I have a word of advice for Major League Baseball phenom Albert Pujols: “Don’t take a polygraph exam!”
I base my advice, in part, upon what I learned during the past four years while conducting an exhaustive investigation of the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph.
In fact, I consider myself informed enough to offer my advice to Pujols, the former St. Louis Cardinals star now playing for the Anaheim Angels, as he deals with an allegation and a follow-up challenge, both of which were tossed his way recently by Jack Clark, a former MLB player who, until he uttered his allegation on air, was working as a small-time sports radio personality in St. Louis.
Clark alleged Pujols had used performance-enhancing drugs while playing professional baseball. Then, after Pujols filed a lawsuit to counter Clark’s claims, Clark issued Pujols a challenge. According to a Village voice blog post published today, Clark offered to take a polygraph exam and challenged Pujols to do the same to settle Clark’s on-air claim that Pujols used performance-enhancing drugs:
If Clark fails the test and Pujols passes, the letter states, Clark will “issue a public statement… fully retracting all objectionable statements.” If Pujols fails and Clark passes, Pujols must drop the defamation suit and publicly apologize to Clark. And if they’re both found to be liars, the suit gets dropped and “neither party needs to apologize to the other.”
Why do I advise Pujols against taking a polygraph exam to prove his innocence? Because too many people have already been burned by the polygraph and many others — including experts in the field — bemoan the federal government’s continued misguided reliance on the flaw-ridden, century-old technology for which a plethora of countermeasures exist.
Rather than rely on the polygraph, I advise Pujols — and Clark — to rely on a non-polygraph technology for which no countermeasures exist. Details about that technology can be found in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.
It’s available in paperback and ebook versions and comes highly recommended.