Thursday, December 31, 2015
Happy New Year: 2015 in Review
What were the five most popular deception stories covered here in 2015?
2015 was an interesting year for news stories that were dissected here at the Statement Analysis blog, including those that brought some controversy, and those that highlighted the science of analysis.
Regrettably, there are many cases of which I will never address for readers, as they all belong to the investigation and judicial departments. I report 100% success rate "by resolution"; that is, each case produced something that confirmed the analysis to some measurable degree. This includes confessions, admissions, failed polygraphs, arrests, plea bargains, closed cases, or final adjudication in court or via board commission. The cases were all within the continental United States. In most cases, the analysis guided the investigation, though in several, the analysis 'was' the investigation; that is, the analysis changed the course of the investigation. In these cases, it was important that strong confirmation was realized, including admission. These cases were such that the investigators disagreed to some degree, with the analysis, but over time, the analysis proved itself correct.
Confidence in the science of analysis in each case where analysis was opposed increased dramatically.
2015 was the first full year where Hyatt Analysis Services was full time analysis and instruction company. Prior to this, work done for others was limited by time constraints. Even with this status, there was not enough time to analyze half of the requests received.
Hopes for 2016 include expanding the company to hire on both part time and full time basis,
conducting more seminars, (including UK), guest lecturing at Quantico, release of the book of Hailey Dunn's life and death, finish the new "Statement Analysis and Profiling" book, and the completion of the Advanced Course, which is almost done with the lectures.
The initial course Statement Analysis course received excellent reviews, particularly from those who have had other courses and were not satisfied with introductory, elementary, or "101" analysis courses' limit or oversimplification and omission of information. Many were left with basics, but without the tools to discern sexual abuse cases, mental illness and language, perseveration of past events, PTSD, as well as many of the deeper aspects of analysis including profiling and identifying anonymous authors.
The successful completion of this course, including assignments, permits one to join an elite group of analysts in monthly, guided training.
This has led to the establishment of monthly training of which confidential work is done and the results have been remarkable. This week, alone, our training schedule was 'interrupted' by a shooting case in which an apparent self defense shooting death was analyzed, and quickly changed status to possible murder.
The work in this group is deep. It is challenging, exhausting, exhilarating, and rewarding. They test and try us, regularly, and push up deeper and deeper into the complexities of human nature and language. Criminal psychology emerges naturally as the analysts know the allegation and the statement, with no case details revealed until the analysis is complete.
The effect is powerful.
The cases they solved were often complex and they invested exhausting hours into their product, and produced truth and accuracy.
This has been so inspiring, in fact, that we are currently considering more formal work into cold or unsolved cases for law enforcement. It is the unsolved cases that cause a stir, and require strong, dedicated leadership and thick-skinned investigators who do not fold under harsh criticism.
This is because those cleared in the case are sometimes seen by Statement Analysis as the guilty, and the initial investigators who cleared the guilty are not always pleased by the finding. Therefore, the report must be thorough, concise, and written in a way that will lead to re-opening of the case, and arrests. The success experienced thus far has fueled more interest in this. One problem is the solve rate of departments.
Where should this work be targeted as a priority?
If you said, "in locales where the solve rate is very low", you would be thinking logically. However, in the very places where solve rates are well below average, some have been this way year after year and they are not open to 'outside' assistance. Where new leadership is in place is where we will focus our attention and efforts. It is hard work, but it is work that brings justice and the team of analysts all have solid foundations and talent met with drive. The potential for success is high.
We also wish to expand to more corporate work as businesses see immediate results from implementation of lie detection in the interview process. Although criminal work is rewarding, the losses to business are so deep, that not only does analysis help hire the best and brightest, but it saves more than money and time; it saves reputations. It is no longer just weeding out thieves but now those who claim to be 'victimized' by a company, who seek money for their fraudulent pain and suffering that has become so popular that must be addressed and remedied.
Culturally, 2015 continued its downward spiral where deception in media continued, but at, perhaps, a more dramatic clip than in 2014, specifically with Dhimmitude (the submissive posture) and the criminal ideology of Islamic supremacy. Main stream or corporate media was more blatant with its propaganda than anything I have read, including propaganda from World War I.
Also continuing throughout 2015 was the acceptance of the 'corporate victim status', another dangerous ideology that fuels loss and institutionalizes envy. This appears to be continuing and because court cases are important to follow the trend of socialism became even more evident: business is bad and the workers are victims. Colleges reinforced this notion to young people who stood in buildings built by hard work and business while complaining of their feelings over imaginary wrongs committed by business. These were the "delicate snowflakes" who, if you hire them, pose an unnecessary risk for filing complaints against you.
This is critical for businesses in 2016 as Statement Analysis will spot the "social justice warrior" applying for a job who will, sooner rather than later, create the very event they seek to fight against, with a company caught in a "fake hate" public relations nightmare. The payouts from companies across the country continued while those who employed analysis were able to successfully avoid all such fraudulent claims.
There was a strong positive, however, in all of this, in that more Americans have become aware of the propaganda and deception, particularly in media's reporting, as well as in the political realm, and are relying on small, free-internet sources for news. This includes citizen journalism for without such, as in Europe, citizens would not know the dangers on their streets until it is too late. This is only a trickle of news, but it is growing. Where Germany, for example, used the media to lie about "refugees", citizens with iPhones did a great service, forcing the BBC and others to finally admit that the "widow and orphans" were, in many cases, 90% young males, of fighting age, who were not fleeing war. While Sweden became the rape capital of the West, Germany, little by little, failed to stem the tide of news and its citizens learned how epidemic rape of its women had become. Germany's corporate media briefly acknowledged that it was not reporting rape, for example, because it did not want to "fuel xenophobic" and "right wing" partisans. Thus, the media conspired to withhold critical information from the public to protect its political position.
Regardless of one's political beliefs upon any issue, the study is in deception, including propaganda, and its need to persuade rather than report.
2015 was also a year where "tolerance" finally became a foe to freedom of speech openly, as America has followed Europe in its departure from its once sacred principle of freedom of speech. Europe, still years ahead, went from the two propaganda elements to silence criticism (immorality and phobia) to actually legislating against freedom of speech. America silenced freedom of speech through fascism and even the imposition of sharia blasphemy laws, following the path of both Europe, and of early Nazi Germany. The pushback of this has been mostly the free internet, which, not surprisingly, has been targeted. Right now, one may lose his job for using the internet to criticize a government policy or ideology, but he is still able to post it. Should this freedom be lost, dissension will have to take other routes to express itself.
The cases covered in 2015 represent a wide variety of human language.
What were the most popular cases in 2015 here at the Statement Analysis blog?
Up next: The top five cases reviewed.
What do you think the five most 'popular' (judging by page views) cases were this year?