by J. Daine
I have been a sworn peace officer for the Los Angeles Police Department for a number of years, and was seeking a position in a specialized unit. During this time I never had a great deal of trust or confidence in polygraph examinations, but I believed that the exam served as a deterrent to keep the less-than-squeaky-clean officers from applying for this position. My opinion has changed dramatically ever since I became a victim of the polygraph.
When I applied for this position I was aware that I would be required to submit to a polygraph examination. It never occurred to me that I might not pass; to the contrary, I had every reason in the world to believe that I had nothing whatsoever to hide, and would pass without effort. I was terribly wrong!
I am not supposed to discuss this examination with anyone. Indeed I was required to sign a statement promising not to divulge the content or discuss the examination process at all. I consider this requirement null and void since I have discovered the fallacy of the "lie detector test", and that is why I am willingly writing this now for anyone who is willing to read it. However, I do hope the readers of my experience will excuse me for not using my real name, as I would most certainly face the consequences in the form of suspension or termination.
At the beginning of my ordeal, the examiner asked me what I knew about the exam. I made the mistake of admitting my limited knowledge of the process and equipment, explaining my understanding that the exam is not scientifically validated and the results rely heavily on the skill of the individual conducting the examination. Naive as I was, I believed that due to my truthful response I would still pass the exam.
During the course of my exam, my attempts at re-examinations, and the outcome of my failure to pass the exam, I have concluded the following:
May this be a warning to anyone subject to this testing. Inoculate yourself with knowledge so you cannot be tested by this charlatan trick. After all, the "magicians" cannot be tested by their own craft since they know the secrets. Do your research so you won't become another victim of the polygraph.
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