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  •  There are companies which train (6+ / 0-)
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    people how to beat polygraph tests. In fact the government is pressing criminal charges against one of them.

    http://www.techdirt.com/...
    The Obama administration's war on whistleblowers was already fairly crazy, what with its official designation of "leakers" as "aiding the enemy," but now apparently it's extending even further. Federal agents have now launched criminal investigations into some instructors who claim they can teach you to beat a lie detector test, all done under the mandate of the war against whistleblowers.

    ...The criminal inquiry...is aimed at discouraging criminals and spies from infiltrating the U.S. government by using the polygraph-beating techniques, which are said to include controlled breathing, muscle tensing, tongue biting and mental arithmetic.

    The article mentions Penn & Teller teaching people how to beat polygraph tests in a televised show they did.

    I think it's been fairly well established that socio-/psychopaths can easily beat the machines, as they aren't going to have their heart rate or whatever jump just because they lied.

    So our highly-advanced and sophisticated Data Security Protection amounts to seeing if the witch floats, or the needle rises.

    You can see why someone who doesn't know how hinky the method is might freak out and confess. But serious breachers have to know the tricks.

    Was it Aldrich Aims who was getting US agents in Russia killed by the dozens who passed lie-detector tests for years?

     


    Actual Democrats: the surest, quickest, route to More Democrats. And actually addressing our various emergencies.

    by Jim P on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 11:54:50 AM PDT

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    •  Penn & Teller are well-known terrorists. (3+ / 0-)
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      Everyone knows that.

      The fact that they're walking around right now is just more proof--if proof is needed--of the fact that our beneficent government would never abuse these powers.

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      When you triangulate everything, you can't even roll downhill...

      by PhilJD on Mon Aug 26, 2013 at 12:31:04 PM PDT

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