After reading a report issued Feb. 11 by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I contacted a retired counterintelligence operative with whom I’ve been friends for several years and asked him to offer feedback about the report that had been released almost five months after Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people and injured four others at the DC Navy Yard. He agreed.
Though he spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of his past and present work, his observations about the SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS report deserve your attention.
“It just goes to show the Feds continue to use antiquated policies and procedures for vetting U.S. persons who require security clearances,” he said, noting that federal government agencies are using the same security policies and procedures that have been used as “templates” in Iraq and Afghanistan and produced high levels of infiltration by individuals hostile toward U.S. personnel. For more details, read my articles about “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan.
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Knowing I had authored THE CLAPPER MEMO, a book about a long-fought “turf war” between polygraph loyalists and all challengers to their century-old technology, he told me one could show a nexus between flawed policies and procedures and the broken polygraph program currently embraced by the federal government.
“Clearly, the old timers such as (Director of National Intelligence James R.) Clapper have not kept up with the advances that have taken place both with technology and with vetting procedures,” he explained. “Even most major police departments and many smaller police departments conduct a more thorough investigation and have a more thorough vetting process than the federal government agencies.”
Part of the blame lies with following a one-size-fits-all approach and catering to the common denominator.
“Things were better when each agency was required to vet and investigate its own people. Now you have the entire process contracted out, and the people doing the investigations are being paid by their production (i.e.., the number of cases/leads they complete) instead of by the quality of their investigations.”For more details, read my articles about Edward Snowden.
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“The federal government should study the ‘best practices’ of local police departments when it comes to screening, vetting and investigating employees,” he explained after noting that more U.S. police agencies use non-polygraph technologies than polygraph and “may learn some valuable lessons” by doing so.
Then he shared an example of how the current misguided approach trickles into other federal government programs.
“What does it say about how serious they really are when they are hiring known criminals as (ObamaCare) health care navigators because of a policy that requires no background checks? This is just another ‘eye wash’ report that will do nothing to fix the broken system that is in place.
“They could easily fix it if they wanted to,” he concluded, “but the federal behemoth will continue doing business as usual — as they have demonstrated with the polygraph.”
Wise words from someone with decades of experience in the world of counterintelligence.
FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: The same committee that produced the report mentioned above is set to hold a hearing Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the deaths of 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL TEAM SIX, aboard a single helicopter in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011. For more details, read my articles about “EXTORTION 17.”
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Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and disturbing phenomenon, a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages. How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?
Imagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer”; a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, so often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to his presidential ambitions. He left no academic legacy in academia, authored no signature legislation as legislator.
Looking at Obama from a distance, Patterson provides an accurate picture of how any objective observer might see him. But how does Obama see himself? Putting ourselves inside his skin and inside his head would be a far more interesting and instructive exercise.
Just imagine a young black man living in a family of all white people… mother, grandfather, and grandmother… after having been deserted by his black father. Just as welfare recipients come to resent the hand that feeds them, it is easy to see how a young black man growing up in a white family, his skin color a constant reminder that he was “different,” would come to resent his white parent and grandparents… and by extension, all white people.
Obama stressed his struggle with self-identity in his book, Dreams From My Father. Regarding white people, he said, “I ceased to advertise my mother’s race at the age of 12 or 13, when I began to suspect that by doing so I was ingratiating myself to whites.”
In describing the man who gave him the only job he ever held outside the halls of government, his job as a “community organizer” in south Chicago, he said, “There was something about him that made me wary, a little too sure of himself, maybe. And white.”
By the time he entered college, Obama was fully committed to the racial divide between blacks and whites. Of his years as a student at Occidental College, he wrote, “It remained necessary to prove which side you were on, to show your loyalty to the black masses, to strike out and name names… I never emulate white men and brown men whose fates didn’t speak to my own. It was into my father’s image, the black man, son of Africa, that I’d packed all the attributes I sought in myself, the attributes of Martin and Malcolm, DuBois and Mandela.”
We have all been confronted on occasion by challenges for which we felt totally unprepared… challenges that appeared insurmountable. That being the case, it is all the more mystifying how a man of Obama’s meager background and experience could believe that he should be seen as a viable candidate for president of the United States. How could a young man, such as Patterson describes, suddenly see himself in that role, knowing that he has never run so much as a sidewalk lemonade stand, knowing that he has no qualifications whatsoever for the job?
What must it be like to one day look into a mirror and say to the person reflected therein, “You’re a pretty good looking guy. You were lucky enough to grow up in the tropics, in Hawaii and Indonesia, and even though your parents and grandparents weren’t wealthy, you were lucky enough to go to a private prep school and Ivy League colleges on someone else’s dime. You spent several years working with black activists on the streets of Chicago and you spent a few years as a back-bencher in the Illinois state senate. Hey!! You’re something really special! You should run for president of the United States.” What sort of man could have that conversation with himself… and do it with a straight face?
Fortunately for Obama, there was an oversupply of pent-up white guilt within the ranks of the Democrat Party. And in spite of the fact that party leaders knew him to be not only unqualified, but ineligible as well, he was the sort of “rock star” politician who would appeal to white liberals and young white Democrats. It mattered little that he would be incapable of governing; all they cared about was that he would look good before the TV cameras and that he could read convincingly from a teleprompter. They would put the necessary words in his mouth.
But, of all of Obama’s current responsibilities, his relationship with the military is where he appears to be most out of place and ill at ease… a pair of brown shoes at a black tie ball. In neither of his memoirs does he give the slightest hint that he ever considered enrolling in the ROTC programs at either Occidental College or Columbia University. Yet, just 16 years after graduating from Harvard Law School, he stood before the American people and proclaimed that he felt capable of serving as commander-in-chief of the largest and most powerful military machine in the history of the world. What sort of outsized ego would that require?
Those of us who’ve placed our lives on the line as members of the uniformed services can’t help but experience a stomach-turning revulsion each time we see Obama bounding down the steps of Marine One on the south lawn of the White House, flashing a sloppy half-salute at the well-turned out young Marine standing at the base of the stairs. Any normal person of Obama’s background and experience would feel an overwhelming sense of inadequacy. But what goes though Obama’s mind? And what goes through the minds of those young Marines?
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)
To serve as a member of the Silent Drill Platoon and Color Guard at the 8th & I Street Barracks in Washington… the Marine contingent responsible for guard and escort duty at the White House… is a much coveted assignment in the Marine Corps. But it would be interesting to know what went through the minds of all those young Marines when they first learned that Barack Obama, a man who was too cowardly to wear the uniform of the U.S. military, a usurper who was ineligible to serve in the office, would be occupying the White House for at least the next four years. How could they bring themselves to salute a man so undeserving of their respect?
Most Marines would rather take their chances on the field of battle in Iraq or Afghanistan than to suffer the embarrassment of standing in the rain next to Barack Obama, dressed in spiffy blue-white dress uniform, holding an umbrella over the usurper’s head while he addressed a small group of fawning sycophants in the White House Rose Garden.
And while it is easy to understand the revulsion felt by the men and women of the enlisted ranks, what goes through the minds of long-serving generals and admirals, their chests covered with row upon row of medals and service ribbons, evidence of their long service to God and country, when they are forced to salute him and address him as “sir” or “mister president?” What sort of colossal ego does it take for such an unremarkable man to expect that kind of treatment from men and women of real accomplishment?
What all of this tells us is that what motivates Barack Obama is far more than a super-inflated ego, far more than pathological narcissism. He is, as some have described him, a “total incognito with zero accomplishment.” But even that does not describe how Obama sees himself, what goes on inside his head. Instead, we can only conclude that Obama’s opinion of himself is simply beyond human comprehension. Just as the human mind is incapable of comprehending the infinite nature of the universe, neither can the human mind comprehend the boundaries of what Barack Obama appears to see in himself.
When Barack Obama proclaimed in his June 4, 2008, nomination acceptance speech that, “This was the moment when the rise of the oceans began to slow and our planet began to heal,” most of us laughed because we knew that just the opposite was true. But there were many who actually believed him and were inspired by his soaring rhetoric. What those of us who laughed knew, intuitively, is that what appeared to be bravado was actually a cover for nothingness.
What best describes Barack Obama is a brief two sentence quotation from Eric Hoffer, the renowned longshoreman/philosopher, who said, “Our greatest pretenses are built up not to hide the evil and the ugly in us, but our emptiness. The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.”
Yes, Barack Obama is an evil man and the political philosophy that guides his every word and deed are truly ugly. It is that evil and that ugliness that Obama seeks to hide by his bravado and his pretentiousness; it is the emptiness of his promise of hope and change that is at the heart of his pretentions.
And while a majority of Americans still find Barack Obama to be “likeable,” an even larger majority have come to see that there is no real substance to him. As Hoffer tells us, “The hardest thing to hide is something that is not there.” Where Barack Obama is concerned, there is no there, there.
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.
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 MEMO. Thanks in advance!
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Officials at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence surprised me today when they issued a news release about the launch of a contest for which they plan to award $50,000 in prize money. Why was I surprised? Because the proven credibility assessment technology allegedly being sought by DNI James R. Clapper Jr. via his gang at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity already exists! Details are in my latest nonfiction book,THE CLAPPER MEMO.
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During four years of exhaustive investigation into the use of credibility assessment technologies by federal government agencies, I learned how some 2,000 local and state law enforcement agencies are currently using the technology — known as the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer® — which relies on a proprietary computer algorithm that measures microtremors in the human voice.
In addition, I interviewed military, intelligence and private security company officials about their positive experiences with CVSA® in places like Guantanamo Bay and Iraq before the technology was stripped from their control by, among other things, a memo signed by DNI Clapper.
Interestingly, I also reviewed and dissected several of the available studies — including one done by officials at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.
By the time I finished my research, I realized what — or, more accurately, who — is keeping CVSA® from being adopted on a widespread basis throughout the federal government. It’s the polygraph loyalists (i.e., people unwilling to change horses midstream even after realizing the century-old horses they’re riding are dead).
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It’s worth noting that I’m not the only one who believes my findings!
When Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a retired U.S. Army general who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific, endorsed the book, he wrote,“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.”
Capt. Larry W. Bailey, a retired U.S. Navy officer who once served as commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs training program, characterized what I expose in the book as “clearly an unconscionable cover-up of a capability of the U.S. military and intelligence community to vet incoming Afghan (or any other) military personnel.” David P. Schippers, the man who served as Congressman Henry Hyde‘s chief investigative counsel during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives, described the book as “perhaps the most thorough investigative reporting I have encountered in years. I direct the attention of the so-called major media to it. This is how it’s done!”
MaryLiz Grossetto, the aunt of LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., a 21-year-old Marine who died in Afghanistan in August 2012 as the result of a “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attack, read the book. Afterward, she offered this review: “Read this book & you will see how our government has for many, many years deprived our military of the best possible tool for vetting & weeding out the enemy.”
Finally, Billy and Karen Vaughn shared their observations about the book almost two years after their son, U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, lost his life along with 29 other Americans when their helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17,” was shot down in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011. In their endorsement, they wrote, “THE CLAPPER MEMO by Bob McCarty gives the reader an in-depth look into the dirty little secrets of politics and greed triumphing over safety and security for our fighting men and women as well as the average American citizen.”
Rather than trust an INSTINCT, the acronym for the contest that looks somewhat like a federal government bureaucrat’s job title when spelled out (i.e., Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness), they should trust the proven track record of CVSA® and save the government some prize money.
In his latest article in The Washington Times, Rowan Scarborough tells a story of poor decision-making at the Pentagon that is very similar to the story I tell in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.
The book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is shown superimposed on a photo of an M4 carbine. Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ken Scar.
Scarborough reports on Department of Defense decision-making that has resulted in the flawed M4 carbine being foisted upon Soldiers who, in order to have it work somewhat reliably, must make their own modifications to it.
What happens to Soldiers unable to make those mods? I think the answer to that question is obvious.
In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I use nearly 300 pages to reveal how the same kind of decision-making has resulted in the century-old polygraph remaining as DoD’s credibility assessment technology of choice even after a newer technology proved itself less expensive and more accurate.
Along the way, I share never-before-published details about key decisions made by top DoD officials — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. when he was serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence — and about key decisions that need to be made in the future to correct grievous wrongs.
Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby was quoted in Stars and Stripes Friday as saying the “insider threat” against American forces in Afghanistan is “as dangerous as it ever was.” And he’s right. What he did not mention, however, is the fact that many “insider attacks” are preventable.
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Admiral Kirby’s comments likely stem from the fact that he’s been kept in the dark about decisions made by senior Department of Defense officials during the past decade that have resulted in the best screening and interrogation tools available being kept out of the hands of U.S. military and intelligence officials. Out of the hands of interrogation officials in places like Afghanistan and Iraq. And, most recently, out of the vetting process used to screen recruits hoping to serve in Afghanistan’s military, police and security agencies.
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In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share never-before-published details about decisions made by DoD officials at the highest levels — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. when he was serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence — and about decisions that should be made in the future.
Unfortunately for good men like Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, Ore., and Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., any decisions to change policy will come too late. The Army Special Forces Soldiers were killed Wednesday when, according to the aforementioned Stripesreport, two individuals wearing Afghan National Army uniforms opened fire on them with machine guns. They became casualties of yet another “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider Attack.”
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