Russell has also used the forum to criticize the Army.
“I was in charge of suicide prevention for the army earlier in the war,” he wrote in a thread titled “Active troop suicides higher than KIA in 2012″ in June 2012, “but resigned when it was clear that they were unwilling to make any actual changes to fix the problem.”
“Actually the army has a lot of crappy psychiatrists,” Russell wrote in November 2009. “[I]t is a residency program that usually doesn’t get as much applicants as openings, so it is a place you get get a training slot if everyone else turns you down. For psychiatry it is a choice between training a dud and going without.”
But much more frequently than offering jobs or criticizing his employer, Russell used the KeithOlbermann.org forum to lambast conservatives and Republicans.
“There are 300 million Americans,” he wrote in May 2012, and “20% of them are rabid Republicans (or actually Fascists, by the ‘politics tests’).”
“I hope [Wisconsin Gov.] Scott Walker burns in hell,” he wrote in June. “AFTER being thrown out of office.”
“The limbic brain concept has a root of validity, in that Republicans are more from the ‘gut’ and Democrats tend to be more (sometimes overly cerebral),” he wrote in April 2009.
“You pigs have corrupted the country,” he wrote to one forum commenter he apparently didn’t like, in a chain about the Wisconsin recall election last June.
Russell then ranted about politics being corrupted by corporate cash, specifically naming Charles and David Koch, business leaders who fund conservative and libertarian organizations.
“All the politicians, including Obama and Romney are BOUGHT, and the world is buried in your bullshit lies streaming form unlimited multi-national corporate cash. You are probably some paid shill the Koch brother pay to spam our forum with lies. Traitors, the lot of you.”
In the forum, Russell’s username was simply “Michael.” But several of his posts clearly identify him as the Michael Russell who has been called the Army’s senior neuropsychologist in news articles.
Russell’s Facebook page also provides a link to the forum.
“I understand you desire to defame my character and cause damage to my reputation,” Russell wrote to TheDC when asked for a comment.
“I hope you are looking forward to your travels to San Antonio, Texas, where your defamation lawsuit will be held, because whatever my status in 2010. I retired from the military in November 2010 and sold the forum you are complaining about to Cheryl Roberts in 2011, so am a Private Person in 2012.”
According to Russell’s forum posts, he left the Army in 2010 and hired himself as a civilian replacement.
“I am retiring this year, and have hired myself as my replacement. Mil-Civ,” he wrote in June 2010.
According to another post on the forum, he was “in charge of suicide prevention for the army earlier in the war,” presumably referring to during the Afghan or Iraq wars. His Facebook profile states he served 24 years in the military, including serving in Iraq, before retiring and continuing his role in the Army in a civilian capacity.