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Michael Scheuer

Michael ScheuerAKA Michael F. Scheuer

Born: c. 1952

Gender: Male
Race or Ethnicity: White
Sexual orientation: Straight
Occupation: Spy, Author
Party Affiliation: Republican [1]

Nationality: United States
Executive summary: Imperial Hubris

Former head of the CIA's "Osama bin Laden unit" (1996-99), and an agent of the CIA for over 22 years. He authored two books as "Anonymous", most importantly Imperial Hubris, a work highly critical of the George W. Bush administration. Anonymous's identity was revealed by Jason Vest in the 2 July 2004 edition of the Boston Phoenix. It should be noted that anonymity was not Scheuer's choice -- the CIA demanded it of him in order to publish his books.

On a 30 July 2009 appearance on Glenn Beck's Fox television program, Scheuer complained of lax border security and said that "the only chance we have" to repair America's national security "is for Osama bin Laden to deploy and detonate a major weapon in the United States".

[1] Interview with Michael Stoll,, 14 March 2005, after the release of his book critical to the George W. Bush Administration: "I am indeed a lifelong Republican. My interest in all of this is not to please the left or please the right, but to find a way to better protect America. And I think we need to combine more aggressive military operations and more aggressive intelligence operations against those parts of Islamic militancy that are irreconcilable."

Wife: (two children)

    University: Canisius College (1974)
    University: MA, Niagara University (1976)
    University: MA, Carleton University (1981)
    University: PhD, University of Manitoba
    Professor: Security Studies, Georgetown University

    CIA employee (resigned 2004)
    Jamestown Foundation Senior Fellow (until 2009)

    Taking Liberties (8-Jun-2007) · Himself

Author of books:
Through Our Enemies' Eyes: Osama bin Laden, Radical Islam, and the Future of America (2003, nonfiction, published anonymously)
Imperial Hubris: Why the West is Losing the War on Terror (2004, nonfiction, published anonymously)
Marching Toward Hell: America and Islam After Iraq (2008, nonfiction)

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