If I were in the United States Department of Justice, there would be a warrant out for this man’s arrest … criminal stupidity – 1st Degree!

January 31, 2021 By The Crusader

Clint Watts – the preeminent “expert” on misinformation campaigns, fake news, and electronic espionage operations. Foreign Policy Research Institute hails him as “the leading expert (Normal Person Translation: HOGWASH) on developments related to Russian-backed efforts to not only influence the 2016 presidential election, but also to inflame racial and cultural divisions within the U.S. and across Europe.”

From Breitbart…

MSNBC national security analyst, former FBI special agent Clint Watts said Thursday on MSNBC’s “Deadline” that if international terrorists had the similar rhetoric to former President Donald Trump, “we would be talking about a drone strike overseas.”

Anchor Nicolle Wallace said, “There are not two sides to be taken on the question of incitement. Clint Watts, I would like you to speak about fighting terrorism just in general, and as an art and a science. I don’t know of any examples where they simply go to the crime scene and deal with the person who was radicalized to carry out violence. It always starts at the other end of the fish’s head and goes to the incitement, the idea makers, the people sending out the messages. How do you deal with a domestic terror threat without dealing with those inciting it and spreading it?”

Watts said, “Nicolle, you can’t. You’ll always be on your heels, always be reactive. We had a period after 9/11 where we were trying to get left of a boom as they would say as they would say in counter-terrorism. Which is can you get way up the stream of attack and root out the confluences that bring about that attack?”

He continued, “If you took what President Trump said and instead put it in Anwar al-Awlaki’s mouth, we would be talking about a drone strike overseas. That’s one aspect with our political leaders talking about this rhetoric.”

This is the same guy who testified before the Senate in a hearing in 2017 on “Extremist Content and Russian Disinformation Online.” Here is an excerpt of an article by Max Blumenthal at AlterNet in 2017.

In perhaps the most chilling moment of the hearings, and the most overlooked, Clint Watts, a former U.S. Army officer who had branded himself an expert on Russian meddling, appeared before a nearly empty Senate chamber. Watts conjured up a stark landscape of American carnage, with shadowy Russian operatives stage managing the chaos.

“Civil wars don’t start with gunshots, they start with words,” he proclaimed. “America’s war with itself has already begun. We all must act now on the social media battlefield to quell information rebellions that can quickly lead to violent confrontations and easily transform us into the Divided States of America.”

Next, Watts suggested a government-imposed campaign of media censorship: “Stopping the false information artillery barrage landing on social media users comes only when those outlets distributing bogus stories are silenced: silence the guns and the barrage will end.”

The censorious overtone of Watts’ testimony was unmistakable. He demanded that government news inquisitors drive dissident media off the internet and warned that Americans would spear one another with bayonets if they failed to act. And not one member of Congress rose to object. In fact, many echoed his call for media suppression in the House and Senate hearings, with Democrats like Sen. Dianne Feinstein and Rep. Jackie Speier agreeing the most vehemently. The spectacle perfectly illustrated the madness of #RussiaGate, with liberal lawmakers springboarding off the fear of Russian meddling to demand that Americans be forbidden from consuming the wrong kinds of media—including content that amplified the message of progressive causes like Black Lives Matter.

Blumenthal continues to document Watts’ “Useful Idiot” status…

Before he emerged in the spotlight of #RussiaGate, Watts languished at the Foreign Policy Research Institute, earning little name recognition outside the insular world of national security pundits. Based in Philadelphia, the FPRI has been described by journalist Mark Ames as “one of the looniest (and spookiest) extreme-right think tanks since the early Cold War days, promoting ‘winnable’ nuclear war, maximum confrontation with Russia, and attacking anti-colonialism as dangerously unworkable.”

Here’s a sampling of some “memorable” Watts’ Twitter moments…

Diverting from his knowledge of Russia subversion to working on his Climate Change creds…

And has a strange obsession to talk to himself on Twitter…

And like all of his #Liberal hack confederates, just can’t resist using the January 6th riots as a reflection point…

And yes, he is more than happy to spread conspiracies that have the correct #Liberal brand…

To conclude, let’s just leave this right here.

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Though Watts is best known for his punditry on Russian interference, it’s fair to say he is as much an expert on Russian affairs as Harvey Weinstein is a trusted voice on feminism. Indeed, Watts appears to speak no Russian, has no record of reporting or scholarship from inside Russia, and has produced little to no work of any discernible academic value on Russian affairs. ~ Max Blumenthal