DIA Continues to Stonewall Freedom of Information Act Request — 639 Days (So Far)

Unless something unexpected happens during the next two days, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency will turn 639 days old Wednesday, and a citizen’s access to unclassified details about government purchases of polygraph machines will continue to be squelched.

James R. Clapper Jr.

James R. Clapper Jr.

I don’t expect a response sooner than Friday since DIA officials will be in Tampa until Thursday, attending GEOINT, the nation’s largest intelligence gathering that was originally set to take place six months ago but was postponed due to the government shutdown. Truth be told, I don’t anticipate a response at all after almost two years of waiting. DIA officials don’t want to make their top boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., look any worse than he already does after lying to Congress and allowing things like the Edward Snowden scandal to occur on his watch. But I can dream, can’t I?

What unclassified information do I want so badly that DIA officials do not want me to have? It’s described below as it appeared in my FOIA request July 16, 2012:

“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”

Don’t get me wrong. DIA officials did respond to my initial request. In a piece May 24, 2013, I described how their response fell far short of expectations by providing only 12 pages of documentation dating back only as far as June 25, 2010 — not Jan. 1, 2000, as requested — and how, coincidentally or not, the agency’s response arrived one week after the release of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, for which I was seeking the information. In addition, I highlighted a portion (below) of the appeal letter I mailed the same day:

PolygraphIn responding to my request, you included only 12 pages of documentation dating back as far as June 25, 2010. That, by any stretch of the imagination, is UNSATISFACTORY; therefore, I must contest the $155.80 assessment for “professional search and review time of 3.5 hours at $44.00 per hour, reproduction and release costs of 12 pages at 15¢ per page.” Until such time as a genuine effort is made on behalf of your agency to provide the requested documentation, I shall not remit payment as requested.

In a letter dated Feb. 28 and received March 3, DIA Chief of Congressional Relations James L. Kaplan even had the nerve to stonewall my Congressional representative, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner.

While I could wax poetic about my frustration related to this stonewalling, I won’t. Instead, I’ll point you to my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, and recommend you read it if you truly want to understand why I’m so interested in the documents being withheld from me and why so many high-profile people have endorsed my book.

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.

Author Needs Honest Answers From Speakers at Nation’s Largest Intelligence Gathering

Originally scheduled to take place six months ago but postponed due to the government shutdown, GEOINT 2013* Symposium is now set for April 14-17 in Tampa, Fla.  Touted as the largest intelligence event in the U.S., according to a news release issued by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, this event stands as a target-rich environment for someone like me who needs some honest answers from a handful of the event’s keynote speakers.

GeoInt_2013Atop the list of speakers from whom I’d like answers is Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., the man whose name appears in the title of my second and most-recent nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  I’d like to ask DNI Clapper why, as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence seven years ago, he issued a memo declaring the polygraph the only authorized credibility assessment tool for use by Department of Defense personnel when a newer, more reliable and more effective credibility assessment technology was — and still is — available to U.S. military and intelligence personnel.

Second on my list is Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn. I’d like to ask the Army three-star general why I’ve had to wait 632 days (so far) for DIA officials to fulfill my Freedom of Information Act request for unclassified information related to DoD purchases of portable polygraph equipment during the past 12 years.  Specifically, I asked for the following information in my request July 16, 2012:

“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense Agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”

Unfortunately, DIA’s only fulfillment to date, a mail parcel that I received May 9, 2013, fell far short of expectations.  It contained only 12 pages of documentation dating back only as far as June 25, 2010 — not to Jan. 1, 2000, as requested.  Coincidentally, the date that appeared atop the letter, May 2, 2013, was the exact day THE CLAPPER MEMO, the book for which I was seeking the information, was released.  Coincidence?  I think not.

Of course, there are others on the list of keynoters with whom I’d like to speak.

I’d like to ask three flag officers — Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and Lt. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo, Director for Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence how they can look in the mirror each day while knowing a tool proven more effective and reliable than the century-old polygraph is being kept out of the hands of their front-line warriors.

U.S. Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-Md)

U.S. Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md)

Finally, I’d like to ask Maryland Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger why he, as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, hasn’t shown more interest in this topic.  He was, after all, among the several dozen members of Congress who received copies of my book in which I point fingers and name names.

Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received rave reviews from people who know what it’s like to have a “dog in the fight.”

To learn more about the book, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com.  To order a copy, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

Sometimes, I Feel Like A Government Watchdog

Take a look at the weekly recap below, and you’ll understand why I sometimes feel like a government watchdog:

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Click on image above to read article.

On Sunday, I watched the 14-minute segment, Manhunt: Inside the Boston Marathon Bombing Investigation, on CBS News’ 60 Minutes.  One day later, I felt compelled to ask the question, Does FBI Have More Boston Marathon Bombing Video Than They’re Willing to Share?  Read my article and see if you think my question is valid.

Later on Monday, I reported a Top Intelligence Community Lawyer Made Me Laugh.  To find out what Robert Litt, general counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence, said at a recent Freedom of Information Day event in the D.C. area, read the article.

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Click on image above to read article.

In my third and final piece Monday, I shared news that proves why National Security Agency leaker Edward Snowden was able to pass two polygraphs and gain access to America’s most precious secrets.  Read about it under the headline, Newspaper Reporter Reveals How He ‘Beat’ Polygraph Exam.

On Wednesday, I shared video of former Army Ranger officer Michael Behenna‘s first television interview after being paroled and released from the military prison at Fort Leavenworth.  The video appears in my piece, Michael Behenna Gives First Television Interview Since Release From Military Prison.

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Click on image above to read article.

On Thursday, I revisited a subject more than two and a half years old under the headline, Woman Continues Fight After Losing Mother, Granddaughter.  Read it and let me know what you think my next step(s) in reporting about this case should be.

On Friday and Saturday, I’ll be spending most of my time editing the 400-plus pages of the final draft of my still-untitled first fiction novel.  I hope to have this, a “reality-based action thriller,” available for purchase early this summer and hope you’ll order a copy!

This photo shows the slightly more than 400 pages of the final draft of my first fiction thriller. Notice the red pen? I'm getting ready to put it to work.

This photo shows the slightly more than 400 pages of the final draft of my first fiction thriller. Notice the red pen? I’m getting ready to put it to work.

FYI:  If you need something to read while waiting for Book #3 to be released, order my two previous books by clicking here or on the graphic below.  Thanks in advance!

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.

Newspaper Reporter Reveals How He ‘Beat’ Polygraph Exam

Over the weekend, I came across an article that speaks volumes about the implications of the federal government’s continued reliance on century-old polygraph technology instead of a challenger proven more effective during more than four decades of use. In two short paragraphs, it reveals how news reporter John Funk “beat” a polygraph machine without training in the use of countermeasures:

PolygraphFrom the moment the test began, I started visualizing the number four — not six — written on the the paper under my leg.

When he got to four, I flexed my biceps and intentionally made my breathing shallow. At six, I made a conscious effort to relax as much as possible.

It’s a good thing he didn’t go into more detail about how he defeated the machine; that could have gotten him arrested. But I digress.

If reporter John Funk was able to beat the polygraph with ZERO training, is it so surprising that Edward Snowden was able to pass two polygraphs and gain access to America’s most precious secrets? Hardly!

And how many more Snowdens are lurking among the millions of people who hold U.S. Government security clearances? Plenty!

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Click image above to read article.

Less than a week ago, Department of Defense leaders vowed to overhaul the personnel screening process. Sadly, they made no mention of moving away from the polygraph to the non-polygraph technology that’s been proven more effective.

If you want to read up-close accounts of how the non-polygraph technology has been used in places like Guantanamo Bay and Baghdad and by law enforcement professionals at more than 1,800 state and local agencies across the United States, read my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received rave reviews from people who know what it’s like to have a “dog in the fight.” a

To learn more about it, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com. To order a copy of the book, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

Radio, Recalls, Writing and Rape Allegations Result in Busy Week

In addition to sharing news about my recent appearance on “Coast to Coast AM” with George Noory, I shared several interesting items this week that you won’t find anywhere except at my sites, including BobMcCarty.com:

Click image above to read about my appearance on "Coast to Coast AM."

Click image above to read about my appearance on “Coast to Coast AM.”

Is Toyota Guilty or Victim of Justice Department Shakedown?  — That’s the question I asked Wednesday before offering evidence that points to my conclusion that the Obama Administration has been waging a kind of shakedown of the Japanese automaker that would make Jesse Jackson proud.

REPORT: DoD to Overhaul Personnel Screening Process — After reading what the Washington Post reported Tuesday evening, I shared how readers can gain a better understanding of the issues involved simply by reading my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

SHOCK: ‘If You Like Your Military, You Can Keep Your Military’ — On Tuesday, I revealed how the Obama Administration is dismantling the nation’s military in much the same way it has the healthcare system.

Polygraph

Click image above to read about alternative to the polygraph.

Cops Nationwide Embrace Alternative to Polygraph — Also on Tuesday, I shared details about a technology polygraph loyalists love to hate that’s at the center of the decades-old “turf war” described in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Surprising to some, the technology — which, by the way, DoD has prohibited its people from using — is being used by cops in big city and smalltown law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Michael Behenna Goes Home — One week ago today, I was ecstatic to share news about the release from prison of a wrongly-convicted Soldier from Oklahoma whose case I’ve written about so often during the past five years.

DIA Return Address on EnvelopeBe sure keep your eyes open for updates about the Defense Intelligence Agency‘s continuing efforts to stonewall a Freedom of Information Act request related to findings I share inside THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Their stonewalling, by the way, recently passed the 600-days mark.

Though I haven’t written anything about it yet, I received official trial information yesterday about a Marine Corps officer who beat bogus sexual assault charges and is preparing to fight back.  This case, I’m afraid, constitutes one of the worst cases I’ve seen a military officer face — as bad as the case chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August — as a combatant in the “War On Men in the Military.”  Stay tuned!

Finally, I’m ever so close to finishing the first final draft of my first fiction novel, and I think you’ll really like it.  Stay tuned!

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.

Federal Agencies Seem to Lack Transparency When It Comes to Freedom of Information Act

If you think my Freedom of Information Act experience — you know, the one during which I’ve waited 612 days (so far) for Defense Intelligence Agency officials to fulfill my request for unclassified information — is unique, think again. In reality, federal government agencies seem to lack transparency when it comes to fulfilling FOIA requests.

FOIA 600 Days

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While visiting the website of former CBS News reporter Sharyl Atkisson Wednesday evening, I came across a link to a Jan. 9 article on the NBCWashington.com. There, I read about how a Navy FOIA officer had mistakenly sent to a reporter a memo in which he detailed a strategy via which the reporter’s FOIA requests for documents related to the DC Navy Yard Shootings could be rejected or, at a minimum, stymied.

After reading the article and the memo, I can’t help but wonder if similar communications were exchanged between DIA officials seeking to reject or stymie my FOIA request for copies of contract documents related to the federal government’s purchases of polygraph equipment since Jan. 1, 2000.

To learn more about the subject matter for which I was seeking information via FOIA, order a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. It comes highly recommended.

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.

Cops Nationwide Embrace Alternative to Polygraph

You haven’t seen it in a movie or on television yet, but law enforcement agencies in Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, Baltimore and Miami have been using something other than the polygraph — some of them for years. Even the California Highway Patrol relies upon it. What is it? It’s the technology polygraph loyalists love to hate that’s at the center of the decades-old “turf war” described in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

The book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is shown superimposed on a photo of an M4 carbine. Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ken Scar.

The book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is shown superimposed on a photo of an M4 carbine. Photo credit: U.S. Army photo by Spc. Ken Scar.

In a news release issued today, officials with the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts list it as an accurate and efficient crime-fighting technology that, like DNA analysis, helps clear the innocent and find the guilty:

Law Enforcement Embracing Improved Accuracy and Efficiency of New Crime Fighting Technologies

LEWES, Del., March 18, 2014 /PRNewswire/ — Innocent people are being exonerated in record numbers as new technologies such as DNA become more sophisticated and the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) is increasingly being used for truth verification instead of the old polygraph. This is according to Clifford Payne, an Investigator with the Atlanta (GA) Police Department who also serves as a Regional Director of the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, an organization representing the nearly 2,000 US law enforcement agencies that utilize the CVSA.

“As law enforcement professionals, our main goal is to make sure only the guilty are prosecuted,” stated Payne. “With the refinement of DNA testing we are now better able to accurately determine where the criminal justice system failed in the past as innocent men and women, some whose lives are ruined forever, are being released from prison on a regular basis. This is in no small part due to organizations such as the Innocence Project, improved DNA testing, and the help of technologies such as the CVSA.”

Miami-Dade (FL) Police Det. Lisa Morales is among the thousands of detectives that have experienced this first hand. Det./CVSA Analyst Lisa Morales reported that a female subject was accused of repeatedly stabbing her ex-boyfriend and children’s father. There was an adult male witness that implicated the female and uniformed officers were poised to arrest her based on both men’s statements even though the female insisted that she was being “framed” by the two men. The investigating detective just had one of those feelings and asked if Det. Morales would run a CVSA exam on the female. She passed and the “witness” ultimately confessed that he stabbed his uncle and they conspired to have the female falsely arrested so that the father could get custody of the children because the female refused to reconcile with him. According to the NACVSA, this is just another example of the CVSA exam being used to clear someone rather than implicate them. (Read more Real Cases at CVSA1.com/realcases.htm)

Payne stated that before the CVSA, law enforcement had to rely on the old polygraph. “Our main problem was that 30% of polygraph examinations are ‘inconclusive’, meaning that there were no discernible results. With the CVSA, there are always correct results 100% of the time. When you also take in to account that it takes eight weeks to train a polygraph examiner and only five days to train a CVSA examiner, plus the fact that polygraph exams take between 2-3 hours and the CVSA exam can be performed in 1 hour with perfect results, it is clear which system to use.” The Atlanta Police Department discontinued the polygraph in 2003 in favor of the CVSA.

Major US law enforcement agencies such as those in Atlanta, New Orleans, Nashville, Baltimore, and Miami, as well as the California Highway Patrol, depend upon the CVSA to investigate criminal cases as well as for screening police applicants. “As an investigative and decision support tool the CVSA has proven itself to be invaluable to law enforcement,” stated Lt. Kenneth Merchant, of the Erie, PA Police Department, who serves as the Legislative Affairs Director for the NACVSA.

To learn more about CVSA® and THE CLAPPER MEMO, listen to the audio of my recent two-hour guest appearance on Coast to Coast AM with George Noory.

To understand the entire story of this turf war between polygraph and CVSA®, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

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.