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+ - German E-mail Provider Files Criminal Complaint Against Police->

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "German e-mail provider Posteo is the first in the country to issue a transparency report (in German). Posteo reveals that in July 2013 (around the time Ladar Levison of Lavabit was being pressured by the FBI), German authorities pressured Posteo to provide unlawful cooperation and threatened to seize the company's business records if it refused. Instead of complying, Posteo filed a criminal complaint against the officials involved."
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+ - Anti-Polygraph Instructor Targeted by Feds Goes Public 1

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "Last year, the McClatchy newspaper group reported on a federal criminal investigation into individuals offering instruction on how to pass polygraph tests. The ongoing investigation, dubbed "Operation Lie Busters," has serious free speech implications, and one of the two men known to have been targeted is presently serving an 8-month prison term. The other, Doug Williams, himself a former police polygrapher, has this week for the first time gone public with the story of federal agents' February 2013 raid on his office and home. Williams, who has not been charged with a crime but remains in legal jeopardy, is selling his story in an e-book. Public interest website AntiPolygraph.org (which I co-founded) has published a synopsis."

Comment: Re:When will they realize (Score 1) 303

" The emperor has no clothes, so instead of clothing the emperor we just make sure everybody's wearing a blindfold."

That's precisely the official thinking about polygraph policy. Ten years ago, a senior instructor at the federal polygraph school floated the idea of criminalizing the public dissemination of information about polygraph countermeasures. I never thought it would come to pass, but it seems a considerable effort is being made.

+ - U.S. Government Circulates Watch List of Buyers of Polygraph Book/DVD/Training 1

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "Investigative reporter Marisa Taylor of the McClatchy newspaper group reports that a list of 4,904 individuals who purchased a book, DVD, or personal training on how to pass a polygraph test has been circulated to nearly 30 federal agencies including the CIA, NSA, DIA, DOE, TSA, IRS, and FDA. Most of the individuals on the list purchased former police polygraphist Doug Williams' book, How to Sting the Polygraph, which explains how to pass or beat a polygraph test. Williams also sells a DVD on the subject and offers in-person training. In February 2013, federal law enforcement officials seized Williams' business records, from which the watch list was primarily compiled. Williams has not been charged with a crime."

Comment: Re:George you were hacked. (Score 3, Informative) 465

I did, in fact, first use a PDF reader other than Adobe's. The PDF is available as a MIME attachment to the e-mail I received, the raw source of which can be downloaded here: https://antipolygraph.org/documents/help%20help%20help%20please.eml . If any readers have the technical skills to analyze it for malware, I'd be grateful.

Comment: Re:Sounds like malware, not entrapment (Score 1) 465

I found no malware associated with the PDF, though the thought occurred to me before I opened it that it might be malware. The original, raw source of that e-mail message is available here: https://antipolygraph.org/documents/help%20help%20help%20please.eml

+ - Full Details of My Attempted Entrapment for Teaching Polygraph Countermeasures

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "In May of this year, I was the target of an attempted entrapment, evidently in connection with material support for terrorism. Marisa Taylor of McClatchy reported briefly on this in August. I've now published a full public accounting, including the raw source of the e-mails received and the IP addresses involved. Comments from Slashdot readers more technically savvy than I are welcome."

Comment: Re:Well, of course. (Score 5, Insightful) 374

by George Maschke (#44724457) Attached to: Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph
One sure fire way to fail a federal polygraph is to admit up front that you've researched polygraphy, you know that it has no scientific basis, and that it's vulnerable to simple countermeasures that you have read about and understood (but promise not to use them). When the "test" is done, you'll be accused of deception, attempted countermeasures, or both.

Comment: Re:Repost? (Score 1) 374

by George Maschke (#44724147) Attached to: Feds Seek Prison For Man Who Taught How To Beat a Polygraph
No, it's not a re-post. Last week, Slashdot featured an earlier story by McClatchy about the same criminal investigation. On Friday, 30 August, McClatchy published a follow-up article with details on the case of Chad Dixon, the only person to have thus far been criminally charged in an investigation that the government is calling "Operation Lie Busters."

+ - Feds Seek Prison for Man Who Taught How to Beat a Polygraph

Submitted by George Maschke
George Maschke (699175) writes "In a case with serious First Amendment implications, McClatchy reports that federal prosecutors are seeking a prison sentence for Chad Dixon of Indiana, who committed the crime of teaching people how to pass or beat a lie detector test. Some of his students passed polygraphs and went on to be hired by federal agencies. A pleading filed by prosecutors all but admits that polygraph tests can be beaten. The feds have also raided and seized business records from Doug Williams, who has taught many more people how to pass or beat a polygraph over the past 30 years. Williams has not been criminally charged.

I'm a co-founder of AntiPolygraph.org (we suggest using Tor to access the site) a non-profit, public interest website dedicated to exposing and ending waste, fraud, and abuse associated with the use of lie detectors. We offer a free e-book, The Lie Behind the Lie Detector (1 mb PDF) that explains how to pass a polygraph (whether or not one is telling the truth). We make this information available not to help liars beat the system, but to provide truthful people with a means of protecting themselves against the high risk of a false positive outcome. As McClatchy reported last week, I received suspicious e-mails earlier this year that seemed like an attempted entrapment.

Rather than trying to criminalize teaching people how to pass a polygraph, isn't it time our government re-evaluated its reliance on the pseudoscience of polygraphy?"

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