Needed: A National Examination of Conscience

Ray McGovern speaks (14 min) at Webinar, “Never Forget: 9/11 & 20 Years of War.”

His remarks (from 2:13:00 to 2:27:30), while far from eloquent, are from the heart.  One small correction: Not for the first time, Ray says “Dan Ellsberg”, when he means Dan Berrigan. Ray has treasured both Dans as major guides on the journey — as well as Dan Maguire, ethics professor par excellence.

At the start, Ray shares briefly three “conspiracy theories” that he believes in:

— 9/11 Commission co-chairs Kean and Hamilton “We were set up to fail”.

— Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, “mastermind” of 9/11, was motivated by his violent disagreement with U.S. foreign policy favoring Israel.

— The NY Times on 9/11/21 advances “conspiracy theory” that top U.S. military is lying through its teeth — again. Frontpages “Evidence Disputes U.S. Claim of ISIS Bomb in Kabul Drone Strike”.

We may not be guilty of the carnage of these past 20 years, but we are responsible. Indifference to the suffering of others is a greater sin than hate.  Professor Dan Maguire warns us that it is our neglects, not just our deeds, that condemn us.  Jeremiah: “The stain of your sin is still there, and I see through it, though you wash with soda and do not stint the soap.”

Acknowledging guilt is like looking at the sun. We blink and turn away from it. What is hard for individuals is even harder for nations. Still, it must be done.

Racism is still at the core of U.S. foreign/military policy — as it demonstrably was in the earlier carnage in Vietnam. After Vietnam, we had enough residual mercy to take in more than a million refugees from Indochina.

The most immediate task facing us is to do right by the refugees, the strangers/widows/orphans from the war in Afghanistan. Ambassador Chas Freeman, who helped create the enormous resettlement effort after Vietnam, poignantly asks “whether we are still the capable, welcoming, justice-oriented people we were when we took in the human casualties of our earlier policy failures.)

Hats off to sponsors CODEPINK, Massachusetts Peace Action & ADDICTED TO WAR

Long Line of Deceit

Dear friends,Tonight 9/13/21 we bring light into the darkness that hides a long history of the lies and deceit of US foreign policy that has led the US public to be played like a cheap violin, away from the truth and into supporting unjust interventions. Our focus is particularly on Julian Assange and Wikileaks and the dominant US government and MSM narratives that have uniformly criticized his character and intentions. Special guest Ray McGovern returns to BLID to guide our investigation. Don’t be Lte!!

Below please find the title & summary of the Bringing Light Into Darkness show. We invite you to set your phone alarm so you can listen in tonight Monday 9/13/21 from 6-7pm CST. at or 91.7 FM if you live in Austin TX,

Our Perception of Julian Assange, WikiLeaks & US Foreign Policy: Are They Connected Misperceptions?  

Our perceptions of Julian Assange’s character, the importance of WikiLeaks and the character of US foreign policy initiatives by our US government revelations are arguably all misperceptions. Tonight, our BLID show shares the evidence for this suggestion. 

Our guest is Ray McGovern s a CIA analyst for 27 years during the administrations of JFK to that of George H.W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief, which he briefed one-on-one to President Reagan’s five most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985.

The narrative that our government has promoted and that our MSM has enabled and that has created the majority perception of the US public is that Assange may be guilty of sexually assaulting two women in Sweden and that he has put our national security at risk through irresponsibly publishing state secrets. But are these facts or fictions? There is a different interpretation of both the character of Julian Assange and his actions as a publisher that suggest he is a victim of slander and that he is being persecuted rather than prosecuted based on quality evidence. 

Our investigation suggests we have a MSM that has enabled egregious foreign policy crimes by our government that has allowed higher crimes to consistently be committed by our US foreign policy outside of the awareness of the US public. That because of the revelations of the Pentagon Papers and the Afghan Papers and of WikiLeaks/Assange what has been revealed is a consistent pattern of lying to the US public by our government as well as the real impact of our foreign policy as one that is antithetical to democracy and the public good. Could this be the real motive to go after Assange by slandering his character with unsupported charges of sexual violence? 

Should governments that have a pattern committing war crimes or have a pattern of promoting unjust wars and conflicts that result consistently in undermining the quality of life in the countries that we intervene in, should such a pattern of behavior be allowed to be hidden from public scrutiny & accountability? Who should we really be prosecuting? Is Assange on trial for telling the truth in the interest of revealing said war crimes, which makes his work consistent and indispensable to the public interest to know what our government policy is doing as it is executed in foreign lands?

Please join us tonight and judge this show’s content, as our guest Ray McGovern leads us in this inquiry. We feature a five-minute audio clip by the UN Special Rapporteur on Torture specific to the sex crime allegations made against Julian Assange

In pursuit of social justice & Siempre fieles, 

Pgatos 9/13/2021

If you are not careful, the newspapers will have you hating the people who are being oppressed and loving the people who are doing the oppressing. Malcolm X