It’s hard to believe that some states are still performing polygraphs during the pandemic. Some polygraph technicians are performing the exams unsafely, they’re also asking some peculiar questions as well.
Case in point, as recently as a week ago, in one TN location, polygraphs were being performed by technicians from another southern state that happens to have a much higher Covid-19 population. The technician wore neither a mask nor gloves and social distancing was of course, obsolete. Registrants taking the exam were, however, permitted to wear masks.
Registrants were subjected to having strangers from high-risk states, who are not donning personal protective equipment, hook them up to polygraph machines. (I can’t help but wonder how often those machines are sanitized.) The technicians sit less than 6 feet away, asking their questions, without wearing a mask, all the while, the possibility of Covid-19 germs being spread through the air, in the closed, confined room in which the tests take place.
Test after test is performed in that same room. Person after person. Any cleaning or sanitizing going on in between?
Another thing that doesn’t seem quite right, a polygraph technician, off the record, “casually” questioning a registrant about another registrant. (This was not part of the polygraph exam.) Seems both registrants attended the same treatment group (apparently the technician is privy to this information, why, I don’t have a clue). According to the technician, “this guy had failed several polygraphs and I’d like to be able to help him pass, is there anything you can tell me about him that might help?”
Are we to believe that a polygraph technician “wants to help” someone pass a polygraph? This sounds a bit odd.
Under normal circumstances polygraphs are stressful enough. Now not only are you having to worry about your health being put in jeopardy while taking the exam, but the polygraph technician is questioning you about a guy that you know nothing about except for the fact that he’s in your treatment group. Of course, that also leaves you to speculate as to whether the technician asks other registrants about “you” from time to time.
While there are some things that are necessary and essential even during a pandemic, polygraphs, especially “routine maintenance polygraphs”, hardly would seem to make the top ten list if you ask me.