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The polygraph as a deterrent to the death penalty
Nov 4th, 2002 at 1:55pm
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Polygraph a Condition of Hanssen Plea Agreement

 

Washington, D.C., July 4, 2001.  The Washington Post reported that a plea bargain deal had been reached in the Robert P. Hanssen espionage case.  Reportedly, government officials are eager to get information from Hanssen so that they can more fully assess the damage he may have done to national security.  There are many gaps in the case. The debriefing is scheduled to take about six months and incorporates the use of the polygraph. As the debriefing progresses it is expected that Hanssen will then be polygraphed periodically to confirm the extent of his disclosures and truthfulness and completeness of his statements.  ??For the government, this is an excellent outcome,? said former federal prosecutor Joseph diGenove. ?You?ll be able to polygraph him and find out if he is telling the truth about what he says he did not compromise.??  Robert M. Blitzer, a former FBI counterterrorism official who worked with Hanssen said: ?This could have major implications for how the entire intelligence community does its business.?  The deal was finalized on July 3, 2001, when the government dropped its demand for the death penalty. The results of the debriefing are pending.

 

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The Washington Post, ?Plea bargain is planned in FBI spy case ? Hanssen would get life term,? by Brooke A. Masters and Don Eggen, page A01, July 4, 2001.

 
  
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Reply #1 - Nov 4th, 2002 at 2:17pm
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I ran into this while amusing myself over at polygraph.org.   
Since the polygraph has never caught a spy, wasn't it just terrific that the deal was made?  Polygraph = No Death Penalty
Awesome...that will do a lot to deter the spies!   
Another example of throwing good money after bad.....
  
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Reply #2 - Nov 4th, 2002 at 4:22pm
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Seeker wrote on Nov 4th, 2002 at 2:17pm:

I ran into this while amusing myself over at polygraph.org.  
Since the polygraph has never caught a spy, wasn't it just terrific that the deal was made?  Polygraph = No Death Penalty
Awesome...that will do a lot to deter the spies!  
Another example of throwing good money after bad.....


A similar plea agreement was arranged in the Anna Belen Montes case. Whereas Hanssen was never polygraphed, Ms. Montes passed at least one (and it is highly likely multiple numbers of) counterintelligence polygraph interrogations. Making her submit to further polygraphs is simply insane.
  

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A similar plea agreement was arranged in the Anna Belen Montes case. Whereas Hanssen was never polygraphed, Ms. Montes passed at least one (and it is highly likely multiple numbers of) counterintelligence polygraph interrogations. Making her submit to further polygraphs is simply insane.


Now that they know of Hanssen's and Montes's powerful magic, the FBI can work counter-spells.

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