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.

Author Apologizes to Reporter Before Pitching Her A ‘Gift’

EDITOR’S NOTE:  Since Aug. 3, 2012, I’ve had several occasions to correspond with Marisa Taylor, a McClatchy News reporter who, like me, has investigated many news angles related to the polygraph. Today, I share the text of an email message I sent to her this morning. Along with a photo added to make this post more attractive, my message appears below a video referenced in the second paragraph of my message.

Marisa,

Please forgive me for climbing on my “high horse” the last time we corresponded via email. I was having a bad day. To make it up to you, I offer a “gift” you might find useful in future reporting about polygraph technology.

After watching the Reason TV article and video in which you were interviewed, I realized members of the polygraph-only crowd (a.k.a., “polygraph loyalists”) undermine their argument about the effectiveness of the Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (a.k.a., “PCASS” or “portable polygraph”) when they point to the latest upgrades to traditional polygraph equipment. Per the video, the list of recent upgrades from Lafayette Instrument Company includes sensors in the seats and arms of polygraph exam chairs as well as in headphones so that, according to the polygraph examiner in the video, “Every part of the body is measured.”

PolygraphIf a traditional polygraph requires so many long-used sensors (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, respiration, galvanic skin response) as well as the new sensors mentioned above, how can findings obtained via PCASS be considered accurate when, according to news reports like this one and to official documents I obtained, they are drawn from only three wires connected to sensors attached to the hand?

Good question, huh? And there’s more!

Less than two weeks after the May 2, 2013, release of my book,THE CLAPPER MEMO, International Security Assistance Force officials used the ISAF Facebook page to issue a rare public statement regarding the alleged effectiveness of portable polygraph devices in Afghanistan. In short, they described PCASS as a “key component” against “insider threats.” Then, sometime during the next three months, that claim was inexplicably removed from ISAF’s Facebook page.

Now, is it any wonder why officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency (i.e., the agency responsible for DoD purchases of polygraph equipment) have, for almost 19 months, stonewalled my efforts to obtain copies of unclassified documents related to DoD purchases of polygraph equipment? I think they know that the contracts will reveal many things they don’t want to become public.

For instance, those contracts might reveal how the name applied to the portable polygraph devices was changed from “Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System” to “Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System” after it was determined that results being produced through the use of PCASS could not be relied upon as definitive or reliable. Of course, they don’t want to answer questions about the name change now, do they?

There is, of course, much more to this story. Hope you’ll consider covering it in more detail soon. Thanks! [FYI: I'm going to share this with my readers soon.]

Sincerely,

Bob McCarty, Author

Do you think she should cover it? I sure do.

UPDATE 2/13/2014 at 12:55 p.m:  Soon after sending posting this, I realized I failed to mention foot pad sensors being used in conjunction with all of the other sensors during polygraph exams.

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.

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.

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.

Rarely-Seen News Disappears From ISAF Facebook Page

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.

Fig 5 Insider Attacks on ISAF Personnel

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.

ISAF PCASS Story on Facebook 5-14-13Of 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.”

Now, fast forward to today and to what I found while visiting the ISAF Facebook page; the aforementioned status update had, as shown in screenshot images taken today (below), vanished!

ISAF Facebook Page Top 7-24-13ISAF Facebook Page Middle 7-24-13ISAF Facebook Page Bottom 7-24-13The 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?

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13The 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.

Already endorsed by several prominent Americans, 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.

Please, Be Patient My Friends

If you’re wondering when I’ll be releasing my second nonfiction book, the working title for which is THE CLAPPER MEMO, here’s an update: I’m 90 percent of the way toward completion, but feel as if the last 10 percent is going to take four times longer than expected. Get that?

NewBookCover LR 2-17-2013Despite the frustration of not being able to get it out well ahead of Christmas, I remain convinced that THE CLAPPER MEMO is a must-do-it-right-the-first-time true story. In addition, I think it’s audience will be much larger than the one for my first book, Three Days In August, because the subject matter affects more people.

In addition, several big names involved in this story — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., former CIA Director David Petraeus and International Security Assistance Force Commander (Gen.) John R. Allen — have found their way into a lot of headlines of late. In turn, some of those headlines — especially the ones about the so-called “Green-on-Blue” attacks in Afghanistan — figure prominently in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Finally, people who’ve heard about this project — including several Green Berets, Navy SEALs, GITMO officials and others — keep sending information that’s putting more and more weight into the “meat” of the story.

So, be patient, my friends. I think it will be worth the wait!

FYI: Three Days In August is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.

Doubt Surfaces About Who’s In Charge of Vetting Afghans

I’ve asked a lot of questions about the measures being employed to stem the growing number of attacks by members of the Afghan National Security Force against the U.S. and coalition personnel (a.k.a., “green-on-blue” attacks) who mentor and train them. Today, I’m inclined to believe some — if not all — of the answers I’ve received from official U.S. and coalition spokespersons in Afghanistan are simply not true.

My inclination stems from what I read in the first paragraph of TIME/World reporter John Wendle’s article published Tuesday morning:

Alam Gul, a potential Afghan Local Police (ALP) recruit sat cross-legged on a mat outside the unit’s crumbling, mud-brick headquarters in the village of Tabin, in Kandahar’s restive Arghandab district, alternately looking at his hands and at the sky as he answered a series of questions. Two ALP members sat watching nearby, while others washed motorbikes or lounged in the sun. The U.S. Army specialist and staff sergeant in charge of the interview were getting increasingly frustrated with the young man.

The words in the final sentence of that paragraph reveal what the reporter interpreted was happening before his eyes. At the same time, those words run counter to everything I’ve been told since April 4.

After being asked about the process via which ANSF members are being vetted prior to working alongside U.S. and coalition forces, Army Lt. Colonel Jimmie E. Cummings told me via email that “ISAF or U.S. are not responsible for vetting Afghans for either the Afghan National Army or Police. The Afghans use a 8-step process in vetting their candidates.”

Responding to similar questions July 4, the International Security Assistance Force public affairs officer reassured me nothing had changed and that Afghans were still in charge.

“We (ISAF) have today, just as we discussed back in April, advise the Afghan National Security Forces (ANSF) in assisting them to develop improvements to the overall vetting and recruitment process for the ANSF,” Colonel Cummings wrote. “The 8-step vetting process, which we have discussed in the past, is the result of our advising on this issue. Just like everything else that we (ISAF) advise on in Afghanistan, it is an ongoing and continuous process. We continually advise our Afghan partners on ways to improve processes. Again, the Afghans have the lead and are responsible for vetting their recruits into their security forces.”

On Aug. 23, Colonel Cummings’ replacement in Afghanistan confirmed again that Afghans were in charge of vetting Afghans.

“In response to your question on the vetting procedures adopted by the Afghans, the Afghan National Security Force is working hard to make their vetting processes more robust,” wrote Air Force Maj. Lori Hodge via email.

As examples of the measures being taken, Major Hodge listed the following:

Afghan National Policeman

The ANSF introduced re-vetting procedures for Afghan National Army soldiers returning from leave;

•The ANSF outlawed the sale of uniforms; and

•The ANSF established an anonymous reporting system.

Further, as highlighted in this article published the same day, the major explained that Afghan President Hamid Karzai had issued a presidential decree which mandates that Afghan National Army recruits be interviewed by a four-person council consisting of officials from the Ministries of Defense and Interior as well as from the Afghan National Directorate of Security and medical department officials.

In closing, Major Hodge reiterated what I had been told by her predecessor, Colonel Cummings, and referred me to the Afghan MoD for further information on vetting procedures:

“While we advise our Afghan counterparts, the vetting of recruits and personnel is an Afghan-led and -owned process and they would be the appropriate authorities to discuss it in more detail.”

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13Maybe I’m wrong. Maybe Wendle misinterpreted what was taking place before his eyes. But I doubt it.

At the same time, I’m inclined to believe this long war in Southwest Asia is starting to bear similarities to our last war in Southeast Asia.  More than many are willing to admit.

More details about my investigation into “green-on-blue” attacks and about my quest for related documents via the Freedom of Information Act will appear in my upcoming second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, set for release this fall in May.

If you need something else to read until then, order a copy of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.  It’s available in paperback and ebook at Amazon.com. Thanks in advance!

UPDATE 9/05/12 at 10:54 a.m. Central: Contrary to everything I had been told to date by ISAF spokespersons about who is responsible for vetting Afghans, I had it confirmed this morning — by Major Hodge via email — that U.S. Special Operations Forces are in charge of vetting Afghan Local Police (ALP) recruits.  She confirmed that fact for me, but only after I presented her with details from John Wendle’s above-cited report. The major also apologized for having omitted this important detail from earlier correspondence with me.  A major omission, I’d say.

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.

Same Flawed Procedures to be Used to Re-Vet Afghan Troops

The Washington Post reported Saturday evening that the senior commander for Special Operations forces in Afghanistan has suspended training for all new Afghan recruits until the more than 27,000 Afghan troops working with his command can be re-vetted for ties to the insurgency. Unfortunately, using a flawed procedure a second time will do little to improve the situation for Americans in the Stone Age country.

NewBookCover LR 2-17-2013During the past five months, I’ve had a lot of electronic discussions with U.S. military public affairs officers around the world and have written many articles about the so-called “green-on-blue” (a.k.a., “insider”) attacks and about my quest for related documents via the Freedom of Information Act.

I will provide expanded coverage of this subject matter in my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, set for release this fall.

Bob McCarty’s first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, is available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com.