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FBI Policy of Not Recording Polygraph Interrogations an Issue in Colorado Murder Case

Denver Post reporter Nancy Lofholm reports in an article titled, “Blagg interrogation at issue.” Excerpt: GRAND JUNCTION – On the morning of Feb. 5, 2002, Michael Blagg failed a two-hour polygraph exam conducted by an FBI expert. Later that day, after more than 10 total hours of interrogation, Blagg allegedly broke down, sobbed, prayed and …

Two Agents in FBI’s Los Angeles Chinese Counterintelligence Unit Reportedly Failed Polygraph

Washington Post staff writer Susan Schmidt reports in an article titled, “Physicist’s Case Examined for Link to Alleged Spy.” Excerpt: FBI inspectors are now poring over the activities of [former Supervisory Special Agent James J.] Smith’s squad. According to sources with knowledge of the FBI’s Los Angeles office, two other agents who worked with the …

“Lie Detector Test an Issue in Spy Case”

Los Angeles Times staff writers Greg Krikorian and Scott Glover report. Excerpt: Years before Katrina Leung’s arrest for allegedly obtaining secret documents for China, officials at FBI headquarters in Washington, D.C., suggested that she submit to a polygraph test because of questions about her reliability, according to federal law enforcement officials. But Leung, who allegedly …

Ex-FBI Agent Who Had Affair With Suspected Double Agent Passed DOE Polygraph

AntiPolygraph.org has learned that William “Bill” Cleveland, Jr., a retired FBI counterintelligence agent who has admitted to having had a longterm sexual relationship with FBI informant and suspected Chinese double agent Katrina M. Leung, passed a Department of Energy (DOE) counterintelligence-scope polygraph examination. The “Test for Espionage and Sabotage” polygraph format used by DOE includes …

FBI Reliance on Polygraphs in Terror Investigations Criticized

In an Albany, NY Times Union article titled, “In terror pursuit, a maze of leads,” staff writer Brendan Lyons mentions criticism of the FBI’s reliance on polygraphy. Excerpt: Shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, a 34-year-old Jordanian immigrant who was being held in Albany County jail contacted authorities and claimed he had driven one …

Fabricator Michael Hamdani Passed Polygraph, Sent FBI on Wild Goose Chase

The FBI’s nationwide dragnet for suspected terrorist infiltrators was based on an apparently bogus tip from accused Canadian forger Michael Hamdani. In a 3 January 2003 Washington Post article titled “Fake-ID Arrest Led to FBI Hunt,” staff writer John Mintz reported that U.S. and Canadian investigators had questioned Hamdani extensively using polygraph machines. U.S. President …

“No Evidence Found to Back Student’s Claim”

Los Angeles Times staff writer John J. Goldman reports. Excerpt: NEW YORK — The Justice Department has uncovered no evidence to corroborate an Egyptian student’s allegations that an FBI polygraph examiner coerced him into confessing that he owned an aviation radio found near the World Trade Center on Sept. 11, according to a report released …

“Federal Report Clears FBI of Coercion Claim by Egyptian Student”

CNN’s Phil Hirschkorn and Deborah Feyerick report. Excerpt: NEW YORK (CNN) — A report unsealed by a federal judge Monday found no support for accusations that the FBI coerced a confession from an Egyptian exchange student who was detained last year in connection with the September 11 terrorist attacks. During a December 27 FBI lie …