Newspaper Reporter Reveals How He ‘Beat’ Polygraph Exam

Over the weekend, I came across an article that speaks volumes about the implications of the federal government’s continued reliance on century-old polygraph technology instead of a challenger proven more effective during more than four decades of use. In two short paragraphs, it reveals how news reporter John Funk “beat” a polygraph machine without training in the use of countermeasures:

PolygraphFrom the moment the test began, I started visualizing the number four — not six — written on the the paper under my leg.

When he got to four, I flexed my biceps and intentionally made my breathing shallow. At six, I made a conscious effort to relax as much as possible.

It’s a good thing he didn’t go into more detail about how he defeated the machine; that could have gotten him arrested. But I digress.

If reporter John Funk was able to beat the polygraph with ZERO training, is it so surprising that Edward Snowden was able to pass two polygraphs and gain access to America’s most precious secrets? Hardly!

And how many more Snowdens are lurking among the millions of people who hold U.S. Government security clearances? Plenty!

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Less than a week ago, Department of Defense leaders vowed to overhaul the personnel screening process. Sadly, they made no mention of moving away from the polygraph to the non-polygraph technology that’s been proven more effective.

If you want to read up-close accounts of how the non-polygraph technology has been used in places like Guantanamo Bay and Baghdad and by law enforcement professionals at more than 1,800 state and local agencies across the United States, read my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received rave reviews from people who know what it’s like to have a “dog in the fight.” a

To learn more about it, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com. To order a copy of the book, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

TALK RADIO ALERT: Listen To ‘Coast to Coast AM’ at Midnight

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.

Coast to Coast AM airs on more than 560 stations in the U.S., as well as Canada, Mexico and Guam, and is heard by nearly three million weekly listeners. To find a station near you, click here.

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.

REPORT: Four More GITMO Detainees Returned to Terror

In a new semi-annual report, “Re-Engagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” released Wednesday, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. reveals that four more former GITMO detainees returned to terrorism/insurgent activities and 74 others are suspected to have done so.

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Click image above to download the latest ODNI report.

The new DNI report bumps up to 29 percent the number of GITMO detainees returning to terrorism, up from 28 percent six months ago.

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The “silver lining” in this report can be found in the fact that three of the four detainees confirmed as having reengaged are no longer among the living.

In my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share details about GITMO detainees obtained from the high-ranking interrogation officials who interrogated them there. Most importantly, I share how they describe the damage done to national security by a Pentagon decision to strip GITMO interrogators of their most-effective tool for learning about detainees’ past exploits and future plans. And, of course, DNI Clapper plays a key role in this story one retired Navy SEALs training program commander called “an unconscionable cover-up.”Learn more by ordering a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO, a book which has received a number of high-profile endorsements.

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.

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.

Click image above to link to ODNI news release page.

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.

Nation’s Top Intelligence Official Advised to ‘Look in the Mirror!’

Though I’d never label Edward Snowden a hero for his actions, I will offer some advice to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on the heels of his testimony Wednesday before members of the Senate Intelligence Committee:  “LOOK IN THE MIRROR!”

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. delivers his opening statement to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Jan. 29.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. delivers his opening statement to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Jan. 29. CLICK TO WATCH VIDEO.

Speaking of Snowden and the damage the former National Security Agency contractor employee caused by leaking intelligence documents to which he had access, the nation’s top intelligence official said Snowden put lives of U.S. intelligence operatives at risk.  Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

DNI Clapper did the same thing seven years ago when, as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, he issued a memo in which he declared the polygraph the only authorized credibility assessment tool for use by Department of Defense personnel.  After all, there was — and still is — a newer, more reliable and more effective credibility assessment technology available to U.S. military and intelligence personnel.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I expose details of Clapper’s memo and the impact it has had on our nation’s defense and intelligence capabilities.  I share interviews with people who’ve had their “boots on the ground” — in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Mexico and Qatar — as end users of the non-polygraph credibility assessment technology now locked out of the DoD marketplace.  In addition, I share never-before-published documents obtained from individuals who were in charge of the interrogation element at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the so-called “Global War on Terror.”  And there’s more you’ll only find out about by reading the book!

Though it has yet to gain the kind of attention the Snowden/NSA scandal, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received glowing endorsements from several high-level individuals who appreciate its implications.  For example, a retired Navy SEALs training program commander described what I reveal inside the book as “an unconscionable cover-up.”

To learn more about what I reveal inside THE CLAPPER MEMO, you’ll have to order a copy of the book.  It’s available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.

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.