National: Security Searching Out Falsehood

Security Searching Out Falsehood

Ronald Reagan has tried several times to authorize wide use of lie-detector tests but on each occasion has backed down in the face of opposition from Congress or his own Administration. Confronted by the need to police some 100,000 Government employees and contractors who have access to ultrasecret national security information, the President is trying once again. The Los Angeles Times disclosed that Reagan had signed a national security directive on Nov. 1 providing for the polygraphing of federal contractors and employees, including Cabinet members.

The controversial tests will be used primarily for those who hold or apply for "special access,"...

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