Sunday, September 01, 2013

Indiana man prosecuted for teaching clients how to beat polygraph (because he "knew" they would lie)

Apparently it’s a federal crime to teach somebody how to lie on a federal polygraph test, at least if you know your customer will lie.  This sounds a bit like the “know your customer” stuff that was often criticized by libertarians in the late 90’s.

Matt Zapotosy reports on the federal prosecution in Virginia of Chad Dixon, for “wire fraud” and amounts to “obstruction of justice” in the Washington Post Metro story Sunday Sept. 1, here. Dixon. from Indiana, actually pleaded guilty. 
Apparently obvious first amendment issues are overridden if the defendant knows the client intends to lie.

But if federal polygraphs are not allowed in court, why are they still accepted in background investigations or sex-offender monitoring?
There is a site by George Maschke, “AntiPolygraph”, which anyone can look at here,  but which advises users to view with the protection of the Tor Browser Bundle.  Well, I didn’t bother to look for it.  I guess the NSA knows I just looked at it.  The government has a lot more to worry about (like Syria, Iran, North Korea, even Russia).

George’s video above is “The Truth about the Polygraph (according to the NSA)”.

“Polygraphy is all about interrogation.”  The video reports a rumor that the NSA asks employees about pornography viewing habits.
A couple times in my career there were rumors that employers would use it, but they never did.

Well we head for the “No Lie MRI”.   

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