US seizes Scott Ritter’s passport before boarding flight en route to Russia


ER Editor: Some reaction from former CIA officer Larry Johnson to this —

My Livestream Regarding Scott Ritter and Me with the Judge

I was shocked to learn that the U.S. Government seized Scott’s passport today after he boarded a flight that would take him to Turkey and then to St. Petersburg. Scott had been invited to speak at the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum. I guess they will have him appear via Zoom. I am at the same Forum and am speaking in response to an invitation from the SPIEF 2024 organizers. This forum is a big deal — 25,000 people are attending from around the world.

I suppose congratulations are in order to the Biden Administration — they are garnering more public attention for Scott and his message than he has received in the last two years.

Judge Napolitano, despite reports to the contrary, was not removed from the flight. He had received news earlier in the day that required him to cancel the trip with Scott, but Scott’s plans were unaffected (until the Homeland Security dudes showed up). So, the Judge and his producer scrambled around and I did my normal 11am EST appearance (except it was 6pm in St. Petersburg).  (Video Source)

ER: Johnson considers what has happened to Scott Ritter and why (9 mins)

Notice that the Clooney Foundation for Justice makes an appearance in this story. Website link here

#Scott Ritter passport

Useful Analysis by Michael Rectenwald

Retweeted by Scott Ritter —

Grab the popcorn. Another ‘Biden regime’ move, similar to Trump’s guilty verdict, which rebounds astonishingly well on those who are hounded and demonized.

Contrary to some reports, Judge Napolitano chose not to attend the St. Petersburg conference for some other reason and was not prevented from travelling.


US seizes Scott Ritter’s passport

The RT contributor was stopped from visiting Russia


The US State Department has seized the passport of former Marine and UN weapons inspector Scott Ritter, he told RT on Monday.

Ritter was on his way to Russia for the St. Petersburg International Economic Forum (SPIEF) when he was pulled off the plane and had his documents confiscated.

US seizes Scott Ritter’s passport

“I was boarding the flight. Three [police] officers pulled me aside. They took my passport. When asked why, they said ‘orders of the State Department’. They had no further information for me,” Ritter told RT. “They pulled my bags off the plane, then escorted me out of the airport. They kept my passport.”

“Was this done in accordance with the First Amendment, or the Fourth,” Russian Foreign Ministry spokeswoman Maria Zakharova said, commenting on the news. The first amendment to the US constitution protects freedom of speech, press and assembly, while the fourth bars the government from “unreasonable searches and seizures.”

Ritter is a former US Marine Corps intelligence officer, who later served as the US and UN weapons inspector in Iraq. He is also a RT contributor, writing about international security, military affairs, Russia, and the Middle East, as well as arms control and nonproliferation.

He most recently visited Russia in January, spending time in Chechnya, Moscow and St. Petersburg, among other places.

The most recent post on Ritter’s Telegram channel put the Clooney Foundation for Justice on notice for its alleged crusade against “Russian propagandists.”

“Here I am. In your face. If telling the truth about Russia makes me a propagandist in your book, then I accept the title,” he wrote. “Bring it on. I’ll school you on the First Amendment.”

“You have zero concept of what free speech is. Try and arrest me and you’ll find out. In spades. It’s war,” he added.



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