Georgetown professor Michael Scheuer worked with the CIA for 22 years which makes his thoughts of assassinating President Obama and U.K. Prime Minister David Cameron, even more alarming.
Just to give you an idea of his character, Scheuer, former head of the CIA’s Osama bin Laden unit, told Fox News’ Glenn Beck in 1999, “The only chance we have as a country right now is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States.”
So perhaps his beef with Obama is that Bin Laden was finally captured without bombs detonating.
In a lengthy December post on his blog, non-intervention.com, he alleges Obama and Cameron have broken laws through NSA surveillance and warmongering, thus making more enemies among Islamists, and will further erode civil liberties.
ON Monday, Scheuer was asked by The Hoya about his post and he reiterated his point.
The crux of the media uproar focuses on the column’s close, which advises Obama and Cameron to pay heed to the writings of 17th century English republican Algernon Sidney, who called for the execution of tyrants and glorification of their assassins.
“There must therefore be a right of proceeding judicially or extra-judicially against all persons who transgress the laws; or else those laws, and the societies that should subsist by them, cannot stand; and the ends for which governments are constituted, together with the governments themselves, must be overthrown,” wrote Sidney, who was executed for treason against King Charles II and whose writings later served as inspiration for American revolutionaries.
“Obama, Mrs. Clinton, Bush, Cheney, all of them [argue that Islamists] hate how we live. They don’t. They don’t hate the American people, what they do is hate the American government for what it does in their world,” Scheuer said. “Until we realize that as fact, this war — we’re going to keep losing it as we are now.”
Scheuer said that if electoral options failed to remove egregiously erring leaders, the people of a republic have a right to pursue other options, including protests, refusing to pay taxes and as a last resort, revolution. Scheuer, in this vein, refused to shy away from endorsing assassination.
“At some point, when push comes to shove, you kill people and get them out of the way,” Scheuersaid. “But it’s the end of a very long process, and one would hope that supposedly smart men who went to Harvard and Oxford would know that the future is not a happy one for them if they continue to disregard the liberties their people have fought for over centuries.”
Gawker notes, “It’s even weirder from an instructor in good standing at Georgetown’s School of Foreign Service, where since 2005 Scheuer has taught future diplomats and military officers a graduate-level course on Al Qaeda (titled, appropriately, “Learning to Think Like the Enemy”).”
Oh, and he endorsed Ron Paul.
H/T: FON’s BFF TiredofTea with thanks.
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