Federal agents are investigating instructors who supposedly help applicants seeking US government jobs fib their way through lie-detector tests.
According to a McClatchy report, the criminal investigation is part of the Obama administration’s unprecedented crackdown on security violators and leakers.
The probe, which has not been publicly acknowledged, is aimed at keeping criminals from using techniques that could have them beat the polygraph test. Those techniques include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic.
Federal authorities, McClatchy reported, have already arrested Doug Williams – a former polygraph tester with the Oklahoma City Police Department who wrote a book on the subject – and Chad Dixon, who was the inspiration for Williams’ book.