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The use of the polygraph has done little more than create confusion, ambiguity and mistakes.
The U.S. is, so far as I know, the only nation which places such extensive reliance on the polygraph. It has gotten us into a lot of trouble.
The Soviet Union did not achieve victory over the West, so was my information inadequate to help them to victory, or did it play no particular role in their failure to achieve victory?
The only thing I ever withheld from the KGB were the names of two agents whom I personally had known and handled and had a particular feeling for.
The national security state has many unfair and cruel weapons in its arsenal, but that of junk science is one which can be fought and perhaps defeated.
The human spy, in terms of the American espionage effort, had never been terribly pertinent.
The FBI, to its credit in a self-serving sort of way, rejects the routine use of the polygraph on its own people.
The difficulties of conducting espionage against the Soviet Union in the Soviet Union were such that historically the Agency had backed away from the task.
The betrayal of trust carries a heavy taboo.
Perhaps my information hurt the Soviet Union more than it helped. I have no idea. It was not something I ever discussed with the KGB officers that I was dealing with.
No one's interested really in knowing what policies or diplomatic initiatives or arms negotiations might have been compromised by me.
My little scam in April '85 went like this: Give me $50,000; here's some names of some people we've recruited.
Let's say a Soviet exchange student back in the '70s would go back and tell the KGB about people and places and things that he'd seen and done and been involved with. This is not really espionage; there's no betrayal of trust.
High School Senior
Men And Women
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