Vignettes and Reflections About Robert Parry, The Consummate Outsider Journalist & Founder of — Shared By His Son Nat, John Pilger, and Ray

February 9, 2018 (58 minutes)

Nat Parry, John Pilger, and Ray share stories about journalist Robert Parry who died on January 27 after suffering strokes and undiagnosed pancreatic cancer.  Hosting the telephone interviews was Michael Welch of the Global Research Radio News Hour.

Pilger speaks from minute 2 to 16; Ray from 16:40 to 29:30; Nat from minute 30 to 50 and, lastly, there is 7 minutes of an interview of Robert Parry himself that Welch recorded in December 2017.  There Bob describes the ever increasing challenges to good journalism, including marginalization of alternative journalism by the giant Internet corporations.

Ray took advantage of the chance to tell a highly instructive vignette about Bob Parry and what he called the Establishment (between minutes 20:00 and 23:30).

Russiagate or Intelgate?

By Stephen F. Cohen, The Nation, February 7, 2018

The publication of the Republican House Committee memo and reports of other documents increasingly suggest not only a “Russiagate” without Russia but also something darker: The “collusion” may not have been in the White House or the Kremlin.


Warning to those who have still not recovered from the HWHW (Hillary Would Have Won) virus after 15 months: read at your own risk.


Steve Cohen is still the best.  Thankfully he not only knows about Russia and Joe McCarthy, but also he is allergic to the Kool Aid in so ample supply these days in “learned” circles.  “Thankfully,” for the future of our Republic is at stake.


Yes, Virginia, there IS a Deep State, and the dominant drivel — not only in the media, but also from people who should know better — may well help what in Soviet parlance were called “the organs of state security” prevail over our Constitution, as they did in the USSR. Please read, reflect, ask questions, and spread this one around.


‘This is Nuts’: Liberals Launch ‘Largest Mobilization in History’ in Defense of Russiagate Probe

By Coleen Rowley and Nat Parry, February 9, 2018

‘This is Nuts’: Liberals Launch ‘Largest Mobilization in History’ in Defense of Russiagate Probe

This excellent piece largely speaks for itself, but Ray added the following background and comment under the Rowley/Parry piece:

February 9, 2018 at 11:57 am

Well done, Coleen and Nat,

Against the background of the excellent article Coleen wrote last June on Mueller:

and one I wrote earlier, having had a chance to question Mueller personally before a large audience at Georgetown University:

… well, in the Bronx, we would call Mueller a crook; in Manhattan, a white-collar criminal.

Given the state of the law and the Russia-gate cheerleading media — both mainstream AND progressive — Mueller’s demonstrable malfeasance of the past has not yet put a dent in the “universally respected” honorific the New York Times has bestowed on him. Not yet.

What may do him in, rather, is the same tragic flaw that did in the main characters of the Greek tragedies of two and a half millennia ago. The Greeks called it hubris.
That Mueller picked Dumb-Strzok and his mistress, senior FBI attorney Lisa Page — not to mention so many other widely known supporters/defenders of Mrs. Clinton — to run his investigation is a perfect example of the overweening, unbridled arrogance that led to the downfall of many a Greek hero.

Appearance of bias be damned.

And did no one notice how Mueller’ best friend forever Comey immediately admitted that the reason he had one of his sidekicks leak sensitive information to the NY Times was that he wanted a special counsel picked toot sweet. And who would that, toot sweet, turn out to be? … his old joined-at-the-hip partner in crime, Bob Mueller (thank you, Jesus!)

The supreme irony is that the “universally respected” Robert Mueller is now hoisted by his own petard of hubris. The newness about Nunes — and rowdy Gowdy — is their willingness to take on Mueller’s closest friends, despite media charges, driven largely by Democrats still suffering from the HWHW (Hillary Woud Have Won) virus, that rabid Republicans are trying to sabotage his investigation.

Actually, Mueller has done a pretty good job of that himself, thank you very much.

I’m not a politician; cannot gauge whether it a good or bad idea that Mueller, Rosenstein, et al. be fired for cause (with respect to Rosenstein, signing deceptive FISA applications is a felony). I would guess it would be best politically to leave Mueller there to stew in his own juice.

In my view, if Mueller had an ounce of integrity, he would resign — if only because of the incredibly partisan way in which he staffed his investigation. Is he perhaps waiting for his old FBI buddies to dig up some dirt on Nunes and Gowdy? I would not put that past him, given his checkered career (see, again, Coleen’s excellent article of last June).

Be prepared for things to get still uglier.

Once again, hats of to Coleen Rowley — and Nat Parry. Like father, like son.


Tell your friends: Ray in no-holds-barred interview (one of his best) on Rep. Nunes’s decision to hold FBI/DOJ leaders to account for wangling permission to surveil Trump associates by deceiving the Court. “Liberal” pundits like WashPost’s Eugene Robinson are shocked: “Trump Has Picked a Fight With the FBI. He’ll Be Sorry.”

Feb. 5, 2018 (68 minutes)

Tom Woods had done his homework, asked good questions, and gave Ray enough time to adduce facts and make analytic observations that may be totally new to many listeners. Robinson’s Feb. 2 op-ed was highly revealing — a symbol of the obstacles Nunes faces from both “mainstream” and “progressive” media — all having donned their We Love the FBI T-shirts. Here, for example, is how Robinson’s op-ed begins:

“Presidents don’t win fights with the FBI. Donald Trump apparently wants to learn this lesson the hard way.

“Most presidents have had the sense not to bully the FBI by defaming its leaders and — ridiculously — painting its agents as leftist political hacks. Most members of Congress have also understood how unwise it would be to pull such stunts. But Trump and his hapless henchmen on Capitol Hill, led by Rep. Devin Nunes (R-Calif.), have chosen the wrong enemy. History strongly suggests they will be sorry.” …

The die is cast. Keep tuning in.

Is Putin Profoundly Corrupt or “Incorruptible?”

By Sharon Tennison, February 4, 2018

Unlike professional pundit pontificators pronouncing on President Vladimir Putin, Sharon Tennison — a longtime Russia-watcher — has dealt with him personally.  In this article, she recounts that experience and makes other observations based largely on her work in Russia over the past several decades.

In 2016 Ray spent a highly instructive two weeks with a Center for Citizens Initiatives (CCI) delegation led by Sharon Tennison.  (Turns out Russia had changed a bit in the years since Ray was posted there!)

Tennison is Founder and President of the Center for Citizen Initiatives and author of The Power of Impossible Ideas: Ordinary Citizens’ Extraordinary Efforts to Avert International Crises, which Ray highly recommends.  You may also wish to give a copy to your representatives in House and Senate.

Nunes Memo Reports Crimes at Top of FBI/DOJ

By Ray, February 2, 2018

Nunes Memo Reports Crimes at Top of FBI & DOJ

The House Intelligence Committee Calls Out the Covert Crooks.

The FBI/CIA/NSA “Deep-State” actors will not take this lying down.  They will obfuscate, deny, denigrate, threaten — all the things crooks do when documentary evidence catches them in the act.

Their hope lies in the co-opted “mainstream” media (and, sad to say, the almost equally corrupted “progressive” media), which are likely to find it too embarrassing to reverse course and tell the truth about Russia/”Deep-State”-gate.

The denouement?  Not clear.  But we are likely to have some clear hints rather soon.  No one should fall asleep — least of all those who took the solemn oath to support and depend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies foreign and domestic.  That oath has no expiration date.

Ray reviews the bidding on Russia-cum-FBI-gate, and more, with Bedros Hajian, a leader of the Armenian community in the Los Angeles area. Ray covers some new aspects.

Bedros Hajian Januray 27, 2018

Live with Ray McGovern Veterna CIA officer and Gerald Pechenuk

Posted by Bedros K Hajian on Saturday, January 27, 2018

January 27, 2018, 25 minutes (from about minute 5 to minute 29, when the Q & A begins).