First They Came for Max

Well, not really first. They had already come for Chelsea Manning; for Julian Assange; for John Kiriakou; for Jeffrey Sterling – the list is longer still. Last Friday they came SWAT-Like for the founder and editor of, journalist Max Blumenthal, whom they arrested, cuffed, jailed, and shackled, and prevented immediate access to a lawyer. Corporate media played Tar Baby – “didn’t say nothin” about Max.

Meanwhile, former CIA Acting Director John McLaughlin – WMD slam-dunker extraordinaire and devoted fan of Iraqi bio-weapons fabricator “Curveball,” – told a captive audience, “Thank God for the Deep State.”

On RT’s CrossTalk Ray joined Garland Nixon and Dan Kovalik for a no-holds-barred discussion of what happened to Max and why. Nov. 1, 2019; 37 minutes (including a commercial break from 12:15 to 14:45.) Also on Podcast.

Obama shied away from holding McLaughlin and his boss George Tenet accountable for fraudulent intelligence before Iraq, while Assistant Secretary of State for Intelligence Carl Ford said the two of them “should be shot.”

As for the former partners-in-crime and direct descendants of Tenet/McLaughlin – Brennan et al. – Obama chickened out there too. He could not even find the courage to rein them in from illegal activities to help Hillary, which are about to be revealed, in all their squalor, by Justice Department investigations – unless Trump, too, chickens out.

Ray’s unkempt beard is meant as a sign of solidarity with good and admired friend, Julian.

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. His 27-year career as a CIA analyst includes serving as Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch and preparer/briefer of the President’s Daily Brief. He is co-founder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). This originally appeared at

5 thoughts on “First They Came for Max”

    1. The liars work for MSM.Truthtelling is a crime in an empire ruled by liars.And no place has as many liars as DC.

      1. fool, that others might slant the truth does nothing to excuse Blumenthal’s full and deliberate lies.

        that the creep would make a propaganda film denying the food shortages in Venezuela is vile and stomach-turning.

        he’s simply slimy

    2. fuster, this is not a derisive or loaded question, I would honestly like to know the answer: Could you give a little history about Blumenthal, what he has claimed, and which of those claims you feel are inaccurate? I have heard other people than you suggest that Blumenthal has not always been truthful, or that he is hypocritical, but I know so little about him. I would like a little more info.

      1. here’s a vile little propaganda made by Blumenthal in which he pretends that the people of Venezuela aren’t suffering from food shortages.

        there are many, many other instances of Blumenthal simply making up lies or claiming people told him things that they never said.

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