Thursday, July 10, 2014


Treasonous "mainstream media" who know they are on the hook and will burn with their White House/corporate masters now ramping-up propaganda war simply in order to survive

By Andrew Kreig

The mainstream media have kept the American public ignorant of vital news in deference to top political and military-intelligence officials, according to former CIA analyst Raymond L. McGovern.

McGovern, spoke July 2 to the Sarah McClendon News Group at the National Press Club in Washington, DC.

"Never has it been so bad in the 50 years I've been in this town," said McGovern, 74, a peace advocate following a quarter century in the military and CIA, including five years overseas and daily briefing duties for White House staff of two presidents.

"There's one change that dwarfs all the others," he continued at the dinner lecture. "We no longer have a free media. That's big. It does not get any bigger than that."

Among his examples were self-censorship on what could have been significant stories by the Washington Post, its former subsidiary Newsweek, and the New York Times.

McGovern's appraisal matches that of other media critics. The factors he described prompted me to found the Justice Integrity Project, for example, and then assemble a narrative of unreported and under-reported major stories into my recent book Presidential Puppetry: Obama, Romney and Their Masters.

On June 24, longtime DC-based investigative editor Charles Lewis described a similar journey at CBS News in his memoir 935 Lies. 

Lewis said that "lying" by government officials has become standard operating procedure tolerated by many timid reporters and their bosses. Lewis, a former network news producer, resigned from CBS 60 Minutes in 1989 over disappointment from watered-down coverage he saw. He founded the non-profit Center for Public Integrity and launched his book at the center's 25th anniversary last month, as we reported here two weeks ago. 

McGovern came to Washington in 1962 as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served as a CIA analyst from the administration of John F. Kennedy until 1990, that of George H. W. Bush. His CIA duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President's Daily Briefing, which he briefed one-on-one to President Ronald Reagan's most senior national security advisers from 1981 to 1985.

Among McGovern's examples of suppressed stories:

Former Bush administration NSA and CIA Director Michael Hayden last October joked during a forum organized by the Washington Post that President Obama should put Snowden on President Obama's "kill list" of those to be assassinated by presidential order, McGovern said. House Intelligence Committee Chairman Mike Rogers (R-Michigan) concurred. McGovern noted that the Post failed toreport the Mafia-style repartee at its own newsmaker forum.

More generally, McGovern said the media are keeping the public in the dark about central facts regarding recent deaths and fighting in Syria, Iraq and the Ukraine.

McGovern said that only Joints Chiefs of Staff Chairman Martin Dempsey's last-minute intercession with President Obama prevented the United States from launching bombing attacks on Syria based on bogus claims that Syria President Bashar Al-Assad had used chemical weapons to kill more than a thousand persons Aug. 21 in a rebel-held suburb of Damascus.

Secretary of State John Kerry said 35 times, "We know" that Assad's government killed the victims, McGovern continued. "He [Kerry] didn't know. He was lying through his teeth."

"It was the rebels who did it," McGovern said of the sarin killings, whose victims included many children. "They wanted to mousetrap us into a war."

Former Navy Intelligence officer Wayne Madsen and I broke that story separately last September. Madsen published it on Sept. 1 in, Obama caved under last-minute pressure from Dempsey.

Based on similar sourcing, I published two days later Did America's Top General Save Nation From Open-Ended War in Syria? Also, my Presidential Puppetry reported Dempsey's role in persuading Obama to over-rule White House and State Department advisors urging a bombing attack without congressional approval.

Traitors Obama and Dempsey
Based on sources, Seymour Hersh also challenged the Obama administration's official accounts and media conventional wisdom in Whose Sarin? published overseas in December in the London Review of Books. In April, the review also published Hersh's follow up, The Red Line and the Rat Line.

Hersh's longtime regular outlet, The New Yorker, declined to publish his reports disputing State Department claims, which continue to be parroted by virtually all United States mainstream media and commentators, as well as such other major Western media as the BBC. 

McGovern said his former CIA colleagues and British military intelligence deserve credit along with Dempsey for resisting the propaganda effort by the Obama administration's civilian leadership, Congress and the mainstream media to propel the United States into an escalation in Syria based on lies, much like the Iraq war in 2003.

In the White House photo at right, President Barack Obama is shown talking with Dempsey outside the Oval Office following a meeting in the Situation Room of the White House June 19.

McGovern's Background

John Edward Hurley, a Washington-area civic leader, introduced McGovern. Hurley chairs the McClendon Group, which is named for the late White House correspondent Sarah McClendon. The speaker society hosts newsmakers regarded as having important but under-reported messages.

"Ray McGovern, as most of you will recall," Hurley said, "has spoken to us on a variety of subjects that have included falsified intelligence, Guantanamo imprisonments, targeted killings, and the unconstitutional surveillance of U.S. citizens, to name but a few of his topics. His appearance at this session will be particularly timely, however, since he will be reporting on his recent visit to Russia, where he interviewed Edward Snowden."

McGovern, a Roman Catholic, currently works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington, and writes often for Consortium News.

Edward Snowden
He has long been active in Veterans for Peace. After 9/11 he founded VIPS, Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. He traveled with several other members and whistleblower advocates to Moscow to present the Sam Adams Award for Integrity in Intelligence to Snowden, the former NSA contractor and CIA analyst who disclosed in 2013 massive global and domestic surveillance by the NSA and its allied spy agencies against their own populations.

Snowden, now under indictment by the Obama administration, is shown below during a television interview last December via satellite to London.Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder. Andrew Kreig has two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.

McGovern's wide-ranging lecture described an increasingly grim media environment for journalists, whistleblowers and the public.

In a message similar to McGovern's, White House Chronicles editor Llewellyn King, a DC-based reporter and broadcaster since 1966, last week published a column, When Less Was More in the News Business. King described how White House correspondents face tight restrictions.

Worse, according to former Wall Street Journal associate editor Dr. Paul Craig Roberts, are what Roberts calls "presstitutes" who help enable war based on lies by neo-cons and other war-mongers controlling both political parties and the major opinion outlets. Roberts is now published only on the alternative and international media.

McGovern provided a wide-ranging overview of his observations, and then responded to questions. We treated his comments about the crisis in the Ukraine separately in the column, July 4 Festivities Contrast With Cruel Toll From Global Wars.

Regarding the media, McGovern cited a pivotal revelation by Consortium News Founder Robert Parry in Washington self-censorship. Here is the story:

Parry, hired by Newsweek in 1987 because of his pioneering stories breaking the Reagan Administration's Iran-Contra scandal for the Associated Press, was invited to a catered, black-tie private dinner at the home of Newsweek columnist Evan Thomas during a criminal trial of the scandal. Parry was shocked to hear the retired Gen. Brent Scowcroft, the only man in history to serve as National Security Advisor to two presidents, suggest that Reagan National Security Director John Poindexter lie on the witness stand to prevent release of secrets during his ongoing trial from charges arising because of his role in the scandal.

Parry questioned the suggestion and became even more shocked, McGovern said, to learn that his Newsweek boss, the late Maynard Parker, suggested that some secrets were too important to pursue -- an apparent goodwill gesture to the high-level officials and former officials Newsweek was courting. The jury later convicted Poindexter. An appellate court voided the convictions. Poindexter went on to future successes as he revolved between defense contracting and government work, including an influential and controversial initiative in the George W. Bush administration. 

Parry has told similar stories as a guest of the McClendon Group, and in his books and Consortium News columns. Parry founded the alternative news service in 1995. McGovern said his occasional contributions are held to a high standard of editing at the news service that sometimes require more sourcing even than his former CIA reports.

The conventional wisdom, of course, is that news organizations strive each day to publish the most important stories. 

But McGovern's audience at the McClendon Group included reporters, former government officials and other political operatives with experiences similar to his.

Dana Jill Simpson
For example, Alabama attorney Dana Jill Simpson has cited her experience in working with such Republicans as Karl Rove to denounce -- in sworn testimony, in my book, and elsewhere -- Rove/Bush-orchestrated government frame-ups of political targets, election machine fraud and media self-censorship. 

She appeared on CBS 60 Minutes in February 2008 to describe how Alabama Republicans successfully framed on corruption charges former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, her state's leading Democrat.

She says that CBS sat on the story for months until she went to NBC with the news, and then CBS spiked information that Siegelman's trial judge, the Republican-activist Chief Federal Judge Mark Fuller of Montgomery, had a massive, hidden conflict of interest via his 44 percent ownership of a military contracting company. I later reported those specifics ignored by CBS for the Huffington Post in Siegelman Deserves New Trial....$300 Million in Bush Military Contracts Awarded to Judge’s Private Company. The mainstream media have virtually never reported the conflict of interest of having the government secretly enrich the trial judge while the judge made vital -- and legally dubious -- pro-prosecution rulings helping ensure the success of the frame-up. Siegelman remains imprisoned for 1999 actions that 113 former state attorneys general from more than 40 states have argued did not constitute a crime.

Also attending McGovern's lecture was Simpson's husband, Jim Simpson, an Alabama-based election software expert who played an important role in 2012 investigations and litigation against those seeking to rig electronic voting in the 2012 election. 

The mainstream media neglected the story almost entirely, with NBC News White House Correspondent and Chief Political Writer Chuck Todd sneering that such frauds could never happen.

McGovern addressed media self-censorship with his own examples.

In one, he amplified on what is now an oft-repeated story about how the New York Times sat on disclosures by its national security reporter James Risen for more than a year after the summer of 2004. Risen forced publication in December 2005, in effect, by writing a book, State of War, scheduled for release in January 2006.

McGovern said the book's disclosures regarding pervasive spying on the public by the Bush administration and other scandals could have changed the 2004 presidential election result, in which Bush defeated Kerry.

But, McGovern said, the Times upon the request of the Bush administration held off on publication based on Bush claims that national security was more important than public disclosure.

The Times has since spent a fortune in legal fees in an unsuccessful effort to save Risen from the Obama administration's threat of jailing the reporter for failure to testify against an alleged source, former CIA employee Jeffrey Sterling. As part of an Obama crackdown on government employees who speak with the media, the administration has indicted Sterling on spy charges. 

McGovern said the culture of cover-up and other deference to authority has pervaded the nation's leading news media.

He recalled that Gen. Hayden, director of the NSA and head of the Defense Department's Cyber Command, defended NSA spying during a National Press Club appearance soon after Risen's disclosures.

Eavesdropping on U.S. persons is permitted under the Fourth Amendment to the Constitution when authorities apply a "reasonableness standard" to suspicion of a crime, McGovern quoted Hayden as saying. When a questioner challenged that by indicating that the Fourth Amendment standard was "probable cause" Hayden denied the argument. Hayden's repeated, mistaken and otherwise bizarre claim is captured in a video, but otherwise the mainstream gave it meagre play.

McGovern said that former NSA Director and Deputy CIA Director Bobby Ray Inman expressed the view -- "missed by the New York Times" -- that the domestic surveillance program under Hayden was "clearly illegal," in a comment on May 8, 2006 at the New York Public Library recorded in a blog by Washington insider Steve Clemons, who is now an editor for the Atlantic. 

That same day, President Bush nominated Hayden to become CIA director.

Inman's top leadership posts spanned the Carter and Reagan administrations. Inman enjoys wide popularity and credibility in Washington, McGovern recalled. So, he was surprised to hear Inman on May 16, 2006 tell cable personality Lou Dobbs that Hayden, shown at right, was a superb nominee to head the CIA. "Inman was clearly dispatched by 'the brotherhood,'" McGovern said, "to clean up his open remarks at the library, lest they endanger Hayden's chances at the upcoming nomination hearing."

"And that's the way it is, folks," McGovern concluded to his Press Club audience.

Hurley, the McClendon group chairman, pointed out that McGovern's experience demonstrates freedom of expression in a curious way: McGovern made news even without saying a word three years ago. 

"Since Hillary Clinton's new book, Hard Choices, has just been released," Hurley said, "you may recall that Ray silently protested the then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's appearance at George Washington University."

Majority of credulous Americans still consuming MSM swill
Hurley continued, "He quickly wore out his welcome there when he stood silently with his back turned toward the then-Secretary of State."

"He was seized," Hurley noted, "and badly beaten while Secretary Clinton spoke eloquently about the need for freedom of expression -- in Iran."

Andrew Kreig is Justice Integrity Project Executive Director and co-founder. Andrew Kreig has two decades experience as an attorney and non-profit executive in Washington, DC. An author and longtime investigative reporter, his primary focus since 2008 has been exploring allegations of official corruption and other misconduct in federal agencies. He has been a consultant and volunteer leader in advising several non-profit groups fostering cutting-edge applications within the communications industries.

Andrew Kreig, Esq. 
In 2008, Kreig became a senior fellow with the Schuster Institute for Investigative Journalism at Brandeis University and an affiliated research fellow with the Information Economy Project at George Mason University School of Law. 

As president and CEO of the Wireless Communications Association International (WCAI) from 1996 until 2008, Kreig led its worldwide advocacy that helped create the broadband wireless industry. Previously, he was WCAI vice president and general counsel, an associate at Latham & Watkins, law clerk to a federal judge, author of the book Spiked about the newspaper business and a longtime reporter for the Hartford Courant.

Listed in Who’s Who in America and Who’s Who in the World from the mid-1990s and currently, he holds law degrees from the University of Chicago School of Law and from Yale Law School. Reared in New York City, his undergraduate degree in history is from Cornell University, where he was a student newspaper editor, rowing team member, and Golden Gloves boxer. 



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