An study of Ilhan Omar through facial, speech and virtual polygraph analysis shows Ilhan Omar is a pathological liar or just not being honest about her stories related to her immigration to the US!!!
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Despite numerous interviews, media write-ups, and multiple biographical sources, Ilhan Abdullahi Omar AKA “Ilhan Nur Said Elmi” remains an enigma. As strange as it sounds, there is almost no verifiable information about her nor her family in the public domain. This is bordering on the fantastic considering the fact that she is a 34 year old sitting congresswoman. In an era where comprehensive digital background searches can be executed with a single mouse click, Omar’s fluid and ever shifting identify and invisible past are true anomalies.
The majority of the biographical information that she disclosed has multiple non-reconcilable versions. This includes significant inconsistencies about basic facts such as her family’s actual names, their birth dates, details about her brother/husband’s identity, her father’s political role in the dictatorship of Said Berra, her residence in Mogadishu, and the real reason for their escape from Somalia.
The fluidity of the Oma’rs background suggests that most of the details that we know about her have been engineered. It is also clear that over the past 8 years, core components of the Omar family dossier have gone through multiple revisions at the hands of someone who has a decent grasp of covert intelligence operations.
The study begins with the following two versions of this story as told by Omar in 2016. The first version is from her interview with Cory Zurowski from CityPages News. The second version—which she told a month later—is from an Omar propaganda featurette that was produced by Daniel Cummings. Note the differences between publications on the same story –
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In part because of these differences, the study was created using a software based polygraph analysis –
In assembling the virtual polygraph system, I used several Artificial Intelligence platforms to perform the speech and facial expression evaluation. For the facial and speech analytics I used:
For the speech analysis I used several algorithms to identify conversational dynamics and the detection of deceit through functions and patterns such as:
- Usage of filler words like “Umm”, “and”, “Like”
- Cut out contractions such as using “did not” rather than “didn’t“
- Increase/decrease in speech speed, pitch, and tone
- Pausing frequently
- Prolonging word vocalization to buy time
- Repeating or rephrasing questions
- Voice pitch changes
I calibrated the facial expression engine and established a baseline using several hours of Omar’s speeches on a variety of ‘neutral’ subjects. I then established her ‘truth’ baseline using over 1200 factual statements (i.e. statement known to be true). I also supplemented her baseline facial expressions with catalogue of over 230 combinations of her customized Microexpression.
Following the creation of a unique database of her facial expressions, I proceeded with the ML training using her unique data sets. The whole training process took about 32 hours.
Here is an example of some of the facial expressions investigated –
The analysis shows the following –
The speech and facial sentiment analysis strongly suggests that Omar was deceitful when discussing her family Mogadishu history. She exhibited all of the typical facial and body mechanics indicators for dishonesty including:
Omar’s analytic ‘lie’ score consistently exceeds her ‘truth’ baseline by 30%-80%. Her patterns also exhibit many indications of a compulsive fibber. She is a a great storyteller; her tales tend to be very detailed and colorful and she seems very convincing. She is a natural performer, she is eloquent, and she knows how to successfully engage her audience. When providing historical information about her family, she never does so matter-of-factly (the way most people retell their family histories). Rather, Omar’s narrative is always geared at acquiring the listener’s admiration and sympathy.
The following are a few examples that suggest that she could be either a pathological liar or is working with a well written obfuscation script:
She often talks about experiences and accomplishments in which she and her family play heroic parts
She is always a victim in her stories and is habitually looking for sympathy
Her stories tend to be very detailed but lack any verifiable data
She responds elaborately and quickly to questions but her responses are always vague and almost never answer the question
She has different versions of the same story and uses all of these versions at times
The study ends with the following observation –
Anyone working for any three letter agency must go through a background screening and a detailed character evaluation. Some even are mandated to take periodic polygraph tests. There is no reason why a top lawmaker like Ilhan should be exempt.
Hat tip Yaacov Apelbaum