The less words you use, the more clear your statement generally is, right? That same principle applies in deception detection as well. If someone is using far more words than they need to in order to say something, that’s meaningful to us as analysts; that’s sensitive language and we need to find out why it’s sensitive. The shortest sentence is always best.
In the case of James Clapper, former Director of National Intelligence, trying to claim that the NSA isn’t collecting data on American citizens, we can SEE why it’s sensitive — because he was being deceptive.
Today we break down his response to Sen. Ron Wyden (D-OR), who asked the former DNI in 2013 if the NSA was collecting information on “millions or hundreds of millions of Americans.” Clapper tried to say no…but his words got in the way.