Pulling no punches as he answered a CNN reporter’s questions, U.S. Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) went so far as to agree that President Barack Obama should ask for the immediate resignation of Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.
“What I’m saying is that, by lying to Congress — which is against the law — (Clapper) severely damaged the credibility of the entire (Senate) Intelligence Committee,” said Senator Paul, joining a growing chorus of elected officials — including Libertarian Congressman Justin Amash of Michigan — who’ve said the nation’s top intelligence official “should resign immediately” for statements made under oath while testifying before members of the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee March 12.
I agree with Senator Paul: DNI Clapper lied under oath, plain and simple, about domestic surveillance and data collection activities conducted by National Security Agency officials. Beyond that, however, I appreciate the irony of the senator’s use of the word, credibility, during his CNN appearance.
Why? Because the phrase, “credibility assessment,” is used often by federal government officials to describe their activities that rely heavily on the use of century-old polygraph technology to interrogate detainees at Guantanamo Bay, enemy combatants captured on battlefields and others, including suspected terrorists, criminals and spies. In addition, it’s necessarily mentioned dozens of times in my recently-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.
The end product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO shines a spotlight on three memos — including one issued by Clapper while serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence — that banned all non-polygraph technologies from being used by DoD personnel despite the fact that one of those technologies had been proven much more accurate and effective.
In addition, THE CLAPPER MEMO reveals in startling detail the flaws permeating the U.S. Government’s flawed approach to credibility assessment and how those flaws are linked directly to the aforementioned band and, in turn, hundreds of American and Coalition Forces casualties in Afghanistan during the past six years.
Endorsed by three heavyweight Americans, THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon. After you read the book, I hope you’ll contact your elected officials in the nation’s capitol and demand they reverse DoD’s ban on the use of non-polygraph technologies.