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DEA settles suit alleging
government lie-detector abuses

McClatchy DC, by Marisa Taylor

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Posted By:Drive, 5/7/2014 12:57:45 PM

WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to pay 14 contractors $500,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the agency of illegally requiring them to undergo highly intrusive lie detector tests to keep their jobs as translators. The settlement appears to be the first time that a federal government agency has settled allegations involving contractors’ lie detector tests since a 1988 law banned the use of polygraph screening for most private employees, said a lawyer for the group. The 14 contract employees translated Spanish conversations collected during court-authorized wiretapping of the DEA’s criminal suspects. They said they were barred from working

      


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DEA settles suit alleging
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McClatchy DC, by Marisa Taylor    Original Article
Posted By: Drive- 5/7/2014 12:57:45 PM     Post Reply
WASHINGTON — The Drug Enforcement Administration has agreed to pay 14 contractors $500,000 to settle a lawsuit that accuses the agency of illegally requiring them to undergo highly intrusive lie detector tests to keep their jobs as translators. The settlement appears to be the first time that a federal government agency has settled allegations involving contractors’ lie detector tests since a 1988 law banned the use of polygraph screening for most private employees, said a lawyer for the group. The 14 contract employees translated Spanish conversations collected during court-authorized wiretapping of the DEA’s criminal suspects. They said they were barred from working

   

 

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Despite continued news about how the IRS targeted conservative and Tea Party groups leading up to President Obama´s re-election and the possibility that former tax official Lois Lerner could be imprisoned by the House for contempt, the Big Three TV networks have dropped the scandal like it never happened. According to a new Media Research Center report, ABC, CBS and NBC have provided just 14 reports about the scandal over the last 10 months, compared to 136 when it broke in May 2013.

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TRENTON — A former Christie administration staff member told New Jersey legislators on Tuesday that despite the seemingly politically calculated decision to close traffic lanes at the George Washington Bridge last year, the office created by Gov. Chris Christie to provide nonpartisan support to local leaders did its job admirably. The staff member, Christina Renna, who worked at the Office of Intergovernmental Affairs under the governor’s now former deputy chief of staff, Bridget Anne Kelly, said the office “was amazingly nonpartisan.”

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