SHOCK: ‘If You Like Your Military, You Can Keep Your Military’

“If you like your military, you can keep your military.”

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Click image above to read other articles in my series, “War on Men in the Military.”

To my knowledge, President Barack Obama hasn’t said that yet — at least, not in public. But the military justice system seems to be headed down the same path as the nation’s healthcare system.

Unlike the debate regarding healthcare, the debate about the need for military justice reforms involves people in positions of power (i.e., President Obama and members of Congress) who have absolutely no concept of what is necessary in a military justice system, because they have never served.  Led by people like Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Mo.), they advocate steps that will only worsen an already-flawed system.

One person who seems to understand what’s at stake is Patti Fruit, a resident of the Fayetteville, N.C., area near Fort Bragg.  While I don’t agree with everything she wrote in a letter to the editor of the Fayetteville (N.C.) Observer about the headline-making outcome of Army Brig. Gen. Jeffrey A. Sinclair’s court-martial, I do agree with the following point she made:

“Yes, he admits to adultery with underlings, but why military women who have achieved rank did not have the honor and courage to report the general’s advances from the beginning is a question that needs addressing.”

What was the outcome of General Sinclair’s case?  Sexual assault charges against him were dropped after political influence, in lieu of facts, was cited as the driving force behind a higher-ranking general’s decision to prosecute Sinclair.

One-hundred-eighty-degrees opposite Ms. Fruit, members of The New York Times Editorial Board revealed in a letter published today that they don’t have a clue about the military justice system.  Their lack of a “clue” is illustrated in the two paragraphs highlighted below:

The deal followed a stunning ruling by a military judge last week suggesting that by holding out for more severe punishment, and by rejecting an earlier plea deal, the senior Army officer overseeing the prosecution might have been improperly influenced by political considerations in bringing the most severe charges against the general because of a desire to show new resolve in the military against sexual misconduct. The prosecution had also been badly shaken by revelations that the general’s accuser may have lied under oath.

The episode offers a textbook example of justice gone awry, providing yet another reason to overhaul the existing military justice system, which gives commanding officers with built-in conflicts of interest — rather than trained and independent military prosecutors outside the chain of command — the power to decide which sexual assault cases to try.

The Times Editorial Board’s description of this week’s happenings in the case as “a textbook example of justice gone awry, providing yet another reason to overhaul the existing military justice system” is about as truthful as any of President Obama’s promises concerning the so-called Affordable Care Act (a.k.a., “ObamaCare”).

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“If you like your doctor, you can keep your doctor,” the president said. We all know how long that promise lasted.

“If you like your plan, you can keep your plan,” the president said. Tell that to the hundreds of thousands of Americans who’ve lost coverage since ObamaCare went “live.”

“We’re going to work with employers to lower your premiums by up to $2,500 per family per year,” the president said.

Rather than telling us “If you like your military, you can keep your military,” it appears President Obama and his sycophants on The Left are determined to dismantle it without asking for input from anyone else and without regard for or our nation’s security. In short, the military justice system seems destined toward the same fate as healthcare and, sadly, Republicans in Congress seem to lack the wherewithal (a.k.a., “spines”) to do anything about it.

If Americans don’t stand up and demand their politicians stop meddling with the military, then they’ll deserve the military that’s left standing. And it won’t be pretty. Or, for that matter, an effective fighting force.

To learn more about sexual assault prosecutions in the military, read my series, “War On Men in the Military.”

To learn more about the case involving Army Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart, order a copy of Three Days In August, the nonfiction book in which I chronicle his life story and wrongful conviction in a U.S. military courtroom in Germany.

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.

Counterintelligence Expert: One-Size-Fits-All Approach Harms National Security

After reading a report issued Feb. 11 by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I contacted a retired counterintelligence operative with whom I’ve been friends for several years and asked him to offer feedback about the report that had been released almost five months after Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people and injured four others at the DC Navy Yard.  He agreed.

House COGR DC Navy Yard ReportThough he spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of his past and present work, his observations about the SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS report deserve your attention.

“It just goes to show the Feds continue to use antiquated policies and procedures for vetting U.S. persons who require security clearances,” he said, noting that federal government agencies are using the same security policies and procedures that have been used as “templates” in Iraq and Afghanistan and produced high levels of infiltration by individuals hostile toward U.S. personnel.  For more details, read my articles about “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan.

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Click to read my articles about “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan.

Knowing I had authored THE CLAPPER MEMO, a book about a long-fought “turf war” between polygraph loyalists and all challengers to their century-old technology, he told me one could show a nexus between flawed policies and procedures and the broken polygraph program currently embraced by the federal government.

“Clearly, the old timers such as (Director of National Intelligence James R.) Clapper have not kept up with the advances that have taken place both with technology and with vetting procedures,” he explained.  “Even most major police departments and many smaller police departments conduct a more thorough investigation and have a more thorough vetting process than the federal government agencies.”

Part of the blame lies with following a one-size-fits-all approach and catering to the common denominator.

“Things were better when each agency was required to vet and investigate its own people.  Now you have the entire process contracted out, and the people doing the investigations are being paid by their production (i.e.., the number of cases/leads they complete) instead of by the quality of their investigations.”  For more details, read my articles about Edward Snowden.

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“The federal government should study the ‘best practices’ of local police departments when it comes to screening, vetting and investigating employees,” he explained after noting that more U.S. police agencies use non-polygraph technologies than polygraph and “may learn some valuable lessons” by doing so.

Then he shared an example of how the current misguided approach trickles into other federal government programs.

“What does it say about how serious they really are when they are hiring known criminals as (ObamaCare) health care navigators because of a policy that requires no background checks?   This is just another ‘eye wash’ report that will do nothing to fix the broken system that is in place.

“They could easily fix it if they wanted to,” he concluded, “but the federal behemoth will continue doing business as usual — as they have demonstrated with the polygraph.”

Wise words from someone with decades of experience in the world of counterintelligence.

To learn more about the turf war mentioned above, ORDER A COPY of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH:  The same committee that produced the report mentioned above is set to hold a hearing Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the deaths of 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL TEAM SIX, aboard a single helicopter in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011.  For more details, read my articles about “EXTORTION 17.”

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.

Bad Things Happen When Big Government Runs Healthcare

Navy veteran Sylvester Woodland sounded the alarm recently after he said he was able to view the personal financial information of other veterans after he logged on to the Veterans’ Affairs eBenefits website Wednesday night.

Woodland shared his alarming online experience with a reporter from Raleigh-Durham television station WTVD yesterday.

“It gave me a different person’s name, each and every time I came back,” Woodland said.  “At first I thought it was just a glitch, but the more I thought about it, I said, wait a minute, this is more than a glitch, this is a breach.”

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When I visited the Veterans’ Affairs eBenefits website today, I found this message on the site’s landing page:  “Sorry, eBenefits Is Not Available Right Now.  Thank you for visiting the eBenefits web portal.  The portal is not available now. We are making changes and expect to be ready for your login very soon.”

Is it any wonder Americans — especially military veterans — have zero confidence in the ability of the federal government and its contractors to manage the ObamaCare website or the program as a whole?  Hardly.

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.

CNN Political Ticker Blog Removes, Replaces Article Critical of ObamaCare

Late Monday night, I saw a Facebook friend had shared a link to an article on the CNN Political Ticker blog featuring the headline, Woman cited by president as Obamacare success story loses insurance.   When I clicked on the link, I found the story was “Not Available” and shared my findings — and my suspicion that someone at CNN bowed to pressure from the White House — in the slightly-shaky video below.  And it didn’t end there!

During the wee morning hours Tuesday, CNN put another article about Jessica Sanford, the Washington state woman at the center of this controversy, up on its website — but under a headline that did not highlight the fact she could no longer afford insurance under Obamacare (i.e., Woman cited by president as Obamacare success story frustrated by sign-up process).  I was unable to determine whether the text of the new article is the same as that of the original.  NOTE:  If anyone has a link to a site with the text of the original article, please post the link in the comments section.

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.

Tool Exists to Expose Politicians Who Lie, and It’s Not Polygraph

“What did they know?” and “When did they know it?” are two questions frequently directed at American politicians associated with wrongheaded actions or programs run amok.  In response to those questions, politicians seem to lie more frequently than they tell the truth.  Is there a way to stop them?  In short, the answer is “Yes.”  A tool exists to expose politicians who lie and, to the surprise of many, it’s not the polygraph.

Most recently, President Barack Obama and his Democrat lapdogs in Congress have lied at every turn about ObamaCare.  Sadly, lying isn’t limited to liberal Democrats.  Republicans do it, too.

In much the same way as lying is not limited by party affiliation, investigators trying to learn the truth about someone’s activities through credibility-assessment testing are not limited to using the polygraph.  In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including both polygraph and its chief non-polygraph challenger.

Order a copy, read it, and I think you’ll agree with that a credibility assessment tool exists to expose politicians who lie, and it’s not the polygraph.  Beyond that, you’ll come to understand why politicians and bureaucrats — Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. comes to mind — in Washington, D.C., working in concert with polygraph loyalists, do not want to see any non-polygraph technologies used in the nation’s capitol.

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.

Governor Rick Perry Talks Voter ID, Jobs, Government Shutdown

Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) addressed several timely topics during a media opportunity following his speech at CPAC St. Louis 2013 Saturday afternoon at the St. Charles (Mo.) Convention Center near St. Louis.

When it comes to the recently-passed Voter ID law in the Lone Star State, he said he thinks it will be good for citizens in the state of Texas to know there will be less fraud.

Regarding states competing for jobs, Governor Perry pointed to Illinois, New York, Connecticut and Maryland as examples of states where politicians are catering to special interests and forcing business leaders to abandon their states.

“The special interests have the ear of the governors and the legislatures, and the people pay the price for it,” he said.  “I mean, you look at those states and wealth is leaving those states to go to places that put thoughtful, competitive concepts into place.”

On the subject of a government shutdown on the eve of implementation of ObamaCare, he pointed a finger at the Fourth Estate.

“I don’t think anybody thinks shutting down the government is a good option,” he said, “and that’s where I think the media has tried to go with that conversation.”

SEE ALSO:

Gov. Rick Perry Says ‘American people will defund Obamacare’; and

Conservative Political Action Conference Draws Political Heavyweights to Saint Louis.

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.

Gov. Rick Perry Says ‘American people will defund Obamacare’

Texas Gov. Rick Perry (R-Texas) received a warm welcome and did not disappoint attendees at CPAC St. Louis 2013 when it came to sharing his views about ObamaCare.  After speaking to a large crowd of conservatives at CPAC Saint Louis 2013 early Saturday at the St. Charles (Mo.) Convention Center, he spoke with reporters about the health care overhaul set to go into effect Tuesday.  See video below:

“I’m like a lot of other people (who say), ‘You’ll negotiate with the leader of Iran, but you won’t even sit down with Republicans in the House and the Senate and try to find a reasonable middle ground on that?’” Governor Perry said.  “So, yeah, I think they ought to defund ObamaCare, because it’s not gonna work.

“The reality is that either Washington, through the course of the next few days will defund ObamaCare during the next few days or the American people will,” he continued.

Though the long-time Texas Republican refused to answer directly as to whether he would be making another presidential run in 2016, he sure sounded like a candidate today.

SEE ALSO:

Governor Rick Perry Talks Voter ID, Jobs, Government Shutdown; and

Conservative Political Action Conference Draws Political Heavyweights to Saint Louis.

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.