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Lying: Lance Armstrong’s Attorneys Say “It’s Okay!”

If you write a book, you have a right to lie.  At least that’s what Lance Armstrong’s attorney’s say about his autobiographies. Lance Armstrong is being sued by his book publishers for $5 million dollars plus damages for the massive lies he wrote about in his books.

I find it very interesting that Armstrong’s attorney Jonathan Herman says “People don’t always have to tell the truth.”  I guess it doesn’t matter that he duped the publishers and millions of readers in his books “It’s Not About the Bike” and “Every Second Counts.”  The argument is that he didn’t fraudulently mislead anybody to buy his books through some form of false advertising campaign. The publisher’s attorney Kevin Roddy says “He cheated on bike races to sell books and he published books in order to cover up cheating. We think they are intertwined.”

I wonder if Armstrong’s attorney would be so cavalier about lying if it was a witness he was deposing?  Would he be so generous if a witness lied on the witness stand?  I guess as long as I feel “justified” in the situation I am authorized to lie.  That’s the same logic people use with they commit all types of crimes, fraud, deception, even sabotage and espionage!

In my mind, this is just another example of Armstrong’s grossly over blown ego and that he can do anything he wants and can find ways to justify his actions.  Lying, not matter the situation is ALWAYS done for selfish reasons.  Even the little white lies we tell in social situations.  What I worry about are the lies that are designed to “hide” a wrong, “hype” the image of oneself, or to “harm” another.

In my mind, chronic lying (hide, hype and harm) is a sign of a MAJOR character flaw on the part of the liar.  It would be my opinion that Armstrong has some major character flaw issues!

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Don’t you find it amazing that liars are so good at rationalizing and justifying their behavior?  Isn’t amazing that some people go out of their way to enable these people to keep getting away with victimizing others?


I guess some people just prefer to be lied to because they hate hearing the truth as much as some people fear telling the truth.

Well … at least that’s my observation anyway.

Stan B. Walters, CSP
“The Lie Guy®”

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Interrogation & Memory: Ethics of Lying to Subjects About Evidence

Interrogation techniques taught to investigators run the gamut of styles and philosophies. Certain styles have a higher tendency of showing up in false confessions cases. One of the characteristics of those flawed techniques is the use of false evidence as a tool to get the subject to confess.

There are numerous “problem” interrogation techniques that teach and support the use of false evidence to put pressure on the subject. Suspect techniques tend to also recommend tactics that include suggesting unnamed witnesses, the presence of surveillance cameras when none exist, DNA, fingerprints, footprints, making up file folders purportedly filled with evidence, labeling DVD’s of video tapes with the subject’s name and more. This is typical of high pressure interrogation methods which in and of themselves have a high correlation with false confession.

A documented tactic used by some problem interrogation methods that has been shown to have a very strong correlation to false confessions is the use of the high pressure tactic of suggesting that the subject has a memory problem. There is empirical evidence that one of several common denominators found in false confessions is referred to as “memory distrust syndrome.” In many of these cases the subject need not have a “high suggestibility rating” as described in extensive research on false confessions. Using high pressure tactics, guilt assumptive techniques dominated by leading questions, interrupting the subject, short answer questioning techniques, combined with the interviewer suggesting the subject may not be able to trust their memory is a deadly combination.

Empirical studies of interrogation techniques that capitalize on false evidence do promote false confessions. Such tactics will also contaminate the statements of uncooperative victim’s and witnesses.

Our law enforcement training academies and corporate loss prevention training associations would do well if they would familiarize themselves with the techniques that promote such tactics. They are exposing themselves, their academies, their investigators and their companies to the risk of liability by training their personnel in methods and interrogation techniques that are now being made illegal in many countries.

I think it’s time we paid more attention to the interrogation methods we teach. Are we just training our personnel in a technique because of the name or more importantly, are we really aware of the the moral and legal ethical problems that exist due to the content of the training.

Of course, this just my opinion on the topic.

Stan B. Walters, CSP
“The Lie Guy®”
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Lying: Liars are Fascinating

I find liars, especially the bold, brazen, chronic liars simply amazing!  They really do live in what is almost a fantasy world oblivious to their own lies. They are in total denial that their lies could possibly come back to haunt them.

I’ve been tracking and studying deception and liars for more than 30 years.  So it’s is an understatement for me to say that I find the topic interesting.

I am currently working for a client on a $30,000 fraud case.  I RARELY work such cases anymore but I’m trying to help someone out.  Let me share with you what this 47 year old fool has done.

(Talk about classic anti-social behaviors!)

He has conned people for years with shell companies, corporations, where he asks them to go into business with him and them cheats the hell out of them.

He constantly passes bad checks to all types of contractors.  When he is confronted with the bad checks, he gets them to agree to “payments”, makes a token payment and defaults on paying the rest of the money thereby bypassing criminal charges.  He is always threatening to sue people.

He and his wife are in business, but he has been having an affair on the side with another woman he is also in business with (Okay.. I know that stuff happens, but just follow me on this)  He has been defrauding BOTH businesses!  In the last four weeks he has left his wife for the other woman.

He has been violating state building and construction codes by working of other peoples’ licenses (with who he has assumed partnerships – see above!)

State inspectors despise him, but they have not been able to catch him in the act.  They are literally gunning for this guy.

Construction supply houses are constantly having to deal with his bad checks.  Again he wiggles out by making partial payments and thereby eluding prosecution.

He is into my client for about $30,000.  $12,000 plus in bad checks and more that $16,000 plus for work he has not paid for as a home builder.

I was able to get the all the checks to county attorneys and send him 7 notices to pay or face felony theft by deception charges.  My client has filed $16,000 plus in mechanics liens on all the houses he has worked on.

NOW it gets good!  He sent invoices to my client indicating my client owes HIM for the work my client did on the houses.  Huh!!  I do the work for you and then you bill me for the work I did for you!

In the last 16 days he has sent 75 plus harassing text messages to my client.  Threatened to show up on job sites, threatened to just show up at his house (with my client’s wife and 10 year old son home alone.)  That doesn’t count all the voice messages he has left.  Oh and he is going to file MILLIONS of dollars in law suits (Nothing has been fled because he ain’t got no damn money!)

Ready for this?!  He went to two different county attorneys and LIED to them about the case.  He told them that he and my client were brothers and that they should just drop the case because it is a family matter, and their are in business together. (My client is NOT on the articles of incorporation for this guy’s company AND he is NOT a signer on the bank account which the checks are drawn on. He is NOT related to the suspect in anyway.)

Today he sends an email to my client and wants to sit down and work this out because he knows my client “really doesn’t want to hurt” him. His claim is that my client just needs to come to him so they can work things out.

You gotta hand it to chronic, anti-social liars.  They leave a path of destroyed victims along the way.  Boy is he gonna be surprised on Friday when he is arrested for at least 7 counts of felony fraud.  The state inspectors are also working up a case against him, too.

As long as there are liars, my job security looks good!  Folks may run out of money but we won’t run short on cases of liars destroying people.

Stan B. Walters, CSP
The Lie Guy®


Lying: What do we do with “victms” who lie?

Strauss-Kahn has been released because the rape charges filed against him in New York may be at least partially untrue. His accuser may in fact have committed perjury. What should we do about victims who lie?

Granted Staruss-Kahn is obviously no saint and in the past exhibited some pretty boorish behavior and may have taken some big risks for someone in the public eye, but should he be prosecuted on false charges? By the same token, no matter your background, personal life style, economic status or high risk behavior, you do not deserve to be a crime victim.

With all that said, what should we do with "victims" who lie? Ask the Duke Lacrosse players about their lives after being falsely accused of rape. What about an entire community and multiple families affected by a false kidnapping report by the "Runaway Bride" from Georgia. These are but three high profile cases of lying done by victims. What about the hundreds and hundreds of other similar false reports or false statements made by victims and witnesses?

My suggestions

1. We've got to do much, much better narrative interviews of all victims. Perhaps questionable cases can be discovered a lot sooner and progress no further unless truly warranted.

2. Let's not forget, we also must do a much better job of interviewing witnesses.

Regarding these first two issues, criminal justice agencies rarely give their full attention to training investigators how to adequately interview victims. More importantly, victim assistance groups also fail when comes to victim interviews. Some victims support groups operate under the dangerous and myopic philosophy that victims would never lie. (Right. Nobody lies to their dentist about flossing or to their doctor about their "regular" exercise routine and obeying their diet!)

3. Start prosecuting and charging cases of false reports by alleged victims. In these financially strapped economic times, why should the public put up with such a waste of federal, state and local resources. How do we explain to genuine victims why there are limited or no resources to handle their case?

Victim's deserve our full attention and so do criminal subjects. What happens though when the full force of the criminal justice system is turned loose on the falsely accused? Of even greater concern, what happens when the media, chasing the next sensational criminal case thoroughly destroys the falsely accused's reputation. To this day you can still hear comments about the falsely accused Duke LaCrosse players, "well, they had to be doing something wrong."

Time to start filing highly publicized charges against "victims" who make false reports. Let them serve time, or at least fine them treble damages for the cost of chasing down their case. The falsely accused should also be allowed to recover damages.

I don't care how "distraught" the person was when they falsely reported. I shouldn't take into account the past or personal history of a genuine victim. Those things should have no bearing when we consider filing charges on those would set into motion criminal investigations that can devastate the falsely accused suspect.

Just my two cents worth.

Stan B. Walters, CSP "The Lie Guy®"