Anthony D' Amato
a-damato at northwestern.edu
Sat Sep 30 08:01:07 EDT 2000
At 05:59 PM 9/28/00 -0400, John Macartney wrote:
>PENTAGON'S POLYGRAPH OFFICIAL ACCUSED OF FRAUD. Michael Capps, a top
>deputy in the Defense Security Service (DSS) has been charged with
>imporoper use of govt-earned frequent flyer miles by the DOD IG. Since
>1995, Capps has served as director of the Dept of Defense Polygraph
>Institute at Fort Jackson, SC, where he is based.
UNOFFICIAL EXCERPTS OF THE POLYGRAPH TEST OF
Q: Now Mr. Capps, have you ever improperly used government-
earned frequent flyer miles?
A: No, sir.
Q: What is your understanding of frequent flyer miles?
A: I have no understanding of such things.
Q: When you yourself fly, do you earn frequent flyer miles?
A: I cannot fly. I was born grounded.
Q: I mean, when you fly in an airplane?
A: I do not know what you mean by airplane.
Q: You know, machines with wings that fly through the air.
A: That's absurd. Machines with wings? What are they,
mechanical birds that flap around?
Q: Isn't it true that you have stock in United Airlines?
Q: What does United Airlines do?
A: It pays dividends.
Q: What else?
A: I have no idea. That is not within my area of
Q: Haven't you seen their planes flying through
A: No, I haven't.
Q: But millions of people have seen them!
A: The fact that millions of people have seen flying
saucers does not mean that they exist.
Q: All right, let's change focus here. You say
you've never been in an airplane?
Q: How did you get from South Carolina two
months ago to attend a football game
A: I have no idea.
Q: There's a cancelled ticket here saying you
boarded United Airlines, seat 23C, and
flew to O'Hare, and then on to Los
A: Whatever you're holding is a fabrication.
Q: So, you don't know what an airplane is,
and you don't know anything about
frequent flyer miles?
A: That's correct.
EVALUATION: The subject of this polygraph
interrogation, Michael Capps, was clearly
telling the truth at all times, and the
accusation against him should be dismissed.
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