PREVIEW American Monster — Mike Flynn
Sixth in a series on US criminals accelerating global fascism
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“The question that should be posed to the Secretary of Defense — ‘What are you doing about this renegade retired lt. general, that is a great mystery to all of us.’ Mr. Flynn should be brought back on active duty and given a trial for offenses that I believe he has committed.”—Retired four-star General Paul D. Eaton, on Vice TV’s ‘The Search for Q’, Season Two
In Season Two of the Vice TV special, ‘The Search for Q’, General Paul D. Eaton tells the producers that “Mike Flynn at one time was a very respected General officer…” and then he is asked if there is a chance that Flynn has been psyoped.
“He sat down to break bread with Vladimir Putin so there were plenty of opportunities,” he said.
He also explained how psychological operations occur and said that Flynn’s ‘Reawaken Tour’ is ‘dangerous.’
“When you’re talking about a reinforcing function of a big tent revival — ‘reawaken’ — call it what you will, that is an reindoctrinating event. When you talk about Flynn generating a digital army, every one of those people is a foot soldier available to General ex-Flynn — that’s the scary part of all,” he said.
On the Frontline PBS special, ‘Flynn’s Holy War’, which shows how Flynn — the former National Security Advisor to Donald Trump — went from being an “elite solider overseas to waging a spiritual war” in America, there’s a moment where he is asked by an AP reporter about his brother Charles Flynn. Rather than answer the reporter’s question, he flew into a rage on camera and vowed never to talk to another AP reporter again.
Gen. Charles Flynn received his fourth star the same day Trump pardoned Michael T. Flynn, who was convicted for the federal crime of lying to the FBI about his contact with a Russian ambassador in the week’s leading up to Trump’s inauguration. Flynn served less than a month as Trump’s national security adviser before resigning in disgrace. He pleaded guilty in December 2017 to lying to the FBI investigators about his communications with the Russian ambo.
Flynn, who previously served as head of the Pentagon’s Defense Intelligence Agency, was the first US officer to visit Russian military intelligence’s (GRU) headquarters. He was forced out of the DIA in 2014, and by 2015, he was paid to attend a gala for the Russian propaganda outlet RT, where he dined with Putin.
In my Byline Supplement article with Vatnik Soup creator Pekka Kallioniemi, I asked him why “QAnon”, “Mike Flynn”, and “Marjorie Taylor Greene” ended up grouped together in back to back Twitter threads, and he said that happened when he was researching the “Grayzone”.
“I see this infamous 2015 dinner, which was attended by several people from the United States, including Michael Flynn, and Jill Stein, and it’s kind of suspicious to see influential American people dining with Vladimir Putin after the annexation of Crimea,” he said. “It’s unbelievable. I thought, how is this happening?”
That research led to him reporting on the former National Security Advisor Mike Flynn’s Russian and Turkish ties, but Kallioniemi said he also discovered Marjorie Taylor Greene’s QAnon-spouting video clips, before she was elected to Congress from Georgia.
“The MAGA gang seems to be involved in a lot of conspiratorial stuff,” he said. “And, of course, now they're trying to erase it, because it might look bad if you're a representative in the Senate or Congress.
Or hoping to be president, some day.
By 2016, Flynn joined the Trump campaign, where he infamously led supporters in a ‘Lock Her Up’ chant directed at Hillary Clinton at the Republican National Convention.
It is worth noting, Charles Flynn — who currently commands 90,000 troops in the US Army Pacific — was the subject of congressional testimony from Gen. William Walker, who said Flynn and Gen. Walter Piatt delayed the uniformed guards’ response to quell the violence of the January 6 Insurrection due to “optics”.
Curiously, Charles Flynn has not publicly expressed concern about the optics of his brother taking money from Russia — which he was forced to return — to celebrate the Kremlin’s lie factory RT’s 10th anniversary beside Putin; tweeting Russian propaganda from Prigozhin’s troll factory, the Internet Research Agency, which attacked the 2016 election; posting anti-Semitic tweets and conspiracy theories, including Pizzagate — a lie about Hillary Clinton and high-ranking democrats running a child sex ring, during the Trump campaign; and working on behalf of Turkey leaders to delegitimize and potentially kidnap a US-based Turkish cleric, who was a rival of Tayyip Erdogan.
Flynn was paid to represent Turkey’s interests during the Trump campaign, and his partner in the Flynn Intel Group Bijan Rafiekian was convicted in 2019 for conspiring to act as an unregistered foreign agent, a judge later overturned the jury’s conviction.
The Frontline special follows Flynn as he spreads “Christian nationalism.”
The most important reporting on Mike Flynn is being done by my podcast partner Jim Stewartson, who is being sued by Mike Flynn for defamation. Jim found a video of Flynn performing a cultic prayer in a Christian church, and when he posted his findings, Flynn was rejected by many Christian faith leaders. The prayer was written by Elizabeth Clare Prophet, who was a cult leader in the ‘80s. Here is that video…
As OSINT investigative researcher Brent Allpress wrote, “Jim Stewartson outed Mike Flynn as a PsyOps plagiarist using second-hand cult content. Heresy doesn’t win the Conservative Christian vote. Bad faith by Flynn the False Prophet.”
Jim also found video of Flynn being awarded a semi-automatic weapon in Yuba City, California — the Church of Glad Tidings — and upon being handed the weapon, Flynn said, “Maybe I’ll find somebody in Washington, DC.” On RadPod, Jeff Sharlet told us that the church where that event occurred no longer displays the cross and instead displays swords on the altar. 🥺
Most recently, legal scholar Laurence Tribe, four star US Army General Ret. Barry R. McCaffrey, and the Auschwitz Memorial Museum quote-tweeted Jim’s work reporting on Mike Flynn blaming Jewish people for being exterminated in WWII because there were “thousands of them and not many guards.”
Jim’s reporting garnered him international coverage, including in the Jerusalem Post, which wrote:
Michael Flynn's history of Holocaust distortion and antisemitism
This is not the first time Flynn has sparked backlash for both Holocaust distortion and perceived antisemitism.
In 2022, Flynn compared supporters of the US far-right with the victims of the Holocaust and also said that the Jews should have resisted more against being sent on the trains to Auschwitz.
At a 2021 rally, Flynn came under fire after calling for the US to have just one religion.
‘Lock Her Up’
As I reported in American Monster 1, much of the Trump campaign was deploying recycled slogans and tropes Paul Manafort used to get Yanukovych installed for Putin.
Recall, the words Flynn spoke at the 2016 RNC:
“We do not need a reckless president who believes she is above the law… lock her up, that’s right, lock her up… If I did a tenth of what she did, I would be in jail today… Crooked Hillary Clinton, leave this race now.”
Within 12 months of that speech, Flynn would be accused of planning a kidnapping, secretly working for a foreign government, and found guilty of lying to the FBI.
So how did a disgraced, fired lt. general — convicted for lying to the FBI — become what thousands of Christians are warning is a “false prophet”?…
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