Justice Department Actions Against AP Not Surprising

In a speech at the National Press Club Wednesday, Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the U.S. Department of Justice’s illegal seizure of AP phone records has had a chilling effect on newsgathering operations. I, for one, however, am not surprised DoJ officials went to such lengths.

Nat Press Club AP Pruitt 6-19-13I dedicate two entire chapters of my recently-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, to the role officials inside one DoJ agency have played in a technological “turf war” that has been raging silently in this country and around the world for more than 40 years.

During four years of exhaustive research, I used the Freedom of Information Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act to obtain copies of hundreds of email messages exchanged between officials at the National Institute of Justice — DoJ’s research, development and evaluation arm — and recipients of DoJ research dollars.

Not only did these messages open my eyes to questionable inner workings of the agency and its grant system, but they showed me how that system has been corrupted to promote the polygraph, a century-old credibility assessment technology with a less-than-stellar track record over a non-polygraph technology that has proven its value time and again.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I highlight many of the ways the non-polygraph technology has been used by investigators at more than 1,800 local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States and by others who used it with great success to interrogate detainees at Guantanamo Bay, members of Saddam Hussein‘s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”) and enemy combatants on battlefields around the world.

Despite the track record of the non-polygraph technology, it was banned for use by Department of Defense officials no fewer than three times during the past decade. Today, it remains banned, thanks in large part to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and a memo he issued six years ago while serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. As a result of the continued ban, American and Coalition Forces personnel in Afghanistan face higher-than-necessary risk of becoming casualties.

You can find out how I reached that conclusion by reading THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Having already garnered some big-name endorsements and much-appreciated reviews, it’s available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com.

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.

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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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