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RITTER confirms his mental incompetence, calls Bush biggest threat to Democracy (HURL ALERT)
Albany Times Useless ^

Posted on 02/14/2003 6:54:08 AM PST by 1Old Pro

Ritter calls Bush threat to U.S.

Albany-- WAMC audience unconcerned about former arms inspector's 2001 arrest

By ALAN WECHSLER, Staff writer
First published: Friday, February 14, 2003

Speaking for the first time in the Capital Region since news of his arrest on sex charges broke last month, former arms inspector Scott Ritter continued his crusade against a war with Iraq at the WAMC Performing Arts Studio on Thursday.

Speaking for a half-hour and answering written questions from the audience during a live broadcast, Ritter said the biggest enemy to democracy was not Iraq or al-Qaida. It was, he said, the administration of President Bush.

"There is no other nation that is even close," he said.

Ritter, 41, of Delmar, has been the nation's loudest opponent of the war. But earlier this year it seemed his days as a spokesman for peace might be numbered when news broke of his arrest in Colonie in 2001.

Ritter was charged with trying to rendezvous with a teenage girl he met on an Internet chat line who was actually an undercover detective. Police charged Ritter with attempted endangerment of a child, but the case was adjourned in contemplation of dismissal and later sealed.

Asked about the case Thursday, Ritter said that it has hurt his credibility. Before the charges were known, he often commented for U.S. media. Today, television news and newspapers from around the world call him -- but he has been shunned by American television news, he said.

"My credibility has been brought into question, and it shouldn't be," he said. "I'm an expert on Iraq."

He also gave an idea of what he and his family -- he has a wife and two young children -- have been through since the charges were publicized.

"This has been a nightmare for my family. A living hell," he said.

But few in the audience of more than 200 seemed concerned about the sex charges.

"I just want to hear the message," said Bob Hoff of Clifton Park. "He was wronged. The American people were at a loss here."

Ritter served as a United Nations weapons inspector for seven years, searching for weapons in Iraq until 1998. In September, Ritter visited Iraq to urge Saddam Hussein to allow inspectors back into the country.

Ritter offered comments familiar to anyone who has heard any of the dozens of speeches he has made in the region since Sept. 11, 2001. He continues to travel the country and abroad, talking about Iraq and why the United States should not invade.

On Thursday, he said that Iraqi citizens should be expected to stand up for their nation just as Soviet citizens stood up to Hitler in 1941, in spite of decades of horrible treatment under the hands of Joseph Stalin.

"We will win the war," he said. "But the war could be long. The war could be awful. And the war could be bloody."

Ritter said any chemical or biological weapons Iraq might have created would have been rendered ineffective by time and shoddy storage. He said the country could still have the capacity to make more weapons, but so far no evidence of this has been found. He discounted the evidence released last week by Secretary of State Colin Powell.

"There's no reason for us to be going to war," he said. "Iraq does not pose a threat to America worthy of a single American life."


TOPICS: Extended News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: homeofthewhopper; meganslaw; pervymclickspittle; ritter; skatalritar

1 posted on 02/14/2003 6:54:08 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
But few in the audience of more than 200 seemed concerned about the sex charges.

Says a lot about the folks who should up, doesn't it? Wonder if any of them have daughters?

2 posted on 02/14/2003 6:55:48 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: 1Old Pro
Scott Ritter is the greatest threat to pre-pubescent hymens.
3 posted on 02/14/2003 6:55:54 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: mewzilla
should=showed
4 posted on 02/14/2003 6:56:57 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: mewzilla
Says a lot about the folks who should up

WAMC is public radio. The audience were your typical peacnick losers.

5 posted on 02/14/2003 6:57:58 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Today, television news and newspapers from around the world call him -- but he has been shunned by American television news, he said.

My favorite line LOL

6 posted on 02/14/2003 6:58:46 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
Scott Ritter is a traitor and sex pervert and a liar!
7 posted on 02/14/2003 6:59:04 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
Scott Ritter is a traitor and sex pervert and a liar!

and a hero to the peacenicks

8 posted on 02/14/2003 6:59:52 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: Knuckle Sandwich Combo
Yikes!
9 posted on 02/14/2003 7:00:17 AM PST by Petronski (I'm not always cranky.)
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To: 1Old Pro; doug from upland
but he has been shunned by American television news, he said.

bttt
10 posted on 02/14/2003 7:00:18 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: 1Old Pro
Did anyone ask him about the child prison?
11 posted on 02/14/2003 7:01:35 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: 1Old Pro
Bush IS a threat to democracy. Democracy is nothing but mob rule where the loudest and most ruthless can do anything they want to the minority.
12 posted on 02/14/2003 7:02:13 AM PST by Blood of Tyrants (Even if the government took all your earnings, you wouldn’t be, in its eyes, a slave)
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To: 1Old Pro
He also gave an idea of what he and his family -- he has a wife and two young children -- have been through since the charges were publicized.

"This has been a nightmare for my family. A living hell," he said.

How interesting, the airing of the charges has been the "nightmare" for him -- implying this whole episode dropped out of the sky and hit him on the head like a piece of Columbia debris. Of course he he absolutely nothing to do with the charges in the first place . . . .

13 posted on 02/14/2003 7:02:20 AM PST by stayout
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To: 1Old Pro
"This has been a nightmare for my family. A living hell."

"And it's everyone's fault but mine."

14 posted on 02/14/2003 7:02:25 AM PST by dighton
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To: 1Old Pro
Ritter's 15 minutes of fame are about to end when we go into Iraq and disarm Saddam.
15 posted on 02/14/2003 7:03:35 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: 1Old Pro
WAMC is public radio

Figures.

16 posted on 02/14/2003 7:04:41 AM PST by mewzilla
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To: stayout
Of course he he absolutely nothing to do with the charges in the first place . . . .

Typical liberal, blames everyone else.

17 posted on 02/14/2003 7:04:47 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
In the time-honored tradition of FR ala AnnCoulter posts which require a bevy of photos, all headers on SR posts must start with "The Sexual Pervert" Scott Ritter, and all must finish with a MEGA MEGA Projectile BARF Alert!
18 posted on 02/14/2003 7:05:31 AM PST by Doc Savage
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To: finnman69
Ritter's 15 minutes of fame are about to end when we go into Iraq and disarm Saddam.

Yep, and all his speaking fees will be gone as well. He'll actually have to find a job.

19 posted on 02/14/2003 7:05:47 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
The next time Ritter claims he's an expert and his patriotism can't be questioned because he once served in uniform, remind him.......

Benedict Arnold served in uniform also.
20 posted on 02/14/2003 7:06:20 AM PST by finnman69 (!)
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To: Doc Savage
In the time-honored tradition of FR ala AnnCoulter posts which require a bevy of photos, all headers on SR posts must start with "The Sexual Pervert" Scott Ritter, and all must finish with a MEGA MEGA Projectile BARF Alert!

Good idea. Probably should also warn that post is not appropriate for children either.

21 posted on 02/14/2003 7:07:06 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: 1Old Pro
"My credibility has been brought into question, and it shouldn't be," he said. "I'm an expert on Iraq stalking underage girls."
22 posted on 02/14/2003 7:07:20 AM PST by Knuckle Sandwich Combo
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To: dighton
..and of course he doesn't mention (or doesn't) care about the hell he put that young teenager and her family thru. He's disgusting.
23 posted on 02/14/2003 7:10:59 AM PST by dcindc
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To: finnman69
I ubderstand there is a new sex law coming named after Ritter?
24 posted on 02/14/2003 7:11:03 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: TLBSHOW
ubderstand =understand
25 posted on 02/14/2003 7:11:31 AM PST by TLBSHOW (God Speed as Angels trending upward dare to fly Tribute to the Risk Takers)
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To: stayout; aculeus; general_re; Poohbah
GMTA. It was more fun in the old days, when post-times included seconds.

How interesting, the airing of the charges has been the "nightmare" for him -- implying this whole episode dropped out of the sky and hit him on the head like a piece of Columbia debris. Of course he he absolutely nothing to do with the charges in the first place . . . .

Typical thinking of criminals and sociopaths.

26 posted on 02/14/2003 7:15:18 AM PST by dighton
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To: 1Old Pro
isn't it safe to say that most other countries would have had Ritter have an accident. His very existence is testament to our country. god, is he a whackjob. if he pulled this number in iraq against saddam he would already be dead with the thing he tried to show the little girl at BK detatched from his body and put in his open dead mouth.
27 posted on 02/14/2003 7:30:31 AM PST by faithincowboys
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To: 1Old Pro
"I just want to hear the message," said Bob Hoff of Clifton Park. "He was wronged.

HE was wronged???? What if your daughter was the 14-year old the pervert had lured to the Burger King?

sheesh

28 posted on 02/14/2003 7:34:26 AM PST by mombonn
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To: mombonn
Yep, Bob Hoff must be a certifiable idiot.
29 posted on 02/14/2003 7:37:16 AM PST by 1Old Pro
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To: dighton; general_re
Ritter, 41, of Delmar, has been the nation's loudest opponent of the war.

Not even close. Phil Donahue, Jeanine Gorolofofoflolo, Sean Penn, even Dave Matthews all get more attention than Bitter Ritter.

30 posted on 02/14/2003 7:43:31 AM PST by aculeus
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To: 1Old Pro
Living with him MUST be a "living hell." I wouldn't even trust him with his own daughters at this point. Creep. His wife should toss him out on his ear.

Wonder how much he got paid to diss the President? Too bad he can't be hung for treason.
31 posted on 02/14/2003 7:50:11 AM PST by Marysecretary
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To: 1Old Pro
read later
32 posted on 02/14/2003 8:12:02 AM PST by LiteKeeper
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To: 1Old Pro
And he's right about this. Bubba-2 is getting away with stuff Bubba-1 couldn't have gotten away with in his wildest dreams. Yet the same people who would burn Bubba-1 at the stake if he had tried this stuff stand up and applaud when Bubba-2 does it. THAT is what I call "mental imcopetence.".
33 posted on 02/14/2003 8:28:28 AM PST by sneakypete
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To: sneakypete
THAT is what I call "mental imcopetence.".

Thanks for the laugh.

34 posted on 02/14/2003 8:55:37 AM PST by hang 'em (eradicate HiV (Human islamic Virus) now!)
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