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.

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Green Beret Veteran ‘Speechless’ After Watching Video Featuring New Surveillance Technology

I received a message this morning from a former Army Special Forces friend who said he was stunned to learn that information about a new, state-of-the-art surveillance technology shown in this video (below) is unclassified.

The highly-decorated combat veteran who served as an elite member of the Army Green Berets added that the information about how the technology is used in conjunction with an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) “would have never gone public during past presidencies.

And there’s more.

“Now you see why so many (Special Operations Forces) personnel want to see the Benghazi film,” he continued.  “Amazing how, more and more, our government leaks how we conduct operations.  I am simply speechless.”

I share his concerns.

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Author Connects Dots Between Bradley Manning, Benghazi, Afghanistan and DNI Clapper

When retired U.S. Navy SEAL Capt. Larry W. Bailey concluded that the information I uncovered in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, constitutes “an unconscionable cover-up,” he wasn’t simply throwing support behind a book because it was critical of Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. Instead, the co-founder of Special Operations Speaks understood bigger things were at stake.  Three examples of those “bigger things” surfaced in the news this week.

SIGAR Report 7-30-13On Tuesday, I shared seemingly-contradictory news. While Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of charges that he aided the enemy when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, U.S. Army officials were shown to be guilty of that crime!

In his July 30 report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko said Army officials in Afghanistan had refused to stop doing business with 43 individuals and companies supporting the insurgency (i.e., the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and al-Qaeda) in Afghanistan. Why? Officials at the Army Suspension and Debarment Office appear to believe suspension or debarment of these individuals and companies would be a violation of their due-process rights!

On Wednesday, I shared more disturbing news that I found buried more than a thousand words deep inside the latest DoD progress report from Afghanistan:

Report Progress Stability Afghan 7-13There was a 120 percent increase in insider attacks from 2011 to 2012, rising from 22 to 48 incidents. Additionally, 29 percent (14) of the insider attacks in 2012 were executed by more than one person. Prior to 2012, only two attacks had been executed by more than one individual.

Found on page 34 of the 192-page report, the words above stand in stark contrast to 39 other words (below) that appear near the top of page 3 of the report’s Executive Summary:

The number of insider attacks declined sharply during the reporting period. Thus far, these attacks have not significantly affected the strong relationship between coalition and ANSF personnel, particularly in the field, where they face a common enemy every day.

On Thursday, I shared equally-disturbing news linked to Jake Tapper’s CNN report that CIA officials are using polygraph exams — in some cases as often as monthly — in an attempt to find out if any agency operatives have shared knowledge about the deadly events that took place Sept. 11, 2012, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya.

Because I spent much of the past four years conducting an exhaustive investigation of the federal government’s use of polygraph and non-polygraph tools (a.k.a., “credibility assessment technologies”), I felt somewhat qualified to ask a question about the CIA’s alleged use of frequent polygraph exams: “If true, is it a good idea?”

Though I gave a negative response to that question, I didn’t stop there. Instead, I asked a long-time counterintelligence professional whose name I am not at liberty to reveal for security reasons, for his thoughts on the matter, and he provided the feedback below:

“It makes no sense. People who are subjected to monthly polygraphs would quickly become desensitized to the polygraph process, and this could result in even worse accuracy rates than the typical 60-65% accuracy rate for polygraph (inconclusive & error rates range average 35-40%). This is definitely a control and intimidation measure. I guess it’s James Clapper’s new polygraph policy put into effect in the most absurd manner possible.”

Did the news surfacing this week surprise me? Hardly. I ran into similarly-dangerous thinking while digging for details and conducting interviews for THE CLAPPER MEMO.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13U.S. Navy SEALs and Army Green Berets decried DoD’s decision to remove from their tool kits an investigative tool they described as being the best available.

Defense Intelligence Agency interrogators in Baghdad and at Guantanamo Bay did the same and later expressed to anyone who would listen — including yours truly — their disgust with DoD’s decision to remove that tool from their investigative arsenal.

Try as they might, DoD and Department of Justice officials have so far been unable to prevent more than 1,800 law enforcement agencies across the United States from using the investigative tool now banned by DoD.

What is this tool? How does it work? Why did top government officials ban its use within DoD? Answers to all of those questions and DNI Clapper’s connection to it can be found in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions, and comes highly recommended.

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.

LOOSE LIPS? CIA Employees, Polygraph Exams and Benghazi

CNN’s Jake Tapper reports CIA officials are using polygraph exams — in some cases as often as monthly — in an attempt to find out if any agency operatives have shared knowledge about what took place Sept. 11, 2012, at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, and ended with the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens.  If true, is it a good idea?

Having spent much of the past four years conducting an exhaustive investigation of the federal government’s use of polygraph and non-polygraph tools (a.k.a., “credibility assessment technologies”), I’d say it’s not.

I offer that assessment not simply because CIA officials are apparently using the polygraph as a means to intimidate their employees; rather, because they believe the polygraph can actually produce credible results.  And it’s not just my opinion!

I asked a long-time counterintelligence professional whose name I am not at liberty to reveal for security reasons, to read the CNN article and watch the accompanying video.  Afterward, he offered some interesting feedback:

“It makes no sense.  People who are subjected to monthly polygraphs would quickly become desensitized to the polygraph process, and this could result in even worse accuracy rates than the typical 60-65% accuracy rate for polygraph (inconclusive & error rates range average 35-40%).  This is definitely a control and intimidation measure.  I guess it’s James Clapper’s new polygraph policy put into effect in the most absurd manner possible.”

Interestingly, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. inspired the title of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

A 268-page nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO is the product of an exhaustive four-year investigation during which I was able to connect the dots between Clapper and hundreds of “Green-on-Blue” attack casualties suffered by U.S. and Coalition Forces personnel in Afghanistan.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13Throughout THE CLAPPER MEMO, I expose evidence of a turf war between competing credibility assessment technologies that has been raging silently for more than 40 years.  Much of the evidence was obtained via public records requests, while other pieces came in the form of documents provided by military and intelligence sources, including the men who were in charge of interrogations at Guantanamo Bay during the early years of the Global War on Terror.

In addition to following paper trails, I conducted exclusive interviews with insiders, including a Defense Intelligence Agency contractor who interrogated members of Saddam Hussein‘s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”) and an Army Green Beret who set a record by conducting more interrogations of enemy combatants (500+) than any other member of the U.S. military during a five-year period.  And that’s only the beginning!

Already endorsed by several prominent Americans, THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback and ebook versions.

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.

Special Ops Vets Plan Rally on Capitol Steps

EDITOR’S NOTE:  I received the message below from my friend Capt. Larry W. Bailey, former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs Training Program, co-founder of Special Operations Speaks and one of the folks who’ve endorsed my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Please READ and SHARE ASAP!

photoDear Benghazi Patriot,

This is short notice for such a major event, but it has to be done.

You see, Special Operations Speaks has just been asked by Congressman Steve Stockman to mount an event to put pressure on the House of Representatives (and especially Speaker Boehner!) to form a select committee to investigate the tragedy that was Benghazi.

As a first step toward causing Congress to get serious about assigning responsibility for what happened at Benghazi, we are organizing a rally at Cong. Stockman’s request that will be held on the steps of the U.S. Capitol at noon, Tuesday, July 23, 2013.  That rally will hear words from a number of patriots, including Cong. Stockman and Cong. Louie Gohmert, both of whom have been very supportive of our efforts to answer Hillary Clinton’s heartless answer to a Senator’s question about the men who died at Benghazi: “What difference does it make?”

Be with us next week as we demonstrate to Hillary and others like her “what difference it makes.”  Bring yourself, a carload, or a busload, but be there.

Thousands of you showed up to protect the Vietnam Wall in 2007; please help us demonstrate that we will not tolerate the murder-by-neglect of four of America’s finest on September 12, 2012.  Please help us send a message to our nation’s leaders that we demand full accountability for this national crime.

Thanks in advance for doing what you can to help make this rally a success!

Related:  Special Ops Veterans Demand Answers About Benghazi

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.

BENGHAZI: Obama Fails to Deliver on Promise of Justice

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Writer

Barack Obama stepped before the TV cameras, glanced at his teleprompters, and said, resolutely, “No act of terror will dim the light of the values that we proudly shine on the rest of the world, and no act of violence will shake the resolve of the United States of America.”

Obama’s reaction to the terrorist bombing in Boston?  No, those were Obama’s words at a political fundraiser in Las Vegas Sept. 12, 2012, the day after the murder of the U.S. ambassador to Libya and three other Americans in Benghazi, and less than 24 hours after he claims to have given the order to “secure our people” in Benghazi.

The next day, as he was massaging his radical base at the University of Colorado, and by which time he still had not checked with his Secretary of State or his Secretary of Defense to see what progress they’d made in rescuing our people in Benghazi, he said, “I want people around the world to hear me: To all those who would do us harm, no act of terror will go unpunished.”

Yeah, right.  In the hours after the terrorist attack on innocent civilians in Boston, Obama’s principal concern was that we exercise caution in assigning blame.  He certainly wouldn’t want to anger his friends in Cairo or Riyadh.  Clearly avoiding the use of the words “terrorism” or “attack,” he said, “We still do not know who did this, or why, and people shouldn’t jump to conclusions before we have all the facts.  But make no mistake: we will get to the bottom of this, we will find out who did this, we’ll find out why they did this.  Any responsible individuals, any responsible groups, will feel the full weight of justice.”

Reading between the lines, what he was saying was that he still had not heard from Morris Dees at the Southern Poverty Law Center, instructing him to blame the attack on either right wing militias or Tea Party activists… as was the case with Bill Clinton and Janet Reno in the hours after the Oklahoma City Bombing.

Untold Stories of the OKC BombingNot only do we not know who carried out the attack on our consulate in Benghazi, we still have not heard from the survivors who’ve been held incognito and who’ve been made to sign non-disclosure forms to prevent them from telling the Congress what they know.

So, Mr. Obama, please allow me to administer a brief multiple-choice test.  There is one group of people on the face of the Earth who regularly explode bombs in public places, hoping to kill and maim as many innocent men, women, and children as possible.  Would you say that group is composed of:  a) Boy Scouts, b) Girl Scouts, c) Rotarians, d) Kiwanians, e) Daughters of the American Revolution, f) Carmelite Nuns, or g) Muslims?

You say you’re not sure?  Well, neither were Bill Clinton and Janet Reno, your Democratic predecessors.

President Bill Clinton

President Bill Clinton

On Feb. 7, 1995, ten weeks before the Oklahoma City Bombing, the mastermind of the 1993 World Trade Center attack was arrested in Pakistan and turned over to U.S. authorities.  Yet, it still didn’t occur to Bill Clinton and Janet Reno that they were dealing with something far more sinister and far more deadly than an “isolated criminal event,” which is how they characterized the first attack on the World Trade Center.

If they’d learned anything at all from the World Trade Center Bombing and the Islamic terrorists they’d convicted, one would think that they would have been acutely attuned to the possibility that the bombing of the Murrah Building in Oklahoma City just might be part of a pattern…  especially in light of the fact that numerous eye witnesses and security cameras showed at least five individuals, Timothy McVeigh and three or four “Middle Eastern types,” speeding away from the Murrah Building just moments before a massive explosion took it down.

Police investigator Craig Roberts, the Tulsa police investigator assigned to the Oklahoma City investigation, author of The Medusa File, speculates that the FBI dropped the notion of Islamic terrorist involvement when the Southern Poverty Law Center, with an anti-right wing agenda, began spreading the word that right wing militia groups were among the most likely suspects.

Not surprisingly, the FBI investigators made an almost instantaneous 90-degree left turn, totally ignoring mountains of evidence of Middle Eastern involvement developed by local law enforcement and local news organizations.

In fact, when irrefutable evidence of Arab involvement was presented to FBI agents on the scene, they put their hands behind their backs and refused to even touch the documents.  Did they have orders from Clinton and Reno to abandon the solid leads they were following and concentrate on chasing right ring militia groups and a couple of disgruntled white guys… McVeigh and Nichols?

Dr. Frederick Whitehurst, the FBI “whistle-blower” who charged the FBI laboratories with falsifying evidence to benefit prosecutions, said, “We (the FBI) find ourselves aligned against an administration that has demonstrated that its first allegiance is to determining guilt, and to hell with truth.”

If the Clinton Justice Department had followed the evidence in Oklahoma City, the trail of evidence would have led them directly to Abu Sayyef, and al-Qaeda in the Philippines.  Their leader, Ramzi Youssef, was already aware that the federal building in Oklahoma City would be bombed, months before it happened.

If al-Qaeda had been interrupted at that point in time we might reasonably expect that the attacks on the Khobar Towers (1996), the embassies in Kenya and Tanzania (1998), the USS Cole (2000), and the World Trade Center and the Pentagon (2001) might never have happened.   Unfortunately, they didn’t do that.  Once they had Timothy McVeigh and Terry Nichols in custody they simply stopped looking.  They were more interested in “determining guilt” than in finding truth.

Less than eight months after President George W. Bush moved into the White House, Islamic terrorists flew four jet airliners into the World Trade Center, the Pentagon, and a field in western Pennsylvania, killing some 3,000 people.  Bush recognized the massive attack for what it was… another attack in a war that had been ongoing for many years… and he finally took steps to fight back.

Eric Holder

On Wednesday, Sept. 12, 2012, Attorney General Eric Holder said that the FBI was committed to working with Libyan authorities to track down those who attacked and killed four Americans at Benghazi on September 11.  Yet, a month later, the FBI still had not sent an evidence team to the American consulate in Benghazi.  American newsmen found the floor littered with State Department documents, some of them of a classified nature.

Just hours after the Boston Marathon bombing, the Associated Press reported that “Eric Holder has directed the full resources of the Justice Department be deployed to investigate the bombs that exploded at the Boston Marathon.”  Are those the same “full resources of the Justice Department” that were assigned to track down the guilty parties in Libya?

A department official said Holder has spoken with FBI Director Robert Mueller and with Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for Massachusetts.  The official said Ortiz’s office was coordinating the department’s response with the FBI and other federal, state and local law enforcement authorities.

Now, just four days later, the American people have been shown just what can be accomplished if the FBI, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, and state and local police organizations are really determined to solve a heinous crime.  So why are we still awaiting answers on what happened in Benghazi?  When are the guilty parties going to be punished, as Obama promised?  Could it be because he and Holder are just not that interested in having the American people learn the truth about Benghazi?

Obama and Holder may think they’re off the hook on Benghazi, but they’re not.  Some 700 retired Special Operations officers and non-commissioned officers have signed an open letter to Congress, demanding that the Congress convene a Special Select Committee to get answers to the Benghazi debacle, and they will not relent.  The Congress will ultimately get to the bottom of it.

And, oh yes, Mr. Obama, as you should know by now, the answer to the multiple choice question is… g) Muslims.  They are the only people on the face of the Earth who regularly explode bombs in public places, hoping to kill and maim as many innocent men, women, and children as possible.  And don’t let Morris Dees and his left wing radicals at the Southern Poverty Law Center convince you otherwise.

Paul R. Hollrah is a contributing editor for the National Writers Syndicate and the New Media JournalHis blog is found at OrderOfEphors.comHe resides in the lakes region of northeast Oklahoma.  Click here to read more of Paul’s columns.

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VIDEO: Special Ops Veterans Demand Benghazi Answers

Members of the nonprofit group, Special Operations Speaks, are featured in a new video released this week in an attempt to keep up the pressure on the Obama Administration to come clean about what really happened in Benghazi, Libya, Sept. 11, 2012.

The release of the video comes almost six months after the attack of the U.S. Consulate by Islamic terrorists that resulted in the deaths of four Americans, including Ambassador Christopher Stevens, former Navy SEALs Glen Doherty and Tyrone Woods, and computer specialist Sean Smith. In addition, however, it comes after Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. attempted to rewrite the history of what happened and after copies of emails obtained by one news organization proved President Barack Obama lied about the attacks.

Leading Special Operations Speaks’ effort to find out what really happened at Benghazi is Capt. Larry W. Bailey, the same retired Navy SEAL commander who recently endorsed my soon-to-be-published book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, by saying it exposes “an unconscionable cover-up” inside the U.S. military.

EDITOR’S NOTE: I encourage you to watch the video, share it widely and contribute to Special Operations Speaks so they can keep up the pressure on the White House. Thanks in advance!

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