Mystery Continues to Surround Portable Polygraph Technology

Mystery continues to surround the Defense Intelligence Agency’s refusal to provide copies of unclassified contract documents related to the purchase of portable polygraph devices.  To date, the agency’s refusal to provide the documents, requested via the Freedom of Information Act, has lasted almost 17 months.

The video above offers cursory details — and a little criticism — about the portable polygraph devices officially known as the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS).  It accompanied an article published on the MSNBC website April 9, 2008, about the announced deployment of the devices to war zones in Afghanistan and Iraq.

Together, the article and the video combined to capture my attention and, in tandem with events that followed one year later, led to publication of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, in May 2013.

On April 8, 2009, I launched an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies — including one technology (i.e., the polygraph) that deserved to die 10 years ago but continues to be relied upon by the Department of Defense and other federal agencies.

Available in paperback and ebook versions,  THE CLAPPER MEMO has been ENDORSED by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings.  I hope you’ll order a copy for yourself or a friend.

CORRECTION:  An incorrect date was included in this piece, but has been corrected.

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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