Morgen on October 27, 2011 at 10:41 pm
Scott Olsen is the Marine Corps veteran who was critically injured at Occupy Oakland Tuesday night, during a confrontation between the protesters and the police. The latest news is good: his condition has been upgraded from critical to fair and he is apparently conscious and able to respond to doctors and family members. I sincerely wish him a full recovery, and I also hope that a proper investigation is conducted to determine whether police misconduct was responsible for his injuries.
But I ran across something this evening that may add a new dimension to this story. It has been widely reported that Olsen is a member of Iraq Veterans Against the War. But apparently his opposition to the U.S. military and the Marine Corps in which he served runs a little deeper.
The site is no longer live, but Olsen was the founder of IHateTheMarineCorps.com, a private user forum apparently dedicated to bashing the Marine Corps. (click to enlarge)
Compare the image above to Olsen’s profile on Facebook – it’s definitely him.
Using this information, I also uncovered a comment from Olsen on the Yahoo Answers site from last year where he is highly critical of the Marine Corps:
The Marine Corps thrives on its image. They convince young men and women that they’re joining a professional military organization. But that’s not the case at all, every Marine knows it, and most have no problem downplaying the bullshit to outsiders so they can protect their “beloved corps”. I noticed some of the other posters have told you not to pay any attention to my site because we’re just a bunch of ********* who couldn’t hack it, right? Maybe not hacking it means we saw through the bullshit and don’t want to take it. Maybe the brainwashing didn’t work on us. I’m not here to tell you if you should join or not. I’m here to advise you to take the people who visit my website just as seriously as anybody who tries to sell you the MC as a good thing.
My site is anonymous, these people don’t have to worry about hiding from the MC, or protecting the MC’s image or anything. It is unfiltered truth.
Former Marine, owner of http://www.ihatethemarinecorps.com
We are still digging for any other relevant information, so stay tuned.
Update: There are some pictures of interesting foliage and other paraphernalia on his Flickr account. Go figure: the guy being held up as a war hero by OWS is a pot smoker who hates the Marines.
Then there is this:
I was talking to my 1stsgt regarding a pending adsep since i had been accused of using cocaine. Anyway, when we were done talking, he used as a parting greeting “stay marine”. He clearly didn’t think that one through. It was no secret that I couldn’t wait to get out and on top of that, the MC was trying to kick me out. I was going to bust his balls over it, but I went and took a nap instead.
Update 2: There are a lot of unsubstantiated rumors floating around the lefty blogosphere that this is a hoax, that the links and images linked above are fabricated. Wishful thinking, guys. As further proof, Olsen still references his IHateTheMarineCorps site on his YouTube and Twitter profiles which are still active.
That said, this story is really not about Scott Olsen. It’s about a protest movement inspired and organized by anarchists who wish to destroy this nation, while falsely claiming to represent middle America. And it’s about a national media engaged in uncritically promoting this narrative. Scott may be the victim of excessive police violence – this has yet to be conclusively determined. But he is also a victim of a fundamentally anti-American movement way too eager to use his military service as propaganda.
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