The Army’s senior neuropsychologist also happens to be the long-time administrator of a Keith Olbermann fan site.
When retired Lt. Col. Mike Russell isn’t working as the program manger of the Army’s brain testing program, now as a civilian, he’s busy online as the site administer of KeithOlbermann.org, which describes the former MSNBC and Current TV host as “The Last Reporter Standing.”
A frequent contributor to the site’s Web forum, the main focus of the site, Russell has posted over-the-top political rants against Republicans, criticized the military’s psychiatrists and seemingly tried to recruit fellow online posters for positions on military bases.
“I have 78 people working for me. I can’t find anyone with even a Bachelors [degree] in History in Mississippi,” Russell complained on the forum in June 2010.
A day later, he replied to a post from a user named “dejapig” who asked, “Are you moving to Gulfport or just commuting?”
“No, you miss my situation, I am building a network of people worldwide — Kuwait, Okinawa, San Antonio, Hawaii, Seattle,” Russell responded to the query.
“I can get people most places. I need a man in Gulfport for Keesler ASAP — Keesler is a big deal for the Air Force. I will have someone in a week or so, but I am in a position to offer a high paying job right this second, now. It will be gone in a week.”
Keesler is an Air Force base in Biloxi, Miss.
Russell went on to suggest that he was willing to bend requirements to hire someone from the online forum — and even suggested he had done so in the past, for a participant who used the username “Philbert.”
“I ordinarily want people with a medical background, a former behavioral science specialist or combat medic with a degree in psychology,” Russell responded to “dejapig.”
“This is me flexing entry requirements for Philbert. Defense Contractor work. They must be US Citizens. If I could hire immigrants I would.”
Russell went on to insist that he wasn’t kidding: He had already offered forum participant “WeAreAlldoomed” a high-paying job.
“I also need a Research Assistant, Research Psychologist and a Neuropsychology Technician. I already offered WeAreAlldoomed obscene amounts of cash to move from Dreary Scotland,” he explained in the same post. “These folks need a proven track record, I have stuff to write.”
To demonstrate his identity and illustrate what he does, Russell provided links to an article he published and an interview he had given.
“The jobs are there, you just have to be willing to move for them,” he went on.
“I sometimes write about history,” he said, linking to an article he wrote in a military journal, “but it is to illustrate our present. I am about medicine and resilience.”
“This is me,” he continued, providing a link to an NPR interview.
“My voice is on there four different times in that 12 minutes, i.e. I introduce myself at minute 4:12.”
The Daily Caller has no evidence that Russell actually hired anyone from the forum on the Keith Olbermann fan website, if he had made any formal offers, or even if he had the authority to hire anyone.