Department of Defense: ‘To Hell With Saving American Lives’

FLASHBACK:  I shared this piece one year ago this week.

An Army Times article published Friday contains details of a story that ring eerily similar to the story I’ll be telling in my upcoming second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Both seem to share a similar message coming out of the Department of Defense: “To hell with saving American lives!”

TheClapperMemoFrontCoverLR 6-5-13The Times reports that high-ranking Army officials issued a memo prohibiting the use of a certain software program after finding out that some Army units went outside official channels to obtain the software because they think its use could save soldiers’ lives.

THE CLAPPER MEMO tells the true story of how Department of Defense officials issued no fewer than three memos aimed at prohibiting the use of a certain interrogation technology that had proven itself superior to the one and only technology they had approved for use throughout DoD.  And that’s just the tip of the iceberg!

Unfortunately for those DoD officials, many soldiers in the field ignored the memos and, along with interrogation professionals at places like Afghanistan, Guantanamo Bay and Iraq, shared with me never-before-published details about this scandal as well as their feelings about having their best interrogation tool taken from them at a critical time in the nation’s history.

After spending almost four years conducting research and interviews as part of my investigation leading up to the THE CLAPPER MEMO, I guarantee Pentagon officials will not appreciate this book hitting the market.  At the same time, however, Blue Star and Gold Star families will.

The THE CLAPPER MEMO is set for release this fall AVAILABLE NOW!

If you need something to read until then, order a copy of my first nonfiction book, Three Days In August.  It’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Thanks in advance!


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Bob McCarty is the author of two nonfiction books, Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13).

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