McCaskill Three Times Slower Than GOP Counterparts to Assist

I stand amazed at how much the responses I’ve received from Sen. Roy Blunt, Sen. Claire McCaskill and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner have varied since Jan. 13 when I contacted the offices of these people who purport to represent me and my fellow citizens in the Show-Me State in the U.S. Congress and asked for help in dealing with officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency.

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Congresswoman Wagner’s staff has been most responsive. In fact, I received a phone call the same day I sent her both an email message and a message via Facebook. Since then, I’ve exchanged multiple email messages with members of her staff.

Sadly, the congresswoman’s staffers have, so far, been able to generate only a cursory reply letter (dated Feb. 28 and received March 3) from James L. Kaplan, DIA’s Chief of Congressional Relations.

Senator Blunt’s staffers, on the other hand, have been less responsive than Congresswoman Wagner’s, but not the worst among the Missouri delegation. My correspondence with them began when I used the senator’s online communication tool to submit the following message:

Eighteen months ago, I filed a Freedom of Information Act request with the Defense Intelligence Agency. In it, I requested copies of unclassified documents related to polygraph contracts. To date, I have been thoroughly stonewalled. Now, I need Senator Blunt’s help to find out why.

Beyond that, I included a link to an article in which I had outlined my experience to date with the DIA. Senator Blunt’s staffers responded — via snail mail letter dated Feb. 12, not the much-quicker email — by sending me a Privacy Act Release Statement which I had to complete and return by snail mail.

Blunt-Blunt-McCaskill-LtrsIn an auto-signed letter dated March 11 and received a few days later, Senator Blunt informed me that he made contact with DIA officials and that they had responded to his inquiry. Attached to it was a letter from Kaplan that was virtually identical to the one Congresswoman Wagner had received from Kaplan 11 days earlier.

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Dragging up the rear in this race to serve their constituent are members of Senator McCaskill’s staff. Despite the fact I had reached out to “Claire Bear” on the same day and in the exact same manner as I had Senator Blunt, it took her staff 92 days — or 34 days longer — to reply with a letter (dated April 9) almost identical to the initial reply received from her Republican counterpart.

So, what is all of the fuss about? As of today, I’ve waited exactly 21 months for DIA officials to comply with requirements of the Freedom of Information Act and fulfill my request for copies of unclassified documents related to Department of Defense purchases of polygraph equipment since Jan. 1, 2000.

And why have DIA officials worked so hard to keep this information out of my hands? Read my book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, and you’ll begin to understand their reluctance.

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.

DIA Continues to Stonewall Freedom of Information Act Request — 21 Months (So Far)

Unless something unexpected happens during the next 48 hours, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency will turn 21 months old Wednesday, and a citizen’s access to unclassified details about government purchases of polygraph machines will continue to be squelched.

DIA Seal I don’t expect a response sooner than Friday since DIA officials will be in Tampa until Thursday, attending GEOINT, the nation’s largest intelligence gathering that was originally set to take place six months ago but was postponed due to the government shutdown.  Truth be told, I don’t anticipate a response at all after almost two years of waiting.  DIA officials don’t want to make their top boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., look any worse than he already does after lying to Congress and allowing things like the Edward Snowden scandal to occur on his watch.  But I can dream, can’t I?

What unclassified information do I want so badly that DIA officials do not want me to have?  It’s described below as it appeared in my FOIA request July 16, 2012:

“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”

Don’t get me wrong.  DIA officials did respond to my initial request.  In a piece May 24, 2013, I described how their response fell far short of expectations by providing only 12 pages of documentation dating back only as far as June 25, 2010 — not Jan. 1, 2000, as requested — and how, coincidentally or not, the agency’s response arrived one week after the release of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, for which I was seeking the information. In addition, I highlighted a portion (below) of the appeal letter I mailed the same day:

PolygraphIn responding to my request, you included only 12 pages of documentation dating back as far as June 25, 2010. That, by any stretch of the imagination, is UNSATISFACTORY; therefore, I must contest the $155.80 assessment for “professional search and review time of 3.5 hours at $44.00 per hour, reproduction and release costs of 12 pages at 15¢ per page.” Until such time as a genuine effort is made on behalf of your agency to provide the requested documentation, I shall not remit payment as requested.

In a letter dated Feb. 28 and received March 3, DIA Chief of Congressional Relations James L. Kaplan even had the nerve to stonewall my Congressional representative, U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner.

While I could wax poetic about my frustration related to this stonewalling, I won’t.  Instead, I’ll point you to my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, and recommend you read it if you truly want to understand why I’m so interested in the documents being withheld from me and why so many high-profile people have endorsed my book.

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 Wants Honest Answers From Speakers at Nation’s Largest Intelligence Gathering

Originally scheduled to take place six months ago but postponed due to the government shutdown, GEOINT 2013* Symposium is now set for April 14-17 in Tampa, Fla. Touted as the largest intelligence event in the U.S., according to a news release issued by the United States Geospatial Intelligence Foundation, this event stands as a target-rich environment for someone like me who simply wants some honest answers from a handful of the event’s keynote speakers.

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Atop the list of speakers from whom I’d like answers is Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., the man whose name appears in the title of my second and most-recent nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO. I’d like to ask DNI Clapper why, as Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence seven years ago, he issued a memo declaring the polygraph the only authorized credibility assessment tool for use by Department of Defense personnel when a newer, more reliable and more effective credibility assessment technology was — and still is — available to U.S. military and intelligence personnel.

Second on my list is Defense Intelligence Agency Director Lt. Gen. Michael T. Flynn. I’d like to ask the Army three-star general why I’ve had to wait 632 days (so far) for DIA officials to fulfill my Freedom of Information Act request for unclassified information related to DoD purchases of portable polygraph equipment during the past 12 years. Specifically, I asked for the following information in my request July 16, 2012:

“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense Agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”

Unfortunately, DIA’s only fulfillment to date, a mail parcel that I received May 9, 2013, fell far short of expectations. It contained only 12 pages of documentation dating back only as far as June 25, 2010 — not to Jan. 1, 2000, as requested. Coincidentally, the date that appeared atop the letter, May 2, 2013, was the exact day THE CLAPPER MEMO, the book for which I was seeking the information, was released. Coincidence? I think not.

Of course, there are others on the list of keynoters with whom I’d like to speak.

I’d like to ask three flag officers — Gen. Lloyd J. Austin III, commander of U.S. Central Command, Adm. William H. McRaven, commander of U.S. Special Operations Command, and Lt. Gen. Raymond P. Palumbo, Director for Defense Intelligence for Warfighter Support in the Office of the Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence how they can look in the mirror each day while knowing a tool proven more effective and reliable than the century-old polygraph is being kept out of the hands of their front-line warriors.

U.S. Rep. C.A. "Dutch" Ruppersberger (D-Md)

U.S. Rep. C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger (D-Md)

Finally, I’d like to ask Maryland Congressman C.A. “Dutch” Ruppersberger why he, as Ranking Member of the U.S. House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence, hasn’t shown more interest in this topic. He was, after all, among the several dozen members of Congress who received copies of my book in which I point fingers and name names.

Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of so-called credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received rave reviews from people who know what it’s like to have a “dog in the fight.”

To learn more about the book, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com. To order a copy, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

Top Intel Lawyer Made Me Laugh

I laughed today after reading a Secrecy News post in which appeared the following words, said to have been spoken five days ago by Robert Litt, general counsel in the Office of the Director of National Intelligence:

Robert Litt, ODNI General Counsel

Robert Litt, ODNI General Counsel

“There is no question that overclassification of information is a genuine problem.”

I found Litt’s words especially humorous in light of the fact that (1) he uttered them at a Freedom of Information Day program at American University Washington College of Law and (2) I’ve waited 616 days, so far, for officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency to fulfill my Freedom of Information Act request for copies of unclassified contract documents related to Pentagon polygraph equipment purchases dating back to Jan. 1, 2000, and continuing through July 16, 2012, the day I filed the FOIA request.

I understand Litt doesn’t work for DIA, but the three-letter intelligence agency is one of 17 such agencies that full under the purview of Litt’s boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.; therefore, I have to believe Litt and Clapper might wield some influence over DIA officials who have turned FOIA stonewalling into something of an art form.

DNI James R. Clapper Jr.

DNI James R. Clapper Jr.

In related news, officials at George Washington University’s National Security Archive named DNI Clapper the 2013 recipient of the Rosemary Award.  Named for President Richard M. Nixon’s secretary, Rose Mary Woods, whose spectacular stretch allegedly erased 18 1/2 minutes of a Watergate tape, the (dis)honor recognizes the worst open-government performance by a government officials.

If you’re curious as to why DIA officials might not want to fulfill my FOIA request, you’ll be able to hazard a pretty good guess after reading my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

To learn more about it, visit http://TheClapperMemo.com.  To order a copy of the book, click here or on the graphic below.

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.

Federal Agencies Not Very Transparent When It Comes to Freedom of Information Act

If you think my Freedom of Information Act experience — you know, the one during which I’ve waited 612 days (so far) for Defense Intelligence Agency officials to fulfill my request for unclassified information — is unique, think again.  In reality, federal government agencies are not very transparent when it comes to fulfilling FOIA requests.

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Click image above to read more about Bob’s DIA FOIA request.

While visiting the website of former CBS News reporter Sharyl Atkisson Wednesday evening, I came across a link to a Jan. 9 article on the NBCWashington.com. There, I read about how a Navy FOIA officer had mistakenly sent to a reporter a memo in which he detailed a strategy via which the reporter’s FOIA requests for documents related to the DC Navy Yard Shootings could be rejected or, at a minimum, stymied.

After reading the article and the memo, I can’t help but wonder if similar communications were exchanged between DIA officials seeking to reject or stymie my FOIA request for copies of contract documents related to the federal government’s purchases of polygraph equipment since Jan. 1, 2000.

To learn more about the subject matter for which I was seeking information via FOIA, order a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  It comes highly recommended.

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.

FOIA Request to DIA Remains Unfulfilled After 600 Days

Over the weekend, a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to the Defense Intelligence Agency turned 600 days old, and it seems even a sitting member of Congress has little influence over how officials inside the spy agency regard a citizen’s right to know unclassified details about government contracts related to the purchase of polygraph machines.

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THE INITIAL FOIA REQUEST:  The unclassified information DIA officials are so reluctant to provide is described below as it appeared in my FOIA request July 16, 2012:

“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense Agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”

THE DIA RESPONSE & MY APPEAL:  In a piece May 24, 2013, I described how DIA’s response to my FOIA request fell far short of expectations by providing only 12 pages of documentation dating back only as far as June 25, 2010 — not Jan. 1, 2000, as requested — and how, coincidentally or not, the agency’s response arrived one week after the release of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, for which I was seeking the information.  In addition, I highlighted a portion (below) of the appeal letter I mailed the same day:

In responding to my request, you included only 12 pages of documentation dating back as far as June 25, 2010. That, by any stretch of the imagination, is UNSATISFACTORY; therefore, I must contest the $155.80 assessment for “professional search and review time of 3.5 hours at $44.00 per hour, reproduction and release costs of 12 pages at 15¢ per page.” Until such time as a genuine effort is made on behalf of your agency to provide the requested documentation, I shall not remit payment as requested.

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Click image above to download letter (PDF).

THE LATEST NEWS ABOUT THE APPEAL PROCESS:  Twenty-four days after my last update about this never-ending saga, I received a message from Erin Olson, a staffer in the office of U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.).  She informed me that my representative in the House of Representatives had received a response to her Jan. 15 inquiry written on my behalf about my FOIA request.  That response, from DIA Chief of Congressional Relations James L. Kaplan, was dated Feb. 28 and received in Representative Wagner’s office March 3.  It began as follows:

Thank you for sharing your January 15, 2014, correspondence with Mr. Bob McCarty of St. Charles, MO and for your interest in the Defense Intelligence Agency’s Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) policies.  DIA takes its open government obligations very seriously and attempts to provide a level of service that will satisfy the requester community.  There are certainly instances where DIA is not able to provide service at a speed that satisfies the individual requester.  It is common that DIA must assert exemptions under the FOIA that the requester does not agree with.  In either situation, this Agency wants to provide the requester the fullest access possible at the greatest speed possible.

In two paragraphs that followed, the DIA official claimed I had not filed an appeal May 24, 2013, before stating that DIA FOIA officials “decided to treat the electronic mail correspondence from Mr. McCarty to the DIA Office of the General Counsel as authority to initiate this administrative appeal.”  Soon after, he patronized the congresswoman some more:

That appeal is being reviewed by DIA, a process that involves the re-examination of the search for responsive records and the review of any records previously processed for release.  This appellate procedure takes time to conclude, but I can certainly understand Mr. McCarty’s frustration with the length of time it has taken to resolve his request and his appeal.

I assure you that Mr. McCarty’s administrative appeal is being handled by DIA according to its established procedures, which must factor in the re-review of the matter and the processing of other appeals received prior to his.  DIA will provide a response as soon as possible.  Please do not hesitate to contact my office if you have further questions.

After 602 days of waiting, I think it’s time to change the procedures.

Want to know why I’m so interested in reading government contract documents related to the purchases of polygraph equipment?  You an begin to understand by reading endorsements of my book.  For an in-depth understanding, however, you’ll have to ORDER A COPY and read THE CLAPPER MEMO.

UPDATE 3/21/2014 at 11:42 a.m. Central:  Today, I received a letter regarding my DIA FOIA request from the office of Sen. Roy Blunt (R-Mo.).  Dated March 11, it contained nothing of substance from the senator but pointed me, instead, to a copy of a letter from DIA’s Kaplan that appears identical to the one Representative Wagner received. Gotta love this transparency!

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 Not Surprised by Retired General’s Claim About Muslim Brotherhood Inside Pentagon

When I heard retired Army Lt. Gen. Jerry Boykin telling an interviewer in the video below that he knows our government — including the Pentagon! — has been infiltrated at the highest levels by members of the radical Muslim Brotherhood, I wasn’t the least bit surprised.  Why?  I’ll explain after you watch the video below.

I wasn’t surprised, because I spent four years conducting an exhaustive investigation of the credibility assessment tools relied upon by federal government agencies and members of the contractor community as they screen individuals for employment, conduct background investigations and interrogate individuals suspected of criminal, terrorist and/or treasonous activities.

Along the way, I uncovered three separate memos — one of which was issued by then-Under Secretary of Defense for Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., who now serves as Director of National Intelligence — via which senior Department of Defense officials informed all DoD personnel that the century-old polygraph was the only credibility assessment technology authorized for their use.

I also revealed the existence of a “turf war” that’s been raging silently for more than 40 years between polygraph loyalists unwilling to embrace a newer, more-reliable technology that’s already been embraced by more than 1,900 local and state law enforcement agencies nationwide.

General Boykin’s claims begin to make sense when one takes into consideration how well the polygraph has performed in several key areas:

• Despite what International Security Assistance Force officials once posted and later removed from the ISAF Facebook page, the portable polygraph deployed to Afghanistan certainly hasn’t improved the vetting process used to screen Afghan recruits or prevented record numbers of “Green-on-Blue” Attacks during the past five years.

• Periodic polygraph exams should have helped prevent the unauthorized disclosure of millions of classified and/or sensitive documents by people like Edward Snowden.  Instead, he was able to pass the very polygraph exams that were supposed to have caught him.

• During the early days of the so-called “Global War on Terror,” officials at Guantanamo Bay found themselves unable to count on support from polygraph loyalists when it came time to interrogate detainees.  And when they turned to a non-polygraph technology and began to realize extraordinary results, DoD officials removed the non-polygraph tool from their arsenal!

The general’s claim also makes sense when one considers that a Freedom of Information Act request, via which I seek to obtain copies of unclassified documents related to DoD contracts for purchases of polygraph equipment, is about to turn 20 months old.

TCM Graphic 2-17-13It’s worth noting that I’m not the only one who believes what I share on this topic in my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, a retired U.S. Army general who once served as deputy commander of U.S. Army Pacific, endorsed the book, 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!”

Gold Star family members have praised the book, too.

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.”

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.”

I hope you’ll take the opportunity to read the book, too!

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.

If Polygraph Countermeasures Don’t Work, Why Arrest People Who Teach Others About Them?

A Reason TV article published today highlights a video in which troubling concerns are raised about the federal government’s stated justification for going after individuals who instruct others how to pass polygraph exams.

Here’s the dilemma in a nutshell: Polygraph loyalists claim they can easily spot anyone trying to use countermeasures to defeat their century-old technology’s alleged ability to measure physiological indicators of deception (i.e., blood pressure, pulse, respiration, etc.).

If, indeed, that’s the case, then why are federal government agents arresting individuals for teaching others how to exploit the polygraph’s weaknesses through the use of countermeasures? Of course, that doesn’t make sense!

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Details about the federal government’s seemingly-incongruous love affair with the polygraph can be found inside my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, which bears the name and image of Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. on its cover.

Other details remain in the hands of Defense Intelligence Agency officials who seem to feel comfortable thumbing their noses at the Freedom of Information Act. To date, they’ve stonewalled one of my FOIA requests for 574 days and counting.

Do DIA officials fear the release of unclassified information I seek about Defense Department contracts related to polygraph equipment purchases will implicate them in another scandal? Capt. Larry W. Bailey, U.S. Navy Ret., thinks they do. After reading THE CLAPPER MEMO, the former commander of the U.S. Navy SEALs training program described what I reveal in the book as “an unconscionable cover-up.”

THE CLAPPER MEMO is available in paperback and ebook versions. Order your copy 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.

New Letter Received by Author as DIA Freedom of Information Act Request Turns 19 Months Old

Three days after publishing an update about the status of a Freedom of Information Act request I submitted to officials at the Defense Intelligence Agency almost 19 months ago, I received another letter from the DIA. In short, I was told I’ll have to keep waiting for DIA officials to come clean by providing copies of the unclassified polygraph contracts-related documents I requested.

The image above is from a letter I received from DIA Feb. 8, 2014.

The image above is from a letter I received from DIA Feb. 8, 2014.

“This is an interim response to your December 16, 2013, Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) Appeal request, appealing the denial of information in your FOIA request, identified as case number FOIA-0329-2012,” wrote Alesia Y. Williams, chief of the DIA’s FOIA Office staff. “Based on your conversation with DIA’s General Counsel, we are going to treat your e-mail as the appeal.”

What Williams ignored in the opening salvo of her letter is the fact that I followed all of the steps required to appeal the outcome of my original FOIA request July 16, 2012. Further, the December email she mentioned was sent as a follow-up to an appeal I had submitted Oct. 22, 2013. Receipt of my appeal was acknowledged the same day by Jim Hogan, the top official at the Defense Freedom of Information Policy Office and ten days later by an official at the Office of Government Information Services at the National Archives and Records Administration.

The image above is from a letter I received from DIA early in my FOIA process.

The image above is from a letter I received from DIA early in my FOIA process.

“We will be unable to respond to your request within the FOIA’s 20 day statutory time period due to unusual circumstances,” Williams’ letter continued. “These unusual circumstances could be: (a) the need to search for and collect records from a facility geographically separated from this office; (b) the potential volume of records responsive to your request; and (c) the need for consultation with one or more other agencies which have substantial interest in either the determination or the subject matter of the records. For these reasons, your request has been placed in our queue and will be worked in the order the request was received. Our current administrative workload is in excess of 210 requests.”

Williams’ recent response was similar to the one she sent me in an interim response 10 days after I submitted my original FOIA request. One difference, however, can be seen in her description of her office’s “current administrative workload.” It’s down to a backlog of only 210 requests, many fewer than the 1,352 in July 26, 2012.

Since it took more than nine months to process my request was one of 1,352, I suppose it should take about six weeks to process my appeal is one of only 210 requests. But I’m not going to hold my breath as I wait to receive the unclassified information described below as it appeared in my FOIA request:

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“…copies of any and all initial and follow-up contracts (i.e., solicitations, contracts, statements of work and task orders) related to the Portable Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) or Preliminary Credibility Assessment Screening System (PCASS) that have been awarded by any Department of Defense Agency to Lafayette Instrument Company of Lafayette, Indiana, and any other contractors, academic institutions, laboratories and subcontractors from January 1, 2000, to present.”

To find out why DIA officials — and their top boss, Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. — don’t want me to see these documents, read THE CLAPPER MEMO.

Based on the findings of my exhaustive four-year investigation into the federal government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, THE CLAPPER MEMO has received high praise from several individuals who appreciate its implications; among them, a retired Navy SEALs training program commander who described the scandal I share in my second nonfiction book “an unconscionable cover-up.”

Order a copy of THE CLAPPER MEMO, and see if you agree.

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.

SEE ALSO:

Coincidence or DIA Cover-Up? Timing of Response to FOIA Request Raises Questions; and

DIA Fulfillment of FOIA Request Falls Far Short of Expectations.

DIA Freedom of Information Act Request Remains Unfulfilled After 569 Days of Stonewalling

Five-hundred an sixty-nine days ago, I submitted a Freedom of Information Act request to the Defense Intelligence Agency for copies of unclassified contract documents related to Department of Defense purchases of polygraph equipment.  Following an appeal process that began last fall, I’m still waiting for it to be fulfilled.

DIA-Return-Address-on-Envelope-300x225It’s not as if I haven’t communicated with anyone at DIA, one of the 17 intelligence agencies under the purview of Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr.  Since filing the original request July 16, 2012, I’ve sent and received plenty of correspondence.  Most recently, however, I’ve been dealing with Brentin V. Evitt, the agency’s deputy general counsel for Mission Services.  Unfortunately, he’s been long on promises and short on delivery.

Though some of the details of my communication with Evitt appear in a January 13 piece on the same subject, I thought I’d share more today as I approach the 19-month anniversary of my FOIA request.

The image above shows the email I received from a DIA lawyer Oct. 25, 2013.

The image above shows the email I received from a DIA lawyer Oct. 25, 2013.

Clearly explained in the second sentence of a two-sentence message (above) I received Oct. 25, 2013, is Evitt’s promise to be back in touch with me as soon as he knows more information.  I must say, he did deliver on his promise — albeit it in the most miniscule manner possible — in a follow-up message I received at 10:27 a.m. Nov. 8, 2013 (below).

The image above shows the email I received from a DIA lawyer Nov. 8, 2013.

The image above shows the email I received from a DIA lawyer Nov. 8, 2013.

Understandably perturbed, I replied to Evitt at 10:39 a.m. and copied Kirsten Mitchell, a facilitator with the National Archives and Records Administration’s Office of Government Information Services, who informed me via email Nov. 6, 2013, that she had been assigned to work on my FOIA case.

I sent the message above to DIA's Brentin V. Evitt at 10:39 a.m. Nov. 8, 2013.  Plus, I copied Kirsten Mitchell at the National Archives.

I sent the message above to DIA’s Brentin V. Evitt at 10:39 a.m. Nov. 8, 2013. Plus, I copied Kirsten Mitchell at the National Archives.

Surely, Evitt’s learned more by now, but he has not replied to repeated email and phone messages left during the past six weeks.

Meanwhile, staffers I’ve reached out to on the payrolls of U.S. Senator Roy Blunt (R-Mo.) and U.S. Rep. Ann Wagner (R-Mo.) have told me they will try to get to the bottom of this matter.  Now, all I can do is hope they do.

To find out why DIA is stonewalling my FOIA effort, order a copy of my second nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.

UPDATE 2/08/2014 at 11:08 p.m. Central:  This afternoon, I received another letter from the DIA about the now-572-day-old FOIA request described above.  Details coming soon.

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.