A Freedom of Information Act request I filed with the Defense Intelligence Agency July 16, 2012, went largely unfulfilled for almost two years before I finally dropped it after deciding a legal battle against Uncle Sam would prove too costly. To this day, I still wonder what it is that makes polygraph contracts so sensitive and so secretive.
In my FOIA request, I sought copies of the following unclassified documents:
“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense Agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”
In response, however, I received only a handful of pages, far short of the hundreds — or, possibly, thousands — the request should have generated. As a result, I came to the conclusion that there was something DIA officials — and their top boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. — didn’t want me to see. I suspect it is something that will buttress many of the never-before-published details that appear inside my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo — something that will make top DoD and Intelligence Community officials look bad.
Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, The Clapper Memo has received high praise from several individuals who appreciate its implications; among them, a retired Navy SEALs training program commander who described the scandal I share in my second nonfiction book as “an unconscionable cover-up.”by