According to a Chicago Tribune report dated June 18, 2013, Chicago cops elicited a false confession out of Nicole Harris– that she killed her young son — during a 27-hour interrogation that included a polygraph exam. As a result, the young mother, now 31, spent eight years behind bars before the justice system figured out that actual physical evidence proved her false confession impossible.
Incredibly, the polygraph technology that played such a key role in sending this woman to prison for a crime she did not commit is the same technology Department of Defense officials have made their department’s only authorized credibility assessment tool.
In fact, DoD officials have issued no fewer than three times during the past decade to drive home the point that the polygraph is the only credibility assessment tool to be used by DoD agencies. Nothing else!
Because the first memo I came across during an exhaustive four-year investigation was issued by James R. Clapper Jr., the man now serving as Director of National Intelligence (i.e., our nation’s top intelligence official), I thought his name deserved a spot in the title of my latest book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.
Why did Clapper, then serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, issue the memo?
Why is DoD so in love with the polygraph?
For the answers to the questions above and others, you’ll have to read THE CLAPPER MEMO. After you read it, I hope you’ll demand that your elected officials in the nation’s capitol reverse DoD’s ban on this non-polygraph technology.