Converus Says EyeDetect Will Help the US Prevent Terrorists from Entering Our Homeland as Refugees
EyeDetect is a humane, nonbiased screening test that identifies terrorists among refugees or other immigrants within 30 minutes. Converus says EyeDetect should be adopted now to help protect the U.S. from future terrorist attacks.
LEHI, Utah – July 28, 2016 – With the U.S. on track to process 10,000 Syrian refugees this year, government officials and military experts are concerned that terrorists can infiltrate refugee groups because of inadequate vetting procedures. GOP Presidential Candidate Donald Trump recently called for “extreme vetting” of those who want to enter the U.S. Converus, a Utah-based tech start-up, says the government should quickly adopt its EyeDetect screening tool to help protect the homeland.
EyeDetect is an automated test that requires a person to answer a series of true/false questions on a computer screen while a high-definition camera monitors eye behavior — including pupil dilation, blink rate and other eye movements — to detect deception. Lying increases cognitive load, which causes involuntary changes in the eyes. The test is available in multiple languages, including Arabic.
“It’s not so much that we need ‘extreme vetting,’ as Trump wants,” said Converus President and CEO Todd Mickelsen. “What we really need is an efficient, accurate, humane, and nondiscriminatory method for vetting anyone immigrating to the U.S. We need to take care of those displaced from their homes, while at the same time not compromising the security of the U.S.”
Mickelsen says his company’s technology is “refugee friendly” because it’s nonintrusive and only takes 30 minutes. He added that it doesn’t rely on any form of documentation from the person being tested or any previous background checks—which is important because refugees may have no documentation and many cannot be found in any databases.
Examples of EyeDetect test concepts include: “Have you committed any acts of terrorism?” “Do you have ties to ISIS, al Qaeda or any other terrorist organizations?”
According to Mickelsen, EyeDetect is the first breakthrough in effectively uncovering lies since the polygraph was invented nearly 100 years ago, and is also the most accurate screening test solution on the market. In a recent Bloomberg interview, billionaire investor Mark Cuban touted EyeDetect as a technology solution for identifying terrorists.
Last December Converus executives were in Washington, D.C. demonstrating their screening solution to officials from the State Department, Secret Service, Department of Defense, National Security Agency, National Center for Credibility Assessment, armed forces and others, as well as to several members of Congress.
“We’re on their radar as an additional tool to enhance the existing vetting process,” said Mickelsen. “EyeDetect will make it easier for the U.S. government to effectively vet anyone en masse because of its efficiency. It’s a modern technology designed to meet the very trying challenges of today’s unpredictable world.”
According to French prosecutors, two of the ISIS terrorists who attacked Paris last November entered Europe posing as refugees fleeing Syria. Director of National Intelligence James Clapper told lawmakers early this year that ISIS was “taking advantage of the torrent of migrants [entering Europe] to insert operatives into that flow.”
Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld, in an interview by The Daily Mail, said that widespread resettlement of Syrian refugees into the United States could be a Trojan Horse for terrorists seeking to enter the county.
“Anyone who thinks the radical Islamists are not going to try to utilize every venue they can find to infiltrate in the United States, and in western European countries, to achieve their goals — these people just don’t get it. … They’ve announced what they’re going to do,” he said.
Field tests show EyeDetect has a mean accuracy of 86 percent. When used in conjunction with the polygraph, and when both tests have the same result, the confidence outcome may reach as high as 99.8 percent, says Mickelsen.
For more information, visit www.converus.com.
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Converus (“with truth”) is committed to providing trustworthy credibility assessment solutions. Its flagship product, EyeDetect® is the first ocular-motor deception detection solution. It’s an accurate, cost-effective, efficient, secure and nonintrusive method that detects deception in 30 minutes by analyzing eye behavior. The same scientists credited with computerizing the polygraph in 1991 developed EyeDetect. It’s a new way for organizations to manage risk and ensure workplace integrity, and for law enforcement agencies and governments to detect deception. Ultimately, it helps protect countries, corporations and communities from corruption, fraud and threats. Converus is headquartered in Lehi, Utah. Visit www.converus.com.
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