CIA to Polygraph Saddam Hussein?

In an article titled, “CIA Poised to Quiz Hussein,” Washington Post staff writers Dana Priest and Thomas E. Ricks mention that the CIA team that has planned the interrogation of ousted Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein includes “operations officers, polygraphers and psychiatrists.” It thus seems likely that CIA polygraph operators will at some point “flutter” Saddam in an attempt to divine truth versus deception. In the words of Professor Stephen E. Fienberg, chairman of the Committee to Review the Scientific Evidence on the Polygraph, National Academy of Sciences, “National security is too important to be left to such a blunt instrument.”

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