[EAS] Battlefield Polygraph
Peter J. Kindlmann
pjk at design.eng.yale.edu
Fri Apr 25 23:25:38 EDT 2008
Dear Colleagues -
This from Bob Parks' "What's New" newsletter of today
>POLYGRAPH: ARMY ISSUES HAND-HELD POLYGRAPH.
>In a story I've been sitting on for two weeks because it seemed too far
>out to be real, we must tell you that the Pentagon is issuing portable lie
>detectors to soldiers in Afghanistan. It can't be used on U.S. personnel,
>but they don't lie anyhow. It has two electrodes to measure conductivity
>of skin and a finger clip that monitors heartbeat. It sells for $7,500.
>What's New is prepared to certify that it works exactly as well as the non-
Even though the results of from full-fledged polygraphs, administered
under much more controlled conditions, are inadmissable in court,
this does not stop the march of polygraph progress, especially not
when progress costs the tax payer $7,500 per device.
You can find much more via Google, e.g.
<http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/23926278/>, where some have called the
The software was written by by the Advanced Physics Lab at Johns
Hopkins University. Opening in 1876, Johns Hopkins was the first
university in the US to emphasize research, based on Wilhelm von
Humboldt's German university model. It became the model for most
large research universities in the United States. Is it leading the
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