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What is Government Works Brain Fingerprinting testing?
Government Works Brain Fingerprinting testing is a proven and scientific technique to determine whether or not specific information is stored in an individual's brain. It's achieved by measuring brain-wave responses to words, phrases, sounds or pictures displayed on a computer. 

What markets can benefit from Brain Fingerprinting?
In law enforcement and criminal justice, Brain Fingerprinting can be a great asset to both prosecutors and defense attorneys, both pre- and post-conviction. Through this revolutionary technology, law enforcers can determine if a suspect has detailed, specific knowledge of a crime and provide scientific evidence where none existed previously.

Brain Fingerprinting also has many exciting applications in several other very large markets:  forensics and national security, medical diagnostics, advertising and research, insurance fraud and in the criminal justice system, to name just a few.

Has Brain Fingerprinting been scientifically tested, peer-reviewed and published?
Yes.  The science behind Brain Fingerprinting was peer-reviewed and published in the Journal of Forensic Sciences, 1/01, as well as Cogntive Neurodynamics (Cogn Neurodyn (2012) 6:115-154).  It has also been tested by the FBI, CIA, and Department of Navy with 99% accuracy results.
Farwell Smith- Journal of Forensic Sciences- January 2001


Why is Brain Fingerprinting testing increasingly vital for law enforcers?
Consider this: there are 14 million crimes reported by police to the FBI annually in the United States. The National Crime Victimization Survey, conducted by the U.S. Census Bureau, includes additional crime categories, raising that estimate to 34 million.  Only 35 percent of the cases result in an arrest.

Additionally, an estimated five to 10 percent of those six million who are imprisoned are innocent.  That means more than 300,000 to 600,000 inmates have been wrongfully incarcerated.  Brain Fingerprinting testing can help identify the guilty and exonerate the innocent.

Does Brain Fingerprinting work throughout all areas of law enforcement?
The short answer is sometimes law enforcement cases must rely on tried-and-true sleuthing.  For example, in a disappearance, authorities may know that someone is missing but not whether a crime has been committed.  In other instances‚ such as a sexual assault case the victim and perpetrator may agree on what happened but disagree that it was consensual. Brain Fingerprinting would not apply to either of these scenarios.

What if the person knows about the crime because he or she was a witness is not a perpetrator?
Brain Fingerprinting testing will determine if specific information is in the brain but will not tell us how it got there.  It's like finding fingerprints at the crime scene;  some, but not all, tie back to the perpetrator. If specific information is available about the planning and execution of the crime that a witness would not know, Brain Fingerprinting testing may be able to distinguish between a witness and a perpetrator.  In addition, it can place a person at the scene of a crime or exonerate someone who was not there.

What if a criminal suspect ‚ or a terrorist suspect -- read about the crime in the newspaper or saw it on T.V.?
General knowledge gleaned from a newspaper or TV does not interfere with Brain Fingerprinting testing. A suspect is tested for details of the crime that only the perpetrator and investigators would know, but that has not been publically released.

How does Brain Fingerprinting work with standard protocols?
Standard protocols ensure that the suspect is given the right to reveal any circumstances through which he or she might have had legitimate access to the crime-relevant information.  A suspect is tested only on information for which he or she has no legitimate means of knowing.   As a result, Brain Fingerprinting determines with an extremely high degree of accuracy those who are involved with terrorist activity‚and those who are not.

Is Brain Fingerprinting currently accepted as evidence in court?
This scientific determination of guilt or innocence has been ruled admissible in US court, meaning this new branch of forensic science has the potential to revolutionize the whole justice system. Indeed, the revolution has already started.

Why is‚ Brain Fingerprinting technology more widely known?
For the simple reason that it takes time for any science to be accepted.  Whenever there is a new discovery, there is at first inertia and disbelief on the part of many who benefit from the status quo. The truth is that the science behind Brain Fingerprinting technology has been reported on and touted in major print and broadcast media ‚ from CBS 60 Minutes and The Discovery Channel to The New York Times and Law Enforcement Technology and U.S. News and World Report. It is only a matter of time before it is widely utilized.

Do leading scientists concur that Brain Fingerprinting is a breakthrough technology?
There is widespread agreement among scientific experts that we can accurately and scientifically measure information-processing brain activity using brain signals.  They agree that when the science is appropriately applied, we can determine whether or not specific information is stored within a person's brain.

There have been hundreds of studies focusing on the P300 electrical brain wave response, one of the larger MERMER responses, over the past 30 years.  The MERMER, a longer and more complex response than the P300, is composed of a P300 response (electrical events occurring 300 to 800 milliseconds after the stimulus) and additional data occurring more than 800 milliseconds after the stimulus. While a P300 only shows a peak electrical response, a MERMER displays a peak and a valley.

Does Brain Fingerprinting testing provide a scientific answer to legal questions?
Not really.  This technology answers one scientific question: does a person have particular crime-relevant information stored in his or her brain or not?  This evidence must be evaluated, along with other available evidence, by a judge or jury to reach legal decisions. For example, the person may end up being a witness, not a perpetrator, of a crime.

What is the future of Brain Fingerprinting testing?
We believe it has amazing applications in any number of sectors.  When applied by law enforcement agencies and defendants in criminal cases, Brain Fingerprinting can eliminate many innocent suspects at the very beginning of the investigation. It can reduce crime by helping to bring perpetrators to justice.  And, the knowledge that such an accurate and scientific technique is available may serve as a powerful deterrent.

It can also be applied by the medical community to diagnose Altzheimer's and other dementia at an earlier stage, allowing for a slower progression of symptoms.  It can identify the retention and recall rate of advertising messages, enabling ad agencies and their clients to get more “bang for their buck".   And it can be invaluable in keeping our nation safer in counterterrorism situations.