REPORT: Four More GITMO Detainees Returned to Terror

In a new semi-annual report, “Re-Engagement of Detainees Formerly Held at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba,” released Wednesday, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. reveals that four more former GITMO detainees returned to terrorism/insurgent activities and 74 others are suspected to have done so.

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The new DNI report bumps up to 29 percent the number of GITMO detainees returning to terrorism, up from 28 percent six months ago.

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The “silver lining” in this report can be found in the fact that three of the four detainees confirmed as having reengaged are no longer among the living.

In my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share details about GITMO detainees obtained from the high-ranking interrogation officials who interrogated them there. Most importantly, I share how they describe the damage done to national security by a Pentagon decision to strip GITMO interrogators of their most-effective tool for learning about detainees’ past exploits and future plans. And, of course, DNI Clapper plays a key role in this story one retired Navy SEALs training program commander called “an unconscionable cover-up.”Learn more by ordering a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO, a book which has received a number of high-profile endorsements.

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.

SCOOPED: ABC News Reporter Four Months Late to the ‘Party’

In a report broadcast Monday, ABC News’ Brian Ross finally caught up with what I reported almost four months ago about the U.S. Government’s reckless approach to business and warfare.

Shown in the video above, the alphabet network’s chief investigative reporter reveals much of what I shared in a startling piece July 30, an excerpt of which appears below:

Though Army Pfc. Bradley Manning was acquitted of charges that he aided the enemy when he released hundreds of thousands of classified documents to Wikileaks, U.S. Army officials continue to do business with 43 individuals and companies — most of whom are Afghans — despite evidence of their ties to supporters of the insurgency (i.e., the Taliban, the Haqqani network, and al-Qaeda) in Afghanistan.

SIGAR Report 7-30-13In his July 30 report to Congress, Special Inspector General for Afghanistan Reconstruction John Sopko raised concerns about the Army’s refusal to act on his recommendations that would prevent supporters of the insurgency in Afghanistan from receiving lucrative government contracts. Incredibly, they were the same concerns he had raised three months earlier in his April 30 report to Congress.

Why have no ties been cut between the Army and the suspect 43 individuals and companies during the past three months? Officials at the Army Suspension and Debarment Office say, according to Sopko, appear to believe suspension or debarment of these individuals and companies would be a violation of their due-process rights.

Was I surprised to learn of this difficult-to-fathom news? Hardly. I ran into similarly-dangerous thinking during the four-year investigation that led to the release of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Of course, this isn’t the first time I’ve called attention to Ross and his reporting exploits.  I devote 20 pages of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, to a report by Ross that aired on ABC’s Primetime March 30, 2006.

To read more about reporting by Ross and what I uncovered during my investigation, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMOFYI:  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.

New Report: Only 28 Percent of Guantanamo Bay Detainees Return to Terrorist Ways!

Good news from Guantanamo Bay!  Well, sort of.  The rate at which detainees return to terrorism (a.k.a., “reengage”) after being released “back into the wild” has not increased, according to the latest report from the Office of the Director of National Intelligence.  Instead, the rate has remained at 28 percent — the same as it was the last time I reported it.  In other words, only 174 of 603 detainees who’ve been released from the U.S. Navy’s detention facility in Cuba have returned to their wicked ways!!!

ODNI GITMO Reengage 2013 LRBut there is some good news:  Nineteen of the 174 have died since returning to terrorism and 52 are back in custody.

And there is more bad news:  One-hundred and three are not in custody, probably on their way to Syria to engage in some U.S. taxpayer-supported regime change.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13In my recently-released book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share details contained in letters and other documents I obtained during the past four years from individuals who served as high-ranking interrogation officials at GITMO.  Most importantly, I share how they describe the damage done to national security by a Pentagon decision to strip GITMO interrogators of their most-effective tool for learning about detainees’ past exploits and future plans.  And, of course, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. plays a key role in this story one retired Navy SEAL called “an unconscionable cover-up.”

To learn more, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO, a book which has received a number of high-profile endorsements since its release in May. The book is available in paperback and ebook versions.

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.

Feds Investigate Individuals Who Speak Truth About Polygraph

After spending much of the past four years investigating the U.S. Government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, I was shocked to read a McClatchy News report late Friday about federal agents launching a criminal investigation of individuals engaged in the virtual cottage industry of teaching others how to pass polygraph exams.

McClatchy News Poly 8-16-13I’m not concerned about whether or not the investigation is, as McClatchy’s Marisa Taylor and Cleve R. Woodson Jr. report, part of the Obama Administration’s unprecedented crackdown on security violators and leakers.  Instead, I’m distressed by the fact that several U.S. Government agencies — including 17 intelligence agencies under Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.‘s umbrella — are still relying upon a century-old technology (i.e., polygraph) when it’s been proven vulnerable to defeat by a wide range of countermeasures.

Saddam Hussein

Saddam Hussein

In my recently-published book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share details from my exclusive interview with a long-time law enforcement professional who told me about his experience using a non-polygraph tool to interrogate members of Saddam Hussein’s inner circle, a group of individuals known collectively as the “Deck of Cards.”

This man, who I call “Ed,” because I cannot share his real name for reasons of his personal security, spent 90 days interrogating Deck of Cards members in Baghdad after the April 2003 collapse of the Iraqi dictator’s regime.

“I did Tariq Aziz. I did the vice president of the country. I did Saddam’s little brother,” Ed said. “Every one of those people had been (polygraph) tested before I got there, and every (polygraph exam) was ‘inconclusive.’”

Most of the high-value people in the dictator’s inner circle had been educated in the United States and were familiar with countermeasures to defeat the polygraph, Ed explained.

“They knew all about it, so they weren’t scared at all about the polygraph.”

Things were altogether different when Ed used a non-polygraph technology during questioning of the high-value subjects.

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13“I was able to convince them that this was the latest equipment from the United States of America, very few people know how to do this, and my government has sent me over here to see if you’re withholding any information — and, if you are, I’ll know immediately.

“I was able to tell them immediately, and I was able to get a lot of good information from them.”

In addition to the Deck of Cards, Ed said he also tested members of the Taliban and al-Qaeda during the years that followed.

One of those sessions took place in a distant foreign country — the name of which he could not share due to security reasons — and involved testing a high-value terror suspect who, despite being interrogated for seven days prior to Ed’s arrival, had revealed nothing.

“I tested him and, within five minutes after the examination, he started talking and, basically, gave (up) all kinds of stuff,” Ed said.

The non-polygraph technology had clearly worked for Ed, who is also an expert polygraph examiner. While answering questions about why and how it worked, he outlined his belief that one of the biggest differences between the polygraph and non-polygraph technologies is that individuals can use several types of countermeasures to affect the polygraph.

“They can control their breathing,” he explained. “Any muscle movement will affect the polygraph chart; and, certainly, if (suspects) have been schooled and they can do it at the right time, they can come up, at least, with an inconclusive chart where the examiner has a very difficult time making a decision.

“With the (non-polygraph technology), there are virtually no countermeasures. There’s really nothing (a person) can do that wouldn’t be obvious to the examiner — you know, raise and lower their voice, refuse to answer the control questions or just basically not answer.

U.S. Navy guards escort a detainee at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba.  (U.S. Army 1st Lt. Sarah Cleveland)

U.S. Navy guards escort a detainee at Guantanamo Bay.

“To me, it’s a lot better instrument,” Ed continued. “It’s a lot more user-friendly, and I certainly have a lot more confidence using the (non-polygraph technology) as well as analyzing the charts. They’re just so much easier to handle.”

Documents obtained from lead interrogators at Guantanamo Bay revealed similar sentiments.

Would someone tell me why the U.S. Government continues to rely upon easy-to-defeat polygraph technology when a more reliable and effective alternative exists?

I share the answer to that question and many others in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

A 268-page book that has received endorsements from noteworthy people across the country, THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback and ebook versions.  Order a copy today!

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.

Nonfiction Book Continues to Garner Attention Online

As THE CLAPPER MEMO nears the end of its first month on sale, it remains a hot item at Amazon.com.

TCM 15 Amazon Top 100 HNR Terrorism 5-29-13As of this posting, my second nonfiction book is holding down the #15 spot among Amazon’s “Top 100 Hot New Releases in Terrorism,” one spot behind the audio CD version of THE OUTPOST by former ABC News-now CNN reporter Jake Tapper.

TCM 37 Amazon Top 100 HNR Politics 5-29-13Among the online bookseller’s “Top 100 Hot New Releases in Politics,” THE CLAPPER MEMO stands at #37, one spot ahead of RADlCAL, a book about one man’s journey out of Islamic extremism.

THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback or ebook versions at Amazon.

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THE CLAPPER MEMO #3 — Amazon’s ‘Top 100 Hot New Releases in Terrorism’

The Kindle version of THE CLAPPER MEMO continues to climb the charts, now showing up in the #3 spot in Amazon’s “Top 100 Hot New Releases in Terrorism.”

TCM Amazon Hot New Rel Terror LR 2013-05-15 at 10.57Thanks to everyone who’s helping get the word out about this book which, by the way, comes highly recommended.

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‘Show-Me Jihad’ Bus Station Murder Defendant Pleads Insanity

Facing charges of first-degree murder and armed criminal action in the shooting death of a stranger less than 48 hours before the 10th anniversary of the attacks of Sept. 11, 2001, Mohamed H. Dawod withdrew his guilty plea during a hearing Friday in a Springfield, Mo., courtroom.  In it’s place, he entered pleas of “not guilty” and “not guilty by reason of mental disease or defect.”

Mohamed H. Dawod

Mohamed H. Dawod

Twenty-five at the time the shooting took place at a Greyhound bus station in Springfield, the Glendale, Ariz., native remains in custody and, according to an online docket entry posted Friday, Judge Dan Conklin instructed attorneys on both sides to prepare a proposed order for evaluation by the Missouri Department of Mental Health.  That means, he will likely undergo a mental exam soon.

Dawod had been scheduled to stand trial April 16, according to a docket entry dated June 29, 2012; however, pretrial motions delayed that trial from taking place.

More recently, according to an online court docket entry dated March 6, Dawod had been scheduled to be visited in his Greene County Jail cell March 8 and 9 by Dr. Thomas Blansett, a local psychologist.  Though the purpose(s) of the visits and/or whether or not they took place was not indicated in the list of docket entries online, it stands to reason that the local psychologist was assessing Dawod’s mental state for purposes of determining whether or not he was in his “right mind” at the time of the shooting.

For more details about this case and why I believe it could be labeled a case of “Show-Me Jihad,” read my April 22 post and others in my series about the Springfield bus station murder case.

EDITOR’S NOTE:  While it was nice to see the Springfield (Mo.) News-Leader’s article about the case Friday, the depth of the newspaper’s coverage left much to be desire.

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