Did DID [CIA’s Digital Innovation Directorate) Do the ‘Russian Hacking’?  Circumstantial evidence points in that direction, as Ray explains in this 16-minute video.


The bus ride to NYC from Washington on June 1 was unusually long, so Ray was a bit weary and bedraggled arriving at John Jay University for the Left Forum.  But Wilton Vought, the real-pro videographer who runs Other Voices, Other Choices, had just finished setting up for the forum and asked to interview Ray.

Even were Ray to have been in top shape, 16 minutes do not suffice.  It is not that the material is so complicated; it just requires two things: (1) more than 16 minutes (ideally including Q & A) and (2) listeners/readers willing to make the effort to understand seemingly intimidating technical issues.  Even Ray has been able to grasp the relevance of the basic principle of physics called fluid dynamics, which explains, as conclusively as physics can, why the download/copy at the DNC on July 5, 2016 could not have been a hack — by the Russians or by anyone else.

Those with lingering questions can find answers in the three links below.  Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), especially members with decades of experience at NSA, have been glued to this issue like chewing gum — with no axes to grind.

Ray welcomed the chance to address these key issues before the forum even started.  Besides, Ray likes New York in June; how about you?





Ray was interviewed on the recent European Court of Human Rights ruling against Lithuania and Romania for letting the CIA establish secret prisons for torture. Two of those tortured — Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri — were waterboarded at the Gina Haspel-supervised “black site” in Thailand. She was on site to oversee the waterboarding of al-Nashiri, but was allowed to obfuscate that before the Senate confirmed her as CIA Director.

Al-Nashiri had accused his interrogators of “hanging him upside down for almost a month; subjecting him to waterboarding; making him stand in a box for a week; slamming him into a wall; and keeping him in positions of stress.”  A U.S. Navy Reserve doctor who interviewed al-Nashiri described him as “one of the most severely traumatized individuals I have ever seen.”

Is it not time for those of us who are white to be honest and take a stand against torture?  The worst they can do to you, if you’re white, is beat you up, arrest you, and put you in jail in shackles; and then you get out.  I do not ask my African American or Latino brothers/sisters to perform that kind of witness, since they are often shot or tased (and many already summon the courage to protest despite the danger).

For morally conscious, honest folks with a stomach to ponder our own complicity in letting our country stoop this low, maybe — just maybe — skimming through the articles linked immediately below will move us to action.
As for the European Court, surely it meant well, but is it not beyond bizarre that it awarded $117,000 each to Abu Zubaydah and al-Nashiri?  Will they be tempted to squander it at a Guantanamo PX?
Here’s a suggestion: Find some way to garnish the money from Gina Haspel’s earnings over the next few years; she might not even notice it missing from the $200,000 salary she draws from our tax dollars.

On a more serious note, let’s ponder this truth from Rabbi Abraham Heschel:

When injustice takes place, “few are guilty, but all are responsible.  Indifference to evil is more insidious than evil itself.”

…and, sometimes, you do have to put your body into it.

With Bolton’s old “enforcer” Fred Fleitz as NSC Chief of Staff, odds increase on war with Iran. They can now elbow out any honest intelligence on Iran and goad the President into a world-class catastrophe. This time the result would be much worse — geometrically worse.

By Ray McGovern, April 12, 2012 (from the archive, with comment below)
This COULD BE “deja vu all over again.” In the article linked above, Ray gives chapter and verse on Fleitz and Bolton, who are now in position to funnel their own (and Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu’s) skewed “intelligence” to the President, and to thwart any honest intelligence estimate on Iran — as they did before the attack on Iraq. Still, there some reason to believe that Trump will fire Bolton.
What COULD BE be shaping up, with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov in Pyongyang today, is a deal whereby China and/or Russia will offer North Korea the kind of security guarantees that Libyan leader Mummar Gaddafi lacked when he got rid of his fledgling nuclear capability. In that case, Kim Jong-un might agree to step-by-step denuclearization, and Trump might choose to fire Bolton rather allow him to try to sabotage any forward progress on Korea (Nobel Prize anyone?).

Ray debates former CIA ops officer Gene Coyle on TRT TV’s Nexus program. All focus is on CIA operations — far from what Harry Truman intended. Coyle basically uses the Nuremberg defense (and Dick Cheney!) in defending Gina Haspel.

May 24 (26 minutes)

Exactly one month after John Kennedy was assassinated, Truman published an op-ed in the Washington Post titled “Limit CIA Role to Intelligence,” the first sentence of which read, “I think it has become necessary to take another look at the purpose and operations of our Central Intelligence Agency.”

Truman began his op-ed by underscoring “the original reason why I thought it necessary to organize this Agency … and what I expected it to do.” It would be “charged with the collection of all intelligence reports from every available source, and to have those reports reach me as President without Department ‘treatment’ or interpretations.”  ( See:
https://consortiumnews.com/2013/12/22/trumans-true-warning-on-the-cia/ )

Former Defense Secretary Rumsfeld Lied to Ray about Iraq in front of C-SPAN & CNN on May 4, 2006.  Citing “what happened recently” to Ray in the Senate, a friend re-uploaded the video linked below; it includes John Stewart’s hilarious take on the Rumsfeld-McGovern mini-debate.

Ray’s quizzed Rumsfeld for four minutes during the Q & A after a Rumsfeld speech in Atlanta.  The exchange was captured and featured that evening by Keith Olbermann who, happily, did due diligence with fact-check.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=v1FTmuhynaw  (5 minutes)

Toward the end of this TV interview by Michael Welch of Global Research, Ray looks back at the last time a U.S. President and VP (Cheney and Bush) planned to attack Iran (in 2008).  They were thwarted by an honest National Intelligence Estimate in Nov. 2007, which concluded Iran was NOT working on a nuclear weapon. Is there a new NIE reversing that judgment?

May 23, 2018 (31 minutes)

Ray also notes the emergence of a de facto Russia-China alliance — a slow but steady tectonic strategic shift brought about largely by hubris and incompetence on Washington’s part.  U.S. policy makers are operating out of an outdated paradigm of U.S. hegemony.  Someone ought to explain that to them before they do something really dangerous.

The interview starts with a brief discussion of Ray’s witness at Gina Haspel’s confirmation hearing in the Senate, what her confirmation means for the CIA, and Ray’s brief incarceration (Court date tomorrow).  He adds a personal vignette about the neuralgic reaction by U.S. politicians to any straightforward explanation of Israel’s tactics and goals — and the trouble they make for U.S. interests.