During his 22 years in the Central Intelligence Agency, Michael F. Scheuer became known for the time he spent tracking Al Qaeda leader Osama bin Laden. But Scheuer left the CIA in 2004, and these days, he is best known for his violent rhetoric and fondness for far-right conspiracy theories. Journalist Spencer Ackerman wrote an in-depth article chronicling the story for the Daily Beast this week.
Ackerman, who specializes in national security issues, describes Scheuer’s journey from CIA agent to conspiracy theorist — noting that these days, the blogger’s activities including praising the QAnon cult and applauding vigilante Kyle Rittenhouse. And these days, according to Ackerman, Scheuer isn’t shy about calling for violence against fellow U.S. citizens.
“The former senior CIA official once in charge of the hunt for Osama bin Laden has spent the summer calling for the slaughter of his fellow Americans,” Ackerman explains. “Michael Scheuer calls Black Lives Matter a ‘terrorist organization’ and a ‘semi-human mob.’ On his blog and his podcast, Scheuer rages against a widespread, treasonous conspiracy targeting not only President Trump, but the fundamental character of the American republic. It deserves ‘punishment…. we’ve not seen before in this country.’”
Ackerman notes that Scheuer has exalted Rittenhouse — who is facing murder charges for allegedly shooting two demonstrators at a Black Lives Matter protest in Kenosha, Wisconsin — as a “young hero” and recently wrote, “Rittenhouse’s necessary, patriotic and constitutional actions will power the formation of militias across the United States.” Scheuer has described George Floyd, whose brutal killing at the hands of Minneapolis police officers on May 25 set off anti-racism protests around the world, as “felonious scum.”
“Scheuer’s advocacy of violence follows a long trajectory,” Ackerman explains. “In December, he endorsed the increasingly violent QAnon conspiracy movement, which the FBI has called a potential wellspring of domestic terrorism.”
In July, Scheuer said that if a civil war occurred in the U.S., the “only thing” he “would be upset about” is “that not enough Democrats would get killed.”
“Counterterrorism experts have long since written Scheuer off as a crank,” Ackerman observes. “Yet Scheuer’s advocacy of political violence looks disturbingly like a harbinger. Trump’s one-time consigliere, Roger Stone, urged Trump to declare martial law and jail his critics if he loses the November election.”
Glenn Carle, a retired CIA operations officer who knew Scheuer’s co-workers, told the Beast, “He’s always been an extremist. That’s a psychological characteristic, not a political attribute of his. Clearly and without exception, he’s derogatory to the point of being grotesque in his unfairness toward any political figure who shows any temperance.”
Carle also said of Scheuer, “In times of stress, unconsciously, we’re tribal and visceral. This is happening in American society in a larger sense, and it’s what’s going on with Scheuer.”
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‘Cult Is Strong’: Internet Mocks Impeachment Hearings Protestor Screaming ‘Trump Is Innocent!’ as ‘Next Press Secretary’
Monday morning’s House Judiciary Committee impeachment hearings were kicked off with screaming from an out-of-control protestor yelling. ““We know who committed the crimes, and it wasn’t Trump! Trump is innocent!” The man, dressed in a suit, took up about 40 seconds of the committee’s time as he screeched, “Americans are sick of your impeachment scam!” while being dragged out of the room.
The flailing protestor spouted typical Fox News lies, including that Democrats are working to impeach this president “because they don’t like him.”
“Americans are sick of your impeachment scam! Trump is innocent!” — House Judiciary’s impeachment hearing is immediately interrupted by a pro-Trump protester. pic.twitter.com/bbcguyKLFF
— Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) December 9, 2019
Some news outlets identified the protestor as InfoWars host Owen Shroyer.
On social media he was immediately mocked – take a look:
Soon it will be Trump led out by Capitol police
— Bill McPhe (@McpheBill) December 9, 2019
With the ol' Proud Boys tie clasp.
— Robert Abplanalp (@KeyBiscayneBob) December 9, 2019
We have found our next press secretary
— Claudia Johnson ?????? (@CheckPlease2017) December 9, 2019
Trump will now invite him to the WH and give him the Medal of Freedom.
— Mac (@MacCheeseShow) December 9, 2019
Was that Brad Parscale?
— Terence (@DevonaldTp) December 9, 2019
Did that protestor really say Trump is being impeached because "you don't like him"? Man, his cult is strong. They love this guy. It's fascinating. #ImpeachingHearing
— Christina Dotson (@bestseller1980) December 9, 2019
This guy is def next in line when Stephanie Grisham resigns.
— Call Me Sam (@aka_sam) December 9, 2019
Was that Gaetz?
— emptywheel (@emptywheel) December 9, 2019
People should look up what treason means before they interrupt a public hearing.
— Tia (@Tia_Arizona) December 9, 2019
"Milli Vanillie did SO sing on their own records!!" pic.twitter.com/ssDHLG9OYL
— the4thpip (@the4thpip) December 9, 2019
— Nancy Estes (@AmBeachy) December 9, 2019
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