Friday, March 8, 2013
Psychics and Missing Children
A miracle is defined as a "suspension or negation of the laws of nature."
Psychics claim to have the ability to access information beyond the restrictions of the human senses and police departments often waste valuable and precious resources following up on tips from psychics. It got so bad in the case of Baby Ayla, that police took the extraordinary and brave step of publicly stating that they do not want any more 'psychics' to call in tips.
The polygraph is said to be at least 90%- 95% effective. It is so effective, in fact, that President Barak Obama, like all leaders, relies upon it to help keep him safe. Those of whom there is no financial restriction employ its use in security. If you'd like to get a job, for instance, protecting the world's most powerful leader, you'll have to pass a polygraph first.
Statement Analysis has an even higher success rate than the polygraph. It can not only discern deception, but can glean additional information from the subject, something a polygraph alone cannot do. I believe that when used in tandem, it is a most powerful weapon against deception and fraud. Even the use of polygraphs in the classification of pedophiles has shown to be valuable in the protection of children.
We once explored the usefulness of various tools for investigators to use and I asked,
"Would you authorize the use of a tool that has a 90% or higher success rate?" with readers enthusiastically embracing any such technique.
"Would you authorize the use of a tool that has a success rate of less than .00001%?"
Would you spend money basically on the basis of a lottery ticket odds? Likely not.
Psychics, in spite of the growth in popularity on television ("reality" shows?), have failed to locate a single missing child.
I am unable to think of a more vulnerable time in life than a parent who is missing his or her child. I can only imagine what heartache, frustration, and feelings of utter impotency exists, after, perhaps, years of getting up, day or night, to help the child, only to be told, "there is nothing you can do but sit and wait."
It is in this most vulnerable of times that the psychic preys upon the vulnerable parent with offers of "help" to find the child.
Whether it is the Facebook psychic, manufactured new daily, or the John Edwards hoax, the impact upon a vulnerable and suspecting parent can be devastating.
Some will stay safely within the confines of vagueness, while others will say that they have 'communicated' with the child, yet give no concrete answer as to the child's location.
It is a most cruel hoax in an attempt for notoriety.
15 minutes worth of fame is not worth devastating an already beleaguered parent's heart.