The left has made a great deal out of Christine Blasey Ford taking a polygraph test and supposedly passing it. Not so fast… there are a few things wrong with that premise. With the left, isn’t there always?
Polygraph tests are notoriously unreliable. Many people can game them. That’s why they are not lie-detector tests as the left would have you believe. James Gagliano, a former FBI agent who led a SWAT team in New York for several years and now teaches at St. John’s University, told Fox News “polygraph exams can be beaten.” That’s also why they are generally not admissible in court as evidence.
“In this case, if they want to put this out as irrefutable evidence that this woman is telling the truth because she passed a polygraph — that’s not the way polygraphs work,” Gagliano added. “If that were the case, I would’ve taken every drug dealer, gangbanger, and pedophile I investigated, and I would’ve thrown them on the polygraph.”
Gagliano, who said he was subjected to several polygraphs at the FBI but never administered one himself, said people can sometimes pass polygraphs if they’ve convinced themselves they are telling the truth: “It’s not a lie if you believe it,” he said. It also depends on how the questions are worded.
“Everyone knows polygraph exams can be beaten,” Gagliano added. “If someone is a psychopath or a sociopath, if you don’t have a conscience, if you don’t know right from wrong — you can beat it.”
Sen. Lindsey Graham is wondering why Ford took that polygraph just shortly after sending her letter to Feinstein. The letter was sent in July and in early August, Ford took the polygraph. Why would she do that if she wasn’t going public over it? She supposedly wanted this kept private, to begin with, which doesn’t line up with her actions here.
The results of the Aug. 7th polygraph have now been released by Ford’s attorneys. The test was administered by former FBI agent Jeremiah Hanafin. It took place at the Hilton Hotel in Maryland. Pretty impressive for a woman who claims to be afraid of flying and lives in California. Why Maryland? It could have just as easily been done in California. Unless of course, she was meeting with high-level Democrats to launch her attack.
Hanafin first allowed Ford and her attorney Lisa Banks to meet in private to formulate a handwritten statement that Ford signed and provided Hanafin when he returned to the room. Her statement was her recollection of the events that took place on the date she can’t remember, at a place she can’t remember, with people she keeps getting wrong and who don’t back up her version of the story.
Then, without Banks present, Hanafin interviewed Ford about the day of the alleged assault, according to the report. In Ford’s handwritten statement, she writes that “there were 4 boys and a couple of girls” at the party. But in her letter, Ford gave a different accounting, writing that the gathering “included me and 4 others.”
All of the witnesses Ford has identified at the party, including Kavanaugh, Judge, and another classmate, Patrick Smyth, have denied knowledge of the alleged assault under penalty of a felony in statements to the Judiciary Committee. A fourth witness, Leland Ingham Keyser, says she doesn’t know Kavanaugh or remember being at the party with him.
There were only two questions in that polygraph test: “Is any part of your statement false?” and “Did you make up any part of your statement?” Kavanaugh was not mentioned at all. Usually, examiners ask a series of irrelevant questions to establish a baseline physiological response, which helps detect deception when relevant questions are asked. That didn’t happen here and this is suspect because of it.
From Fox News:
“The test measured “thoracic and abdominal respiration, galvanic skin response, and cardiac activity,” Hanafin wrote in the report.
“The former FBI agent then ran the results of Ford’s two “no” responses through three separate scoring algorithms, including one developed by Johns Hopkins University. All three algorithms concluded that Ford’s responses did not indicate apparent deception, with one putting the probability that she was lying at .002 and another putting it at less than .02.
“Experts contacted by Fox News warned against reading too much into the results of polygraph examinations.
“It’s not the result of the polygraph; it is what polygraph subjects say during the polygraph interview that is most valuable,” said Thomas Mauriello, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Maryland who worked as a senior polygraph examiner at the Defense Department.
“The result of a polygraph simply is whether you did or did not respond to a particular question. A response is not a lie, because the polygraph is not a lie detector as most think,” Mauriello added. “A response is the activation of your sympathetic nervous system when answering a question asked during the examination.”
“In their letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, Ford’s lawyers indicated that they would not release Ford’s medical records as he requested, citing privacy. Ford had provided The Washington Post the results of apparently the same polygraph examination earlier this month, as well as notes from her therapist sessions in 2012.
“The public release of the documents comes just one day before a scheduled hearing Thursday, at which Ford is expected to testify along with Kavanaugh about her allegations. The Senate Judiciary Committee has scheduled a Friday vote on whether to recommend Kavanaugh’s confirmation to the full Senate, even as additional uncorroborated allegations against Kavanaugh surfaced Wednesday.”
The test probably cost more than $1,000 and we don’t know who paid for it yet. “If Ms. Ford really did not want to come forward, never intended to come forward … why did she pay for a polygraph in August, and why did she hire a lawyer in August? And who paid for it?” Sen. Graham asked. Excellent question.
Ford’s credibility here is Swiss cheese. A polygraph does not change that. She may be delusional and really believe what she is saying. That doesn’t mean it’s true. The left is using her as a weapon to take down Kavanaugh. The hearing today will settle nothing… it is “he said – she said” and a waste of time. Kavanaugh’s confirmation vote tomorrow cannot come soon enough.
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Opinion: Congress Just Exposed Democrat Collusion – Dems In Major Trouble
For far too long politics in America has been much more about right or left rather than right or wrong. If Donald Trump’s presidency accomplishes nothing else, it has exposed the sheer volume of corruption in Washington D.C. that has been allowed to fester in such a way as to make it undeniable, except perhaps to those that are content to live with their delusions. Though they make pharmaceuticals for that…but I digress.
It seems Senator Charles Grassley, Chairman of the Judiciary Committee is also sick to death of the lies and shenanigans it seems. He sent a searing letter to the attorneys representing Christine Blasey Ford, who made 11th-hour accusations that Supreme Court Justice nominee Brett Kavanaugh sexually assaulted her more than 35 years ago. In the letter, he reiterated his already twice-stated request for Ford’s attorneys to turn over the “therapy notes, polygraph materials, and communications with The Washington Post that Dr. Ford has relied upon as evidence.”
The evidence includes notes from Ford’s therapy sessions and detailed charts from the polygraph exam she arranged to take in August prior to going public with her accusations.
After being briefed on the FBI's seventh background investigation into Judge Kavanaugh, I have seen no corroborating evidence to the claims made against him. It's time to vote, and I will vote to #ConfirmKavanaugh.
— Senator John Thune (@SenJohnThune) October 4, 2018
Grassley began his letter with a simple civics lesson noting that the Senate is specifically charged by the Constitution to advise the President, be it President Trump or another president future or past, on his nominees for the Supreme Court. As such, Grassley charged that the Committee had a “constitutional obligation to investigate and evaluate independently the President’s nominees.” He also clarified the Senate’s “obligation is unrelated to anything the FBI does … We have to make our own assessment.”
Grassley has extended deadlines and written multiple letters requesting this information be provided to the Committee so they could be properly evaluated as part of the Senate’s vote on Kavanaugh’s nomination. Every single request has been ignored and rebuffed. The latest excuse in an ever-growing list that grows longer by the hour has Ford’s attorneys stating to Grassley that the information in question would now only be turned over to the FBI as part of a full investigation into Ford’s accusations.
Grassley unequivocally let them know that is not how this works, stating – “The U.S. Senate doesn’t control the FBI. If you have an objection to how the FBI conducts its investigations, take it up with Director [Christopher] Wray. But don’t raise that objection as a reason not to respond to this committee’s demand for relevant evidence.”
Senator @ChuckGrassley: "This person is very well-qualified— a person who believes in the principles of due process, the presumption of innocence and readiness to serve are recognized. So, Judge Kavanaugh should be confirmed on Saturday." pic.twitter.com/NRJzr4in7b
— Fox News (@FoxNews) October 4, 2018
As the Daily Wire notes –
“Grassley then set the record straight about the attorneys using their objections to the FBI investigation as an excuse to deny the Judiciary Committee access to the information they were demanding. He wrote, “The FBI’s investigative decisions aren’t our concern. Even if the FBI never interviews Dr. Ford, or interviews her ten times, this Committee has a constitutional obligation to investigate Dr. Ford’s allegations, and that’s what we’ve been doing since we became aware of her allegations.”
Grassley pointed out that the attorneys had “claimed repeatedly that the evidence I have requested supports Dr. Ford’s allegations against Judge Kavanaugh. She even provided some of this evidence to national news. Indeed, if the evidence supported your client’s allegations, you surely would produce it as quickly as you could.”
Then Grassley really got to the nitty-gritty: “But you have repeatedly refused to produce this evidence to the Senate. In doing so, you are preventing the Senate from considering the evidence most crucial to Dr. Ford’s allegations. I don’t know what other inference we should draw from your refusal but that the withheld evidence does not support Dr. Ford’s allegations in quite the way you have claimed.”
A NEW TWIST
Just-released Grassley letter to Ford ends on an ominous & mysterious note: “In light of recently uncovered information, please turn over” all communications with Feinstein & Hirono.
This is huge.
May be why GOP began growing a spine.
They have something big on Dems pic.twitter.com/OG2ygafLTY
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 5, 2018
Grassley’s concluding paragraph indicated he thought there might have been some interesting communication going on between Ford or her attorneys and some of the alleged witnesses she named to the alleged sexual assault by Kavanaugh –
“In addition to the evidence I requested in my October 2 letter, in light of recently uncovered information, please turn over records and descriptions of direct or indirect communications between Dr. Ford or her representatives and any of the following: (1) U.S. Senators or their staffs, particularly the offices of Senators Feinstein and Hirono, other than your communications with me and my staff in preparation for the September 27 hearing; (2) the alleged witnesses identified by Dr. Ford (Leland Keyser, Mark Judge, and Patrick “P.J.” Smyth); and (3) Debbie Ramirez, Julie Swetnick, or their representatives.”
There has been some significant speculation with regards to exactly what Grassley has uncovered and when the American people will find out. If it is collusion as the letter appears to suggest, then it could potentially spell more bad news for Democrats with less than a month away from the 2018 midterm elections.
Ford’s allies did their level best to demonize Grassley and his committee of “11 old white men” for browbeating an alleged sexual assault victim. Ford’s team of attorneys — Debra S. Katz, Lisa J. Banks, Joseph E. Abboud, and Michael R. Bromwich — have been highly critical and very vocal in their criticisms of the handling of their client’s allegations. They have questioned just why the Judiciary Committee did not allow more witnesses last week and then blasted the FBI for choosing to not interview Ford herself as a part of its new five-day investigation into the accusations of sexual assault and rape from her and another woman, Deborah Ramirez.
– Leland Keyser was pressured to change her testimony clearing Kavanaugh
– Pressure came from former FBI agent who is good [beach] friends with Dr. Ford
– This is the same FBI agent Ford trained to pass a polygraph
– GOP has copies of the messages
— Benny (@bennyjohnson) October 5, 2018
With allegations so suspect that Ford’s former school Leland Kyser told the FBI she was pressured by Ford’s best friend, Monica McLean, to “clarify” her original statement. McLean just happens to have spent 24 years working for the Department of Justice, including as an FBI special agent. During her time in the FBI, McLean also served as a spokesperson for the FBI’s New York field office, according to a 2009 CNN report. She also just happens to be a former spokesperson to Preet Bharara, a far left-wing former US attorney fired by President Trump last year.
Kyser originally stated through her attorney regarding the accusations levied against Kavanaugh – “Ms. Keyser does not know Mr.Kavanaugh and she has no recollection of ever being at a party or gathering where he was present, with, or without, Dr. Ford.”
According to the Wall Street Journal –
“A person close to the former classmates said it was her understanding that mutual friends of Dr. Ford and Ms. Keyser, including Ms. McLean, had contacted Ms. Keyser after her initial statement to warn her that her statement was being used by Republicans to rebut the allegation against Judge Kavanaugh. The friends told Ms. Keyser that if she had intended to say she didn’t remember the party—not that it had never happened—that she should clarify her statement, the person said…”
DEVELOPING: Christine Ford Nailed Over Major Polygraph Slip Up – Why Is She Hiding This?!
Now that Dr. Christine Blasey Ford testified we can safely say we have more questions about her story than we did before she testified.
One particular question that’s very odd is when she was asked about the polygraph test and she actually said she doesn’t think she paid for it. What? How can you not know if you paid for something or you didn’t? Only in Liberal Land can someone forget if they paid for something so important when they are testifying in front of the U.S. Senate and the world.
Here is more on this controversy via Breitbart:
“Christine Blasey Ford, the California psychology professor who leveled allegations of teenage sexual misconduct against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh, said she does not know who paid for a polygraph examination regarding the incident while testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee Thursday.
UPDATE — 1:44 PM: Ford’s counsel, Debra Katz, after a break in the hearing, says: “Let me put an end to this mystery – her lawyers have paid for her polygraph. As is routine.”
Blasey Ford told prosecutor Rachel Mitchell Thursday afternoon that she did “not yet” know who paid for the polygraph exam she underwent on August 7, one week after her allegations against Kavanaugh reached Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-CA).
Ford testified Thursday before the Senate Judiciary Committee, leveling her accusations against President Donald Trump’s Supreme Court Justice nominee. The Republican members all ceded their time for questions to Mitchell, a veteran sex crimes prosecutor.
In this exchange, Mitchell asked whether Ford recalled who had paid for the polygraph exam:
MITCHELL: Did you pay for the polygraph yourself?
FORD: I don’t think so.
MITCHELL: Do you know who paid for the polygraph?
FORD: Not yet, no.
Mitchell also asked why Jerry Hanafin, the polygraph administrator, did not conduct the examination in his Virginia office, rather at a hotel next to Baltimore–Washington International Airport. “I had left my grandmother’s funeral at that point at Fort Lincoln Cemetery that day and I was on a tight scheduled to get to make a plane to Manchester, New Hampshire,” Ford told Mitchell. “He was willing to come to me, which was appreciated.”
Mitchell followed up, “So you were administered a polygraph on the day that you attended your grand mother’s funeral ?”
“Correct, or it might have been the next day,” Ford replied.
In a hot mic moment, Ford then turned to one of her attorneys, Debra Katz, and said, “I don’t remember the exact day.”
Asked if she had ever been advised on how to take a polygraph or offered any “tips” regarding an examination, Ford said she had not. She said that while she was “scared” to take the test, she believed it would accurately gauge whether her responses were truthful.
“I didn’t expect it to be as long as it was going to be,” she added. “It was a little bit stressful.”
Why is it that when Liberals testify against conservatives the mainstream media never call them out on what they say? And why is it that everytime a Conservative man seems to have an issue with some women in his past that woman always turns out to be a far left wing liberal? Why don’t conservative women ever seem to come out and accuse anyone? Maybe they do, but when Paula Jones and Juanita Broaderick came out and accused Bill Clinton instead of investigating the only thing that happened is that Hillary Clinton referred to them as “Bimbo Eruptions.”
Dr. Ford made a fool out of herself in today’s testimony. She came across as someone who didn’t know what had happened and who when asked about that night actually had to read a notepad in order to remember. That doesn’t sound normal when you have been traumatized so severely that you claim to not be able to go into small spaces, although you do fry in airplanes and you do go scuba diving which is terrifying for anyone who suffers from claustrophobia as Ford claims she does.
The left-wing media is as I write this already conspiring with the Democrat Party as to how to spin this so this woman looks somewhat credible. But the truth of the matter is the damage has already been done and the American people already saw first hand what kind of Democrat Party orchestrated farce this whole thing is.
Perhaps the saddest part about all this is how, even if confirmed, Kavanaugh’s reputation has already been tarnished to a level no innocent individual should have to endure. Let’s hope and pray that all this fake narrative from the left is uncovered and those who conspired and lied go to prison. If not then we can safely say America has lost its greatness and all we are is just another banana republic like so many others in the world.
Please pray for Judge Kavanaugh, His family, President Trump, and the United States of America!
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