“The ‘Dirty Little Secret’ About Polygraph Tests”

The Washington Times published a letter by AntiPolygraph.org co-founder George Maschke in response to Ann Geracimos’ 9 Jan. 2003 article, “Interpreting a polygraph test.” Excerpt:

“Interpreting a polygraph test” (Metropolitan, yesterday) only scratches the surface in explaining how polygraph tests are interpreted. The dirty little secret of the polygraph community is that the “test” depends on trickery, not science. The polygrapher exhorts the examinee to answer all questions truthfully, but secretly assumes that denials to certain questions — called “control” questions — will be less than truthful….

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