DOJ Unlikely to Link Polygraph Failures to Edward Snowden

U.S. Justice Department officials accused USIS, the security contractor that allegedly performed the background investigation of Edward Snowden, of fraudulently signing off on at least 665,000 flawed background checks in recent years, according to multiple news reports like this one. Now, I wait with bated breath to see if DOJ officials dare mention the company’s use of the polygraph during those security checks.

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Why the bated breath? Because I doubt DOJ officials want to bring the reliability and credibility of the polygraph into the public spotlight.

I, on the other hand, am not so reluctant.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I focus my spotlight on the polygraph and expose officials at the Departments of Justice and Defense for their roles in propping up the century-old technology and making it the federal government’s credibility assessment tool of choice despite the availability of a more reliable non-polygraph technology.

Based on the findings of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO not only exposes flaws in the system of conducting background checks but it reveals how a flawed vetting process used to screen individuals who seek to work alongside Americans in war zones has led to hundreds of “Green-on-Blue” casualties in Afghanistan.

THE CLAPPER MEMO includes firsthand accounts obtained via my interviews with individuals who interrogated enemy combatants in combat zones and members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “Deck of Cards”).

In addition, THE CLAPPER MEMO includes never-before-published documents written by the very men who were in charge of interrogating detainees at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the “Global War On Terror.”

And there’s much more!

One retired Navy SEALs training program commander who endorsed the book described what I reveal inside THE CLAPPER MEMO as “an unconscionable cover-up.” Other high-profile individuals have endorsed it as well.

Learn more about what I uncovered in the book. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions. Order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

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.

Barack Obama’s Issues Are America’s Issues

Because Americans need to know more about the many scandals to which President Barack Obama and members of his administration are connected, I decided to share this slightly-modified version of a believable conversation that’s been floating around the web.  Please read and share!

Barack Obama Caricature by Political GraffitiBob: “Hey Jim, did you hear about the Obama administration scandal?”
Jim: “You Mean the Mexican gun running?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean SEAL Team 6?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama saying ObamaCare would save the average family $2,500 on their premiums?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing business owners to violate their religious beliefs by making them pay for drugs that abort the unborn?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Violating the rights and sanctity of our churches?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Spending $634 million on the ObamaCare website that doesn’t work?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama calling for an increase in the debt ceiling after he lambasted President Bush for the very same thing?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Obama having NSA spy on 124 billion phone calls in one month?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Saddling our kids with $17 trillion in debt which they can never get out of?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Bailing out Detroit after decades of corrupt Democratic management?”

Justice for ChristopherBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the State Department lying about Benghazi?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean voter fraud?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Intentionally trying to hurt Americans during the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Blocking veterans who secured our freedoms from their monuments but giving the ‘green light’ for illegals to use National Mall?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying school kids the ability to tour the White House but still spending lavishly on his parties?”

"Healthscare" by Political GraffitiBob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama saying we can keep our doctors and insurance if we want to?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the military not getting their votes counted?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring foreign diplomats?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the use of drones in our own country without the benefit of the law?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving A123 Systems $300 million right after it declared bankruptcy and was sold to the Chinese?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean the president arming the Muslim Brotherhood?”

Bob: “No the other one.”
Jim: “The IRS targeting conservatives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The DOJ spying on the press?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Sebelius shaking down health insurance executives?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “You mean Obama spending $3.7 trillion on welfare during the past five years?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Giving Solyndra $500 million dollars three months before they declared bankruptcy and then the Chinese bought the company?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The NSA monitoring our phone calls, emails and everything else?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Millions of Americans losing their health care coverage?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Forcing Americans to include coverage in their insurance policies of items they do not want?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Ordering the release of nearly 10,000 illegal immigrants from jails and prisons, and falsely blaming the sequester?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Denying Arizona the right to protect its borders?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Providing weapons to Syrian rebels, many of whom apparently are al-Queda”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s repeated violation of the law requiring him to submit a budget no later than the first Monday in February?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The 2012 vote where 115% of all registered voters in some counties voted 100% for Obama?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The president’s unconstitutional recess appointments in an attempt to circumvent the Senate’s advise-and-consent role?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The State Department interfering with an Inspector General investigation on departmental sexual misconduct?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “Clinton, the IRS, Clapper and Holder all lying to Congress?”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “The President using nearly $1 trillion dollars of stimulus money to fund his cronies?”

Judge Fast and Furious Holder 9-30-13Bob: “No, the other one”
Jim: “You mean ‘Fast & Furious?’”

Bob: “No, the other one.”
Jim: “I give up! … Oh wait, I think I got it! You mean that 65 million low-information voters who don’t pay taxes and get free stuff from taxpayers and stuck us again with the most pandering, corrupt administration in American history?”

Bob: “THAT’S THE ONE!”

Hat tip:  2 Million Bikers to DC on Facebook

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.

Judge Says Eric Holder Must Produce ‘Fast and Furious’ Docs

U.S. District Judge Amy Berman Jackson ruled Monday against Eric Holder, saying the U.S. attorney general could no longer hide behind executive privilege and refuse to produce a portion of the records called for in a subpoena issued by the Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives.

Judge Fast and Furious Holder 9-30-13In short, this likely means that a fierce battle will take place soon in the Republican-controlled House to get at the truth about the “Fast and Furious” scandal involving supplying criminals and Mexican drug cartel members with guns that were later used to kill Americans along the nation’s southern border.

Judge Jackson’s 44-page Memorandum Opinion begins as follows:

The Committee on Oversight and Government Reform of the United States House of Representatives has filed this action to enforce a subpoena it issued to the Attorney General of the United States, Eric H. Holder, Jr.  The Attorney General refused to produce a portion of the records called for by the subpoena on the grounds that they are covered by the executive privilege, and the Committee seeks a declaration that the invocation of the privilege is invalid in this instance and that the documents must be produced.  The matter is before the Court on defendant’s motion to dismiss the complaint under Federal Rules of Civil Procedure 12(b)(1) and 12(b)(6):  the Attorney General takes the position that a dispute between the legislative and executive branches must be resolved through negotiation and accommodation, and that the judiciary may not, or at least, should not, get involved.

The motion to dismiss will be denied.  The fact that this case arises out of a dispute between two branches of government does not make it non-justiciable; Supreme Court precedent establishes that the third branch has an equally fundamental role to play, and that judges not only may, but sometimes must, exercise their responsibility to interpret the Constitution and determine whether another branch has exceeded its power.  In the Court’s view, endorsing the proposition that the executive may assert an unreviewable right to withhold materials from the legislature would offend the Constitution more than undertaking to resolve the specific dispute that has been presented here.  After all, the Constitution contemplates not only a separation, but a balance, of powers.

Click here to read the rest of the opinion.

Also, be sure to read other pieces I’ve written about Holder, including one about his previous involvement in a case involving the murder of an American citizen.

Hopefully, this time, justice will finally be served.

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.

Justice Department Actions Against AP Not Surprising

In a speech at the National Press Club Wednesday, Associated Press President and CEO Gary Pruitt said the U.S. Department of Justice’s illegal seizure of AP phone records has had a chilling effect on newsgathering operations. I, for one, however, am not surprised DoJ officials went to such lengths.

Nat Press Club AP Pruitt 6-19-13I dedicate two entire chapters of my recently-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, to the role officials inside one DoJ agency have played in a technological “turf war” that has been raging silently in this country and around the world for more than 40 years.

During four years of exhaustive research, I used the Freedom of Information Act and the Oklahoma Open Records Act to obtain copies of hundreds of email messages exchanged between officials at the National Institute of Justice — DoJ’s research, development and evaluation arm — and recipients of DoJ research dollars.

Not only did these messages open my eyes to questionable inner workings of the agency and its grant system, but they showed me how that system has been corrupted to promote the polygraph, a century-old credibility assessment technology with a less-than-stellar track record over a non-polygraph technology that has proven its value time and again.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I highlight many of the ways the non-polygraph technology has been used by investigators at more than 1,800 local and state law enforcement agencies across the United States and by others who used it with great success to interrogate detainees at Guantanamo Bay, members of Saddam Hussein‘s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”) and enemy combatants on battlefields around the world.

Despite the track record of the non-polygraph technology, it was banned for use by Department of Defense officials no fewer than three times during the past decade. Today, it remains banned, thanks in large part to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and a memo he issued six years ago while serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence. As a result of the continued ban, American and Coalition Forces personnel in Afghanistan face higher-than-necessary risk of becoming casualties.

You can find out how I reached that conclusion by reading THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Having already garnered some big-name endorsements and much-appreciated reviews, it’s 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.

Book Review: ‘Safety and security of our military members should trump the agenda of a handful of power hungry bureaucrats’

The first five-star customer review of THE CLAPPER MEMO appeared online yesterday under the headline, Blockbuster – A Must Read for Those Fighting Terrorism. The wording of that review, submitted by “Case Officer,” appears unedited below except for minor formatting changes:

Bob McCarty has connected the dots to a story that otherwise would not have seen the light of day. He has exposed the ongoing and unceasing activities of a small group of US government 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 flawed device – namely the polygraph – appears to have caused significant damage to the international reputation and security of the United States.

Further, the stamp of approval given to the polygraph by the US government appears to have also caused serious damage to other nations as well – Iraq, Afghanistan and Mexico to name a few. The true extent of the damage caused by polygraph will perhaps never be known, since the US government does not publicly admit to such gross maleficence and failures. However, the cases brought to light by Bob McCarty are a damning indictment against continued support of the polygraph by the US government.

It is amazing that otherwise world-class agencies such as the FBI, CIA, DOD, and DHS continue to rely on a 100 year old technology that is scientifically proven to be worthless for intelligence screening operations. This book should be required reading for all involved in the “War on Terror” both at home and abroad. Bob McCarty should be commended for exposing this pseudoscientific government-backed fraud.

You can order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO in paperback or ebook versions from Amazon.

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Someone Doesn’t Want Me to Publish This Book?

A fellow nonfiction author, whose name I will not share for security reasons, tackles subjects that certain elements within the federal government consider “taboo.” Kinda like me. Almost four years ago, she warned me about what had happened to her — while working on a book that went on to become a New York Times best seller, that is — and said it might happen to me. Now, it seems, maybe she was right.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13Only four days after I revealed the new cover design for my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, both of the word processing programs I use to write my manuscripts crashed and would not reopen.

It’s not as if I didn’t pay attention to my fellow author’s warning. In fact, I made it a point to disconnect my computer from the internet every time I was working on my manuscript. Well, almost every time. Dang it!

What is it in my next book that some would rather not see made public? Some hints:

• In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I’ll share details of a 40-year technological turf war involving many players. Inside the Pentagon. At some of the nation’s top universities. In places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Guantanamo Bay and Mexico. And in local and state police jurisdictions across the United States.

• In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I’ll share never-before-published documents and insider details obtained from the very people who interrogated detainees at Guantanamo Bay and from the very people who interrogated members of Saddam Hussein’s “Deck of Cards.”

• In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I’ll connect the dots between three memos — including one signed in 2007 by James R. Clapper Jr. — and the “Green-on-Blue” attacks (a.k.a., “insider attacks”) by so-called “allies” in Afghanistan against their U.S. and coalition colleagues.

• After four years of work on THE CLAPPER MEMO, I found all roads lead back to the technological turf war and to the memo signed by Clapper — then serving as Undersecretary of Defense for Intelligence, now serving as Director of National Intelligence, our nation’s highest intelligence official.

Do I have any evidence that my system has been infiltrated? No. According to some in the military and intelligence communities who’ve assisted me in gathering information that will appear in THE CLAPPER MEMO, it’s unlikely I’ll ever find any.

Thankfully, I do have backup copies of my manuscript and other computers on which to work.

"Three Days In August" Promotional PhotoWhile you wait for the release of THE CLAPPER MEMO, be sure to read my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice. It’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

One-Hour Video Will Chill You

If you think Islamic terrorists are the only people Americans should be concerned about on this 11th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks, think again.

If you think what you’ve heard about Operation Fast and Furious is about as bad as anything can get when it involves the U.S. Department of Justice, think again.

Beginning at the 4-minute mark of the video above, the story of one man’s investigation into the August 1995 murder of Kenneth Trentadue inside the U.S. Bureau of Prisons’ Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City will chill you to the bone.  The story is told by Trentadue’s brother, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue.

After watching the video, please take time to share it.

FYI:  I also invite you to read some of the more than two-dozen pieces I’ve written about the Oklahoma City Bombing, a dozen of which either focus upon or mention the Kenneth Trentadue murder case.  Thanks in advance!

Bob McCarty’s first nonfiction book, “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” is 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.