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As Axios first reported, Sessions, who arguably lied during his own confirmation hearings, floated the idea of subjecting the entire NSC canada goose outlet online store review to polygraph exams, reasoning the threat alone could put a chilling effect over aides leaking classified information.

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«But to immediately pass suspicion on career public servants and subject them to a polygraph test indicates such a level of mistrust and distrust within the organization,» he says. «It’s a brute force way to root out leakers. And it would be a mistake to do this before looking closer to home within the political ranks of the West Wing.»

Cracking down on ‘culture of leaks’ Sessions announced in early August that the Trump administration was «taking a stand» against what he called a «culture of leaks,» threatening prosecution as part of a crackdown. The investigation came after the Washington Post released transcripts detailing embarrassing details of President Donald Trump’s phone calls with the leaders of Mexico and Australia.

Price says the NSC and the wider intelligence community have «already been battered broadly» since Trump’s inauguration.

cheap canada goose uk Strapping staffers to polygraph machines might curtail leaks, but another former NSC official warns it would further corrode morale, «which I imagine is already pretty low.» cheap canada goose uk

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If the polygraph examinations proposal comes to fruition, the same former official expected some staffers wouldn’t stand for it, leading to a «hollowing out» of the NSC due to voluntary or forced resignations.

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Aside from growing scientific doubt about the reliability of the machines, Price says conducting polygraph exams might not be easy to pull off logistically, either. More than 200 policy and leadership canada goose womens outlet officials comprised the NSC workforce during the Obama administration.

Price says career officials tend to be duty bound, «deep believers in the mission» who, regardless of the administration, would still submit to demands for polygraphs.

But Karl Inderfurth, co editor of Fateful Decisions: Inside the National Security Council, was floored that Sessions canada goose outlet los angeles would even consider using lie detectors against the administration’s principal forum for planning national security and foreign policy matters.

«My gosh. I think NSC staffers will be highly offended at this technique,» said the adjunct professor at George Washington University’s Elliott School of International Affairs.

«You’ve got professionals on the NSC who, with very little exception, canada goose jacket outlet toronto would never consider leaking. These intrusive ways, of lie detector tests, of wiretapping, they are fraught with problems and reliability issues.»

Former national security adviser Henry Kissinger was dogged for many years by a lawsuit seeking damages for wiretapping White House aide Morton Halperin without a court order.

Canada Goose Outlet Sessions would be wise to learn from history Inderfurth said Sessions would be wise to review the history of Nixon’s former national security advisor Henry Kissinger, who until 1992 was dogged for 19 years by a lawsuit seeking damages for wiretapping White House aide Morton Halperin without a court order. Halperin was suspected of disclosing classified information to reporters about https://www.canadagooseoutlets.biz the Pentagon Papers. Canada Goose Outlet

buy canada goose jacket cheap «Halperin took him to court and it just plagued Kissinger, who rued the canada goose outlet woodbury day he went after Morton Halperin,» Inderfurth said. buy canada goose jacket cheap

canada goose black friday sale NSC staffers suspected of being leakers would have «legal course to go after those who put them on a list,» he added. canada goose black friday sale

canada goose store Leak probes can also produce undesired results. Inderfurth noted that the Obama administration opened more leak probes than any other in recent history. canada goose store

Leak probes can produce undesired results, such as ensnaring canada goose outlet miami an administration’s own people, such as James Cartwright, who served as a key member of Barack Obama’s national security team and pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI. (Chip Somodevilla/Getty)

That dragnet approach ensnared James Cartwright, who served as a key member of Barack Obama’s national security team and was widely known as «Obama’s favourite general.» He pleaded guilty to lying to the FBI about discussing Iran’s nuclear program with journalists before Obama pardoned him in January before his sentencing.

There canada goose stockists uk are no promises, in other words, canada goose outlet near me that if Sessions proceeds with a harsh crackdown employing polygraph testing, he won’t scoop up Trump loyalists brought in with political connections, Inderfurth said.

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