About 90 minutes before I went on the air Thursday as a guest of George Noory during the first two hours of his show, Coast to Coast AM, I received an email from a man who described himself as a certified polygraph examiner on the East Coast. The subject line: “Polygraph examiners will be tuning in tonight!”
George Noory, Host of “Coast to Coast AM”
Because I was about to speak to three million listeners about my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO, via 506 radio stations across the United States and in Canada, Mexico and Guam, the message caught my attention.
Below, I share the text of that message, minus the sender’s name and minus a portion of one paragraph, the content of which would make him easy to identify and, perhaps, too susceptible to unwanted repercussions as a result:
I am a polygraph examiner who has alerted (via a LinkedIn forum) potentially hundreds of my colleagues — as well as the forces behind the polygraph establishment — about your radio appearance tonight.
Expect to take some calls from some hardcore polygraph apologists who may wish to refute some of your claims. The usual suspects come to mind.
Personally, I am skeptical of the science behind polygraph, and even more cautious about the forces behind the polygraph industry. As a self-described polygraph realist, I am challenging the American Polygraph Association’s (sic) thinking on the alleged science behind polygraph, and am proposing that the APA not only take on a countermeasure challenge — similar to what George Maschke has long proposed — but to endorse a “Bill of Rights” for polygraph test takers to help prevent future polygraph abuse.
As a result of my strident stance (as evidenced by numerous postings on several polygraph forums) and admitted contact with Marisa Taylor of McClatchy News Service, I am viewed by the polygraph establishment as an iconoclast and apostate. Still, I think there are enough progressives and realists within the APA to help set a new course for polygraph’s future.
Best wishes for tonight. Although it will be late back east, I will do my best to tune in for the duration. Should I fade, there’s always the C2C podcast.
P.S. In September, I bought the Kindle edition of “The Clapper Memo” prior to a flight to Asia, which helped make the journey bearable. A great read!
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During the first hour of the broadcast, Noory and I discussed the many details I uncovered about the federal government’s use of credibility assessment tools, including the polygraph, and we discussed many suspect findings that surfaced during my four-year investigation into the subject.
During the second hour, Noory and I fielded a mix of questions from callers across the country. While most of the callers were friendly, a few were not.
One man, in particular, went so far as to challenge my credibility by saying he didn’t believe I had ever spoken to any Army Green Berets, Navy SEALs or intelligence experts. I responded to him two ways.
First, I pointed out that I do have friends in the Special Forces community and had even written a book, Three Days In August, about one of them, former Sgt. 1st Class Kelly A. Stewart.
Next, I told him I was not going to behave like Vice President Joe Biden and break the bond of trust I’ve established with my “Quiet Professionals” friends who agreed to share details about their work in exchange for my promise that I would not reveal their names to the world.
I guess I could have pointed him to the names of people who endorsed THE CLAPPER MEMO, but I’m not sure that would have helped with this particular caller. Oh well.
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UPDATE 3/15/14 at 2:42 p.m. Central: Bob McCarty’s Appearance on ‘Coast to Coast AM’ (Audio).
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.