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Fictional Superheroes: Wonder Woman, Polygraph Machine

An article about Jill Lepore’s recently-released book, The Secret History of Wonder Woman, caught my attention today for two reasons: first, I was a teenage boy when the “Wonder Woman” television series launched; and, second, I developed more than a passing interest in a technology, still in use today, that was developed by the same man who created the fictional superhero.

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Again, why did it catch my attention? Because it mentions the fact that the creator of the Wonder Woman character is none other than William Moulton Marston, the same man credited with developing the now-century-old polygraph machine.

One paragraph in the article, in particular, caught my eye:

Coincidentally I was reading a book called Born Liars: Why We Can’t Live Without Deceit when this hefty tome rocked up, and was just embarking on the section about Marston himself. Describing him as ‘irrepressibly optimistic’, it goes on to claim that the lie detector, or ‘polygraph machine’ as it was more pompously known, was so useless that in 1986 when Aldrich Ames, a CIA operative spying for the USSR, informed his paymasters that the government intended to give him a routine polygraph test, they simply advised him to get a good night’s sleep and relax. He did so and passed — and passed again, in 1991, when the CIA were carrying out a search for an internal mole (i.e. Ames himself).

Writer Julie Burchill’s explanation above of how the polygraph was a colossal failure, especially when it comes to catching people like notorious CIA spy Aldrich Ames, jives with what I shared in both a previous article and in my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, which is based upon four years of exhaustive investigative work. Her mention of Marston’s name in the next paragraph, along with the phrase, “snake-oil salesman,” surely made me laugh.

Despite facts like the one involving Aldrich, the Department of Defense continues to rely on the polygraph as its only credibility assessment technology authorized for use by its employees. Why? Because, as I explained in a piece three days ago, people like Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr. worked hard — and went against the advice and counsel of military and intelligence experts on the ground — to ban the use of a more-reliable and more-effective credibility assessment technology.

To learn more about this non-polygraph technology, order a copy of The Clapper Memo.

To learn what others think about the book, read some of the high-profile endorsements it has received.

If you like this article and my other efforts, please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same.  Thanks in advance!

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YOU Might Be On A Federal Watch List!

Fifteen months after news broke about federal investigators targeting people engaged in the cottage industry of teaching others how to pass polygraph exams, I suspect many who purchased my second nonfiction book, The Clapper Memo, might be on a federal watch list.

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Why? Because, according to a report Nov. 14, 2013, officials with multiple federal government agencies confirmed to McClatchy News reporter Marisa Taylor that they had collected and shared the personal information of thousands of Americans in an attempt to root out untrustworthy federal workers.  Specifically, those officials confirmed that people who had no direct ties to the U.S. government and had simply purchased certain books — about polygraph-beating techniques — had been scrutinized.

Perhaps most disturbing is that the government agencies contacted by Taylor said they plan to retain the list of people who purchased the aforementioned books in case any of those on the list take polygraphs for federal jobs or criminal investigations in the future.

Again, I suspect most people who purchased The Clapper Memo, a book in which a person can read about many countermeasures available to defeat the polygraph, have no such direct ties and, therefore, meet the description above.

If you’re tempted to believe it makes sense for government officials to build lists of people based on their book-purchasing habits — for future reference, of course — then I implore you to look deeper into the subject matter by reading The Clapper Memo. The product of an exhaustive four-year investigation into the government’s use of credibility assessment technologies, including the polygraph, the book will open your eyes to troubling decisions made by federal government officials — including Director of National Intelligence James R. Clapper Jr., the man now serving as our nation’s top intelligence official — that have far-reaching and extremely-dangerous implications for the American people.

Many influential people who read The Clapper Memo were stunned at what they learned.

Capt. Larry W. Bailey, U.S. Navy (Ret.), a former commander of the U.S. Navy’s Basic Underwater Demolition/SEALs (BUD/S) Training Program, believes I have revealed “An unconscionable cover-up.”

Maj. Gen. Paul Vallely, U.S. Army (Ret.), former deputy commander, U.S. Army Pacific, said, “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.”

David P. Schippers, U.S. House of Representatives chief investigative counsel during the impeachment of President Bill Clinton, said, “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!”

Others have spoken favorably of the book as well. Click here for details.

For a complete understanding of what I uncovered, order a copy of The Clapper Memo today.

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