Thursday, October 15, 2015

Fake "Conservative" Fox News CT "Expert" Arrested for Fraud

Oct. 15, 2015, Note: This article was written in late 2013, more than two years ago. During the course of my vetting Wayne Simmons, I met, spoke with, corresponded with, and shared the results of my vetting with Fox News, other media figures, high-level CIA retirees, the Benghazi group Simmons was closely associated with, and many others. No one was interested in printing this story then.

The "conservative" media has huge problems. Wayne Simmons is a great poster boy for those problems.

Wayne Simmons arrested for fraud.
Simmons with Enablers

Wayne Simmons: Fake CIA Officer
By Kent Clizbe                                                                                  December 5, 2013
I knew it within three minutes of meeting him: Wayne Simmons was a fraud. My friend introduced us because “you’re both former CIA.” Simmons was Fox News’ go-to-guy for commentary on intelligence and counter-terrorism. My friend, a military veteran applying his experience in media and writing, was excited about being associated with Simmons, a “CIA officer.”

Talking to me, Simmons adopted an attitude of brotherhood. He mentioned “his operations against drug cartels,” and going undercover to get drug dealers. He told me, “Yeah, that’s how we have to live our lives,” referring to secrecy and compartmentation.

Real CIA operations officers can immediately categorize a colleague, as in any bureaucracy or highly structured organization. A couple of butt-sniffing questions, and you put the guy in a box: When did you go to the farm? Where were you homebased? Where was your first tour? Did you do the war zone? When did you retire? Were you management? What were your targets? Did you know _____? Takes less than five minutes of conversation to have a clear assessment of your new friend. And it takes the same length of time to determine if your new friend is a fraud. Nothing Simmons talked about rang true. Nothing.

Simmons, who has appeared regularly on Fox News as an expert on intelligence, human intelligence, espionage, terrorism, counter-terrorism, Islamic extremism and other issues, has never been a CIA officer. But he made that claim directly and indirectly, dozens of times in various media—internet, television, radio—in the last ten years.

On his own website, Flashman-like, he described his mythical CIA career: 
He was recruited by the CIA in 1973 while in the U.S. Navy. He became part of an Outside Paramilitary Special Operations Group where he spent 8 of his 27 year career working against Narco Terrorists. Simmons spearheaded Deep Cover Intel Ops against some of the world's most dangerous Drug Cartels from Central and South America and the Middle East. In addition to working against Narco terrorists he ran Special Operations against Arms Smugglers, Counterfeiters, Cyber-terrorists and Industrial and Economic Espionage. His Deep Cover Intelligence Operations helped lead to the seizures of marijuana, cocaine and heroin with a combined value of over $1 Billion Dollars. 

After my first meeting with Simmons in 2010, I began a vetting operation that culminated this week in his admission that he was not a CIA officer, and had never been.

Earlier this week [Dec. 2013], Simmons, in a note to a retired CIA Senior Intelligence Service officer, agreed to “never personally hold myself out as CIA again.He quickly reneged on that promise.

It is sad to see someone fraudulently profit from false claims of experience, connections, and professional expertise. Actual CIA operations officers were denied opportunities to apply their experience and expertise, when Simmons fraudulently pretended to be one of them. And Simmons profited professionally and personally from his ruse.

Since Obama ran for president, I’ve urged conservatives to focus on vetting—both our opponents, and our own candidates. We deserve a higher standard from conservative media. We, rightly, criticize Politically Correct Progressive media for their fraudulent claims and attacks. By featuring a fraud in its commentating line-up, a prominent conservative network let us down. Let’s pop the pimple, admit our mistakes, and move on. I hope that Simmons is able to find his place without false claims. While it may be painful to admit the truth, at least he did. One can only hope he’ll sleep easier now. 

Postscript: This article was never published in 2013 because Simmons, when shown a pre-publication copy for his comments, called all his "conservative" protectors to circle their wagons around him. A host of high-level military and CIA retirees (see the Benghazi Committee roster) made clear that they would broach no criticisms of their fake "covert operator," Simmons. Not one "conservative" media outlet wanted anything to do with breaking this story--in 2013. See the damage done when the truth finally outed in 2015.


Unknown said...

How many patriots first step on the slippery slope to tyranny began with "the ends justify the means". From Phillip the second of Spain to Hitler they all had this rationalization to hand. Phillip fought Godless heretics with divine aid he knew it was divine because the the inquisition was infallible. How did he know this? Everyone they accused was guilty as proven by their confessions. They thought they invented waterboarding but like most inventions it was really the Chinese.

Vonda Norwood said...

Maybe he was vetted correctly for the purpose of controlling a fake.

Unknown said...

Folks need to get off the left / right paradigm.... You have two wings vying for power. Both wings are on the same vulture. They work together to con the public time and time again whilst tyranny marches on to its inevitable conclusion... The slavery of us all.

Kent Clizbe said...

Reality Bytes--"people need to get off the left/right paradigm."

Can you please note where that paradigm is cited here?

In fact, you're preaching to the choir.

Read my writings. "Left" means nothing. "Right" means nothing.

There are PC-Progressives bent on destroying Normal-America.

And there are Normal-Americans trying to live their lives.

That's the two sides.

Full details:

Unknown said...

I was referring to the original article....

William Cooke said...

I knew Wayne. Here's my take

Quiet admirer said...

I just finished reading the NYT article by Alex French that came out yesterday. I want to personally(albeit anonymously) thank you for standing up to preserve truth when no one else would. The greatest tragedy of this story is the dishonor this man has brought to his family and the manner in which countless players in the media kept writing checks. The true hero behind the story is the man who Kickstarted the investigation when no one else had the balls to do so. Hats off to you and thank you for your continued service to this great country!

Kent Clizbe said...


Thanks for your kind words. While the right thing is not always easy, and sometimes not always clear, at the end of the day, I have to sleep at night, so I just do what I can, applying my experience and expertise.

All the best.


aphlat said...

I enjoyed the NYT article recently, then found the October WT article by Scarborough, and William Cooke's Tobaccoland blog referenced in comments here.

The absence of circled wagons when it really mattered is no surprise - you sensed a charlatan and instead of heed it offended egos. Hyper vigilance in vetting should be embraced but perhaps some see it as butchering a cash cow (absurd as the "superpatriot" may be.) I applaud your morality and patriotism.

Semper Fi

Kent Clizbe said...

Thanks, aphlat.

Just doing what I can for the truth and justice.

Now it's up to "the system" to make the final call.

Zman said...

Too bad I did not happen upon this article 6 years ago..."There are PC-Progressives bent on destroying Normal-America." As per your reply to Reality Bites, is it your position that the previous admins were not hell-bent on destroying Normal America? That illegal BushCo II was not as well? What effect did Patriot Act, Homeland Security and TSA, enabled by 9/11, have on Normal America? As bad as the PC BS is, disingenuous statements are worse. They were crimes of the first order, part of the 'war on terror',costing lives, many lives. 'truth and justice' ? Whose? Who vetted the yellow cake? 9/11 Arabs did it? Let's not even talk about CIA/Mossad collusion either, right? He was right about the L/R paradigm and your reply shows it.