Albuquerque Journal (Albuquerque, NM)

Lie Detector Law Must Be Canned.(Opinion)

EDITORIALS

The defense budget bill Congress passed last week contains one curious provision that has nothing to do with spending. Instead, it mandates lie detector testing for a whole new group of Department of Energy employees.

President Clinton called the new lie detector requirements "impractical" and "strongly counterproductive in their impact on our national security," but signed the bill into law anyway. As a result, DOE officials estimate, as many as 20,000 people will be required to take the polygraph tests possibly more than 2,000 of them at Los Alamos National Laboratory.

The first round of congressionally mandated lie detector tests raised a furor in the scientific community, even though fewer than 1,000 DOE workers were affected. …

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