To obtain a confession where guilt is indicated is the purpose and ultimate goal of the deception [lie detector] test. . . . The instrument and the test procedure have a very strong psychological effect upon a guilty subject in inducing him to confess.
-- C. D. LEE, The Instrumental Detection of Deception, 1953We get better results than a priest does.
-- JOHN E. REID, New York Times, November 21,1971
She was a journalism student working as a reporter for the Minnesota Daily and she was angry. She had told me on the phone that she wanted to do a story on the lie detector business, but it was plain that she had lost her journalistic objectivity. She wanted to blast them. This young woman had applied for a part-time job in a retail store that required a polygraph examination for preemployment screening. "I was kind of intrigued; I thought it would be interesting." She was so furious that I thought she must have drawn one of those prurient polygraphers who takes advantage of the examination situation to peek under the mental skirts of female