American Spectator Editor Admits to Being Agent Provocateur at D.C. Museum

by on October 10, 2011 · 3 comments

in Civil Disobedience

By Charlie Grapski / / October 9, 2011

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The following photograph taken by shows a confrontation in the lobby of the National Air and Space Museum between two individuals and an officer shortly before video shows officers with the Museum’s security forces rush outside indiscriminately pepper-spraying numerous individuals.

It appears that one of the two in the confrontation with the security officer is Patrick Howley, Assistant Editor of The American Spectator.

Immediately after the incident began hitting the newswires Howley published a “Breaking News” story with The American Spectator online in which he reveals that he had consciously infiltrated the group on Friday with the intent to discredit the movement.  He states that “as far as anyone knew I was part of this cause — a cause that I had infiltrated the day before in order to mock and undermine in the pages of The American Spectator — and I wasn’t giving up before I had my story.”

Howley's Facebook Profile Photo is side-by-side with the person pictured at the Air and Space Museum

According to Howley’s story he joined the group in its march toward the Air and Space Museum but the protesters on the march were unwilling to be confrontational.  He states “they lack the nerve to confront authority. From estimates within the protest, only ten people were pepper-sprayed, and as far as I could tell I was the only one who got inside.”

He claims that upon arrival at the Museum the group of approximately one hundred protesters split into two factions with the smaller of the two “rushing the doors,” the majority “staying behind.”  Howley then admits in his piece that he snuck past the guard at the first entrance in order to “infiltrate” the building and then confronted another guard.  He then “sprinted toward the door” at which time he was first hit with pepper-spray.

As he describes his next actions “I forced myself into the doors and sprinted blindly across the floor of the Air and Space Museum, drawing the attention of hundreds of stunned khaki-clad tourists (some of whom began snapping off disposable-camera portraits of me).”

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avatar annagrace October 10, 2011 at 7:20 pm

And James O’Keefe, sans pimp costume, was spotted at Occupy Wall Street today. He may have violated his probation by being there.
Throw Breitbart into the mix and there you have it– Right wing “journalism’s” finest.


avatar Christopher Moore October 11, 2011 at 12:56 pm

What else can you expect from these “wingnut welfare” cretins?
When your ideology is based on hostility, hostility becomes your M.O.


avatar mr.rick October 11, 2011 at 11:14 pm

If infiltrating the “Occupy” movement is this guy’s cause celeb… It’s some pretty weak sauce. With absolutely no risk to his self(Howley),I’m sure the right wing will try to promote this “Idiot” to the same level as O’Keefe


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