The Hand-held Lie Detector - The News Junkie
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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

The Hand-held Lie Detector

New Anti-Terror Weapon Arrives - The Hand-held Lie Detector:

hand-held lie detector

FORT JACKSON, S.C. - The Pentagon will issue hand-held lie detectors this month to U.S. Army soldiers in Afghanistan, pushing to the battlefront a century-old debate over the accuracy of the polygraph.

The Defense Department says the portable device isn't perfect, but is accurate enough to save American lives by screening local police officers, interpreters and allied forces for access to U.S. military bases, and by helping narrow the list of suspects after a roadside bombing. The device has already been tried in Iraq and is expected to be deployed there as well. “We're not promising perfection — we've been very careful in that,” said Donald Krapohl, special assistant to the director at the Defense Academy for Credibility Assessment, the midwife for the new device. “What we are promising is that, if it's properly used, it will improve over what they are currently doing.”

I don't put much faith in the reliability of these things. I know the hand-held lie detectors to be released by the Pentagon will be a far cry from those Sharper Image toys we've all played with but they seem semi-useless. The results can't be admissible in a court of law.


Anonymous said...

If the results of these won't stand up in court, then why even waste money and time on them?

Freedomnow said...

After a suicide bombing these devices will be very effective. Anyone participating in such an attack will be in an agitated state so they will be perfect subjects for these tests.

The psychological value of the device alone will be worth it.

Anonymous said...

Isn't a towel, big piece of plywood and a bucket of water cheaper?

I keed, I keed.