The left has made a great deal out of Christine Blasey Ford taking a polygraph test and supposedly passing it. Not so fast… there are a few things wrong with that premise. With the left, isn’t there always?
Polygraph tests are notoriously unreliable. Many people can game them. That’s why they are not lie-detector tests as the left would have you believe. James Gagliano, a former FBI agent who led a SWAT team in New York for several years and now teaches at St. John’s University, told Fox News “polygraph exams can be beaten.” That’s also why they are generally not admissible in court as evidence.
“In this case, if they want to put this out as irrefutable evidence that this woman is telling the truth because she passed a polygraph — that’s not the way polygraphs work,” Gagliano added. “If that were the case, I would’ve taken every drug dealer, gangbanger, and pedophile I investigated, and I would’ve thrown them on the polygraph.”
Gagliano, who said he was subjected to several polygraphs at the FBI but never administered one himself, said people can sometimes pass polygraphs if they’ve convinced themselves they are telling the truth: “It’s not a lie if you believe it,” he said. It also depends on how the questions are worded.
“Everyone knows polygraph exams can be beaten,” Gagliano added. “If someone is a psychopath or a sociopath, if you don’t have a conscience, if you don’t know right from wrong — you can beat it.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham is wondering why Ford took that polygraph just shortly after sending her letter to Feinstein. The letter was sent in July and in early August, Ford took the polygraph. Why would she do that if she wasn’t going public over it? She supposedly wanted this kept private, to begin with, which doesn’t line up with her actions here.
The results of the Aug. 7th polygraph have now been released by Ford’s attorneys. The test was administered by former FBI agent Jeremiah Hanafin. It took place at the Hilton Hotel in Maryland. Pretty impressive for a woman who claims to be afraid of flying and lives in California. Why Maryland? It could have just as easily been done in California. Unless of course, she was meeting with high-level Democrats to launch her attack.
Hanafin first allowed Ford and her attorney Lisa Banks to meet in private to formulate a handwritten statement that Ford signed and provided Hanafin when he returned to the room. Her statement was her recollection of the events that took place on the date she can’t remember, at a place she can’t remember, with people she keeps getting wrong and who don’t back up her version of the story.
Then, without Banks present, Hanafin interviewed Ford about the day of the alleged assault, according to the report. In Ford’s handwritten statement, she writes that “there were 4 boys and a couple of girls” at the party. But in her letter, Ford gave a different accounting, writing that the gathering “included me and 4 others.”
All of the witnesses Ford has identified at the party, including Kavanaugh, Judge, and another classmate, Patrick Smyth, have denied knowledge of the alleged assault under penalty of a felony in statements to the Judiciary Committee. A fourth witness, Leland Ingham Keyser, says she doesn’t know Kavanaugh or remember being at the party with him.
There were only two questions in that polygraph test: “Is any part of your statement false?” and “Did you make up any part of your statement?” Kavanaugh was not mentioned at all. Usually, examiners ask a series of irrelevant questions to establish a baseline physiological response, which helps detect deception when relevant questions are asked. That didn’t happen here and this is suspect because of it.
From Fox News:
“The test measured “thoracic and abdominal respiration, galvanic skin response, and cardiac activity,” Hanafin wrote in the report.
“The former FBI agent then ran the results of Ford’s two “no” responses through three separate scoring algorithms, including one developed by Johns Hopkins University. All three algorithms concluded that Ford’s responses did not indicate apparent deception, with one putting the probability that she was lying at .002 and another putting it at less than .02.
“Experts contacted by Fox News warned against reading too much into the results of polygraph examinations.
“It’s not the result of the polygraph; it is what polygraph subjects say during the polygraph interview that is most valuable,” said Thomas Mauriello, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Maryland who worked as a senior polygraph examiner at the Defense Department.
“The result of a polygraph simply is whether you did or did not respond to a particular question. A response is not a lie, because the polygraph is not a lie detector as most think,” Mauriello added. “A response is the activation of your sympathetic nervous system when answering a question asked during the examination.”
“In their letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ford’s lawyers indicated that they would not release Ford’s medical records as he requested, citing privacy. Ford had provided The Washington Post the results of apparently the same polygraph examination earlier this month, as well as notes from her therapist sessions in 2012.
“The public release of the documents comes just one day before a scheduled hearing Thursday, at which Ford is expected to testify along with Kavanaugh about her allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Friday vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate, even as additional uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh surfaced Wednesday.”
The test probably cost more than $1,000 and we don’t know who paid for it yet. “If Ms. Ford really did not want to come forward, never intended to come forward … why did she pay for a polygraph in August, and why did she hire a lawyer in August? And who paid for it?” Sen. Graham asked. Excellent question.
Ford’s credibility here is Swiss cheese. A polygraph does not change that. She may be delusional and really believe what she is saying. That doesn’t mean it’s true. The left is using her as a weapon to take down Kavanaugh. The hearing today will settle nothing… it is “he said – she said” and a waste of time. Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote tomorrow cannot come soon enough.