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Iraqi Vice President’s Death Brings Back Memories

What do I think about upon reading an article about the death of Tariq Aziz, a one-time Iraqi vice president and spokesman for the late Saddam Hussein’s regime in Iraq?  I think about the details of my interview with the man who interrogated Aziz as well as other members of Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”).

From Page 49 of The Clapper Memo

From Page 49 of The Clapper Memo

Released in May 2013, my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo​, contains details of my interview with the man — who I call “Ed” in the book, because revealing his real name could put him in danger — who also interrogated members of both al-Qaeda and the Taliban while under contract to the Defense Intelligence Agency. Incredibly, the interrogations were conducted without the use of polygraph machines, waterboarding techniques or any other contact-involved tools. And, most importantly, the interrogations yielded results that far surpassed those obtained through polygraph and waterboarding methods.

To learn more about interrogation tools about which most federal government officials would prefer you remain in the dark, order a copy of The Clapper Memo​.

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Army Prosecutor Wanted Special Forces Soldier to Break Law, Discuss Classified Info in Open Court; He Refused

Facing a possible life sentence if convicted, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart faced substantial grilling by the Army prosecutor who seemed to want him to discuss classified matters in open court during his court-martial on allegations of rape and kidnapping.  Below are excerpts from Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, the book in which I chronicle this highly-decorated Special Forces combat veteran’s toughest battle ever:

Before his court-martial, Kelly A. Stewart's uniform was covered with signs of his life as an elite Special Forces Soldier.

Kelly A. Stewart’s uniform was covered with signs of his life as an elite Special Forces Soldier until the lies one woman told in a military courtroom brought his life and career to a crashing end.

“They just wanted me to admit that I spoke German, that I am trained in all this ‘secret squirrel’ stuff to beat and interrogate people and everything else,” Stewart said, noting that it’s a facade and that Green Beret professionals like himself are trusted to do national-level stuff for the president of our country on a daily basis.

“The one thing I wouldn’t say in there was… a lie. I told the truth (in response) to the questions that were asked of me.”

What if he had answered all of their questions in open court?

“If I had went up there and said, in a statement, that we do some type of training like, ‘We do free fall blindfolded, you know, to work on the psychological aspects of the mind…’ that reporter that I knew was in the courtroom… what would that person have written in the Stars & Stripes?”

The excerpts above stand as a smidgen of what’s contained in nearly 300 pages taken directly from the Record of Trial, other trial-related documents and interviews with key players involved in the case.

To learn more about why Stewart, a man who served his country honorably, should have never been prosecuted or convicted, order and read Three Days In August. In it, you’ll find all of the blow-by-blow details of the court-martial and post-trial hearing.

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New Novel Supports Findings Shared in The Clapper Memo

Seventy-five pages into SUPPORT AND DEFEND, a new Tom Clancy novel by Mark Greaney, I read two polygraph-related paragraphs that place the content of the reality-based fiction novel in line with real-world facts I uncovered during my four-year investigation of the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph.

The image above shows a paragraph from page 75 of SUPPORT AND DEFEND by Mark Greaney.

The image above shows two key polygraph-related paragraphs from page 75 of SUPPORT AND DEFEND, a Tom Clancy novel by Mark Greaney.

In two paragraphs on that page, one man tries to calm the nerves of another man — an intelligence community super agent — as he faces a single-scope polygraph exam as part of an investigation to determine who leaked information to foreign terrorists:

Banfield tried to calm the younger man down. “The polygraph is a stage prop. It’s bullshit. The key to the polygraph is understanding the equipment is a hoax set out to intimidate the guilty into a confession. The examiner will interrogate you, and he will use the polygraph as a pretext to say he does not believe you. It is his tool to draw out a confession. Don’t confess, stay relaxed.” Banfield smiled. “And believe that which is true.”

Ethan glared at Banfield. “You aren’t telling me anything I don’t know.”

In my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, I reveal details about the polygraph and about the turf war that backers of the century-old technology have been waging for more than 40 years against anyone challenging the technology.

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