Book Raises Troubling Questions About What’s True, What’s Not

Since Pentagon officials began tracking the numbers in 2007, dozens of brave Americans have been killed and even more have been injured during so-called “Green-on-Blue” (a.k.a., “Insider”) attacks.  Committed by Afghans wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security agencies, the attacks have occurred despite the repeated assurances of Afghan government officials that they are doing everything possible to screen their countrymen before they are allowed to serve as policemen, security guards, and soldiers.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13In my soon-to-be-published second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I not only expose major flaws in the eight-step vetting process being used to vet Afghans before they are allowed to don their uniforms and work alongside Americans assigned to train and mentor them, but I trace the problem back almost ten years to the issuance of the first of three Department of Defense memos.  All three memos deemed the polygraph the only credibility assessment technology approved for use by agency employees (i.e., military and intelligence personnel).  One was issued by James R. Clapper Jr., now our nation’s top intelligence official.

The result of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO will likely raise at least four troubling questions in your mind as you read about the vetting process now in place in Afghanistan:

1) If the polygraph is the only credibility assessment technology approved for use by DoD personnel, then why isn’t the polygraph being used to vet Afghan recruits and determine whether or not they harbor the intent to do harm to Americans serving in their country?

2) If the polygraph is being used to vet Afghan recruits and those recruits continue to turn on their American counterparts, then what does that say about the polygraph’s effectiveness as a credibility assessment tool?

3) If the polygraph cannot be relied upon as a credibility assessment tool for vetting Afghans, then why is the polygraph the only credibility assessment technology approved for use by DoD personnel?

4) If other credibility assessment technologies are available and have proven themselves reliable when used during high-profile interrogations of detainees at Guantanamo Bay, of members of Saddam Hussein’s “Deck of Cards” in Baghdad, and of thousands of other terror and criminal suspects around the world, then why isn’t DoD allowing the non-polygraph technology to be used in Afghanistan today?

In addition to the issues raised by these questions, THE CLAPPER MEMO will likely cause you to wonder whether or not you can trust what top government officials have told you, or will tell you, about other important matters.  Released May 2013.

Order Books Graphic LR 6-15-13

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

This entry was posted in Afghanistan, Credibility Assessment Technology, Defense, Defense Contracting, James R Clapper Jr, The CLAPPER MEMO and tagged , , , , , by BobMcCarty. Bookmark the permalink.

About BobMcCarty

A native of Enid, Oklahoma, Bob McCarty graduated from Oklahoma State University with a degree in journalism in 1984. During the next two decades, he served stints as an Air Force public affairs officer, a political campaign manager, a technology sales consultant and a public relations professional. Today, Bob spends most of his time researching topics, writing about them and publishing those writings. When he’s not writing online, he’s working as an author. Bob’s first published book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (October 2011), chronicles the life story and wrongful conviction of Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran. In his second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013), Bob connects the dots between a memo signed by James R. Clapper Jr. — the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — and the deaths of dozens of Americans in Afghanistan at the hands of our so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security forces. Bob is married, has three sons and lives in the St. Louis area. Bob is available for media and blogger interviews. Simply drop a comment here, leaving your name, organization, phone number, e-mail address and area of interest. He’ll try to respond as soon as possible.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>