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No polygraphs for Aussie intel agencies

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 19 (UPI) -- Australian intelligence has recommended against using polygraph tests in security investigations because of unreliability, The Australian reported Thursday.

The decision by the Australian Security Intelligence Organization -- which also found the procedure incompatible with the professional culture of the country's intelligence agencies -- followed a three-year trial, during which time ASIO staffed voluntarily submitted to polygraphs.

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Polygraphs, popularly known as lie-detector tests, are routinely used by U.S. government as a security measure. Their reliability remains a continuing question of debate.

A spokesman for Australia's attorney general said that based on the trial results and the recommendation by the ASIO polygraph testing would not be implemented in the future.

"We have no intention of adopting polygraphs," the unidentified spokesman said.

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