Episode 192 – Doug Williams: Lies, Damn Lies, and the Polygraph
Doug Williams is on a crusade to dismantle the entire polygraph industry, as well as the “charlatans” who run it. The polygraph was invented in 1921, and is presently the most widely trusted lie-detection device. It is also used to determine who gets hired by the CIA, the FBI, the Drug Enforcement Administration and police departments all over the country. It also helps to decide who gets security clearances. Police detectives use it as an investigative tool, while intelligence officers use it to assess the credibility of their sources. Polygraph exams are also commonly required as a condition of parole and as part of probation for sex offenders.
Man Vs Machine
For over 40 years the polygraph has had no critic greater than Williams. During the 1980's he was a barnstorming activist who lived out of a truck, giving talks and training sessions, while going on talk radio and TV, as well as testifying in courtrooms and before Congress. He later settled down and began charging for his instructional materials and tutoring and he learned, painfully, what can happen when you turn your obsession into a business.
Doug was later sentenced to two years in the federal prison because he had “protested the loudest and the longest against the polygraph.” This interview was very intense and there is some course language. I have also published it with no editing so Doug's message is not influenced in any way!