Federal government officials keep putting the proverbial “lipstick” on the “pig” that is the polygraph despite the fact a newer technology — proven far more accurate and effective in places like Afghanistan, Iraq and Guantanamo Bay — is available and being used by more than 1,800 local and state law enforcement agencies.
The latest effort to improve the appearance of the polygraph appears in an article by Blake McConnell and Timothy J. Weber, Ed.D. — a retired FBI polygraph examiner and a former federal polygraph instructor, respectively — in the Aug. 5 edition of FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin.
Beneath the article’s headline, the authors go to great lengths to describe the differences between the traditional polygraph and this new approach, known as the Concealed Information Test. What they ignore, however, is the “elephant in the room” — that is, the fact that countermeasures exist to defeat the century-old polygraph technology.
After spending most of four years investigating the federal government’s use of so-called credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, I challenge anyone who doesn’t believe the polygraph can be defeated by countermeasures to explain how so many federal government employees and contractors have passed periodic polygraph exams conditional with their initial and/or continued employment — usually with high-level security clearances — before going on to commit espionage and/or leak national security secrets — against the United States.
In addition, I challenge anyone to disprove my contention that a turf war has been raging for more than 40 years between polygraph loyalists and challengers to the polygraph who simply want investigators — in the federal military, law enforcement and intelligence communities — to have access to the best tools available.
Before you accept my challenge, I suggest you read the rest of the findings from my investigation. They appear in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.
Featuring never-before-published details obtained from top government officials, including individuals who used non-polygraph technology to interrogate members of Saddam Hussein‘s inner circle (i.e., “Deck of Cards”) and detainees at Guantanamo Bay, The Clapper Memo has received rave reviews from people whose names you might recognize (i.e., people who know what it’s like to be in the fight).
To learn more about this turf war and the non-polygraph technology being suppressed by federal government agencies, read more posts about the book. To understand everything I’ve uncovered, order a copy of The Clapper Memo. You’ll be glad you did!by