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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

NEW: “Close Ramstein Now” and “Consequential Corruption at CIA”

Two interviews of Ray at United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) Conference, Secaucus, NJ, May 10, 2015 (6 minutes total)

NEW:William & Mary Honors War Criminal

By Ray McGovern, May 17, 2015

The Phony 'Bad Intel' Defense on Iraq

May15, 2015

Ray McGovern: Free speech tamped down in US

PressTV interviews Ray on sentencing of Jeffrey Sterling

May 11, 2015  (7 minutes)



Punishing Another Whistleblower, Jeffrey Sterling

May 12, 2015



CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Speaks Out

ExposeFacts Documentary Starring Sterling, 15 minues



Obama’s Petulant WWII Snub of Russia

By Ray McGovern



The Lasting Pain from Vietnam Silence

Many reflections on America’s final days in Vietnam miss the point, pondering whether the war could have been won or lamenting the fate of U.S. collaborators left behind. The bigger questions are why did the U.S. go to war and why wasn’t the bloodletting stopped sooner, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern reflects.



How Many Islamic State Fighters Are There?

From the Archive: The mainstream U.S. media is marking the Vietnam War’s end 40 years ago with superficial remembrances that downplay the horror that the U.S. military inflicted on the Vietnamese. That prevents the real Vietnam lessons from illuminating today’s conflicts, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern noted in 2014.



Ray Discusses Thursday’s House Committee’s Vote on Patriot Act

RT International, April 30, 2015 (5 minutes)



European Commission to Germany: Please explain why Berlin’s NSA subsidiary has been allowed to run amok

The camel’s back in Berlin will bend still lower with this straw: German-U.S. ties under further strain.

Presstv interviews Ray, April 30 (5 minutes)



Whistleblowers Sound the Alarm at the National Press Club on April 27

Bill Binney, Tom Drake, Dan Ellsberg, Ray, Jesselyn Radack, Coleen Rowley, and Kirk Wiebe give short presentations, in alphabetical order, followed by questions.  Norman Solomon, who leads, a project of the Institute for Public Accuracy, took the lead arranging this event.  The NYT and WaPo reporters apparently were too busy to cover this unique event, but several others took part.  Check it out on YouTube:



Paying Attention to the Horrors of War

As promised yesterday, here is a translation of the poem by Nikolai Nekrasov chosen by Ray for his talk at the Moscow commemoration of the 70thanniversary of the meeting of Russian and American forces on the Elbe, April 25, 1945, two weeks before V/E day.

Poetry always looses something in translation, and this is no exception.  Ray has tried to be literal without undue sacrifice to verse and feeling.  A lot is lost, though; so the original is included.  The Russian is taken from Komsomolskaya Pravda, April 27, 2015,


Рэй Макговерн декламировал по-русски

стихи Николая Некрасова:


Внимая ужасам войны,

Heeding the horrors of war,

При каждой новой жертве боя

At every new victim of battle

Мне жаль не друга, не жены,

I feel sorry not for his friend, nor for his wife,

Мне жаль не самого героя.

I feel sorry not even for the hero himself.

Увы! утешится жена,

Alas, the wife will be comforted,

И друга лучший друг забудет;

And best friends forget their friend;

Но где-то есть душа одна –

But somewhere there is one soul –

Она до гроба помнить будет!

Who will remember unto the grave!


Средь лицемерных наших дел

Amidst the hypocrisy of our affairs

И всякой пошлости и прозы

And all the banality and triviality

Одни я в мир подсмотрел

Unique among what I have observed in the world

Святые, искренние слезы –

Sacred, sincere tears -

То слезы бедных матерей!

The tears of poor mothers!

Им не забыть своих детей,

They do not forget their own children,

Погибших на кровавой ниве,

Who have perished on the bloody battlefield,

Как не поднять плакучей иве

Just as the weeping willow never lifts

Своих поникнувших ветвей.

Its dangling branches.



70th Anniversary of Meeting of Russian & American troops on the Elbe Celebrated With Speeches, Poetry, Song, and Planting of Birch Tree in Moscow Park

By Aleksei Pankin, April 25, 2015, w/photos and video, in mass-circulation Komsomolskaya Pravda.

It was a heat-warming observance of the victory of our wartime Grand Alliance...and what might be possible again today, were leaders of the "sole indispensable" country inclined to give more respect to the strategic interests of former allies.

Ray contributed a favorite poem -- one by Nicolai Nekrasov (the "Poet of Russian Sorrow") and led the singing of "Katyusha."  We'll post an English translation of the poem tomorrow.

For now:

Gen. Petraeus: Too Big to Jail

By Ray, April 23, 2015


The West Snubs Russia Over V-E Day

By Ray McGovern, April 20, 2015



Russia Impinges on Israel’s ‘Right’ to Bomb Iran

By Ray, April 14, 2015

American neocons are in a lather over Russia’s decision to go ahead with the sale of anti-aircraft missiles to Iran. The apparent outrage is that Iran thinks it has a right to protect its citizens from Israel’s ‘right’ to launch airstrikes on Iran.



Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Middle East

By Ray McGovern, April 13, 2015

Wolfowitz: Excellent Adventures possible because Moscow “Won’t Stop Us.”



The Nasty Blowback From America’s Wars

By Ray, April 12, 2015

CAUTION: The embedded videos will disturb anyone with a conscience



Ray on RT America TV’s “Hawk’s Nest,” April 8, 2015

4th Estate Dead; but 5th Estate coming into its own – so there’s hope; US-Russia-Crimea; Russian “hacking;” cyber warfare; how we, and particularly young people, can help put our Constitution back together (8 minutes).



Judith Miller’s Blame-Shifting Memoir

By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)



Why Iran Distrusts the US in Nuke Talks

By Ray McGovern

Facts not normally judged to be "fit to print"



Inimitable friend and fellow Bronxite Danny Schechter, the News Dissector, now dissecting the news from a different perch, informing/challenging new Powers-That-Be.


For those who know Danny, the customary “REST in Peace” will sound odd – and unworkable.  Danny, we miss you; give ‘em hell up there with Nelson and others who – like you – pursued Justice fearlessly and whom you brought to life for the rest of us!


Below is a link to an unusually informative “obit,” followed by links to two articles Danny published early last year in



CIA Slush Fund for Karzai Tapped to Pay al-Qaeda to free Afghan Captive; $1 million from CIA + $4 million from “allies” and, poof, he’s free.

On March 16, RT America News asked Ray how this could be.  (Segment runs from minute 4:40 to 12:15.)



CIA Director Brennan’s Restructuring Plan: How to Make Things Even Worse

Ray explains why, as soon as Brennan provided some detail on what he has in mind, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) reacted as quickly – and as strongly – as they did on March 9 (see:

In this March 11 interview with Scott Horton of, Ray also touches on Germany’s opposition to strong pressure in U.S. to give arms to Ukraine and prospects for the current ceasefire. (18 minutes total: try min. 0.45 to 9:40; then 10:40 to 21:00, if you’re allergic to commercials)



Guiding Obama into Global Make-Believe

By Ray McGovern

Especially hard to distinguish between intelligence and “information warfare” on Ukraine



Michael Hayden takes gratuitous swipe at Germany; Ray speculates on why

Live RT International interview March 11, 2015 (4 minutes)



Ex-NSA chief puts Germany in its place; sorry, "Five Eyes" spy club is exclusive; (excerpts)

Michael Hayden (NSA alumni call refer to him as Elmer Fudd) speaks at the once-progressive New America Foundation, March 11, 2015.  (RT immediately asked Ray to comment; see above)



Russia Insider has put English subtitles under Russia TV1 expose of Western media campaign to blame Putin for everything – from murder of Boris Nemtsov to the deep snow in Washington, DC.

Includes John Oliver, Ray, others.  (5 minutes)

We posted original Russian segment on March 9, the evening it appeared on TV1 (see below).



Ray Paints Putin as Bête Blanche on Russian TV Channel 1 Evening News today (Moscow time)


The ten-minute segment focused on familiar Western media snow-job showing Putin = Pure Evil.  Camera crew had to four-wheel it to Ray through heavy snow Friday to tape interview, much of which actually survived (in Russian).  Cravenly, Ray seized the opportunity to fall in tune -- sort of – with the U.S. media that find all manner of reasons to paint Putin bête noire.  Ray painted him bête blanche, as well, for arranging for so much snow to be dumped on Washington (Channel 1 actually left that part in).


In more serious vein, there is nothing remotely like this critique of  U.S. media in U.S. media (surprise, surprise).  Not even (as far as I know) by Jon Stewart -- not even by democracynow, which is still using labels like “pro-Russian separatists” for those more accurately as described as anti-coup federalists.


Speaking of which, this story on page A6 of today’s Washington Post, says it all – or maybe not all.  Does anyone notice anything missing?



Putin had early plan to annex Crimea


Russian President Vladimir Putin has described a secret meeting with officials in February 2014 during which Russia decided it would take the Crimean Peninsula, the Black Sea region that Moscow annexed from Ukraine a month later.


In a trailer for an upcoming documentary, shown on state-owned television Sunday, Putin said he met with security officials early last year to make plans for saving Ukraine’s then-president, Viktor Yanukovych, who soon fled the country in the face of months of protests. Putin said that after the meeting he told the security chiefs that they would be “obliged to start working to return Crimea to Russia.”


He said the meeting was held Feb. 23, 2014, almost a month before a referendum in Crimea that Moscow has said was the basis for annexing the region.


— Associated Press


 And so it goes.

Petraeus: Poster Child for Double Standards

By Melvin A. Goodman, March 9, 2015



US Intel Vets Oppose Brennan’s Plan to Restructure CIA

By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), March 9, 2015



VIPS Memo: Curbs Needed on Surveillance State

March 5, 2015


This memo discusses in some detail how close we now are to what Ed Snowden called “turnkey tyranny,” and offers constructive suggestions as to how we can remain free.  It was drafted by longtime NSA official Edward Loomis who, together with William Binney and Kirk Wiebe quit NSA when Director Michael Hayden decided (now by his own admission) that he had the power to suspend the 4th Amendment – previously known at NSA as its “First Commandment.”  The memo is meant as follow-up to our VIPS Memorandum of Jan. 7, 2014:

“NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong:



Gen. Petraeus: Too Big to Jail

While “lesser” Americans face years in jail for leaking secrets – even to inform fellow citizens of government abuses – retired Gen. David Petraeus gets a misdemeanor wrist-slap for exposing covert officers and lying about it, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, who was jailed just for trying to ask Petraeus a question.



RT’s Crosstalk: Dangerously Spinning the Russia Story

Gil Doctorow, Neil Clark, and Ray discuss the yellow-journalism commentary on the murder of opposition figure Boris Nemstov and on the Ukraine conflict.

March 1, 2015, video (25 min.)



The War on Whistleblowers

Courage Personified

Brave New Films




A Lucky Day (Ray gets into the Times once every 10 years)
To the Editor of the New York Times:

February 25, 20015; page A22

The headline of David Cole’s essay asks, “Did the Torture Report Give the C.I.A. a Bum Rap?” We should recall that the Senate Intelligence Committee’s “torture report,” which rebutted C.I.A. claims that torture worked, was based on original C.I.A. documents.

Mirabile dictu, Mr. Cole gives the C.I.A.’s rebuttal equal weight: “When one places the C.I.A.’s accounts of the 20 cases side by side with the committee’s accounts, however, the truth is far from clear.”

As a former Army intelligence officer, I was proud when the Army’s chief of intelligence, Lt. Gen. John Kimmons, said at a 2006 Pentagon news conference: “No good intelligence is going to come from abusive practices. I think history tells us that. I think the empirical evidence of the last five years, hard years, tells us that.”

General Kimmons’s gutsy words were meant as a pre-emptive rebuttal of claims by President Bush just hours later that his “alternative set of procedures” yielded good intelligence.

Arlington, Va.
The writer served as an Army intelligence officer from 1962 to 1964 and as a C.I.A. analyst for the next 27 years. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.



I was an American sniper, and Chris Kyle’s war was not my war

By Garett Reppenhagen, , February 21, 2015

A must-read antidote to Clint Eastwoodism



Rabble Rousers: Peace Activists Give Food for Thought

By Jacquelin Agostini, February 20, 2015


Ray was happy to spend February 14 at Sacred Heart parish, Camden, NJ, discussing the moral imperative of activism.  It was a particular honor to be asked to share the podium with the Pastor of Sacred Heart, Fr. Michael Doyle of “The Camden 28,” and Bonnie and John Raines of the “Citizens’ Commission to Investigate the FBI.”


Bonnie and John were part of a smaller group, which, on March 8, 1971, mounted a small raid on the FBI office in Media, PA, removing files that documented serious FBI crimes like COINTELPRO.  They were never caught.  Five months later, “The Camden 28” raided a Selective Service office in Camden, but the action was sabotaged by a FBI infiltrator.


After an historic trial in Camden, the jury decided that those committing this high-profile act of nonviolent civil disobedience in protest of an unjust war did the right thing.  They were acquitted on all counts.


Good news: There is a very professional, and very moving, documentary on this, called “The Camden 28.”  More good news: now there's one on the Media, PA, raid, as well, called simply, "1971."


When I was in NYC in early February for my Court appearance, I was invited to see this gripping new film by Johanna Hamilton, telling the story of the courageous folks who raided the FBI office in Media 44 years ago, escaped with documents more valuable than they could ever have imagined, and kept their involvement quiet until they announced it last year.  This was no small embarrassment to J. Edgar Hoover and his stalwarts. It was not as though they were after professional criminals like Willie Sutton.


Stay tuned for further information regarding when and where to see “1971.”



Shocked Over Senate’s Gitmo Rhetoric

Helen Schietinger of Witness Against Torture asks Sen. McCain to reflect on whether the hate-speech of his colleagues earn them the epithet “lowlife scum.”



U.S. Drone Pilot Turns His Back and Walks Away

(4 minutes)



When Silencing Dissent Isn’t News

By Robert Parry

Veteran investigative journalist looks at Ray’s arrest and Oct. 30/31 jailing overnight in the “The Tombs” of NY Criminal Court with some informed commentary re what silence of the "mainstream media" tells us about what has become of the Fourth Estate.



Video Shows NYPD Arresting Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern When He Tried to Attend Petraeus Event last October

By Kevin Gosztola


Meanwhile, back in NY Criminal Court on Feb. 4, the Manhattan DA offered Ray an ACD (Adjournment in Contemplation of Dismissal), meaning the charges against him of illegal trespass and resisting arrest will disappear after six months, IF Ray behaves as a “law-abiding citizen.”  Ably advised by Moira Meltzer-Cohen, his pro bono attorney, Ray accepted the offer.


The Judge then asked him if he understood that he had to be a “law-abiding citizen” for the next six months.  The defendant overcame the temptation to comment at some length and replied simply, “I do.”  (On learning this, Rita labeled it Ray’s shortest speech ever.)  The Judge said nothing about the First Amendment, so Ray is assuming it is still in effect.


After his short “speech,” Ray was interviewed for two minutes in front of the Criminal Court by RT:



A Pointed Letter to Gen. Petraeus

By Ray McGovern, Feb. 3, 2015



Respected German journalist reveals he planted CIA articles under his own name.  (Will be interesting to see how “mainstream media” try to suppress or spin this one.)


Dr. Udo Ulfkotte, the editor of Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, for decades one of Germany's top “mainstream” newspapers, admits he accepted stories written by the CIA and published them under his own name. Ulfkotte said the aim of much of the deception was to drive nations toward war.


He sees that happening again with widespread yellow journalism exaggerating the threat from Russia.  So he decided – despite all manner of threats against him – to blow the whistle and expose the widely accepted practice of a corrupt “journalists” beating the drums for war.


Luckily, this could never happen in the United States!  Or.....?



Israel “mowing the lawn” in Gaza: Elizabeth Murray interview with Turkish TV (6 and a half minutes)

While in Berlin recently for the Sam Adams Award presentation to Bill Binney, Murray, who was Deputy National Intelligence Officer for the Middle East before retiring from the CIA, addressed the unspeakable callousness of Israel and its U.S. supporters toward Palestinians.


The interview alludes to Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s outburst at Davos in January 2009, when pro-Israel pundit David Ignatius tried (in vain) to keep Erdogan from directly blasting then-Israeli President Shimon Peres over Israeli actions in Gaza.


For a 3-and-a-half-minute video clip of that revealing contretemps, see:

Erdogan Slams Peres in Davos; “Thou Shalt Not Kill,” & Walks Off Stage

Jan. 29, 2009, ten days after the end of the late 2008-early 2009 Israeli attacks on Gaza.



RT has “tiny, tiny audience in U.S.” Victoria Nuland to Brookings, Jan. 27.


In the last year RT's audience in seven of the largest U.S. cities has doubled; almost three million tune in each week; and RT's presence on YouTube is very large.  John Kerry decried RT’s “bullhorn;” and Hillary Clinton spoke of watching RT and finding it “quite instructive.”


Hard to figure how that squares with “tiny, tiny?”  “Tiny, tiny,” rather, applies to the amount of credibility to be given Victoria Nuland -- who, together with Kerry and Clinton, are shown in the 3-minute RT video included in:



Canada’s Global Spying Program Useless, Hinders Anti-Terrorism Efforts

Brief article by Alexander Mosesov, based on tel. interview of Ray, Jan. 29, 2015

What Ray shared were off-the-top-of-the-head remarks; his NSA alumni colleagues have since reassured, however, that he got it right, while keeping the message simple.



Honoring NSA’s William Binney and Ambassador Robert White

By Ray McGovern

In the shadow of Berlin’s Brandenburger Tor, Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence on January 22 presented its annual award to NSA’s former Technical Director Bill Binney and its first posthumous award to former U.S. ambassador to El Salvador, Robert White – for demonstrating personally what integrity looks like.



Why Does the U.S. continue to incite rather than restrain its puppets in Ukraine?  What is preventing Angela Merkel her government from emerging from their 70-year adolescence?  And why has NSA’s bulk electronic surveillance not been able to prevent terrorist attacks; why is it actually increasing the danger from terrorists?

RT/Deutsch’s Jasmin Kosubek interviews Ray in Berlin for “Der Fehlende Part” (The Missing Part) program on Jan. 22, 2015 a few hours before the Sam Adams Associates presented this year’s award to former NSA Technical Director, Bill Binney.

Ray’s comments on Ukraine come between minute 5:30 & 11:35; his remarks on NSA’s hare-brained “collect-it-all” approach to data, and that evening’s Sam Adams award ceremony, are seen/heard between minute 15:00 & 19:45.

Most of the exchange is dubbed into German, but much can be heard also in English.



“Der Frieden ist schlecht fuer das Geschaeft”  (Peace is Bad For Business)

On Dec. 30, 2014, RT/Deutsch ran recorded remarks by Ray on NATO, the seeds of the crisis in Ukraine, and why the Russians will not back down.

The interview goes for 13 minutes, from a little after minute 1 up to min. 14; there is extensive dubbing into German, but much of the English can also be heard.



NSA Whistle Blower William Binney Wins 2015 Sam Adams Award

By Hanna Borno International Business Times, January 26, 2015

Scroll down to the bottom for video of the entire event, which begins at minute 8:00 and ends at 1 hour, 36 minutes (courtesy RT)



Sam Adams Award 2015 in Berlin: Whistleblowers on Dangers to Democracy

By Charlie Skelton, Huffington Post UK, January 23, 2015



“Whistleblower sind keine Helden, sie sind Menschen wie du und ich!” – Sam Adams Awardverleihung & Videointerview

by Florian Gillberg, January 24, 2015


Whistleblowers should not be pedestalized as “heroes.”  Placing them on a pedestal makes it too easy for potential whistleblowers to rationalize failing to act; they tell themselves, “Well, I’m not a hero,” and then do nothing.  Whistleblowers, rather, are patriots, who honor the solemn oath they took “to support and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.”


Those who do not read German can simply scroll down to the 7-minute interview filmed right after the award ceremony, with Bill Binney (2015); Coleen Rowley (2002); Ed Snowden (2013) appearing by livestream; Jesselyn Radack (2011); and Tom Drake (2011), in order of appearance.



U.S. Government Pursuing Courageous Whistleblowers: Former CIA Officer

Ray interviewed on the morning of the Sam Adams award presentation.

RT/Berlin, January 22, 2015, 4 minutes



NOTE: Ray is taking part in the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) award ceremony this week in Berlin.  Bill Binney is this year's awardee.  SAAII website is

​Here is a list of recipients of the award, followed by the year awarded: 1 -- Coleen Rowley -- 2002 2 -- Katharine Gun -- 2003 3 -- Sibel Edmonds -- 2004 4 -- Craig Murray -- 2005 5 -- Sam Provance -- 2006 6 -- Frank Grevil -- 2007 7 -- Larry Wilkerson -- 2009 8 -- Julian Assange -- 2010 9 -- Thomas Drake -- 2011 10 -Jesselyn Radack -- 2011 11 -Thomas Fingar -- 2012 12 -Edward Snowden – 2013 13 -Chelsea Manning – 2014 ​14 -William Binney – 2015 










Kathy Kelly and Ray in front of CIA HQS