A New Forensic Picture Polygraph Technique for Terrorist and Crime Deception System

By Costello, R. H. Brian; Axton, JoAnn et al. | Journal of Instructional Psychology, December 2006 | Go to article overview

A New Forensic Picture Polygraph Technique for Terrorist and Crime Deception System


Costello, R. H. Brian, Axton, JoAnn, Gold, Karen L., Journal of Instructional Psychology


The Forensic Terrorist Detection System called Pinocchio Assessment Profile employs standard issue polygraphs for a non-verbal picture technique originated as a biofeedback careers interest instrument (Costello 1987). This biofeedback test was published with 3 statistical validations as the Australian Life Mission Test (ALMT). For its intended career guidance purpose, ALMT used 112 career pictures taking 40 minutes testing. Forensic adaptation needs only 8 minutes for 48 pictures in 8 sets of 6 pictures with 8 seconds per exposure including hook up. Basal norms are recorded by running through neutral pictures for comparison with later hot target exposures. Recognition deception is revealed when the series is altered and repeated. For elaboration, see ALMT (Cassel and Costello, 1981 ft.). The system can be integrated readily into airport screening protocols. However the method does not rely on questioning or foreign language translation, whether Arabic, French, Russian, Chinese or English. Its fresh rose-like sterling value is sustained in intelligence gathering through hot targets of suspected terrorists or suicide bombers including Al Qaeda, Hezbollah, Taliban et al. Suspect terrorists even at airports or in other criminal investigations; looters, rapists, murderers or armed hold-up robbers are exposed to photographs of suspect collaborators or weapons from brutal crime scenes. Neutral photographs are interspersed with hot-target snaps of suspect collaborators, crime scene localities or weapons. Involuntary reflex EMG, GSR/EDA, temperature and heart rate change responses are recorded for instant statistical comparison between sets of neutral and hot pictures.

Cognitive dissonance (Festinger, 1957) is revealed between hot target and neutral picture recognition, recorded and computed with simple statistical comparisons. Through instantly shared data it's a small world after all and "growing ever smaller" (Eisenhower, 1961). The FTDS can be monitored remotely from international central intelligence sharing centers.

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Tribute: This technique is dedicated to the memory of Colonel Russell N. Cassel USAF who was distinguished back in 1987 by the Australian Police for pioneering computerized biofeedback personality assessment. As a USAF 2 Bird Colonel, Russ Cassel's life mission in service before self was honored was honored in 2002 by the Presidential Citation for exemplar APA humanitarian contributions in operational research and caring for military personnel since 1962. His achievements were legion as an esteemed psychology professor, prolific research publications and editor of 5 journals, where today was always yesterday in helping others".

Rapidly identifying suspected terrorists or criminals, placing them into custody and reaching closure at the time of trial are urgent issues for law enforcement; citizens, business, government agencies and the legal community. Terrorists "are" cold-blooded murderers who do not reason or feel as we do in our shared sense of morality. Criminals are not "a rose by any other name" while murdering innocent people regardless of race, color or religion. Terrorist cell metastases appear continuously on security screens even when the EU or UN fails to recognize terrorists like Hezbollah by name, in hesitant diplomatic parlance. Without mincing words, PAP technique for standard issue polygraphs is a non-verbal parlance-free weapon, sharpened as tool for truth detection targeting.

Summary

The Picture Assessment Profile PAP was, of course, named after Pinocchio, the character created by Carlo Collodi in 1880, immortalized by Walt Disney, America's father of animation. Technique refinement for standard issue polygraphs will elicit involuntary non-verbal physiological responses. As in the 1940 Disney movie and storybook versions from Japan, Italy and Russia which preceded it, Pinocchio was a wooden puppet whose nose grew longer whenever telling lies. …

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