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.

Woman Continues Fight After Losing Mother, Granddaughter

A St. Louis-area woman who once told me she sometimes feels like the grief-stricken women in the 2008 film, “Changeling,” continues to fight for justice despite losing two very special people in her life due to actions taken by out-of-control government bureaucrats.

ChangelingUnder the headline, Government Burning Family Tree at Both Ends, I shared the horrifying true story of Janet (not her real name) Sept. 15, 2011.  It revolves around Janet’s two-pronged battle with county and state agencies in Missouri.

One of Janet’s battles involves fighting to obtain custody of her granddaughter after her daughter was no longer fit to care for the child.  Yesterday, she informed me that her granddaughter had been adopted out to a family in a far-away state about 18 months ago in a process that showed no regard for a state statute which requires Children’s Division officials to give preference and first consideration for foster care placement to grandparents of a child.

Janet’s other battle involved fighting to free her mother from a restricted-access long-term care facility.  It’s the same facility about which her mother’s physician once wrote “placement at this time would not be in the best interest of (Janet’s mother) with respect to her mental and physical health.”  According to Janet, her mother was drugged out of her mind for most of the time she spent in the facility and, during her last days of life — which happened to coincide with the date on which her long-term care insurance coverage ended — had food and water withheld from her.

While Janet said she cries about it every day, she seems at a loss as to what to do as she tries to get her granddaughter back.  Regarding her mother’s case, however, she is continuing to fight and claims to have many documents as well as months of videotape evidence regarding her mother’s maltreatment.  In addition, she is trying to obtain a copy of a toxicology report at this time and has enlisted the help of a local television reporter who has shown an interest in her case.

I plan to take a look at the documentation Janet has amassed very soon.  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.

Michael Behenna Gives First Television Interview Since Release From Military Prison

Michael Behenna, the former Army Ranger officer whose wrongful conviction has been the subject of dozens of pieces during the past four years, gave is first television interview yesterday, 12 days after being released on parole from military prison.

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To see photos of the location in Iraq where the shooting of the known Al-Qaeda operative Ali Mansur took place, read Photos Show Scene Where Trail of Injustice Began.

Culvert 3 Low-RezTo read Carrie Fatigante’s nine-part series about Behenna’s case, go to The Michael Behenna Story: Getting Personal.

To read about the Army’s refusal to release a copy of the investigation report about the incident involving Behenna, read go to Army 15-6 Investigation Report Proves Elusive.

To learn about Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, one of the wrongfully-convicted men Behenna talked about during the television interview, order a copy of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.

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.

Newspaper Reporter Reveals How He ‘Beat’ Polygraph Exam

Over the weekend, I came across an article that speaks volumes about the implications of the federal government’s continued reliance on century-old polygraph technology instead of a challenger proven more effective during more than four decades of use. In two short paragraphs, it reveals how news reporter John Funk “beat” a polygraph machine without training in the use of countermeasures:

PolygraphFrom the moment the test began, I started visualizing the number four — not six — written on the the paper under my leg.

When he got to four, I flexed my biceps and intentionally made my breathing shallow. At six, I made a conscious effort to relax as much as possible.

It’s a good thing he didn’t go into more detail about how he defeated the machine; that could have gotten him arrested. But I digress.

If reporter John Funk was able to beat the polygraph with ZERO training, is it so surprising that Edward Snowden was able to pass two polygraphs and gain access to America’s most precious secrets? Hardly!

And how many more Snowdens are lurking among the millions of people who hold U.S. Government security clearances? Plenty!

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Less than a week ago, Department of Defense leaders vowed to overhaul the personnel screening process. Sadly, they made no mention of moving away from the polygraph to the non-polygraph technology that’s been proven more effective.

If you want to read up-close accounts of how the non-polygraph technology has been used in places like Guantanamo Bay and Baghdad and by law enforcement professionals at more than 1,800 state and local agencies across the United States, read my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received rave reviews from people who know what it’s like to have a “dog in the fight.” a

To learn more about it, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com. To order a copy of the book, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

Top Intelligence Community Lawyer Made Me Laugh

I laughed today after reading a Secrecy News post in which appeared the following words, said to have been spoken five days ago by Robert Litt, general counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

Robert Litt, ODNI General Counsel

Robert Litt, ODNI General Counsel

“There is no question that overclassification of information is a genuine problem.”

I found Litt’s words especially humorous in light of the fact that (1) he uttered them at a Freedom of Information Day program at American University Washington College of Law and (2) I’ve waited 616 days, so far, for officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency to fulfill my Freedom of Information Act request for copies of unclassified contract documents related to Pentagon polygraph equipment purchases dating back to Jan. 1, 2000, and continuing through July 16, 2012, the day I filed the FOIA request.

I understand Litt doesn’t work for DIA, but the three-letter intelligence agency is one of 17 such agencies that full under the purview of Litt’s boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; therefore, I have to believe Litt and Clapper might wield some influence over DIA officials who have turned FOIA stonewalling into something of an art form.

DNI James R. Clapper Jr.

DNI James R. Clapper Jr.

In related news, officials at George Washington University’s National Security Archive named DNI Clapper the 2013 recipient of the Rosemary Award. Named for President Richard M. Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, whose spectacular stretch allegedly erased 18 1/2 minutes of a Watergate tape, the (dis)honor recognizes the worst open-government performance by a government officials.

If you’re curious as to why DIA officials might not want to fulfill my FOIA request, you’ll be able to hazard a pretty good guess after reading my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

To learn more about it, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com. To order a copy of the book, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

Does FBI Have More Boston Marathon Bombing Video Than They’re Willing to Share?

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As I watched the 14-minute segment, Manhunt: Inside the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation, on 60 Minutes on CBS yesterday, I noticed FBI officials seemed more than willing to share imagery recorded by security cameras along the route and near the finish line of the world-famous foot race.  At the same time, I couldn’t help but wonder if they are keeping a lid on other video footage that might tell a different story about the attack that killed three and injured more than 250 others.  After all, they’ve done it before.

Unbeknownst to many Americans, including those who did not read my Sept. 9 post, a new trial to determine the fate of video footage recorded by security cameras in downtown Oklahoma City prior to 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995, is set to begin July 28 in federal court in Salt Lake City after originally being scheduled May 5.  Why a trial?  Because FBI officials refuse to hand over that footage, and Judge Clark Waddoups seems to have a problem with that.

The plaintiff in the case, Salt Lake City attorney Jesse Trentadue, hopes the trial will resolve his long-running legal battle with the FBI over the videotape footage he believes will help him unravel the mystery surrounding the death of his brother, Kenneth Trentadue, while also shedding light on the identity of the man referred to as “John Doe #2″ during the chaotic days following the bombing.

Untold Stories of the OKC BombingAs I’ve reported numerous times during the past five years in my series, Untold Stories of the Oklahoma City Bombing, Kenneth Trentadue died under suspicious circumstances while in custody at the U.S. Bureau of Prisons Federal Transfer Center in Oklahoma City several months after the horrific events unfurled in in downtown Oklahoma City.

Via the Freedom of Information Act, Jesse Trentadue has spent most of the past five years trying to obtain copies of the videotape images captured by more than 20 surveillance cameras operating in the vicinity of the Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building in downtown Oklahoma City prior to the detonation of the truck bomb that killed 268 168 people.

While the FBI did produce tapes from the buildings around the Murrah Building, the tapes had been edited, Trentadue said.  As for the tapes from the cameras on the Murrah Building, the contents of which are described in a timeline prepared by the Secret Service, the FBI does not dispute that the existence of the unedited versions of the surveillance tapes recorded prior to the blast; instead, they say they cannot find them.  In addition, FBI officials have refused to provided the one-time star athlete at the University of Southern California with a copy of the original videotape showing the arrest of Timothy McVeigh as recorded on the dashboard camera of Oklahoma Highway Patrol Trooper Charles Hanger’s vehicle the day of the bombing.

Call me skeptical, but I’m hesitant to believe FBI officials will share everything they should with the American public after the trial of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the lone remaining suspect in the Boston Marathon Bombing.  I hope they prove me wrong.

To learn more about Trentadue’s legal battle, I recommend you watch the video above.  In addition, I suggest you read my piece, Truth Remains Elusive 18 Years After Oklahoma City Bombing and other articles in my series about the OKC BombingAnd, of course, thanks in advance for sharing this article!

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.

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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.