Conflict International’s Operations Director speaks on podcast about human ‘deception’ detection

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Conflict International is a well-established intelligence, investigation, and surveillance agency that operates worldwide, with offices in New York and across the United States, linking to their global network based in London, Spain, Cyprus, and Hong Kong. Their agency has decades of experience with a team of skilled and experienced professionals.

Recently, the agency’s U.S. Operations Director, Stephen Komorek joined the podcast, The Trial Brief where he spoke with David Oddo on how human lie detection can be taught. David is a prominent New York attorney who has obtained many large verdicts and settlements for his clients during his 25-plus year career as a civil litigator.

On his podcast, The Trial Brief, he has conversations, discusses his thoughts, and has interviews with those involved in law and politics in today’s world. Stephen, as Trial Brief Reports is “an expert in Human Lie Detection, a skill that has been very helpful for lawyers and investigators.”

Stephen has completed vigorous training courses in Micro Expressions developed and taught by Dr. Paul Ekman.

Dr. Ekman Ph.D, is the world’s foremost expert in facial expressions and a professor emeritus at the University of California Medical School in San Francisco. Dr. Paul Ekman has appeared on 48 Hours, Dateline, Good Morning America, 20/20, Larry King, Oprah, Johnny Carson and many other TV programs. He has also been featured on various public television programs such as News Hour with Jim Lehrer, and Bill Moyers’ the Truth About Lying. Articles reporting on Dr. Ekman’s work has appeared in Time Magazine, Smithsonian Magazine, Psychology Today, The New Yorker and others. He is also the author of 16 books and over 100 articles.

Law Enforcement Today reached out to Mr. Komorek about his passion for the industry. He stated that “Intelligence, history and strategy has been my interest and dedication for almost two decades”

He added, about training in the private sector “I wondered…what other training is available, and what other training is out there.”

During the podcast Stephen went further on training in Human Lie Detection:

“I went out, and I got a lot of training in a lot of different disciplines, and the best discipline that I’ve found, the one that I believe works the best, is the Body Language Assessment and Scoring Technique. So, I was trained in that.”

Stephen then went on to discuss what happens when a person lies and when a person is trying to be deceitful.

He said:

“What can we do to detect that [Deception]? Well, what happens to the body? There is a psychological response that happens, and there are [Physical] signs of stress in deception. Specifically, there’s increased brain function [during the forming of the deception] to make the lie more believable.”

He added:

“It takes more processing power in the brain to tell the lie than it does to actually come up with the truth. In being able to spot that, we have what’s called leakage. “

In 2019, Stephen was awarded the title of “Master Trainer of Lie Detection” by Doug Whetstone “In recognition of scholarly attainment, distinguished service and on nomination of the Faculty of the Body Language and Scoring Technique”. Stephen is also a certified Instructor in the Technique.

Doug Whetstone developed The Body Language Assessment and Scoring Technique. Mr. Whetstone has received numerous awards and accolades from senior officials of the White House, Secret Service, NSA, CIA, FBI, DIA, DEA, and U.S. Customs for his significant contributions to the security, counterintelligence, analysis, and force protection fields. He has more than 30 years of experience in the US Intelligence Community, to include performing counterterrorism (CT) and counterintelligence (CI) threat analysis and security screening. He also served in the U.S. Intelligence Community’s Presidential Protection Program.

Stephen also recently spoke as a guest speaker for the Society of Professional Investigators (SPI), which is based out of the greater New York City area to deliver his “exceptional” human lie deception detection webinar.

Jason Cohen, one of the board members on SPI has worked with Stephen on many cases, and was the one to suggest bringing Stephen to a meeting to present on human deception detection.

He wrote a statement:

“Stephen mentions that everyone tells small lies throughout their daily lives, some insignificant and harmless, but when we intentionally try to deceive others, that’s what we have to be cognizant about.”

He added:

“Stephen points out the subtle subconscious cues that many in our law enforcement and private investigations field can and should utilize during our interrogations with clients, witnesses, and subjects.”

He reiterated:

“There is no doubt in my mind or our hundreds of members who watched live or streamed the video link afterwards, that Stephen’s course on human deception detection will provide opportunities for those that would have never received it otherwise.”

Jason said that Stephen’s presentation was a refreshing and an unconventional way of education on this psychological and behavioral topic. 

In a recommendation letter penned concerning Mr. Komorek’s expertise in Human Lie Detection, Cohen stated   “There is no doubt in my mind, or our hundreds of members who watched live or streamed the video link afterwards, that Stephen’s course on human deception detection will provide opportunities for those that would have never received it otherwise. I am fortunate to have my masters degree in Investigative Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in NYC. I am a retired NYPD detective who worked in Organized Crime (narcotics, gang, firearms, vice and eventually for the Chief of Detectives Office) and now as a licensed private investigator with my own firm. Even with my decades of experience, I viewed Stephen’s presentation as refreshing and an unconventional way of education on this psychological and behavioral topic.”

Stephen said:

“And remember, people are always going to show leakage differently and those deception indicators in which they use are going to be consistent, so you’ll be able to spot it.” He concluded, “Always remember, just because a person is being deceptive, doesn’t mean they are being deceitful.”

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Check out the article below from Law Enforcement Today about professionalism of Conflict International:

Conflict International is a well-established intelligence, investigation, and surveillance agency with offices worldwide, specifically in London and New York. Their team consists of highly skilled individuals with various professional backgrounds offering a wealth of knowledge and experience to their clients.

Recently, they had the opportunity to speak at the first ever virtual World Association of Detectives (WAD) conference.

WAD is a global alliance of investigators and security professionals with origins dating all the way back to 1921. It is the longest established and largest association of its kind in the entire world. WAD was formed as a joint effort by the combined membership of the World Association of Detectives and the International Secret Service Association.

According to their website, WAD was formed for the following purposes:

To promote and maintain the highest ethical practices in the profession of private investigator or security service;

To select for membership only those individuals whose personal and professional backgrounds and business affiliations have strictly observed the precepts of truth, accuracy, and prudence;

To eliminate unreliable, incompetent, and irresponsible members of the profession;

To foster and perpetuate a spirit of cooperation among its members and with all those engaged in law enforcement and;

To further and establish a mutual feeling of trust, goodwill, and friendship among agencies throughout the world.

Below are a few testimonials from WAD’s website:

  • “The W.A.D. network allows our firm to consistently meet our clients demands for global information on short notice”
  • “W.A.D. platform is a true professional’s dream of having networking all over the world.”
  • “W.A.D. not only provides excellent international referrals, but promotes life-long friendships that also lead to business opportunities.”

In a recent news release, Conflict International detailed their plans for the virtual WAD conference. According to the release, Conflict’s U.S. Operations Director, Stephen Komorek, who also currently serves as the Sergeant at Arms, hosted a Skill Set workshop at the WAD conference for international investigators on Human Lie Detection.

To date, Stephen is the only sergeant at arms to be specifically requested, and serve under three consecutive presidents.

Stephen humbly said:

“It is truly an honor.”

The workshop that Stephen ran at the WAD conference is a continuation of a previous webinar, and is part of a 16 hour course that focuses on detecting deception in word expression. All who completed the workshop were awarded a Certificate of completion.

Immediately following Stephen’s workshop, Conflict International CEO and Chairman of the WAD, Mike LaCorte moderated a panel of experienced officers from the Association. Mike is the first chairman to ever be elected twice for consecutive terms.

During this panel, they discussed how the “new normal” currently impacts international investigations. In addition, they discussed how professionals can continue to service clients at the highest level, regardless of the situation.

After the WAD conference, Stephen said:

“The first ever virtual conference for the World Association of Detectives was an extraordinary event with many great speakers and a panel consisting of leadership. The event included an informative panel hosted by WAD leadership and moderated by the chairman Mike LaCorte.”

He added:

“I was very honored to receive feedback from the membership of the WAD on the training seminar I gave on human lie detection. By the end of the training, they were able to enhance their abilities, even in the short amount of time we spent during the workshop.”

He concluded by saying:

“I look forward to giving an in-person training on the subject at the next WAD annual conference. Conflict is proud to continue our membership and hold leadership roles with WAD. Look forward to details for the next event hosted by WAD.”

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