No, that gadget pictured on the left isn't the little handheld contraption the UPS guy hands you to sign for your package. Nope, this is the newest weapon against terror and those seeking to be evil doers.
The handheld lie detector will be handed out to troops in Afghanistan to help them figure out who's lying to them on the fly.
This newest "great" idea from the Pentagon is admittedly not a perfect one. They admit the device isn't 100% accurate and it hasn't been fully tested, but they are ready to put it in the hands of American solders so that they can falsely accuse Afghan and soon, Iraqi civilians. " the lead author of a national study of the polygraph says that American military men and women will be put at risk by an untested technology. "I don't understand how anybody could think that this is ready for deployment," said statistics professor Stephen E. Fienberg, who headed a 2003 study by the National Academy of Sciences that found insufficient scientific evidence to support using polygraphs for national security. "Sending these instruments into the field in Iraq and Afghanistan without serious scientific assessment, and for use by untrained personnel, is a mockery of what we advocated in our report."
American solders and their families have been screaming for better body and vehicle armor for four years, but what do they get? A handheld untested product to detect lies that will lie to them enough times that it WILL cause a major issue by falsely accuse someone.
Imagine walking into your office and your boss tells you to slip this around your wrist, then holds this thing up and begins to ask you questions. What color do you think will pop up?