hold access are. It's perhaps arguable that he can release whatever he wants, but that doesn't make it declassified, just leaked.

      Congress and the White House are two of the biggest leakers of classified information going, followed closely be a largely irresponsible press that prints everything it ca get its hands on without a moment's consideration for potential damage to the U.S.

      Another VERY serious problem is over-classification; some agencies would classify the menu at the local carry out if they could get away with it. When everything is classified, nothing is protected.

      June 8, 2012 at 9:48 am | Reply
  16. davecu

    Start with the Obamas. I dare them to take it.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • raul

      lol yeah to find out he was born in hawaii

      June 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
    • gman90210

      Mr. Obama, you yourself wrote before you wanted to be President that you were born on Kenya. Your publisher had it on record for years, and you never changed it. All of a sudden now it's a 'typo'. Care to explain that?

      June 8, 2012 at 9:21 am | Reply
  17. just an American

    Please people, stop saying The President leaked classified material, he is the only person that can declassify at will so if the President wants to tell anyone anything he can do it. And as for leaaking, every government leaks for a varity of reasons it is the way the world works.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  18. SaveRMiddle

    No need for the tests now. They can just check to see who's googled "Beating lie detector results". Should save the taxpayers.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
  19. Wootings

    Only the catastrophically moronic have any faith in polygraph testing...they have a 100% failure rate in their originally-intended purpose – catching spies.

    Yup. No spies ever have failed a polygraph test. On the flipside, it's easy to fail a polygraph test even if you're not guilty.

    The very fact that such things are still legal...let alone tolerated...is a massive embarrassment.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
  20. Gary

    I agree with the LIE detector tests. Being an intelligence professional you have a responsbility. Unfortunately, the folks who are in the White House (The People's Home) do not seem to care. They are only there for a short time and think they can do and say what they want with impunity while the rest of us professionals know we could go to jail for leaking information. I believe they are doing it with the blessing at the highest level in the USG.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:10 pm | Reply
    • Engineer

      Ok, Gary. It's your turn.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:15 pm | Reply
  21. BADBADOBAMA

    its funny how people in this administration talk and talk and talk. Sooner or later they may release some info that gets Obama impreached. I am sure Obama is a dirty president. looking at his history of influence by people like Bill Ayers etc.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:08 pm | Reply
    • deeman

      really? and the past admin wasn't dirty. no bid contracts awarded to the vp's company, both are head deep in the oil business, and oh yeah, god told him to invade iraq. typical repub to point fingers while their own party is all messed up. nothing like passing the blame.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:24 pm | Reply
      • johnymac60

        I know you are but what am I? I know you are.......

        June 7, 2012 at 5:40 pm |
  22. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Please find out who did it because John McCain is sounding like Donald Trump making accusations but can't give any names.

    June 7, 2012 at 5:04 pm | Reply
  23. Paul Price

    What is really funny is that there is a "Senate Intelligence Committee" and a "House Intelligence Committee"! Oxymorons like Jumbo Shrimp!

    June 7, 2012 at 5:01 pm | Reply
  24. TheGrimJester

    Why not do tarot readings? They are just as accurate as a polygraph machine.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:46 pm | Reply
    • JOE

      I DON'T THINK BIEBER WOULD APROVE

      June 7, 2012 at 4:54 pm | Reply
    • johnymac60

      Why can't I like your comment? I do, I do!

      June 7, 2012 at 5:41 pm | Reply
  25. dd

    The first test should be Obama. The people would laugh their butts off seeing that everything out of his mouth is a lie.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:44 pm | Reply
  26. WDinDallas

    Start with Axelrod.,..

    June 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
  27. bobby frank- dallas, texas

    Can't any of you folks spell correctly? That really makes us look pretty bad if you can't spell the word.....leaks not leeks and requirement not requirment....oh boy!

    June 7, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Reply
    • WDinDallas

      Dickhed and not Dikhead.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm | Reply
    • ANN

      Yes, it is pretty bad. I agree it makes us look pretty bad and uneducated.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:59 pm | Reply
    • Bob dowlen

      Tea Partie losers.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:11 pm | Reply
    • SaveRMiddle

      Says the person who doesn't properly use Capital Letters?
      Come on.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
    • Mikeeeee

      I like leeks... good in a salad.

      June 7, 2012 at 6:39 pm | Reply
  28. thedoctor

    Study the science. Polygraph tests don't work.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:34 pm | Reply
    • Bob dowlen

      Maybe you need to take one since you know it all.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:12 pm | Reply
      • johnymac60

        You're a liar.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:42 pm |
  29. Oblame-o the clown

    Haha, hook that thing up to O-blame-o the clown and it will blow up.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Paul Price

      And exactly what will YOU be blowing?

      June 7, 2012 at 4:47 pm | Reply
      • Mikeeeee

        Not exactly what Monica did, I'd presume...

        June 7, 2012 at 6:42 pm |
  30. Bleh64

    Wow, and everyone accused Bush of wanting a police state. Here we go, next will be the GPS transmitters and computer chips with all of our information.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:30 pm | Reply
    • Augie

      This is for people who are going to have access to classified information.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:40 pm | Reply
  31. SaneConservative

    Does the President undergo polygraph tests? Should he?

    June 7, 2012 at 4:28 pm | Reply
    • Paul Price

      Agreed, Bush and Cheney should have.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:49 pm | Reply
    • karna

      no elected officials are subject to poly. POTUS/Congress that have access to ts/sci info do not need to be poly or subject to SSBI.

      June 13, 2012 at 2:34 pm | Reply
  32. stewart

    leaks are have been good for the government keeps em honest to some degree
    going them anyway start the lairs on capital hill

    June 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  33. Moosehockey

    I had a security clearance for over 40 years when I worked in the defense industry. If I had spilled the beans as often as these political hacks have, I would still be in San Quentin. I knew the importance of keeping my mouth shut and it is obvious these dimwits do not!

    June 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm | Reply
  34. Mike

    Better have Congress and their staffers take the polygraph too since they are some of the biggest leakers

    June 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
  35. IHateLies

    So the Director of National Intelligence wants to waterboard its own employees. They may not say that now, but that's where it eventually goes.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm | Reply
    • itsso

      They will go for relatively employees, with diverse backgrounds. CI & CO will subsequently, create a "witch hunt" to find something anything to discredit this person. They will find something. Because everyone makes mistakes and it all depends how behavior is interpreted. Most likely they will find some minor issue. It will be something others are allowed to get away with every day. However, in the case of the targeted individual they will argue: See we told you: "these people should not work for us." Because once targeted the office doing the investigations feel they need to prove themselves. Its all about the ego at this point and not about being fair to the employee.
      The „system" will spend enormous amounts of energy and resources on these individuals, not giving up, because it has to be proven that: "they were right all along. Meanwhile the leaking will go on. End of the story the target employee´s reputation will be ruined (because none of their personal information is really personal and for years to come the employee will have to face the music), the government will have spend our tax dollars barking up the wrong tree and THE LEAKING CONTINUES.
      At least the intolerant extreme right wing will have succeeded in running out another employee, "who should not be there anyway."

      June 7, 2012 at 5:16 pm | Reply
      • johnymac60

        Riigghhtttttt! Because the intolerant, murderous LEFT-wing would never do that. Right? Barry? What say you?

        June 7, 2012 at 5:44 pm |
  36. Steve

    Start with obama, then work your way through the White House and his reelection staff. That's where the leeks are.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
    • OhPlease

      1. Nice spelling. I'm sad that you are able to vote. 2. It was Dick Cheney that ousted a CIA clandestine agent for clearly political purposes...name one thing President Obama or any of his staff has ever leaked ( <--correct spelling)

      June 7, 2012 at 4:43 pm | Reply
    • Jay Bates

      Leeks, I love leeks! Add a little butter...mmmm.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:51 pm | Reply
    • Dick Bush

      What a losers. Must be a leek for tea party.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:14 pm | Reply
  37. Me

    Isn't it the first requirment for all govt officials to be able to fake a polygraph test? Or is it to be able to lie convencingly? Can't remember which it is?

    June 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm | Reply
  38. SeeThruIt2

    That's a great idea.

    Demand that more people have a polygraph before they can work for the government. And since you can't get most jobs without first having the polygraph, that makes those who DO have a polygraph more expensive (eg. government employees).

    June 7, 2012 at 4:18 pm | Reply
  39. Jon

    Polys present more problems than they solve.

    The poly comes down to the reader, and this person will always be pressured to come up with a quota (goal is mroe accurate) of how many positives they will get.

    Polys act as a deterrent for epople to do their jobs. For example, after Ames was found, the CIA went on a poly spree, and their initial poly spree showed some ridiculous number like 40% of all operatives were spying against the US. This poly spree created paranoia throughout the agency because now people were too scared for their jobs to communicate to others, thus leading to intelligence breakdowns. It is this intel breakdown that led to the 9/11 attacks as by then, the CIA has been so gutted and filled with fear, no one wanted to share any info because they were scared of being accused as a spy.

    A poly is not accurate, and it relies on the reader who can have bias in their interpretation. The FBI fought to keep it in their hiring, yet fought against its use in the court system, because they know how inaccurate it is, but since they have so many applicants, they do not care that over 50% of them fail the poly.

    The thing about the poly is you cannot prove a negative. So for example, it shows you lied about doing drugs in the past; how can you prove you did not? It is impossible to prove something you did not do, like trying to prove Santa does not exist, it is a fallacy.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:14 pm | Reply
  40. JerseyJoe

    I heard they gave John Boehner a similar test a while back and ask him if he put the welfare of the America people over the profits of Big Business. He said "Yes". They still haven't found the needle from the polygraph machine, although rumor has it that it was spotted by the Hubble Telescope passing Jupiter.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:09 pm | Reply
    • Bleh64

      I'm conservative by nature, but i have to admit, that's funny i don't care who ya are!!!

      June 7, 2012 at 4:27 pm | Reply
  41. TJeff1776

    J. Edgar Hoover once said "The so-called lie detector test" has released more guilty criminals AND convicted more innocent people than any instrument I know"........its a gauge on the nervous system which can be manipulated with drugs and other mental methods....its a farce. Non-confessors nearly always beat tha heat.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:08 pm | Reply
    • Chris Sparks

      Just a guess, but I would say J. Edgar didn't have access to the same technology in his polygraph machines as we do today. Just a thought. Like saying Eli Whitney's cotton gin shouldn't be used today. No S**T, Sherlock!

      June 7, 2012 at 4:20 pm | Reply
      • nogomel

        J.Edgars dress had wires that allowed him to cheat on polygraphs.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:36 pm |
      • johnymac60

        No. Seriously. There is no technology to improve. The information is available, don't take my word for it.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
    • Dick Bush

      Did you hear that on Fox? I thought George Bush said that. You are quite the history buff on the polygraph. Maybe you have have taken one? I Tea Party proude.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:17 pm | Reply
  42. dreamer96

    They should start with the GOP in Congress anyone that signed Grover NOquist's pledge...and remember Mitch McConnell said his number one goal was to make Obama a one term President...so he could be leaking information to make Obama look bad...just like Dick Cheney and his office help to out a CIA undercover agent..Oh that is right some one else took the fall for that...

    June 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  43. da

    what a joke. the subject of every major spy case in the last 40 years or so has had multiple CI polys. most had passed a lifestyle poly. Director Clapper knows this, and should know that the entire program is a huge waste of tax dollars that should have been eliminated long ago. pathetic.

    June 7, 2012 at 4:05 pm | Reply
  44. reddog9500

    Does anyone here doubt that someone can be "trained" to fool a "lie detector" test? Even torture cannot get at the "truth". You subject me to torture and I'll admit that I'm the Queen of England, if that's what you want me to do to stop the pain.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm | Reply
  45. reddog9500

    (Just coming on, but if someone has already addressed this, cut me a little slack, please.)

    It's my understanding that a "lie detector" test is inadmissible in a court of law, because there are so many chances that the results may be wrong. So, if that's true, then why do so many prosecutors/defenders continue to use it to determine someone's guilt (or innocence)? Am I missing something?

    June 7, 2012 at 3:51 pm | Reply
    • johnymac60

      Cops who have a really weak case or are incompetent frequently use it as a 'tool' to manipulate their prime suspect into confessing. You won't take it? Why? What do you have to hide? You failed? may as well come clean, boy.

      June 7, 2012 at 5:49 pm | Reply
  46. Excitizen

    Boy! The repub.lican trolls are out in full force today! LOL Sit and spin your brains out calling for a lie detector test for Obama and calling him a liar ROTFLMAO! I guess that's easier than admitting to the multi-trillion dollar disaster that is the Iraq war – based completely and totally on lies. Those two criminals have never been made to answer for that. Oops, your rasism is showing again!

    June 7, 2012 at 3:47 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      iT'S NOT JUST TODAY.
      fOX STOPPED ALLOWING COMMENTS OVER AT THE PIG PEN, SO THEY ALL CAME OVER HERE TO SPREAD THEIR RACIST FILTH.
      jUST IGNORE THEN.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:56 pm | Reply
  47. mark

    I really do not understand what many hope to gain by the cheap shots at Obama or Bush or Cheney – was it supposed to clever? did they think are scoring points? actually persuading anyone. There are two problems with this 1) it's partisan so most of us just ignore it 2) Its ALL been heard before – none of it is overly clever, earth shattering, new, except to discount the opinions of those posting. What is the point?

    June 7, 2012 at 3:44 pm | Reply
    • Excitizen

      it's called an open forum for posting one's opinions under freedom of speech

      June 7, 2012 at 3:50 pm | Reply
      • Norm

        gO AWAY fOXTARD.
        nOBODY LIKES YOU.

        June 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  48. Steve

    Bring back Vladi and impelling.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:39 pm | Reply
    • LOL

      Ah, yes, the notorious Vlad the Impeller, who terrorized the populace with his practice of dismembering his victims by forcing them through hydroelectric turbines.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:48 pm | Reply
      • johnymac60

        HAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA. YOU! are the smartest person on here. I vote for you.

        June 7, 2012 at 5:50 pm |
      • Mikeeeee

        Seriously... LOL... too funny

        June 7, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  49. Lady Sal

    Lie detectors do not work at all. They are wasting money asking people to take it. I know for a fact they are no good. There is no such thing as a lie dectector when will stupid people give this up. No true scientist or educated person would say using such a machine can detect the truth unless they cheated in school

    June 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
    • Clint

      Even George Burns was wrong about Gaylord Focker on multiple occasions. Lie detectors can't be trusted.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:28 pm | Reply
    • Clint

      Opps. It was Jack Burns. Not George.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:29 pm | Reply
    • da

      technically, the IC refers to it as a polygraph examination. only lazy & sensationalist "reporters" call it a lie detector. but you are correct, it does not work.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:54 pm | Reply
  50. I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

    Sure you don't want to employ water-boarding? and witch burning too? The Vatican can advise and loan you some medieval torture devices that they used on early Christians during the Inquisition! Silly people, secrets are for criminals!

    June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
    • Steve

      In reality, Vatican inquisition, torture and burning was directed at anybody not followng the Vatican line especially scientists like Bruno (1600). Spanish Inquisitions in the 1500 was directed against the remaining Jews who "converted" but secretly practiced their Jewish faith. Hitler was a copycat.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:34 pm | Reply
  51. mbal

    LOL. Polygraphs don't work. This director should know better. One of his buddies must own a polygraph firm.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:16 pm | Reply
    • I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

      LMAO but I believe you!

      June 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm | Reply
      • da

        not laughing, this is my tax dollars being incinerated, but I believe it too. DNI should know better. the rest of us do.

        June 7, 2012 at 3:57 pm |
  52. vsb

    Jeez people! I wonder if your comments would be so flippant if you had friends or families in the special forces of our military putting their lives on the line? These talking heads vying for political points in the Obama Administration are on the verge of commiting treason.

    June 7, 2012 at 3:13 pm | Reply
    • I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

      no more than the last one did.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:21 pm | Reply
    • Excitizen

      I hope you were just as outraged at the Bush W.H. leaks that directly outed FBI agents. Also, I just don't see how talking about cyber attacks puts anyone in danger or the program. They are constantly changing and, to one extent or the other, almost every industrialized nation is using them. How does one prove what country a virus comes from after their computer has been attacked? As far as putting forces in danger, I think the disgusting behavior of those troops in Afghanistan have done much more damage and have truly put U.S. forces all over the world in danger.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:37 pm | Reply
    • Norm

      Yes...it's only an outrage when it's the "other guy" doing it.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:00 pm | Reply
  53. Tom

    I guess it makes sense... he sort of looks like a HITLER!!!!?

    Are we even in America anymore?

    June 7, 2012 at 2:56 pm | Reply
    • I Like to tiE My doG To the rooF Of tHE famILY Car for FUN

      MItt says you're in AmerCIA...

      June 7, 2012 at 3:22 pm | Reply
  54. Hmm...

    We have an Intelligence Chief? Wow! Who would have guessed?

    Okay, Intelligence Chief... Pakistan, P...A...K...I...S...T...A...N, rhymes with Packer fan, and is near India...is bad. Yep, bad. That means no good, horrible, evil, our enemy. Do not, I repeat, not, send them any money. That is the green stuff with pictures of presidents on it.

    If you do not understand what I am saying, go to Pakistan and ask them to explain it to you in plain English while you are wearing a tee shirt with an American flag plastered all over it. Make sure to have a boom box blasting Lady Gaga at full volume so they know you are coming. Swear to them on the Bible that you will do your best to build schools to educate them in civil rights, especially for minorities, women and gays. And maybe even promise to erect a monument of Mohammed in Washington, D.C. Show them a proposed picture of the mock-up. Make sure to finalize any agreement with a left-handed handshake over a beer or two.

    And then get back with me and tell me what you've learned.

    June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
  55. dallastexas75205

    Can we give Bush and Cheney one first???

    June 7, 2012 at 2:52 pm | Reply
    • Never Debate

      Good one,

      June 7, 2012 at 3:01 pm | Reply
    • Clint

      Give it up dude. Bush hasn't been in office in over 3 years. I can't believe you are still stuck on that. How about you focus on the current president's failures and lies and deception.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:27 pm | Reply
      • Excitizen

        Actually, we all still live every single day with the damage, both financially and globally, that were created by that disasterous 8 years, so it's valid whether you agree with it or not.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
      • Paul Price

        We should forget the damage done by W for 8 years, and pretend that all this mess is Obama's? You will find many war widows, war orphans, injured vets who will take exception to that. Bushy walked out with 700,000 jobs a month disappearing, 2 UNFUNDED wars underway, Medicaid Drug Plan unfunded, auto industry on death's bed, huge tax cuts to those wonderful "Job Creators"....on and on. Take your head out.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:58 pm |
  56. Far smarter than you

    Start with the guy in the Oval Office please. Thanks.

    June 7, 2012 at 2:49 pm | Reply
    • dallastexas75205

      Well we need to start at the beginning of this mess to figure out how to never repeat it again. Obviously that would only be accomplished by never electing another republican again.

      June 7, 2012 at 2:55 pm | Reply
      • Never Debate

        Good response.

        June 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • Anarkhos

        Then start with Clinton and don't stop with Obama! Lying isn't a partisan sport, it's the sport of kings.

        June 7, 2012 at 3:18 pm |
  57. levi

    Why don't we just waterboard them. If it was good enough for Bush and Cheney, it ought to be good enough for Obama!

    June 7, 2012 at 2:38 pm | Reply
    • Ca Ed

      what do you think "enhanced lie detectors" are?

      Next will be the Iron Maiden and Thumb Screws with the Gibbet hanging outside NSA offices occupied by those found "guilty".

      June 7, 2012 at 2:57 pm | Reply
  58. TheTruth

    As if a "lie detector" actually works – there's a reason they not allowed in court as evidence.

    June 7, 2012 at 2:37 pm | Reply
  59. Disanitnodicos

    They need to start with the president. He is in serious need of a lie detector test.

    June 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
    • Mindset

      Agreed !!

      June 7, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Reply
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    June 7, 2012 at 2:30 pm | Reply
  61. Bob Kealey

    The lawmakers constantly leak information under the “condition of anonymity” Why is they do not take a poly? Especially the intelligence commity? (contradiction in terms) They see data that’s classified way beyond the TS full scope poly’s! Don’t care if you’re an elected official they should have to test as well! That will stop a lot!

    June 7, 2012 at 2:17 pm | Reply
    • Scott

      For starters, Obama, Holder, and Pelosi should be given a lie detector test every morning, noon, and night. When they lie they should be knocked in the side of the head.

      June 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
    • Troy

      Did you mean to say "comity" or "committee" ? At least you spelled intelligence correctly even if the rest of you post was unintelligible.

      June 7, 2012 at 3:19 pm | Reply
  62. OrionStyles

    Typical...

    "We've got to stop these people from leaking the illegal things we are doing!"
    "Umm... shouldn't we just stop doing all the illegal things?"
    *everyone bursts into laughter*

    June 7, 2012 at 2:13 pm | Reply
    • Dave

      Right on the money!!!

      June 7, 2012 at 2:29 pm | Reply
    • Orion Pax

      Yes, U.S. intelligence operatives infiltrating terrorist groups in Yemen is SUCH a horrible crime! How dare they! Good thing someone leaked the operational details that put our assets in danger!

      June 7, 2012 at 2:32 pm | Reply
  63. randy otis

    Under current laws anyone passing/leaking classified information is punishable of at least 10 years in jail and 250K fine. So why is it law makers can leak classified info and not get in trouble but anyone else goes to jail?

    June 7, 2012 at 1:54 pm | Reply
    • MyTake

      The same applies to them. If there are actually instances of that I would like to know.

      June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
  64. Wes

    How about a truth detector?

    June 7, 2012 at 1:47 pm | Reply
  65. Mike

    According to the birthers the intelligence agency under the control of the Bush/Chaney regime couldn't simply verify the birth place of Obama when he became a US Senator. How lame can U Be.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:43 pm | Reply
  66. AlCourts

    http://www.Hear-The-Truth.com

    June 7, 2012 at 1:40 pm | Reply
    • MyTake

      Very funny site ... thanks. Wow who would actually believe that stuff ...?

      June 7, 2012 at 1:55 pm | Reply
    • nonbeliever

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      June 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm | Reply
  67. Sagebrush Shorty

    Who watches the watchers?

    June 7, 2012 at 1:34 pm | Reply
  68. boyamidumb

    Anyone who knows anything about them recognizes that lie detector test results are a joke. At best they frighten ignorant people into "confessing." Beating them is easier than lying to your mother. What it does is put a big question mark on anyone who is threatened with such a test. Refuse and you are assumed to be guilty. Take one and the simple fact that your are "freaked out" by the "show" surrounding such a test can make you look guilty. Nothing is answered. The real "criminal" – if that is what they are – is generally able to beat the test without difficulty.

    This is a joke. But one that will certainly damage people who are innocent – and no one seems to care.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:31 pm | Reply
    • Greg

      I see polygraphers at work in my job. I was skeptical at first but see that they do have it down to a pretty good science. Especially in screening you for something you feel guilty about like stealing. However they are only as good as the operator. Cut corners and you get a bad result.

      June 7, 2012 at 1:49 pm | Reply
      • mbal

        Incorrect. There is no science behind polygraphy. It is pseudo-science. Your coworkers have you suckered.

        June 7, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Sunshine100

      Lie Detector tests are passed by the guilty and the innocent are failed. This is why the tests are NOT allowed as evidence in court, nor are legally binding, except in the clinically paranoid CIA, FBI, DEA, NSA – notice a pattern here? The federal government agencies tasked to protect the country and citizens use inaccurate, flawed devices to supposedly sift out the guilty from the innocent. Question Everything and remain skeptical of our government.

      June 7, 2012 at 2:24 pm | Reply
      • worldlypatriotusaveteran

        Sorry, you are grossly misinformed.

        It's likely you have NEVER taken a polygraph exam, or been educated about its strengths and weaknesses.

        For your education, in the U.S. Government, the polygraph is NEVER used as the sole basis of making a decision about a person's honesty, integrity, or character. It is one tool, among many, to assist in the decision-making process.

        June 7, 2012 at 3:02 pm |
      • karna

        In reply to the poster "w....." regarding polys not being the sole tool.

        It depends on the agency. At some IC agencies, multiple 'inconclusive' polys are enough to drop a COE without any further investigations. The poly is a blunt tool and not a precision scalpel. The SOR usually used in that case is "deception on poly" which is impossible to refute.

        Expanding polys is a lazy and poor solution; administrators love making this recommendation because it makes them feel/sound like they are doing something when in reality it does not solve much.

        June 13, 2012 at 2:43 pm |
  69. KWS

    GIving a narcicistic, pathalogical liar a polygraph will only confirm that they are a narcisitic, pathalogical liar.

    June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
    • rso

      Even the prez should be required to take a lie detector test, they no doubt have access to classified information so they should be no different.

      June 7, 2012 at 1:57 pm | Reply
      • SeeThruIt2

        There's no need to polygraph the President or other elected officials. Regardless of the results, the polygrapher can't undo the results of the election.

        Imagine if any particular party in power were to use polygraph results to target the opposition. They could swap out all of the opposition party that was just elected for their own candidates. The U.S. would quickly become a one-party country (ie. Communists).

        June 7, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
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  71. John

    Anything to stop the truth!

    June 7, 2012 at 1:26 pm | Reply
    • MyTake

      Which is, of course, beamed into your tin hat.

      June 7, 2012 at 1:59 pm | Reply
      • Orion Pax

        Hah!

        June 7, 2012 at 2:26 pm |
    • Norm

      "YOU CAN'T HANDLE THE TRUTH"
      There's things you just don't need to know.
      Just behave yourself and keep paying your taxes.
      As long as you are safe here in the USA.....just be thankful and go about your mundane life.

      June 7, 2012 at 4:07 pm | Reply
  72. CLL

    Start With Obama!!!

    June 7, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Reply
    • gw

      And Members of Congress

      June 7, 2012 at 1:27 pm | Reply
    • kevgood

      lol haha

      June 7, 2012 at 1:30 pm | Reply
      • Simone

        The bad news is that for whatever rsoaen, either the Cain scandal or something else, some moderates who might have voted for the GOP seem to be going back to Obama. Here are some interesting poll numbers. Remember the goal is to beat Obama. We have to win. Eyes on the prize. I'm sure the polls will change again over time: President Obama now essentially ties, 43% to 42%, a “generic” Republican candidate when U.S. registered voters are asked whom they are more likely to vote for in the presidential election next year. This marks a change from October and September, when the Republican candidate was ahead, and underscores the potential for a close presidential race in the year ahead.Voter preferences on this measure have shifted somewhat from survey to survey over the last year, but support for both Obama and the Republican has varied within a relatively narrow 38% to 47% range.Obama gains two percentage points in his advantage over the Republican when taking into account the leanings of undecided voters, but the two remain in a 48% to 45% statistical tie.

        July 1, 2012 at 2:35 am |
    • Chistopher

      Still waiting on Cheney to take one . . .

      June 7, 2012 at 1:35 pm | Reply
      • Naybr

        Cheney isn't currently in office, Einstein....

        June 7, 2012 at 1:44 pm |
      • Norm

        Naybr...go back to Fox and beg them to open up comments again.
        You people are stinking up CNN with your garbage.

        June 7, 2012 at 4:01 pm |

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