While reading about so-called “lie detectors” being used in Ukraine as part of an effort to identify corrupt politicians, my thoughts drifted back to April 2008 and an occasion when I found myself joking about using portable polygraph devices for similar purposes in the United States. Oh, how things have changed.
Soon after reading Bill Dedman’s article about Pentagon officials deploying hand-held polygraph equipment to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wrote and published a humorous piece of my own — part of which is shown in the graphic above — under the headline, Blogger IDs Peacetime Use for Army’s Lie Detector. It focused — albeit naively — on how useful portable “lie detectors” might be for Americans as they listened to politicians on the campaign trail.
I never imagined how much my thinking would change one year later after I asked Pentagon officials how well the portable polygraph devices performed in combat zones. That question and a handful of others launched what turned out to be an exhaustive four-year investigation during which I learned more than I ever thought I’d want to know about the polygraph and other technologies competing with it in the credibility assessment arena. The findings of that investigation appear in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.
If you’re interested in learning more about my findings and about why the Ukrainians are barking up the wrong tree when they rely upon the polygraph as a tool for fighting corruption, click here.
For the full dose of what I uncovered during my investigation, order a copy of The Clapper Memo, and encourage your friends to do the same.
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