If the Office of Strategic Services (OSS) existed today as it was originally intended, no one would pass our vetting process. It’s strange that one of the founding principles of our modern intelligence community—to bring together an eclectic group of individuals from all segments of society with varied skills and strengths—has been lost. The world is gettered smaller by the day, and it’s easier than it’s ever been to have foreign contacts—a major red flag for applicants—even if only by way of video games or social media interaction. Yet our standards for who may join the intelligence world have become no less strict. I understand the principles behind the expectations, but is it possible we’re missing out on talented people?

The polygraph system is not fair to some.

There are countless stories of new people joining the community and finding out they failed their poly. Then, wherever they are, they’ve got to pack their bags and go home. Some are unable to work on special projects for the remainder of their career, or may simply not be able to return to a project. In some cases, an individual’s guilty conscience may have led them down a dark path in the interview. Alternatively, there’s no doubt some sociopaths soar through these tests. People fall through the cracks.