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Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful 413

An anonymous reader writes "Here's one that even The Onion would reject as too blatantly ridiculous: American right-wing radio and TV clown Glenn Beck believes that Sean Smith aka Vile Rat, the EVE Online diplomat who was killed earlier this month during the attack on the US embassy in Benghazi, was actually a CIA agent, relaying communications to his fellow undercover agents at Something Awful."
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Glenn Beck Reports CIA Plot Between Embassy Killing and Something Awful

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  • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:12PM (#41519533)
    I don't believe anything that guy says. He is only after ratings, and by extension, money.
    • by MrEricSir ( 398214 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:20PM (#41519629) Homepage

      I don't believe anything that guy says. He is only after ratings, and by extension, money.

      Are you sure? I suspect he's an underground agent working for The Onion.

    • by flyneye ( 84093 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @08:06PM (#41520041) Homepage

      But,even with no Glenn Beck, there IS a conspiracy. []
      A little retro smile for my slash buddies.

    • by fustakrakich ( 1673220 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @08:22PM (#41520177) Journal

      He is only after ratings...

      Exactly what his bosses expect of him. How is that 'moronic'? You're not supposed to believe anything he says. That would be moronic. You're only expected to buy the products advertised on his show. It's TV, okay? He's there to entertain.

      • by reboot246 ( 623534 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @08:38PM (#41520309) Homepage
        In fact he even says not to believe him until you do your own research. So much of what he does is pure comedy and sometimes it's hard for the slower ones amongst us to tell the difference.

        Remember that sometimes he gets his point across by using hyperbole and comedy. You have to listen to several shows and learn his method before you judge him.
        • by ganjadude ( 952775 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @10:11PM (#41520989) Homepage
          this is /. where no one RTFA and you expect people to listen to MORE than one show BEFORE they decide their stance???
        • by bgat ( 123664 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @10:21PM (#41521083) Homepage

          You have to listen to several shows and learn his method before you judge him.

          If you can survive listening to more than one of his shows nowadays, then you are either previously brain-damaged, or are seeking to become so. He was tolerable and even somewhat balanced in his early days, but then he went off the deep end and into whatever he is now.

        • "Remember that sometimes he gets his point across by using hyperbole and comedy. You have to listen to several shows and learn his method before you judge him."

          OK, I'm listening. Please tell me how to interpret this into some kind of point or something.

        • by jellomizer ( 103300 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @10:37AM (#41525557)

          "In fact he even says not to believe him until you do your own research"
          Unfortunately a lot of people take this to mean what I am saying is true, and you need to prove me wrong. Then you get stuck into conspiracy logic reasoning, where lack of evidence only means the conspiracy is deeper.

          For example the Birther Movement.
          Some Guy Pull out of his ass that Obama wasn't born in the united states, because his father wasn't a native citizen.
          Demand research, so they demand a copy of the birth certificate.
          They finally get it, well it could be fake,
          They find newspaper articles, about his birth,
          They figure that it was paid to be placed in there.
          They track it down to the hospital.
          they assume the hospital was paid off...

          For some reason a half white and half black child from a modest middle class family must be groomed to be president of the United States, as a plot for the UN communist to take over the United States.

          For average vote Joe, they do not have the research skills to realize they are going down a dead end path, and will research and pull more crazy and bad sourced information.

      • by hairyfeet ( 841228 ) <> on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @12:24AM (#41521685) Journal

        Well the bitch is once in awhile...and its rare, its like a planetary alignment, he will say something that actually make sense. hell I even agreed with him twice, crazy i know.

        The first time was a few years back when they caught that NYC guy with a failed bomb and while the right wing wanted to go "enemy combatant" and take away his rights Beck said "You don't trash the constitution to get the bad guys, we're supposed to be better than that"..I can't find any fault with that statement, you really shouldn't trash the constitution just to get the bad guy. The second time was when there was talk of the US going into Iran and Libya and he said it was "time for the USA to be Switzerland and get the hell out of there"...again, can't find fault with that statement, between the military and the CIA we've been stirring shit all over the planet and it IS time to be Switzerland and stay the fuck out of everyone else's business.

        So while I think Beck and Alex Jones and the other "Its all a conspiracy!" nuts are just that every once in a while they actually say something that is true. I guess its like a broken clock being right twice a day, who knows. Most of the time though? Crazy as a loon.

    • Your eloquently supported position convinced me. After all, what Beck says is nearly as crazy as calling a person an "EVE Online diplomat". And to suggest that the CIA would do anything wrong is just insane.
    • by Anonymous Coward on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:14PM (#41520591)

      Have you ever listened to the guy for any period of time? He's been absolutely spot on about many things.

      Some of the things he says seems ridiculous when he says them, but a year later? Many have happened.

      Bottom line to the Slashdot Crowd... the intelligent Slashdot crowd anyway. Before you form a (very obviously) uninformed opinion, perhaps you should try to listed for two weeks straight. Then at least you have something credible to base it on.

      Be the intelligent, scientific crowd you think you are, and try it. Otherwise, you are more of a buffoon than you can comprehend.

      • by drkim ( 1559875 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @11:13PM (#41521395)

        Have you ever listened to the guy for any period of time? He's been absolutely spot on about many things.

        You're right. He called himself a “...hopeless alcoholic and drug addict.

        "I'm on the verge of moral collapse at any time."

        "I’m not good for anything; I just keep hurting people, everybody I meet, everything I touch."

        Other, less "spot on" quotes:
        "When I see a 9/11 victim family on television, or whatever, I'm just like, 'Oh shut up' I'm so sick of them because they're always complaining."

        "The only [Katrina victims] we're seeing on television are the scumbags."

        "So here you have Barack Obama going in and spending the money on embryonic stem cell research. ... Eugenics. In case you don't know what Eugenics led us to: the Final Solution. A master race!"

      • by khallow ( 566160 )

        Before you form a (very obviously) uninformed opinion, perhaps you should try to listed for two weeks straight.

        Why don't you try to read Das Kapital for two weeks straight? It's not enough time to form a reasoned opinion, one only needs an hour or so for that. But it is enough time to warp your sense of reality.

      • by Xyrus ( 755017 )

        In the words of the Daily Show: "What he says makes sense. And if you don't think about it he makes even more sense."

        Glenn Beck is about one thing and one thing only: Glenn Beck. He's not a moron. He's not stupid. He gets paid millions of dollars for spewing conspiracy laced nonsense across the airwaves. And his listeners love him for it.

        Sure, any rational thinking person would listen to one show and say, "Wow, that guy is a few sandwiches short of a picnic.". But then again, rational thinking people are n

    • by leppi ( 207894 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @10:12PM (#41521003)

      You realize that when you speak like this about a person, you become that which you claim to hate (I guess you would claim to hate Glenn Beck, I don't know). That doesn't bother you at all?

      I know the AC title is all about saying some kind of explitive joined with a derogatory ad hominem. But, This is EXACLTY the type of thing he would say about someone else! It's not productive. It just clouds your judgement and only speaks to people who only think like you do.

      I know it's slashdot, I know "someone on the internet is wrong". But This was modded "Insightful". Really?

      • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

        by mvdwege ( 243851 )

        As the right-wing Hate Machine spews its filth over the public spaces, it consistently maintains it's just "calling things as they are", "exercising their free speech" or "avoiding political correctness".

        But God forbid someone should call one of them names. Then suddenly out of the woodwork various arbiters of decency appear waving their fingers and going "tut-tut".

        Here's a deal for you: why don't you go fuck off?


      • by LordLimecat ( 1103839 ) on Tuesday October 02, 2012 @12:48AM (#41521807)

        Nothing suprises me about this. Ive been attacked by fellow republicans (who claim I must be a democrat or something-- oh no!) simply for asking for civil discussion.

        Political discussion in this country is doomed.

    • Seriously, Bin Ladin worked for the CIA.
      Stupid politicians work for CIA.
      CNN has fake reporters making fake stories, YES they got caught, idiots.

      Wakeup dumb stupid americans, working for the CIA is nothing special, 100000000000s work for them.

      Again, Dumb asses (except the 1% linux users).

      Then again, most wouldnt know google was 'funded' a bit by CIA ppl.

      Oh my god, our saviour has mirrored 'backups' and Langley.

  • by gman003 ( 1693318 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:15PM (#41519571)

    This is why Beck is so against socialized healthcare - because if we had it, he'd be institutionalized for being so completely fucking nuts.

  • by ohnocitizen ( 1951674 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:15PM (#41519573)
    Would the Onion reject it? Or would they pay Glenn Beck to work deep undercover on the cutting edge of embedded satirical news radio?
    • I'm not sure I get the joke here. The job of the deceased was "foreign service information management officer." I'm trying to imagine how somebody in that position could not work with intelligence services?

      However, I don't understand the supposed video game tie-in.

  • by Sponge Bath ( 413667 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:17PM (#41519587)

    People are talking about Glenn Beck :-P

  • by wierd_w ( 1375923 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:19PM (#41519613)

    "Paranoia strikes deep, into your lives it will creep. It starts when you're always afraid. Step out of line, the man comes and takes you away."

    Really. The fine line between clear batshit-crazy paranoia and justifiable concern grows thinner and thinner the deeper down the "terrorists!" Rabbit hole we go. The cited song refered to the last boogeyman: "Commies!", but it fits very well, if eerily, 50 years later with "Terrorists!"

    People like Glen Beck just drink the koolaid. Rather than point and laugh about his over the top paranoia, take an honest look at how batshit we are acting in regard to "Terrorists!", where we are scared of plastic knives, exploding underwear, and flamable mouthwash to the point where we grope and tickle old women and 2 year old children as a daily occurance at our borders.

    In times like these, agencies like the CIA get ever expanding license to do stupid, batshit crazy stuff to "catch them terrorists", and "make us feel safe!" As such, things like the silly stupid of this story might not actually be as silly stupid as they seem.

    That is what is truly scary.

    • by Areyoukiddingme ( 1289470 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @08:07PM (#41520043)

      Drink the Koolaid? Glenn Beck IS Koolaid Man. Bashing through bricks walls. With poseur black-rimmed glasses.

      Consider for a moment, that Fox News felt obliged to take him off of television. THAT is how whacked out he sounds. When even Fox won't touch you, you've gotta be fuckin' crazy.

      I can't tell if he's actually crazy or if he's somehow the Republican answer to Stephen Colbert. Could he really believe the crazy shit he spouts? It doesn't even seem possible.

    • by Torodung ( 31985 )

      But don't forget that the other side was crying "fascists." Then, when that didn't stick, it was "crypto-fascists" and we were expected to believe that everyone in the right secretly wore a Hitler moustache beneath their Klan robes, while they kept up a clean cut facade for the cameras.

      And that back and forth, between cries of "Commie!" and cries of "Fascist!," came directly from Joe Stalin's CCCP and the Nazis, when Hitler and he fell out. We just took it into our own politics with very little consideratio

  • by Bruce Perens ( 3872 ) <> on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:20PM (#41519625) Homepage Journal
    He's not a particularly reliable source. Move along, no news here.
  • Slashdot (Score:5, Insightful)

    by thammoud ( 193905 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:26PM (#41519667)

    New for Nerds not from Idiots. Stop this shit.

  • by nimbius ( 983462 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:29PM (#41519713) Homepage

    when was the last time he was relevant? and with regard to his purported comment: thats his job. his job is to say, or do anything to anyone in order to garner enough attention to sell advertising slots. the formula is to find a hot-button item and exploit it. Whether he believes anything he says is irrellevant. He lost his job on Fox News because his ability to draw advertisers plummeted once americans realized the stalinist dystopia he insisted upon never arrived. Sean Hannity, Bill Oreilly, Glenn Beck, and Limbaugh are all designed and employed to keep people interacting with and talking about their respective shows. None have any expertise in anything of a technical nature, ever.

  • by mr100percent ( 57156 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:32PM (#41519741) Homepage Journal

    Why would the CIA, with a $50 billion budget, use public forums rather than some sort of secure satellite link or a VPN?

  • ...that the Masons are behind it all. So what? Why are the rantings of a loon news for nerds? Or anyone else?

  • by roesti ( 531884 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:43PM (#41519851)

    Did the internet make you stupid?

  • by poity ( 465672 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:44PM (#41519857)

    Let's not pretend Beck's critics are left-wing. They may be predominantly Democrats (and other anti-TeaParty people) and disagree on how the power of the state should be applied, but they are as supportive as any of giving the state that power.

  • Really? Is this what Slashdot has become? Posting Glenn Beck rants?
    • Really? Is this what Slashdot has become? Posting Glenn Beck rants?

      Well, the original plan was to post his well-reasoned analyses, but they had to find a Plan B.

  • Media Matters (Score:5, Insightful)

    by Curunir_wolf ( 588405 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @07:59PM (#41520001) Homepage Journal
    I don't get why all these posts that belong on Media Matters or Crooks and Liars show up on Slashdot. Glenn Beck's an idiot and everybody's lying about the embassy attack in Libya. Yea, we get it. Take it somewhere else - this isn't "News for nerds" - it's clickbait. Take it somewhere else.
  • by davydagger ( 2566757 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:26PM (#41520687)
    As a former goon, and former goonfleet pilot I can say how tightknit that

    1. something awful is
    2. goonfleet in particular was.

    I am still in shock and disbelief that both get into the news, and vile rat will be deeply missed.

    Some back story, before there was 4chan, there was something awful. Goons used to do pranks and raids (far more mild that what 4chan/anonymous eventually became). Goons became named "Goons" because they were Lowtax's "goons" who'd invade forums and crash websites. But there were no LOIC, or any other tools. it was just using the /. effect with malice, e.g. hitting the reload button on a site you didn't like until the pipes clogged, at the same time as every other goon. Back in the day, it was very feasible to clog down the low-rent juggalo, furry, pedo, and other stupid sites somethingawful would target. They also asked eachother for advice. traded stories, made confessions, trolled eachother. There was "goon justice", when goons fucked up a pedophile, scammer, spammer, or other internet lowlife. The also did photoshop contests, made memes, and trolled eachother really hard.

    There were also pranks, such as habo hotel, and the like.

    The Forums "Goons" had a general dislike for the rest of the internet, and would play internet games with other goons, because they disliked the general population of gamers at the time. Goonfleet stuck out because of how harsh the game was, and how goons when from harrassing people in game, to becoming a serious angry force hell bent on serious stellar conquest. EVE is a game where everyone is a ruthless bastard hell bent on conquest, and people fucked with the goons, they pushed back harder. They kept to themselves and disliked outsiders, and took a dim view on the status quo of the EVE eliete(poopsocking pubbies). Goons made a break for power in 2006 and I am proud to say I was there. Other alliances had players with far more skill points(like level), who where more powerful, but goons had numbers, excellent organization, and teamwork. There was a profound sense of "goon nationalism" in the game that we were out to stake our claim and challenge the status quo. leaders had charisma, and leadership skills, but not as much in game skill points. We bucked the pecking order in favor of our own. We let anyone from Something Awful in, while rejecting the most seasoned non-goon EVE players.

    The world hated us, but as goons we reveled in their hatred, and it made us closer, stronger, more determined. We had the numbers and were far far far more ruthless than the worst the game had to offer. EVE is not just played online, its played over instanat message, cell phones, text messages, and even in the real world. When we allied with the Russians, we sent a real life delegation to Russia to visit them in person, and they sent one to NY, to shore up in game ties.

    We upset some major long standing alliances who had publicly gone on EVE TV to bash us.(Lokta Voltera, Vertas Imortalis) to bash us and our antics. We went on to terminate them with prejudice.

    EVE got serious just about the same time goons were almost at the height of their in game power.

    Somewhere around 2005, when the internet started getting really "serious" and pranks and raids started to have legal conotations, site founder, lowtax put a halt to raids and pranks. The sense of community remained. But just a reminder before "Anonymous" was "Leigon", we were "40 thousand screaming goons"

    RIP VIle Rat. Here is a speech remedial made on teamspeak before the epic battle of XZH-, of which I was a defender. I recorded this as I listened to.
  • Biased a bit? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by BorgAssimilator ( 1167391 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @09:37PM (#41520769)

    ...American right-wing radio and TV clown Glenn Beck...

    Now, I'm not commenting on whether he's right or wrong, but this in an accepted summary? Seems a bit much even by Slashdot standards.

    • Re: (Score:3, Insightful)

      by artor3 ( 1344997 )

      It's actually quite nice to see a spade called a spade, instead of the typical media "all opinions are equally valid" bullshit.

  • by Culture20 ( 968837 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @10:06PM (#41520959)
    An eve online dude can work for the CIA too.
  • by modmans2ndcoming ( 929661 ) on Monday October 01, 2012 @11:28PM (#41521455)

    He ripped that off from Adam Curry who said this exact thing two weeks ago on No Agenda []

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