Private Vices by the dextrous Management
of a skilful Politician may be turned into Publick Benefits
--fr. Fable of the Bees (1714), Bernard Mandeville
The FBI is adding 850 new agents to the bureau, and so far they have over 20,000 applicants (Wanted: 850 New FBI Agents). Of those, historically 30% will fail the lie detector portion of the hiring process.
This prompted a few thought questions:
Why aren't our elected official required to take lie detector tests prior to running for or assuming office? Would Blago or Bush have been in that number?
Further, why or how can a lie detector test be used to eliminate an FBI candidate when these tests are so unreliable they cannot be used as evidence in a court of law?
We would like to ask future elected civil servants:
- Will you uphold the Constitution?
- Will you oppose U.S. participation in preemptive wars?
- Will you consider the welfare of Detroit above that of Baghdad or Kabul?
We suffer layer upon layer of hypocrisy in our democratic principles. The integrity and truthfulness of our leaders is never put on the Black Box, yet the worker bees are always suspect. More important that the President be put on the black box than an entry-level GS-5 agent.
What kind of democracy is this?