Recent Comments on National Security State Maneuvering

By Ray McGovern

Interviewed on “The Critical Hour” over recent days, I offered some comments on the back-stabbing during the interregnum in Washington, with key officials being “terminated” and other heads — like that of CIA Director Gina Haspel — on the block. 

Each of the three segments run about 14 minutes

November 12, 2020
November 13, 2020
November 18, 2020

Ex-CIA Director John Brennan: Biting Fingernails for Next 70 Days — or Maybe Less

By Ray McGovern

Siamese twins John Brennan/David Ignatius teamed up yesterday to show, clearly if unwittingly, why the former CIA director is biting his nails to the bone.  Would Trump release sensitive information exposing what actually happened with Russia-gate?  Oops.

Remember: NSA intercepts EVERYTHING electronic; so all Trump has to do is to have the new Acting Secretary of Defense ORDER the NSA director to release materials spelling out chapter and verse on the R-gate cabal headed by Brennan, Comey, and Clapper.

Don’t be misled; virtually all of it can be released with ZERO danger to intelligence “sources and methods”.  But release won’t happen, of course, if Trump confines himself to whining to Fox News — or if he simply “authorizes” release of that key information (he’s already done that — to no effect).

What Brennan fears is that Trump might wake up one day to find that someone has written on his mirror, “Hey, I thought YOU were the president.”  At that point there would be an outside chance he might act like one.

The Establishment media could be expected to mount a Herculean effort to suppress the (highly embarrassing for virtually everyone, including the media) truth about Russia-gate.  They certainly did an amazingly effective job suppressing “Hunter-gate”. The media might even succeed this time around.  But, at least, the documentary evidence would be out there for those who “can handle the truth” — and for courageous historians.  (By the way, there is no suggestion here that such release could or should have any effect the final tabulation of votes.)

True, it would add to the number of enemies already out for Trump’s scalp, and that could increase his legal jeopardy when he has finally gone home, or found refuge in Israel.  But finally ordering the release of such documents, sanitized in those few cases in which that might be necessary, could be the only way to enable those Russia-gate-aficionados-of-open-mind to be informed, in a convincing way, about what actually happened during that dark chapter of our recent history — and perhaps even start to believe in the National Security (aka Deep) State.

November 11, 2020; 14 Minutes

US-Russia Relations: Not All Gloom on Zoom

First-Off-the-Blocks Post-Election Prognosis
By Ray McGovern

On Thursday, just as it started to become clear that Biden was likely to win, longtime specialists on Russia discussed what to expect in ties between Washington and Moscow under a Biden administration. (Streamed live, Nov. 5)


Gilbert Doctorow: Russia expert, foreign policy analyst, Brussels
Matthew Ehret: Professor in Montreal; also American University in Moscow
Jim Jatras: Former U.S. diplomat and Senate GOP foreign policy adviser
Peter Kuznick: Professor, American University, Washington, DC
Suzanne Massie: Historian of Russia; adviser to President Reagan
Ray McGovern: former Chief, Soviet Foreign Policy Branch, CIA
Pavel: former interpreter for Michael Gorbachev
Herbert Reginbogin: Professor, Catholic University of America, also American U. in Moscow
Tatjana Zdanoka: Member, European Parliament from Latvia

This Zoom session was part of the “Save the Planet” project, led and moderated by Edward Lozansky, President, American University in Moscow and also Professor, Moscow State and National Research Nuclear Universities

Each of the participants had been asked to speak for 10-12 minutes; a Q & A followed for 17 minutes starting at min. 1:31:55.

Peter Kuzick’s remarks (min. 41:45 to 51:20) were among the most insightful and succinct; Ray’s were more discursive (min. 8:10 to 21:05).

Are There Easy Ways to Prevent Ties With Russia From Falling into Complete Disrepair?

By Ray McGovern

Interviewed on the Critical Hour, Ray discusses post-US-election possibilities for an improvement in relations between Washington and Moscow — particularly in the area of cyber and strategic arms. He notes that Russia now speaks from a very strong position in the U.S-Russia-China triangular relationship because of its close relationship with China is now tantamount to a military alliance.  The implications are immense.

The Critical Hour, Nov. 5, 2020 (14 min.)

Russia-gate Limps On

On Wednesday Ray addressed the latest episode of Russia-gate with Aaron Mate of “Push Back”. (See: ).
The walking-wounded Russia-gate limps along — witness how many former functionaries will still sign on to anything Clapper/Brennan sponsor and give to a hungry Establishment media to regurgitate.

It was a relaxed, free-wheeling interview.  A lot of ground can be covered in 40 minutes when your interviewer is as sharp, objective, and well informed as Aaron. He and Ray dissected the lame claim by Clapper, Brennan, and other ex-intelligence officials that the information on Hunter’s hard drive “has all the classic earmarks of a Russian information operation”. ( See: .)

How odd.  Both the Director of National Intelligence and the FBI were quick to point out that they have zero evidence of that.  Clapper, Brennan & Associates, Adam Schiff, and the NY Times are still making stuff up. And Trump lacks the guts to face them down. 

Not to worry; former CIA Deputy Director John McLaughlin tells us we should be grateful; in his inimitable words: “Thank God for the Deep State.”

McGovern Addresses Future of U.S. Policy in Middle East

Ray McGovern was interviewed this afternoon on likely U.S. foreign policy in Middle East under Biden, in contrast to Trump..  He noted that the MICIMATT (Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-MEDIA-Academia-Think-Tank) complex and the Israel lobby will still be calling the shots no matter who is president.  Ray reviewed what has been happening over the past decade in Syria as Exhibit A; also discusses likely policy toward Iran, suggesting that the Israel Lobby will make it very difficult for a Biden administration to slide back into the Iran nuclear deal (JCPOA).
The Critical Hour, Oct. 20, 13 min.