Former Maj. Ken Mayers, USMC, and former Army paratrooper Tarak Kauf, part of a 7-person VFP Delegation to Ireland, were arrested and jailed Sunday for an imaginative protest against “neutral” Ireland’s timidity in allowing the U.S. to ship armed troops off to war through Shannon Airport. Others on the delegation are Enya Anderson, Ellen Davidson, Mike Ferner, Mike Hanes, and Ray. Ed Horgan of Ireland Veterans for Peace coordinated the visit.
Those with interest in the delegation’s experience (for some of us a continuing one) can be briefed in some detail at the following links:
Ray spoke in Belfast on March 19 and speaks in Derry on Thursday evening, the 21st.
1— Shannon: On St. Patrick’s Day Ray, together with other Veterans For Peace, will expose the snakes that St. Patrick’s clean-up of Ireland missed — the ones who are willing to slobber over U.S. presidents and let them send arms and troops with weapons through Shannon Airport, violating Ireland’s neutrality. The lingering unctuous lizards are the Irish leaders — recent and current — who turn a blind eye and deny this. The exposers include two U.S. Marine Sergeants on the current Veterans For Peace to Ireland delegation, who came through Shannon years ago, fully armed, headed off to make war in Iraq and Afghanistan.
What can we expect in coming years from the until-now hegemon country and its vassal states? Raise your hand if you think coercive diplomacy, sanctions, war, and threats of war are likely to sustain the Empire for very much longer. And a pox on proxy war! The focus in Belfast will be on the role of various state agencies in sustaining a unipolar world.
Ray will discuss MICIMATT, a new acronym for the incestuous amoral reality whose maiden name was the Military-Industrial-Complex (MIC); i. e., the Military-Industrial-Congressional-Intelligence-Media-Academia-Think-Tank complex. He’ll also include remarks on “regime change” — as in Iran, Chile, Ukraine, Venezuela(?), Washington (?) The speakers for Tuesday will be: Danny Morrison, Former Sinn Fein Director of Publicity Craig Murray, Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan Peter Ford, Former UK Ambassador to Syria and Bahrain Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst Michael Pike, Former British Soldier, Veterans For Peace (VFP) Patrick Henningsen, 21st Century Wire
The event in Belfast is part of a series produced by Gregory Sharkey called “Imperialism on Trial in the North of Ireland.” This Tuesday event, and the one on March 21 in Derry (see below) will be live-streamed on RT UK Facebook page.
3 — Derry: Thursday, March 21, 7:15 PM, Ray will join Amb. Craig Murray, Patrick Henningsen of “21st Century Wire,” and other journalists to discuss the Establishment media and demonization and censoring of alternative outlets and voices, fake news, and the war on journalism. The Fourth Estate is dead; can we find ways to use alternative media to spread some truth around? The event is called: “Fake News – Establishment Media & War On Journalism;” it will take place at the Guildhall, Derry, on Thursday. (See here: https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/imperialism-on-trial-fake-news-establishment-media-war-on-journalism-tickets-56245143739
Topics include: ‘Russiagate’- can we really blame Trump’s election on the Russians? False narrative on the war on Syria; The Magnitsky Act; Iran, Saudi Arabia, and what’s not been reported on Yemen; Venezuela, and the Yellow Vests (Gilets Jaunes); Media & false consciousness; and, last but not least, Julian Assange.
Thirty complementary tickets have been set aside for the families of those murdered and wounded on “Blood Sunday,” and a spokesman for the families has been asked to give remarks. Derry’s City Councillors have also been invited to be our guests.
Thursday’s speakers are: Craig Murray, Former UK Ambassador to Uzbekistan Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst Patrick Henningsen, 21st Century Wire Catherine Shakdam, Writer & Commentator John Wight, Journalist
For both Belfast and Derry events:
Tickets are £5 online with EVENTBRITE, Imperialism on Trial; or £5 at the door.
West’s commentary begins: “Hearing Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz (D-Fla.) address former Trump lawyer Michael Cohen in committee last week was another grating reminder of how unproven theories—fantasies, even—become big lies: through constant, brazen repetition. At a certain point, they cut channels through the public mind*** and run through history evermore as ‘conventional wisdom.’ “We now teeter at this point with the unproven theory—aka big lie—that ‘the Russians’ ‘hacked’ the Democratic National Committee (DNC). “Something happened at the DNC in 2016, all right, and that ‘something’ led to the WikiLeaks publication of thousands of DNC emails, and the swift disgrace and resignations of top DNC officials, including DNC chair Wasserman Schultz, over revelations of DNC favoritism toward Hillary Clinton over Bernie Sanders. “Nearly three years have passed, however, and no one has produced forensic evidence of a DNC ‘hack’ by “the Russians”—and that includes special counsel Robert Mueller, whose 2018 indictment of a dozen or so Russians presents zero evidence to support his accusations. Not even the FBI discovered evidence of any hack at the DNC because, in part, the nation’s federal law enforcement body never examined the DNC’s computer servers. …”Ray comment on “the hack that supposedly gave us Trump:” Was Mrs. Clinton’s 2016 bid for president hurt when WikiLeaks on July 22, 2016 published those DNC emails? Of course. Were the emails authentic? Yes. Did they expose a cabal that sabotaged the candidacy of Bernie Sanders? Again, yes. But how did WikiLeaks get the DNC emails?
Did the Russians hack into the DNC, steal the emails, and give them to WikiLeaks? Most Americans have been led to believe that, but there is no evidence to support it. Bottom line: The hard forensic evidence that does exist points clearly not to a HACK but rather to a LEAK by a person with direct access to the DNC computers.
The forensics do not identify the leaker. One surmise is that it may have been an erstwhile Bernie Sanders supporter shocked at reading emails revealing the DNC shenanigans that, arguably, cost Sanders the nomination. The late Seth Rich and perhaps associates, of course, are leading candidates.
Russia’s alleged role in all this was conjured up — a la “Weapons of Mass Destruction” supposedly in Iraq — by analysts handpicked by former National Intelligence Director James (the-Russians-are-almost-genetically-driven-to-be-deceitful) Clapper and his kemosabe ex-CIA Director John Brennan. A key supporting role was played by a shockingly negligent FBI Director, James Comey, who avoided examining the supposedly ‘hacked’ DNC computers/servers. Comey chose instead to say: “Mother, may I?” and was refused access. Unbelievable, literally.
When the intelligence directors tried to sell ‘A Russian-hack-to-Wikileaks’ story to former President Barack Obama, he was not buying it . And he made a point of saying so publicly just two days before he left town. (Better-late-than-never, I suppose.)
In contrast to Comey/Brennan/Clapper, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) have examined forensic evidence — largely metadata — that show the leak of the DNC emails was an inside job AND that Guccifer 2.0 is an out-and-out fraud. (Mueller take note.) VIPS has been pointing to this for well over two years, and continuing forensic research has helped confirm VIPS’ conclusions. Yet, VIPS can found no outlet — even among most “progressive” media — willing to even report on VIPS findings. A notable exception was an excellent article by Patrick Lawrence in The Nation in August 2017, but even then the Editor of The Nation was browbeaten by “progressives” into including a “dissent.” (See: https://raymcgovern.com/2017/09/02/trying-to-hold-on-to-the-legend-of-the-russian-hack/ )
WANTED: Suggestions as to how to get word on VIPS’ findings to Special Counsel Robert Mueller before he “completes” an incomplete report marred by Comey-style negligence. There more than a handful of key witnesses and technical specialists that he apparently has not yet interviewed. *** The end goal is not to get you to parrot that 2+2=5. The end goal is to make it so you’d never even consider that 2+2 could equal anything other than 5. (Hat tip to “HelenofdesTroy.”
Thinking back, President Barack Obama dropped a huge hint two days before he left office, using his last press conference to point out that the “conclusions of the intelligence community” regarding how WikiLeaks received the DNC emails were “inconclusive.” The nerve! Daring to say that just 13 days after the U.S. intelligence Gang of Four briefed Obama up and down on their evidence-free “assessment” that WikiLeaks got the DNC emails via a Russian hack.
This was one time Obama summoned the courage to face down James (the-Russians-are-almost-genetically-driven-to-deceive) Clapper and other intelligence chiefs. After all, Obama is a lawyer. He “does evidence.” In contrast, ex-CIA Director John Brennan, told Congress that he does not “do evidence.”
Back in the day, the intelligence community “did evidence.” As soon as the evidence-impoverished “Intelligence Community Assessment” was published on January 6, 2017, members of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) smelled a rat. That same day, former NSA Technical Director William Binney and Ray published “The Dubious Case on Russian Hacking,” [ https://consortiumnews.com/2017/01/06/the-dubious-case-on-russian-hacking/ ].
Even Michael Cohen admitted yesterday that he had no “direct evidence that Mr. Trump or his campaign colluded with Russia.” But, he added, “I have my suspicions.” We intelligence analysts, back in the day, did not “do suspicions.”
There are 1,001 other reasons to impeach President Donald Trump, if Nancy Pelosi had the courage. But politics, not the Constitution, reigns supreme in the people’s House to which Founders bestowed an orderly political process to get rid of such a president. Shame on them all.