The Difference between CNN and Fake News

News agency CNN retracted a story on Friday, and subsequently accepted the resignations of three employees associated with its publication. The POTUS jumped on the opportunity to point out the errant reporting as evidence that CNN publishes “fake news,” as he has been claiming since co-opting the term. So, is this fake news? Does this … More The Difference between CNN and Fake News

SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban to be Partially Implemented

The Supreme Court issued a disappointing decision today with respect to the proposed “travel ban” targeting six majority Muslim countries. The court agreed to hear the case, and partially stayed the lower courts injunctions against implementation, allowing those with no articulable ties to the US to be denied entry. This will largely impact Syrian and … More SCOTUS Allows Travel Ban to be Partially Implemented

Deception Detection Part Two: Control through Questioning

Previously we discussed a few deception detection methods based on biometric and behavioral indicators. To recap, we established that such methods are not independently reliable for knowing when a subjecting is lying, but that they can be successfully employed to help with development of approach strategies. While it is important to know when someone is … More Deception Detection Part Two: Control through Questioning

Father’s Day 2017

I’d like to share some eloquent words about fatherhood and the significance of fathers to their families. So I’ll borrow words from people far more eloquent than me. Being a father has been, without a doubt, my greatest source of achievement, pride and inspiration. Fatherhood has taught me about unconditional love, reinforced the importance of … More Father’s Day 2017

TX HB 3859: Codifying Religious Discrimination?

Two days ago Texas passed HB 3859, “relating to protection of the rights of conscience for child welfare services providers.” This bill is being panned as “patently discriminatory” bu the Human Rights Campaign and otehr civil rights groups. Some of the relevant text includes: Sec. 45.001.  LEGISLATIVE INTENT. It is the intent of the legislature … More TX HB 3859: Codifying Religious Discrimination?

Deception Detection Part One: Behavioral and Biometric Tools

As an intelligence officer dealing with the legal and effective conduct of intelligence interrogations, I was more than once involved in discussions regarding various behavioral or biometric analysis techniques for detecting deception, such as voice or handwriting analysis, neurolinguistic programming, kinesiology, polygraph, etc. There was and is no uniform agreement among the intelligence interrogation professionals with … More Deception Detection Part One: Behavioral and Biometric Tools

Violence is Not the Way to Handle Political Disagreements

I did not get an opportunity to weigh in on the shooting yesterday that put Representative Steve Scalise and lobbyist Matt Mika in critical condition, as well as wounding others less severely. I have a brief comment tonight. It has already been said, but bears repeating, that violence is not the way to settle political … More Violence is Not the Way to Handle Political Disagreements

Questioning Fundamentals

Originally posted on The View from the Armchair:
When most folks think of interrogation, they think of their favorite police shows, they think of the old “good-cop/bad-cop” routine, they think of criminal confessions, or they think of “making someone talk” through various and sundry unpleasant methods. Popular culture has cemented these ideas in our collective…