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US Department of Defense Denies Combat Troops "Best of Class"

Screening Technology, According to NACVSA

LEWES, Del., April 15, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- NACVSA -- According to an

explosive new book, 'The Clapper Memo' by investigative reporter Bob

McCarty, then Under Secretary of Defense James Clapper signed an order

that forced the US military to abandon a proven screening technology,

and in its place required use of the old polygraph. Clapper's order

banned the use of the Computer Voice Stress Analyzer (CVSA) by the US

military despite several years of field use by numerous US military

units that proved the CVSA superior to the polygraph under combat

conditions. The military units that used the CVSA included the Navy

SEAL's, Army Green Berets, Marine Corps Counterintelligence, Army

Intelligence, as well as top US interrogation teams at the Guantanamo

Bay dentition facility.

Clapper issued this memo despite the fact the US law enforcement

community had embraced CVSA for over 20 years; including major law

enforcement agencies from Atlanta, Nashville, Miami, Baltimore, New

Orleans, and the California Highway Patrol. Over 1,800 US law

enforcement agencies had transitioned from the old polygraph to the

CVSA because of the CVSA's accuracy, versatility, portability, ease of

use, and cost effectiveness.

Utilizing the CVSA, Army and Navy Special Forces were able to identify

scores of infiltrators and deny them access to US targets.

One example cited in McCarty's book was that of an Army Special Forces

CVSA Examiner. While preparing for a mission with their Afghan

counterparts, someone notified the enemy about the impending mission

and they left the targeted area. The Special Forces Team decided to

"quarantine" all 96 of their Afghan counterparts and give each one a

CVSA examination to determine if they were alerting the enemy of

impending missions. Two of the Afghans could not pass the CVSA - an

Afghan Lt. Colonel and his Sergeant Major. After both were

confronted, they admitted to alerting the enemy - thus confirming the

results of the CVSA. This same Special Forces operator conducted

approximately 500 CVSA exams in various combat zones, and had never

seen the CVSA provide incorrect results.

Although the US Federal Court system now utilizes the CVSA, and

despite the fact the US Government has acknowledged voice analysis

technology is a viable and accurate credibility assessment technology

for border security applications, the DoD has continued to ban the

CVSA. Since the ban by Clapper, numerous peer reviewed and published

scientific studies have provided proof that CVSA outperforms the


Retired US Army Major General Paul Vallely stated "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


Further, according to a retired Navy Seal who was one of the first

SEAL's to deploy to Iraq with the CVSA "Taking away the only effective

tool that we had to accurately identify infiltrators and protect

ourselves bordered on a criminal act. People should be held

responsible for that."

For more details on the CVSA@ II and how this revolutionary

crime-fighting tool is being used at over 1,800 law enforcement

agencies, contact Carol at NITV Federal Services, 1-888-266-7263 or

via email.

For further information on the NACVSA, contact Diana Montoya at

888-358-5025 or via email.

Read more news from the NACVSA.

SOURCE National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts

-0- 04/15/2014

CO: National Association of Computer Voice Stress Analysts

ST: Delaware




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