Tag Archives: polygraph

Bob McCarty Offers Weekly Recap: December 7-13

This week’s list of story topics included everything from bombings to “bullshit detectors,” and a lot of them seemed to come straight from the news headlines. Below is the weekly recap of activities at BobMcCarty.com:

Click image above to read the post, "Remember Pearl Harbor -- 73rd Anniversary."

Click image above to read the post, “Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.”

Sunday, Dec. 7 — I shared a half-dozen photographs taken on the “day that will live in infamy” under the headline, Remember Pearl Harbor — 73rd Anniversary.

Monday, Dec. 8 — One week after sharing my last Ferguson, Mo.-related post, I offered news about something an Army Special Forces veteran shares in common with residents of North Saint Louis County. Hours later, I posted an observation about how torture of terrorists might be a moot issue if not for the actions taken by James R. Clapper Jr. before he became our nation’s top intelligence official.

Tuesday, Dec. 9 — As the guy who wrote the book about credibility assessment technology, I was amazed to hear a Rolling Stone reporter claim she possesses a “finely tuned bullshit detector” during an October 2012 appearance at her alma mater, the University of Pennsylvania. So I shared a few observations here.

Wednesday, Dec. 10 — As the controversy about the CIA’s enhanced interrogation techniques continued to dominate the news, I pointed readers to a Vice.com interview of a man some say is “The Architect” of those techniques.

Thursday, Dec. 11 — Soon after I came across details about a new Wonder Woman book, I simply had to share news about the fictional superhero‘s connection to the polygraph machine. Later that day, I reflected upon how a Green Beret’s life changed forever after being accused of rape and kidnapping by a young German woman.

Friday, Dec. 12 — Why did I share another excerpt from my first crime-fiction mystery novel, The National Bet? Because Conservatives needed a reason to smile after learning about the passage of a $1.1 trillion cromnibus spending bill by members of the Republican-controlled and -led U.S. House of Representatives.

Saturday, Dec. 13 — Because the temperature is supposed to reach into the mid-50s or higher, I plan to spend as much time as possible outside; therefore, this might be the only post I share today.

For links to other articles of interest as well as photos and commentary, join me on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time…

Please show your support by buying my books and encouraging your friends and loved ones to do the same.  Thanks in advance!

Click on image above to order Bob's books.

Click on image above to order Bob’s books.

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.

Click image above to order book.

Click image above to order book.

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!

Click on image above to order Bob's books.

Click on image above to order Bob’s books.