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Top Intel Official Gets Away With Lies for 53 Weeks (so far)

Fifty-three weeks ago today, seven Republican members of Congress called upon Attorney General Eric Holder to launch an investigation of Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. for lying to Congress. Instead of launching such an investigation, it appears Holder will depart the office without having given as much as two seconds of thought to their request.

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The letter began with a recap of the sequence of events that occurred March 12 when Clapper was asked by Sen. Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) if the National Security Agency collects any type of data at all on millions or hundreds of millions of Americans and Clapper responded with, “No,sir.”

Further into the letter, the representatives — Reps. Darrell Issa (Calif.), James Sensenbrenner Jr. (Wisc.), Trent Franks (Ariz.), Blake Farenthold (Texas), Trey Gowdy (S.C.), Raúl Labrador (Idaho) and Ted Poe (Texas) — said Clapper “was asked a question and he was obligated to answer truthfully.  He could have declined to answer.  He could have offered to answer in a classified setting.  He could have corrected himself immediately following the hearing.  He did none of these things despite advance warning that the question was coming.

“The country’s interests are best served when its leaders deal truthfully with its citizens,” the letter continued.  “The mutual sense of good faith it fosters permits compromise and concessions in those cases that warrant it.  Director Clapper’s willful lie under oath fuels the unhealthy cynicism and distrust that citizens feel toward their government and undermines Congress’s ability to perform its Constitutional function.”

At the end of the letter, the representatives set Jan. 10, 2014, as the date by which they requested a response from Holder to the matter they described as being of “the highest priority.”

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I find it humorous that members of Congress demanded an investigation of Clapper only months after the release of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, which, coincidentally, is based on my own exhaustive four-year investigation of a scandal in which Clapper, as the nation’s top intelligence official, continues to play a major role.

One retired Navy SEAL training program commander read the book and described my findings as representing “an unconscionable cover-up.”  Others shared similar sentiments about the book.

Find out what all of the fuss is about.  Order a copy of The Clapper Memo.

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Test Your Skills in ‘Can You Spot the Liar?’

Over the weekend, I came across a New York Times piece, Can You Spot the Liar? Though more than six months old, this interactive piece remains relevant and interesting.

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Click image above to link to “Can You Spot the Liar?”

The Times offered this description of how to play:

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might call it the “tell” – it’s the idea that your body language tells your questioners if the words you’re saying are actually true or false. These subjects in a University of Chicago study on body language and lying were asked several general questions – and then told off-camera to lie or tell the truth when answering. Can you tell truth from falsehood?

After watching videos of ten individuals, each answering a single question after being told in advance how they should respond, I was able to determine whether or not the person was lying or not lying six out of ten times. I’m not sure if that’s good enough for me to become a champion poker player, but maybe I’ll be a little more confident if I try one of the new online casinos in New Zealand, for example. Many people these days a catching onto the phenomenon that is online casinos. Everyone’s favorite table and slot games are all readily available at your fingertips. I guess what everyone wants to know is how is online gambling advantageous over traditional gambling at a physical casino. The answers to this and more can be found online if you search for them. If you are going to gamble online, you may want to take a look at this https://unwinnable.com/2021/04/08/5-ways-to-increase-casino-game-odds/ article to learn how you can increase the odds in your favor and hopefully reap some rewards – although, remember, casinos should be all about the fun. Anyway, back to the body language video…

Was I surprised when I answered correctly 60 percent of the time and was, in effect, more accurate than the typical polygraph exam? Not at all. As an investigative journalist who spent most of four years investigating the use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, I learned a lot about success rates and scams.

The results of my investigation, including many never-before-published details, appear inside my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo. To read about them, order a copy of The Clapper Memo.

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