John B. Wells, who runs the live radio show Caravan to Midnight, asked Ray to be interviewed on May 20 about what has been going down in Washington over recent weeks – especially issues distorted or ignored by the media.  The conversation pretty much covered the waterfront – from “Russian hacking of the DNC” to breaking news regarding former DNC worker, the late Seth Rich, who seems to have been the person who leaked – not hacked – DNC emails and got them to WikiLeaks.

Ray’s segment starts at minute 25:20, and there is a break between minutes 41:50 and 44:30.  Otherwise the relaxed tour d’horizonruns until 2:06:40.  (But listeners can easily press STOP, whenever they wish.)

 

What about the Cyrillic found on a hack of the DNC?  Ray explains why he believes it more likely that source of the celebrated  “Russian hack” (including Cyrillic) was the sophisticated, “obfuscation”-enabling software developed by CIA/NSA at huge cost over the past 15 years.  Your tax dollars at work.

Not Remembering Israel’s Attack on the USS Liberty 50 Years Ago

By Ray McGovern, May 21, 2017

 

Not Remembering the USS Liberty

Is there a chance that President Donald Trump will have the guts to confront Israel – at long last – about its indisputably deliberate attempt to sink the USS Liberty and leave no survivors?  Does Trump owe this to the remaining Liberty survivors and their families?

 

Or is it more likely that Trump will choose the safer political course and become the tenth president in a row to cover up Israel’s crime on the high seas?  This article includes the text of a Foreword Ray wrote for a new book by Philip Nelson titled: “Remember the Liberty: Almost Sunk by Treason on the High Seas.” Nelson’s book is a must-read for those who “can handle the truth” about when Israeli leaders learned that they could, literally, get away with murder, because U.S. presidents would be afraid to hold them to account.

British Prime Minister May Will Not Forget to Say, “May I?”

 “No, you may not,” is the answer May may expect to hear from her American puppet masters, would she be so bold as to ask whether she may let Julian Assange go.  Even though Sweden has dropped the trumped-up (no pun intended) rape allegations, the answer she can await will be a firm, “No, you must hold him prisoner; we must continue to make an example of him.”

 

Early Friday afternoon, Ray gave RT International an interview on the latest chapter in this sordid saga.

May 19, 2017 (eight minutes)

 

One might entertain the fleeting thought that, after the groveling of former British PM Tony Blair toward his partner-in-war crime George W. Bush, May may take a different decision.  But, really!  Would she defy an order from her senior partner Washington to keep Julian Assange cooped up in the Ecuadorean embassy in London?  Not likely.  Those Americans can be nasty.

 

But what about UN findings that depriving Julian Assange of his freedom amounts to “arbitrary detention?”  What about the opprobrium once attached to seeming to be an international pariah – not to mention an obsequious satrap of empire, ever bowing to its diktat.

 

No matter. The UK may go on thumbing its nose at international law, as long as Washington keeps providing the Kleenex.  It is a “special relationship,” you see, and the British are past masters at arbitrary detention in any case.  The Magna Carta is still in the curriculum, but it appears that habeas corpus is no longer translated into English – or into action.

 

O Tempora, O Mores!

Re. Robert Mueller: “Universally Respected” Deep-State Thug

 How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

How NSA Can Secretly Aid Criminal Cases

Ray wrote this on June 12,2014; Consortiumnews.com posted it again today.

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Special Counsel Investigating Trump Campaign Has Deep Ties to the Deep State

Former FBI Special Agent and Division Counsel Coleen Rowley, May 17, 2017

http://therealnews.com/t2/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=31&Itemid=74&jumival=19120

Rowley knows Mueller well enough.  She gave this interview yesterday to The Real News Network (TRNN).  The (above) link includes a transcript; well worth reading.

TRNN’s biographic note:  Coleen Rowley says former FBI head Robert Mueller, now appointed to investigate the Trump campaign’s ties to Russia, participated in covering up the pre-9/11 role of the U.S. intelligence agencies and the Bush Administration; helped create the post-9/11 national security/surveillance state; and helped facilitate the pre-Iraq war propaganda machine.  (Rowley and two other whistleblowers were named TIME “Person of the Year” in 2002.)

Baltimore Sun: Trumped-up claims against Trump

By Ray McGovern and William Binney, May 18, 2017

(print edition cum comments section, so far)

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-trump-russia-phony-20170517-story.html

Signs of the Times?

 

The Comments

 (Ray is glad he was able to bribe his son-in-law Rick into sounding the one discordant note!)

 

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  • miller3987 Newcomer

2 hour(s) ago

Let’s see. Do we have two new writers from Breitbart working for the Sun now? Reads like it; taking a bunch of old Repug talking points, persons to blame other than the accused, and other conspiracy theories. Nothing to see here folks, move along. You won’t learn anything here.

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  • portlarge Contributor

3 hour(s) ago

Must be very uncomfortable for these 2 to have their heads buried in all that sand.

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  • hancock–j Member

11 hour(s) ago

WOW, our gov’t is corrupt? The CIA uses malware? We’re our own worst enemy? And seriously paranoid? Y’don’t say…

How DID Russia do that, elect Trump, I’d really like to know. And how’s Ed Snowden these days? Anyone?

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  • skippy2912 Member

11 hour(s) ago

I suppose these 2 individuals also believe that both 9/11 and Oklahoma City were “inside jobs” too. Gee, I hope and pray that these 2 individuals are not representative and/or indicative of employees and their viewpoints at the CIA and NSA. If things were/are so bad at these 2 agencies, then why did they stay so long at their respective agencies? Was it to collect that fat Government pension? Doesn’t sound like either has any loyalty to the agencies that employed them for so long. Or maybe it’s the same “loyalty” that motivated Edward Snowden?

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  • Rick be Newcomer

11 hour(s) ago

Mr McGovern certainly tells it like it is. I am grateful that The Sun printed it.

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11 hour(s) ago

There are questions about Trump that are awaiting answers from the newly appointed independent investigator.However,there is media video that shows Trump is anything but honest.His stories continue to change.His attitude towards women is terrible.He has made attempts to create jobs;but,robotics have taken over wherever possible in industry.We best need our government to offer training in new skills for industry.Perhaps,some type of apprentice positions.Learn while you earn do to speak.Republican health care proposals are awful.Most major medical groups have said this.Instead of wasating crucial funding for a border wall and tax exemptions for the wealthy help our middle class who could soon disappear.Remember,most taxes come from these people.When they are gone,their taxes go with them.

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  • newmanji1 Newcomer

12 hour(s) ago

Mssrs McGovern Binney: Do you really expect folks to take this article and y’all seriously when your prose is peppered with qualifiers like “Deep State”, the Russian’s “supposedly” interfering in our election, CIA duplicity to bring down our government, et.al. You folks have been out in the sun too long. The fact is that your darling of a leader, Comrade Trump is an incompetent – in both business and government – and that is a fact. Here’s some advice – look around for another “Dear Leader” to bring about the economic and societal conditions that your article suggests, albeit veiled. Putin comes to mind here.

harrybsun Senior Contributor

1 day(s) ago

Summary: ignore those facts, look at what our imaginations were able to imagine

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  • hancock–j Member

in reply to

harrybsun

11 hour(s) ago

Summary: ignore those facts, look at what our imaginations were able to imagine

What facts? How trump removes anyone who can’t clear the air? He really should calm down.

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Lisa Simeone Senior Contributor

1 day(s) ago

Wow. I have long admired Ray McGovern, but this op-ed is looney. Trump taking on the Deep State?? Are you kidding?? Trump doesn’t even know what the Deep State is!

Everything Trump does is for Trump, everyone else be damned.

You’re losing it, Ray. It’s sad to see.

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mishpahabina Newcomer

in reply to

Lisa Simeone

13 hour(s) ago

Wow. I have long admired Ray McGovern, but this op-ed is looney. Trump taking on the Deep State?? Are you kidding?? Trump doesn’t even know what the Deep State is!

EverythingTrump does is for Trump, everyone else be damned.

You’re losing it, Ray. It’s sad to see.

“Losing” it? I’ve seen McGovern’s stuff too. When did he ever have it?

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as of 12 PM, May 18, 2017

 

… and so it goes.

Beneath the Corporate Media/Deep State Campaign to Remove Trump and Thwart Detente With Russia 

http://www.baltimoresun.com/news/opinion/oped/bs-ed-trump-russia-phony-20170517-story.html

This op-ed is so out of sinc with the prevailing winds, that the entire text is included below.  The people of Baltimore will be able to read it tomorrow in print, unless …

Baltimore Sun

Trumped-up claims against Trump

By Ray McGovern and William Binney

May 17, 2017

The Washington establishment rejoiced last week over what seemed to be a windfall “gotcha” moment, as President Donald Trump said he had fired FBI Director James Comey over “this Russia thing, with Trump and Russia.” The president labeled it a “made-up story” and, by all appearances, he is mostly correct.

A few days before his firing, Mr. Comey reportedly had asked for still more resources to hunt the Russian bear. Pundit piranhas swarmed to charge Mr. Trump with trying to thwart the investigation into how the Russians supposedly “interfered” to help him win the election.

But can that commentary bear close scrutiny, or is it the “phony narrative” Senate Republican Whip John Cornyn of Texas claims it to be? Mr. Cornyn has quipped that, if impeding the investigation was Mr. Trump’s aim, “This strikes me as a lousy way to do it. All it does is heighten the attention given to the issue.”

Truth is, President Trump had ample reason to be fed up with Mr. Comey, in part for his lack of enthusiasm to investigate actual, provable crimes related to “Russia-gate” — like leaking information from highly sensitive intercepted communications to precipitate the demise of Trump aide Michael Flynn. Mr. Flynn was caught “red-handed,” so to speak, talking with Russia’s ambassador last December. (In our experience, finding the culprit for that leak should not be very difficult; we suspect Mr. Comey already knows who was responsible.)

In contrast, Mr. Comey evinced strong determination to chase after ties between Russia and the Trump campaign until the cows came home. In the meantime, the investigation (already underway for 10 months) would itself cast doubt on the legitimacy of Mr. Trump’s presidency and put the kibosh on plans to forge a more workable relationship with Russia — a win-win for the establishment and the FBI/CIA/NSA “Deep State”; a lose-lose for the president.

So far, it has been all smoke and mirrors with no chargeable offenses and not a scintilla of convincing evidence of Russian “meddling” in the election. The oft-cited, but evidence-free, CIA/FBI/NSA report of Jan. 6, crafted by “hand-picked” analysts, according to then-Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, is of a piece with the “high-confidence,” but fraudulent, National Intelligence Estimate 15 years ago about weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.

But what about “Russia hacking,” the centerpiece of accusations of Kremlin “interference” to help Mr.Trump?

On March 31, 2017, WikiLeaks released original CIA documents — ignored by mainstream media — showing that the agency had created a program allowing it to break into computers and servers and make it look like others did it by leaving telltale signs like Cyrillic markings, for example. The capabilities shown in what WikiLeaks calls the “Vault 7” trove of CIA documents required the creation of hundreds of millions of lines of source code. At $25 per line of code, that amounts to about $2.5 billion for each 100 million code lines. But the Deep State has that kind of money and would probably consider the expenditure a good return on investment for “proving” the Russians hacked.

It is altogether possible that the hacking attributed to Russia was actually one of several “active measures” undertaken by a cabal consisting of the CIA, FBI, NSA and Mr. Clapper — the same agencies responsible for the lame, evidence-free memorandum of Jan. 6.

Mr. Comey displayed considerable discomfort on March 20, explaining to the House Intelligence Committee why the FBI did not insist on getting physical access to the Democratic National Committee computers in order to do its own proper forensics, but chose to rely on the those done by DNC contractor Crowdstrike. Could this be explained by Mr. Comey’s fear that FBI technicians not fully briefed on CIA/NSA/FBI Deep State programs might uncover a lot more than he wanted? Did this play a role in Mr. Trump’s firing of Mr. Comey?

President Trump has entered into a high-stakes gamble in confronting the Deep State and its media allies over the evidence-free accusations of his colluding with Russia. Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer, a New York Democrat, publicly warned him of the risk earlier this year. “You take on the intelligence community, they have six ways from Sunday at getting back at you,” Mr. Schumer told MSNBC’s Rachel Maddow on Jan. 3.

If Mr. Trump continues to “take on” the Deep State, he will be fighting uphill, whether he’s in the right or not. It is far from certain he will prevail.

Ray McGovern (rrmcgovern@gmail.com) was a CIA analyst for 27 years; he briefed the president’s daily brief one-on-one to President Reagan’s most senior national security officials from 1981-85. William Binney (williambinney0802@comcast.net) worked for NSA for 36 years, retiring in 2001 as the technical director of world military and geopolitical analysis and reporting; he created many of the collection systems still used by NSA.

Comments Ray made yesterday while taping the RT program “Going Underground”* led to a nasty exchange between CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak and Julian Assange.  The CIA was not pleased with Ray’s suggestion that original CIA documents released six weeks ago by WikiLeaks prompt a startling question.  Is it more likely that Obama’s CIA Director John Brennan – not the Russians – was responsible for the “Russian hack” into the computers of the Democratic National Committee?  

https://www.rt.com/news/388595-cia-assange-incompetent-spy/

May 16, 2017 (six minutes)

 

The evidence, though circumstantial, seems far more persuasive than the string of “we assess,” “we assess,” and “we assess some more” pronouncements from precincts of the CIA and sister agencies.

 

For his part, Julian Assange was not pleased when CIA spokesperson Heather Fritz Horniak emailed“Dictators and terrorists have no better friend in the world than Julian Assange.”  Assange responded, saying, “The CIA is the world’s most dangerously incompetent spy agency.”

 

*The full episode of “Going Underground” in which Ray is interviewed will be aired on May 17 at 1 PM EDT.