New Study Reveals US Technology Can Be Used To Identify Terrorists

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Professor Emeritus James Chapman’s 19-year study on computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) technology conclusively demonstrates it is highly effective and accurate – but under-utilized by the U.S. government in the fight against terrorism.

It is unfortunate that a small group within the federal government can commission questionable studies, at tax payer expense, in their attempts to block a technology that is widely accepted by U.S. law enforcement as well as state and federal court systems.

PRWEB) January 14, 2010 – Professor Emeritus James Chapman has completed a 19-year study on computer voice stress analyzer (CVSA) technology he says conclusively demonstrates its effectiveness and accuracy – as well as its under-utilization by the U.S. government in the fight against terrorism. According to Chapman, the technology has an accuracy rate above 95 percent.

Professor Chapman is the former director of the criminal justice program and the forensic crime laboratory at the State University of New York, Corning, and served from 1984-2000 as the executive director of the Southern Tier Law Enforcement Academy Zone 12, New York State.

He is also an internationally known voice stress analysis (VSA) expert who has conducted thousands of forensic interviews, as well as independent research utilizing the CVSA, and has published his findings.

Professor Chapman, who has continuously used VSA technology for close to 40 years to solve otherwise "unsolvable" crimes stated, "It is a tragedy that a small group of federal government bureaucrats responsible for the old polygraph program have the power to stifle the U.S. military and intelligence communities from using a technology that has been proven effective by U.S. law enforcement and worldwide scientific research."

Professor Chapman also serves as the educational and standards director for the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, and represents more than 1,800 US law enforcement agencies and the thousands of criminal justice officials who use the CVSA on a daily basis to solve crimes across America.

"My 19 year longitudinal study of over 2,100 crimes in which CVSA technology was used produced a court admissible confession rate of 94.6 percent. The full authority of the U.S. court system was applied as the gold standard in adjudicating the accuracy of the CVSA and the evidence resulting from the confessions obtained by the CVSA,” he said. “In fact, recently Chief Federal Judge Norman Mordue of the U.S. District Court, Northern District of New York, decided that the CVSA was an effective, valid and legally sound tool for use by law enforcement professionals in the federal government.”

Judge Mordue's decision has put to rest the debate regarding the efficacy of the CVSA in the criminal justice system, Professor Chapman said.

“It is now the mission of the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts to ensure our military members and intelligence professionals have the same tools available as U.S. law enforcement to fight the war on terrorism," said Chapman.

He continued: "Fortunately the debate is over, and there is bipartisan support for using the CVSA by the more forward-thinking and enlightened members of the Congress and Senate. I hope to see the massive deployment of CVSA technology soon to ensure terrorist threats are identified outside the U.S. This is the best possible outcome -- stop terrorists from boarding our aircraft and entering the U.S. before they can do any harm. I have recently learned that the manufacturer of the CVSA has developed a number of new and sophisticated applications and prototypes which can be deployed overseas to help the U.S. government in their efforts to protect Americans."

Professor Chapman continued: "It is unfortunate that a small group within the federal government can commission questionable studies, at tax payer expense, in their attempts to block a technology that is widely accepted by U.S. law enforcement as well as state and federal court systems.”

He said he has reviewed a number of recent studies with a group of esteemed researchers, academics and other experts, and found the studies used by the polygraph lobby to block the CVSA lack scientific rigor and validity.

“These studies are so flawed that they have been ignored by the mainstream, but are still used by the Pentagon's polygraph bureaucracy to block the CVSA,” he said. “The U.S. military's own records of the hundreds of CVSA exams conducted against suspected foreign terrorists and others by the Army, Navy, and Marine Corps consistently demonstrate an accuracy rate of approximately 95 percent under combat conditions. There is no other technology available in the world that can perform at these levels, and our military and intelligence personnel, along with the U.S. citizenry are being placed at risk because of the actions of a few dozen self-serving individuals. I urge President Obama, his directors of National Intelligence and Homeland Security, and the political leadership of this nation to look into this issue immediately. Unfortunately the previous administration, particularly its political appointees to the defense department, had the facts but chose to shortchange the American people. "

Professor Chapman can be contacted through the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts at http://nacvsa.com or (888) 358-5025.

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