Jim Woolsey and Ray debate the intelligence on Iraq on the Charlie Rose show in 2004

August 20, 2004 (26 minutes)

The occasion was the debut of the full-length documentary “Uncovered: The War on Iraq,” produced and directed by Robert Greenwald during 2003-2004, in which many early VIPSers played more than just cameo roles.  “Uncovered” premiered in New York City in August 2004 and Robert asked Ray to accompany him to the various media events that had been arranged to promote the film.

While there we got word that former CIA Director James Woolsey wanted to debate Greenwald about the film on the Charlie Rose show.  Robert refused, offering me instead.  The half-hour with James Woolsey left Ray very grateful that he had left CIA before Woolsey arrived.

Woolsey comes up with “new evidence” supporting the yellowcake uranium fable and, when Ray mentions Israel, Woolsey plays the anti-semitic card.  Woolsey’s hair has not changed in the 14 years since, but Ray’s has, as he keeps trying to make some sense out of the things Woolsey and his crowd still say and do.

“Uncovered: The War on Iraq” may be worth digging out, in retrospect, on anniversary of the initial attack.  Yesterday, a friend happened to send Ray the link to the video of the Woolsey-McGovern debate, such as it was, with Charlie Rose letting Ray get a word in now and then.  Ray found Charlie an empty suit on this kind of issue — a very nice looking suit, to be sure, but empty.  And, of course, Ray did not know the half of it.

US Veterans spend tense day with Ahed Tamimi and extended family in Palestinian village of Nabi Saleh; experience first hand the brutality Palestinians endure at the hands of Israeli settlers and soldiers

Proud Nabi Saleh teens shouted “We won,” after powerful anti-Wall demo. Here Ray welcomes them back to the Tamimi house.

published March 13, 2018, (38 minutes)

New documentary created by Chris Smiley: From the series ‘Veterans For Palestine.’ See more from this docu-series here: http://bit.ly/2FLP6Lp

Ray was a member of this small Veterans For Peace delegation to Palestine in Feb./March 2017.

Wide-ranging Interviews of Ray By Scott Horton on Russia

Ray gave two long interviews to Scott Horton recently: the first on Feb. 28, the day before Putin’s state-of-the-nation speech; the second on March 6. Both range widely but one overarching theme is Russia.

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The second interview (March 6):
(minutes 2:40 to 32:30; 34:35 to 1:22:20)

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The interview on Feb. 28:
(minutes 2:35 to 1:29:30)

The First Woman Picked to Lead CIA, But Not the First War Criminal

March 13, 2018 (six minutes)

Ray was interviewed Tuesday about Gina Haspel, just nominated to be CIA director.  He found it bizarre to discuss the exploits of the current CIA deputy director/war criminal Haspel, who in 2002 ran the secret prison where “terrorist suspect,” Abu Zubaydah, was waterboarded 83 times.

Such crimes were documented by a Senate Intelligence Committee investigation, based on original CIA cables and other documents — a four year-long effort, a redacted Executive Summary of which was released in Dec. 2014.  It revealed a number of heinous torture techniques used on kidnapped “detainees” and — equally important — gave the lie to claims by top CIA officials that useful intelligence was acquired by the torture.

As soon as Sen. Richard Burr (R, NC) became chair of the committee in Jan. 2015, he ordered all copies of the Senate investigation report returned to the committee.  Ms. Haspel, who has demonstrated a penchant for destroying evidence, can be counted on to deep-six whatever copies may linger at the CIA, unless someone tucks one under his/her shirt and absconds with it.  Haspel played a role in ordering the destruction of videotapes of the waterboarding and other torture she supervised at her secret little “dark-side” facility in Thailand, despite being specifically told by the White House Counsel to preserve them.