I have to hand it to members of the pro-polygraph crowd whose public relations efforts, though based on much circumspect information and many falsehoods, continue to impress. The latest evidence of their PR prowess will, I predict, appear Friday night during a segment, “Lie Detector,” on the NBC News magazine program, Dateline.
Though I don’t have advance access to the information that will air during the segment, I’m willing to offer a handful of predictions based on what I uncovered during the four years I spent investigating the century-old polygraph and its challengers prior to the release of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo:
I predict Dateline WILL NOT mention anything about the horrible results realized between Aug. 2, 2004, and Oct. 15, 2006, when the U.S. Air Force Polygraph Program conducted polygraph exams on detainees in the Iraqi theater of operations. I share details of the Air Force “TALKING PAPER ON SCREENING TEST FOR DETAINEE OPERATIONS” on the pages of The Clapper Memo.
I predict Dateline WILL NOT mention what I learned about the extremely successful use of a more-portable, less-intrusive non-polygraph technology at Guantanamo Bay from the men who conducted the actual interrogations of detainees there during the early years of the so-called “Global War On Terror” and the men who interrogated members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”) as well as members of al-Qaeda and the Taliban. I share never-before-published details about those interrogations in The Clapper Memo.
I predict Dateline WILL NOT mention what I learned about the extremely successful use of the same non-polygraph technology in the Iraqi theater of operations by Green Berets and Navy SEALs from 2004 to 2009. I share details of my exclusive interviews in The Clapper Memo.
Finally, I predict Dateline WILL NOT mention the fact that many of the 1,800 state and local law enforcement agencies now using the same non-polygraph technology as an investigative tool have foregone use of the polygraph entirely. I share details of several interviews with law enforcement officers around the country — including the lead investigator in the highly-publicized Jessica Lunsford kidnapping/murder case in Florida in 2005 — in The Clapper Memo.
Of course, there are many more details I expect the NBC Dateline “journalists” to omit from their report Friday night. To find out what those things are and why they are critically important, order a copy of The Clapper Memo.