Five Examples of Hollywood’s Love Affair With Polygraph

Hollywood has a love affair with the polygraph.  Unfortunately, that love affair isn’t based on the reliability and performance of the century-old technology, erroneously referred to as a “lie detector.”  Instead, it’s based upon the misguided notion that it actually works.  Below are five examples of Hollywood’s use of the polygraph:

1.  In “The Beard,” a 1995 episode of “Seinfeld,” Jerry is subjected to a polygraph exam during which the examiner tries to determine whether or not he has watched the television show, “Melrose Place.”

2.  In the 2004 movie, “Meet the Parents,” Robert DeNiro plays the role of a father who subjects his son-in-law (Ben Stiller) to a polygraph exam to determine whether he’s a good “fit” for his daughter.

3.  In “The Springfield Files,” episode 8 of the tenth season of “The Simpsons” animated television show, Homer Simpson is subjected to a polygraph exam that ends badly.

4.  In the 2008 movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Keanu Reeves plays the role of an alien who, after being captured by humans, is subjected to a polygraph exam that also ends badly.

5.  One of the most-accurate observations about the polygraph’s shortcomings appears after the 1:28 mark in a discussion of the 2012 documentary, “The Imposter.”  Private investigator Charlie Parker says Frederic Bourdin, the Frenchman who is the subject of the film, “passed the polygraph, and we knew he was lying.”  An all-too-common occurrence.

If you’ve ever been curious about the credibility assessment arena in which polygraph loyalists operate, order a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  The end product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, it reveals the existence of a “turf war” that’s been raging for more than 40 years between polygraph loyalists and all challengers to their “bread and butter” technology.  You’ll be shocked by what I reveal.

Available in paperback and ebook versions, THE CLAPPER MEMO has been endorsed by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings. Order your copy today!

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.

Former NTSB Investigators Featured in New Documentary About Downing of TWA Flight 800

Six retired former National Transportation Safety Board crash investigators have come forward to offer findings about the downing of TWA Flight 800.  Their findings differ greatly from those that appeared in the NTSB’s official investigation report and will be highlighted in a soon-to-be-released documentary, “TWA Flight 800,”  the trailer for which appears below:

The trailer will, according to a Fox News Channel report, debut on the cable network, EPIX, sometime in July.  When it does, the folks who branded me a “conspiracy nut” for thinking something was amiss when I published a piece about the crash off Long Island, N.Y., four years ago might have to “eat crow.”

Before wrapping this up, I must note an observation about the last paragraph of the aforementioned Fox News article about the documentary (below):

With conspiracy theories immediately swirling around the crash — one being that it was caused by a terrorist missile strike — the FBI conducted  a 16-month investigation and concluded that there was no evidence to indicate that any criminal act occurred.

Based on his own experience with the nation’s top law enforcement agency, I suspect Jesse Trentadue will not be surprised if FBI officials find nothing to indicate that any criminal act occurred.  Will you?

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.

Documentary Offers Surprising New Details About OKC Bombing

When Chris Emery asked me to review a film, I was skeptical at first.  It was only because a mutual friend had sent him my way that I agreed to take a look at it.  Today, I’m glad I watched Free Mind Films’ two-hour documentary about the Oklahoma City Bombing, A NOBLE LIE.

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Before watching A NOBLE LIE, I thought I had the market cornered when it came to knowledge of investigations, official and unofficial, related to the Oklahoma City Bombing.  When it arrived in my mailbox, my interest grew upon seeing it had received awards at no fewer than 10 film festivals across the county.  After watching the film, I realized I had learned something I hadn’t known about what really happened in downtown Oklahoma City the morning of April 19, 1995.

In my series, Untold Stories of the Oklahoma City Bombing, I’ve shared dozens of articles about investigations — official and unofficial — into the events that took place before and after 168 people lost their lives in and around the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building.  I had not, however, shared a great deal of technical information about explosives science.

In A NOBLE LIE, Emery and his colleagues introduced me to insight offered by several technically-savvy experts who offered their professional opinions, backed up by first-hand experience with high-yield explosives and high-impact terror events.

Untold Stories of the OKC BombingWhen I shared my feedback with Emery, the only criticism I had to offer had to do with the amount of time — less than five minutes, I figure — the film makers allotted Alex Jones, the man behind the InfoWars website.

“If I was editing the film and its financing did not depend on giving Alex Jones more face time,” I wrote in a message to Emery, “I would have left him out or limited him to a minor role. He’s simply too polarizing, and giving him so much time reduces the film’s credibility among those who are harder to convince in the first place.”

I don’t want to spoil the film for you, so I’ll end my commentary with this:  Even with Jones’ involvement, A NOBLE LIE is worth buying, watching and sharing — and not just because it was made by people in the state of my birth (i.e., Oklahoma).  It backs up everything I’ve reported — and more!

The full-length version of the documentary below offers a glimpse:

After watching this film, I encourage you to purchase a copy at ANobleLie.com so these film makers can recoup their expenses on this project and pursue others in the near future.

NOTE:  Because the video above was removed by the folks who posted it on YouTube, I offer links to Trailer #1 and Trailer 2 as a substitute.

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Yes, I Turned Down My First Offer From a Hollywood Filmmaker

Yes, you read that headline correctly!  This morning, I turned down a request from a major Hollywood filmmaker who wanted to use something I wrote in “Frontera,” a major motion picture in which five actors — Ed Harris, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan and Shea Whigham — will play lead roles.

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The request came from Frontera Productions via Ashley Kravitz at Cleared By Ashley, a company that, among other things, helps filmmakers obtain permission from owners of intellectual property to use that property in motion pictures.

Frontera Productions wanted permission to use my poster, “Top 5 Signs Your Neighbors Might Be Terrorists,” as set dressing in “Frontera,” a film about a sheriff in the U.S. who tries to track down an illegal alien involved with a robbery that killed his wife.  According to the film’s page at IMDb.com, it’s set for release in 2014.

Sadly, I had to turn down this, my first offer from Hollywood via Albuquerque.  Why?  Because, after I reviewed the proposed release agreement, I found that it included no compensation for the use of the poster that made its first public appearance in a post Aug. 14, 2007.  As a result, I simply had to decline the offer.

I did, however, leave the door open for the filmmaker to make an amended offer.  I’ll let you know if anything comes of it.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall.

Does Barack Obama Deserve Best Actor Award?

Have you seen the movie, “Resident Evil: Re-Election,” starring Barack Obama?  Rumor has it the man playing the “starring” role in this film is gonna be nominated for an Academy Award© as best actor.  Now, one question surfaces:  Does he deserve it?  I’d say he does.

Not since the days of Jimmy Carter have Americans seen someone do such a poor job of pretending to know what he’s doing as president of the United States.

Vote wisely Nov. 6!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.  His second nonfiction book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Signs of the Times: Images From London

Below are some interesting signs of the times in the form of photographic images shot by one of my sibling’s during a recent trip to London:

THE ICECREAMISTS® Agents of Cool: An ice cream shop sign in London.

BLUE BLOOD SCUM: Royal wedding sentiment along the River Thames.

THE NEW WORLD ORDER is HERE:  An increasingly-opular belief etched in stone along the River Thames.

BEWARE GOVERNMENT SCAM:  Good advice in a graffiti-encased message along the River Thames.

In case you didn’t know:  My five siblings and I have always been world travelers. Between us, we’ve lived in 11 U.S. states and territories and in six foreign countries on five continents. Plus, we’ve visited many more states and dozens of foreign countries since leaving our native Oklahoma.

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‘Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me’

Familiar with my humor?  Then you won’t be surprised to learn “Weird Al” Yankovic is one of my favorite comedians.  That in mind, I simply had to share his recently-released video that will be appreciated by anyone who spends much time online — especially with social networking sites like Facebook and Twitter.  Enjoy “Stop Forwarding That Crap to Me.”

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