DoD Adds “Credibility Assessment” to Polygraph Program

The Department of Defense has revised and supplemented its polygraph program to include non-polygraph techniques for detecting deception.

A new Pentagon directive (pdf) introduces the term “Credibility Assessment (CA),” which refers to “The multi-disciplinary field of existing as well as potential techniques and procedures to assess truthfulness that relies on physiological reactions and behavioral measures to test the agreement between an individual’s memories and statements.”

The new directive also transfers the polygraph program from the Defense Security Service to the secretive DoD Counterintelligence Field Activity (CIFA). The program will be overseen by the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Eleven military and defense intelligence organizations listed in the directive are authorized to conduct polygraph and credibility assessment examinations.

The reliability of polygraph testing for employee screening is widely disputed on scientific grounds. But many government security officials nevertheless insist on its value and utility, and the practice persists.

See “Polygraph and Credibility Assessment Program,” Department of Defense Directive 5210.48, January 25, 2007.

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  1. zz ziled February 13, 2007 at 1:48 AM #

    And so, another faith-based ‘science’ programme gets a major endorsement and taxpayer funding….

    I read somewhere that every five years along with each full-lifestyle polygraph report, agencies are now also requiring that some form of ‘animal entrails’ will be read and a full report on that reading will also be submitted.
    I understand that each agency may specify which specific animal’s entrails they want the polygraph examiner to examine.
    I was relieved to read that due to modern science, no actual animal will actually be harmed in the required animal entrail readings —instead readings will now be done by 4-D scans.

  2. James Kelly February 13, 2007 at 10:57 AM #

    We should continue to coordinate and enhance our relationship with other disciplines and incorporate their best tools into the practice of truth verification.