Because it’s been a while since I offered a week-in-review post, I thought I’d offer a review of the last three weeks of big news stories at BobMcCarty.com.
On Sept. 1, I shared news about Rush Limbaugh highlighting a hare-brained story of mine in the September 2013 edition of The Limbaugh Letter. That story highlighted the lunacy of the USDA telling Marty Hahne (a.k.a., “Marty the Magician”) he had to write a disaster plan for the three-pound rabbit he uses in his magic show.
On Sept. 2, I explained how, in his statement on Syria, President Barack Obama had demonstrated his support of mob rule by using the word democracy, instead of republic, to describe United States during his statement on Syria.
In a piece published Sept. 3, I observed how the content of “black budget” documents given to the Washington Post by NSA contractor-turned document leaker Edward Snowden resemble and/or overlap with the findings of the four-year investigation upon which my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, is based.
On Sept. 6, I made the point that 28 was too high a number when used to describe the percentage of detainees who have returned to their terrorist ways after being released from detention at Guantanamo Bay. I even shared a table of statistics!
That same day, I shared news about an Indiana man being sentenced to eight months in prison for using well-known technological flaws in the polygraph to teach people how to pass polygraph exams.
On Sept. 9, I shared a retired Army two-star general’s informed opinion about possible U.S. intervention in Syria. It was, of course, an opinion with which many might disagree; still, I shared it and found it quite logical.
Later that day, I broke news about a new Oklahoma City Bombing trial being set for Spring 2014 to resolve a legal battle over the FBI’s refusal to turn over videotapes recorded prior to 9:02 a.m. April 19, 1995. Not surprisingly, news about the upcoming federal trial in Salt Lake City went unreported by major media outlets for six days after it appeared on my front page.
On Sept. 10, I offered an update about the aforementioned case that involved an Indiana man and how-to-beat-the-polygraph lessons. Of course, it included a glimpse of the “elephant in the room” that was ignored by federal prosecutors in the case.
Three days later, I used a new article to reveal how my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, reveals disturbing documents related to the vetting process being used to screen Afghan recruits before they’re allowed to work alongside Americans.
On Sept. 16, I used a serious question — Did Afghan Officials Play Deadly Role in Navy SEALs Helo Crash? — in a headline to introduce the first of two pieces based on my review of an investigation report that followed the crash of a helicopter — call sign “Extortion 17″ — in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011. That crash, by the way, resulted in the single-largest loss of life in U.S. Naval Special Warfare history.
On Sept. 18 and 19, respectively, I shared articles highlighting a not-for-profit foundation helps Gold Star family members heal and my virtual conversation with an Army polygraph instructor who told me he had purchased a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO.
Finally, on Sept. 20, I shared a follow-up to my piece four days earlier about the Extortion 17 mission. The crux of the story: If the crew of an Air Force AC-130 gunship had been allowed to engage the enemy sooner, the single-largest death toll in U.S. Naval Special Warfare history might have been avoided.
Can’t wait to see what the rest of the month brings.