House Intelligence Committee Chairman’s Conflict of Interest Slows Benghazi Investigation

Like so many people, I’ve wondered why members of the Republican-controlled U.S. House of Representatives have dragged their feet so long on investigating the Benghazi debacle.  Now Dick Morris offers the answer:  House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Mich.) is to blame!  Watch the video!

In a just-released video, Morris reports that Rogers has been dragging his feet on the matter, because his wife, Kristi Clemens Rogers, was president and CEO of Aegis, L.L.C., the company that had the security contract at the time the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi was attacked.

Shocked?  Don’t be!  This isn’t the first time the Michigan congressman has been accused of acting in ways that would benefit his wife.  TechDirt reported on another issue less than a year ago under the headline, Oh Look, Rep. Mike Rogers Wife Stands To Benefit Greatly From CISPA Passing….

And does anyone think it’s a coincidence that the House Intelligence Committee chairman is giving up his seat for a job in talk radio after his current term ends?  I’m not!

SEE ALSO:  Dots Connect Bradley Manning, Benghazi, Afghanistan and Nation’s Top Intelligence Official.

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.

War Against Men in the Military: Cases Bear Shocking Similarities

While reading a WRAL.com article today, I couldn’t help but notice shocking similarities between the sexual assault prosecutions of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey Sinclair and Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, the man whose wrongful conviction is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.

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One example can be found in the three paragraphs that follow an explanation of how the military judge in the case decided to prosecute despite a recommendation from the lead prosecutor that General Sinclair’s plea to a charge of adultery be accepted. The example begins in paragraph four as follows:

The defense contends that the captain, who served with Sinclair in Iraq and Afghanistan, committed perjury in a January hearing about finding text messages form Sinclair on an old cellphone, making her a poor witness on which to build a case against the general.

The captain said in the January hearing that she came across the old phone in December and charged it up to see if there was anything on it that would affect Sinclair’s court-martial. A defense forensics expert contradicted her testimony, saying she had turned the phone on several times in the months before she said she found it packed in a box.

The defense argues in the motion that the Army continues to press the case only to support a get-tough policy against sex assault in the military.

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Notice the word, perjury, and how a forensics expert proved it? Apparently, perjury by a female in a military sexual assault case isn’t cause for concern.

In the case of Stewart, a highly-decorated Green Beret combat veteran, several instances of perjury surfaced during and after his court-martial.

Two that surfaced during the trial involved a German police detective and a taxi driver whose memory issues are highlighted in the article, German Police Detective Has Memory Issues Like Accuser.

One arose during the pre-sentencing phase and involved the accuser offering a strange definition of “contact.”

Yet another was brought to the court’s attention by a long-time friend of the accuser who made a post-trial statement that should have netted Stewart a new trial.

I, for one, can’t wait to read the trial transcript if or when General Sinclair’s case reaches the trial phase. Why? Because I suspect it will be as chock full of half-truths, lies and innuendo as Stewart’s trial was as the War on Men in the Military continues.

UPDATE 3/16/2014 at 8:13 p.m. Central: Sexual assault charges dropped against general after case tainted by political influence.

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.

Counterintelligence Expert: One-Size-Fits-All Approach Harms National Security

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.

House COGR DC Navy Yard ReportThough 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.

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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.”

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.

Week Filled With Praise, Threats, Blunders and Prize Money

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.

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Under the Sunday headline, Townhall Columnist Praises My Latest Book, The Clapper Memo, I shared news about Townhall.com columnist Mark Baisley‘s review of the book, When Technology War Kills Our Own Soldiers.

In the last four words of the Monday headline, DoD Spokesman Labels “Insider Threat” to Troops in Afghanistan “As Dangerous As It Ever Was,” I highlighted the words of Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby after he was quoted in Stars and Stripes as saying the “insider threat” against American forces in Afghanistan is “as dangerous as it ever was.”  After he failed to mention them, I offered details about “insider attacks” in Afghanistan that I uncovered during the four-year investigation upon which THE CLAPPER MEMO is based.  Consider it a public service.

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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 MEMOThanks 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.

Intel Chief Launches Contest to Find Already-Existing Technology

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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Click image above to link to ODNI news release page.

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.

Want to learn more about this mess?  Order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO 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.

DoD Spokesman Labels ‘Insider Threat’ to Troops in Afghanistan ‘As Dangerous As It Ever Was’

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 Stripes report, 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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Click image above to read endorsements of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Capt. Larry W. Bailey, U.S. Navy retired, came to understand the gravity of this situation after reading THE CLAPPER MEMO. In fact, the former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs training program described what I reveal in the book as “an unconscionable cover-up.” Others have offered similar assessments.

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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.

Director of National Intelligence Should Be Fired for Lies, Actions

A mildly-courageous few — among them, a congressman from Michigan and a senator from Kentucky — have urged President Barack Obama to ask for James R. Clapper’s immediate resignation after the nation’s top intelligence official admitted he lied under oath.  None, however, have asked for the spymaster’s proverbial “head on a platter.”  And then there’s me!

Clapper Office Book Photo

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Going well beyond President Obama’s statement Friday that the Director of National Intelligence “should have been more careful” when testifying before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee March 12, 2013, I released THE CLAPPER MEMO.

My second nonfiction book and the product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO exposes this title-inspiring man’s leading role in preventing U.S. military and intelligence personnel from having access to the best interrogation equipment available.  And that’s just the beginning!

Though THE CLAPPER MEMO has yet to gain the kind of attention as Clapper’s lying and spying exploits, it has received glowing endorsements from several high-level individuals who appreciate its implications:

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“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.”BILLY and KAREN VAUGHN, parents of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn and author of the book, BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father.  Aaron was a member of SEAL Team Six who lost his life along with 29 other Americans when their helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17,” was shot down in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011.  Learn more about their endorsement here.

“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.), former deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific.  Learn more about his endorsement here.

“Bob McCarty’s book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, represents 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!”DAVID P. SCHIPPERS, Chief Investigative Counsel during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton.  Learn more about his endorsement here.

“An unconscionable cover-up.”CAPT. LARRY W. BAILEY (U.S. Navy SEALs, Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs BUD/S Training ProgramLearn more about his endorsement here.

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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.