The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

If someone intends to lie, there is really only 3 types of lies, according to the former CIA officers who wrote the book, Spy The Lie. A lie of commission is just a lie with no possible argument to be successfully made about it. If you report that you bought a vehicle with a friend’s cash, but it was really bought by the use of cash from your house and accounts with your name on them (and not the friends’), then you’ve told a lie of commission, which is not telling THE TRUTH. A lie of omission occurs when someone leaves out information, and therefore lies because they have. If you say that a vehicle was bought for you with “someone’s cash”, but you fail to disclose that the SOMEONE was yourself, then you told a lie of omission, and therefore did not tell THE WHOLE TRUTH. A lie of influence is one in which a person tries to get you think of something else with the answers they give to your questions, instead of the ones the question attempted to elicit. You may be asked about multiple and large withdrawals of money from your bank accounts that were illegal for you to do, and respond by saying “My schedules were completed by my attorneys in accordance with the best information available at the time”. This would likely be designed to try to spread the possible blame onto other parties, or at least create doubt as to who is culpable, but it wouldn’t actually be answering the original question. But doing so would violate the NOTHING BUT THE TRUTH mandate.



Why do people do these various forms of lying? The former CIA officers write that it may be because the “facts aren’t on their side”. When they aren’t on your side, you dig yourself into an even bigger grave if you have trouble keeping your story straight. It is often times helpful to either record people, or transcribe what they are saying so that you can review later what they did (or attempted to do). There’s a great deal that you can learn about people lying from a review of transcripts, which investigators are trained to do.



In the process of trying to get the truth from someone, investigators are also trained to tell when a person is trying to buy more time by repeating questions, deflecting the inquiry elsewhere, attempting to obtain sympathy with things that don’t relate to the purpose, or launch an attack because of being cornered by the eminent revelation of the truth. It’s a heck of a thing to be able to see that someone is lying despite their best efforts to try to convince others that they are telling the truth.



There is an unprecedented movement to find the fraud that has been hiding in the dark corners of many government offices. As the saying goes, you can run, but you can’t hide. At least not for long. That’s the WHOLE TRUTH!

Information on the book can be found by going HERE

Good luck with that!

Good luck with that!


17 thoughts on “The Truth, The Whole Truth, and Nothing But The Truth

  1. David S

    We all tell white lies. Harmless ones. Its the ones where you are stealing what didn’t belong to you to take that causes problems. Money, a life, whatever.

  2. It's Pitt baby

    It takes a special kind of person to be able to look an investigator right in the face and tell them lies that they know can be checked. Can’t make up what isn’t on your side.

  3. Perfect 10

    When you get notified to come in to ask questions, you should just lawyer-up and hope that he can work out a deal for you. Of course, it does look like you have something to hide when you do. What to do?

  4. Hopkins Fan

    Enron guy refused to give the financials to back up his statements. That was his undoing. When someone doesn’t give documents requested, it’s a red flag that it would show what they’re trying to keep hidden.

  5. Andrea D

    For crimes that are heinous, police talk to you immediately and then again with a follow up. Otherwise, you collect the info from others first, then call your person in.

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