The German Government Needs to Step Up to the Challenges Posed by the Disarray in Washington: An interview of Ray by Horsta Krum, October 17 in Berlin, published in the daily Junge Welt on Nov. 3

[Krum was kind enough to fix Ray’s German mistakes.]


Intro: Unglaubliches Durcheinander in Washington: Der Bundesregierung kommt große Verantwortung zu, die Kriegstreiberei der USA zu zügeln. Sie kommt ihr nicht nach.

[Incredible Confusion in Washington: The German government has an important responsibility to put the brakes on the warmongering in Washington but is not stepping up to that responsibility. A conversation with Ray McGovern.]


If there is enough interest, a full English translation can be provided.  Please make any requests via

Russiagate: Ray on “Crosstalk” with Peter Lavelle, Ned Ryun, and Bryan Pruitt

Nov. 1, 2017 (26 minutes – but can skip the ads from minute 12:15 to minute 14:40)

The peg for the conversation was the recent indictments of Manafort and lesser fry, and whether Special Counsel Robert Mueller will succeed in getting them to flip and relate (or acquiesce in manufacturing) additional dirt on the President.

Even folks still suffering from the virulent viral infection that broke out on November 9, 2016, affecting the brain of so many Americans (the virus called HWHW for Hillary Would Have Won) have had to swallow hard and agree that Trump is correct in claiming the indictments appear to have no organic tie with “Russia-gate.”

Putin talks informally with young people taking part in the World Festival of Youth and Students in Sochi.

Putin’s passionate appeal to world’s youth: as technology advances, don’t forget God (VIDEO)

late October (12 minutes)


“[Do not forget] the moral component of our work – of any job.  You spoke about biology and medicine here…Genetic engineering will undoubtedly open up incredible opportunities in pharmacology, new medicines. Altering the human genome if a person suffers from genetic diseases.

“All right, that is good. But there is another part to this process. What does it mean? It means that humans acquire the ability to get into the genetic code that was created by nature – or as religious people say – by Our Lord. What practical consequences can this entail?

“It means that…it is already possible to create an individual with the desired features. This may be a mathematical genius, this may be a talented musician; but this can also be a soldier, an individual who can fight without fear or compassion, mercy or pain…

“What I have just said may be more terrifying than a nuclear bomb. When we do something, whatever we may be doing…we should never forget about the moral, ethical foundations of our work. Whatever we do should benefit people, make them stronger – not destroy them.”

Comparisons are invidious (and in this case would be especially so).

The Biggest Revelation Of The JFK File Releases Isn’t In The JFK Files

By Caitlin Johnstone, October 27, 2017

Even the Washington Post page-2 banner headline today points directly to the real story:  “JFK files: The promise of revelations derailed by CIA, FBI.”


Johnstone’s piece is well worth reading.  There is also some useful detail, mirabile dictu, in the Post article – even with its obligatory allusion to how hard it is “to suppress the rampant myths surrounding the murder.”

By far the best book on all this is James Douglass’s “JFK and the Unspeakable: Why He Died and Why It Matters.”  Reading it will go a long way toward explaining why those 30,000 records are still withheld from publication, even in redacted form, and why we may never see them.

The Deep State

Many cling to the belief that the Deep State is fictional; even some of these remain open to factual material that has been mentioned only fleetingly – or simply banned by Deep State co-travelers in the mainstream media.  They may wish to risk having their illusions abused by two real-life case studies, with links, adduced below.

Example A involves a January 3, 2017 Rachel Maddow interview of Washington insider Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, in which Schumer tells Maddow nonchalantly about the dangers awaiting President-elect Donald Trump if he insists on “taking on the intelligence community.”

“Insider Schumer?”  With 18 years in the House and 18 in the Senate, Schumer is the consummate insider.  He has been around long enough to know how the system works.  And, as Senate Minority Leader, he is now an ex officio member of the Senate Intelligence Committee, which is supposed to oversee the intelligence agencies.



Example A:


Those who missed the Maddow show on January 3 may wish to check out this highly instructive one-minute-23-second clip.


Here’s the transcript:

Schumer: Trump ‘being really dumb’ to fight with intel agencies


Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer talks with Rachel Maddow on January 3 about Donald Trump’s antagonistic tweeting at U.S. intelligence agencies over evidence of Russian hacking.

“Let me tell you, you take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow.

“So even for a practical, supposedly hard-nosed businessman, he’s being really dumb to do this.”

Example B:

Please do not feel embarrassed if you know nothing about the facts and analysis offered in the following two (linked) articles: the first one by Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, the second by Ray.  They have to do with the intense effort by President Barack Obama, to protect then-CIA Director John Brennan and thwart publication of a redacted Executive Summary of the Senate Intelligence Committee’s examination of CIA torture based on original CIA documents.  The idea was to stop the presses until Republican Sen. Richard Burr could take the committee chair from Democrat Dianne Feinstein and put the kibosh on the entire (already redacted) 6,700-page investigation report.

The Senate won a rare victory over the Executive in getting the redacted Summary published.  As for Sen. Burr, he has shown himself determined to retrieve all copies of the report.  He just won re-election in 2016, so the CIA torturers can breathe easy for another five years or more.

One lesson here, for those not yet aware: the “flagship” New York Times no longer publishes “All the News That’s Fit to Print” – far from it.  And other papers are content to follow their lead.)  Sadly, The Gray Lady has become a lady of the night – pimped by the Deep State.  Instinctively, you may disagree.  Please don’t do so without reading the pieces linked below:

US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture

Hiding the Ugly Business of Torture

Why Vladimir Putin deserves a Nobel Peace Prize (seriously)

By Robert Bridge, an American writer who says Putin “has done more to promote the cause of global peace and security than any other Western leader in recent times.”

October 19, 2017

Granted, comparisons can be invidious.  But compare, if you can, the policies of Nobel Prize winner Barack Obama (2009) with those of Vladimir Putin after the Western-arranged coup in Kiev on February 22, 2014.

THE CHALLENGE TO READERS? Disagree? Please write to and explain where Bridge has gone wrong — and why the MSM thought police might want to burn this Bridge, so to speak.  If enough readers respond, Ray will post the results.

“The True Flag” and Wars of Choice

Remarks to a Committee for the Republic Salon with Stephen Kinzer

By Ambassador Chas W. Freeman, Jr. (USFS, Ret.)

Senior Fellow, the Watson Institute for International and Public Affairs, Brown University

October 26, 2017, Washington, D.C.


I’m Chas Freeman.  I chair the loose, transpartisan coalition known as the Committee for the Republic.  I want to welcome our members – especially the contributors who sponsor these salons and make it possible for us to air important issues that would otherwise go publicly unaddressed.


A very warm welcome too to Stephen Kinzer.  Stephen, we are honored to have you back as our speaker at this evening’s discussion.  Your stalwart opposition to the promiscuous interventionism that has replaced diplomacy in America’s management of its foreign relations is directly relevant to the purposes of the Committee for the Republic.


As you probably know, the Committee came into being in 2003, when many here tonight worried about how the American lurch into ill-defined wars in the Middle East might damage the civil liberties and traditions of our republic. Sadly, these concerns have proved justified, and, despite widening popular discomfort with the state of the nation, things seem to be getting worse rather than better.  We Americans have come to accept perpetual warfare as the norm for our society.  We now regard the “big government” and enormous national debt needed to make constant war on other peoples and care for our own fallen warriors as inescapable burdens on our body politic.


In military affairs, for Americans, more is always better.  We have acquired a vested interest in big armies, big navies, big air forces, big armaments industries, and big talk about how we will destroy recalcitrant foreign societies.  And despite the clear language of our Constitution, we have stood ineffectually by as Congress has yielded its power to authorize wars of choice to the Executive.  The current, apparently limitless authority of the president to launch wars at will, including nuclear wars, negates the most distinctive and revolutionary element of our system of government: – the decision to entrust the power to start wars exclusively to Congress. …


In our republic, the President of the United States swears an oath to the Constitution before delivering an inaugural address.  Based on some of what President Trump said during his campaign, I and others had hoped we might hear something like this from him last January 20:


“I pledge to the American people that, as your president and the commander-in-chief of your armed forces, I shall vigorously defend the United States of America against any attack, but I will initiate no war except upon a vote in Congress declaring it, defining its objectives, and funding it, as required by our Constitution, which reserves the right to authorize wars of choice to the Congress alone.  I have inherited multiple wars from my predecessors that were not so authorized.  I intend to submit these wars, one-by-one, to Congress for consideration and an up-or-down vote.   I will take the failure of Congress to declare these wars as a mandate to end them on the best terms and as expeditiously as possible.”


That is not what we heard.  If the president cannot bring himself to say such words, we must look to the Congress to muster the courage to assert its powers under the Constitution.


There is now apparent concern about the currently unconstrained power of the president to launch a nuclear attack on other nations at will.  The answer to this and related anxieties is to take steps to implement the Constitution.  We should clarify in legislation that any order by the president to our military directing a non-retaliatory attack on another nation that has not been explicitly approved by Congress is both illegal and an impeachable offense.  We should return to respect for our founders’ carefully considered framework for decisions about war and peace.  My hope is that members of Congress will yet form a bipartisan caucus devoted to promoting the constitutional exercise of the war power.

In Germany and Ireland Ray has some success in finding audiences

On October 22, Ray gave a talk in Galway, completing a string of talks and interviews over the past two weeks in Berlin, Bonn/Koenigswinter, and Dublin.  Below is a link to one of the articles that the Galway Alliance Against War was able to place in a few of the papers in western Ireland.


In this photo, former UN Assistant Secretary General Denis Halliday poses a question to Ray about the staying power of the U.S. Empire.


Ray had not seen Halliday in several years and was delighted that Denis, who now lives in Clifton, Connemara, came to Galway City for the “Public Meeting” arranged by the Galway Alliance Against War.


Halliday quit the UN after a 34-year career when, as UN Humanitarian Coordinator in Iraq from 1996-1998, he was unable to stop what he called the “genocide” in Iraq caused by Western sanctions, mostly at U.S. insistence.  He explained why he quit:

I was driven to resignation because I refused to continue to take Security Council orders, the same Security Council that had imposed and sustained genocidal sanctions on the innocent of Iraq. I did not want to be complicit. …

And above all, my innate sense of justice was and still is outraged by the violence that UN sanctions have brought upon, and continues to bring upon, the lives of children, families – the extended families, the loved ones of Iraq. There is no justification for killing the young people of Iraq, not the aged, not the sick, not the rich, not the poor.

Some will tell you that the [Iraqi] leadership is punishing the Iraqi people. That is not my perception, or experience from living in Baghdad. And were that to be the case – how can that possibly justify further punishment, in fact collective punishment, by the United Nations? … International law has no provision for the disproportionate and murderous consequences of the ongoing UN embargo for well over 12 long years.

To refresh memories regarding what Denis was up against, here is a short excerpt of a May 12, 1996 “60 Minutes” interview of then-U.S. Ambassador to the UN Madeleine Albright.  Stahl asked Albright if she thought the death of 500,000 Iraqi children [under the age of 5] was worth it.  You have to see Albright’s answer to believe it.  (9/11 came 5 years later.)



In Koenigswinter/Bonn, Ray’s formal speech focused on the conference topic: “Entspannung JETZT!” (Détente NOW).


In Berlin Ray spoke with Bundestag members from the Linke and the Green parties.  The Linke expects to be in opposition (together with the Social Democrats) when a new coalition government is formed in the coming weeks.  The Greens and the Free Democratic Party (FDP) have considerable leverage as they bargain with the CDU/CSU to form a governing coalition, since the CDU suffered significant losses in the September election.  A common assumption is that, Chancellor Angela Merkel will be history, if she fails to form such a coalition.


The Germans were much relieved – not to say shocked – at the news in German media that that Putin not only did NOT interfere in the German election, but also has stopped beating his wife.


Ray is looking forward to getting back to Washington this coming week to take his place with other designated “useful idiots.”