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NSA whistleblower reveals how to beat a polygraph test

NSA whistleblower reveals how to beat a polygraph test

September 25, 2012

Russell Tice, the National Security Agency whistleblower who blew the lid open on warrantless wiretapping conducted by the federal government on U.S. citizens post-9/11, says that he took between 12 and 15 polygraph tests during his nearly 20-year-long government career.

The tests mellowed over time, Tice says, and they may have also gotten easier to beat.

Tice, who is no longer at the NSA, says he, along with those still in contact with at the agency, marvel at how easy it is to beat the lie detector.

The federal government currently administers polygraphs to government employees in a number of agencies, including the NSA and CIA. The polygraphs work by measuring and recording a person's physiological responses—changes in a person's pulse, breathing and blood pressure—to lying versus telling the truth.

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They say the best way to beat a polygraph is to tighten your sphincter muscle on every question. The needle will jump all over the place. Don't tighten it on the big fat lies. It will be inconclusive.