NSA Knows, But I Don’t: Have You ‘Liked’ THE CLAPPER MEMO’s Facebook Page?

While National Security Agency officials might already know the answer to this question, I’m going to ask it anyway: Have you “LIKED” THE CLAPPER MEMO on Facebook? If not, below is a sampling of what you’ve missed so far today:

Fox News Honduras

Re: Fox News article — When I read that the government of Honduras is going to use polygraph exams to weed out cops with ties to organized crime, I couldn’t help but think of how well (NOT!) that has worked in Mexico.

In my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I devote an entire chapter to crime in Mexico and how one many used a non-polygraph tool to send some 450 members of Mexican drug and kidnapping cartels to prison for an average of 28 years each. Details about the book at http://TheClapperMemo.com/.

NBC Open Channel NSA

Re: NBC News article: I found it amazing how, three days ago, NBC News was so quick to “carry the water” for the Obama Administration on the matter of data collection by the nation’s intelligence agencies. I’m not so quick to do that. Find out why in my book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. Details at http://TheClapperMemo.com/.

NYT Leaker Booz Allen Hamilton

Re: The New York Times article: It must have been somewhat unpleasant when Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. learned an employee of a company for which he once worked released information about his Intelligence Community’s collection of massive amounts of private data.

Also unpleasant for DNI Clapper is the content of my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, in which I connect the dots between a memo he issued while serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence and hundreds of U.S. and Coalition Forces casualties in Afghanistan. Details at http://TheClapperMemo.com/.

Greeley Cop Polygraph

Re: Greeley (Colo.) Tribune article: I do not know the now-retired police officer highlighted in this story. I do, however, know that many of the high-level Department of Defense officials who make decisions about the use of polygraph technology inside DoD also operate polygraph exam businesses on the side. Deadly conflict of interest? That’s one of many controversial topics I cover in my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. Details at http://TheClapperMemo.com/.

DEEP STATE by Marc Ambinder DB GradyRE: DEEP STATE: Inside the Government Secrecy Industry — Almost 200 pages into their book, authors Marc Ambinder and D.B. Grady cite federal government experts as saying nothing better than the polygraph is available in the credibility assessment arena. Those so-called “experts” are not only wrong, but I prove it in my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. Details at http://TheClapperMemo.com/.

Michigan Poly Law Article

Re: Michigan Capitol Confidential article — Officials with the Michigan Association of Polygraph Examiners are opposed to legislation that, if passed, would get rid of polygraph examiner licensing in that state.

In my book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I highlight one former Michigan resident’s work as a polygraph expert. In much the same manner as the MAPE folks don’t like the legislation, the man I highlight will not like my book — but you will.

Intrigued? Be sure to “LIKE” THE CLAPPER MEMO on Facebook, so you can keep up with the latest news, information and tidbits related to the book.

THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.

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Denver TV Reporter Asks Obama Tough Questions About Libya

Three days after news broke about emails proving President Barack Obama lied about the Sept. 11 attack against the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, reporter Kyle Clark of Denver television station KUSA-TV did the job of a genuine journalist Friday afternoon.

In addition to doing what members of the lapdog media have not — that is, asking Obama tough questions about Libya — during an interview by satellite Friday afternoon, Clark asked the president to explain why he called Republican Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney a “bullshitter” after saying just a few months ago that we need more civility in politics.  And there’s more, of course.  Read the related article.

Great job, Mr. Clark!

Bob McCarty is the author of “Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice,” a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, “The CLAPPER MEMO,” is set for release this fall.

Whatever Happened to the Alleged Bus Station Shooter?

Over the weekend, I found myself wondering whatever happened to Mohamed H. Dawod and set out to find answers.

Mohamed H. Dawod

I found out that a trial for Dawod, the 25-year-old Glendale, Ariz., native who allegedly gunned down a total stranger at a Greyhound Bus Station in Springfield, Mo., is set to begin April 16, 2013, more than a year and a half after the shooting.

According to unofficial records that appear on the Missouri Case.Net website, the trial will take place in Springfield’s 31st Judicial District Court (Greene County, Mo.) with Judge J. Dan Conklin presiding.

Several factors qualify the shooting as “unusual” and, in a sane world, should draw substantial news media attention to the southwest Missouri community:

FIRST, the suspect and his victim, a fellow passenger on a bus traveling from Amarillo, Texas, did not to know each other, according to witnesses –  including the victim’s traveling buddy and other passengers who were preparing to board the bus for the last leg of the journey to St. Louis;

SECOND, according to at least one witness, Dawod shouted something in the air — perhaps, “Alluh Akbar,” the cry that’s been heard coming from the mouths of so many Islamic extremists moments before they suffer from so-called “sudden jihad syndrome” — before shooting his victim;

THIRD, the shooting took place barely 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11, 2001, attacks on the United States; and

FOURTH, local police officials were quick to say the shooting appeared to be random, according to a report in the Springfield News-Leader.

Above: Snapshot of the docket which lists April 16, 2013, as the date of Mohamed Dawod’s murder trial in Springfield, Mo.

Though I’m confident all of the nitty-gritty details will surface in court as soon as Dawod’s case goes to trial, a question that surfaced more than 10 months ago remains fresh in my mind 10 months later:  Will members of the mainstream news media cover the trial?  Unlike the local news media outlets, the “big boys” didn’t give Dawod’s case any coverage whatsoever.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  If you can find any national media coverage of Dawod’s case on the websites of any of the major network television news websites, please post a link(s) in the comments section below.  I searched the websites of ABC, CBS, NBC and even Fox News Channel, but found nothing.  Thanks!

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.

Preliminary Hearing Set Monday Morning for Muslim Accused in Sept. 8 Murder at Missouri Bus Station

A preliminary hearing for Mohamed H. Dawod is scheduled to take place Monday at 10 a.m. Central in Springfield, Mo.  The 25-year-old Glendale, Ariz., man is charged with first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the Sept. 8 shooting death of an Ohio man at a Greyhound bus station in the southwest Missouri community.

Mohamed H. Dawod

Dawod is accused of shooting Justin Hall, 32, of Mt. Vernon, Ohio, during a late-night rest stop for travelers on a St. Louis-bound bus full of passengers from as far away as Amarillo, Texas, point of origin for the bus.

On Sept. 9, I was the first to raise the possibility that the shooting might be a case of terrorism after officials in the Southwest Missouri community, according to a report in the Springfield News-Leader, were quick to say the shooting appeared random.

A day later, a KSPR-TV report cited Springfield police officials as saying that, because of a language barrier, they only learned Dawod’s name and had asked the FBI to help them with the investigation.  That local television report included this telling paragraph:

Ten separate witnesses say they did not notice the men fighting or arguing before the shooting. One passenger said she watched the suspect wander around the terminal until the call to line up to re-board the bus. “She then observed the suspect remove a silver and black handgun from a back pack he was carrying,” the officer wrote. “The suspect then pointed the handgun upward while saying something. The witness could not understand what the suspect said and didn’t know if he was speaking English.” No matter what was said the witness said Hall didn’t react or turn around. Shortly after the witness says Dawod shot him from a few feet away.

I went on to draw information from two other television news reports that seemed to reveal more than the “official” story lets on about the deadly incident that involved a man with a Muslim name allegedly shooting someone he did not know less than 48 hours ahead of the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks on the United States:

The first television report which aired on St. Louis NBC affiliate KSDK prior to any names being released or charges filed, features witnesses saying it appeared the assailant would have kept shooting, but his gun jammed; and

The second report, which aired on the same station after the Springfield Police Department announced the alleged shooter’s name and charges against him, offered much the same story.

Below, in chronological order, are other important milestones related to this case:

On Sept. 12, Dawod pleaded not guilty to the charges.  On Monday, represented by public defender Shawn Markin of Springfield, he’ll stand before Judge Mark Fitzsimmons courtroom in his 31st Judicial Circuit courtroom.

On Sept. 14, I shared news of what a man traveling with the victim had to say about the suspect.

On Sept. 16, I asked the question, Will MSM Cover Trial of Accused Killer in Bus Station Shooting on Eve of 9-11 Anniversary?  Why?  Because, one week after the shooting, no media outside of Missouri had picked up the story.

On Sept. 25, it was revealed in this report that, in addition to a handgun, Dawod had a 9-inch knife and 37 rounds of ammunition when arrested.

On Sept. 28, I shared details of the story with World Net Daily’s Aaron Klein on his 77 WABC radio show, Klein Online Investigative Radio.

On Nov. 22, according to a posting on CaseNet [Case #1131-CR06034], Judge Fitzsimmons decided to allow media to film in and around the courtroom prior to the commencement of the hearing but will require all cameras and microphones to be turned off before the hearing begins.

Stay tuned for updates on this story as it will be interesting to see how — or, more accurately, IF — any of the major national media cover this story.

UPDATE 11/27/11 at 4:02 p.m. Central:  Cross-posted at Andrew Breitbart’s BigJournalism.com.

UPDATE 11/27/11 at 6:26 p.m. Central:  Cross-posted at Andrew Breitbart’s BigGovernment.com.

UPDATE 11/28/11 at 11:31 a.m. Central:  An update from the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader, includes this statement:  Passengers on the bus, including Patrick Beeman, who had been traveling with Hall, told the News-Leader the attack was unprovoked.

UPDATE 11/28/11 at 11:36 a.m. Central:  Suspect waives right to preliminary hearing, according to KSPR-TV in Springfield, Mo.

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‘JournoList’ Scandal Helps ID Liberal Bias Deniers

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By Foster Friess, Guest Blogger

For years folks on the right side of the political spectrum have complained about what they perceive as a clear liberal bias in the mainstream media (MSM). The MSM has sloughed this all off as the ranting of Limbaugh “Ditto Heads”, brainwashed Fox News viewers and Tea Party racists. Recently, Tucker Carlson and The Daily Caller (of which I am an investor) began releasing some of the postings from the “JournoList” – an online invitation only newsgroup of over 400 liberal journalists, academics and other media decision makers.

When the curtain was pulled back, it was worse than anyone had imagined. The way the MSM conspires to shape the news to protect their preferred politicians while trying to destroy anyone who disagrees with them was Orwellian. After reading some of the postings, anyone who still claims the MSM is playing it straight with the American people can only be described as a “Liberal Bias Denier.”

When the Rev. Jeremiah Wright story first broke, as a group they discussed how best to protect then presidential candidate Barack Obama. Spencer Ackerman of the Washington Independent suggested they pick one of Obama’s conservative critics, Ackerman wrote, “Fred Barnes, Karl Rove, who cares — and call them racists.”

Fred Barnes responded in the Wall Street Journal:

Now, after learning I’d been targeted for a smear attack by a member of an online clique of liberal journalists, I’m inclined to amend my response. Not to say there’s a media conspiracy, but at least to note that hundreds of journalists have gotten together, on an online listserv called JournoList, to promote liberalism and liberal politicians at the expense of traditional journalism.

My guess is that this and other revelations about JournoList will deepen the distrust of the national press.

On the flip side, The Daily Caller noted this reaction to McCain’s selection of Palin as a running mate:

In the hours after Sen. John McCain announced his choice of Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin to be his running mate in the last presidential race, members of an online forum called Journolist struggled to make sense of the pick. Many of them were liberal reporters, and in some cases their comments reflected a journalist’s instinct to figure out the meaning of a story.

But in many other exchanges, the Journolisters clearly had another, more partisan goal in mind: to formulate the most effective talking points in order to defeat Palin and McCain and help elect Barack Obama president. The tone was more campaign headquarters than newsroom.

The Daily Caller also noted Sarah Spitz, a National Public Radio Producer, gloated she would enjoy watching Rush Limbaugh die:

In a post to the list-serv Journolist, an online meeting place for liberal journalists, Spitz wrote that she would “Laugh loudly like a maniac and watch his eyes bug out” as Limbaugh writhed in torment.

In boasting that she would gleefully watch a man die in front of her eyes, Spitz seemed to shock even herself. “I never knew I had this much hate in me,” she wrote. “But he deserves it.”

Spitz’s hatred for Limbaugh seems intemperate, even imbalanced. On Journolist, where conservatives are regarded not as opponents but as enemies, it barely raised an eyebrow.

Using their own words to expose the venom and shameless political cheerleading of the liberal MSM has been devastation. Freely admitting, when they thought no one is watching, what they truly believe has opened many eyes and shredded their invisibility cloak of “professional journalism.”

Anyone who, with a straight face, still claims the mainstream media isn’t dominated by hard, agenda driven leftists is obviously a “Liberal Bias Denier.”

God Bless,

Foster (:>)*****

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Media Ignore Sentencing of Spies Working for Cuba

Less than 24 hours after the U.S. Department of Justice issued a news release about a former State Department official being sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole and about his wife being handed an 81-month sentence , most members of the mainstream news media have opted against covering the story.  How do I know this?  A Google News Search for “Walter Kendall Myers” yielded only 184 results.

Why isn’t the mainstream news media interested in Myers or his wife, Gwendolyn Steingraber Myers, and their roles in a nearly 30-year conspiracy to provide highly-classified U.S. national defense information to the Republic of Cuba?  Perhaps, because it doesn’t fit the Obama Administration’s narrative about all-powerful big government socialism like Cuba’s being a good thing.

On second thought, I’m surprised DoJ didn’t just drop the charges.

Will Military’s Homeland Security Mission Grow?

One and a half years ago, the folks at the CATO Institute published a piece under the headline, Be Wary of Using Military as Police.  In the opening paragraph, they offered a warning of sorts:

The mainstream media has finally gotten around to reporting that the Pentagon has assigned active-duty troops to a homeland defense mission, a historical first. On Oct. 1, the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team, freshly redeployed from Iraq, began a year-long assignment as a domestic “chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or high-yield explosive Consequence Management Response Force,” or CCMRF (“Sea-Smurf”). The 1st BCT is the first of three CCMRF teams, who will comprise 15,000-20,000 soldiers, according to the Army. The other two will come from the Army National Guard or reserves.

Earlier this week, I ran across the video below which shows uniform-wearing members of the Florida National Guard folks roaming the beaches along the Gulf Coast.  Not assisting people in need.  Not cleaning oil off pelicans.  Just roaming.

I’m not a conspiracy nut, but…as the general election draws nearer, it will be interesting to see how “domesticated” military units are allowed to become.  Beyond roaming the beaches along the Gulf Coast.  Stay tuned.