NEW: Torture’s Time for Accountability, Despite a Fearful Obama
By Ray, December 20, 2014
NEW: Here is a link to 2-minute video showing former House Intelligence Committee chair Pete Hoekstra and Ray in heated argument over CIA torture, which Hoekstra knew about, supported, and continues to support.
Those two minutes say a lot; they are part of the following article, cum video links, that was posted on Dec. 14 (see "Clashing Face-to-Face..." below).
Clashing Face-to-Face with Torture Enabler
By Ray McGovern, December 14, 2014
NEW: Thom Hartmann interviews Ray on Dec. 12 regarding the ‘Two CIAs;’ his work in the Analysis CIA; and how the Operations CIA wound up saluting orders from Cheney and Bush to torture – as revealed in the gory summary report issued on Dec. 9 by the Senate Intelligence Committee.
Ray’s interview begins at minute 30:00 and lasts 26 minutes if you skip the commercials between minutes 42:50 and 45:05.
Amy Goodman, Fred Fleitz, and Ray on RT’s CrossTalk, Dec. 10, 2014 Discuss Senate Report on Torture, December 10, 2014
(24 minutes, if you skip the commercials from min. 12:00 to 16:10)
What’s the Next Step to Stop Torture?
The grim details about CIA torture – from waterboarding to “rectal rehydration” – have put torture apologists on the defensive. Now the question is how to make sure this behavior doesn’t happen again. Hats off to Sen. Dianne Feinstein for staring the President down and preventing the usual “Obama-cave-in;” for not throwing her thoroughly professional staffers under the bus; and for giving the American people a chance to see what the thugs – from George W. Bush to the most junior torturer “just following orders” – have done in our name. Ray reviews the bidding as CIA Director John Brennan prepares to go on live TV.
By Ray McGovern
Stifling Dissent on the Upper East Side
By Todd E. Pierce, Major, US Army JAG (ret.)
Modern U.S. counterinsurgency doctrine doesn’t just target people in faraway lands where the U.S. military is battling some uprising. It also takes aim at Americans whose dissent might undermine those wars, possibly explaining the strange arrest and jailing of Ray McGovern on Oct. 30, writes Todd Pierce. (Ray's trial in New York City Criminal Court has been set for Feb. 4.)
Will Godot arrive next week?
Ray discusses the Waiting-for-Godot Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture, December 4, 2014 (5 minutes)
Ray interviewed by RT on Julian Assange’s book, “When Google Met With WikiLeaks” and Assange’s press interview live streamed between Spain and London earlier on Wednesday
December 3, 2014 (5 minutes)
From Pete Seeger & grandson Tao Rodriguez to Dan Berrigan:from Ray’s arrest at Petraeus event at 92nd St. Y to NYPD Precinct 19; from Precinct 19 to The Tombs on Halloween; from The Tombs to the first Judge for arraignment (and then to trial on Dec. 8); from the Catholic Worker to teaching at Fordham & Manhattan to the Berrigan brothers. Ray’s Bronx accent shows through in interview with Mort Mecklosky of Community Radio in Stony Brook, L. I. Don’t miss “SOME,” Dan Berrigan’s poignant poem at about the 39:00 min mark.
(Ray's interview begins at about the 3:00 mark)
RT/Arabic interviews Ray on Middle East Issues
November 28, 2014, (25 minutes)
(In Arabic but most of Ray’s remarks in English can be discerned under the dubbing.)
Ray speaks in NYC on anniversary of JFK’s murder; endorses call for release of the suppressed, Saudi-related 28 pages of the report on 9/11 of the Joint Congressional “Investigation” of 2002. What those pages reveal might well unravel some key outstanding mysteries diligently kept unsolvable by the keepers of the secrets.
Ray interviewed by Peter B. Collins re Ray’s recent experience with the surveillance state, his comments on the movie Citizen4, Ed Snowden, patriot whistleblowers – including those who worked with NSA and quit when AF Gen. & NSA Director Michael Hayden gave a Prussian salute to Dick Cheney’s order to deep-six the 4th Amendment – and other current topics.
Interview is discursive, includes macabre humor, covers a lot in 57 min.: you may wish to listen in segments.
Special thanks to Actor/Son/Webmeister (of this site) Joseph, who just arrived back East on his own round-trip variant of Travels With Charlie. Before aiming his van east from LA, he was on Grey’s Anatomy, playing the role of a concerned father angry at doctors who screwed up treating his newborn daughter – a scene included in the trailer:
Joseph’s cross-country travel is to film “The Other Side,” a documentary based on interviews with conservative Republicans.
In Kansas City, Tom Klammer who runs “Tellsomebody,” on community radio station KKFI, turned the tables and interviewed Joseph for 45 minutes:
By Ray, November 21, 2014
Plumbing the Depth of NSA’s Spying
Lars Schall interview of Bill Binney
VERY valuable information from a high-tech patriot
November 12, 2014
“There is This Fourth Amendment Thing”
Ray explains why NSA has come to mean “No Such Amendment”
November 17, (three minutes)
Israel the Obstacle to Nuke Deal Between Iran, West
By ‘Richard Walker’
Walker quotes Ray speaking in Berlin in September about Israel’s strong opposition a deal on Iran’s nuclear program. An agreement would make it possible for the U.S. and Iran to cooperate on a wide array of important issues, including confronting Islamic extremism. It is high time for the U.S. to “bury the hatchet” with Iran, despite the attitude of Israel, which is not a signatory to the Nonproliferation Treaty and already has an estimated 200 or so nuclear weapons of its own.
How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?
By Ray, November 16, 2014
Ray on RT CrossTalk helps assess the factors behind rising tensions between the U.S. and Russia...particularly over Ukraine.
Ray notes that almost incredible reality that the Feb. 22, 2014 coup d’etat in Ukraine was forecast on YouTube more than two weeks before it happened. In a Feb. 6 YouTube posting of an unambiguous telephone conversation several days before, Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland is heard telling the U.S. ambassador in Kiev, “Yats (Arseniy Yatsenyuk) is the guy who’s got the economic experience, the governing experience.” “Yats,” of course, immediately became prime minister, and is still PM today.
Speaking of which...
German General Harald Kujat (ret.) warns on TV against giving credence to claims ANYONE makes concerning Russian “aggression” against Ukraine.
“I have doubts; and it’s not only that we must be very careful about what the Russians say. We must be very careful about what the Ukrainians say, and, unfortunately, about what the West says.”
Kujat is not some kind of renegade general officer. He was Chief of Staff of the German armed forces from 2000 to 2002, and then Chairman of the NATO Military Committee from 2002 to 2005.
The TV program aired on Sept. 4; the video segment is one and a half minutes; includes short synopsis in English
On 25th anniversary of the fall of the Berlin Wall, Ray talks candidly to the Real News Network about an historic missed opportunity for, in then President George H. W. Bush’s words, “a Europe whole and free” from Portugal to the Urals -- and how Bill Clinton and his successors blew that opportunity. This is the direct antecedent to today’s dangerous confrontation in Ukraine. (18 min)
The Mystery of Ray’s Arrest on Oct. 30 before Petraeus Event in NYC
How did they know Ray planned to attend; and why did they arrest and jail him?
By Ray, November 8, 2014
Ray makes his way through hordes of police in DC, reaches RT studio for snap 5-minute commentary on demonstrations orchestrated by Anonymous in many cities today, Nov. 5, 2014
Fuller RT coverage with additional video and photos, plus text of Ray's interview, can be found at: http://rt.com/op-edge/202683-anonymous-march-revolution-us/
Ray had hoped to ask David Petraeus some real questions at the 92nd Street Y...
Petraeus Spared Ray McGovern’s Questions In New York City
By Bob Parry, October 31, 2014
Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern Arrested While Trying to Attend David Petraeus Event in New York
By Kevin Gosztola, Oct. 31, 2014
Ray Released After Being Roughed/Cuffed and Night in NYC Jail
Explains the circumstances to RT, Oct. 31, 6 minutes
Ray describes brutal arrest in NYC
RT, Oct. 31, 2014, (includes 10-min interview)
Citizenfour’s Escape to Freedom in Russia
By Ray McGovern, October 23, 2014
Coleen Rowley and Ray were interviewed on Oct. 5 by Belgian radio on Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) and our annual award.
Written text is in Dutch, but there are direct links to audio files in English at bottom (21 min. for Ray; 25 min. for Coleen)
(See also samadamsaward.ch)
How long will the "sovereign republics" of Europe keep dancing to Washington's tune?"
Gist of Ray’s Oct. 18 talk at Schiller Institute Conference in Frankfurt by conference staff
Ray interviewed by RT on Bush authorization of torture and Obama’s nonchalant remark “We tortured some folks.” Ray says Senate Intelligence Committee report on torture is dead in the waterboarding, so to speak; speculates on why.
Oct. 21, 2014 (8 min.)
Yes, “Boots on Ground” Will Be Needed; So Whose Boots?
Ray, in Frankfurt, Germany on Oct. 18 gives interview to RT
Ray was interviewed, on Congressional oversight of intelligence, by Tom Klammer (“Tell Somebody,” KKFI Kansas City, 90.1 FM)
Oct. 15 ( 42 minutes).
Discussion includes the morphing of Senate Intelligence Committee over the past decade from an “oversight” into an “overlook” committee.
A Dick Cheney man, Sen. Pat Roberts, a Republican (Kansas) now running for re-election, was key to Cheney-Bush successful attempt to politicize the “intelligence” conjured up to “justify” the attack on Iraq. Roberts (Senate Intelligence Committee Chair from 2003 to 2007) then succeeded in covering up the FRAUDULENT (not mistaken) nature of the pre-Iraq-war “intelligence” for the next several years. The cat is now out of the bag, but it is still anybody’s guess as to whether the media in Kansas decides to let ordinary Kansans in on Roberts’s role in the corruption of intelligence, when he should have been looking out for their agricultural and other basic equities and interests.
Skeleton in the Closet – What Did NSA Agents Learn Listening to Angela Merkel?
Russia TV Channel 1, Sunday evening, Oct. 12 (9 min., in Russian)
Скелет в шкафу - что узнали агенты АНБ, прослушивая Ангелу Меркель?
Ray has two “cameo” appearances. The first lasts only a few seconds at minute 3:00, simply posing the question as to what files the Stasi and others may have on Merkel. The second runs from 6:50 to 7:10; Ray notes that Germany’s intelligence service (its CIA equivalent) delighted Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and then-CIA Director George Tenet by passing along spurious information from its source – we know him as “Curveball”) – on (non-existent) mobile biological weapons laboratories in Iraq. This was just the kind of “intelligence” Bush, Cheney, Rumsfeld, and Tenet were lusting after, and it was the centerpiece of Colin Powell’s deceptive speech at UN on Feb. 5, 2003 “justifying” war on Iraq.
A Murder Mystery at Guantanamo Bay
By Ray, October 10, 2014
Guantanamo's Force-Feeding Challenged
By Ray; October 8, 2014
Putting Privilege Into Play
All that’s needed is care andcourage.
In an Oct. 1 interview with Kathleen Wells of KCAA (southern California), Ray discussed the unimpeachable evidence that the U.S. orchestrated the coup d’état in Ukraine on Feb. 22, 2014 (one regime change too many for Moscow’s leaders); what drives the U.S. and NATO regarding Ukraine; the strategic importance of Crimea and, specifically, how Russian leaders look at the threat posed by U.S. plans for ship-borne missile defense systems; the (sad) demise of the 4th Estate and the (hope-giving) rise of the 5th.
Interview goes to minute 56:20, with two chunks devoted to commercials. (These can be avoided by fast-forwarding from minute 20:45 to 25:00; and from minute 38:20 to 42:40).
Fleet Feet in U.S.-Provided “Boots on the Ground”
(Ray has been wondering whether you can train indigenous, whose hearts are not in it, to kill cousins. Clues to the answer – and to the credibility of our generals – may be found by clicking on the links below.)
It has to be embarrassing when, at the sight of ISIL troops, the Iraqis, so diligently trained and equipped by Gen. David Petraeus and others, ran away when they should have charged forward. A review of the record shows that the hasty retreat was the result of a mistranslation, as the first clip (below) explains.
Never mind; this time U.S. Army linguists are performing due diligence to develop a less misunderstandable Arabic translation for the word “charge,” as U.S. trainers prepare to find and train Syrian “moderates.” When a bunch of “our (Syrian) guys” is located and given recruitment bonuses, the $500 million earmarked for training and equipping them will surely not go to waste this time around. Further reassurance can found in Petraeus’s strong support for what passes for the new “point of departure for our strategy” – bombing.
Click and laugh/weep:
Gen. David Petraeus’s Hands-On Training of Iraqi Army
Connie Bryan skit; uploaded on December 18, 2006; 6 minutes
Petraeus Comments on Iraqi Army and ISIL
Sadly, this one is not a skit; Bob Schieffer in role of straight man
Petraeus Strongly Supports Obama on Bombing ISIL
He calls it a “good point of departure for our strategy” (now that the Iraqi army has run away). Again, sadly, this is not a SNL skit.
"Ray McGovern Speaks at Shasta College, CA, on 'No Such Amendment' (aka NSA)"
By Bob Williams, October 1, 2014
‘The U.S. Surveillance State’
Ray Sept. 18, 2014 presentation at California State University, Chico. Ray’s talk goes from minute 8 to 43; followed by panel discussion.
The morning after Ray took part in the U.S.-Russia Forum in Moscow (Sept. 8 & 9) he was interviewed by Alexandr Khristenko of Rossiya 1 TV for its 60 Minutes-type Sunday evening program ‘News of the Week,’ which aired on Sept. 14. Cameramen shot the video as Khristenko and Ray walked through the Arbat, an historic district of Moscow. The footage and commentary comprise roughly the second half of the program from minute 8:00 to 13:00.
To see the video, click on the above link and then on the first button ‘видиорелортаж‘ (on the button you will see a small video camera) in upper left-hand corner; this will launch the TV program. (Ray hopes to find time soon to translate the text into English.)
The segment bears the title: "Intelligence Veterans Summon Obama to Sanity,” and two of VIPS’ recent issuances are specifically cited:
1- Memorandum for the President; May 4; ‘Needed: Urgent Action on Ukraine’ (re need for a ceasefire followed by Obama-Putin summit); and
2- Memorandum for Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany; August 29; ‘Ukraine and NATO’ (urging Merkel to kick the tires of any intelligence cart rolled out by NATO allies with blemished records for trustworthiness).
Alexandr Khristenko also had conducted a ten-minute interview of Ray upon his arrival in Moscow on Sept. 7; that interview “looped” several times on TV channel Rossiya 24 on Sept. 8. Some of the English is audible under the dubbing:
DVD with the presentations of all 24 speakers at the National Summit to Reassess the U.S.-Israel ‘Special Relationship,’ at the National Press Club on March 7, 2014, can be ordered at:
http://www.ifamericansknew.org/ (Scroll down the column on the right.)
DVD includes talks by Stephen Walt, Paul Findley, Paul Pillar, Phil Giraldi, Alison Weir, and Ray. As we posted last March, YouTube carried Ray’s 20-minunte talk, ‘Does Israel Act Like a U.S. Ally?’ at:
Ray discusses how far our government has strayed from the Constitution – at a Sacramento, CA, gathering organized by the ACLU, Veterans for Peace, and others: Sept. 23, 2014 (1 hour; plus Q & A)
Obama’s Sept. 24 UN Speech: Divorced From Reality
The President spoke as Ray was winding up 12 days of speaking/interviews/etc. in northern California – mostly at colleges. En route to Santa Rosa from Sacramento, Ray took some notes on Obama’s fulsome rhetoric, found a quiet corner at a McDonalds, and gave this interview to Jeffrey Blankfort of KZYX, Mendocino. The conversation begins with the “howlers” that leap out of a speech that could have been written by Franz Kafka in his prime. Ray is asked to address other issues, as well – including Syria, Ukraine, and “wise-man” Bobby Gates. (35 min.)
In ‘Watch Lists & the First and Fourth Amendments’ (Sept. 25), Peter Van Buren homes in on the State Department’s BOLO (Be On Lookout) for Ray that has just been lifted, and puts into wider perspective the indignities Ray suffered for simply standing up quietly and turning his back on then Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.
"Be On the Lookout Alert” (BOLO) warning about Ray as been rescinded, according to the pro bono attorneys at the Foundation for Civil Justice Fund, who have filed a civil rights lawsuit on his behalf. This is a significant first-step victory.
London Real TV did an unusual tour d'horizon-type interview with Ray in London
The interview was not devoted to current crises per se -- like Ukraine -- but also to wider issues, including what draws Ray to activism. Here's the link to the FULL INTERVIEW (you may wish to skip the commercials from 5:35 to 10:20)
“Ukraine: Russia was always elected to be the enemy”
On the 2nd day of the NATO summit (Sept. 5), Ray gave an interview in Berlin to Nadja Vancauwenberghe, Editor of “Exberliner Magazine.” The resulting article, published in English on Sept. 11, addresses the summit then under way and also includes in one convenient write-up a lot of what Ray has been saying/writing about Ukraine/NATO/Russia over recent months.
The West vs. Russia: Divorce or Just Long-Term Separation?
In Moscow, Ray joins RT’s Crosstalk program with Gilbert Doctorow, Nicolai Petro, and host Peter Lavelle to discuss this issue against the background of Ukraine.
September 9, 2014 (25 min.)
Ray interviewed by Rossiya 24 upon arrival in Moscow, September 7
Wide-ranging interview is airing on Rossiya 24 several times on Sept. 8.
RT/Berlin Interviews Ray on NATO and Ukraine against the background of VIPS Memorandum to Angela Merkel cautioning her about faux intelligence
May 4, 2014 (5 minutes)
Ukraine and NATO: Caveat Emptor
VIPS Memo for Chancellor Angela Merkel, August 31 2014
A Cheney Anniversary – Honesty Still in Short Supply
By Ray McGovern, August 26, 2014
Russia’s Humanitarian “Invasion” of Ukraine
By Ray McGovern, August 23, 2014
RT’s Crosstalk: Russian Foreign Policy
Ray joins Martin McCauley & Nebojsa Malic in discussion
August 21, 2014 (24 min.)
Ray gives interview to TeleSUR/English on the long awaited Senate Intelligence Committee report on CIA torture
August 13, 2014 (5 min., from 2:20 to 7:30)
Not to hold your breath; it is a case of Waiting for Godot – a pas de deux being danced by CIA Director John Brennan and Sen. Dianne Feinstein with Obama humming the music. A brief year ago, Feinstein sat atop Brennan’s dance card, but he kept stepping on her feet.
The elderly Senator has shown she can still dance. Indeed, she cannot afford to be a wallflower, because she and her co-opted colleagues on the Senate Intelligence Committee have had guilty knowledge of horrific (as well as just plain unconstitutional) intelligence abuses and have kept their mouths shut. And so the complicity is uneasily shared by both sides (three, if you count the faux judges who acquiesce in frequent invocation of the “State Secret Privilege,” as well as the co-opted judges of the feckless FISA court).
And so the dance goes on and Obama keeps humming. He would probably like to stop the music and release the report on CIA torture but, in doing so, he would cross Establishment Washington. Besides, he lacks the guts. So does Feinstein, who is empowered under the law to publish the report herself, with the approval of the whole Senate (though nobody seems to know that). Ray thinks Obama and Feinstein live in fear of retaliation from the unsavory thugs let loose during the Cheney/Bush years – who are cut from the same cloth as those who killed John F. Kennedy.
US Intelligence Vets Criticize Obama for Peddling Weak MH17 Evidence
By Matthew Phelan, August 18, 2014
When you’re not part of the Fawning Corporate Media, you can do a creditable job assessing what VIPS is, and what we’ve been trying hard to do since Jan. 2003.
A USS Liberty Hero’s Passing
By Ray, August 17, 2014
Were it not for the bravery and ingenuity of young seaman Terry Halbardier, Israel would have achieved its mission to sink the Liberty and kill all 294 crew.
“If you blow the whistle, you should be thanked ... and certainly shouldn’t be punished:” President Obama, Aug. 7, 2014
Comment, including Ray’s, posted by the COURAGE FOUNDATION
“The world needs truth tellers; they need COURAGE.”
Posted on August 13, 2014
“If you blow the whistle, you should be thanked. You should be protected for doing the right thing. You shouldn’t be ignored and you certainly shouldn’t be punished.”
These were the surprising words of President Obama on 7 August 2014, as he signed a $16 billion bill to improve veterans’ access to medical care. The bill followed a report from the Department for Veterans’ Affairs, which confirmed many of the complaints whistleblowers had been making – waiting lists were indeed being manipulated to hide how long veterans were having to wait for medical appointments.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest claims that the Administration has “made important progress” in “protecting whistleblowers” and “disclosing previously classified information.” Earnest cites the 2012 Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act as evidence that the Administration has “fought for and won better protections for whistleblowers.”
But the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act that the White House claims offers better protections for whistleblowers is limited.
...Blowing the whistle within official channels does not guarantee public disclosure of the information and does little to facilitate what Yochai Benkler has called “accountability leaks… that challenge systemic practices.”
At any rate, it is not the Whistleblower Protection Enhancement Act for which this Presidency is likely to be remembered but the intelligence whistleblowers who have faced severe reprisals on its watch. The Obama Administration, famously, has initiated eight prosecutions under the Espionage Act - more uses of the 1917 Act than all previous US presidents combined.
Ray McGovern, a former CIA senior analyst, founder of whistleblower group Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence and co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), responded to Obama’s comments saying, “President Obama is giving hypocrisy a bad name.”
McGovern, who is also a member of Courage’s advisory board, said:
Obama’s record speaks for itself; he has prosecuted more than twice as many whistleblowers – for espionage, no less – than all former presidents combined. As for those whose crimes have been whistle-blown upon, like those who did the torture, Obama continues to call them ‘patriots.’ Former CIA operative John Kiriakou, who opposed torture, sits in a Pennsylvania prison allegedly because he revealed the name of one of the torturers.
Too bad Kafka is dead.
The Berlin Wall and Missed Opportunities
By Ray McGovern, August 13, 2014
The East Germans started building the wall on August 13, 1961. It fell 28 years later. But like Humpty Dumpty, lasting peace in Europe could not be put together again. Here Ray (and Bill Bradley) discuss why. Don’t miss the embedded 6-minute video showing Bradley’s frustration.
The Rear-Guard Defense of Torture
By Ray McGovern, August 12, 2014
Top CIA lawyer honored... now squirming
RT interviews Ray on fresh, post-Snowden leaks on U.S. intelligence abuses
August 5, 2014 (5 min)
email Ray: firstname.lastname@example.org follow Ray on twitter: @raymcgovern
With Coleen Rowley, FBI (ret.)
Preparing to speak at rally before White House, June 16, 2014
"The Usual Suspects" after "Beyond Orwell -- Surveillance, Secrets, & Whistleblowing" event at Georgetown University, April 22, 2014