Target: Department of Homeland Security
Goal: To call for an investigation into the possible employment of criminals within the U.S. Border Control
Recently, a number of applicants to the U.S. Border Control and Customs and Border Protection have been identified as criminals. The two institutions recently started utilizing polygraph tests in pre-hiring character screenings, leading to an inordinate number of applicants confessing their part in criminal activities.
The official report outlined more than 200 significant instances of criminal admission by applicants. The criminal activity ranges from the perverted to the violent. One man admitted to fondling a 2-year-old girl and engaging in bestiality. Another man confessed to kidnapping hostages, while another discussed his contemplation of assassinating President Obama.
It is clear that, while the polygraph is of questionable veracity, the mere presence of it can provoke an individual to confess regardless of the machine’s readings. While it is likely a good thing that these two agencies now require a polygraph assessment as part of the screening process, they have been hiring people for years without this instrument.
As described by Andrew Becker of the Center for Investigative Reporting, “The agency said since it began administering polygraphs in 2008, more than 15,000 people have taken the test, and 60 percent were not cleared. It took almost five years, however, for Customs and Border Protection to require all applicants to take a polygraph. In that time, the agency continued to hire potentially flawed candidates.”
The issue here is that we can safely assume that some, if not many, criminals, or deviants slipped through the cracks and are currently employed by the agencies. After sifting through the hundreds of cases regarding rapists, manslaughterers, and drug smugglers, it should be quite worrisome that many of the current employees of the U.S. Border Patrol and Customs and Border Protection went through the screening process without the presence of a polygraph machine.
These are government employees, many of them responsible for the security and safety of the nation. While it’s positive that the agencies finally require the use of the polygraph in screening processes, within the time it took to implement this practice into protocol, there is a substantial possibility that many criminals slipped in unnoticed. The department needs to address this issue.
Sign below to call for an investigation into the thousands of employees hired prior to the application of the polygraph machine to the screening process of border agents.
Dear Department of Homeland Security,
Recently, it has come to light that a significant number of applicants for the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency engaged in illegal activities. Many of these applicants were criminals ranging from drug smugglers, to pedophiles, to kidnappers. While it is favorable that the polygraph has finally been implemented into the screening process for these two agencies, many of the current employees went through this pre-hiring procedure without the presence of it. This is surely problematic with this new realization of criminal applicants.
I am not a government official, but I would assume that launching a full-scale investigation of 60,000 people would be very challenging. It would be wise for the department to actively pursue any claims of employee corruption. If any oversight policies can be enforced to institute a more proactive paradigm of supervision then they should be enacted.
[Your Name Here]
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