Thanks to everyone who’s helping get the word out about this book which, by the way, comes highly recommended.
While three strong endorsements are helping the book garner serious attention, the true story contained inside this book sells itself.
Though not unexpected when one considers the subject matter, I appreciate seeing others generating “buzz” about my just-released second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. An example of that surfaced today in the form a news release issued by officials at the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts:
Lewes, DE — (SBWIRE) — 05/14/2013 — A recently released book by author and journalist Bob McCarty, THE CLAPPER MEMO, details the decades’ long failure of the US government-backed polygraph program, which is managed by a handful of insiders and supported by a well-funded “pro-polygraph” lobby. The book chronicles the turf-war between polygraph loyalist and backers of a competing technology; and exposes the length to which members of the US government have gone to maintain total control over military and federal truth verification operations. Bob McCarty, who spent four years investigating the motivations behind the US government’s “polygraph only” policies, has concluded the US government’s faith in the polygraph is misguided and has played a central role in the unnecessary deaths and wounding of US military members in Afghanistan and elsewhere. McCarty’s conclusions are backed by high-ranking former US military and US government officials, several of whom gave prominent endorsements to his book.
According to the US National Academy of Sciences the polygraph is scientifically unreliable and prone to high error rates, despite over 50 years of US government backed research and the expenditure hundreds of millions US taxpayer dollars. Further, little progress has been made to improve the outdated device despite generations of US bureaucrats building their careers around the apparently flawed technology. US Air Force polygraph examiners recently concluded the polygraph was little better than “flipping a coin” when used to investigate terrorist suspects in Iraq and Afghanistan. Polygraph continues to be mired in controversy and the subject of high profile law suits involving hundreds of millions of dollars.
The competing technology exposed by McCarty, known as the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA), is more widely used by US law enforcement than the old fashioned polygraph – but off-limits to the US military units that need it the most. A recent peer reviewed and published 18-year field study of the CVSA showed the system to have an accuracy rate greater than 95%, far surpassing all other credibility assessment systems available worldwide. Additionally, dozens of other peer reviewed and published scientific studies support the efficacy of the CVSA. Currently the CVSA is used globally by over 2,000 law enforcement, military and security agencies.
One source interviewed for the book stated “Bob McCarty has connected the dots to a story that otherwise would not have made the light of day. He has exposed the ongoing and unceasing activities of a small group of bureaucrats that should outrage the entire US population. It is unconscionable that administration-after-administration has allowed this national disgrace to continue unabated for the past 50 years. The safety and security of our military members should trump the agenda of a handful of power hungry bureaucrats. The absolute faith by these bureaucrats in a scientifically unsound device has, in my opinion, caused significant damage to the reputation and security of the United States. And – in my opinion – because of the stamp of approval given to the polygraph by the US government it has caused serious damage to other nations as well. The true extent of the damage caused by polygraph will perhaps never be known, since the US government does not make public such failures. However, the cases that have come to light are a damning indictment against continued support of the polygraph by the US government. Bob McCarty should be commended for exposing this government-backed fraud.”
EDITOR’S NOTE: During the past four years, I learned that much of what goes on in the world of credibility assessment, interrogation and intelligence-gathering is both mysterious and secretive. In addition, I interviewed a lot of people along the way. Hence, the reason why I’m just as confused as the next guy when it comes to knowing who NACVSA officials quoted in the last paragraph above that begins with the words, “One source interviewed for the book.” I do, however, know the quote in that paragraph matches a five-star book review posted on Amazon.com May 9. Either way, thanks to the folks at NACVSA for helping generate buzz about THE CLAPPER MEMO.
During a morning news conference today at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., U.S. Navy SEAL Team Six family members said a flawed vetting process is partly to blame for the deaths of their loved ones in Afghanistan. In my just-released nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I reached the same conclusion based on four years of in-depth investigation.
Though I was unable to attend today’s news conference in person, the NPC web page for the event contained an outline of seven items family members said they would reveal while highlighting “the government’s culpability in the deaths of their sons in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan following the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound.” One of those items appears below and is particularly relevant:
#6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I not only expose major flaws in the eight-step vetting process currently being used to vet Afghans before they are allowed to don their uniforms and work alongside Americans assigned to train and mentor them, but I trace the problem back almost ten years to the issuance of the first of three Department of Defense memos. All three memos deemed the polygraph the only credibility assessment technology approved for use by agency employees (i.e., military and intelligence personnel). One was issued by James R. Clapper Jr., now our nation’s top intelligence official.
UPDATE 5/9/2013 at 7:57 p.m. Central: Below is a video from the news conference:
At 10 a.m. Eastern Thursday, Navy SEAL Team VI Families are holding a news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. According to the NPC web page for the event, the families will reveal the government’s culpability in the deaths of their sons in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan following the successful raid on Osama Bin Laden’s compound. Taking place a day after the House Benghazi Hearings, this could be the proverbial “nail in the coffin” of the Obama Administration.
Below is the text of the news advisory on the NPC webpage:
(Washington, D.C.). Three families of Navy SEAL Team VI special forces servicemen, along with one family of an Army National Guardsman, will appear at a press conference on May 9, 2013, to disclose never before revealed information about how and why their sons along with 26 others died in a fatal helicopter crash in Afghanistan on August 6, 2011, just a few months after the successful raid on the compound of Osama Bin Laden that resulted in the master terrorist’s death.
Accompanying the families of these dead Navy SEAL Team VI special operations servicemen will be retired military experts verifying their accounts of how and why the government is as much responsible for the deaths of their sons as is the Taliban.
The areas of inquiry at the press conference will include but not be limited to:
1. How President Obama and Vice President Biden, having disclosed on May 4, 2011, that Navy Seal Team VI carried out the successful raid on Bin Laden’s compound resulting in the master terrorist’s death, put a retaliatory target on the backs of the fallen heroes.
2. How and why high-level military officials sent these Navy SEAL Team VI heroes into battle without special operations aviation and proper air support.
3. How and why middle-level military brass carries out too many ill-prepared missions to boost their standing with top-level military brass and the Commander-in-Chief in order that they can be promoted.
4. How the military restricts special operations servicemen and others from engaging in timely return fire when fired upon by the Taliban and other terrorist groups and interests, thus jeopardizing the servicemen’s lives.
5. How and why the denial of requested pre-assault fire may have contributed to the shoot down of the Navy SEAL Team VI helicopter and the death of these special operations servicemen.
6. How Afghani forces accompanying the Navy SEAL Team VI servicemen on the helicopter were not properly vetted and how they possibly disclosed classified information to the Taliban about the mission, resulting in the shoot down of the helicopter.
7. How military brass, while prohibiting any mention of a Judeo-Christian God, invited a Muslim cleric to the funeral for the fallen Navy SEAL Team VI heroes who disparaged in Arabic the memory of these servicemen by damning them as infidels to Allah. A video of the Muslim cleric’s “prayer” will be shown with a certified translation.
“This press conference takes on special significance given that our government has over the last twelve years since September 11th committed brave American servicemen to wars in Iraq and Afghanistan that, in large part as a result of politics, were poorly conceived of and implemented, resulting in the deaths of thousands and the maiming of tens of thousands of our brave heroes. To make matters even worse, America has effectively lost these wars,” stated Larry Klayman, legal counsel for the families.
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Stay tuned for fireworks!
Though you might recognize Maj. Gen. Paul E. Vallely as the senior military analyst who appeared so many times on Fox News Channel from 2000 to 2007, I recognize the retired Army officer as another distinguished American who’s offered a glowing endorsement of my soon-to-be-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO:
“Bob McCarty has uncovered a high-tech ‘turf war’ pitting those who want the best for our troops against others who seem to be focused on their own self-interests. Sadly, it seems the wrong people are winning this war. I highly recommend THE CLAPPER MEMO.” — Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret.)
A brief look at his bio (below) adds weight to his words:
A 1961 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, General Vallely went on to serve more than three decades in the U.S. Army. Along with combat service in Vietnam, his resume includes more than 15 years experience in Special Operations, Psychological and Civil-Military Operations. He retired from the U.S. Army in 1991 after serving as Deputy Commanding General, U.S. Army Pacific in Honolulu, Hawaii.
General Vallely has been a military analyst on television and radio for more than ten years. He is also a guest lecturer on national security, international political, economic issues, strategic planning matters and the global war against radical Islam and other threats to America. He has also authored and co-authored several books. Among them is Endgame – The Blueprint for Victory in the War on Terror,a book he wrote with Lt. Gen. Thomas McInerney, a retired U.S. Air Force officer.
Today, General Vallely is a member and founder of the Iran Policy Committee and serves as chairman of two highly-respected organizations: Stand Up America is an organization working to restore the United States to the greatness it once knew; and Nemo Arms is a Montana-based weapon systems integrator committed to ensuring those in the Special Operations, federal law enforcement and private sectors have the best tools possible to effectively and confidently carry out their missions.
General Vallely and his wife, Marian, are the co-trustees of the Scott Vallely Soldiers Memorial Fund and reside in Montana. They are deeply involved in state and local issues as well as supporting a multitude of community events and activities.
General Vallely’s endorsement of THE CLAPPER MEMO comes almost 30 days after Capt. Larry W. Bailey offered similar praise. A retired Navy SEAL and former commander of the U.S. Navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs Training Program (a.k.a., “B.U.D./S”), Captain Bailey is a founding member of Special Operations Speaks, a group of some 700 former Special Operations professionals who share goals very similar to those of Stand Up America.
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. It chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. His second book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is coming soon.
My friends at SpecialOperationsSpeaks.com ran two advertisements in The Washington Times this week. Both deserve the attention of every American voter.
The first ad (above) features the names of more than 500 flag officers (i.e., retired admirals and generals) who endorsed Mitt Romney’s campaign for president and ran early this week. The second ad (below) ran today in a 40-story special section of the newspaper and calls for an investigation of potential high crimes and misdemeanors related to “BenghaziGate,” the tragic and preventable series of events that took place Sept. 11, 2012, and resulted in the deaths of four Americans at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya. Please download and share both ASAP!
FYI: The folks at Special Operations Speaks endorsed my book, “Three Days In August,” which chronicles the life and wrongful conviction of former Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart. To learn more about it, read this post on the SOS Noble Warriors webpage.
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.