Polygraph Critic Doug Williams Freed from Prison

Doug Williams upon release from the federal prison camp at Florence, Colorado

Polygraph critic Doug Williams, who was targeted for prosecution in Operation Lie Busters for teaching people how to pass or beat a polygraph “test,” was released this morning from the federal prison camp in Florence, Colorado and is now on his way back home to Oklahoma. We wish him Godspeed and look forward to his renewed participation in the public debate over polygraph policy!

20 thoughts on “Polygraph Critic Doug Williams Freed from Prison”

  1. Thanks for posting this George. And by the way there is no debate – the polygraph is an evil sick joke. It has never been accurate or reliable as a lie detector and my conviction and imprisonment proves that and also proves that the government knows that.

    1. Keep telling yourself that while your badge now rusts after being tarnished. Further, while others solve case after case from failed tests and validated confessions, you remain in a place where you tried to help others avoid. In essence, the world is in part having YOU do THEIR time. Simple Justice

  2. Hell Yeah! Congratulations Doug! I am confident that you will receive the justice that you seek.

    Let’s roll.

  3. Doug,

    Love your cause! Keep making YouTube Videos – they can’t arrest you for that! Keep it instructional on techniques to use!

    You The Man!!!

  4. You were a police officer and how many child molesters are asked to take the examination where your teaching them to pass a polygraph? sad I have been a cop for 40 years and had used the Polygraph to clear good people too and to catch child molesters and other criminals also. You have put this info on world wide Web and everything from terrorists’ to crooks have looked at your sites, don’t you feel bad if someone who molested a small child was taught by you to pass a polygraph. I believe in freedom of speech, but you gone too far and you shamed your badge and department and country, just my opinion like you have the write to talk about polygraph.

    1. Joe, I completely understand where you are coming from, and it would be hard for anyone to read what you have written and not feel that a tool for catching criminals has been let out of the bag.

      However, what you may have missed is that if the polygraph is not reliable to detect lies and there are false positives and negatives, it just becomes an interrogation technique by intimidation, which may lead to false confessions. Our system is laid out so that the detectives and prosecutors find the evidence of a crime and try and prove it in court and not to try and get forced confessions.

      This is why people fight the polygraph test. You may be just so internalized with your well-intentioned belief you need to catch as many criminals as possible while not thinking of the collateral damage or the integrity of a justice system that puts the burden of proof on the state.

      My last comment is that with the internet and easy access to information nothing as widespread as polygraph testing would ever have a chance of staying hidden.

      Those are my thoughts anyway. I believe both you and Doug are good people with good intentions but with very different ways of seeing how the world should work and treat people.

  5. Douglas,

    I am compelled to support your decision to explain and create awarness about the untruthfulness of a so called “tool to detect lies” by government agencies. It is an intimidation tactic. While im sure it has equally been used to jail actual criminals, im sure it has been used to falsley punish innocent people. People put so much credibility in a pilygrphy test when Douglas was hibest and said it does not. He enabled families to have a chance to show they are innocent and falsly accused. He opened his mouth to a weakness of our government. Our government can do great things. They dont need a polygraph test to do that. Criminals are highly stupid and highly intelligent. If they want to get away with something they can manipulate electronics and people. Instead of wasting energy putting an innocent man to jail, the government should invest their time in creating a better system to uncover a true criminal. They should also apologise to Douglas and thank him for exposing a weak spot in the government so it could be fixed using our brains, not intimidation.

  6. Doug,

    You tarnished your badge which lead you to be placed in the very location the criminals you crawled into bed with were. Time will tell if you continue to offend like the molesters you took money from, and other criminals. If you do repeat, just know there will always be room for you in the big house. It is perhaps ironic that in a world where you sought to keep others from having their credibility put to test, that you now are labeled socially as having no credibility as a felon.

    1. How idiotic are you troll? If polygraphs simply detect reactions to thoughts, then a reaction to a question that illicits the wrong response doesn’t mean the person is reacting to whats being asked, but the thoughts that come from that moment in time. The polygraph is inaccurate. If our criminal justic system is still using a flawed machine, and is willing to place a man un prison for exposing this, then THEY ARE TO BLAME FOR ALLOWING PEDOS GO BECAUSE THEY PASSED. NOT THE GUY WHO’S EXPOSING IT AS INACCURATE. Big fucking “DUH” to you. Wear it proudly.

  7. There is no machine that can detect whether you are telling a lie or not.
    The lie detector machine was invented by the guy who created wonder woman he wanted to have his own lasso of truth

  8. You guys are amazing, will I say the polygraph does not need scrutinized? No, but I will say I have performed two eye detect tests on myself, and it told me what # I picked both times. I could go on and on about the people I have talked to that have had sucess with it.

    I guess my complaint is, you claim the polygraph is not accurate, I wish you held your reporting up to the same standard, and explained the exact charge this gentleman was convicted of.

  9. Has the fact that several diagnosed medical conditions may alter the results of this rest?
    For example: People previously diagnosed with ADHD. The stress of remaining seated for long periods is impossible and would result in tension and frustration, which will definitely affect the leads of machine and their visual appearance to the tester.
    CARDIAC arrythmia where a person has erratic palpitations can at times, be visible on the chest as the heart stops and starts with some force.
    DIABETICS often have reactions to stress resulting in low blood sugar, sweating and confusion.
    PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS can cause side effects such as palpitations, dry mouth, sweating, muscle spasms, etc.
    How are these circumstances taken into consideration? How will they affect the test results? Does a person submitting to this as a pre employment requirement, or for any reason, need to share their private medical conditions, or prescribed medications with the tester, who in turn shares it with his client. What confidentiality can be expected from the client to ensure test results and personal data are protected from abuse? Who has access to this information within the client’s circle? At times, a candidate may be taking a prescribed controlled medication which will not negatively affect their ability to perform the position being applied for. In this day of narcotic abuse and the lengths addicts go to in obtaining the drugs, why would anyone willingly offer their medical information, not knowing who reads it?
    I believe Doug Williams is 100% correct in his evaluation of this test. The above queries, in my opinion, only add to the potential for false assumptions by the tester and test.
    If the Whitehouse, with all their security can’t protect their information from getting into the wrong hands, what expectation can we have that some polygraph examiner will protect your private info?

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