by Aramie Louisville Vas – Here’s another reason not to blindly trust newscasters, reporters, or anyone, really: a recurring contributor to
Faux Fox News for the past 12 years is now charged with fraud for posing as a CIA operative.
That’s right: Fox News never bothered to verify Wayne Shelby Simmons’ claims that he worked for the CIA. Simmons had been listed as a CIA Operative on the news site since 2003. His personal website claimed he worked as a terror analyst and a CIA “Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Officer”.
Thanks to their fact-check failure, Simmons has made more false claims than one can ever hope to count. You’ll want examples though, so how about the false claim earlier this year that “19 paramilitary training facilities” were operating in the U.S? Or his later assertion with Fox News’ Neil Cavuto that, based on this evidence, law enforcement must violate civil liberties and begin racial profiling at U.S. mosques?
“The mosques are the breeding ground,” said Simmons told Cavuto. “We know they are breeding grounds for terrorism, for fundraising.”
So, did anyone listen to Simmons? Well, sure. At Trump’s recent campaign rally one attendee quacked:
“We have a problem in this country — it’s called Muslims. We know our current president is one. We have training camps growing where they want to kill us. That’s my question,” he continued. “When can we get rid of them?” Trump, incidentally, declined to set the record straight on any of these statements. He evaded the question.
Face palm. Head crash.
Most everything else Simmons asserted on Fox has been equally erroneous and part of our nation’s news for the past 12 years. He justified torture and accused John Kerry of “calling soldiers/sailors/marines murderers and terrorists.” Simmons even contributed to a story in 2007 about fraud and secret-spilling by a former FBI and CIA agent.
“Somewhere along the line of course … someone, whoever was responsible for the background check at the FBI really, really fell down,” he said on the news channel that apparently doesn’t usually worry about such things.
Simmons was previously convicted of firearms offenses but was able to obtain security clearances with nothing but his bold claims. On Thursday officials arrested Simmons for committing major fraud, wire fraud, and making false statements to the government. The maximum sentences are 10 years, 20 years, and 5 years, respectively. Simmons also, as noted on his indictment, defrauded someone out of funds in the neighborhood of $125,000 in a real-estate scam.
Now, just for fun, I will tell you what Simmons added in the 2007 story about fraud and the FBI/CIA agent. “Without a background check,” he said, “and without knowing who we’re hiring, and who we are employing to protect our nation, we are in big, big trouble.”