Michael Scheuer, the former senior CIA official once in charge of the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has spent the last few months calling for President Trump’s enemies to be punished with violence.
For 22 years, Scheuer worked as an operations officer within the CIA’s ranks. In addition to leading the first agency task force to hunt bin Laden, he authored the agency’s Extraordinary Rendition program, which saw suspected terrorists kidnapped and tortured.
While his former colleges tell the Daily Beast he has always been an ‘extremist’ by nature, since retiring from the agency in 2004, Scheuer has undergone a sort-of self-radicalization.
In 2014, on his blog Non-intervention, Scheuer appeared to advocate for the assassination of then-President Barack Obama. Then last year he announced that he is a believer and follower of QAnon, a conspiracy theory that claims Trump is waging a secret war against a shadowy cabal of Democratic pedophiles.
But over the last few months, and amid national unrest spurred by the death of George Floyd, Scheuer has increasingly voiced belief that the war on terror is now a domestic fight and has called for violence against the left-wing insurgents he believes to be stoking the flames.
Michael Scheuer, the former senior CIA official once in charge for the hunt for Osama bin Laden, has spent the summer calling for the execution of President Trump’s enemies
In 2014, on his blog Non-intervention, Scheuer appeared to advocate for the assassination of then-President Barack Obama. Then last year he announced that he is a believer and follower of the QAnon, a baseless conspiracy theory that claims Trump is waging a secret war against a shadowy cabal of Democratic paedophiles
According to Scheuer, Black Lives Matter is a ‘terrorist organization’ and ‘semi-human mob’. On his blog and podcast he characterized nationwide demonstrations as ‘rioting in the honor of felonious scum’.
He also accused activists of destroying ‘more property’ than al Qaeda, making them ‘absolutely’ terrorists.
The 66-year-old said those responsible deserve a type of ‘punishment... we’ve not seen before in this country.’
All the while, Scheuer calls Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged for the murder of two demonstrators in Kenosha, Washington, a ‘young hero’.
In a blog post last week, Scheuer wrote that if the US is lucky, ‘Rittenhouse’s necessary, patriotic, and constitutional actions will power the formation of militias across the United States.’
Similarly, in July, weeks before the fatal shootings, he wrote: ‘loyal Americans know their domestic enemies, as well as their locations, in detail, and will be able to act swiftly to eliminate them and the threat they pose.’
Scheuer made his name in 2004, following the release of his best-selling book, Imperial Hubris. The book argued that America would need to wage a far bloodier war and destroy more civilian infrastructure than it was already if it hoped to get a firm grip on the Middle East.
But a decade-and-half on, Scheuer’s perceived enemies are now domestic. On his podcast in July, theorizing over the possibility of another US civil war, Scheuer said ‘the only thing I would be upset about … is that not enough Democrats would get killed.’
Scheuer has also said he’s anticipating widespread Democratic voter fraud in the election, despite it being the president who has seemed to advocate Republican voters illegally voting twice – both by mail in ballot, and then later in person.
‘I just think it’s unreasonable for the Democrats to think that no one will respond to that kind of an attempt to take over the government,’ he said of the purported planned fraud.
According to Scheuer, Black Lives Matter is a ‘terrorist organization’ and ‘semi-human mob’. On his blog and podcast he characterized nationwide demonstrations as ‘rioting in the honor of felonious scum’
All the while, Scheuer calls Kyle Rittenhouse, the 17-year-old charged for the murder of two demonstrators in Kenosha, Washington, a ‘young hero’
In a new report by the Daily Beast, the outlet said that a number of CIA alumni who worked closely with Scheuer at the agency has since sought to distance themselves from him.
Others have expressed their concern for him, but say they’re unsurprised by his fanatical turn.
Most of the sources interviewed as part of the report said they didn’t remember him being as conspiratorial at the CIA as he is now, and they don’t believe the agency would’ve had the grounds to spot any warning signs for his later radical beliefs.
But retired CIA operations officer, Glenn Carle, was apparently an exception, telling the outlet: ‘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.’
Scheuer himself agreed with Carle. He said: ‘My job at the CIA or my job in the little role I have now writing is to make sure the republic survives, in a republican small-r form of government, that the Constitution prevails, that there’s equality before the law and I see all these things disappearing before my eyes.
‘I think it’s a direct line. I never gave a good goddamn about killing an enemy of the United States.’
Many of Scheuer’s former colleagues recalled what they described as his ‘rage’ during his two decades at the CIA, which manifested in two ways.
The first of those ways was seen in clashes with other counterterrorism officials that would often turn into a litmus test for who was and wasn’t willing to protect Americans against al Qaeda, at whatever cost.
Secondly, colleges recalled him expressing disinterest at civilian deaths resulting from strikes on al Qaeda targets. One told the Daily Beast he simply ‘didn’t care about collateral damage’.
The anonymous colleges' claim is substantiated in a number of his post-CIA writings and statements.sonos sonos One (Gen 2) - Voice Controlled Smart Speaker with Amazon Alexa Built-in - Black read more
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