Counterintelligence Expert: Business-As-Usual Approach Harms National Security

After reading a report issued Feb. 11 by the U.S. House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, I contacted a retired counterintelligence operative with whom I’ve been friends for several years and asked him to offer feedback about the report that had been released almost five months after Aaron Alexis murdered 12 people and injured four others at the DC Navy Yard. He agreed.

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Though he spoke on condition of anonymity due to the nature of his past and present work, his observations about the SLIPPING THROUGH THE CRACKS report deserve your attention.

“It just goes to show the Feds continue to use antiquated policies and procedures for vetting U.S. persons who require security clearances,” he said, noting that federal government agencies are using the same security policies and procedures that have been used as “templates” in Iraq and Afghanistan and produced high levels of infiltration by individuals hostile toward U.S. personnel. For more details, read my articles about “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks in Afghanistan.

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Knowing I had authored THE CLAPPER MEMO, a book about a long-fought “turf war” between polygraph loyalists and all challengers to their century-old technology, he told me one could show a nexus between flawed policies and procedures and the broken polygraph program currently embraced by the federal government.

“Clearly, the old timers such as (Director of National Intelligence James R.) Clapper have not kept up with the advances that have taken place both with technology and with vetting procedures,” he explained. “Even most major police departments and many smaller police departments conduct a more thorough investigation and have a more thorough vetting process than the federal government agencies.”

Part of the blame lies with following a one-size-fits-all approach and catering to the common denominator.

“Things were better when each agency was required to vet and investigate its own people. Now you have the entire process contracted out, and the people doing the investigations are being paid by their production (i.e.., the number of cases/leads they complete) instead of by the quality of their investigations.” For more details, read my articles about Edward Snowden.

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“The federal government should study the ‘best practices’ of local police departments when it comes to screening, vetting and investigating employees,” he explained after noting that more U.S. police agencies use non-polygraph technologies than polygraph and “may learn some valuable lessons” by doing so.

Then he shared an example of how the current misguided approach trickles into other federal government programs.

“What does it say about how serious they really are when they are hiring known criminals as (ObamaCare) health care navigators because of a policy that requires no background checks? This is just another ‘eye wash’ report that will do nothing to fix the broken system that is in place.

“They could easily fix it if they wanted to,” he concluded, “but the federal behemoth will continue doing business as usual — as they have demonstrated with the polygraph.”

Wise words from someone with decades of experience in the world of counterintelligence.

To learn more about the turf war mentioned above, ORDER A COPY of THE CLAPPER MEMO.

FOR WHAT IT’S WORTH: The same committee that produced the report mentioned above is set to hold a hearing Thursday at 10 a.m. Eastern to discuss the deaths of 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL TEAM SIX, aboard a single helicopter in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011. For more details, read my articles about “EXTORTION 17.”

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. 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 and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Weekly Recap Includes Praise, Threats, Blunders and Prizes

Those of you who follow me on Facebook know I’m on the homestretch of my first fiction novel with more than 300 pages completed and, I estimate, 100 pages to go. When I wasn’t busy working on the novel, however, I found time to share four new pieces related to my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

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Under the Sunday headline, Book Review: Townhall Columnist Understands What’s At Stake, I shared news about Townhall.com columnist Mark Baisley‘s review of the book, When Technology War Kills Our Own Soldiers.

In the last four words of the Monday headline, Admiral Labels “Insider Threat” to U.S. Warfighters in Afghanistan “As Dangerous As It Ever Was,” I highlighted the words of Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby after he was quoted in Stars and Stripes as saying the “insider threat” against American forces in Afghanistan is “as dangerous as it ever was.” After he failed to mention them, I offered details about “insider attacks” in Afghanistan that I uncovered during the four-year investigation upon which THE CLAPPER MEMO is based. Consider it a public service.

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On Thursday, I was excited to see Washington Times reporter Rowan Scarborough had written an article about U.S. troops being left to fend for themselves in Afghanistan. In particular, he shared details about the same type of poor Pentagon decision-making I exposed in THE CLAPPER MEMO. Read about it under the headline, Pentagon Decision-Making Blunders Highlighted.  [Warning: It might set your nose hairs on fire.]

Also on Thursday, I shared something from the STRANGE-BUT-TRUE files under the headline, DNI Clapper Launches Contest to Find Already-Existing Technology. Of course, it involves Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. and the decision by his folks at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity to hold a contest that awards prize money to people who develop something that already exists. That “something,” by the way, is at the heart of what I write about in THE CLAPPER MEMO.

I hope you’ll take a look at the stories above and, after you do, share your favorite articles with your friends and ORDER A COPY of THE CLAPPER MEMO. Thanks in advance!

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

DNI Clapper Launches Contest to Find Already-Existing Technology

Officials at the Office of the Director of National Intelligence caught me by surprise today when they issued a news release about the launch of a contest for which they plan to award $50,000 in prize money.  Why was I surprised?  Because the proven credibility assessment technology allegedly being sought by DNI James R. Clapper Jr. and his gang at the Intelligence Advanced Research Projects Activity already exists!  The details are in my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

ODNI News Release 2-20-14During four years of exhaustive investigation into the use of credibility assessment technologies by federal government agencies, I learned how some 2,000 local and state law enforcement agencies are currently using the technology — known as the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer® — which relies on a proprietary computer algorithm that measures microtremors in the human voice.

In addition, I interviewed military, intelligence and private security company officials about their positive experiences with CVSA® in places like Guantanamo Bay and Iraq before the technology was stripped from their control by, among other things, a memo signed by DNI Clapper.

Interestingly, I also reviewed and dissected several of the available studies — including one done by officials at the U.S. Air Force Research Laboratory.

By the time I finished my research, I realized what — or, more accurately, who — is keeping CVSA® from being adopted on a widespread basis throughout the federal government.  It’s the polygraph loyalists (i.e., people unwilling to change horses midstream even after realizing the century-old horses they’re riding are dead).

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It’s worth noting that I’m not the only one who believes my findings!

When Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a retired U.S. Army general who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific, endorsed the book, he wrote, “Bob McCarty has uncovered a high-tech ‘turf war’ pitting those who want the best for our troops against others who seem to be focused on their own self-interests.  Sadly, it seems the wrong people are winning this war.  I highly recommend THE CLAPPER MEMO.”

Capt. Larry W. Bailey, a retired U.S. Navy officer who once served as commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs training program, characterized what I expose in the book as “clearly an unconscionable cover-up of a capability of the U.S. military and intelligence community to vet incoming Afghan (or any other) military personnel.”

David P. Schippers, the man who served as Congressman Henry Hyde‘s chief investigative counsel during the Clinton Impeachment Hearings in the U.S. House of Representatives, described the book as “perhaps the most thorough investigative reporting I have encountered in years.  I direct the attention of the so-called major media to it.  This is how it’s done!”

MaryLiz Grossetto, the aunt of LCpl. Greg Buckley Jr., a 21-year-old Marine who died in Afghanistan in August 2012 as the result of a “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attack,  read the book.  Afterward, she offered this review“Read this book & you will see how our government has for many, many years deprived our military of the best possible tool for vetting & weeding out the enemy.”

Finally, Billy and Karen Vaughn shared their observations about the book almost two years after their son, U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn, lost his life along with 29 other Americans when their helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17,” was shot down in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011.  In their endorsement, they wrote, “THE CLAPPER MEMO by Bob McCarty gives the reader an in-depth look into the dirty little secrets of politics and greed triumphing over safety and security for our fighting men and women as well as the average American citizen.”

Rather than trust an INSTINCT, the acronym for the contest that looks somewhat like a federal government bureaucrat’s job title when spelled out (i.e., Investigating Novel Statistical Techniques to Identify Neurophysiological Correlates of Trustworthiness), they should trust the proven track record of CVSA® and save the government some prize money.

Want to learn more about this mess?  Order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO today!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. 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 and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Admiral Labels ‘Insider Threat’ to U.S. Warfighters in Afghanistan ‘As Dangerous As It Ever Was’

Pentagon Press Secretary Rear Adm. John Kirby was quoted in Stars and Stripes Friday as saying the “insider threat” against American forces in Afghanistan is “as dangerous as it ever was.” And he’s right.  What he did not mention, however, is the fact that many “insider attacks” are preventable.

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Admiral Kirby’s comments likely stem from the fact that he’s been kept in the dark about decisions made by senior Department of Defense officials during the past decade that have resulted in the best screening and interrogation tools available being kept out of the hands of U.S. military and intelligence officials.  Out of the hands of interrogation officials in places like Afghanistan and Iraq.  And, most recently, out of the vetting process used to screen recruits hoping to serve in Afghanistan’s military, police and security agencies.

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In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I share never-before-published details about decisions made by DoD officials at the highest levels — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. when he was serving as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence — and about decisions that should be made in the future.

Unfortunately for good men like Spc. John A. Pelham, 22, of Portland, Ore., and Sgt. First Class Roberto C. Skelt, 41, of York, Fla., any decisions to change policy will come too late.  The Army Special Forces Soldiers were killed Wednesday when, according to the aforementioned Stripes report, two individuals wearing Afghan National Army uniforms opened fire on them with machine guns.  They became casualties of yet another “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider Attack.”

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Capt. Larry W. Bailey, U.S. Navy retired, came to understand the gravity of this situation after reading THE CLAPPER MEMO.  In fact, the former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs training program described what I reveal in the book as “an unconscionable cover-up.”  Others have offered similar assessments.

See if you agree.  Order your copy today!

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Nation’s Top Intelligence Official Should Be Fired for Lies, Actions

A mildly-courageous few — among them, a congressman from Michigan and a senator from Kentucky — have urged President Barack Obama to ask for James R. Clapper’s immediate resignation after the nation’s top intelligence official admitted he lied under oath. None, however, have asked for the spymaster’s proverbial “head on a platter.” And then there’s me!

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Going well beyond President Obama’s statement Friday that the Director of National Intelligence “should have been more careful” when testifying before the U.S. Senate Intelligence Committee March 12, 2013, I released THE CLAPPER MEMO.

My second nonfiction book and the product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, THE CLAPPER MEMO exposes this title-inspiring man’s leading role in preventing U.S. military and intelligence personnel from having access to the best interrogation equipment available. And that’s just the beginning!

Though THE CLAPPER MEMO has yet to gain the kind of attention as Clapper’s lying and spying exploits, it has received glowing endorsements from several high-level individuals who appreciate its implications:

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“THE CLAPPER MEMO by Bob McCarty gives the reader an in-depth look into the dirty little secrets of politics and greed triumphing over safety and security for our fighting men and women as well as the average American citizen.”BILLY and KAREN VAUGHN, parents of U.S. Navy SEAL Aaron Carson Vaughn and author of the book, BETRAYED: The Shocking True Story of Extortion 17 as told by a Navy SEAL’s Father. Aaron was a member of SEAL Team Six who lost his life along with 29 other Americans when their helicopter, call sign “Extortion 17,” was shot down in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011. Learn more about their endorsement here.

“Bob McCarty has uncovered a high-tech ‘turf war’ pitting those who want the best for our troops against others who seem to be focused on their own self-interests. Sadly, it seems the wrong people are winning this war. I highly recommend THE CLAPPER MEMO.”MAJ. GEN. PAUL VALLELY (U.S. Army, Ret.), former deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific. Learn more about his endorsement here.

“Bob McCarty’s book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, represents perhaps the most thorough investigative reporting I have encountered in years. I direct the attention of the so-called major media to it. This is how it’s done!”DAVID P. SCHIPPERS, Chief Investigative Counsel during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton. Learn more about his endorsement here.

“An unconscionable cover-up.”CAPT. LARRY W. BAILEY (U.S. Navy SEALs, Ret.), former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs BUD/S Training Program. Learn more about his endorsement here.

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. 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 and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Author Advises Top Intelligence Official to ‘Look in the Mirror!’

Though I’d never label Edward Snowden a hero for his actions, I will offer some advice to Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on the heels of his testimony Wednesday before members of the Senate Intelligence Committee: “LOOK IN THE MIRROR!”

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. delivers his opening statement to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Jan. 29.  Click image to view video.

Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. delivers his opening statement to members of the Senate Intelligence Committee Jan. 29. Click image to view video.

Speaking of Snowden and the damage the former National Security Agency contractor employee caused by leaking intelligence documents to which he had access, the nation’s top intelligence official said Snowden put lives of U.S. intelligence operatives at risk. Talk about the pot calling the kettle black!

DNI Clapper did the same thing seven years ago when, as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence, he issued a memo in which he declared the polygraph the only authorized credibility assessment tool for use by Department of Defense personnel. After all, there was — and still is — a newer, more reliable and more effective credibility assessment technology available to U.S. military and intelligence personnel.

In my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, I expose details of Clapper’s memo and the impact it has had on our nation’s defense and intelligence capabilities. I share interviews with people who’ve had their “boots on the ground” — in places like Afghanistan, Iraq, Kuwait, Mexico and Qatar — as end users of the non-polygraph credibility assessment technology now locked out of the DoD marketplace. In addition, I share never-before-published documents obtained from individuals who were in charge of the interrogation element at Guantanamo Bay during the early days of the so-called “Global War on Terror.” And there’s more you’ll only find out about by reading the book!

Though it has yet to gain the kind of attention the Snowden/NSA scandal, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received glowing endorsements from several high-level individuals who appreciate its implications. For example, a retired Navy SEALs training program commander described what I reveal inside the book as “an unconscionable cover-up.”

To learn more about what I reveal inside THE CLAPPER MEMO, you’ll have to order a copy of the book. It’s available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. 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 and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Afghan Officials to Release Prisoners U.S. Calls ‘Dangerous’

Today, a possibility I reported 18 days ago became a reality when, according to this report, Afghan government officials ordered the release of more than three-dozen prisoners the U.S. Government considers “dangerous.”

Enduring Freedom

This Feb. 6, 2012, photo shows two released detainees waiting in the Wardak provincial governor’s compound at Forward Operating Base Airborne, Afghanistan. Before their release, the men promised to live peacefully and signed pledges to renounce violence. (U.S. Air Force photo by Staff Sgt. Amanda Dick)

Who are the prisoners being released from the Afghan-operated Bagram prison?  Seventeen of the 37 to be released have reportedly been linked to the production of improvised explosive devices that killed 11 U.S. and NATO troops.  Though the source of today’s news does not mention whether or not these soon-to-be-released Afghans were involved in any “Green-on-Blue” or “Insider” attacks, I think it’s safe to assume they would condone and, in the future, be involved in such attacks if given the opportunities.

Sadly, this poor decision made by Afghan officials serving on the Afghan Review Board is not much different than many of the decisions made at the highest levels of the U.S. Government which have had — and continue to have — negative impacts on our men and women in uniform.

To learn intimate details related to some of those decisions, order a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  Available in paperback and ebook versions, the book received the endorsement of a retired Navy SEALs training program commander who describes what I reveal inside the book as “an unconscionable cover-up.”  Other high-profile individuals endorsed it as well.

UPDATE 2/13/2014 at 9:22 a.m. Central:  They been released!

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Government Officials Think Alike When Releasing Bad Guys

Barely four months ago, I shared news from Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. about detainees at Guantanamo Bay and what they did after being released. Today, I can report that ours isn’t the only government inclined to release bad guys from prison too soon.

A U.S. Sailor, foreground, patrols at Guantanamo Bay (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

A U.S. Sailor, foreground, patrols at Guantanamo Bay (U.S. Air Force photo by Tech. Sgt. Michael R. Holzworth)

According to a Military.com report Wednesday, U.S. military officials said Tuesday that seven prisoners believed responsible for “Green-on-Blue” or “insider” attacks that killed U.S. and NATO troops may soon be released by Afghan government officials.

What was it that DNI Clapper reported four months ago? Allow me to refresh your memory by sharing an excerpt from my piece published Sept. 6, 2013:

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!!!

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But 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.

In 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.”

I wonder what the loved ones of Americans killed or wounded in “Green-on-Blue” attacks think about the prospect of these Afghans being released.

To learn more about the war in Afghanistan and how decisions made at the highest levels of government have had — and continue to have — a negative impact on our men and women in uniform, order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO. Available in paperback and ebook versions, it’s received a number of high-profile endorsements since its release in May.

UPDATE 1/09/2013 at 1:12 p.m. Central: I hope Afghan government officials don’t change their minds and release the Afghan killer mentioned in this article.

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Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

SOURCE: House Members to Ignore ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Tied to SEAL TEAM SIX Deaths

A well-connected source tells me that members of the U.S. House of Representatives plan to avoid discussion of several hot-button topics during a hearing next month to probe the deaths of 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s SEAL TEAM SIX, in what’s been recorded as the single-largest loss of life in U.S. Naval Special Warfare history.

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan about a CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter -- call sign "Extortion 17" -- Aug. 6, 2011.

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan about a CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter — call sign “Extortion 17″ — Aug. 6, 2011.

BACKGROUND: The deaths occurred in Afghanistan Aug. 6, 2011, after a mission to capture a high-value Taliban operative — codename “Lefty Grove” — went terribly wrong.

Along with the aforementioned SEALs, five Army aircrew members, three Air Force personnel and five other Navy personnel were killed, dwarfing the more-publicized scandal surrounding the deaths at the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi.

All of the Americans had been manifested on “Extortion 17,” the call sign given to the CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter used for the mission, when it went down in the Tangi Valley after more than one rocket-propelled grenade were reportedly fired at the aircraft. See this article for more details about the shoot-down.

The incident raised many questions, largely because of the fact that the SEALs killed were members of the same elite unit Vice President Joe Biden identified in public as the one that raided Osama bin Laden‘s compound in Pakistan. See the 2:11 mark of this video (below) for proof.

THE HEARING: Though the hearing has yet to appear on the calendar of the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform, my source assures me he was told it will take place and that the list of hot-button topics committee members plan to avoid includes Rules of Engagement, the Counterinsurgency (COIN) strategy, the vetting process used to screen Afghan recruits and “Green-on-Blue” attacks.

THE SMOKING GUN: Also likely to be ignored at the hearing is another topic much more personal to those who lost loved ones in the incident. According to my source, autopsy reports reveal multiple foreign objects were found inside the bodies of more than one of the Extortion 17 casualties. Critically important about those objects is how, according to my source, is that the medical examiner with whom he spoke, they were “unidentifiable.”

Such a description raises at least two troubling questions in need of answers:

Does that mean they were made of materials unknown to the U.S. military (i.e., materials not known to have been used in the construction of the CH-47 aircraft, its weapons systems or any of the items typically carried by U.S. and Afghan personnel)? and

Could U.S. military officials not link the unidentifiable materials to any of myriad RPGs, mortars and other munitions encountered by U.S. forces during the past dozen-plus years of war?

Seeking answers to those questions, I contacted a public affairs official at the Armed Forces Medical Examiner System in Rockville, Md., last week and asked for copies of the autopsy reports of the Extortion 17 casualties. Not surprisingly, I was told I would have to file a Freedom of Information Act request in order to obtain those reports. I plan to do that after the holidays and will update you as soon as possible.

FYI: I’m also working to confirm another possible smoking gun which I found in the 1,300 heavily-redacted pages of the crash investigation report — which, by the way, I’ve read in its entirety — put together by officials at U.S. Central Command.

Stay tuned!

UPDATE 1/12/2014 at 9:39 p.m. Central:  In addition to commenting on the recent release by former CIA Director and Secretary of Defense Robert Gates, Gold Star parents Billy & Karen Vaughn corroborate what I shared about in the article above about an upcoming Congressional hearing.

UPDATE 2/22/2014 at 9:12 p.m. Central:  Hearing set for Feb. 27 at 10 a.m. Eastern!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO. 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 and THE CLAPPER MEMO. To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty: Top Four ‘Extortion 17′ Stories of 2013

As a former Air Force public affairs officer and author of two books that involve military subject matter, I have an affinity for reporting on military-related topics and scandals. One of those is an incident which resulted in the single-largest loss of life in Naval Special Warfare history. Below are my Top Four “Extortion 17″ stories of 2013:

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan about a CH-47 "Chinook" helicopter -- call sign "Extortion 17" -- Aug. 6, 2011.

The images above are those of the men lost while serving their country in Afghanistan about a CH-47 “Chinook” helicopter — call sign “Extortion 17″ — Aug. 6, 2011.

#4. Tragedy Ensues After AC-130 Gunship Crew Not Allowed to Engage Afghan ‘Squirters’ — I asked an extremely-serious question about the decision made by U.S. military officials involved in OPERATION LEFTY GROVE, the effort that cost 30 Americans, including 17 members of the U.S. Navy’s elite SEAL Team Six, their lives.

#3. Did Afghan Officials Play Deadly Role in Navy SEALs Helo Crash? — In this piece, I shared the reasons why I’m convinced untrustworthy officials at the highest levels of the Afghan government were responsible for the loss of Extortion 17.

Green Beret on Extortion 17#2.BETRAYED: Compelling Book by Father of Fallen Navy SEAL — I shared details about the book into which Billy Vaughn poured a lot of blood, sweat and tears.

#1. EXTORTION 17: Former Army Green Beret Offers His Take on Deadly Navy SEALs Mission — A former Army Green Beret, shared his expert observations and raised some serious questions about the extremely-controversial mission.

SEE ALSO:  My latest piece on Extortion 17, SOURCE: House Members to Ignore ‘Smoking Gun’ Evidence Tied to SEAL TEAM SIX Deaths, published Monday.

If you enjoyed these stories and others I shared during 2013, you’ll love reading my books. Be sure to add Three Days In August and THE CLAPPER MEMO to your libraries today! Both are available in paperback and ebook versions at Amazon.com.

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.