On Empire: NATO, Ukraine, Germany, and the U.S.

Particularly for those who understand German – Ray with German voice-over

September 2014 (26 minutes)

Ray just came across the YouTube item linked above, posted on Nov. 27, 2016, of an interview he gave in Germany in early September 2014.  The voice-over on this one is particularly good. During Ray’s subsequent visits to Germany, he has done most of his speeches/interviews in German – (one result being they become twice as long, with the wording half as accurate).  So this interview posting is a welcome relief; it flows quickly and accurately, with the interviewer raising the most salient issues at the time (which remain so two years later).

Discussion topics include:

-“Speaking truth to power” – the duty of honest intelligence analysts;

-How institutions can be corrupted over a 20-year period – and how mixture of cowardice and careerism corrupted intelligence analysis;

-The worst = fraudulent “intelligence” to “justify” a war of aggression;

-The founding of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)

-VIPS issuances: (For a list with live links, see: https://consortiumnews.com/vips-memos/)

-Impeachment: the orderly Constitutional provision to get rid of war criminals, assuming some courage in Congress (lots of luck!);

-How NATO expanded eastward after the Berlin wall fell, despite earlier Western promises; and

-Moscow’s totally foreseeable reaction to the Feb. 22, 2014 Putsch in Ukraine and attempts to bring Ukraine into NATO, despite Russian warnings that could hardly have been more explicit – “Nyet Means Nyet.”

During the interview, Ray makes frequent reference to analysis presented earlier in the first of two VIPS Memoranda addressed to Angela Merkel.  The first was prepared just before Ray’s visit in September 2014; the second came almost two years later:

1-Warning Merkel on Russian ‘Invasion’ Intel


September 1, 2014

2- Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence


July 6, 2016