Chicagolanders Have Reason To Be Nervous — Very Nervous

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that examiners in the Chicago Police Department’s polygraph unit have been moved from the forensic services division to human resources.  Instead of conducting exams during the course of criminal investigations, they will focus more of their efforts on administering pre-employment polygraph exams to police officer candidates.  Such a move should make Chicagoland residents nervous for many reasons.

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When one realizes that, according to the same Tribune report, CPD officials scaled back their use of the polygraph in the course of criminal investigations because of too many false confessions, the fact that the same false confession-generating technology will be used to screen prospective police officers, the prospect of more corruption and wrongdoing inside the CPD looms increasingly large.  After all, Edward Snowden passed several pre-employment polygraph exams, you know.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I address the subject of polygraph-generated false confessions and cite experts such as Dr. Drew Campbell Richardson, a former FBI supervisory special agent assigned to the bureau’s Laboratory Division and a man I describe as the “Mother of All Polygraph Skeptics.”  He had a lot to say about false confessions, including the following, when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee:

TCM Richardson Story LR 5-13-13“Because of the nature of this type of examination, it would normally be expected to produce large numbers of false positive results (falsely accusing an examinee of lying about some issue). As a result of the great consequences of doing this with large numbers of law enforcement and intelligence community officers, the test has now been manipulated to reduce false positive results, but consequently has no power to detect deception in espionage and other national security matters.”

To learn more about what Dr. Richardson had to say about the polygraph, read FBI Agent Thrashes Polygraph During Senate Testimony.

To read more about the polygraph and the federal government’s reliance on the polygraph that former CIA Director John Deutch called “truly insane,” order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The product of an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, the book has been ENDORSED by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

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About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

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