View Full Version : polygraphs for CIA-briefed lawmakers

07-10-2009, 10:55 AM
I think they should hardwire polygraph machines to these professional liars! Lie to me! (http://thehill.com/leading-the-news/issa-proposes-polygraphs-for-cia-briefed-lawmakers-2009-07-09.html)

Rep. Darrell Issa (R-Calif.) wants fellow lawmakers who receive classified CIA briefings to submit to polygraph tests.

“We should have a very high standard for those who are briefed by CIA — to make sure the information isn’t compromised and [lawmakers] who are briefed are telling the truth about what they’ve been told,” he said. “Fact-finding and oversight is only as good as the group of people able to do it.”

Issa’s comments come amid a renewed controversy about whether the CIA misled Congress for years. Seven Democrats on the Intelligence Committee sent a letter to CIA Director Leon Panetta asking him to publicly admit that his agency misled Congress. The letter followed classified closed-door testimony in which the Democrats said Panetta privately told the panel that the agency had not always been completely forthcoming.

The latest uproar follows turmoil over Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D-Calif.) assertions more than a month ago that the CIA had lied to Congress for years about its enhanced interrogation techniques. Pelosi spent weeks trying to tamp down the outrage over her charges and the political fallout that ensued.