Occasionally, a study comes along with such eye-popping conclusions that even before you analyze the methodology or determine who funded the study, the dial on your B.S. detector speeds off into the Red Zone.
That happened when I saw a study by Dr. Amy-May Leach of the University of Ontario Institute of Technology in Oshawa on veiling and lie detection. It comes to a conclusion that runs contrary to conventional wisdom and law enforcement techniques.
Basically, the study contends that when someone veils their face with an identity-concealing niqab it’s actually easier to detect whether or not that individual is lying.
Recall a 2013 Supreme Court ruling that levied a ban on witnesses testifying while wearing niqabs, noting:
“There is a deeply-rooted presumption in our legal system that seeing a witness’s face is important to a fair trial.”
I think the Supremes got it right.
And Dr. Leach maintains the court got it wrong.