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Attorney General Sessions Floats Idea of Polygraphs To Find Leaks

Posted: September 11, 2017 at 6:03 am   /   by

Attorney General Jeff Sessions floated the idea of everyone on the National Security Council staff taking polygraphs in an attempt to uncover leaks within the department.

Though it seems like a last-ditch effort, Sessions has made it clear that he is determined to uncover who has been the source of the numerous leaks that have occurred since the opening days of the Trump administration.

Adios initally reported:

Attorney General Jeff Sessions has told associates he wants to put the entire National Security Council staff through a lie detector test to root out leakers. It’s unclear whether this will ever happen, but Sessions floated the idea to multiple people, as recently as last month.

Sessions’ idea is to do a one-time, one-issue, polygraph test of everyone on the NSC staff. Interrogators would sit down with every single NSC staffer (there’s more than 100 of them), and ask them, individually, what they know about the leaks of transcripts of the president’s phone calls with foreign leaders. Sessions suspects those leaks came from within the NSC, and thinks that a polygraph test — at the very least — would scare them out of leaking again.

Sessions has told associates he likes the idea of targeting the foreign leader phone calls because there’s a small enough universe of people who would have had access to these transcripts. Also, the idea that the President of the United States can’t have private conversations with foreign leaders was a bridge too far, even for Democrats.

Back in August Sessions announced  that there would be a government-wide crackdown on leakers, including a review of the Justice Department’s policies on subpoenas for media outlets that publish sensitive information.

Under Sessions the Justice Department has already tripled the number of active leak investigations over the previous administration. The August changes were seen as a response to President Trump’s call for Sessions to be more aggressive in prosecuting the illegal government leaks, which have bedeviled the administration from the start.

Aside from the fact that leaking classified and sensitive material is a federal crime, some of the leaked stories have proven to be untrue, giving the Trump administration political ammunition in its attacks against the press as purveyors of false narratives.

Sessions knows that it’s extremely tough to successfully prosecute leakers, especially when they are career intelligence professionals, skilled at covering their digital tracks, this is probably at the heart of the reason why Sessions is seriously entertaining something as seemingly over-the-top as polygraphing everyone.

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Joseph was born and raised in Tucson, AZ. He received a Master's in U.S. history, with an emphasis on American constitutionalism from the UA, with a minor in Aerospace Mechanical Engineering. He took a job right out of college as a financial advisor, then switched career paths to teaching History at Pima Community College, while tutoring mathematics on the side. He also writes op-eds for the Arizona Daily Star, Tucson's largest newspaper, and has recently begun a new, live, calling radio show Common Sense heard every Saturday at 1 p.m. on 1030 AM KVOI, The Voice. He has a passion for politics and debate, believing that, we the people, must converse with each other about ideas and become engaged in the political formative process, as opposed to simply reacting to what government does. His ideological emphasis, in which he believes everyone can find common ground, is natural rights philosophy.
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Attorney General Sessions Floats Idea of Polygraphs To Find Leaks