Ron Winter as guest

Jesse Ventura, the best-selling author and former Independent Minnesota governor, joined my weekly radio show to discuss his fight against the ongoing assault on American freedoms. He described airport security as "gestapo" tactics designed to condition Americans to submit to searches, not measurably to increase security.

He said he would be willing to run for president in 2016, but only in what he called the "unlikely" event that a low-budget, grassroots campaign drafted him and could succeed in including him in the presidential debates, which the parties tightly control.

Washington Update co-host Scott Draughon and I hosted the one-hour weekly show broadcast live nationally via the My Technology Lawyer network. Tune in here to listen to an achive version of the show. 

The book is available from Barnes and Noble  and, among other places. His next book is due out October 1: They Killed Our President: 63 Facts That Prove a Conspiracy to Kill JFK.




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Just bought ‘The Hypocrite,’ investigative reporter Ron Winter’s first novel. What happens when a former Marine turned PR man works for an evangelist? Will write Amazon review soon:

The Hypocrite [Paperback]
Ron Winter (Author)

Book Description
Publication Date: June 15, 2013
Bruce McAllister, former Marine and hungry advertising copywriter, reluctantly goes to work for Moran Smythe, a business owner and self-professed evangelist with much to disguise.

The public image and internal circumstances of Smythe Partners, Ltd. do not co-exist easily. Elder Derrick Simpson, leader of the flock at the Church of the Lord, comes to understand how distant Moran Smythe's public persona is from the real man's nature. And Elder Simpson also comes to know Bruce McAllister's predicament at work could be helpful to the church and its members. Living and working in close proximity, each man lives his point of view, and each man presses his position to the limit. As the life-changing explosion of circumstance and personality occurs, who emerges as The Hypocrite?
Product Details
Paperback: 258 pages
Publisher: Nightengale Press (June 15, 2013)
Language: English
ISBN-10: 1935993488
ISBN-13: 978-1935993483
Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.5 inches
Ron Winter is an author, public relations executive and award-winning journalist. He has written two non-fiction books: Masters of the Art, A Fighting Marine's Memoir of Vietnam, published by Random House; and Granny Snatching, How a 92-Year-Old Widow Fought the Courts and Her Family to Win Her Freedom, published by Nightengale Press. Ron's latest book The Hypocrite, also published by Nightengale Press, is his first novel. Ron flew 300 combat missions as a Marine helicopter machine gunner in Vietnam and was awarded 15 Air Medals, Combat Aircrew Wings, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry among many other decorations. After Vietnam he earned undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English Literature. In a two-decade journalism career Ron was the recipient of several prestigious awards for public service and a Pulitzer nomination. In 2004 he was honored by the Library of Congress at the launch of its Voices of War project.

Ronald Winter Books
We live in difficult times. Since the 9/11 attacks on the United States we have been on a constant war footing. The world's great religions are embattled, fighting each other, and often fighting hemselves internally. The elderly are under siege across the globe, fighting elder abuse in their homes, often from family members, and fighting efforts to legalize euthanasia internationally. Author Ron Winter writes about all of these issues, and more, in his blog columns and in his books. He has penned two works of non-fiction, Masters of the Art, A Fighting Marine's Memoir of Vietnam, and Granny Snatching, How a 92-Year-Old Widow Fought the Courts and Her Family to Win Her Freedom.

His first novel, The Hypocrite, questions whether religion provides a blueprint for faith and ethical living, or a means to manipulate.

All three books can be purchased at this website, and will be shipped signed by the author. The issues that face the world will not go away soon, and Ron Winter intends to keep writing as long as he is able and the public is interested. Enjoy!
 About the Author


Ron Winter is an author, public relations executive and award winning journalist. He has written two non-fiction books: Masters of the Art, A Fighting Marine's Memoir of Vietnam published by Random House; and Granny Snatching, How a 92-Year-Old Widow Fought the Courts and Her Family to Win Her Freedom, published by Nightengale Press. Ron's latest book The Hypocrite, also published by Nightengale Press, is his first novel. Ron flew 300 combat missions as a Marine helicopter machine gunner in Vietnam and was awarded 15 Air Medals, Combat Aircrew Wings, and the Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry among many other decorations. After Vietnam he earned undergraduate degrees in Electrical Engineering and English Literature. In a two-decade journalism career Ron was the recipient of several prestigious awards for public service and a Pulitzer nomination. In 2004 he was honored by the Library of Congress at the launch of its Voices of War project.

Editor's Recommendations

FBI Document--"[DELETED]" Plots To Kill Occupy Leaders "If Deemed Necessary," Dave Lindorff, June 27, 2013. Did the FBI ignore, or even abet, a plot to assassinate Occupy Houston leaders? What did the Feds know? Whom did they warn? And what did the Houston Police know?  Remember the Occupy Movement? The peaceful crowds that camped out in the center of a number of cities in the fall of 2011, calling for some recognition by local, state and federal authorities that our democratic system was  out of whack, controlled by corporate interests, and in need of immediate repair? That movement swept the US beginning in mid-September 2011. When, in early October, the movement came to Houston, Texas, law enforcement officials and the city’s banking and oil industry executives freaked out  perhaps even more so than they did in some other cities. The push-back took the form of violent assaults by police on Occupy activists, federal and local surveillance of people seen as organizers, infiltration by police provocateurs—and, as crazy as it sounds, some kind of plot to assassinate the “leaders” of this non-violent and leaderless movement. But don’t take our word for it. Here’s what the document obtained from the Houston FBI, said:
 An identified [DELETED] as of October planned to engage in sniper attacks against protestors (sic) in Houston, Texas if deemed necessary. An identified [DELETED] had received intelligence that indicated the protesters in New York and Seattle planned similar protests in Houston, Dallas, San Antonio and Austin, Texas. [DELETED] planned to gather intelligence against the leaders of the protest groups and obtain photographs, then formulate a plan to kill the leadership via suppressed sniper rifles. (Note: protests continued throughout the weekend with approximately 6000 persons in NYC. ‘Occupy Wall Street’ protests have spread to about half of all states in the US, over a dozen European and Asian cities, including protests in Cleveland (10/6-8/11) at Willard Park which was initially attended by hundreds of protesters.)

WhoWhatWhy, "Civil Libertarian" Obama's Options On Surveillance, Cynthia L. Cooper, June 18, 2013. If, as his supporters contend, Obama is a good, caring man whose instincts are right, why has he not taken any of these modest steps to rein in surveillance excesses? A checklist of options.

WhoWhatWhy, Was Tamerlan Tsarnaev a Double Agent Recruited by the FBI? Peter Dale Scott, June 23, 2013. For weeks, we've been reporting about aspects of the Boston Marathon bombing where the official story just doesn't add up. But what if these inconsistencies point to something amiss on a far deeper level? What if the FBI's initial claim that it didn't know who the Tsarnaev brothers were-when in fact it knew about them for several years-hides an even bigger embarrassment?

WhoWhatWhy, Seymour Hersh…And The Men Who Want Him Committed, Matthew Phelan, Feb. 23, 2011. Given the Foreign Policy staff’s derisive commentary on Seymour’s January 17th talk, you would think he was some credulous rube midway through his first Dan Brown novel. Hersh “delivered a rambling, conspiracy-laden diatribe here Monday,” Blake Hounshell reported on the magazine’s Passport blog. His delusional fantasia: The existence of ties between the U.S. Military’s Joint Special Operations Command and a secretive Catholic order called the Knights of Malta. As Hounshell elaborates: {Hersh] charged that U.S. foreign policy had been hijacked by a cabal of neoconservative “crusaders” in the former vice president’s office and now in the special operations community:  That’s the attitude,” he continued. “We’re gonna change mosques into cathedrals. That’s an attitude that pervades, I’m here to say, a large percentage of the Joint Special Operations Command.”He then alleged that Gen. Stanley McChrystal, who headed JSOC before briefly becoming the top U.S. commander in Afghanistan, and his successor, Vice Adm. William McRaven, as well as many within JSOC, “are all members of, or at least supporters of, Knights of Malta.” Hersh may have been referring to the Sovereign Order of Malta, a Roman Catholic organization commited [sic] to “defence [sic] of the Faith and assistance to the poor and the suffering,” according to its website.

    “They do see what they’re doing — and this is not an atypical attitude among some military — it’s a crusade, literally. They see themselves as the protectors of the Christians. They’re protecting them from the Muslims [as in] the 13th century. And this is their function.”

    “They have little insignias, these coins they pass among each other, which are crusader coins,” he continued. “They have insignia that reflect the whole notion that this is a culture war. … Right now, there’s a tremendous, tremendous amount of anti-Muslim feeling in the military community.”

Hounshell, Foreign Policy’s web editor, has questioned Hersh’s reporting before, first speculating on the identity of a Hersh source, then on that hypothetical source’s credibility. However, this particular incident was unique in that it has yielded a small brushfire of attention, including three additional response pieces at, reblogging by angered Catholic groups and a write-up in the Washington Post.

The next day, the post was followed by an elaborately sarcastic “hot tip,” written to Hersh open-letter style by Foreign Policy contributing editor and Washington Post special military correspondent Tom Ricks:     Hey Sy, a friend with good military connections tells me that U.S. special operations forces were covertly involved in the Knights of Malta’s stalwart defense of the island in 1565 against the Ottoman Turks. Lifting the siege was easy because the Turks turned tail when they saw those Ma Deuce .50 caliber machine guns. This categorically high-handed snark came with the added force of Ricks’ being a Pulitzer Prize winner himself and the author of two blistering accounts of the Iraq war: Fiasco: The American Military Adventure in Iraq and its General Petraeus-centered sequel, The Gamble. He has been covering the military beat for the Post since 2000, performing double duty there and at Foreign Policy after it was acquired by The Washington Post Company in 2008. That same day, FP associate editor Joshua Keating provided an ‘FP Explainer’ piece entitled “Who Are the Knights of Malta — and What Do They Want?” dismissing Hersh’s claims with the conclusion that:    There’s not much evidence to suggest that the Knights of Malta are the secretive cabal of anti-Muslim fundamentalists that Hersh described. (For the record, when contacted by Foreign Policy, McChrystal said that he is not a member.) But they are certainly an anomalous presence in international politics and have provoked their share of conspiracy theories over the years. Then, two days later, Hounshell produced a supplemental post defending himself from a chorus of disgruntled commenters and’s Glenn Greenwald. “I thought it was self-evident that several points Hersh made were off-base and conspiratorial,” Hounshell began, “but perhaps it’s worth spelling things out for everyone.” Let’s do the same.  Just how “off-base and conspiratorial” are Hersh’s claims? Who are the Knights of Malta, exactly, and what has been previously reported of their ‘special operations’ and government ties?


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FireDogLake, Snowden Becomes Eighth Person to Be Charged with Violating the Espionage Act Under Obama, Kevin Gosztola, June 22, 2013. A criminal complaint indicates former NSA contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has been charged with three felonies. Two of the felonies are charges under the Espionage Act. The complaint, filed on June 14, shows he was charged with “unauthorized communication of national defense information”—an Espionage Act violation—and “willful communication of classified communications intelligence information to an unauthorized person,” a violation of United States Code 798 prohibiting the disclosure of classified information and an offense under the Espionage Act.

Washington Post, Snowden flees Hong Kong for Moscow, Kathy Lally, Jia Lynn Yang and Anthony Faiola, June 23, 2013. Edward Snowden, the former government contractor who leaked top-secret documents about U.S. surveillance programs, fled Hong Kong for Moscow on Sunday with the assistance of the anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks, landing at Sheremetyevo International Airport aboard an Aeroflot flight, according to Russian media reports and a WikiLeaks spokesman.

Washington Post, Syrian rebels’ backers, meeting in Qatar, agree to send weapons, Karen J. DeYoung, June 22, 2013. The Syrian opposition’s major international backers agreed here Saturday to provide “urgently all the necessary materiel and equipment” to rebels fighting the government of President Bashar al-Assad. The agreement did not specify what kind of weapons would be sent or which supporters would provide what. But officials attending the Doha conference said that Saudi Arabia and Qatar are prepared to quickly supply shoulder-launched antiaircraft missiles and armor-piercing shells to be used against Assad’s air force and tanks.

Washington Post, In Qatar, U.S.-Taliban talks remain on the line, Karen J. DeYoung, June 22, 2013. U.S.-Taliban peace talks could start in this Persian Gulf city as early as Sunday. Or the political office that the Taliban opened here last week for that purpose, more than a year and a half after it was first proposed, could be shuttered before negotiations even begin. “We need to see if we can get back on track,” visiting Secretary of State John F. Kerry said Saturday. “I don’t know if that’s possible or not. If there is not a decision to move forward by the Taliban in short order, then we may have to consider whether or not the office has to be closed.”
ustice Integrity Project, Hong Kong, Snowden Snub U.S. Demand for 'Rule of Law' As U.S. Ramps Up War In Syria, Andrew Kreig, June 23, 2013. Hong Kong snubbed the United States June 23 by refusing to extradite former NSA contractor Edward Snowden to face the spy charges that had been announced Friday. Hong Kong permitted Snowden to fly to Russia to find sanctuary in another country. It was unconfirmed, but reputed to be Ecuador in Latin America. Meanwhile, the Afghanistan-rooted Taliban lashed out against the United States on two fronts after Secretary of State John Kerry, right, sought negotiations. Separately, Kerry committed the United States to join 10 other nations in a "Group of 11" to topple Syria's government by a major escalation into Syria's civil war by the West and the Gulf monarchies.  United States officials expressed outrage at Snowden and called him a "traitor." The other developments were widely condemned also by American public officials from across the political spectrum. Nonetheless, the events underscore huge challenges for the United States in trying to control world events by rhetoric advocating freedom, peace, transparency, democracy, and civil rights -- while also pursuing war-making unauthorized by international bodies or congressional votes.
More than a decade of Mideast wars involving the United States and its allies have coincided with United States covert paramilitary actions worldwide, warrantless surveillance over Americans, and crackdowns on American leakers, reporters, and dissidents.

National Press Club, AP CEO calls for new Justice Department guidelines to protect journalists, Robert Webb, June 19, 2013. The Department of Justice's seizure of Associated Press phone records has made it tougher for reporters to do their jobs, AP President and CEO Gary Pruitt said Wednesday, June 19 at a National Press Club luncheon. Pruitt, shown in a photo courtesy of Noel St. John, called for new Justice Department guidelines that include protections for journalists' email and text messages, and a federal shield law "with teeth." The Justice Department's seizure unsettled sources and chilled reporting, he said. "Some longtime trusted sources have become nervous and anxious about talking with us -- even on stories unrelated to national security," Pruitt said. "Others are reluctant to meet in person. In one instance, our journalists could not get a law enforcement official to confirm a detail that had been reported elsewhere." AP is not the only media to suffer, he said. "Journalists from other news organizations have personally told me that has intimidated both official and non-official sources speaking to them as well," Pruitt said.

FireDogLake, 100 Groups Seek investigation into NSA Spying, Brian Sonenstein, June 19, 2013. A bipartisan coalition of over 100 civil liberties organizations and internet companies is calling for  a full-scale, Church Committee-style congressional investigation into NSA spying abuses.

Lawfare, Today’s Headlines and Commentary, Raffaela Wakeman, June 19, 2013. Yesterday’s House intelligence committee hearing with top intelligence agency and DOJ officials drew a big crowd and much news. The New York Times editorial today focuses on President Obama’s interview with Charlie Rose and yesterday’s House intelligence hearing.

Catching Our Attention on other Justice, Media & Integrity Issues

Doubting Obama’s Resolve To Do Right: Ray McGovern

WBAI Interview of former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern by Michael Smith and Michael Ratner, June 3, 2013.

We continue our discussion on killing people using drone warfare with returning guest Ray McGovern. When President Obama delivered a major speech on counter-terrorism, he announced a shift in his administration’s use of drones. The Obama Administration has conducted hundreds of drone strikes in several countries, killing civilians and so far reported, four US citizens. Critics point out that as the Obama Administration assassinates its’ suspects, it also avoids the legal complications of detention. London based bureau for investigative journalism estimates that about 830 civilians including women and children may have been killed by drone attacks in Pakistan. 138 in Yemen, and 57 in Somalia.

Guest Raymond L. McGovern, right, is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents in the past 27 years. Ray’s opinion pieces have appeared in many leading newspapers here and abroad. 

His website writings are posted first on, and are usually carried on other websites as well. He has debated at the Oxford Forum and appeared on Charlie Rose, The Newshour, CNN, and numerous other TV & radio programs and documentaries. Ray has lectured to a wide variety of audiences here and abroad.  Ray studied theology and philosophy (as well as his major, Russian) at Fordham University, from which he holds two degrees. He also holds a Certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University.

Ray McGovern [Interview excerpts by WBAI]:

It [the recent Obama speech] was a masterpiece of oratory and rhetoric, but it was deceptive through and through. Those of us who had been watching this know he lied through his teeth on many occasions.  He has the power as we all know to release 86 prisoners (Guantanamo) in the next hour. 

Why would he do all that? Why would he be afraid to take the drones away from the CIA?

Well, I’ve come to the conclusion that he’s afraid. He’s afraid of what happened Martin Luther King Jr.  At a small dinner with progressive supporters – after these progressive supporters were banging on Obama before the election . . . Why don’t you do the things we thought you stood for? Obama turned sharply and said Don’t you remember what happened to Martin Luther King Jr.?

I’m convinced the President of the United States is afraid of the CIA. Does he have any reason to fear the CIA? Well he sure as heck does. For those of your listeners who have not read James Douglas’ JFK and the Unspeakable, you need to read that, because it’s coming up on 50 years. John Kennedy signed 2 executive orders just a month or so before he was killed. One of them said we’re pulling out a 1000 troops from South Vietnam. The other said we’re pulling out the bulk of the troops by 1965, we’re finished in Vietnam.

I think he’s just afraid and he shouldn’t have run for president if he was going to be this much of a wuss.

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Reuters, Special Report: Syria's Islamists seize control as moderates dither, Oliver Holmes and Alexander Dziadosz, June 19, 2013.  During a 10-day journey through rebel-held territory in Syria, Reuters journalists found that radical Islamist units are sidelining more moderate groups that do not share the Islamists' goal of establishing a supreme religious leadership in the country. The moderates, often underfunded, fragmented and chaotic, appear no match for Islamist units, which include fighters from organizations designated "terrorist" by the United States. The Islamist ascendancy has amplified the sectarian nature of the war between Sunni Muslim rebels and the Shi'ite supporters of Assad. It also presents a barrier to the original democratic aims of the revolt and calls into question whether the United States, which announced practical support for the rebels last week, can ensure supplies of weapons go only to groups friendly to the West.

FireDogLake, Rereading Michael Hastings’ Interview with Julian Assange, Kevin Gosztola, June 19, 2013. Someone who had a great passion for what he did and embodied the adversarial spirit that muckraking reporters should have in journalism died in a car accident at a young age. Rolling Stone contributor Michael Hastings, shown at right in a screen shot from a Democracy Now! interview, died in a car crash in Los Angeles at the age of 33. His death also happens to come almost exactly one year after WikiLeaks editor-in-chief Julian Assange sought asylum from Ecuador and entered the country’s embassy in the United Kingdom. Hastings is one of the few reporters in the world to have conducted and published a major interview with Assange. He interviewed him back in December 2011 when Pfc. Bradley Manning first appeared in a military court at Fort Meade. As someone who has aggressively covered the Manning court martial, along with Julian Assange and WikiLeaks, I found myself going back over the interview that Hastings did. I read it when it was released , but, a year and a half later, there are bits and pieces I am noticing that make it an enduring piece of work. Hastings, unlike many other journalists, took seriously the fact that the United States government had decided to target Assange. He listened to what Assange had to say about how the Justice Department was likely pursuing him in a widespread investigation. Assange answered, “The U.S. government is trying to redefine what have been long-accepted journalistic methods. If the Pentagon is to have its way, it will be the end of national-security journalism in the United States.”

Huffington Post Live, Valerie Plame: Edward Snowden Deserves Thanks, 'Will Be Abused,' Clapper Should Resign (VIDEO), Danny Shea, June 19, 2013. Former CIA agent Valerie Plame said Wednesday that she views NSA leaker Edward Snowden as neither a hero nor a traitor, but that Americans should be grateful that he brought the conversation about liberty and security to the national forefront. "I don't think [Snowden's] a hero, I don't condone what he did. At the same time he's certainly not a traitor as he was called by Dick Cheney," Plame told HuffPost Live host Mike Sacks. "In a way, we as U.S. citizens owe Edward Snowden a thank you for having brought this issue to the forefront and so that we can begin to have a serious and genuine conversation about these issues." Plame also rolled her eyes at Cheney labeling Snowden a traitor, given the Bush administration's involvement in leaking her identity to columnist Robert Novak. "The irony of people like Dick Cheney or Karl Rove whining and bemoaning the fact of the leak of intelligence -- given my history and certainly Dick Cheney's intimate involvement with the betrayal of my CIA identity -- is really something," she said. Plame called for the resignation of Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, saying that "as a former intelligence officer" she finds it "astounding" that upwards of 60 to 70 percent of the United States' intelligence budget is spent on private contractors.

FireDogLake, 100 Groups Seek investigation into NSA Spying, Brian Sonenstein, June 19, 2013. A bipartisan coalition of over 100 civil liberties organizations and internet companies is calling for  a full-scale, Church Committee-style congressional investigation into NSA spying abuses.


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