After initially demanding search fees, and later waiving any such fees, the Central Intelligence Agency sent this reply in response to AntiPolygraph.org's Freedom of Information Act requests dated 12 March 2002 for 1) "any report(s) on the history of the CIA polygraph division, including, but not limited to, any written by former CIA polygrapher John F. Sullivan" and 2) "documentation of any standardized briefing provided to CIA employees or applicants prior to their taking polygraph examinations, whether on paper, videotape, or any other media."
2 October 2003
Mr. George W. Maschke
Hart Nibbrigkade 22
2597 XV the Hague
Dear Mr. Maschke:
This is a final response to your 12 March 2002 Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) request for records pertaining to the history of the CIA polygraph division and standardized briefings for polygraph examinations. Your request was processed in accordance with the FOIA, 5 U.S.C. § 552, as amended, and the CIA Information Act, 50 U.S.C. § 431. Our processing included a search for records in existence as of and through the date of our acceptance letter, 11 September 2002.
We have completed a thorough search for records responsive to your request and, with respect to a history, were unable to locate any responsive records. With respect to the latter portion of your request we located material which we have determined is properly classified and must be denied in its entirety on the basis of FOIA exemptions (b)(1) and (b)(3). An explanation of exemptions is enclosed.
You have the right to appeal these decisions by addressing your appeal to the Agency Release Panel, in my care, within 45 days from the date of this letter. Should you choose to do this, please explain the basis of your appeal.
We appreciate your patience while we processed this request.
Robert T. Herman
Information and Privacy Coordinator
Enclosure [60 kb PDF]