By Patrick Lawrence, May 13, 2018
By Patrick Lawrence, May 13, 2018
Gina Haspel Supervised Nazi-Era Interrogation Techniques (Pt. 1/2)
At confirmation hearing, CIA nominee Gina Haspel evaded questions about her role in “enhanced interrogation” (torture) techniques — most of which are found in the Gestapo “Handbuch.”
Senate Intelligence Committee is “Overlook,” not “Oversight,” Committee. (Pt. 2/2)
Chairman Richard Burr is helping Gina Haspel cover up her involvement in the CIA’s torture program.
Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) urge Trump not to let himself be diddled into exiting the nuclear deal with Iran.
By Ray McGovern
In a new wrinkle, Ray was asked by America, the Jesuit weekly, to do a short article on Gina Haspel before Wednesday’s hearing on her nomination to head the CIA. First, Ray sets out to disabuse America readers of the notion that “torture works.” He then delves into the moral implications and hits so close to home that the editors end up withholding an imprimatur to protect one of their own. Actually, the whole thing is really sad — you might even say scandalous.
(aired and podcast, May 4, 2018)
Ray interviewed on why the U.S. is in Syria; the lion’s share of the answer can be found in one lone article that slipped by the censors at the NYT ( See: https://www.nytimes.com/2013/
April 20, 2018 (minutes 25:10 to 56:30, with one-minute break at 40:40)
Esther Iverem of WPFW’s “On the Ground” show asked Ray to address a bunch of other issues as well:
— “I Like Ike”: or, at least how Eisenhower warned about the MIC, which has now morphed into the Military-Industrial-
— The still virulent HWHW (Hillary Would Have Won) virus largely responsible for Russia-gate, which is demonstrably — in Bronx parlance — “a crock.” And how the emerging constellation of forces in Washington seems likely to bring on a Constitutional crisis the likes of which not seen since Watergate.
— How the so-called “Russian hack” of the DNC has been forensically proven a fraud by Ray’s technical VIPS colleagues, including two former Technical Directors of the National Security Agency (NSA). The so-called “Russian hack” was actually an inside-DNC job — a download onto a thumb drive, easily explained by applying a basic principle of physics called “fluid dynamics.”
Ambassador Murray quit Her Majesty’s Foreign Service at the height of his early career because it condoned torture by Uzbek thugs doing the bidding of CIA thugs. The British Establishment did all it could to award Murray pariah status — with steadily diminishing success. In contrast, Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence (SAAII) presented Amb. Murray in 2005 with its annual Sam Adams Award. ( See:
It is particularly good to see Clive Ponting back in the public eye. For those unaware of Ponting’s own courageous whistleblowing, it had to do with the torpedoing and sinking of the Argentine cruiser General Belgrano by a UK submarine on May 2, 1982 during the Falklands War.
In July 1984 Clive Ponting, at the time a senior civil servant at the Ministry of Defense, sent two classified documents to a Labour MP, showing that the General Belgrano was well outside the “exclusion zone” declared by the British, when then-Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher ordered the attack anyway. Of those aboard, 323 were killed.
Ponting admitted revealing the information and was charged with a criminal offense under the Official Secrets Act. He argued that his leak was in the public interest, but fully expected to end up in prison. The jury acquitted him. Ponting has since authored several books on British and world history.
Full disclosure: Craig Murray is not only an unrelenting pursuer of the truth, he is a close friend of Ray.