NEW: Blaming Russia: But the Reality Is; Whoever Lies First, Wins

Ray’s Interview With Burt Cohen, former New Hampshire State Senator

http://goo.gl/XpYuWR


“The key is to lie first.” Thus far the words of Alvin A. Snyder.  He was head of the U.S. Information Agency’s TV and Film Division in 1983 and helped prepare fraudulent testimony for use at the UN to blame Russia for a cold-blooded, barbaric act in deliberately downing an aircraft with full knowledge it was a passenger plane – KAL007 shot down over Siberia on September 1, 1983 killing all 269 aboard.


Snyder had been given a doctored tape “fixed” to blacken the Soviets by “indicating” they knew it was a passenger plane.  When he learned a decade later that the Soviets did NOT know the intruding plane was a civilian airliner, Snyder wrote a book he called Warriors of Disinformation.  This is the lesson he drew in his own words: “The moral of the story is that all governments, including our own, lie when it suits their purposes. The key is to lie first.”


So, whoever lies first, wins.  Ray suggests that the same kind of “diplomacy” may be behind John Kerry’s attempt to demonize Putin and the Russians by accusing them of downing Malaysian Airlines Flight 17 and killing all 298 aboard.  The highly dubious “evidence” adduced by Kerry brings quickly to mind the disingenuous but highly effective campaign 32 years ago to blame the Soviets for downing KAL007, “fixing” the evidence to “prove” they knew it was a passenger plane and shot it down anyway.


In a very relaxed and at times funny, 57-minute conversation with Burt Cohen, Ray explores the evidence, such as it is, and the highly consequential nature of the charges against Russia – on the strength of which the U.S. was able to put pressure on European countries to impose mutually harmful economic sanctions against Russia.  Still more worrying is the blasé attitude of the sophomore policy makers in the White House toward escalating tensions and the possibility of a hot war involving the two main nuclear powers.  Nothing could be more consequential, but there is little sign they realize this.


The interviewer, Burt Cohen, won election to New Hampshire’s State Senate in 1990 and was elected to seven terms, including time as Democratic Senate Majority Leader.  He calls The Burt Cohen Show “Keeping Democracy Alive.”  You may wish to tune in:

http://goo.gl/XpYuWR



NEW: Brad Friedman quizzes Ray on Ukraine, MH17, and increasing tension with Russia during interview on August 20, 2015

Brad usually does his homework, and this was no exception.  He asked good questions and raised additional, salient issues.  This made it easy for Ray to go deeper into what the evidence suggests – especially about the shoot-down of the Malaysian airliner on July 17, 2014 – the consequences already, and further implications for relations with Russia.

http://sputniknews.com/radio_the_bradcast/20150821/1026022586.html

(minutes 15:42 to 43:00)



Propaganda, Intelligence and MH17

By Ray McGovern, August 17, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/08/17/propaganda-intelligence-and-mh-17/



Ray interviewed by Jeff Blankfort on Ukraine-Russia-U.S.; shoot-down of MH-17 (where’s the evidence?); Kerry credulity on the issue; and frustrated neocons who feel cheated again -- no attack on Syria in 2013; and none on Iran in 2015.  (35 min.)

http://www.radio4all.net/index.php/program/82215



Scott Horton interviewed Ray on August 12 regarding the building tension in Ukraine; the strength of the proto-fascist Right Sector and the Wrong Sector (ably represented by Assistant Secretary of State Victoria Nuland, one of Dick Cheney’s star pupils).

Ray laments Official Washington’s blasé attitude toward getting into a firefight in Russia’s front yard (or is this perhaps what the neocons have in mind for Ukraine?).  He refers to a WikiLeaks-divulged Feb. 1, 2008 cable from the U.S. embassy in Moscow in which Amb. William Burns reports Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s strong warning that “Nyet means Nyet” – Russia’s red line against NATO membership for Ukraine.  Two months later, a NATO summit in Bucharest declared that Ukraine and Georgia “will be come members of NATO.”  Last year, Putin reiterated what Lavrov said seven years ago, making clear with respect to Ukraine that Moscow will not allow it to become a member of NATO.

25 minutes (can skip commercials from minute 0:00 to 0:30 and from 10:00 to 10:40)

http://scotthorton.org



RT International asked Ray on August 15 to comment on the Kafkaesque denial of the habeas petition of Tariq Ba Odah, a Yemeni hunger-striker being force-fed at Guantanamo.  “Is this who we are?”  Should we hold a Memorial Service for the Magna Carta?

After 13 years there, Ba Odah, 36, is down to 74 pounds – 56 percent of his ideal body weight – and is said to be close to death.  On Aug. 14, the Department of Justice filed an extremely rare secret challenge to his release, even though he had been cleared for release by a six-agency task force in 2009.  Ray attributed the bizarre situation to a lack of courage on the part of President Obama, who limits himself to asking plaintively, “Is this who we are?” and then caves before the DoD thugs and DoJ faux-lawyers who theoretically work for him.

​(6 min.)

https://youtu.be/jvZepgrDFGk



U.S. Intelligence Veterans Call For Full Disclosure on Shoot-Down Of Airliner Over Ukraine

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) Appeal to Obama to Release the Intelligence on This Mass Murder, Whether It Supports the Propaganda Campaign Against Russia, Or Not.

Like Ol’ Man River, Obama must know something; but he don’t say nothing; he just keeps rolling out new contests to determine which of his young lieutenants can come up with the nastiest name for Putin. Meanwhile, like Bre’r Fox, those responsible for blowing plane and people (298 of them) out of the sky a year ago lie low. Obama looking forward again, not back

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/22/obama-should-release-mh-17-intel/



Is the ‘Military Option’ on Iran Off the Table?

By Ray McGovern, Baltimore Sun, July 21, 2015

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-military-option-20150720-story.html



On Anniversary of the Shoot-Down of MH17 Over Ukraine

The “Investigation” Still Stagnant a Year Later

“Crosstalk:” with Alexander Mercouris, Patrick Henningsen, and Ray

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eVqj3adOIwgOn



“Ukrainian Weekly” Highlights Letter Taking Ray to Task


Letters to the Editor: A CIA official’s advice on Ukraine


“By Staff”


Dear Editor:


On June 28, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) wrote an opinion article in The Washington Post in which he comments on his and two other senators’ recent return trip to Ukraine. Sen. McCain argues that “the ceasefire with Russia is fiction, and U.S. assistance is vital to deterring further Russian aggression.” He goes on to state: ”President Obama has wrongly argued that providing Ukraine with the assistance and equipment it needs to defend itself would provoke Russia. Putin needed no provocation to invade Ukraine and annex Crimea.” The senator stresses that “it is the weakness of the collective U.S. and European response that provokes the very aggression we seek to avoid.”


On June 30 the newspaper printed a response by Ray McGovern of Arlington, Va., who claims that Sen. McCain was wrong to say that Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea without provocation. Mr. McGovern describes the events on the Maidan as “the coup in Kiev” [sic], which was “provocation enough.” This nonsense could be dismissed as another pro-Russian troll parroting the Russian line, were it not for the newspaper identifying the writer as “former chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch of the CIA.” On his webpage, Mr. McGovern says that he “served as CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H.W. Bush” and his “duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief.”


On March 3, 2014, Mr. McGovern and Prof. Timothy Snyder of Yale University were interviewed by journalist Amy Goodman on the independent news program “Democracy Now!” in a debate on the topic of “Who is provoking unrest in Ukraine?” Throughout the whole discussion, Mr. McGovern constantly referred to “the Ukraine” and warned the U.S. government that “you go a bridge too far when you threaten a strategic interest the Russians consider so sensitive as the [sic] Ukraine.” When Prof. Snyder reminded him that ”Ukraine is a sovereign country” and that Ukrainians on the Maidan “complained that we [Americans and Europeans] were far too close to the Russians, that in effect we were helping the Russians hurt them,” Mr. McGovern responded: “Russian interests exist, and they have since the ninth century, OK? That’s where Russia began, you know, Kievan Rus’, in Kiev.”


On April 22 of this year, the online English-language version of Moscow’s Pravda printed an article headlined “Ex-CIA officer Ray McGovern: V-E Day celebration spoiled by Washington’s support for Ukrainian revolution.” The headline speaks for itself. In the article, Mr. McGovern writes about “the U.S.-arranged coup d’état of Feb. 22, 2014 in Kiev.”


One can only shudder at the thought of what kind of advice this high-ranking CIA official provided to various presidential administrations concerning Ukraine.


Leo Iwaskiw

Philadelphia


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Here’s Ray’s letter to which Mr. Iwaskiw took offense:


Letters to the Editor, Washington Post, July 1, 2015


McCain, Ukraine and Mr. Putin


In his June 28 Sunday Opinion essay, “The Ukraine cease-fire fiction,”  Sen. John McCain was wrong to write that Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea without provocation.


What about the coup in Kiev on Feb. 22, 2014, that replaced President Viktor Yanukovych with pro-Western leaders favoring membership in NATO? Was that not provocation enough?


This glaring omission is common in The Post. The March 10 World Digest item “Putin had early plan to annex Crimea” described a “secret meeting” Mr. Putin held on Feb. 23, 2014, during which “Russia decided it would take the Crimean Peninsula.” No mention was made of the coup the previous day.


I have searched in vain for credible evidence that, before the coup, Mr. Putin had any intention to annex Crimea. George Friedman, the widely respected president of the think tank Stratfor, has described the putsch on Feb. 22, 2014, as “the most blatant coup in history.”


Ray McGovern, Arlington

The writer is former chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch of the CIA.



WASHINGTON, July 15. /TASS/.  The West has ignored the need for an unbiased investigation into the downing of a Malaysia airliner over eastern Ukraine last year and embarked on a path of sweeping accusations against the people’s militias in the Donbass region, an ex-CIA official told TASS on Wednesday. 


Ray McGovern, a retired Central Intelligence Agency analyst, was commenting on the controversy surrounding the idea of creating an international tribunal to prosecute those suspected of having shot down Malaysia Airlines flight MH17.


"A truly independent investigation is what the world and a decent respect for the opinions of mankind and honoring those killed requires," McGovern said. "Finding and bringing to Justice those responsible for downing MH17 should be given absolutely top priority. But, sadly, absolute priority was given from the start -- without persuasive evidence -- to blaming ‘pro-Russian separatists’."


McGovern, who for 27 years served seven U.S. presidents and regularly prepared daily security briefings for former presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush, pointed to the fact that ahead of the first anniversary of the disaster on July 17, it was certain "the U.S. (and Russia) know more now than a year ago".


"Surely, in the year that has passed, better intelligence has been gathered than that which was available when [U.S. Secretary of State John] Kerry made his accusations. It strains credulity beyond the breaking point to suggest that more precise and persuasive intelligence has not been gathered over a whole year," he said, noting however that "when asked, U.S. intelligence spokespersons contend that there is no additional evidence since Kerry's rush to judgment on July 20, 2014.”


"One would surmise that if the U.S. had any persuasive evidence to support Kerry's charges, Kerry or someone else would be shouting it from the rooftops as part of Washington's current anti-Russia propaganda campaign," McGovern said. "I can only conclude that the U.S. – now, as when Kerry leveled the charges -- either has no persuasive evidence to support its charges, or has collected intelligence that does not fit with Kerry's charges and thus is being suppressed.


Russian version (with different lead-in):

http://tass.ru/mezhdunarodnaya-panorama/2121195


Международная панорама

15 июля

Экс-сотрудник ЦРУ: Запад сделал ставку на обвинение ополченцев в уничтожении Boeing


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Если бы американским властям удалось подкрепить теорию о том, что лайнер был сбит ополченцами, то "госсекретарь США Джон Керри или кто-либо еще кричали бы об этом с крыш", считает бывший разведчик

[If American leaders could substantiate their theory that the airliner was destroyed by the people’s militias ..., they would be shouting it from the rooftops, says the former intelligence officer.] 


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ВАШИНГТОН, 15 июля. /Корр.ТАСС Дмитрий Кирсанов/.


После катастрофы Boeing-777 "Малайзийских авиалиний" на Украине 17 июля 2014 года Запад пошел по пути огульных обвинений в случившемся ополченцев Донбасса и игнорирования необходимости проведения объективного разбирательства обстоятельств трагедии. Такое мнение высказал корр.ТАСС ветеран американской разведки Реймонд Макговерн, комментируя противоречия вокруг идеи создания международного трибунала для привлечения к ответственности виновных в уничтожении авиалайнера.



Obama’s Deadly Cold War Legacy: Beneath the Propaganda

An honest picture of Ukraine-Russia-US not in the Fawning Corporate Media

By Robert Parry

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/10/obamas-deadly-cold-war-legacy/

 

 

Perpetual War Creates Endless Consequences

By Norman Solomon

Solomon Takes to Task Democrat Enablers, with ample justification.

http://america.aljazeera.com/opinions/2015/7/perpetual-war-creates-endless-consequences.html

 

 

Still Waiting For USS Liberty’s Truth

By Ray McGovern

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/07/04/still-waiting-for-uss-libertys-truth/

 

 

Unshackling the Reality of the USS Liberty

By Greg Maybury

http://www.opednews.com/articles/2/Unshackling-the-Reality-of-by-Greg-Maybury-Anti-semitic_Israel_Israeli-American-Relations_Military-150706-722.html

 

 

An Obama Anniversary Worth Noting

By Ray McGovern

 

We should have seen it coming.  Exactly eight years ago came a clear sign that prudence dictated a hard look into the mouth of this gift (Trojan?) horse running for President.  It was Barack Obama’s capitulation to NSA and the giant telecoms that should have raised our antennae higher.

 

As soon as Obama-the-candidate went back on his earlier promise, and said he had decided to vote, after all, for the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act legislation holding the telecoms and NSA harmless for having trashed the Bill of Rights, Ray wrote him a letter.  Neither Obama nor John Brennan, the trustee who had just become Obama’s principal adviser on such issues, wrote back.

 

For a trip down memory lane, here’s the text, originally posted on afterdowningstreet.org:

http://warisacrime.org/node/34526

 

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Ray McGovern's Response to Obama's FISA Explanation

It's a Deal Breaker for This Intelligence Officer

Submitted by Ray McGovern on July 3, 2008 - 11:11pm.

 

July 3, 2008

 

Dear Senator Obama,

 

I speak from 30 years of experience in intelligence work. I don't know who actually briefed you on the eavesdropping legislation, but the bill is unnecessary for intelligence collection and POISON for our civil liberties—not even to mention the unconscionable retroactive immunity provision.

 

You have made a big mistake, Senator, in indicating you intend to vote for it. There is still time to change your mind. That's what big people do.

 

Your penultimate paragraph seals it for me. What you are saying relies not on principle—and still less on respect for the law, or respect for our Constitutional rights.

 

What I hear you saying is an all too familiar refrain: "Tough s___, progressive voter. You know you've got nowhere else to go. You want McCain in there?"

 

A painful reminder that the Republicans have no corner on arrogance. You think you have us over a barrel. Well let me tell you something those suits from K Street haven't told you; you need our active support, and you are about to blow it.

 

Your "explanation" was unworthy of one who has sworn to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States (including the Fourth Amendment).

 

And your attitude is not that of a person I THOUGHT was different—and would be genuinely for change I could believe in.

 

We live just a couple of miles from where George Mason is buried. (As you may remember, professor of the Constitution that you have been, Mason actually refused to approve the Constitution—although he and fellow Virginian James Madison had pretty much drafted it—BECAUSE IT LACKED THE BILL OF RIGHTS).

 

Well, the air is still this evening. Our windows are open and George Mason can be heard tossing and turning in his grave, loudly moaning. Yes, moaning.

 

I went over to his grave; between the moans he explained that he had just heard of your plan to play fast and loose with his beloved Bill of Rights. "Hard to enjoy the Fourth tomorrow with the Constitution being shredded Right and Left," he whispered.

 

Remember, Senator, what Emerson said about those unable to change their "little" minds. Beware the K Street hobgoblins!

 

Again: Dissing us by the "So-you-want-McCain?" riposte is unworthy. Not only is it clear that you are "mis-underestimating" us but, frankly, I find it insulting.

 

Please get back on track.

 

Respectfully,

 

Ray McGovern

US Army Infantry/Intelligence Officer: 1962-64

CIA Analyst, 1963-1990

Co-Founder, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

 

 

Ray Gets Letter Printed in WashPost

Letters to the Editor, Washington Post, July 1, 2015

 

McCain, Ukraine and Mr. Putin

 

In his June 28 Sunday Opinion essay, “The Ukraine cease-fire fiction,  Sen. John McCain was wrong to write that Russian President Vladimir Putin annexed Crimea without provocation.

 

What about the coup in Kiev on Feb. 22, 2014, that replaced President Viktor Yanukovych with pro-Western leaders favoring membership in NATO? Was that not provocation enough?

 

This glaring omission is common in The Post. The March 10 World Digest item “Putin had early plan to annex Crimea” described a “secret meeting” Mr. Putin held on Feb. 23, 2014, during which “Russia decided it would take the Crimean Peninsula.” No mention was made of the coup the previous day.

 

I have searched in vain for credible evidence that, before the coup, Mr. Putin had any intention to annex Crimea. George Friedman, the widely respected president of the think tank Stratfor, has described the putsch on Feb. 22, 2014, as “the most blatant coup in history.”

Ray McGovern, Arlington

The writer is former chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch of the CIA.

 

 

Why Let the Torturers Off the Hook?

Sonali Kokhatkar of KPFK's Uprising Radio interviews Ray

June 25, 2015 (19 min.); Click “Listen to this segment”

http://uprisingradio.org/home/2015/06/25/why-is-the-cia-being-let-off-the-hook-on-torture/

 

Formal Presentation of Framed Sam Adams Award Citation to Bill Binney

The occasion was the annual meeting of the Academy of Philosophy and Letters, June 13, 2015, at the BWI Doubletree Hotel -- oddly, surrounded by NSA buildings in Linthicum, MD.  John Henry of the Committee for the Republic hosted the evening program titled: "The National Security Agency's War on the U.S. Constitution"

 

Main speakers were William Binney, Kirk Wiebe, Thomas Drake, and James Bamford.  Bruce Fein, John Henry, and Ray McGovern also spoke.

 

The Committee for the Republic was eager provide an appropriate occasion for Binney to receive the framed citation (in English and German) for the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence.  The paper citation and traditional corner-brightener candlestick holder was originally presented to Binney at an SRO ceremony in Berlin on January 22, 2015.

 

Ed Snowden, who was live-streamed into that Berlin ceremony, emphasized, "Without Bill Binney there would be no Ed Snowden."  Bill, in turn, had been greatly encouraged by the courageous, principled stand taken by Tom Drake in facing down the U.S. Department of Justice and NSA successfully, after four years of persecution that included government-provided "evidence" proven in Court to have been forged.

 

Actually, in a very real sense, it was a triple play: Drake to Binney to Snowden.  So it was altogether appropriate that Tom Drake be the former Sam Adams Associate honoree to present the framed award to Bill Binney on June 13, 2015 in the belly of the (NSA) beast.

 

Tom also had been the clear choice of his colleague Sam Adams Associates to present the 2013 award for integrity to Ed Snowden in Moscow on October 7, 2013. As soon as Ed surfaced in Hong Kong, he made it clear that U.S. government abuse of Tom had convinced Ed that he had to leave the U.S. in order to achieve his mission and have some chance -- however slight it seemed at the time -- of avoiding spending the rest of his life in prison.

 

Hats off to Drake to Binney to Snowden: courageous patriots all!

 

 

America’s ‘Exceptional’ Negotiations

By Paul Pillar, June 21, 2015

A particularly sensible article by a former colleague of Ray

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/21/americas-exceptional-negotiations/

 

 

Will Justice Prevail? Assange’s 3rd anniversary in embassy of Ecuador

“Guantanamo Justice” in Britain (from Sunshine Press)

 

“19 June 2015 marks three years since Julian Assange, an Australian citizen, entered the embassy of Ecuador in London. He was granted political asylum under the 1951 Refugee Convention ... Mr. Assange risks extradition to the US from both the UK and Sweden. He has been detained—without charge—in prison, under house arrest and in the embassy for nearly five years. He has not seen the sun in three years, as the embassy has no outdoor area. ...”

 

For the entire statement from Sunshine Press, see:

https://justice4assange.com/3-Years-in-Embassy.html

 

Ray Comment:

 

The British say they will arrest Assange the minute he steps outside the Ecuadorian Embassy.

 

I am reminded that the now defunct Magna Carta, while mocked by the New York Times on its 800th anniversary four days ago – see: http://www.nytimes.com/2015/06/15/opinion/stop-revering-magna-carta.html?_r=0 – has still not been given a proper burial.  Shame on Britain, where the English once had the backbone to stand up to a king.

 

It is time to end the pretense.  There should be a proper funeral, memorial service, and burial for the Magna Carta after eight centuries of protecting the human rights now denied to Julian Assange, to those in Guantanamo and to thousands of others now aping our new form of “democracy.”

 

The lawless U.S. "Justice" Department now plays the role of king, and British lawyers shame their ancestors, as well as their profession, in bowing low to carry out Washington's diktat regarding Julian Assange – as in so many other matters.

 

Sadly, this should come as no surprise.  London’s agile lawyers did backflips to apply a veneer of legality to "justify" the U.S./U.K. attack on Iraq, launching what the post-WWII Nuremberg Tribunal defined as a "war of aggression" with its "accumulated evil" of kidnapping and torture, in which the British also cooperated.

 

“British Law” has become an oxymoron.  And only a moron could be blind to the reality that Britain's servile lawyers are putty in Washington's hands.  U.S. Attorney General Loretta Lynch had no business being at Runnymede on June 15 to mark the 800th anniversary of the sealing of the Magna Carta.  Neither did the queen, nor any of today's much more malleable British barons.​

 

 

Veterans Urge Drone Operators to Refuse Orders to Fly

Many U.S. military veterans are counseling military drone operators to refuse to fly drone surveillance/attack missions, and are sponsoring prime-time television commercials urging drone operators to "refuse to fly."

 

In a letter released today by KnowDrones.com, 44 former members of the US Air Force, Army, Navy and Marines whose ranks range from private to colonel ...  “urge United States drone pilots, sensor operators and support teams to refuse to play any role in drone surveillance/assassination missions.  Such missions profoundly violate domestic and international laws intended to protect individuals’ rights to life, privacy and due process.”

http://warisacrime.org/content/veterans-urge-drone-operators-refuse-orders-fly

 

 

John Oliver on torture

June 14, 2015 (15 min.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zmeF2rzsZSU

 

 

Barack Obama: No Jack Kennedy

By Ray McGovern, June 10, 2015

 

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/10/barack-obama-no-jack-kennedy/ 

 

 

 

“Hohe Einsaetze fuer die G7” – High Stakes For the G-7

(“Analyse von Ray McGovern”)

http://www.rtdeutsch.com/22265/headline/analyse-von-ray-mcgovern-fuer-rt-deutsch-zum-gipfel-in-elmau-hohe-einsaetze-fuer-die-g7/

German translation published on June 8 of Obama’s ‘G-1-plus-6’

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/07/obamas-g-1-plus-6/

 

 

Obama’s ‘G-1-plus-6’: Will Neocons Celebrate w/Bavarian Beer?

By Ray McGovern, June 7, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/06/07/obamas-g-1-plus-6/

 

 

Betrayed by Our Government

The Costs of Needless War: Deceased, Injured Veterans, Families; Moral Injury

Phil Donahue moderator: Kevin Lucey, Matthew Hoh, Ray McGovern, Cathy Smith

Sponsored by Military Families Speak Out

Left Panel Forum, John Jay University, New York, NY, May 30, 2015

 

How wonderful to have Phil Donahue back leading the discussion, 13 years after he was unceremoniously fired by MSNBC just three weeks before the U.S./U.K. attack on Iraq.  Phil had the temerity to give airtime to guests opposed to the looming war.  Owned largely by war profiteer General Electric, MSNBC explained in an internal memo leaked to the press that Phil would be a “difficult public face for NBC in a time of war.”

 

Ray led off the panel discussion, but contributed little that might be new to readers of this website.  In contrast, the sharing by Matthew Hoh, Kevin Lucey, and Cathy Smith is not to be missed.  Matthew speaks of the moral injury so prevalent among combat veterans (minute 23:40 to 33:10); Kevin then describes what led his son, Marine Cpl. Jeffrey M. Lucey to take his own life and the toll that such loss exacts on families and friends (minute 33:50 to 48:15); and Cathy Smith, mother of Army Pvt. Tomas Young, wounded in Baghdad and paralyzed from the waist down, speaks briefly of the ordeal Tomas and those around him endured for the ten years before he died (minute 1:00:00 to 1:05:00).

 

Tomas’s spirit was indomitable; while he was still able, he no doubt saved many young lives and limbs by warning others not to let themselves be betrayed by politicians.  Included after the link below is a short excerpt from a letter Tomas wrote to Bush and Cheney before he died.

 

Body of War, a documentary directed by Phil Donahue and Ellen Spiro, follows Tomas as he adjusts to his paralysis and reflects on the lies responsible for so much death and injury.  Short clips of the film are shown as part of the discussion.  A lively Q&A follows, punctuated – thank goodness – by a few hilarious moments courtesy of Phil.

 

After clicking on the link below, scroll either right or down to “Left Forum 2015 Military Families Speak Out.” The entire event runs 1 hour, 48 minutes.  You may find the above breakdown into segments by minutes helpful.

 

http://livestream.com/accounts/6754733/events/4070733/player?width=560&height=315&autoPlay=true&mute=false

 

Excerpt from Tomas Young’s “Last Letter” – A Message to George W. Bush and Dick Cheney From a Dying Veteran

 

”I write this letter, my last letter, to you, Mr. Bush and Mr. Cheney. I write not because I think you grasp the terrible human and moral consequences of your lies, manipulation and thirst for wealth and power. I write this letter because, before my own death, I want to make it clear that I, and hundreds of thousands of my fellow veterans, along with millions of my fellow citizens, along with hundreds of millions more in Iraq and the Middle East, know fully who you are and what you have done. You may evade justice but in our eyes you are each guilty of egregious war crimes, of plunder and, finally, of murder, including the murder of thousands of young Americans—my fellow veterans—whose future you stole.“

 

http://www.truthdig.com/dig/item/the_last_letter_20130318

 

 

​​Open Letter to Angela Merkel: End Germany’s Role in Drone Killings

The U.S. Satellite Relay Station at Ramstein plays an essential role in ALL drone killings in the Middle East, Southwest Asia, and Africa. Given recent revelations in the media, Merkel can no longer feign ignorance.  The open letter from U.S. activists challenges her to summon the courage to show some independence and enforce German and international law.

If Berlin will not do this as a matter of principle, then it should at least look at it in terms of Germany’s self-interest.  Will Germany be able to prevent retaliation from the extended family members and friends of those murdered?  Is it not clear to Merkel that craven complicity in cowardly computer console killing is likely to backfire against the German citizens Merkel is sworn to protect?

http://www.truth-out.org/speakout/item/31131-on-ramstein-an-open-letter-from-us-citizens-to-german-chancellor-angela-merkel

 

 

Ed Snowden: Livestreamed Q & A w/Amnesty International in UK

June 2, 2015 (42 minutes, beginning at min. 3:15)

Many key questions asked and answered.

http://on.rt.com/mq1l2q

 

 

Resurgence of the ‘Surge’ Myth

By Ray, May 28, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/28/resurgence-of-the-surge-myth/

 

 

How to Honor Memorial Day

How about trying a little honesty?

By Ray McGovern, May 24, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/24/how-to-honor-memorial-day/

 

 

Ray’s Remarks at UNAC Conference

It was the May weekend to celebrate the 70th anniversary of V/E and also Mother’s Day, so Ray sought help in the words of the “Poet of Russian Sorrow,” Nikolay Nekrasov, Julia Ward Howe, and Thomas Merton in giving a short talk on May 9, 2015 at the National Conference of the United National Antiwar Coalition (UNAC) in Secaucus, NJ.  (Panel speakers were each given 7 minutes; Ray’s come between minutes 1:06:05 to 1:13:30.)

 

https://www.youtube.com/v/6Xj9_xj0iGc?version=3&start=0&end=5160&autoplay=1&hl=en_US&rel=0

 

Ray reads an excerpt from a Merton poem, cited by James Douglass in his masterful JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died & Why It Matters.  Douglass writes:

 

“I first wrote Thomas Merton in 1961, at his monastery, the Abbey of Gethsemani in Kentucky, after reading a poem he had published in the Catholic Worker.  Merton’s poem was really an anti-poem, spoken by the commandant of a Nazi death camp.  It was titled: ‘Chant to be Used in Processions around a Site with Furnaces.’

 

“Merton’s ‘Chant’ proceeded matter-of-factly through the speaker’s daily routine of genocide to these concluding lines:

 

‘Do not think yourselves better because you burn up friends and enemies with long-range missiles without ever seeing what you have done.’”

 

 

“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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eIQ8Z30B5Jc&feature=youtu.be

 

 

William & Mary Honors War Criminal

By Ray McGovern, May 17, 2015
https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/17/william-mary-honors-war-criminal/

 

 

The Phony 'Bad Intel' Defense on Iraq

May15, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/15/the-phony-bad-intel-defense-on-iraq/

 

 

Ray McGovern: Free speech tamped down in US

PressTV interviews Ray on sentencing of Jeffrey Sterling

May 11, 2015  (7 minutes)

http://www.presstv.ir/Detail/2015/05/12/410702/United-States-Free-Speech-NSA-CIA

 

 

Punishing Another Whistleblower, Jeffrey Sterling

May 12, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/12/punishing-another-whistleblower/

 

 

CIA Whistleblower Jeffrey Sterling Speaks Out

ExposeFacts Documentary Starring Sterling, 15 minues

http://www.democracynow.org/2015/5/12/exclusive_cia_whistleblower_jeffrey_sterling_speaks

 

 

Obama’s Petulant WWII Snub of Russia

By Ray McGovern

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/08/obamas-petulant-wwii-snub-of-russia/

 

 

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.

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/01/the-lasting-pain-from-vietnam-silence/

 

 

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.

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/05/01/how-many-islamic-state-fighters-are-there-2/

 

 

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

RT International, April 30, 2015 (5 minutes)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p6tAmu6qaSI&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pFTyX1LMXNU

 

 

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 ExposeFacts.org, 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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SV3618tLAE

 

 

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, http://www.msk.kp.ru/daily/26372.5/3252925/

 

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:

http://www.msk.kp.ru/daily/26372.5/3252925/
  


Gen. Petraeus: Too Big to Jail

By Ray, April 23, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/23/gen-petraeus-too-big-to-jail-2/
 

 

The West Snubs Russia Over V-E Day

By Ray McGovern, April 20, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/20/the-west-snubs-russia-over-v-e-day/

 

 

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.

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/14/russia-impinges-on-israeli-right-to-bomb-iran/

 

 

Neocon ‘Chaos Promotion’ in the Middle East

By Ray McGovern, April 13, 2015

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

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/13/neocon-chaos-promotion-in-the-mideast/

 

 

The Nasty Blowback From America’s Wars

By Ray, April 12, 2015

CAUTION: The embedded videos will disturb anyone with a conscience

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/12/the-nasty-blowback-from-americas-wars/

 

 

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).

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W3NRzFJ-qfE

 

 

Judith Miller’s Blame-Shifting Memoir

By Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/07/judith-millers-blame-shifting-memoir/

 

 

Why Iran Distrusts the US in Nuke Talks

By Ray McGovern

Facts not normally judged to be "fit to print"

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/04/01/why-iran-distrusts-the-us-in-nuke-talks/

 

 

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 Consortiumnews.com:

 

http://www.bostonherald.com/news_opinion/local_coverage/2015/03/news_dissector_dies_danny_schechter_was_hub_radio_legend

 

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/20/how-mandela-and-s-africa-were-freed-2/
 

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/20/the-iron-law-of-oligarchy-returns-2/

 

 

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.)

http://rt.com/bulletin-board/241309-rt-america-march16/

 

 

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:  https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/09/us-intel-vets-oppose-brennans-cia-plan/.)

In this March 11 interview with Scott Horton of antiwar.com, 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)

http://scotthorton.org/interviews/2015/03/11/31115-ray-mcgovern/

 

 

Guiding Obama into Global Make-Believe

By Ray McGovern

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

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/14/guiding-obama-into-global-make-believe/

 

 

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

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AOqVO4LblVY&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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)

http://rt.com/news/239549-american-friends-unequal-hayden/

 

 

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).

http://russia-insider.com/en/2015/03/11/4347

 

 

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

http://www.1tv.ru/news/world/279330

 

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?

 

RUSSIA

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

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/09/petraeus-poster-child-for-double-standards/

 

 

US Intel Vets Oppose Brennan’s Plan to Restructure CIA

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

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/09/us-intel-vets-oppose-brennans-cia-plan/

 

 

VIPS Memo: Curbs Needed on Surveillance State

March 5, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/05/curbs-on-surveillance-state-urged/

 

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:

https://consortiumnews.com/2014/01/07/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.

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/03/05/gen-petraeus-too-big-to-jail/

 

 

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.)

http://rt.com/shows/crosstalk/236713-kerry-rt-russia-tensions/

 

 

The War on Whistleblowers

Courage Personified

Brave New Films

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HdF1WlU5fJY

NOT TO MISS!

 

 

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.

RAY McGOVERN
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, VoteVets.org , February 21, 2015

A must-read antidote to Clint Eastwoodism

http://www.votevets.org/press/i-was-an-american-sniper-and-chris-kyles-war-was-not-my-war

 

 

Rabble Rousers: Peace Activists Give Food for Thought

By Jacquelin Agostini, February 20, 2015

http://www.courierpostonline.com/story/opinion/readers/2015/02/20/rabble-rouser-peace-activists-give-food-thought/23572359/

 

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.”

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/02/18/shocked-over-senates-gitmo-rhetoric/

 

 

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

(4 minutes)

http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-30483010

 

 

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.

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/02/07/when-silencing-dissent-isnt-news/

 

 

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

By Kevin Gosztola

http://dissenter.firedoglake.com/2015/02/06/video-shows-nypd-arresting-former-cia-analyst-ray-mcgovern-as-he-tried-to-attend-petraeus-event/

 

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:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IMWFrnbOFQ

 

 

A Pointed Letter to Gen. Petraeus

By Ray McGovern, Feb. 3, 2015

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/02/03/a-pointed-letter-to-gen-petraeus/

 

 

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.....?

http://readersupportednews.org/news-section2/318-66/28368-editor-of-major-german-newspaper-says-he-planted-stories-for-cia

 

 

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.

http://www.ahaber.com.tr/webtv/turkiye/elizabeth-murray-erdogan-filistinin-sesi-oldu

 

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.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrbQsHkVQ_4

 

 

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: http://www.activistpost.com/2015/01/state-department-discusses-banning.html

 

 

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.

http://sputniknews.com/military/20150129/1017526464.html

 

 

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.

https://consortiumnews.com/2015/01/29/honoring-nsas-binney-and-amb-white/

 

 

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.

http://www.rtdeutsch.com/10008/der-fehlende-teil/der-fehlende-part-der-unsterbliche-al-baghdadi-nur-eine-erfindung-des-cia-e-49/

 

 

“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.

http://www.rtdeutsch.com/8765/der-fehlende-teil/der-fehlende-part-ray-mcgovern-zur-nato-frieden-ist-schlecht-fuer-das-geschaeft-e-33/

 

 

NSA Whistle Blower William Binney Wins 2015 Sam Adams Award

By Hanna Borno International Business Times, January 26, 2015

http://www.ibtimes.co.uk/nsa-whistleblower-william-binney-wins-2015-sam-adams-award-1484867

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

http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/charlie-skelton/sam-adams-award-2015-whis_b_6533166.html

 

 

“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.

 

https://netzpolitik.org/2015/nsa-whistleblower-william-bill-binney-ausgezeichnet-mit-videointerview/

 

 

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

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u3AmGdpLpU4&feature=youtu.be

 

 

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 samadamsaward.ch.

​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 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 







 














 

"The Usual Suspects" after "Beyond Orwell -- Surveillance, Secrets, & Whistleblowing" event at Georgetown University, April 22, 2014

Memorial day in Washington 2015

​2 VFP leaders w/ Ray

With Coleen Rowley, FBI (ret.)

Current

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Bill Binney wins 2015 Sam Adams Award

Ray with Danny Schechter

Tom Drake and Bill Binney

Kathy Kelly and Ray in front of CIA HQS