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Terrorism Expert ARRESTED For Pretending To Be CIA
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Those who watch the above video will learn that, by happy coincidence, a day earlier I had my own personal encounter with Fox. That experience offered some rich material pointing to how carefully some Fox personalities, like Sean Hannity, vet their guests, while other Foxy folks -- well, not so much.
According to the Washington Post, Senior Fox News War-on-Terrorism promoter/commentator, retired Army Gen. Paul Vallely, has spoken highly of colleague Simmons, describing him as "very knowledgeable," and "able to talk in depth about CIA operations, covert operations especially." Vallely added that Simmons "came off to me as a very honest, down-to-the-earth guy."
As for other endorsements of Simmons, none other than former defense secretary Donald Rumsfeld commended him for a spy thriller Simmons wrote: "He doesn't just write it. He's lived it, and that's why he ... can tell this spy thriller in such an engrossing way." Rumsfeld, of course, is second to none in spinning a yarn. Indeed, his fulsome memoir (726 pages) titled Known and Unknown belongs in the "fiction" section of bookstores. In fairness here, it is an unknown known how known Simmons actually was to Rumsfeld.
L'Affaire Wayne Shelby Simmons is a helpful reminder of the kind of things CIA con men can get away with (ask Nancy Pelosi or Dianne Feinstein). And this guy was just a wannabe. For further amusement, click here for a report by Matt Zapotosky, that was front-paged in the Washington Post on Oct. 16. His tongue must have been buried deeply in his teeth, but for the most part he succeeds in writing it with a straight face.