Rand Paul: Director of National Intelligence Should Resign

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.

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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.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

SEE ALSO:

Should Nation’s Top Intelligence Official Be Impeached for Lying?

DNI Clapper Needs to Look in Mirror Before Calling Anyone Else’s Actions ‘Reckless’

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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.

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