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CURTAIN CALL: Report Marks End of 10-Year Online Journey; Books Remain on Sale at Amazon With More to Follow

In contrast to my 2014 year-in-review piece in which I lamented the disappearance of more than 5,000 articles written and published on my site since October 2006, I’m sharing no news this year about suspected cyberattacks and other forms of online skulduggery. Instead, after writing and publishing more than 300 additional articles during the past 18 months, it’s time to say goodbye. Yes, this is the final curtain call on my 10-year career as an online purveyor of opinions, investigative reports and an occasional dose of humor.

Click on image above to order Bob's books.

Click on image above to order Bob’s books.

Why the curtain call? Because I recently accepted a position with a Fortune 500 company and, due to time constraints, am no longer able to continue this endeavor. I must say, however, that it’s been an interesting ride since the days when my website was known as “BMW: The Ultimate Blogging Machine” and ranked #82 among the world’s Top 100 Conservative Blogs.

Original caricature by David Donar.

My cartoonist friend, David Donar, drew this for my use as the “Ultimate Blogging Machine.”

As the virtual fabric of this curtain call, I’d like to challenge other journalists — including those “citizen” journalists so often looked down upon by many of my college journalism-school brethren — to pick up the torch and keep the sunlight of disinfectant shining on a handful of topics (below) that deserve continued attention:

• THE PENTAGON’S SEXUAL ASSAULT WITCH HUNT

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Click on graphic above to order a copy of Three Days In August by Bob McCarty.

Since the October 2011 release of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August: A U.S. Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, I’ve been contacted by hundreds of individuals in search of help after they or a loved one found themselves falsely accused of crimes — usually involving members of the opposite sex — and, too often, convicted of those crimes in the military justice system. The case I’ve followed most closely since late August involves Army Maj. Christian “Kit” Martin and will be, if I can possibly make it happen, the subject of my next book. It’s a big “IF” due to the career change, but I hope to make it happen nonetheless. My 49-minute Skype interview with Major Martin offers an overview of the people and allegations involved in this case prior to multiple dead bodies being discovered only a week ahead of the date on which the major’s court-martial was set to begin. It has now been pushed back to an as-yet-undetermined date in March 2016.

• INTERROGATION TECHNOLOGY

Click on image above to order a copy of The Clapper Memo by Bob McCarty.

Click on image above to order a copy of The Clapper Memo by Bob McCarty.

In April 2008, I wrote a short piece about the Pentagon’s plan to deploy portable polygraph technology to war zones, purportedly for use in interrogating terror suspects and others whose information might be valuable to our war effort. Twelve months later, I asked Pentagon officials a handful of questions about how well the portable polygraphs had worked during their first year of use. Unsatisfied with the answers I received which seemed to indicate the portable polygraph technology had failed miserably, I launched an investigation that would last more than four years and result in learning about an extremely accurate and effective interrogation technology that Department of Defense leaders had yanked from the “toolkits” of our warfighters.

Along the way, I interviewed men who had used that technology with much success. Among them, Defense Intelligence Agency contractors who interrogated members of Saddam Hussein’s “Deck of Cards” as well as al-Qaeda and Taliban terror suspects and Army Green Berets and Navy SEALs who had used that technology with much success on the battlefield. In addition, I obtained never-before-published copies of letters and reports written by men who had used that technology with much success to interrogate detainees at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the Global War On Terror. In May 2013, I shared the results of my investigation in the form of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo.

• The Oklahoma City Bombing Trial in Salt Lake City

Though many Americans don’t even realize it’s taking place, I’ve been writing about an Oklahoma City Bombing trial that’s been slogging its way through a federal court in Salt Lake City as part of a 19-year (so far) search for the truth. My most recent piece about the trial appeared under the July 1 headline, Pre-Blast Videotapes FBI Claims ‘Might Have Been Misfiled’ Remain at Center of Ongoing Oklahoma City Bombing Trial. Other recent pieces covered topics such as allegations of FBI witness tampering and the judge’s threat to slap FBI agents with contempt of court charges. In the interest of time and understanding what’s at stake, I recommend you watch this chilling one-hour video before you read my other posts about the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial.

Radiation Contamination in the St. Louis Area

In January 2012, I wrote my first report about radioactive waste issues in the St. Louis area. It had to do with a report about cancer concerns related to the Weldon Spring Site in St. Charles County, Mo., the county just west and northwest of St. Louis County (Mo.). Three years later, I offered an update under the headline, New Weldon Spring Cancer Report Due Out Early 2016. Sadly, state health department officials have refused to provide answers to my latest queries. As a result, the final word remains to be written on this subject.

There are, of course, many more topics I’d like to highlight, but I’ll let you peruse them via the drop-down menu of categories located just below the “SEARCH” block in the right sidebar.

Before closing, allow me to suggest you show any appreciation you might have for my decade of work by purchasing copies of my books as Christmas gifts for the readers in your life:

• Chronicling the life story and wrongful prosecution of an elite Army Green Beret, Three Days In August received endorsements from Pamela Gellar of Atlas Shrugs and Richard Miniter, New York Times’ best selling author and investigative reporter. For more details about the book, visit http://ThreeDaysInAugust.com.

• To read the list of high-power endorsements of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com.

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Click on image above to order book.

• For pure entertainment value, I recommend you read about FBI Special Agent Joseph L. Wilson and his effort to solve the mystery behind the deaths of thousands of Americans during the Fourth of July weekend. The biggest challenge of his law enforcement career, the investigation becomes personal after Wilson realizes he shares one thing in common with those who died: The National Bet.

To learn how to order signed copies, click here.

Thanks for everything and Merry Christmas to you and yours! It’s been a great ride!

FYI: Because I might write a few more pieces before the end of the year, I’ll leave this as a “Featured Post” until then. And, oh yes, I will keep posting occasional thoughts on my Facebook page.

2014 ‘Most Unusual Year I’ve Experienced’ Online

The past 12 months rank among the most unusual I’ve experienced during the eight years my site, BobMcCarty.com, has been online.

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl.

This January 2014 photo shows Butters, my office assistant, looking into his porcelain bowl in an effort to predict how the year might turn out. He would have used a crystal ball, but he didn’t own one when this photo was taken and he doesn’t own one now.

The year began innocently enough with yours truly, accompanied by my wife and our two youngest sons, jetting across “the pond” for the wedding of my oldest son to a beautiful young lady from England whom he met at college in South Carolina and would later whisk to the other side of the world for their first post-nuptials jobs.

Because of the wedding commitment, I was unable to travel to Orlando to accept the 2013 Professor James L. Chapman Award for Excellence in person from the National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts, so I sent this video acceptance speech in my place.

A serious personnel issue surfaced soon after my return from England. Butters, my four-legged office assistant, threatened me with “clawsuits” if I didn’t improve his working conditions. He seemed to calm down after I installed a new “cubicle” for him and after I agreed to replace it with newer mail-order models several times during the remainder of the year. And I did.

After satisfying the cat, I received good news about a dog — more accurately, an underdog. I learned the first of three arrests had been made in connection with the 2006 murder of 18-year-old Jarret Clark of Broken Arrow, Okla. The news was satisfying, because it appears it will bring closure to those close to the case about which I had kept details (i.e., guest writer Carrie Fatigante’s six-part series about his murder, Whatever Happened to Jarret Clark?) posted online for more than four years.

During the next several months, strange things — think Sony and North Korea — began happening at BobMcCarty.com. As a result, I lost the vast majority of my site’s content — more than 5,000 posts written and published during almost eight years online. As a result, I found myself facing the prospect of starting over from scratch.

Without getting into the oh-so-painful details which I’m not willing to share, I posted this message:

As I approach the eighth anniversary of my online presence, I’ve decided to change directions in a substantial way — that is, I’m moving away from writing on a daily basis on these pages.

In addition to losing content, my site — which once ranked #82 on the list of top conservative websites and generated more than 55,000 visits per month by more than 31,000 unique visitors per month — tumbled into relative obscurity in terms of site traffic as measured by Alexa. FYI: On this playing field, much like in golf, a lower score is a better.

Among the small handful of people with whom I shared specifics about the site’s mad-made issues, some suggested I call out those many suspected were responsible. Though I was tempted to point the blame at Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., the nation’s top intelligence official whose face and name appear on the cover of my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo (May 2013), I had two reasons to opt otherwise: first, I could not pinpoint him with certainty; and, second, I lacked a forum for doing it effectively. Therefore, I abandoned the approach described in the blue-highlighted paragraph above and focused on returning the site to its former glory. The fact that the site had suffered no serious issues after moving to the new hosting company gave me reason for hope.

To reach my former-glory objective while also finishing work on my third book and first crime-fiction novel, The National Bet (November 2014), I divided my time between writing books and writing posts, with much more time going to the former than the latter. As a result, I tried to be more selective in choosing non-book subjects about which to write, and I tried to provide unique and exclusive stories, including several related to the Oklahoma City Bombing Trial still going on in Salt Lake City.

In many of my posts, I tried to “kill two birds with one stone” by connecting the dots between current news and the subject matter of my first two nonfiction novels, Three Days In August (October 2011) and The Clapper Memo (May 2013). Hopefully, the stories didn’t come across as sales pitches. Occasionally, I shared excerpts from my books.

Apart from writing, I made a handful of talking-head appearances, appearing on several popular radio and television broadcasts, including: Coast to Coast AM with George Noory in March; The Scott Horton Show in July; NewsmaxTV‘s America’s Forum in August; Freedom 560 with Ken Clark in September; The Andrea Shea-King Show in November; and The Scott Horton Show again earlier this month.

By the time this year ends, I will have whittled away at my former-glory objective while also selling a few — but not nearly enough — books.

If you’re wondering what 2015 holds in store for me, I can give you a few hints.

Next month, I travel to Orlando for three days to speak before a gathering of investigative professionals from across the country, most of whom work in law enforcement. Upon my return, I’ll host a Los Angeles-based film crew that’s coming to the St. Louis area to interview me about my second book, The Clapper Memo, for a documentary. Though I’m not at liberty to reveal the name of the outlet involved, my three sons agree that my “cool factor” will skyrocket after the documentary is made public — sometime in February.

Beyond writing, speaking and interviews, I expect to finish writing at least one new book — and possibly two — this year. Hope you’ll buy ’em when they hit the market!

FYI: For those of you who wonder about such things, my site’s traffic has climbed considerably during the past 12 months, but still has a long way to go. As a result, I depend heavily upon word of mouth as well as Facebook, Twitter and other social media to help me get the word out about this site and about my books so that I can pay the bills. Thanks in advance for buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same! To learn how to order signed copies, click here.

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