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Get Involved in Polygraph Reform

AntiPolygraph.org needs your help in the effort to abolish the pseudoscience of polygraphy. Public education is key, because so long as most Americans continue to wrongly believe that more polygraphs equals more security (the opposite is true), it will remain politically too risky for elected representatives to take a public stand against it. Here are some simple ways you can help to spread the truth about polygraphs:

Link to AntiPolygraph.org

If you have your own website, or if you maintain a weblog, why not add a link to AntiPolygraph.org?


To place a link to AntiPolygraph.org on your own website using the mini-banner above, cut and paste the following HTML code into your web page:

<p><a href="http://antipolygraph.org"><img src="http://antipolygraph.org/apminilogo.gif" width="143" height="30" alt="AntiPolygraph.org" border="2"></a>

Similarly, if you participate in any on-line message boards, consider providing a link to AntiPolygraph.org (http://antipolygraph.org) when the subject of lie detectors comes up.

Campus Poster Initiative

You can also help spread the word by helping with AntiPolygraph.org's Campus Poster Initiative. By placing these ready-to-print 8.5" x 11" posters in appropriate venues, we can reach many thousands of people.

Write to Your Elected Representatives

Next, write your congressional representatives and senators, urging them to sponsor an expanded Employee Polygraph Protection Act.  

The loopholes in the current EPPA must be filled. We suggest taking the extra time to send paper "snail" mail letters instead of using e-mail for this purpose.  Like everyone else, representatives receive large amount of "spam" to their e-mail accounts and are less likely to receive your message if it is sent via this medium.

Below, you will find a sample letter. Feel free to use this letter, or parts of it, in an antipolygraph letter of your own. This is easily done using the "cut" and "paste" commands.

Sample Letter

Who to Write to:

In addition to your local Congressman and Senators, we also suggest writing:

Senator Chuck Grassley:
Senator Grassley is a former Chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee's Subcommittee on Administrative Oversight and the Courts.  This subcommittee oversees many of the law-enforcement agencies that are engaging in polygraph abuse. Senator Grassley remains on the Senate Judiciary Committee and has has shown interest in the polygraph issue issue.

The Honorable Chuck Grassley
135 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Orrin Hatch:
Senator Hatch was one of the two co-sponsors of the Employee Polygraph Protection Act of 1988.  While this law virtually abolished the polygraph in the private sector, it did not provide protection for our nation's public employees.  Senator Hatch needs to know that this law needs to be bolstered.

The Honorable Orrin Hatch
131 Russell Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Senator Dick Durbin:
A member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, Senator Durbin made comments during an April, 2001 hearing suggesting that he does not feel that polygraphy is the solution to our nation's counterintelligence concerns. Let him know that he is correct, and that polygraph "testing" needs to be abolished.

The Honorable Dick Durbin
332 Dirksen Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510

Furthermore, contact your state and local representatives and encourage them to introduce comprehensive antipolygraph legislation.  Minnesota's law is a good model for state legislatures to follow.

If you need further information, or would like to have your anonymous letter considered for publication at AntiPolygraph.org, please contact us at info@antipolygraph.org.

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