Hello all, I know this has been posted many times before but my situation is unique.
I’m in the military, and I just got approval for my TS clearance earlier this year. The next command I go to requires me to pass a security polygraph in addition to the TS. Last week, I took that first polygraph and failed miserably. These are just security questions, such as sabotage, espionage and other stuff related to government overthrow. Stuff I’ve never had the chance to do.
It was unfortunate, and I feel as though the examiner had built a bias against me right off the bat. In 2019, I had my identity stolen and I was exploited on the internet. I made sure my investigators knew and it was never a huge problem because I identified it. Well the examiner brought it up, and pretty much said I was wrong for letting that happen. I got really upset and confused and cried (I know, weak sauce). She continued and we started the polygraph. She didn’t like the way the first polygraph read, even though I didn’t fail. She told me that it’s ok if I don’t pass, there are many people behind me who can easily pass a polygraph and they don’t need people “like me” out in the fleet. She accused me of manipulating the test, she gaslighted me and told me I lacked the ability to follow direction.
6 hours of torcher later, she finally let me go. I did a total of 3 polygraphs that day. I talked to my security officer on base and he rescheduled me with her again in 2 weeks. I’m so nervous about this time. I feel like she has a huge bias built around me, I didn’t do anything wrong. I was really nice to her. But she made me out as the bad guy because she didn’t like the way my body was reacting according to the machine. What can I do? I know the only answer is “tell the truth” but that’s what I’ve been doing. I have never had to opportunity to commit any of the situations that she asks me about. I don’t want to go in there level headed and her say “you’re manipulating the test”.
I’m lost. Please help.