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‘Half-Pint’ Running for Congress

Remember the child actress whose innocent little character, “Laura Ingalls,” was called “Half-Pint” by “Pa,” the character played by the late Michael Landon, on the 1970s television show, Little House on the Prairie? Well, Melissa Gilbert has grown up, and she’s running as a Democrat for a Republican-held seat in the U.S. House of Representatives.

The last thing we need is another "half-pint" in Congress.

The last thing we need is another “half-pint” in Congress.

Thanks to her recent bankruptcy, it appears she’s running in order to avoid having to appear in the new television legal drama, “Foreclosed House on the Prairie.” She even has a campaign website, Gilbert for Michigan, though it offers nothing about her political stands on the issues.

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Man Who Led Bill Clinton Impeachment Investigation Should Lead Probe Into Hillary Clinton Email and Server Scandal

After reading the recent Washington Times report about Bill and Hillary Clinton being ordered to give depositions about emails in the civil case investigating the couple’s growing email scandal, I hope the folks at Freedom Watch see fit to appoint David P. Schippers to lead a robust investigation into the scandal.

It would require no stretch of the imagination to believe Bill and Hillary Clinton own the store in this photo, named after their feelings about telling the truth while under oath.

It would require no stretch of the imagination to believe Bill and Hillary Clinton own the store in this photo, named after their feelings about telling the truth while under oath.

Why? Because we know the Clintons will be uncooperative before, during and after the deposition process. Likewise, we know the last time either of them faced this much scrutiny was during the House of Representatives’ proceedings which ended with the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. And, finally, we know Freedom Watch founder and former federal prosecutor Larry Klayman alleges the couple committed criminal violations under the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Act. Who better than a former Chicago lawyer like Schippers to help prosecute a RICO suit?

Though members of the U.S. Senate failed to convict “Slick Willy” at trial and give him what he truly deserved (i.e., a jail sentence), their collective failure had nothing to do with the good work done by Schippers and his team of investigators. Klayman should hire Schippers to serve as chief investigative counsel for the remainder of the investigation into HIllary’s illegal email and server adventures, because he is good at what he does and, I suspect, will put every ounce of his energy into finding the truth.

FULL DISCLOSURE:  Schippers was one of several high-profile individuals who offered endorsements of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo. He wrote: “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!”

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Polygraph Makes Headlines for Age, Not Reliability

As the author of The Clapper Memo, a book in which I share findings from my exhaustive four-year investigation of credibility assessment technologies, I subscribe to online alerts for articles in which century-old polygraph technology is mentioned. And, let me tell you, Monday was a banner day! Below, I share what I call “golden nuggets” from three articles that came to my attention.

Click on image above to read Mashable article.

Click on image above to read Mashable article.

According to a Mashable article, Monday marked the 80th anniversary of the first occasion on which the polygraph was used to help bring about a conviction in a U.S. court. The golden nugget I took from the piece appeared in the fourth paragraph:

While the technology has improved, polygraph tests are still considered by many to be unreliable forms of evidence.

Click on image above to read Bloomberg article.

Click on image above to read Bloomberg article.

Beginning on the same trail, a Bloomberg article by Matt Stroud appears under the headline, Will Lie Detectors Ever Get Their Day In Court Again? The golden nugget appears seven paragraphs into the piece:

“The political and legal argument some make in favor of the polygraph is that it’s very accurate depending on who the examiner is,” says Dr. Judith G. Edersheim, co-director of Harvard’s Center for Law, Brain & Behavior. “But for a scientist, saying it’s examiner-dependent means it’s not reliable.”

Also notable about the Bloomberg piece is Stroud’s inclusion of news about other credibility assessment technologies, including the AVATAR screening system — short for Automated Virtual Agent for Truth Assessments in Real-Time — at the University of Arizona. It’s notable to me, because I devote an entire chapter of The Clapper Memo to the work of Dr. Jay Nunamaker, the man leading the project at the National Center for Border Security and Immigration (a.k.a., “BORDERS”) at the university in Tucson.

Finally, in an editorial published Monday in the Butler Eagle, the newspaper of record in Butler County, Pa., Nic Landon offered applause for Butler County District Attorney Richard Goldinger and his decision “not to honor the polygraph deal” for a man accused of committing some sort of sexual offense. Though the editorial contains several golden nuggets, one stands as my favorite. It appears in the next-to-last paragraph:

The only current literature I have found supporting the use of the polygraph for purposes of “lie detection” comes from the community of polygraph examiners who, like psychic-detectives, appear to spend their time defending the false claims of magical thinking.

To learn the truth about credibility assessment technologies, including one that’s enjoying widespread use in law enforcement while being kept out of the hands of our nation’s military and intelligence warfighters by top Department of Defense officials, order a copy of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

WORTH NOTING: Today, I also came across a piece by Josh Gerstein. Published under the headline, Intelligence agencies tout transparency, it prompted me to add a comment about government transparency. In case Politico opts to moderate my comment out of existence, I share it below for posterity:

TRANSPARENCY? HARDLY! After waiting almost two years for Defense Intelligence Agency officials to respond transparently to my Freedom of Information Act request for copies of unclassified contract documents related to the Department of Defense’s purchase of polygraph equipment since 2000, I finally ran out of resources to continue my pursuit. Why wouldn’t they be transparent with me? Because they know that sharing the information with me would make them look bad. Either way, they still look bad as a result of my four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph. The findings of my investigation appear in The Clapper Memo, my second nonfiction book and a book David P. Schippers said “represents perhaps the most thorough investigative reporting I have encountered in years.” FYI: Schippers served as the U.S. House of Representatives chief investigative counsel during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. I hope you, Mr. Gerstein, will read it before you write your next piece on this topic.

UPDATE 2/4/2015 at 6:37 a.m. Central: A Daily Beast article today includes the following golden nugget quote about the polygraph from Northwestern University Professor Dr. Ken Adler: “The lie detector is essentially used in practice as a way to get people to confess to crimes.”

UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:21 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: December 7-13

This week’s list of story topics included everything from bombings to “bullshit detectors,” and a lot of them seemed to come straight from the news headlines. Below is the weekly recap of activities at BobMcCarty.com:

Click image above to read the post, "Remember Pearl Harbor -- 73rd Anniversary."

Click image above to read the post, “Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.”

Sunday, Dec. 7 — I shared a half-dozen photographs taken on the “day that will live in infamy” under the headline, Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.

Monday, Dec. 8 — One week after sharing my last Ferguson, Mo.-related post, I offered news about something an Army Special Forces veteran shares in common with residents of North Saint Louis County. Hours later, I posted an observation about how torture of terrorists might be a moot issue if not for the actions taken by James R. Clapper Jr. before he became our nation’s top intelligence official.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 — As the guy who wrote the book about credibility assessment technology, I was amazed to hear a Rolling Stone reporter claim she possesses a “finely tuned bullshit detector” during an October 2012 appearance at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. So I shared a few observations here.

Wednesday, Dec. 10 — As the controversy about the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques continued to dominate the news, I pointed readers to a Vice.com interview of a man some say is “The Architect” of those techniques.

Thursday, Dec. 11 — Soon after I came across details about a new Wonder Woman book, I simply had to share news about the fictional superhero‘s connection to the polygraph machine. Later that day, I reflected upon how a Green Beret’s life changed forever after being accused of rape and kidnapping by a young German woman.

Friday, Dec. 12 — Why did I share another excerpt from my first crime-fiction mystery novel, The National Bet? Because Conservatives needed a reason to smile after learning about the passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill by members of the Republican-controlled and -led U.S. House of Representatives.

Saturday, Dec. 13 — Because the temperature is supposed to reach into the mid-50s or higher, I plan to spend as much time as possible outside; therefore, this might be the only post I share today.

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Mass Murder Fiction is Sure to Make Conservatives Smile

On the heels of the Republican-controlled and -led U.S. House of Representatives passing a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill, I thought I’d share an excerpt from my just-released crime-fiction mystery novel, The National Bet. Shown below, it’s guaranteed to make conservatives smile — even if it only takes place inside a fiction novel:

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No longer willing to accept such political posturing and double-speak, Americans began calling for resignations and launching recall petitions.

Amidst news reports about ammunition and body armor sales going through the roof, the nation’s top elected officials began to sense the end was near, that the tipping point had finally arrived. And they were right.

On Tuesday, June 30, 2015, President Obama, Vice President Joe Biden and leaders of both the House and Senate heard from members of Congress, state governors, and others from a wide array of academic, business and professional groups of a loose-knit coalition of people with long track records of supporting limited government. Their demands were clear: resign immediately or face criminal prosecution on a laundry list of charges, up to and including treason.

If that doesn’t whet your appetite enough, you can read other excerpts from the book here, here and here.

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UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 1:28 p.m. Central: Check out the limited-time free-books offer here.

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