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Saint Louis Police Admit to Using Illegal Surveillance Tech

A St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department official confirmed today that its officers are using cell phone simulator technology many believe is illegal and violates citizens’ privacy.

This screenshot shows the text of an email I received today from Schron Jackson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

This screenshot shows the text of an email I received today from Schron Jackson of the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department.

As a follow-up to a piece I wrote and published Nov. 17 and as a result of reading several articles (see examples here and here) about the technology, I fired off two questions to SLMPD spokesperson Schron Jackson Feb. 23:

1) Has the department purchased, or obtained via any other means, any items under any of the names Kingfish, AmberJack, HailStorm or Stingray? and

2) Has the department purchased, or obtained via any other means, any items from Harris Corporation of Melbourne, Florida, during the past 10 years?

In an email message received today, 31 days later, at 12:52 p.m. Central, Jackson wrote the following:

The St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department does possess a cell site simulator that is designed to allow our personnel to locate a lawfully targeted cellphone. The cell site simulator is a particularly effective tool and has assisted greatly in keeping the citizens of our community safe.  Unfortunately, there are widely held misconceptions about the usage of cell site simulators, partly as a result of law enforcement’s decision to not disclose specific information about the devices.  In the case of cell site simulators, numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies have determined that the public release of technical details, applications, and operational procedures would create a significant detriment to the protection of their communities by providing criminal elements with the ability to circumvent the devices.

Don’t get me wrong. I’m not anti-law enforcement. I am, however, against government agencies infringing upon my Constitutional right against unlawful search and seizure.

If you agree with me, contact  SLMPD Chief Sam Dotson via Twitter (@ChiefSLMPD) or through Jackson via her email address (MEDIA@slmpd.org or syjackson@slmpd.org) or phone (314-444-5603 or 314-444-5604). Be forewarned, however, that it might take her a month or longer to respond.

UPDATE 4/19/2015 at 10 a.m. Central:  According to this St. Louis Post-Dispatch article, the St. Louis Metropolitan Police Department’s use of illegal cell phone simulator technology forced prosecutors to drop more than a dozen charges against three defendants.

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Reader Enjoyed The National Bet ‘From Start to Finish’

NEWSFLASH: Another Amazon customer posted a 5-star review of my recently-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.

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Under the headline, I’ve just finished The National Bet and really enjoyed it from start to finish, William R Cox writes:

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I’ve just finished The National Bet and really enjoyed it from start to finish. Right from the start, gripping details about minor characters pips your interest while never giving so much detail as to bog you down and get off track from the main story line as it slowly weaves itself together. The author shows a well researched knowledge of government organizations and law enforcement techniques as well as an awareness of the story’s locations in different cities and states. This is highly commendable for a fiction novel. I normally take quite a while to read a book but finished this one in no time because it held my interest so well. I couldn’t seem to put it down for the last three quarters of the book. I look forward to further books from the author and perhaps a further story of Joe L, the hero of this book.

Thank you, Mr. Cox!

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Most of the Great People I Met in Orlando Were Cops

Police officers across the country have received a lot of negative attention in the press in recent months, but I’m not going to add to it here. Why? Because I met some of the most interesting and dedicated people in the world Monday and Tuesday in Orlando, and most of them were law enforcement professionals of one type or another.

Chad Jeansonne (center) received the 2014 James L. Chapman Award for Excellence Tuesday from the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts. Shown with him are previous award recipients Marigo Stathis and Bob McCarty.

Chad Jeansonne (center) received the 2014 James L. Chapman Award for Excellence Tuesday from the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts. Shown with him are previous award recipients Marigo Stathis and Bob McCarty.

I met approximately 80 of them after traveling to the Central Florida city to speak Tuesday afternoon during the 2015 CVSA Advanced Examiners Conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. Most represented law enforcement, corrections and other agencies from across the United States as well as Canada, Mexico and a handful of other countries, but all were familiar with the non-polygraph credibility assessment technology known as the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer — or CVSA. Why? Because they are experts in conducting CVSA exams as part of criminal investigations, pre-employment screenings and efforts to monitor certain types of parolees, including sex offenders.

After I spoke for about 45 minutes on the CVSA-related subject matter of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013), I think they learned even more.

Following my presentation, one CVSA examiner received an award.

Bunkie (La.) Police Detective Chad Jeansonne received the 2014 Professor James L. Chapman Award for Excellence from the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts. Named after a man recognized as the world’s foremost expert on the use of voice stress analysis before he passed away unexpectedly in April 2012, the award is given annual to an individual recognized for “Excellence in Research and Contributing to the Worldwide Body of Knowledge Concerning Voice Stress Analysis.”

In the photo above, Detective Jeansonne is flanked by yours truly and by Marigo Stathis, the neuroscientist from Baltimore who worked with Professor Chapman to complete his groundbreaking CVSA study shortly before he died.

Jeansonne is one of the many CVSA examiners I interviewed by phone during the four-year investigation that preceded the book’s release, so meeting him in person was nice.

In addition to Jeansonne, however, I also met several other individuals in person for the first time after interviewing them years earlier about their experiences as CVSA examiners. They included: Mike DeFrancisco, a fire/arson investigator from Columbus, Ohio; Bill Endler, one of the most-experienced CVSA examiners and instructors in the world; and Stathis.

Among the many others I met were two Canadians, Don Wiebe, one of the world’s leading interview and interrogation experts, and his business partner Bob Wall, a highly-decorated interview and interrogation expert with more than 30 years experience. I also Mike McQuillan, a retired Prince George’s County, Md., homicide detective who now serves as a CVSA instructor.

Of course, there were others. At the end of my two-day tripe, however, I can assure you I will share many more CVSA-related stories in the not-too-distant future, thanks largely to the folks named above. So stay tuned!

The only downside of the Orlando trip involved returning to the St. Louis area this morning to find the temperature in low double-digits.

Weather Comparison 1-7-2015

Returning to the St. Louis area from Orlando required getting used to what felt like a 71-degree difference in temperatures.

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2014 ‘Most Unusual Year I’ve Experienced’ Online

The past 12 months rank among the most unusual I’ve experienced during the eight years my site, BobMcCarty.com, has been online.

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl.

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl in an effort to predict how the year might turn out. He would have used a crystal ball, but he didn’t own one when this photo was taken and he doesn’t own one now.

The year began innocently enough with yours truly, accompanied by my wife and our two youngest sons, jetting across “the pond” for the wedding of my oldest son to a beautiful young lady from England whom he met at college in South Carolina and would later whisk to the other side of the world for their first post-nuptials jobs.

Because of the wedding commitment, I was unable to travel to Orlando to accept the 2013 Professor James L. Chapman Award for Excellence in person from the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, so I sent this video acceptance speech in my place.

A serious personnel issue surfaced soon after my return from England. Butters, my four-legged office assistant, threatened me with “clawsuits” if I didn’t improve his working conditions. He seemed to calm down after I installed a new “cubicle” for him and after I agreed to replace it with newer mail-order models several times during the remainder of the year. And I did.

After satisfying the cat, I received good news about a dog — more accurately, an underdog. I learned the first of three arrests had been made in connection with the 2006 murder of 18-year-old Jarret Clark of Broken Arrow, Okla. The news was satisfying, because it appears it will bring closure to those close to the case about which I had kept details (i.e., guest writer Carrie Fatigante’s six-part series about his murder, Whatever Happened to Jarret Clark?) posted online for more than four years.

During the next several months, strange things — think Sony and North Korea — began happening at BobMcCarty.com. As a result, I lost the vast majority of my site’s content — more than 5,000 posts written and published during almost eight years online. As a result, I found myself facing the prospect of starting over from scratch. For now, I thank that I’m using a reliable and fast web host now, but I’ll still never get those old posts back.

Without getting into the oh-so-painful details which I’m not willing to share, I posted this message:

As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way – that is, I’m moving away from writing on a daily basis on these pages. It is never too late to start working on your online presense, especially if it can be as simple as checking out something like im Social Media Market Shop for some assistance. No one said growing your online following will be easy, but with potential solutions like this, it may not be as tough as you initially thought.

In addition to losing content, my site — which once ranked #82 on the list of top conservative websites and generated more than 55,000 visits per month by more than 31,000 unique visitors per month — tumbled into relative obscurity in terms of site traffic as measured by Alexa. FYI: On this playing field, much like in golf, a lower score is a better.

Well, after finding this out, I came to the conclusion that I had to do something about this. I just didn’t know what. My site was a big part of my life, and so was social media, so I didn’t want to give it up over this small matter. Maybe, it’s about time that I try platforms like YouTube instead? I’m just hoping that if I do do this, that I will have a similar sort of views and traffic to my channel, as it would be a shame to lose my following. If not, my friend told me to comprar visualizações youtube (or buy youtube views in English) to help establish a certain number before my videos can help to increase it further. I’ll have to think more into though. It just can’t believe how much my site had suffered.

Among the small handful of people with whom I shared specifics about the site’s mad-made issues, some suggested I call out those many suspected were responsible. Though I was tempted to point the blame at Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., the nation’s top intelligence official whose face and name appear on the cover of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013), I had two reasons to opt otherwise: first, I could not pinpoint him with certainty; and, second, I lacked a forum for doing it effectively. Therefore, I abandoned the approach described in the blue-highlighted paragraph above and focused on returning the site to its former glory. The fact that the site had suffered no serious issues after moving to the new hosting company gave me reason for hope.

To reach my former-glory objective while also finishing work on my third book and first crime-fiction novel, The National Bet (November 2014), I divided my time between writing books and writing posts, with much more time going to the former than the latter. As a result, I tried to be more selective in choosing non-book subjects about which to write, and I tried to provide unique and exclusive stories, including several related to the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial still going on in Salt Lake City.

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In many of my posts, I tried to “kill two birds with one stone” by connecting the dots between current news and the subject matter of my first two nonfiction novels, Three Days In August (October 2011) and The Clapper Memo (May 2013). Hopefully, the stories didn’t come across as sales pitches. Occasionally, I shared excerpts from my books.

Apart from writing, I made a handful of talking-head appearances, appearing on several popular radio and television broadcasts, including: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory in March; The Scott Horton Show in July; NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum in August; Freedom 560 with Ken Clark in September; The Andrea Shea-King Show in November; and The Scott Horton Show again earlier this month.

By the time this year ends, I will have whittled away at my former-glory objective while also selling a few — but not nearly enough — books.

If you’re wondering what 2015 holds in store for me, I can give you a few hints.

Next month, I travel to Orlando for three days to speak before a gathering of investigative professionals from across the country, most of whom work in law enforcement. Upon my return, I’ll host a Los Angeles-based film crew that’s coming to the St. Louis area to interview me about my second book, The Clapper Memo, for a documentary. Though I’m not at liberty to reveal the name of the outlet involved, my three sons agree that my “cool factor” will skyrocket after the documentary is made public — sometime in February.

Beyond writing, speaking and interviews, I expect to finish writing at least one new book — and possibly two — this year. Hope you’ll buy ’em when they hit the market!

FYI: For those of you who wonder about such things, my site’s traffic has climbed considerably during the past 12 months, but still has a long way to go. As a result, I depend heavily upon word of mouth as well as Facebook, Twitter and other social media to help me get the word out about this site and about my books so that I can pay the bills. Thanks in advance for buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same! To learn how to order signed copies, click here.

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