Despite unwavering claims by polygraph loyalists that countermeasures don’t work against their century-old credibility assessment technology, federal agents continue to indict and/or arrest Americans for the “crime” of teaching people how to employ countermeasures during polygraph exams.
Doug Williams, 69, is a former Oklahoma City law enforcement officer and owner of Polygraph.com who, according to a Department of Justice news release issued late Friday, has been indicted on obstruction of justice and mail fraud charges. The Norman, Okla., man’s alleged crime? Training customers to lie and conceal crimes during polygraph examinations.
Williams’ arrest comes almost 14 months after Chad Dixon of Marion, Ind, was sentenced to eight months in prison after pleading guilty to similar charges.
Having spent much of four years conducting an exhaustive investigation of the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, I’m convinced DoJ officials have gone to great lengths to paint Williams and Dixon as evil criminals and, by doing so, are sending a clear message to anyone thinking about making a living by exposing the shortcomings of the polygraph: “Stop now or expect to face the wrath of federal prosecutors.” At the same time, they’re admitting that the polygraph (a.k.a., “the federal government bureaucracy’s credibility assessment technology of choice”) cannot stand on its own merits.
To learn more about polygraph countermeasures and about a 40-year “turf war” that’s been raging silently between polygraph loyalists and those behind more effective and reliable credibility assessment technologies, read The Clapper Memo. After you do, you’ll likely find yourself in agreement with the people whose endorsements appear at the bottom of this page.
BETTER-LATE-THAN-NEVER UPDATE 10/8/2015 at 6:27 p.m. Central: On Sept. 22, according to this report, a federal judge in Oklahoma City sentenced Williams to two years in prison for training people to deceive during polygraph tests. Apparently having few options, Williams pleaded guilty in May to two counts of mail fraud and three counts of witness tampering.