Chicagolanders Have Reason To Be Nervous — Very Nervous

The Chicago Tribune reported Friday that examiners in the Chicago Police Department’s polygraph unit have been moved from the forensic services division to human resources.  Instead of conducting exams during the course of criminal investigations, they will focus more of their efforts on administering pre-employment polygraph exams to police officer candidates.  Such a move should make Chicagoland residents nervous for many reasons.

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When one realizes that, according to the same Tribune report, CPD officials scaled back their use of the polygraph in the course of criminal investigations because of too many false confessions, the fact that the same false confession-generating technology will be used to screen prospective police officers, the prospect of more corruption and wrongdoing inside the CPD looms increasingly large.  After all, Edward Snowden passed several pre-employment polygraph exams, you know.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I address the subject of polygraph-generated false confessions and cite experts such as Dr. Drew Campbell Richardson, a former FBI supervisory special agent assigned to the bureau’s Laboratory Division and a man I describe as the “Mother of All Polygraph Skeptics.”  He had a lot to say about false confessions, including the following, when he testified before a U.S. Senate committee:

TCM Richardson Story LR 5-13-13“Because of the nature of this type of examination, it would normally be expected to produce large numbers of false positive results (falsely accusing an examinee of lying about some issue). As a result of the great consequences of doing this with large numbers of law enforcement and intelligence community officers, the test has now been manipulated to reduce false positive results, but consequently has no power to detect deception in espionage and other national security matters.”

To learn more about what Dr. Richardson had to say about the polygraph, read FBI Agent Thrashes Polygraph During Senate Testimony.

To read more about the polygraph and the federal government’s reliance on the polygraph that former CIA Director John Deutch called “truly insane,” order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The product of an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, the book has been ENDORSED by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings.

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.

Chicago Police Polygraph Use Down Due to False Confessions

Officials at the Chicago Police Department seem to have reached the same conclusion about polygraph results that I reached after conducting four years of exhaustive research into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph.

False Confessions ChicagoCPD has, according to a Chicago Tribune report Thursday, drastically scaled back on giving so-called lie-detector tests in the course of criminal investigations.  The decision came after decades of relying on controversial polygraph examinations to help solve crimes.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share many important findings, including:

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13• Details of the win-at-all-cost strategy employed by polygraph loyalists to discredit all challengers to their technology’s status as the U.S. Government’s credibility assessment tool of choice;

The lengths to which high-ranking polygraph loyalists inside the Departments of Defense and Justice have shown they are willing to go to maintain their foothold in the credibility assessment arena when challenged by backers of a newer credibility assessment tool proven more reliable and more effective than polygraph;

Conflicts of interest and ethical lapses on the part of senior government officials and expose revealing communications between individuals on both ends of lucrative government research grants that yielded pro-polygraph results;

Descriptions of how law enforcement officers across the United States use non-polygraph technology successfully as an investigative tool during both routine and high-profile criminal investigations; and

Firsthand accounts obtained during exclusive interviews with Americans who used non-polygraph technology to interrogate enemy combatants, detainees, and criminal suspects in places like Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay, Mexico and Iraq.

Of course, I share more findings inside THE CLAPPER MEMO, but you’ll have to ORDER A COPY to find out what earned this book ENDORSEMENTS from several high-profile Americans.

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.

Wrong Person Goes to Prison After Interrogation, Polygraph

According to a Chicago Tribune report dated June 18, 2013, Chicago cops elicited a false confession out of Nicole Harris– that she killed her young son — during a 27-hour interrogation that included a polygraph exam. As a result, the young mother, now 31, spent eight years behind bars before the justice system figured out that actual physical evidence proved her false confession impossible.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13Incredibly, the polygraph technology that played such a key role in sending this woman to prison for a crime she did not commit is the same technology Department of Defense officials have made their department’s only authorized credibility assessment tool.

In fact, DoD officials have issued no fewer than three times during the past decade to drive home the point that the polygraph is the only credibility assessment tool to be used by DoD agencies. Nothing else!

Because the first memo I came across during an exhaustive four-year investigation was issued by James R. Clapper Jr., the man now serving as Director of National Intelligence (i.e., our nation’s top intelligence official), I thought his name deserved a spot in the title of my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Why did Clapper, then serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, issue the memo?

Why is DoD so in love with the polygraph?

For the answers to the questions above and others, you’ll have to read THE CLAPPER MEMO. After you read it, I hope you’ll demand that your elected officials in the nation’s capitol reverse DoD’s ban on this non-polygraph technology.

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Chicago Versus Afghanistan: Statistics Prove ‘Gun Control’ Doesn’t Make Americans Safer

Those calling for more restrictions on gun ownership in the United States need only compare Chicago to Afghanistan for proof that so-called “gun control” laws don’t make Americans safer.

Afghanistan Safe Than Chicago in 2012

 

According to a WBEZ.org report published Dec. 28, officials with the Chicago Police Department confirmed that Chicago had reached the 500-murders milestone with three days remaining in the calendar year.   Conversely, http://icasualties.org reported 309 American deaths in Afghanistan with two days to go in 2012.

Should we expect residents of Chicago, home to some of the strictest gun laws in the nation, to be moving to Afghanistan soon?  Of course not!  Thanks to the national news media’s anti-gun bias, most will never know that Chicago had 191 more killings than did the entire nation of Afghanistan.

SEE ALSO:  I shared a similar report three and a half years ago.

UPDATE 12/30/2012 at 6:42 p.m. Central:  More evidence of anti-gun bias seen in national news media’s failure to report on another Aurora, Colo.-style theater shooting that was thwarted by a good guy with a gun.

UPDATE 1/01/2013 AT 5:42 p.m. Central:  According to another source, Chicago tallied 532 murders during 2012.

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.

 

‘Best of Blago Editorial Cartoons’ Revisited

It’s today’s big news story:  Jurors convicted former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich (D) on 17 of 20 counts, including all counts related to trying to sell the U.S. Senate seat once held by President Barack Obama.  To mark this momentous occasion, I’m sharing the “Best of Blago Editorial Cartoons” below that have appeared on this blog since 2009.

“PSST… HEY BUDDY…” by My Personal Litmus shows the governor peddling a U.S. Senate seat beneath a street light on a Chicago street corner at night.

“Obama’s Blago Problem” by David Donar at Political Graffiiti shows what was at the heart of the relationship between Obama and then-Illinois Governor Blagojevich [click on the image above to see the unedited version].

“Politics the Chicago Way” by My Personal Litmus features Blagojevich, Jesse Jackson Jr., Obama and David Axelrod in a gangster campaign car.

Click here to read the more than 30 posts I’ve published about the DEMOCRAT AND CONVICTED FELON.

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Video Tells Story of Union Solidarity Protest Rally

Tonight, I simply had to share the Rebel Pundit video below that features conversations with and observations of attendees at a recent “We Are One” union solidarity protest rally held in Chicago.

Did you notice who attended the rally? Members of radical, anti-American labor unions and political parties.  Watch and share, people, before it’s too late!

Hat tip: The video appeared in a post today at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

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85-Year-Old ‘Potato Lady’ Running for Office (Update)

Maybe St. Peters’ ‘potato lady’ should be mayor.

The words above appeared as the headline of a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article Nov. 27, 2005, and could be considered prophetic if not for the fact that the woman in question, Dolores Sherman, isn’t running for mayor.

Sherman, 85, is running for one of two Ward One seats on the Board of Aldermen in St. Peters, Mo., the city in which she says she was prosecuted more than five years ago for a crime she didn’t commit and dubbed, “The Potato Lady.”

A mother and grandmother who owns and operates a seasonal crafts business in St. Peters, Sherman filed for the alderman post late Tuesday morning.  During a mid-afternoon news conference the same day, she detailed her belief that St. Peters city officials were involved in her unfair prosecution and other events leading to it and need to be replaced.

“I want to make people aware of what happened to me for an incident that should have never occurred,” Sherman said.  “I was railroaded!

“They accused me of throwing a red potato, and I said, ‘I don’t have red potatoes, I have Idaho, six inchers, baking potatoes,’” she continued, recalling a conversation she had Sept. 24, 2004, with two St. Peters police officers who had responded her home after receiving a complaint phoned in by one of Sherman’s neighbors in the suburb 20 miles west of St. Louis.  “But they gave me a citation — a peace disturbance, then the city prosecuted me.

“Why does a city, more or less, sue an 80-year-old lady for something they probably knew I did not commit?” she asked rhetorically before comparing St. Peters to a much-larger city.

“If you think Chicago is the only pay-and-play arena, huh-uh,” she said before pointing to tables in front of her and around the room that were covered with stacks of documents she said prove her case.  “And if you don’t believe it, just look.”

On March 29, 2005, St. Peters Municipal Court Judge Ronald Brockmeyer ordered Sherman to serve 12 months probation, pay a $125.07 probation fee and pay hundreds more for an anger management class, she explained.

The election for aldermen seats is set for April 5.  By then, residents of Ward One should be familiar with Sherman’s tongue-in-cheek campaign slogan:  “This spud’s for you!”

Stay tuned for more on this campaign!

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UPDATE #1 1/15/11 at 7:07 p.m. Central: Cross-posted on Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE #2 1/17/11 at 1:44 p.m. Central: For more info about other candidates running for alderman seats, see this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article.

UPDATE #3 1/17/11 at 8:15 p.m. Central: This evening, I learned the 85-year-old’s fledgling campaign is off to a rough start with the help of the local newspaper.  Here’s a brief rundown:

On Jan. 11, the Suburban Journals — owned by Lee Newspapers’ St. Louis Post-Dispatch — ran the story, Ex-St. Charles councilman, “potato lady” file for St. Peters alderman. In that story, Sherman received minimal-but-accurate coverage as a candidate in the race. Six days later, the newspaper’s coverage of Sherman’s candidacy took a turn for the worse.

In a story published today under the headline, Bob Morrison joins Ward 4 race in St. Peters, writer Russell Korando omitted Sherman’s name from the story. Of course, he included the names of incumbents Don Aytes, Judy Bateman, Gus Elliott and Dave Thomas as well as challengers John Durajczyk, John Scherr and Terri Violet. But Sherman’s name was missing, raising the question, “Why?”

I’ll try to find out the answers tomorrow morning — or let my readers know if a correction has been printed. City offices were closed today for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday.

Stay tuned!