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Africa-Based Terror Group Plays Part in New Fiction Tale

Recent news about the al-Shabaab terror group reminds me of the action in the opening chapter of my just released crime-fiction novel, The National Bet.

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Click on image above to read an excerpt from The National Bet by Bob McCarty.

Action in the opening chapter of the book takes place in East Africa and involves an Air Force pararescue unit on a mission to save a downed pilot:

Captain McGowan’s F-16C Fighting Falcon had lost hydraulic pressure in its lone engine. As a result, he had to eject in an area only a few miles away from an enemy base where, a short time earlier, members of the terror group al-Shabaab had been on the receiving end of one of his laser-guided five-hundred-pound bombs. Now, instead of being the hunter, he’d become the prey, hunted by dark-skinned men now less than half a mile away and closing fast.

If you like crime-fiction stories that seem as if they are ripped from the headlines, you will love The National Bet.

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Note to Megyn Kelly: No Need For So Much Hype

One week ago today, I shared a Vice.com video interview of Dr. James Mitchell (a.k.a., “The Architect” of enhanced interrogation techniques) about his role in interrogating terrorists, terror suspects and other detainees in U.S. custody. Today, I share another interview of the man that reveals as much about the interviewer as it does about the guest.

One thing that stands out to me in the video is that Dr. Mitchell seems humble and content to avoid the spotlight. On the flip side, I was disappointed by something I heard come out of the mouth of Megyn Kelly, host of “The Kelly Files” on Fox News Channel:

“I want to tell our audience that, up until tonight, you have not fully told your story, because you’ve been under a nondisclosure agreement that’s been loosened over the weekend, and now this is the first chance you’ve had to really respond directly to this Senate report that was really put out by the Senate Dems — no Republicans — so this is an extraordinary moment for you to be able to come on camera and tell this story.”

Most viewers probably didn’t notice, but Kelly’s “first chance” statement — about Dr. Mitchell’s interview on her show being his first on the subject of interrogations — simply wasn’t true.

I know, because I shared the Vice.com interview video days after it was released on the news outlet’s website. She was, at a minimum, six days behind.

With that explained, what advice do I have to offer Kelly and her crew?  There’s no need for so much hype. Let the facts “sell” the stories instead of resorting to sensationalizing and issuing false claims of exclusivity.

And, while I’m at it, I recommend you read two books, Three Days In August and The Clapper Memo, if you’re looking for serious subjects to discuss on air.

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‘The Architect’ of Enhanced Interrogation Techniques Speaks

While reporting on the U.S. Senate Select Committee on Intelligence release Wednesday of its controversial 525-page report about the CIA’s so-called “Enhanced Interrogation Techniques”, most news outlets contacted the usual inside-the-Beltway suspects for comments and highlighted polar-opposite views. The folks at Vice News, however, went to the Florida Everglades to interview James Mitchell, the man some refer to as “The Architect” of the CIA’s EIT program.

The 25-minute interview is worth watching, regardless of which side you find yourself when it comes to interrogating terrorists and suspected terrorists. And when you’re done watching it, you might be interested in my contention that torture might be a moot issue if not for the actions taken by a small group of people, including James R. Clapper Jr., the man now serving as our nation’s Director of National Intelligence (i.e., our nation’s top intelligence official).

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CIA Torture Report Might Be Moot Issue If Not for Clapper

If only people like Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. had not worked so hard to ban the use of our most-effective interrogation technology, the use of the words “CIA interrogation techniques” and “torture” in the same sentence would likely not be making headlines around the world today.

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Instead, members of the national and international news media are in a tizzy about the long-awaited and much-anticipated release Tuesday of a CIA report on interrogation techniques used on suspected al-Qaeda detainees held in secret facilities in Europe and Asia in the years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, 2001. Many Washington power brokers believe the report will spur attacks against American interests.

In my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, I reveal never-before-published details about interrogations conducted by Defense Intelligence Agency officials at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the so-called “Global War On Terror.” In addition, I share details from my exclusive interviews with the men who used this highly-effective technology to interrogate members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle (a.k.a., “The Deck of Cards”) as well as hundreds of al-Qaeda and Taliban terrorists and other detainees at locations around the world.

I also share details of how elite military and intelligence warfighters offered effuse praise for the technology — even after Clapper worked so hard to ban its use by Defense Department personnel while he was serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence.

Learn more about this interrogation technology and how it, unlike waterboarding and other torture techniques, is touch-free and pain-free for those undergoing interrogations while producing superior results for interrogators.

Learn more about the reasons why, during a five-year period, members of our nation’s elite Special Forces units ignored no fewer than three Pentagon directives to stop using it.

Read some of the high-profile endorsements of the book.

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Could Online Dating Site Help USA Wage War on Terror?

EDITOR’S NOTE:  With Islamic terrorism still a hot-button issue and stories surfacing about Western teenage girls wanting to join Islamic terror groups, I thought I’d lighten the mood and share some humor below that I shared for the first time in a post seven years ago this month. Enjoy!

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Today, I read an article which stirred in me an idea that might lead to greater success in waging the War on Terror. After sharing this idea online, I fully intend to share it with intelligence officials in Washington, D.C.

The article chronicled the story of a girl who, two years ago at the age of 16, left her home in Michigan on an adventure that would eventually lead her to Tel Aviv — at least she hoped it would. Once at her destination, she planned to marry a Palestinian man she met online. The high school student didn’t reached her destination, but came close. After flying halfway around the world, she was detained by U.S. authorities in Amman, Jordan, had her passport confiscated and was sent back to the United States.

After reading the article, I couldn’t help but think that, if a 16-year-old was able to lure a then-20-year-old Palestinian man into an online love affair that almost culminated in marriage, a crop of older, wiser professional women with covert spying experience should be able to do the same job, but with even greater success.

An idea began percolating in my mind.

Instead of marriage, the intent would be to lure suspected members of Middle Eastern terrorist groups into online “love traps” of our own making.

To lead our online assault strategy, we can tap Dr. Neil Clark Warren and his team of matchmaking minds at eHarmony.com. They can assist the nation’s intelligence agencies in setting up a social networking site designed to attract jihad-crazy Muslims who are either members of or supporters of known terrorist organizations, including Hamas, Hezbollah, Al-Qaeda and others. We’ll call the project “JiHarmony.com.”

In much the same way as eHarmony.com narrows the field of potential mates from millions of candidates to a highly select group of singles with whom one shares deep levels of compatibility, JiHarmony.com will narrow the field of likely Islamic extremists down to a smaller number who share deep-seeded hatred for Western ideologies.

Unlink other sites, such as the Wanted by the FBI web site, that match criminals based on a picture and a paragraph, JiHarmony.com will identify likely terrorists based on their incompatibility with the most important areas of life — like Western values, character, intellect, sense of humor, spiritual beliefs, passion, and up to 24 other dimensions.Once we identify the terrorists based on information they submitted via the JiHarmony.com web site, we can set them up on “dates” with Western intelligence operatives posing as their compatibility “matches.”

You can figure out the rest from here. Let me know if you think it will work.

Though I received no feedback from anyone in the U.S. Intelligence Community about this idea, I find it hard to believe they wouldn’t implement it. After all, it’s BRILLIANT!  Isn’t it?

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