Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Criminal Analysis & the Ten Commandments
Analysis seeks to understand human nature. Although it is beyond our complete grasp, the greater our acceptance of it, the more accurate our analysis.
Statement Analysis (deception detection) teaches that mankind is religious in nature. This means that everyone has a "religion" or belief system.
Religion is classified as ideology.
We then look to see if the subject is faithful or unfaithful to his ideology. Therefore, we will always have examples of fine outstanding people and unjust, unlawful people without regard to the ideology. The claim of ideology is vital for understanding.
Begin with the premise of no god in this exercise. Accept the contradiction of terms.
This is no insult to people of faith.
Western Civilization was founded upon the "Ten Commandments." The hundreds of laws written in antiquity found in Scripture are all based upon one or more of these laws. These 10 commandment were followed, long after, by the historically radical ideology of the Golden Rule: Do unto others...the law of reciprocity.
Contradiction-- consider that there is no God, no afterlife, no reckoning, no justice, no reward, no punishment, etc. Attempt to recognize your own prejudices in this. You want to learn the impact of ideology upon human behavior.
For example, if you were going to buy a house, and you choose between three houses, all the same price and value:
House A has neighbors who believe (ideology) that which they grew up with; the 10 commandments forbid them from entering your property, stealing your possessions and...from killing you, lest they receive justice in this life or the next.
House B has neighbors who believe (ideology) that there is no creator, no afterlife, no eternal consequence for any actions and that the strongest survive by exploiting the weaknesses of others.
House C has neighbors who believe (ideology) that they and their ancestors have long been victims of you (or your ancestors) and that as victims, they are entitled to redress these perceived wrongs at your expense.
Which of the three equally valued homes just went up in value?
In the interview we begin with the premise, not in the existence of a specific God or "god", but of the subject's own belief system. To whom (or where) does one appeal to the final arbitration of right from wrong, life and death and transcendence (or the lack thereof).
It is due to human nature's apparent instinctive reaction towards guilt.
A "conscience" is an informed decision.
If someone is raised with "thou shalt not steal", we note:
a. the rule of the negative in language tells us that which is stated in the negative is often more sensitive than that stated in the positive. The standing example I cite is the large sign on the plate glass window that reads, "Do Not Throw Rocks."
If you've raised a little boy, or was one yourself, you know the Rule of the Negative is provocative.
B. "Thou shalt not steal" culturally, must be overcome by the thief.
Q. How does he do it?
A. Human Nature.
Minimization, Rationalization and Justification.
Analysts deliberately look for the thief to tell us he is not a thief.
He will, almost intuitively, begin the brain processing that results in language that will deny what he has done, rationalize it, yet still minimize it.
"Just 2 drinks, Officer."
The subject is thinking about more than 2 drinks and uses the dependent word "just" which indicates his comparison.
Minimization is universally accepted in substance abuse, yet we find it in all manner of guilt and we seek to understand, and perhaps for some skilled analysts, even measure the level or intensity of guilt, based upon the reference point of the subject's ideology.
We say, "no one ever steals" in Statement Analysis. Can you spot the minimization, rationalization or justification?
They "reimburse" themselves.
They "balance the accounts."
They were "owed" by someone, somewhere. This is why employment analysis excludes anyone who sees himself or herself in the victim status. They are an exploitation looking for an event.
"The company is going to just write it off, anyway."
"Its not like anyone is going to miss it."
"I was fired unjustly."
"But I did not steal from this company. It was the other."
"I have been ripped off many times, myself."
It is interesting to note that we can predict, in general terms and descriptions, what may happen in the future based upon the process of desensitization.
When someone breaks into a building and successfully steals, he is very likely to go from his initial vow to "never take this risk again", to reliving the thrill of success to boredom to his next attempted robbery.
Success breeds repetition.
We do have examples of those who apparently just "graduated" to higher levels of crime, but this is often misleading.
I had a murder suspect of whom I said he was a known child abuser.
The record search was unable to locate any allegations or even investigations into child abuse.
Yet his language was clear.
Collateral interviews with ex girlfriends later proved this to be true.
The Ten Commandments summarized and with brief explanation will help careful readers to learn that the most revealing commandment is the first. Learn the first and you'll learn how the subject views numbers 2 through 9. This is particularly of interest with regard to theft, homicide and how to conduct the interview.
1. I am the Lord your God. You shall have no other gods. Everyone has a "god" that we should identify in our analysis/interview/investigation.
2. You will not make graven images or monuments to these gods, nor obey them- why the person does what he does. To what esteem does the suspect hold his "god" up to? Who are the "heroes of the faith" of the subject? (this addresses influences, including criminal and restraining influences, upon the subject). Can the "heroes" be wrong? Do they so admire celebrities that are even inspired by movies? Copy cat crimes?
3. You shall not take (carry) the Name of the Lord, your God, in vain. This is where we seek to learn what impact hypocrisy has on language and especially contempt for others and lack of human empathy. Being in error is not the same as knowing and deceiving. It is more dangerous to society than most realize. This is where cults are born, nurtured and even able to profit.
4. Remember the sabbath day to keep it holy; no work--get rest-- what are the consequences or results of...
rested bodies, rested minds? Is the subject a "balanced" person, or do we find obsession? Type A personality? Does the subject have elements of self loathing and possible high risk behaviors, "tempting fate"?
Here the god of state, or government, intrudes upon our social or private lives and seeks to dictate how we should live, rest, eat, raise a family, retire, and so on.
5. Honor your father and mother that your life will go well & long-- this is where we measure respect for coaches, teachers and, regrettably, the popular political contempt for law enforcement. When the lie "hands up; don't shoot" went main stream, consider young impressional black males who were taught that police were to be despised and feared. How many kids will end up incarcerated because they did not respect laws and law enforcement officials? How many cops have died from this ideology?
6. Do not commit murder--- does the subject respect life?
Doe the subject burn with hatred? (few accept the power of actual hatred)
Worse, did the subject burning with hatred experience recent humiliation? (a dangerous trigger for violent crime)
What has the subject been taught about human life?
Does the subject have any working knowledge of history? This is essential in grasping crimes such as the mass shooting at the synagogue this past year. The ideology of national socialism was studied by America as she went to war with Germany in late 1941.
Ideology has consequence:
a good risk to not buy a house next door to someone who believes in Jihad against "infidels."
7. Do not commit adultery--- what was the suspect's childhood like?
Did he experience abuse?
Was it sexual abuse, with its added elements and destructive consequences?
Does the subject practice self discipline?
This is important for many professions:
what does "best practice" in the social sciences mean?
Statistically, what child is most at risk for
a. substance abuse
b. depression, anxiety, suicidal ideation
c. poor grades
d. poor education
"Best practice" was once studies or "literature" driven...before politicians entered the equation.
8. Do not steal -- consider how dangerous it is for businesses when someone can claim "offense" at most anything, to receive a payoff rather than the scorn of bad publicity. Al Sharpton used this tactic to become fabulously wealthy while claiming moral superiority. Payoffs are preferable to expensive court battles and bad publicity. Employment Analysis can spot the "professional victim" before a company (or law enforcement department) even interviews them.
9. Do not bear false witness: when lying under oath is unpunished, it becomes tolerated and eventually acceptable to the point of being expected. When a nation has two tier justice, anger rages. When anger rages long enough, even over decades, historically it can lead to war.
10. Do not covet your neighbor's wife or possessions --
This is a chilling reminder of what institutionalized envy looks like: Socialism.
Note that instead of each of us paying our fair share (ex: 10% of whatever we make), the successful are being demonized by politicians to exploit the masses.
How is this done?
It is done by using morally charged language, as is my paying of 10% is "fair" but a far more successful person's "fair" share is 70% or 90%. The unnecessary language of being "fair" should catch the attention of the trained and untrained.
See French Revolution's "national razor"; the guillotine for reminder.
In socialism, there is no single "issue" but a series of issues, ever changing, presented, not for the good of others, but for another reason.
This is because the central element is the psychological need to control.
It is not freedom but it is, in its final essence, a violation of the first commandment.
This must, if unchecked, lead to a violation of each following commandment, in both theory and practice. What appears to be morally or ethically strong will not require coercion. Discernment is needed, even with seemingly compassionate or ethical ideas.
Ask: does this politician plan on forcing us to...?
Violation of the First Commandment becomes violation of all Ten Commandments upon society.
In the interview process, context dependent, we want to know: who is the subject's "god" though we do not word the question in this manner.
Who is the principle passion, binding arbitrator, or final source of judgement?
What does this subject believe?
What kind of conscience does the subject have?
Does he/she indicate remorse?
The answer is their "god" in this sense.
A subject's (or suspect's) god will tell you a lot about the subject; from the belief system to the conscience. It can help you determine how likely a suspect is to confess (or admit) to the crime, and what strategy to take. It gives insight into dominant personality traits that we seek to obtain from the language, and used in the overall strategy of the interview. (Tactically, we use the subject's own language in our questions)
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