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The Invisible Cryptologists: African-Americans, WWII to 1956 by Jeannette Williams

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Chapter 8. 1951: Color Barrier Broken in Security Division

 

A National Agency Check is a good indicator of a person's past life, but is of no assistance in determining that person's present security risk. The use of a polygraph for this purpose would reduce materially the security risk involved in granting interim clearances. . . . A recommendation to allow the use of this machine is now pending before the director.

 
 --AFSA-16 [Security Control Division] Monthly Operational Report, 12 January 1951
 

Authority for the purchase of two Keeler polygraph machines and the employment and training of five persons was granted by DirAFSA.

 
 --AFSA-16 Monthly Operational Summary, January 1951
 

Effort is being made to take advantage of a release of keypunch operators ...

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