Thanks to a lot of friends in talk radio, the “buzz” continues to spread about THE CLAPPER MEMO, my recently-released second nonfiction book that connects the dots between three memos declaring the polygraph the Department of Defense’s only approved credibility assessment tool and hundreds of U.S. and coalition casualties of “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan. To date, radio audiences I’ve encountered have been appalled to hear that DoD officials have placed a tool more-effective than polygraph off limits to DoD personnel.
During the 5 p.m. hour (Central time) tonight, I’ll be a guest of Dr. Paul A. Ibbetson on the “Conscience of Kansas” radio program on KRMR – The Patriot 105.7 in Great Bend, Kan. The fact that Dr. Ibbetson is, in addition to being a radio program host, an author and a retired chief of police not unfamiliar with law enforcement’s use of the polygraph, should help generate lively and interesting discussion.
On Sunday at 8:30 p.m. Central, I’ll make a guest appearance on “The Marc Cox Show” on St. Louis’ FM NewsTalk 97.1. Host Marc Cox is a veteran of more than two decades of television news reporting and knows how to get to the heart of any issue; therefore, this show should involve a lot of great discussion as well.
News of the deadly tornado that killed more than 51 in Moore, Okla., Monday brought back memories of another painful episode in the book of Oklahoma living.
Before moving to the St. Louis area, my family called Norman, Okla., home. Having grown up in the Sooner State before traveling the world as an Air Force couple, my wife and I knew — or thought we knew — what to expect. We did not, however, expect what took place one evening 14 years ago.
Like most of our neighbors in northwest Norman, we lived in a typical three-bedroom home that did not have a basement or a safe room. It may seem strange, but few homes in the state (a.k.a., “tornado alley”) had such amenities. Everyone with a television set, however, did have legendary local weatherman Gary England.
On that memorable evening, I paid close attention to England’s reporting on dangerous storms traversing the state from the southwest to the northeast. When he told television viewers to seek shelter underground immediately or face certain death, I made a critical decision; for the first time since moving to Norman three years earlier, I drove my wife and three young sons to an underground public shelter at a nearby elementary school.
Though the powerful F-5 tornado did not hit our home, it left a mile-wide path of destruction just a few miles north in Moore while packing the strongest surface winds ever recorded on earth — more than 200 miles per hour.
Television news reports during the days that followed featured video footage showing the tornado’s path stretching for miles and resembling what a giant vacuum cleaner might leave behind (i.e., nothing that resembled the homes and businesses that had been in the path of the tornado moments earlier).
All of that took place on May 3, 1999. I’ll never forget it. Today, my heart goes out to those impacted by the storms that hit central Oklahoma this week.
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EDITOR’S NOTE: I’ve been following the case of Army Ranger 1st Lt. Michael Behenna since 2009. In addition, I wrote a book, Three Days In August, about Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, another wrongfully-convicted man he befriended while both served time behind the walls of the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kan. Today, I share an email update (below) from Lieutenant Behenna’s parents, Scott and Vicki Behenna:
Clockwise from upper left: Michael’s family; Michael as a Soldier; Michael as a youngster; and Michael and his girlfriend, Shannon.
To all the thousands of Michael supporters,
Michael’s case, including the Petition, the Government Response, and the Reply to the Government Response, is now complete and before the Supreme Court. The Supremes have set Michael’s case to be initially discussed at their conference on May 30th which is ironically during the 50th Anniversary of Brady vs Maryland (the Supreme Court case demanding that prosecutors disclose all beneficial information to the criminally accused). During the conference, four out of the nine Supreme Court Justices must vote to hear the case in order to grant certiorari. If certiorari is granted in Michael’s case it would be the first time the Supremes would have granted a service member’s appeal from the Court of Appeals for the Armed Forces (CAAF). Needless to say, anxiousness will abound for the next few weeks and prayers are certainly welcome. We should have the Court’s decision sometime during the first week of June. If the Court grants certiorari, Michael’s case would proceed through a briefing process, oral arguments, and a decision by the Supreme Court hopefully before the end of the year.
We can’t thank you enough for all the encouraging cards and letters that you sent to Michael for his birthday. As Michael told us this past weekend it is these cards and letters that help him navigate the sometimes helpless and hopeless thoughts that have haunted him these past four years behind prison walls. He reads every card and letter sent to him, but given his prison schedule of work, exercise time, meals and early lights out he unfortunately does not have time to send out very many thank you notes. For this he sends his apologies and hopes a day will come soon when he can thank all of you in person.
If you did not see the Mother’s Day tribute to Vicki last Sunday in the Oklahoman, hopefully the attached video and article will describe the huge appreciation we have for all your support and what your individual words of encouragement have meant to Michael and our whole family.
This morning, I read an article by McClatchy News reporter Marisa Taylor. Published in the Raleigh, N.C., News-Observer, its polygraph-focused content seems to contradict what an FBI supervisory special agent told members of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the polygraph in 1997.
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Taylor reported the nation’s top law enforcement agency has been turning down applicants because they fail their polygraph tests. Such moves fly in the face of testimony offered by FBI Supervisory Special Agent (Dr.) Drew Campbell Richardson.
In a piece I published one week ago, I highlighted Richardson’s description of polygraph screening as “completely without any theoretical foundation and has absolutely no validity.”
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Am I surprised by what Taylor uncovered or that the FBI continues to rely on often-criticized century-old technology? No.
After all, I spent much of the past four years learning about the polygraph and those loyal to it who, for more than 40 years, have waged a “turf war” against any and all challengers to their domain as the federal government’s credibility assessment technology of choice.
Unlike the wars that have been fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam and elsewhere since the early 1970s, this turf war I uncovered has been fought overseas and at home.
Most recently, it has contributed to hundreds of American and coalition casualties in Afghanistan in so-called “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks — that is, when so-called Afghan allies turn upon their foreign colleagues, often with deadly impact.
For details about this turf war, order a copy of my recently-released second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions from Amazon.
Months after McClatchy News published reporter Marisa Taylor‘s series, The Polygraph Files, she continues to provide fodder that supports the findings I share in my recently-released second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.
Click to read about polygraph favoritism.
In one piece published today in the Miami Herald, Taylor points out the close ties between polygraph loyalists inside and outside the federal government. Among those mentioned in the article and in my book at the folks at Lafayette Instrument Company, the nation’s largest polygraph manufacturer, and at the American Polygraph Association, the world’s largest association of polygraph professionals.
In a second piece published in the same newspaper, Taylor points out a potentially-devastating glitch in the widely-used polygraph.
Click to read about polygraph glitch.
Both of Taylor’s findings support my contention that a win-at-all-cost “turf war” against any and all challengers to their technology has been waged by polygraph loyalists for more than 40 years against any. Further, Taylor’s articles support my findings that the reliance of the federal government — and, in particular, the Department of Defense — on the polygraph has resulted in U.S. military and intelligence personnel facing higher-than-necessary risk of becoming casualties in places like Afghanistan.
I highly recommend you read all of Taylor’s reports mentioned above and, afterward, suggest you order a copy of my book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. When you do, you’ll learn never-before-published details about the turf war and its connection to “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan.
UPDATE 5/21/2013 at 11:36 a.m. Central: The U.S. government has pledged $23 million to help improve security and fight drug trafficking and other crimes in the eastern Caribbean region. Among other things, according to this report, the money will be used in part for training and to buy polygraph equipment.