During four years spent investigating the U.S. Government’s use and selection of credibility assessment technologies, I learned how to follow trails of money, documents and suspicion. Today, I reveal how one rarely-seen news item vanished from the Facebook page of the International Security Assistance Force in Afghanistan only weeks after being published.
In pieces published here and here May 29, I pointed out how the steady rise in “Green-on-Blue (a.k.a., “Insider”)” attacks in Afghanistan had followed the Department of Defense decision in 2008 to deploy portable polygraph devices to that war-torn country.
In addition, I pointed out how, since the deployment of the devices was announced in April 2008, Pentagon officials had given zero public attention to the devices, officially known as the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System or PCASS.
Finally, I pointed out how ISAF officials had broken the silence about PCASS when they described it as a “key component” against “insider threats” in a Facebook status update (see graphic below) May 14.
Of course, I seized upon the opportunity to label the status update as an attempt by Pentagon-connected officials to push back against my recently-released second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. It was not, after all, the first time Pentagon officials had fought someone with nerve enough to challenge their version of “the status quo.”
The only status update remaining from May 14 is one shared under the headline, Indira Ghandi Childrens’ Hospital Visit May 14th, 2013. The status update about PCASS appears to have been removed sometime after May 29 when I published two pieces about it (see here and here).
What’s the connection between PCASS and THE CLAPPER MEMO?
The DoD decision to declare the polygraph and its portable cousin, PCASS, the only approved credibility assessment tool for use by DoD personnel is at the very heart of THE CLAPPER MEMO.
In addition, one of the men behind that decision is Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., the same man who lied to Congress about the National Security Agency‘s controversial program (a.k.a., “PRISM”) via which they conduct surveillance of American citizens.
In THE CLAPPER MEMO, I connect the dots between Clapper’s actions while serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in 2007 to hundreds of American and Coalition Forces casualties spawned by the use of a flawed vetting process to screen Afghan recruits.
If you’re curious as to why ISAF officials are being so secretive about PCASS and why they would remove a Facebook update about its purported effectiveness in combating Green-on-Blue/Insider attacks, you’ll find many of the answers on the pages of THE CLAPPER MEMO.