Among applicants who have sought sensitive law enforcement jobs of late with the U.S. Border Patrol and its parent agency, Customs and Border Protection, one admitted to kidnapping and ransoming hostages in the Ivory Coast, others said they had molested children or committed rape, and one contemplated assassinating President Barack Obama, says the Center for Investigative Reporting. In many cases, such applicants made it all the way through the hiring process until one of the last steps – a polygraph exam. Once sitting with a polygraph examiner, they admitted to a host of astonishing crimes. the records – official summaries of more than 200 polygraph admissions of wrongdoing – raise alarms about the thousands of employees Customs and Border Protection has hired over the past six years before it began mandatory polygraph tests for all applicants six months ago. The required polygraphs come at the tail end of a massive hiring surge that began in 2006 and eventually added 17,000 employees, helping to make the agency the nation’s largest law enforcement operation.