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Have You Ever Wondered Why DoD Relies on the Polygraph?

EDITOR’S NOTE: The article below first appeared on this site Aug. 7, 2013. Several months later, it vanished — along with nearly 5,000 others written and published since October 2006 — as detailed in a post eight months ago. Today, I rescued it from where it appears on an alternate site in order to share it below with only minor modifications. Please read and share.

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You’ve probably never wondered why the Department of Defense relies so heavily on the polygraph.  Likewise, you’ve probably never thought about how polygraph technology has maintained its place as the only DoD-approved credibility assessment technology.  After reading the details in my latest nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, you’ll know why and how.

On no fewer than three occasions since 2004, top DoD officials — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper while he was serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence in 2007 — have declared the polygraph to be the only such technology approved for use by DoD personnel.  Though many on the front lines, including elite U.S. Special Operations personnel I interviewed for the book, ignored the DoD declarations for as long as they possibly could (see Sample Chapter for details), the Pentagon’s polygraph-only stance remains in place today and is having an often-deadly impact in the form of “Green-on-Blue” attacks against American and Coalition Forces personnel in Afghanistan.

Part of the blame for DoD’s polygraph-only stance lies in the fact that DoD officials withheld critical information from members of the U.S. Senate Armed Services Committee when they were conducting an inquiry into the treatment of detainees at Guantanamo Bay and at other detention facilities in Iraq (i.e., Abu Ghraib, Camp Cropper and Camp Bucca) in 2008. That inquiry resulted in the publication of an unclassified 263-page report, “INQUIRY INTO THE TREATMENT OF DETAINEES IN U.S. CUSTODY,” dated November 20, 2008.

That wasn’t all they kept to themselves.  DoD officials also withheld critical information about an Air Force talking paper on Relevant/Irrelevant Screening Tests (R/IST) conducted on detainees in the Iraqi theater of operations from Aug. 1, 2004, to Oct. 15, 2006.

Notable among the 50-page document’s results, found after conducting polygraph tests on 768 detainees, was the finding that “detainee personnel are just as likely to have committed the suspected act as not.” That finding stemmed from the fact that 47 percent of the tests yielded “No Deception Indicated” results while 46 percent yielded “Deception Indicated” and seven percent “No Opinion.”

In addition to the fact the tests yielded results showing polygraph no more effective than flipping a coin, a quarter of the polygraph examiners surveyed pointed out problems posed by language barriers.

“The Arabic language itself presents an obstacle due to the different translations and dialect and at times the wrong translation of the question was noted by other interpreters,” one examiner said.

“Many interpreters were not fluent in the written Arabic language, precluding them being used by polygraph,” another reported. “They could not translate questions from English to Arabic and back again.”

“I was fortunate to have had motivated interpreters,” a third responded.  “Without them we can’t do the job (without language/culture knowledge).”

A fourth examiner reported, “there was definitely a difference in the level of interpreter experience. Some knew the language and some had a hard time.”

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In The Clapper Memo, the 268-page product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, I highlight the fact that a non-polygraph technology was used at GITMO more than 90 times and achieved a success rate — defined as developing new, previously-unknown intelligence which was independently confirmed or confirmed existing information that otherwise could not be verified — of 92 percent despite the fact most exams were conducted using interpreters.

Now, I ask again:  Have you ever wondered how polygraph technology has maintained its position as the only Department of Defense-approved credibility assessment technology?

In their endorsement of The Clapper Memo, Gold Star parents Billy and Karen Vaughn used words such as “dirty little secrets of politics and greed” and “filthy backroom deals” to describe events and actions that have enabled the polygraph to remain DoD’s credibility assessment technology of choice.  The Vaughns lost their son, U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, two years and one day ago in a helicopter crash in Afghanistan that is the subject of a soon-to-be-published book, BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father, co-authored by Billy.

Retired U.S. Navy SEAL Capt. Larry W. Bailey, co-founder of Special Operations Speaks and former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs Basic Underwater Demoliton/SEALs (“BUD/S”) Training Program, describes what I uncovered in The Clapper Memo as “an unconscionable cover-up.”

Others have endorsed it, too, but you should judge for yourself!  Order a copy of The Clapper Memo today!

SEE ALSO:  Horrific Tragedy Ensues After AC-130 Gunship Crew Denied Opportunity to Engage Afghan ‘Squirters’ in Tangi Valley.

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Former Army Green Beret Needs Your Help NOW!

In November, I shared heartbreaking news and asked you to take action to help a falsely-accused and wrongly-convicted Soldier. The following month, I warned that this highly-decorated combat veteran is facing a possible return to prison. Today, I offer an update about the ongoing legal and financial battle involving Kelly Stewart, the former Army Green Beret whose life story is chronicled in my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice.

Kelly Stewart received this letter from the Dept. of Treasury June 9, 2015.

Kelly Stewart received this letter from the Dept. of Treasury June 9, 2015.

Recently, Stewart received a letter from the Department of the Treasury, a screenshot of which appears above. Dated June 9, 2015, it began as follows:

Your unpaid delinquent debt owed to the Department of Defense, Defense Finance and Accounting Service, DoDDCM, has been referred to the U.S. Department of the Treasury for collection. According to the records of the Department of Defense, you owe $27,399.26.

Collection action will continue unless you make payment, within ten (10) days from the date of this letter, in the amount of $35,619.04, which includes all applicable fees, interest, and penalties, as of today.

If you wish to avoid further collection action and additional charges, you must immediately pay your debt.

I find it unconscionable for this man to have to face a situation like this after risking his life on the battlefield for his country and then having his life and career destroyed by the outcome of a politically-charged kangaroo court of military justice. See the letter below for a brief overview.

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On behalf of Stewart, I’m begging you to read this OPEN LETTER TO ANY AMERICAN and take action immediately to help him retire this unfair debt by visiting SaveThisSoldier.com and scrolling down until you see the “DONATE” button on the right side of the screen.This site is run by Stewart’s father, CMSgt. John Stewart, a retired veteran of more than 30 years in Air Force Special Operations.

IF WE FAIL TO ACT NOW, he will very likely face a return to prison. Thanks in advance for doing the right thing NOW!

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THROWBACK THURSDAY: Former Army Green Beret Offers His Take on Deadly Navy SEALs Mission — Extortion 17

Thirty Americans died in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011, according to a DoD news release issued five days later.  All had been aboard a U.S. military helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17.”   Among those on board were 25 Special Operations Forces personnel, including 17 U.S. Navy SEALs.  Though it became the most-deadly incident in the history of Naval Special Warfare, it has received scant public attention.

Click on image to read DoD News Release Aug. 11, 2011.

Click on image to read DoD News Release Aug. 11, 2011.

As a former Air Force public affairs officer, I have virtually no first-hand familiarity with SOF, though I have had many opportunities to speak with SOF members and even wrote a book, Three Days In August, about one of them.

Today, I count as friends many veterans boasting decades of SOF experience under their belts.  In an email message yesterday, one of those friends, a former Army Green Beret, shared his expert observations and raised some serious questions about the extremely-controversial of the Extortion 17 mission.  The text of his sometimes-graphic message appears below:

What makes Special Operations Forces (SOF) great is the attention to detail — every detail.

All SOF missions require isolation prior to missions.  In my community, we isolated all parties involved until wheels up.  Our host-nation military guys never knew where we were going or who was going until we got off the aircraft, vehicle, boat, etc.  No need to tell them, because you train for many different types of missions (i.e., raid, ambush, hostage rescue, etc.).  The person or place doesn’t matter.

On a typical mission, the team conducts mission planning down to infiltration and exfiltration.   We, the team, decide how it will be done.  We, the team, submit our plan to our group commander who, depending on risk assessment and who it is we are going after, contacts the Combined Joint Special Operations Task Force (CJSOTF).   Every theater has one.  The CJSOTF person makes direct contact with the Secretary of Defense.  Once the “green light” is given for the plan, it is the responsibility of CJSOTF to arrange the assets needed to conduct the mission.   Once the team is notified of the green light, “dry runs” are conducted — if, that is, it isn’t a time-sensitive mission.  The dry runs involve everyone on the team.

Half the team conducts infiltration, actions on the objective and exfiltration with host-nation personnel.  At no time are the host-nation personnel told the mission’s five W’s — who, what, where, when and why.   Meanwhile, the other half of the team gets current intelligence reports and works to coordinate needed assets (i.e., air, MEDEVAC, artillery, fast movers, etc.).

Generally, two to three team members go to the aviation unit and conduct an “air brief” with the commander of the aviation unit as well as their intelligence, weather and flight operations personnel.  There, they are briefed on the five W’s and instructed by team members about where and how they will fly, where they will land, the location of pick-up points and about contingencies.  They are given Rules of Engagement for the escort gun ships on “gun runs,” and the communication frequency for all is shared at this time.

Once the air brief is completed, those personnel link back up with the whole team for a mission brief.  After final checks are done, movement to the flight line takes place.  Weapons are placed in “red” status (i.e., has a round in the chamber and the safety is on), communication is checked,  accountability is checked, and away you go.

Now, there is a large distinction between a Green Beret mission and a Navy SEALs mission. Green Berets primarily train and conduct various missions with host-nation soldiers.  SEALs and Delta primarily do not.  Delta uses Ranger Regiment, and SEALs use more of their own — or Green Beret or some host-nation personnel.  In all of my time with SOF, I never saw a SEAL team conduct a mission with host-nation personnel UNLESS the SEALs were assigned to us.

I have worked with, through, and by SEALs, and I’m sure every SEAL has done the same with Green Berets.  My point:  The SEALs were directed by someone to take these host-nation troops with them.  Now, that same person allowed those personnel to change out.  This violates the Mission Decision-Making Process, the Bible for all military operations.

Now I know the family is upset about the age of the aircraft and the fact it was a “D” model versus an “H” model.   The ONLY unit with the MH-47H is the Army’s 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment (Airborne), a group known as the Night Stalkers.  While every SOF unit (i.e., Green Beret, SEAL, Delta) team requests them for their missions, there are not enough of those aircraft to meet all of the requests.

When the team says they are doing a air infiltration, they request the air assets required. Prior to the air brief, they will know what platforms are available.  For instance, they will be told, “You asked for 10 helicopters and you only get 3,” or “You asked for fast movers at 0330 hrs, but they can’t get on station until 0415 hrs,” and so on.  By the end of the briefing, team members know who is available to cover their asses all the way down to the drone in the sky.

The MH-47H is a SOF-only aircraft built specifically for night operations.  It emits a small radar signature and carries formidable countermeasures, including — but not limited to — two mini-guns and one .50-caliber machine gun.  All crew members, including the flight crew, are assigned and trained by SOF.

Conversely, crew members aboard the CH-47D come from the ranks of the conventional forces and are not trained in the MH-47H capabilities.  The CH-47D is equipped with basic countermeasures, including two 5.56mm M249 SAW machine guns.  That’s it!

To be in the 160th, everyone — pilots included — must pass the same rigorous selection process as everyone else in SOF.  Pilots, who go through Survival, Escape, Resistance, Evasion (SERE) School, must have been a regular aviation  brigade member for at least four years before applying.  In most cases, and depending upon the risk assessment, non-SOF aircraft would not be allowed to go on missions involving high-value targets in hostile areas.  Long and short, the CJSOTF air commander would be the one coordinating this, responsible to locate and coordinate all air assets to include Quick-Reaction Force (QRF) air frames as well as fast movers, drones, etc.

U.S. Navy SEALs offload an all-terrain vehicle from an MH-47 Chinook helicopter following a village-clearing operation in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 21, 2011. Operations such as these are conducted in order to promote the Government of Afghanistan, while denying Taliban influence throughout the province. The SEALs are with Special Operations Task Force ? South. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel P. Shook/Released)

U.S. Navy SEALs offload an all-terrain vehicle from an MH-47 Chinook helicopter following a village-clearing operation in Shah Wali Kot district, Kandahar province, Afghanistan, June 21, 2011. Operations such as these are conducted in order to promote the Government of Afghanistan, while denying Taliban influence throughout the province. The SEALs are with Special Operations Task Force ? South. (U.S. Army photo by Sgt. Daniel P. Shook/Released)

By now, you’re asking, “What does all of this mean?”  The items below explain things in a nutshell while raising important questions:

1) No aircraft goes out without escorts or layers of escorts.

2) The team commander had to be ordered to take host-nation personnel with him and to change out those personnel.  Who gave that order?

3) Someone in the aviation unit would also have to approve the manifest change and would have the name of the person who authorized the change on the manifest.  Who changed the manifest?

4) When, until now, was there ever a funeral with U.S. and host-nation personnel together.  In all of my time in combat, I never saw it happen.  Why did it happen in this case?

5) How many personnel since this war started has the government cremated?  Again, I personally worked a crash with four U.S. personnel and one host-nation soldier that burned.  I personally pulled three torsos out of the wreckage — there were no legs, arms or skull above the jaws — and I placed them into three separate body bags.  I waited for the the forensic doctor who would perform the autopsy to arrive and, for four hours, we sifted through the wreckage for the remaining body parts and personnel effects.  We had a sixth bag that we put the pieces in for DNA testing.  I went to the funeral for the four U.S. personnel.  The host nation held a funeral at a mosque on the installation.  I tell you this to let you know great care is given to the dead, no matter how the person dies or how gruesome it is.  Every Soldier, Sailor, Marine and Airman deserves to rest on American soil, and deserves to come home.

6)  What assets were deployed to recover the personnel and what was the time line for those efforts?

7)  The operations order would have listed a QRF assigned to the mission.  Who were they and from what base/location did they come?

These are but a few of the questions that remain about Extortion 17.

During a May 9 news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D.C., several family members of the fallen warriors raised similar questions and were joined by a number of high-ranking, now-retired SOF members who did the same.  The news conference is captured in its entirety in the 3-hour video below.   Worth every minute of time you spend watching it, I hope you will watch it, share it and demand your elected officials in Washington obtain answers from the Pentagon and the Obama Administration to the questions raised about Extortion 17.

Our men and women in uniform deserve nothing less.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The story above was published for the first time June 4, 2013. I share it again today, because Americans need to remember it and not be satisfied until they get answers.

SEE ALSO: Did Afghan Officials Play Role in ‘Extortion 17′ Deaths?

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Book Excerpt: ‘You always hope somebody’s got your back’

On March 30, 2010, I sent an email message to retired Air Force Chief Master Sergeant John Stewart. I asked him to to call me and told him I’d like to speak with him about the case of his son, Kelly, a former Army Green Beret and highly-decorated combat veteran who had been falsely accused, wrongly convicted and sent to prison. Eighteen months and dozens of conversations later, I shared Kelly’s story in the form of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August (October 2011). Below and with only minor formatting changes, I share an excerpt from the final chapter of that book, The Last Mission In Iraq:

Three Days In August chronicles the life of a highly-decorated Army Green Beret.

Three Days In August chronicles the life of a highly-decorated Army Green Beret and how one night in a German hotel room changed his life. Click image above to order book.

U.S. Army Sergeant First Class Kelly A. Stewart deployed to Iraq several times during his seven-year career as a Special Forces professional and built a reputation as a stand-up guy who would do anything for his country, according to Jeff Cole, a man who served with Stewart during his last mission in Iraq. For eight months in 2006, both were members of a Special Operations Task Force Operations Detachment Alpha (a.k.a., “A-Team”). On May 14, 2010, I spoke with Cole about the time he spent with his brother in arms.

Cole recalled the time he spent with Stewart as one during which he “got a new brother”.

“My team was assigned to work with an Iraqi Special Operations force,” Cole explained, “and our job was to, basically, go after high-value targets and, that’s when I began working with Kelly” who was on a different team.

“I would say Kelly struck me right away as someone who really has an aptitude for Special Operations type of work and, especially, the type of work we were doing.

“And the reason is, I think a lot of people get into Special Forces for various reasons, but Kelly’s family background kind of went to that. His father was Special Operations and served in Vietnam on the Air Force side.”

Cole came from the same background. His father was in Special Forces, and he counts that experience as one which gave him “a real good understanding of how Special Operations works.”

“Technically, Kelly struck me as somebody who was very proficient and very good at his job,” he continued. “And that wasn’t just my impression, that was the impression of my entire team.”

Stewart, at that time, was working a little bit more on the intelligence side, whereas Cole and his team were working on the operations side.

“We were the guys that were headed out of the Green Zone, the safe zone, and going out into Sadr City to carry out the missions that were assigned to us,” Cole said.

During these types of missions, he said, survivability relies solely on intelligence and on the kind of information Soldiers get before they go in there.

“That will determine your success or failure of your mission and whether or not your guys are gonna come back alive,” he concluded.

“Right away, Kelly built up a huge reputation with my team (and became) the go-to guy for us.

“Because he had such knowledge on where we were headed and the kinds of people we were up against, we began asking him if he wanted to come with us.

Cole went on to explain that, though the intel side does not normally mix with the operations side, things were different when it came to Stewart. Not only did he jump at any chance he could get to work with the operators, but the operators came to believe that if they “had a vacant slot, a seat that needed to be filled, an extra gun with us, (Stewart) was going to be that guy.”

Kelly Stewart on a gun truck in Iraq.

Kelly Stewart on a gun truck in Iraq.

Considering that their missions almost always involved firefights and run-ins with Improvised Explosive Devices, Cole said Stewart’s eagerness to serve set him apart.

“Not everybody was jumping at the opportunity to go with us,” Cole explained. “Kelly was an individual who, anytime we needed somebody, he was going to be there. But we always wanted to choose him as well, because he had the knowledge, the specialized knowledge, that would help us plan the mission better—and he also was technically proficient as a gunslinger too, to put it bluntly. (He was) always welcome, for those reasons.

On numerous occasions, Cole had the opportunity to see Stewart perform on the battlefield.

“(On) a lot of the missions, we would meet heavy resistance,” Cole said. “That would come in the form of Mahdi Militia or any type of militia force that would be on a rooftop—maybe a four- or five-story building—and they would be armed with anything from AK-47 to an RPG rocket.

“There were early warnings systems in place in these areas in Sadr City,” he continued. “Someone would trip or pull a fuse and take out the power for a whole city grid and that would be a warning that the Americans were coming and these guys would be alerted and there would be a heavy firefight. So that’s the environment we worked in.

“If we had it our way, we would go in just like a SWAT team here in America would go in—no shots fired, you arrest your individual you were looking for, you bring him back, collect some evidence, take some pictures, bring the individual back to an Iraqi court, turn him over to an Iraqi judge, present the evidence, and you’re done. That’s the perfect mission.

“Typically,” he said, “it didn’t end that way. Typically, it would end in a firefight.

It was during such firefights that Cole got to see Stewart in action.

“There were countless times—and I think it was pretty typical of our missions and the people we were working with that—during any given mission, somebody would save your life and you would save their life, countless times, just by the nature of what we were doing.

“Whether it was on the operations side where Kelly contributed to a high degree or on the planning side where he contributed to a high degree, if you were able to gather intelligence on whether there was an IED planted on a certain route and you were able to avoid that route, then you can see how that could be incredibly important. (It) really drives those statistics with low casualty rates.

“On the personal side,” Cole said, “you only have to do that a couple times for somebody, where you’re relying on them like that and they’re coming through for you before suddenly you’ve got a new brother. That’s pretty much how that went down. So we operated for about eight months like that.”

On their last mission in Iraq, Cole and Stewart saw a comrade critically wounded, shot through the chest.

“Basically, my role switched from being a combat leader to a medic that quick, and Kelly took up the slack,” said Cole, who was serving dual roles as both a troop leader and medic. “(Kelly) went from being just an ‘extra gun’ to taking up my position as a troop leader—of Iraqi troops, not American.

“I had to put down my gun in order to treat this casualty, but there were still bullets flying around—buzzing around our heads like bees, quite literally,” he said. “So that was hard for me to do, but he reassured me that he had me covered.

“Kelly stood over the top of me and the casualty pretty much the whole time on the way back out of Sadr City,” he continued, “and it was under intense fire.”

In addition to being their last mission together, Cole said it was also the most significant.

“It sticks out in my mind the most, because it was such a good example of how you really do rely on, and quite literally put your life in, somebody else’s hands.

Cole went on to describe the battle scenario.

“One of the things about Sadr City is that, if you ever heard the descriptions of Mogadishu—how a city suddenly erupted with fighters, they just come out of the woodwork—Sadr City was quite a bit like that,” he explained. “People would just surface with weapons, and they were ready to fight.

“(They had) a determination and tenacity that shocked me, just absolutely shocked me,” he said, adding that it was either a strong belief in martyrdom or just a real determination to crush the Americans.

“I’m not sure which,” he said, “but whatever it was, I was really impressed by it; I was shocked.”

Something that hasn’t impressed Cole since returning from Iraq is the military justice system and the impact misconceptions appear to have had on the court-martial of his brother in arms, Stewart.

Cole believes misconceptions, fueled by German media reports and based on Hollywood movie scripts and intraservice rivalries, played a significant role in the court-martial panel reaching a verdict that called for his brother in arms to spend eight years behind bars at the U.S. Military Disciplinary Barracks at Fort Leavenworth, Kansas.

Kelly Stewart returns from a mission in Iraq.

Kelly Stewart returns from a mission in Iraq.

Further, Cole believes Stewart deserves the benefit of the doubt and should be granted a new trial.

“Special Forces has always been at a disadvantage with conventional troops because, by its nature, it’s elite,” Cole said. “The question is always, ‘What makes you so special?’”

He went on to explain that there are a lot of answers to that question, but the fact that someone feels the need to ask it gives an indication of how that makes conventional forces feel sometimes.

“The whole Hollywood culture of what a Special Forces guy—a ‘loose cannon’ or ‘rogue’ soldier—can do (and) what kind of damage he can do on the run” combines with media buildup to create some serious problems in the minds of people.

In the case of Stewart, Cole was referring to the fact that German news media accounts sensationally painted his friend as a Rambo-like character loose in the Bavarian Forest, a fugitive from justice who must have been guilty because he fled his court-martial proceedings.

“I don’t think that was the situation at all,” Cole said emphatically.

“Like Kelly’s father points out, Kelly never meant to hurt anybody. He never meant to engage. Had he decided to do any of those things, I’m convinced he could have succeeded at either one. You’re talking about someone who trained people to operate in secret, underground cells.

“Could Kelly have escaped and gotten away and found himself far away from his trouble?” Cole asked rhetorically. “Yeah, I think he well could have done that.

“Could he have killed a lot of police or military who were trying to locate him? Yeah. Absolutely. I saw his effectiveness in combat.

“He chose not to do either one of those,” Cole reasoned. “I don’t think either even entered his mind.”

The chapter continues for a few more pages and ends with Cole saying, “You always hope that somebody’s got your back.”

Today, I can say, “I have have Stewart’s back.”

If you’re interested in learning details about how the military justice system railroaded Stewart, order a copy of Three Days In August.

For a snapshot of Stewart’s situation today and to find out how you can help, read this Open Letter to Any American and/or read this recent article. Thanks in advance!

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Army Prosecutor Wanted Special Forces Soldier to Break Law, Discuss Classified Info in Open Court; He Refused

Facing a possible life sentence if convicted, Army Green Beret Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart faced substantial grilling by the Army prosecutor who seemed to want him to discuss classified matters in open court during his court-martial on allegations of rape and kidnapping.  Below are excerpts from Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight for Military Justice, the book in which I chronicle this highly-decorated Special Forces combat veteran’s toughest battle ever:

Before his court-martial, Kelly A. Stewart's uniform was covered with signs of his life as an elite Special Forces Soldier.

Kelly A. Stewart’s uniform was covered with signs of his life as an elite Special Forces Soldier until the lies one woman told in a military courtroom brought his life and career to a crashing end.

“They just wanted me to admit that I spoke German, that I am trained in all this ‘secret squirrel’ stuff to beat and interrogate people and everything else,” Stewart said, noting that it’s a facade and that Green Beret professionals like himself are trusted to do national-level stuff for the president of our country on a daily basis.

“The one thing I wouldn’t say in there was… a lie. I told the truth (in response) to the questions that were asked of me.”

What if he had answered all of their questions in open court?

“If I had went up there and said, in a statement, that we do some type of training like, ‘We do free fall blindfolded, you know, to work on the psychological aspects of the mind…’ that reporter that I knew was in the courtroom… what would that person have written in the Stars & Stripes?”

The excerpts above stand as a smidgen of what’s contained in nearly 300 pages taken directly from the Record of Trial, other trial-related documents and interviews with key players involved in the case.

To learn more about why Stewart, a man who served his country honorably, should have never been prosecuted or convicted, order and read Three Days In August. In it, you’ll find all of the blow-by-blow details of the court-martial and post-trial hearing.

To learn more about the book and read two high-profile reviews before you order, click here.

To read other posts about Stewart, click here.

To provide financial assistance to Stewart and his family, click on the “DONATE” button at SaveThisSoldier.com, a website built and managed by Stewart’s dad, himself retired after more than 30 years of service in Air Force Special Operations.

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