On a recent Dr. Phil show that aired on Monday and Tuesday November 6th and 7th 2006 at 3:00 P.M. eastern standard time, a man was accused of molesting his daughter. Throughout the show, the man swore up and down that he was not guilty of the crimes that he was accused of. He said several times on the show that he did not touch his daughter innapropriately and he even agreed to take a lie detector test.
During his lie detector test, the examiner noticed that this man was moving around a lot and he appeared to be guilty. The examiner had over 20 years administering the polygraph test. In the examiners opinion, the accused was indeed guilty. He stated that this is the kind of behavior is what he has seen in the past with other convicted child molesters. He was convinced that the accused was guilty. Dr. Phil did not say whether or not this man was guilty, but he stated that he would hand over any information that he had to the appropriate authorities.
The audience was clearly against this man because the looks that they gave him were clearly those of hate and anger. This man said on several accounts that he was not guilty. Dr. Phil stated that this man failed the lie detector test miserably. Even after the test, the man still stated that he was not guilty of molesting his daughter and he even stated that he would take another lie detector test. This is shocking since the lie detector test is supposed to be 94% accurate.
At the end of the show on Tuesday November 7, 2006, Dr. Phil stated that this man who was accused of molesting his daughter did retake the lie detector test and passed. He failed the first lie detector test. He was asked questions like: did you ever stick your tongue in your daughters mouth and did you ever innapropriately touch your daughter. On the first test, he failed these questions miserably and the test showed that he was lying. He failed nearly all of the questions that were given to him. However on a more recent lie detector test, this man did indeed pass the lie detector test and he was found to not have molested his daughter. He passed the second lie detector test.
The question here is why did he pass the second test and not the first test? Why are the test results differently? We also must ask if this test if good enough to be used in a court system. How many accused people are actually given this test only once. Most polygraph tests are given one time and who is to say whether or not it is accurate. The questions still remains, did he or did he not molest his daughter?
A more recent lie detector test was given to the male escort Mike Jones who accused Pastor Ted Haggard of being with him sexually. Ted Haggard at first stated that the male escort was lying and that he did not even know him. Ted Haggard later stated that he had bought drugs from the male escort, but never actually used the drugs. Mike Jones was given a lie detector test and he failed the lie detector test. The test was supposed to show whether or not Mike Jones was lying or telling the truth. The world did not know whether or not to believe the male escort or the famous Pastor Ted Haggard. Who are we to believe?
In a recent letter written by Ted Haggard, he admitted to innapropriately sleeping with Mike Jones and he resigned from his position at the church. Ted Haggard admitted what Mike Jones accused him of. The question we must now ask is why the lie detector test did not pick up this information? Why couldn’t it see that Mike Jones was telling the truth. Mike Jones was made out to look like a lyer when he was actually telling the truth.
We must ask ourselves if the polygraph test should be used anymore. There are literally thousands of people sitting behind a jail cell that failed a polygraph test. They may be guilty or they may not be guilty. Based on the evidence stated here, I believe that a polygraph should be given at least 5 times on each individual that stands accused. If someone is truly guilty for their crime, then the polygraph should be able to tell if they are lying or not.
It is true that we all pass judgement on one another. Some people just look like they are up to no good and really they may have a heart of gold. Someone may also look like they are out to harm another person and really they are a good citizen with no outstanding warrants. The audience already drew their conclusion on the Dr. Phil show. This man was accused and therefore he must be guilty. Even though this man swore up and down that he was innocent, the audience still did not believe him. It was hard for everyone to believe him because the child’s mother brought in a tape in which the child says on the video tape, “he touched my pee pee.”
The child was also found to have a tear in her vagina of some sort. Who are we to believe? Is the child being molested or is she being coached to say these words? Should we trust in the lie detector or the father who clearly states that he is innocent of this crime? Do we trust the mother who also failed a question on her polygraph test that asked her if she ever coached her daughter to say that she was being molested. She failed that question and the polygraph stated that she lied about her answer and she was indeed coaching her daughter to say this about her father.
Should we conclude then that the examiner is not experienced enough to administer the test even though he has had over 20 years experience? If you have a machine that is supposed to be 94% accurate, then why is it failing so miserably in these two cases? Something is wrong here if we cannot trust a polygraph machine. If we can trust it, then why are we using it in our court system and in police departments. If this test is inaccurate, then it should never be used in a court of law or by the police or government offices.
It should only be used as a child’s toy because that is basically what it is if it is not an accurate machine. People’s lives and reputations are being put on the line here. These two men had to sit in front of millions of viewers and they were both looked down upon because they were thought to be lying. Mike Jones clearly told the truth and it is hard to say if the man on the Dr. Phil show was guilty or not. The show is to be continued at a later date.