Sometimes, I Feel Like A Government Watchdog

Take a look at the weekly recap below, and you’ll understand why I sometimes feel like a government watchdog:

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On Sunday, I watched the 14-minute segment, Manhunt: Inside the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation, on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.  One day later, I felt compelled to ask the question, Does FBI Have More Boston Marathon Bombing Video Than They’re Willing to Share?  Read my article and see if you think my question is valid.

Later on Monday, I reported a Top Intelligence Community Lawyer Made Me Laugh.  To find out what Robert Litt, general counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said at a recent Freedom of Information Day event in the D.C. area, read the article.

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In my third and final piece Monday, I shared news that proves why National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was able to pass two polygraphs and gain access to America’s most precious secrets.  Read about it under the headline, Newspaper Reporter Reveals How He ‘Beat’ Polygraph Exam.

On Wednesday, I shared video of former Army Ranger officer Michael Behenna‘s first television interview after being paroled and released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth.  The video appears in my piece, Michael Behenna Gives First Television Interview Since Release From Military Prison.

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On Thursday, I revisited a subject more than two and a half years old under the headline, Woman Continues Fight After Losing Mother, Granddaughter.  Read it and let me know what you think my next step(s) in reporting about this case should be.

On Friday and Saturday, I’ll be spending most of my time editing the 400-plus pages of the final draft of my still-untitled first fiction novel.  I hope to have this, a “reality-based action thriller,” available for purchase early this summer and hope you’ll order a copy!

This photo shows the slightly more than 400 pages of the final draft of my first fiction thriller. Notice the red pen? I'm getting ready to put it to work.

This photo shows the slightly more than 400 pages of the final draft of my first fiction thriller. Notice the red pen? I’m getting ready to put it to work.

FYI:  If you need something to read while waiting for Book #3 to be released, order my two previous books by clicking here or on the graphic below.  Thanks in advance!

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.

Radio, Recalls, Writing and Rape Allegations Result in Busy Week

In addition to sharing news about my recent appearance on “Coast to Coast AM” with George Noory, I shared several interesting items this week that you won’t find anywhere except at my sites, including BobMcCarty.com:

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Click image above to read about my appearance on “Coast to Coast AM.”

Is Toyota Guilty or Victim of Justice Department Shakedown?  — That’s the question I asked Wednesday before offering evidence that points to my conclusion that the Obama Administration has been waging a kind of shakedown of the Japanese automaker that would make Jesse Jackson proud.

REPORT: DoD to Overhaul Personnel Screening Process — After reading what the Washington Post reported Tuesday evening, I shared how readers can gain a better understanding of the issues involved simply by reading my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

SHOCK: ‘If You Like Your Military, You Can Keep Your Military’ — On Tuesday, I revealed how the Obama Administration is dismantling the nation’s military in much the same way it has the healthcare system.

Polygraph

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Cops Nationwide Embrace Alternative to Polygraph — Also on Tuesday, I shared details about a technology polygraph loyalists love to hate that’s at the center of the decades-old “turf war” described in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Surprising to some, the technology — which, by the way, DoD has prohibited its people from using — is being used by cops in big city and smalltown law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Michael Behenna Goes Home — One week ago today, I was ecstatic to share news about the release from prison of a wrongly-convicted Soldier from Oklahoma whose case I’ve written about so often during the past five years.

DIA Return Address on EnvelopeBe sure keep your eyes open for updates about the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s continuing efforts to stonewall a Freedom of Information Act request related to findings I share inside THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Their stonewalling, by the way, recently passed the 600-days mark.

Though I haven’t written anything about it yet, I received official trial information yesterday about a Marine Corps officer who beat bogus sexual assault charges and is preparing to fight back.  This case, I’m afraid, constitutes one of the worst cases I’ve seen a military officer face — as bad as the case chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August — as a combatant in the “War On Men in the Military.”  Stay tuned!

Finally, I’m ever so close to finishing the first final draft of my first fiction novel, and I think you’ll really like it.  Stay tuned!

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.

The Week That Was Featured Murder, Mail, Muslim Brotherhood

I’ve been busy since my last weekly recap.  Among the topics covered were a murder mystery, a mail system malfunction and a Muslim Brotherhood infiltration.

The United States Marine Corps Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers executes movements on the parade deck during the first Marine Barracks Washington evening parade of the season May 1, 2009. Host for the event was Col. Andrew Smith, Marine Barracks Washington Commanding Officer, and Guest of Honor, the 34th Commandant of the Marine Corps, Gen. James Conway and wife Annette. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Richard A. Bliss/Released)

The United States Marine Corps Color Guard, Silent Drill Platoon and Ceremonial Marchers executes movements on the parade deck during the first Marine Barracks Washington evening parade of the season May 1, 2009. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Richard A. Bliss)

On Saturday, Feb. 22, I gave readers a frightening look inside Barack Obama’s head, courtesy of guest writer Paul. R. Hollrah.  Fair warning:  Words like “ego” and “incognito” appear in this piece along with a story about some top-flight Marines.  Read it here.

On Monday, I shared a counterintelligence expert’s opinion about a report by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform about the D.C. Navy Yard shootings five months earlier.  In short, the expert said a business-as-usual approach is harmful to national security.  Read about it here.

On Tuesday, I published my opinion about the hard-to-miss similarities between the sexual assault prosecutions of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair and Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the man whose wrongful conviction is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.  Read about it here.

On Thursday, I revealed photograph evidence proving the U.S. Postal Service is doomed to fail.  I challenge you to reach any other conclusion after considering the photos in this piece.

On Saturday, I offered two important stories that had crossed my radar.

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Click on image above to read the six-part series, What Really Happened to Jarret Clark?

In the first article, I shared good news more than four years after publishing a six-part investigative series, What Really Happened to Jarret Clark?  An arrest has finally been made in the 2006 murder of the 18-year-old resident of Broken Arrow, Okla.  Read about it here.

In the second article, I explained why, as the man who wrote the book on “insider threats,” I was not surprised by retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin’s claim that the Muslim Brotherhood has infiltrated the highest levels of our government — including the Pentagon!  Read this article here.

When I wasn’t busy writing the pieces above, I had my nose to the grindstone, banging out my first realistic-fiction novel.  FYI:  I’m on the homestretch now, and hope to finish this thing and get it on sale by SUMMER 2014.  Hope you’ll add it to your reading list after you read my first two nonfiction novels ON SALE NOW.

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.

Week Filled With Praise, Threats, Blunders and Prize Money

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know I’m on the homestretch of my first fiction novel with more than 300 pages completed and, I estimate, 100 pages to go.  When I wasn’t busy working on the novel, however, I found time to share four new pieces related to my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

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Under the Sunday headline, Townhall Columnist Praises My Latest Book, The Clapper Memo, I shared news about Townhall.com columnist Mark Baisley‘s review of the book, When Technology War Kills Our Own Soldiers.

In the last four words of the Monday headline, DoD Spokesman Labels “Insider Threat” to Troops in Afghanistan “As Dangerous As It Ever Was,” I highlighted the words of Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby after he was quoted in Stars and Stripes as saying the “insider threat” against American forces in Afghanistan is “as dangerous as it ever was.”  After he failed to mention them, I offered details about “insider attacks” in Afghanistan that I uncovered during the four-year investigation upon which THE CLAPPER MEMO is based.  Consider it a public service.

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On Thursday, I was excited to see Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough had written an article about U.S. troops being left to fend for themselves in Afghanistan.  In particular, he shared details about the same type of poor Pentagon decision-making I exposed in THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Read about it under the headline, Defense Department Contracting Blunders Highlighted by Writers.  [Warning:  It might set your nose hairs on fire.]

Also on Thursday, I shared something from the STRANGE-BUT-TRUE files under the headline, Intel Chief Launches Contest to Find Already-Existing Technology.  Of course, it involves Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and the decision by his folks at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to hold a contest that awards prize money to people who develop something that already exists.  That “something,” by the way, is at the heart of what I write about in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

I hope you’ll take a look at the stories above and, after you do, share your favorite articles with your friends and ORDER A COPY of THE CLAPPER MEMOThanks in advance!

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.

Bob McCarty’s 2013 Rumpelstiltskin Recap

For those of you who slept through the past week — or, worse yet, slept through the past 12 months — and missed reading my top stories of the year, I’m issuing this RUMPELSTILTSKIN RECAP with links to a half-dozen articles highlighting my most-popular stories of 2013.

SCOOP_NYTI shared my Top 4 Scoops of 2013 Dec. 20.  Included are stories I discovered and reported before anyone in the mainstream news media reported them.  In one case, I scooped ABC News by four months.  In another, I scooped The New York Times by 100 days.

I published my Top 10 Military Justice System Stories of 2013 Dec. 21.  It’s a topic that became near and dear to me after so many readers of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011), contacted me to share stories of military injustice that impacted their lives and those of their loved ones.  As we speak, lives and promising careers of men in uniform are being ruined by people with an agenda that does not serve the best interests of our country.

Untold Stories of the OKC BombingI revealed my Top 5 Oklahoma City Bombing Stories of 2013 Dec. 22.  Among them are two stories, both of which could have been described as “scoops.”  One is about a new Oklahoma City Bombing trial set for May 5 in Utah, while the other is about the FBI’s “Sensitive Informant Program.”  Haven’t heard about either?  You should read these stories.

I shared my Top Four ‘Extortion 17′ Stories of 2013 Dec. 23.  If you haven’t heard about the extremely-controversial incident involving members of a well-known U.S. Navy SEALs unit that took place in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011, and is recorded as the single-largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history, you should read these stories.  [Hint:  It makes the attack at Benghazi look like child's play in comparison.]

Edward Snowden ShouldAlso on Dec. 23, I revealed my Top 10 Stories Related to THE CLAPPER MEMO.  All share a connection to the major findings I made during an exhaustive four-year investigation into the use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, by government agencies.  The topics covered are not only interesting and troubling, but they make up the “meat” of the scandal inside my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO (May 2013).

Finally, I drew from all of the categories above to reveal my overall Top 10 of 2013.  Published Dec. 24, the list includes the ten most-popular posts of the year based on the number of views each received.

Rabbit Kill Cook Eat 2 6-28-13Though heavy on military- and government-related topics, the list ends with a hare-raising scoop about Big Government run amok.  After it was published in June, this scoop of mine went viral and captured the interest of several top news media and talk radio outlets across the country.

In closing, I want to “Thank you” for being one of almost 350,000 UNIQUE VISITORS who made nearly ONE MILLION VISITS to BobMcCarty.com, ThreeDaysInAugust.com and TheClapperMemo.com and enjoyed more than 3.1 MILLION PAGE VIEWS during 2013.  Your loyalty is appreciated!

If you enjoyed what I shared online in 2013, you’ll love reading my nonfiction books, Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Both are available for ordering in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.comOrder today!

Happy New Year!

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.

Bob McCarty’s Top 10 of 2013

In many ways, 2013 has been an exciting, strange, productive and fulfilling year.  Below, I share some of the reasons behind those descriptive words in my Top 10 Stories of 2013:

Retired navy SEAL#10.  Retired Navy SEAL Fears Loss of Liberty, Subjugation to Socialists – A retired Navy SEAL wrote to me a heartfelt message in which he explained that “our liberty is shrinking faster than most folks think and this regime is setting itself up to subjugate us all…  Please read and forward to anyone who you think gives a shit about losing this country to socialists.”

#9.  A Lot of People Are Interested in USDA Disaster Plans for Rabbits – Twenty-four hours after a story I wrote went viral, I shared details of who had shown interest in my story about an out-of-control government attacking a magician and his three-pound rabbit with unnecessary regulations.

#8.  Army Officer’s Attorneys File Supreme Court Petition I offered details of how a new team of those legal experts filed a petition with the U.S. Supreme Court on behalf of former Army Ranger 1LT Michael C. Behenna, a wrongly-convicted Soldier about whom I’ve written more than 60 posts since June 4, 2009.

FBI Informants in Churches?#7.  Are FBI Informants Working Inside America’s Churches? – I asked this headline-shaping question regarding Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue’s motion to learn whether the FBI has informants working inside American churches.

#6.  Boston Marathon Bombing Videos – Report: Saudi National Under Guard at Boston Hospital!!! – A throwback to my blogging days, this post featured several videos like the one below.

#5.  Family Member of Fallen Marine Praises THE CLAPPER MEMO – MaryLiz Grossetto, the aunt of Greg Buckley Jr., a 21-year-old Marine lance corporal who died following a “Green-on-Blue” attack in Afghanistan Aug. 10, 2012, wrote a strong review of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Special Ops Vets#4.  Special Ops Vets Plan Rally on Capitol Steps Capt. Larry W. Bailey, a former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs Training Program, a co-founder of Special Operations Speaks and one of the folks who’ve endorsed my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, asked me to share an important message about a rally calling for an investigation into the cover-up of four American deaths at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

#3.  EXTORTION 17: Former Army Green Beret Offers His Take on Deadly Navy SEALs Mission – A former Army Green Beret, shared his expert observations and raised some serious questions about the extremely-controversial mission.

#2. Brother of Murder Victim Seeks Details of FBI’s ‘Sensitive Informant Program’ – In this story, I shared how Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue filed a motion asking a federal judge to determine whether he is entitled to limited discovery into the FBI’s “Sensitive Informant Program.”

Marty Hahne Scoop#1. USDA Tells Magician to Write Disaster Plan for His Rabbit — On June 28, I broke the story about Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) being told by officials at the USDA Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service that he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic act.  Needless to say, it didn’t take long for the story to go viral.  It wasn’t long before a lot of peopleJohn Stossel and Rush Limbaugh among them — helped this hare-raising story go viral.

If you enjoyed these stories, other Year in Review 2013 stories and the rest of what I shared online in 2013, you’ll love reading my nonfiction books, Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Both are available for ordering in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.comOrder today!

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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.

Bob McCarty’s Top 10 Stories of 2013: THE CLAPPER MEMO

Between April 2009 and May 2013, I spent much of my time conducting an investigation of the use of credibility assessment technologies — including the polygraph — by police, military and intelligence agencies that would result in the publication of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Below, I share the Top 10 stories related to that investigation:

Author Answers#10.  Author Answers Inquiry From Well-Known Polygraph Loyalist — Barely a month after sharing news about an Army polygraph instructor telling me he purchased a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO, I received an inquiry from another polygraph loyalist, John J. Palmatier, Ph.D, whose name appears twice inside the pages of my second nonfiction book.

#9.  DoD Sticks With Polygraph Despite Extensive Criticism – I recalled FBI Supervisory Special Agent (Dr.) Drew Campbell Richardson‘s testimony before members of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the polygraph.  Among other things, he described polygraph screening as being “completely without any theoretical foundation and has absolutely no validity.”

Elephant in the Room#8.  ‘Elephant in the Room’ Ignored by Prosecutor After Conviction of ‘Beat the Polygraph’ Instructor – I discuss how U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia Neil H. MacBride prosecuted Chad Dixon “for his role in a scheme to deceive the federal government during polygraph examinations conducted as part of federal security background investigations” while ignoring the reason Dixon got involved in his line of work in the first place.

#7.  Army Investigation Report: Afghan Vetting Process Flawed – I share an excerpt from THE CLAPPER MEMO about one couple’s nine-month battle to obtain a copy of an unclassified investigation report about their son’s death in Afghanistan from Department of Defense agencies not eager to give it up.

#6.  Technology That Deserved to Die 10 Years Ago Still Being Relied Upon by Department of Defense — I agree with the writer of an MIT Technology Review article when he included the polygraph on his list of ten technologies that deserve to die.

Edward Snowden Scandal#5.  Edward Snowden Scandal Ends Year of Living Dangerously – I discuss how Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.‘s year-old plan to bring an end to the glut of national security leaks simply failed.

#4.  News Articles About Polygraph Highlight Findings in Book – I reveal how articles in McClatchy News reporter Marisa Taylor’s series, The Polygraph Files, provide fodder that supports the findings I share in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

#3.  Feds Investigate Individuals Who Speak Truth About Polygraph – I shared my shock upon reading a McClatchy News report about federal agents launching a criminal investigation of individuals engaged in the virtual cottage industry of teaching others how to pass polygraph exams.

#2.  Edward Snowden Should Have Been Caught by Polygraph – I conclude that 29-year-old Edward Snowden deserves a special place in history, positioned alongside notorious spies — including John Anthony Walker Jr., Jonathan Jay Pollard and Ana Belen Montes — who were able to defeat both the polygraph and the best efforts of their government.

Army Polygraph Instructor#1.  Army Polygraph Instructor Says He Purchased My Latest Book – I reveal details of an online conversation I had with a man who let me know he had purchased a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO and confirmed that he works as a polygraph instructor at the National Center for Credibility Assessment, DoD’s lead agency for all things polygraph.

If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books. Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today! Both are 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.