Ray Interviewed by Rob Kall: PART 2

September 7 (56 minutes)

Among the issues discussed:

— Rob asks about CIA, as an institution, missing the fall of the Soviet Union: It was the result of ideological blinders, rank ambition, and naked careerism. (No one was held responsible, so the same malleable managers concocted fraudulent “intelligence” for war on Iraq.)

— Coup in Kiev (“most blatant coup in history,” advertised on YouTube two and a half weeks before); predictable reaction by Moscow catalyzes plummet in Russia-U.S. relations.

— How Putin handled Crimea, contrasted with the “ukaz”-approach of Khrushchev 60 years earlier.

— Donald Trump clearly not his own man. Best evidence of that is letting John Bolton (one of the well known Washington “crazies”) be foisted opon him; we are talking about the criminally insane.

The President’s Daily Brief: how it was with Reagan, compared with Nixon and Ford.  And how even that (formerly sacrosanctity honest) briefing came to be corrupted — especially under George Tenet and Mikey Morell.

— After the fraudulent intelligence “justifying” war on Iraq, honest leaders and analysts played a huge role in preventing an even more disastrous war with Iran.  Camelot for intelligence analysis.

— Freudian slip: Ray says CIA instead of NY Times; recovers and refers (correctly) to the NYT as a “CIA Annex.”  Did the NYT help GW Bush win a second term in 2004 by hiding — for 15 months — what James Risen had unearthed months before the election about gross violations of the 4th Amendment order by Bush and Cheney?  Jill Abramson having the temerity to actually brag about what the Times did reflects the conviction that the American people should leave it to the hoi aristoi of the NYT to decide what to tell them — what should be withheld and what may be “fit to print.”

— “You are a ‘conspiracy theorist’” = the perfect squelch. Used effectively by Allen Dulles, for example, to marginalize those objecting to having him (one of the prime suspects of involvement in the assassination of John Kennedy) pretty much run the Warren Commission.

— CIA “Vault 7” cyber-tools revealed in March 2017 via a leak from a CIA whistleblower. One tool, Marble Framework can — inadvertently or ‘advertently’ — leave behind Cyrillic writing to “obfuscate” who hacked into a computer or server.  This tool was used in 2016.  Might this have anything to do with hacking blamed on Russia?

Reluctant to connect any such dots, the NYT has avoided Marble Framework like the plague. Fortunately, Ellen Nakashima of the Washington Post did not “get the memo” in time. Those interested can dig out her write-up of Marble Framework at:

WikiLeaks described the Vault 7 disclosures as “the largest ever publication of confidential documents on the agency.”  Retaliation was swift in coming. Less than two weeks after the Marble Framework disclosure, Trump administration heavyweight, then-CIA Director Mike Pompeo, labeled Assange “and his ilk …  demons” running “a non-state hostile intelligence service.” Giving hypocrisy a bad name, Pompeo added that Assange is “a coward hiding behind a screen.”

Pompeo’s speech was, pure and simple, meretricious demagoguery, even allowing for the fact that Pompeo may sincerely believe in demons. No recent invective quite as bad comes immediately to mind.  In Pompeo we have corporeal proof that you can get all “A’s” at West Point and still flunk life — not to mention Duty, Honor, Country and the U.S. Constitution.

It took Pompeo a year, but he has been able to persuade the Ecuadorian government to hold Assange in virtual solitary confinement in its embassy in London, where he has been held incommunicado since late March 2018.  The odds are probably no better than even that Assange would rather be in Kansas, if Pompeo represents the kind of folks Kansans celebrate.

Ray Interviewed by Rob Kall

On Sept. 7, 2018 Ray gave two relaxed video interviews to Rob Kall, founder of the excellent website opednews.com. The first is here:
(60 minutes)

Among the issues discussed:

— Impeachment: why Conyers wouldn’t; why we should; the wisdom of the Founders

— Syria: Trump’s neocons keep the pot boiling for Israel

— Putin: Would someone please tell me who is in charge in Washington?

— KEY FACTOR; the media never worse; sadly, including “progressive” media

Ser Cristiano hoy en día significa no temer, no callar por miedo — Romero. Trying to follow the example of a murdered Palestinian Jew named Issa (in Arabic)

— Dan Berrigan on the “secondary” importance of “results.”
— What moves one to risk arrest, getting beaten up? What was the first time like?

— The key advantage enjoyed by people with gray hair; the moral imperative, hoy en dia, to put that advantage into play

— Shameless plug for raymcgovern.com: If you don’t get it, you don’t get it! :))

Part 2 (the 2nd interview) coming tomorrow.

FUKUS & Turkey are now al-qa’ida’s allies. (editorial)

Syria: Col. Patrick Lang, US Army (ret.) and former Defense Intelligence Officer for Near East, forecasts: “In the end, the Russians and Syrians will say to hell with this and launch the offensive [into Idlib].”
FUKUS & Turkey are now al-qa’ida’s allies. (editorial)
Sept. 14, 2018
“FUKUS equals France, the UK and the US.  It appears that the policy of this tri-partite re-birth of the Entente Cordiale has changed with regard to Syria since the middle of August.  Before that change FUKUS seemed to have acknowledged and conceded the inevitability of an R+6 offensive that would re-capture all of Idlib Province in NW Syria.  That seems changed.
“The province is now occupied and dominated by the jihadi fighters of hayat tahrir al-sham (HTS).  This is the cover name of al-qa’ida in Syria.  You may probably remember them as the folks who attacked the US on 9/11.  If you do,That would be a correct memory.  These jihadis are quite different from the ISIS (daesh) fighters of the Islamic State.  The US, Syria, Iraq, France and the UK have successfully fought ISIS all over Syria and Iraq when FUKUS was not busy Accidental-Bombing (neologism) the Syrian Army.
“FUKUS and the Lord of the White House  (LOTWH) have traditionally made a clear distinction between ISIS and the other jihadi groups like HTS.  Over the years of the Syrian Civil War FUKUS has insisted, and still does, that HTS is somehow a “freedom fighter” group along with the rag-tag Free Syrian Army unicorns.  That was certainly the view of the late Saint John of Arizona.  In the aftermath of his passing and the subsequent media hysteria, the LOTWH seems to have accepted the wisdom of St. John in perceiving the “true” nature of HTS.
“In  other words the US seems now to be fully “on board” as the protector of HTS’s redoubt in Idlib Province.  The French, still deep in the embrace of Macronisme and the Brits with their desire to continue to be “players” are also “on board”
“In pursuit of these newly adopted neocon policy ambitions for al-qa’ida in Syria, Ambassadors Jeffrey and Haley have threatened Syria, Iran and Russia with hellfire and damnation if they dare to try to Make Syria Whole Again  (MSWA – need a vowel in there somehow) by launching the offensive so fully prepared at this date.
“Meanwhile the Sultan Tayyip and his crew at the summit of Turkworld are doing their best to outplay everyone in an effort to effectively annex as much of NW Syria as possible.  To that end Tayyip has warned the Syrians against trying to re-capture these lands of the Fertile Crescent, hoping perhaps to see Turkish taught there as the mandatory medium of communication in the manner of German in Alsace-Lorraine from 1871-1918.  Turkey is reinforcing its “Observation Posts” all around the perimeter of Idlib Province whilst the White Helmets Film Troupe (WHFT) have a number of possible new Oscar winner “documentaries” in production at their FUKUS sponsored jisr al-shughur facility.
“My Fearless Forecast – In the end, the Russians and Syrians will say to hell with this and launch the offensive. pl”