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The lie detector is itself based on lies…
Did you know:
- The consensus view among scientists is that polygraph testing has no scientific basis?
- The FBI considered the creator of the lie detector test to be a phony and a crackpot?
- The man who started the CIA's polygraph program thought that plants can read human thoughts?
- The foremost polygraph advocate in academia was discredited by a federal judge?
- The longest polygraph school produces newly minted polygraphers in just 14 weeks -- less than half the time it takes to graduate from a typical barber college?
- The National Center for Credibility Assessment (the erstwhile DoD Polygraph Institute) suppressed a study suggesting that innocent blacks are more likely to fail the polygraph than innocent whites?
- The researcher who developed the U.S. Government's polygraph Test for Espionage and Sabotage "thought the whole security screening program should be shut down?"
- The National Academy of Sciences concluded that "[polygraph testing's] accuracy in distinguishing actual or potential security violators from innocent test takers is insufficient to justify reliance on its use in employee security screening in federal agencies?"
- Spies Ignatz Theodor Griebl, Karel Frantisek Koecher, Jiri Pasovsky, Larry Wu-tai Chin, Aldrich Hazen Ames, Nicolás Sirgado, Ana Belen Montes, and Leandro Aragoncillo all passed the polygraph?
- One of the most prolific serial killers in U.S. history passed the polygraph and killed again, while an innocent suspect failed?
- Al-Qaeda and Iraqi insurgents know full well that the lie detector is bogus?
- You don't have to be a psychopath, go to spy school, or somehow believe your own lies to fool the polygraph? (We'll reveal how it's done.)
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The dirty little secret behind the polygraph is that the "test" depends on trickery, not science. The person being "tested" is not supposed to know that while the polygraph operator declares that all questions must be answered truthfully, warning that the slightest hint of deception will be detected, he secretly assumes that denials in response to certain questions -- called "control" questions -- will be less than truthful. An example of a commonly used control question is, "Did you ever lie to get out of trouble?" The polygrapher steers the examinee into a denial by warning, for example, that anyone who would do so is the same kind of person who would commit the kind of behavior that is under investigation and then lie about it. But secretly, it is assumed that everyone has lied to get out of trouble.
The polygraph pens don't do a special dance when a person lies. The polygrapher scores the test by comparing physiological responses (breathing, blood pressure, heart, and perspiration rates) to these probable-lie control questions with reactions to relevant questions such as, "Did you ever commit an act of espionage against the United States?" (commonly asked in security screening). If the former reactions are greater, the examinee passes; if the latter are greater, he fails. If responses to both "control" and relevant questions are about the same, the result is deemed inconclusive.
The test also includes irrelevant questions such as, "Are the lights on in this room?" The polygrapher falsely explains that such questions provide a "baseline for truth," because the true answer is obvious. But in reality, they are not scored at all! They merely serve as buffers between pairs of relevant and "control" questions.
The simplistic methodology used in polygraph testing has no grounding in the scientific method: it is no more scientific than astrology or tarot cards. Government agencies value it because people who don't realize it's a fraud sometimes make damaging admissions. But as a result of reliance on this voodoo science, the truthful are often falsely branded as liars while the deceptive pass through.
Perversely, the "test" is inherently biased against the truthful, because the more honestly one answers the "control" questions, and as a consequence feels less stress when answering them, the more likely one is to fail. Conversely, liars can beat the test by covertly augmenting their physiological reactions to the "control" questions. This can be done, for example, by doing mental arithmetic, thinking exciting thoughts, altering one's breathing pattern, or simply biting the side of the tongue. Truthful persons can also use these techniques to protect themselves against the risk of a false positive outcome. Although polygraphers frequently claim they can detect such countermeasures, no polygrapher has ever demonstrated any ability to do so, and peer-reviewed research suggests that they can't.
Polygraph "Test" Drives Innocent Steve Wilkos Show Guest to Attempted Suicide
On Tuesday, 10 December 2019, Anca Pennington, 30, of Omaha, Nebraska purchased three bottles of Tylenol, each containing 24 pills, after passing through security at Newark Liberty Airport in New Jersey. She then proceeded to a restroom stall, swallowed all of the pills, and laid down to die.
CBP Polygraph Test for Espionage, Sabotage, and Corruption (TES-C) Standard Operating Procedure Manual
AntiPolygraph.org has obtained a copy of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection Credibility Assessment Division's Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for administration of its primary pre-employment polygraph screening technique, the Test for Espionage, Sabotage, and Corruption (TES-C).
NCCA Test for Espionage and Sabotage Administration Guide
The "Test for Espionage and Sabotage" is the primary counterintelligence-scope polygraph screening format employed but he Departments of Defense and Energy. The procedure is described in detail in a 2016 National Center for Credibility Assessment administration guide obtained by AntiPolygraph.org.
NCCA Law Enforcement Pre-Employment Test (LEPET)
AntiPolygraph.org has obtained a copy of the National Center for Credibility Assessment's documentation of the polygraph screening technique "used by federal law enforcement agencies during the pre-employment process."
My PD Application and Failed Polygraph Story
"Hello. I have lurked here at AntiPolygraph.org now for a couple of years. That's how long my fail has bothered me. I've decided to come forward with my story not only to add a voice to the number of crushed hopes and dreams...but also to provide hope that one can fail and still be successful in law enforcement; you just do not give up…."
"The following is my experience with the USSS polygraph exam. I will not use the name of the examiner or location of my testing site. I can honestly say that I didn't know of this site before my exam but I wish I had…."
Federal Probationer Scott Tyree Accused of Using Polygraph Countermeasures
Scott Tyree, a computer programmer who served a 17-year prison sentence for kidnapping a minor for sexual purposes and is now on federal probation, faces a 12 July 2019 revocation hearing. Tyree admitted to accessing pornographic images in violation of the terms of his probation and stands accused of having employed unspecified polygraph countermeasures during a 19 June 2019 polygraph "test."
Pseudoscientist "Dr." Charles Humble Attempts to Censor AntiPolygraph.org
AntiPolygraph.org has received a rather unpleasant letter from James D'Loughy, a lawyer representing NITV Federal Services, LLC (NITV), which markets a scientifically baseless voice-based lie detector called the "Computer Voice Stress Analyzer," and its president, self-described "Renaissance Man" "Dr." Charles Humble (who has not received a doctoral degree from any accredited institute of higher education).
SDPD Polygraph Screening Documents Disclosed
AntiPolygraph.org has published a set of documents concerning the San Diego Police Department’s polygraph practices. These documents, which date to 2017, focus primarily on pre-employment polygraph screening.
FBI Polygraph Statement of DI Poly
"I am writing this because most of you may know, if you fail an FBI poly, you will never have a chance at being hired again…."
NITV Threatens Competitor's IT Consultant With Federal Lawsuit
The purveyor of the scientifically baseless Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) has presented competitor Dektor Corporation's IT consultant with a seemingly extortionate legal threat.
Polygraph Critic Doug Williams to Testify in New Mexico Criminal Case
Longtime polygraph critic Doug Williams, himself a former police polygraph operator, is scheduled to testify as an expert witness against the admissibility of polygraph evidence in a New Mexico court hearing scheduled for 30 May 2019.
Federal Judge Orders Immediate Removal of Website Critical of Computer Voice Stress Analysis
Computer Voice Stress Analysis (CVSA) is a pseudoscientific "lie detector" marketed to government agencies by the so-named National Institute of Truth Verification (NITV) in West Palm Beach, Florida. Although NITV has admitted in court that "CVSA is not capable of lie detection," in marketing its Emperor's-new-clothes "technology," it continues to claim that CVSA is "over 98% accurate."…
Personal Statement of Christopher J. Du Jardin
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