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Bob McCarty’s Weekly Recap: Jan. 4-10

Though I had few opportunities to sit down and write this week, I still banged out a few worthwhile pieces at BobMcCarty.com. They appear in the weekly recap below:

I experienced a temperature change of more than 50 degrees when I returned to St. Louis from Orlando Wednesday.

I experienced a temperature change of more than 50 degrees when I returned to St. Louis from Orlando (above) Wednesday.

On Sunday, I shared Thirty-Six Reasons Why You Should Read The Clapper Memo. In addition, I shared a few snippets on my Facebook page. They included a graphic showing my nominee for Best Actor in a Political Role in advance of the 87th Academy Awards ceremony scheduled to take place on Feb. 22 at the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood as well as a photo from my oldest son’s wedding in England one year earlier. And, of course, I shared other items as well.

Early Monday morning, I shared news about a new cover for my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011). Standing out on the new cover are four solid endorsements the book received during its first three years on the market. I also fired off an email to Ewen McAskill, the author of a newspaper article about British and Dutch researchers’ work on a new lie detector “suit” that’s said to be 70 percent accurate.

“Contrary to what you imply in your article (i.e., that most police departments rely on polygraph machines), the majority are now using something completely different,” I wrote before pointing him to the site where he could my find more information in the form of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013), which contains details about a non-polygraph technology that’s more than 90 percent accurate. Not surprisingly I have yet to hear back from McAskill.

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.

Click on the image above to learn the identities of the people in this photo with me (left).

Soon after sending that email, I drove to the airport and hopped on a plane to Orlando where I attended a conference at Disney’s Coronado Springs Resort. On Wednesday, I shared details about my experience at the conference in a piece published under the headline, Most of the Great People I Met in Orlando Were Cops.

As a “Throwback Thursday” item, I shared a photo Thursday morning of the raw version of the manuscript for  The Clapper Memo, that I had shared with the world two years earlier. Later that day, I published a guest-written article under the headline, Author Rebukes Media for Attack on Dr. Ben Carson.

Late Friday morning, I shared excerpts from Three Days In August in a post published under the headline, Sexual Assault Accuser Offers Strange Definition of ‘Contact’. Read it, and you’ll begin to understand more about the wrongful prosecution of Army Green Beret Sergeant 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart.

Woefully inadequate was the amount of online attention I gave this week to my recently-released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet (Nov 2014). The book was, however, popular with the folks I hung out with in Orlando for reasons I will not explain so as not to spoil anything for you when you order a copy and read it.

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Ukrainians Barking Up Wrong Tree With Polygraph

While reading about so-called “lie detectors” being used in Ukraine as part of an effort to identify corrupt politicians, my thoughts drifted back to April 2008 and an occasion when I found myself joking about using portable polygraph devices for similar purposes in the United States. Oh, how things have changed.


Soon after reading Bill Dedman’s article about Pentagon officials deploying hand-held polygraph equipment to Afghanistan and Iraq, I wrote and published a humorous piece of my own — part of which is shown in the graphic above — under the headline, Blogger IDs Peacetime Use for Army’s Lie Detector. It focused — albeit naively — on how useful portable “lie detectors” might be for Americans as they listened to politicians on the campaign trail.

I never imagined how much my thinking would change one year later after I asked Pentagon officials how well the portable polygraph devices performed in combat zones. That question and a handful of others launched what turned out to be an exhaustive four-year investigation during which I learned more than I ever thought I’d want to know about the polygraph and other technologies competing with it in the credibility assessment arena. The findings of that investigation appear in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

If you’re interested in learning more about my findings and about why the Ukrainians are barking up the wrong tree when they rely upon the polygraph as a tool for fighting corruption, click here.

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