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George Noory

George Noory

TALK RADIO ALERT: Tune in to Coast to Coast AM with host George Noory beginning at Midnight Central tonight! I’ll be on the show for two hours to discuss THE CLAPPER MEMO, my second nonfiction book in which I share the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called “credibility assessment” technologies, including the polygraph.

The list of topics we’ll discuss includes, but will not be limited to, the Edward Snowden/NSA spying scandal, the “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan and the interrogation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. In addition, we’ll discuss how these topics connect to the “turf war” that’s raged silently for more than 40 years between polygraph loyalists and all challengers to their century-old technology.

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UPDATE 3/14/14 at 9:36 a.m. Central:  Seven and a half hours ago, I wrapped up my two-hour guest appearance on Coast to Coast AM.  Funniest moment:  A caller told host George Noory and me that his employer years earlier had required him to take frequent polygraphs. When I asked the man what kind of work he did, he said he was a projectionist at an X-rated theater.  Huh?  Also had a caller accuse me of making up stuff about knowing Army Rangers, Green Berets, Navy SEALs, etc. I told him that, unlike Joe Biden, I was not going to divulge the names of any of the “Quiet Professionals” to whom I made a promise of anonymity.  To download a podcast (subscription required) of the show, click here.

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.

Author Not Surprised to Hear Retired General Say Muslim Brotherhood Inside Pentagon

When I heard retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin telling an interviewer in the video below that he knows our government — including the Pentagon! — has been infiltrated at the highest levels by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, I wasn’t the least bit surprised. Why? I’ll explain after you watch the video below.

I wasn’t surprised, because I spent four years conducting an exhaustive investigation of the credibility assessment tools relied upon by federal government agencies and members of the contractor community as they screen individuals for employment, conduct background investigations and interrogate individuals suspected of criminal, terrorist and/or treasonous activities.

Along the way, I uncovered three separate memos — one of which was issued by then-Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., who now serves as Director of National Intelligence — via which senior Department of Defense officials informed all DoD personnel that the century-old polygraph was the only credibility assessment technology authorized for their use.

I also revealed the existence of a “turf war” that’s been raging silently for more than 40 years between polygraph loyalists unwilling to embrace a newer, more-reliable technology that’s already been embraced by more than 1,900 local and state law enforcement agencies nationwide.

General Boykin’s claims begin to make sense when one takes into consideration how well the polygraph has performed in several key areas:

• Despite what International Security Assistance Force officials once posted and later removed from the ISAF Facebook page, the portable polygraph deployed to Afghanistan certainly hasn’t improved the vetting process used to screen Afghan recruits or prevented record numbers of “Green-on-Blue” Attacks during the past five years.

• Periodic polygraph exams should have helped prevent the unauthorized disclosure of millions of classified and/or sensitive documents by people like Edward Snowden. Instead, he was able to pass the very polygraph exams that were supposed to have caught him.

• During the early days of the so-called “Global War on Terror,” officials at Guantanamo Bay found themselves unable to count on support from polygraph loyalists when it came time to interrogate detainees. And when they turned to a non-polygraph technology and began to realize extraordinary results, DoD officials removed the non-polygraph tool from their arsenal!

The general’s claim also makes sense when one considers that a Freedom of Information Act request, via which I seek to obtain copies of unclassified documents related to DoD contracts for purchases of polygraph equipment, is about to turn 20 months old.

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It’s worth noting that I’m not the only one who believes what I share on this topic in my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a retired U.S. Army general who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific, endorsed the book, 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!”

Gold Star family members have praised the book, too.

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.”

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.”

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read the book, too!

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.

Click to read my articles about "Green-on-Blue" or "Insider" attacks in Afghanistan.

Click to read my articles about “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan.

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.

To learn more about the turf war mentioned above, ORDER A COPY of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

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.

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.

See if you agree. Order your copy 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.

DOJ Unlikely to Link Polygraph Failures to Edward Snowden

U.S. Justice Department officials accused USIS, the security contractor that allegedly performed the background investigation of Edward Snowden, of fraudulently signing off on at least 665,000 flawed background checks in recent years, according to multiple news reports like this one. Now, I wait with bated breath to see if DOJ officials dare mention the company’s use of the polygraph during those security checks.

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Why the bated breath? Because I doubt DOJ officials want to bring the reliability and credibility of the polygraph into the public spotlight.

I, on the other hand, am not so reluctant.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I focus my spotlight on the polygraph and expose officials at the Departments of Justice and Defense for their roles in propping up the century-old technology and making it the federal government’s credibility assessment tool of choice despite the availability of a more reliable non-polygraph technology.

Based on the findings of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO not only exposes flaws in the system of conducting background checks but it reveals how a flawed vetting process used to screen individuals who seek to work alongside Americans in war zones has led to hundreds of “Green-on-Blue” casualties in Afghanistan.

THE CLAPPER MEMO includes firsthand accounts obtained via my interviews with individuals who interrogated enemy combatants in combat zones and members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “Deck of Cards”).

In addition, THE CLAPPER MEMO includes never-before-published documents written by the very men who were in charge of interrogating detainees at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the “Global War On Terror.”

And there’s much more!

One retired Navy SEALs training program commander who endorsed the book described what I reveal inside THE CLAPPER MEMO as “an unconscionable cover-up.” Other high-profile individuals have endorsed it as well.

Learn more about what I uncovered in the book. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions. Order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

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.

Generals’ Meeting in Kabul Fails to Curb ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attacks

“A LOT OF GOOD THAT DID!”

US Generals Gather in Kabul 8-19-12The red-letter thought above entered my mind after I looked back at the so-called progress made during the past year or so to stem the often-deadly “Green-on-Blue” attacks waged by so-called Afghan “allies” wearing the uniforms of their nation’s military, police and security agencies.

One year ago today, I published the article, U.S. Generals Gather in Kabul to Discuss ‘Green-on-Blue’ Attacks, which offered little more than the information contained in the headline. The gathering, however, was worth noting. Why? Because it came only two days after I published another piece in which I used a headline to trumpet the fact that little had changed 15 months after publication of a study critical of the International Security Assistance Force‘s approach to combating “Green-on-Blue” attacks. The objective of the meeting was, obviously, to figure out a way to stop the attacks.

Spike in G-o-B Attacks 7-31-13And that’s not the worst of it!

Fast forward to 19 days ago when I shared yet another article in which I bemoaned the fact that news of a spike in ‘insider’ attacks had been buried in the latest DoD progress report from Afghanistan.

2011, 2012, 2013… Starting to see a pattern here?

I spent almost four years conducting an exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, one of which — the polygraph — has been touted as a “Key Component” Against “Insider Threats.” Along the way, I began to see a pattern as well. In fact, I saw several patterns — none of them good.

Folks who’ve read my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, saw the patterns, too:

“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, 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.

•• “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.

••• “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 and co-author of the book, SELLOUT: The Inside Story of President Clinton’s Impeachment.

•••• “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.”MaryLiz Grossetto, the aunt of LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., a 21-year-old Marine who died Aug. 10, 2012, as the result of a “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attack.

••••• “An unconscionable cover-up.”CAPT. LARRY W. BAILEY (U.S. Navy SEALs, Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs Training Program and co-founder of Special Operations Speaks, a veterans group dedicated, among other things, to restoring trust and confidence in government.

If you’re interested in reading never-before-published details about the roles high-profile people — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. — have played in an “unconscionable cover-up” unrelated to the NSA/PRISM scandal, read THE CLAPPER MEMO. It’s available in paperback and ebook.

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.

Questions Surround FBI’s Use of Century-Old Polygraph

This morning, I read an article by McClatchy News reporter Marisa Taylor. Published in the Raleigh, N.C., News-Observer, its polygraph-focused content seems to contradict what an FBI supervisory special agent told members of a subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Committee on the Judiciary about the polygraph in 1997.

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Taylor reported the nation’s top law enforcement agency has been turning down applicants because they fail their polygraph tests. Such moves fly in the face of testimony offered by FBI Supervisory Special Agent (Dr.) Drew Campbell Richardson.

In a piece I published one week ago, I highlighted Richardson’s description of polygraph screening as “completely without any theoretical foundation and has absolutely no validity.”

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Am I surprised by what Taylor uncovered or that the FBI continues to rely on often-criticized century-old technology? No.

After all, I spent much of the past four years learning about the polygraph and those loyal to it who, for more than 40 years, have waged a “turf war” against any and all challengers to their domain as the federal government’s credibility assessment technology of choice.

Unlike the wars that have been fought in Afghanistan, Iraq, Vietnam and elsewhere since the early 1970s, this turf war I uncovered has been fought overseas and at home.

Most recently, it has contributed to hundreds of American and coalition casualties in Afghanistan in so-called “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks — that is, when so-called Afghan allies turn upon their foreign colleagues, often with deadly impact.

For details about this turf war, order a copy of my recently-released second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions from Amazon.

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.