Ray McGovern On Being Arrested Last Week At The Senate & Why We Must All Stand With Palestine

May 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

RAY MCGOVERN Dragged from Senate Hearing for Exposing Gina Haspel’s War Crimes – GOV’T SLAVES

May 10, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

 

Retired CIA analyst and outspoken antiwar activist, Ray McGovern, who chaired the National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief, was forcibly removed from the United States Senate Intelligence Committee hearing Wednesday as Gina Haspel, the nominee for director of the CIA, was answering questions about her record of torture.

Source: RAY MCGOVERN Dragged from Senate Hearing for Exposing Gina Haspel’s War Crimes – GOV’T SLAVES

Will a Torturer Become CIA Director? – Consortiumnews

May 9, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Given the utilitarian tone dominating the discussion, I will first address whether there is any evidence that torture “works,” and then comment on the tendency to equivocate—in what one might call a jesuitical way—about the morality of torture. I must, however, point out upfront that the civilized world has long since decided that torture is intrinsically evil: always wrong. It is also against international and domestic law, of course. But torture is not wrong because it is illegal. It is the other way around. Torture is illegal because it is just flat wrong—always.

Source: Will a Torturer Become CIA Director? – Consortiumnews

Robert Mueller: Gone Fishing – Consortiumnews

May 3, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

After a year of investigating whether the Trump campaign colluded with Russia, Special Counsel Robert Mueller has, in effect, admitted that he has hit a dry well.  He is under strong pressure to keep the charade going until the November elections, however, so he and his high-priced legal brain-trust have devised a new tactic.

One would think they could come up with something less transparent.  After all, Mueller was FBI Director from 2001 to 2013 and knows where the bodies are buried, so to speak.  But it does not appear likely that he is going to get his man this time.  So, rather than throw in the towel, he is making a college try at cajoling President Donald Trump into helping him out.

Source: Robert Mueller: Gone Fishing – Consortiumnews

On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? – Consortiumnews

April 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Wednesday’s criminal referral by 11 House Republicans of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as well as several former and serving top FBI and Department of Justice (DOJ) officials is a giant step toward a Constitutional crisis.

Named in the referral to the DOJ for possible violations of federal law are: Clinton, former FBI Director James Comey; former Attorney General Loretta Lynch; former Acting FBI Director Andrew McCabe; FBI Agent Peter Strzok; FBI Counsel Lisa Page; and those DOJ and FBI personnel “connected to” work on the “Steele Dossier,” including former Acting Attorney General Sally Yates and former Acting Deputy Attorney General Dana Boente.

Source: On the Criminal Referral of Comey, Clinton et al: Will the Constitution Hold and the Media Continue to Suppress the Story? – Consortiumnews

Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law – Consortiumnews

April 15, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

The U.S. Constitution and international law suffered a stinging blow last night at the hands of an odd coalition that might be called Goldilocks and two moral dwarfs posing as Marine generals, together with a “Right Dishonorable” harridan and a young French poodle.

As was the case 15 years ago when the U.S. and UK launched a war of aggression against Iraq, the pretext was so-called “weapons of mass destruction” (WMD) — this time the claimed use on April 7 of chlorine (and maybe the nerve agent sarin — who knows?) in Duma a suburb of Damascus.  And this time French President Emmanuel Macron was allowed to join, as junior partner, the gang that can’t lie straight.

Source: Attacking Syria: Thumbing Noses at Constitution and Law – Consortiumnews

Coming Attraction: Lunatic Loose in West Wing – Consortiumnews

April 6, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

John Bolton’s March 22 appointment-by-tweet as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser has given “March Madness” a new and ominous meaning.  There is less than a week left to batten down the hatches before Bolton makes U.S. foreign policy worse that it already is.

During a recent interview with The Intercept’s Jeremy Scahill  (minutes 35 to 51) I mentioned that Bolton fits seamlessly into a group of take-no-prisoners zealots once widely known in Washington circles as “the crazies,” and now more commonly referred to as “neocons.”

Source: Coming Attraction: Lunatic Loose in West Wing – Consortiumnews

U.S. Establishment: Nixing Arms Control – Consortiumnews

April 2, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

John Bolton’s appointment as national security adviser to President Donald Trump is the latest blow to hopes for a less confrontational U.S.-Russia relationship that would include new talks on arms control. Mutual trust is now hanging by a very thin thread.

One wag suggested to me that the Bolton appointment should not really come as a surprise, since it fits the recent Washington pattern — if White House chaos can be considered a pattern. For Kremlin leaders, though, White House zig-zags are no laughing matter. Let’s try to put ourselves in their shoes and imagine how the unfolding of recent events may have looked to them.

Source: U.S. Establishment: Nixing Arms Control – Consortiumnews

Former CIA Chief Brennan Running Scared – Consortiumnews

March 21, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

What prompted former CIA Director John Brennan on Saturday to accuse President Donald Trump of “moral turpitude” and to predict, with an alliterative flourish, that Trump will end up “as a disgraced demagogue in the dustbin of history”? The answer shines through the next sentence in Brennan’s threatening tweet: “You may scapegoat Andy McCabe [former FBI Deputy Director fired Friday night] but you will not destroy America…America will triumph over you.”

Source: Former CIA Chief Brennan Running Scared – Consortiumnews

CIA Legend Ray McGovern On #Russiagate, Russian Spy Poisoning & Seth Rich Murder

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NBC’s Clueless Boost for Putin – Consortiumnews

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Russian President Vladimir Putin’s team swept a doubleheader on March 1, with his mid-day speech claiming strategic parity with the U.S., and then the nightcap duel with NBC’s Megyn Kelly. Any lingering doubt that Putin is a shoo-in for another term as President is now dispelled. Putin might consider sending NBC a thank-you note.

Megyn Kelly interviews Vladimir Putin on March 1, 2018.

As I watched NBC’s special, “Confronting Putin,” Friday evening, I asked myself — naively — what possessed President Putin to subject himself again to what NBC calls a Megan Kelly “grilling,” replete with supercilious questions and less-than-polite interruptions, just nine months after his first such “grilling.” It then hit me that “grilling” is in the eye of the beholder.

Source: NBC’s Clueless Boost for Putin – Consortiumnews

Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson to Enter into Arms Control Talks with the Kremlin – Consortiumnews

March 11, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In a sad commentary on the parlous state of the U.S. media, a letter to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson from four United States Senators dated March 8 calling for opening arms control talks with the Kremlin ASAP is nowhere to be found in mainstream newspapers a day after its release on the Senate home page of one of the authors, Jeff Merkley (D-Ore.). Nothing in the New York Times.  Nothing in the Washington Post.  And so, it is left to alternative media to bring to the attention of its readership a major development in domestic politics, a significant change in what its own senior politicians are saying should be done about Russia that was brought to our attention by …..the Russian mainstream media including the agency RIA Novosti, RBK, Tass within hours of initial posting.

Source: Gang of Four: Senators Call for Tillerson to Enter into Arms Control Talks with the Kremlin – Consortiumnews

CIA Veteran Admits Deep State Is Very Real

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‘Progressive’ Journalists Jump the Shark on Russiagate – Consortiumnews

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Jane Mayer of The New Yorker and Cenk Uygur of The Young Turks are the latest progressives to jump on the anti-Trump, pro-Russiagate bandwagon. They have made it crystal clear that, in Mayer’s words, they are not going to let Republicans, or anyone else, “take down the whole intelligence community,” by God.

Odd? Nothing is too odd when it comes to spinning and dyeing the yarn of Russiagate; especially now that some strands are unraveling from the thin material of the “Steele dossier.”

Source: ‘Progressive’ Journalists Jump the Shark on Russiagate – Consortiumnews

Putin: I Kept Trying to Tell You; You Wouldn’t Listen – Ray McGovern

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Many took offense when President Putin on March 1 accused the West of refusing to listen and respect Russia’s strategic concerns — particularly on missile defense. Small wonder there was such widespread consternation.  Some folks still think that, if they read the NY Times, they know what’s going on.The following link includes four distinct warnings from Putin; in the last one, he comes close to losing it, watching the nonchalant reaction of the journalists who were listening — sort of LINK.

Source: Putin: I Kept Trying to Tell You; You Wouldn’t Listen – Ray McGovern

Putin Claims Strategic Parity, Respect – Consortiumnews

March 4, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Russian President Vladimir Putin’s State-of-the-Nation speech Thursday represents a liminal event in the East-West strategic balance — and an ominous one.

That the strategic equation is precarious today comes through clearly in Putin’s words. The U.S. and Russia have walked backwards over the threshold of sanity first crossed in the right direction by their predecessors in 1972 with the signing of the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty.

Source: Putin Claims Strategic Parity, Respect – Consortiumnews

Growing Risk of U.S.-Iran Hostilities Based on False Pretexts, Intel Vets Warn – Consortiumnews

February 28, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

In our December 21st Memorandum to you, we cautioned that the claim that Iran is currently the world’s top sponsor of terrorism is unsupported by hard evidence. Meanwhile, other false accusations against Iran have intensified. Thus, we feel obliged to alert you to the virtually inevitable consequences of war with Iran, just as we warned President George W. Bush six weeks before the U.S. attack on Iraq 15 years ago.

Source: Growing Risk of U.S.-Iran Hostilities Based on False Pretexts, Intel Vets Warn – Consortiumnews

Ray McGovern’s First Day as CIA Director – Antiwar.com Blog

February 23, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Now that I have been nominated again – this time by author Paul Craig Roberts – to be CIA director, I am preparing to hit the ground running.

Last time my name was offered in nomination for the position – by The Nation publisher Katrina vanden Heuvel – I did not hold my breath waiting for a call from the White House. Her nomination came in the afterglow of my fortuitous, four-minute debate with then-Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld, when I confronted him on his lies about the attack on Iraq, on May 4, 2006 on national TV. Since it was abundantly clear that Rumsfeld and I would not get along, I felt confident I had royally disqualified myself.

Source: Ray McGovern’s First Day as CIA Director – Antiwar.com Blog

Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial – Consortiumnews

February 20, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Throwing down the gauntlet on alleged abuse of the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) by the Department of Justice and the FBI, House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes (R-Calif.) stated that there could be legal consequences for officials who may have misled the FISA court. “If they need to be put on trial, we will put them on trial,” he said. “The reason Congress exists is to oversee these agencies that we created.”

Nunes took this highly unusual, no-holds-barred stance during an interview with Emmy-award winning investigative journalist Sharyl Attkisson, which aired on Sunday.

Source: Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial – Consortiumnews

Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy – Antiwar.com Blog

February 17, 2018 by · Leave a Comment 

Moscow is showing understandable concern over the lowering of the threshold for employing nuclear weapons to include retaliation for cyber-attacks, a change announced on Feb. 2 in the U.S. Nuclear Posture Review (NPR).

Explaining the shift in US doctrine on first-use, the NPR cites the efforts of potential adversaries “to design and use cyber weapons” and explains the change as a “hedge” against non-nuclear threats. In response, Russia described the move as an “attempt to shift onto others one’s own responsibility” for the deteriorating security situation.

Source: Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy – Antiwar.com Blog

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