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Re: Programmers with network engineering skills
From: Jeroen van Aart <jeroen () mompl net>
Date: Tue, 28 Feb 2012 17:20:52 -0800

Jamie Bowden wrote:
Hey now...the time from zero to TS/SCI has gone from over half a decade to a mere quarter decade.  You can totally pay 
these guys to sit around doing drudge work while their skills atrophy in the interim.  Of course, if you need a poly on 
top, add some more time and stir continually while applying heat.

I didn't know what TS/SCI exactly stood for. So I did some thorough research (read: wikipedia, so if I am wrong please correct me :-) and I found this:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_U.S._security_clearance_terms#SCI_eligibility

"In general, employees do not publish the individual compartments for which they are cleared. While this information is not classified, specific compartment listings may reveal sensitive information when correlated with an individual's resume. Therefore, it is sufficient to declare that a candidate possesses a TS/SCI clearance with a polygraph."

That sparked my interest. Did I miss something? One can lie about TS/CSI clearance and be believed as long as one can fool a lie detector? How safe is that? That strikes me as a bit odd.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Polygraph#Validity
"Polygraphy has little credibility among scientists.[22][23] Despite claims of 90-95% validity by polygraph advocates, and 95-100% by businesses providing polygraph services,[non-primary source needed] critics maintain that rather than a "test", the method amounts to an inherently unstandardizable interrogation technique whose accuracy cannot be established"

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