“Watching the Hawks,” January 10, 2019, Part 2**
Ray’s segment runs from minute 14:35 to 24:56.
In this short clip, Ray recounts a personal experience with then House Judiciary chair John Conyers, as Conyers tried to explain why Nancy Pelosi took impeachment “off the table” 12 years ago. An additional motive might be found in the modus operandi of the intelligence case officers who brief selected senior members of Congress on particularly sensitive operators — often of dubious legality.
Ray describes how Congresspersons get cajoled into complicity by “being briefed” on unconstitutional actions — like blanket surveillance and torture. They almost never object, or even demur; consequently, they have to trim their sails afterwards because they have been compromised. Moreover, often they are afraid to share “classified” information with colleagues in Congress.
J. Edgar Hoover would “salivate” over the kinds of intrusive surveillance enabled by today’s technology — all with the blessing of members of Congress too cowardly, or too compromised to honor the 4th amendment and exercise real “oversight.”
Asked why the legacy media are not doing their job, Ray recounts a revealing dialogue he had with CNN’s Anderson Cooper in Atlanta on May 4, 2006, after a public mini-debate Ray had earlier that day with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld. (See: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1FTmuhynaw. )
** Part 1 of this January 10 “Watching the Hawks” interview (See:
was posted earlier, with several paragraphs of commentary, under the title “Did Comey Try to Blackmail Trump?” (See: