Ray McGovern

Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in Washington, DC. During his career as a CIA analyst, he prepared and briefed the President's Daily Brief and chaired National Intelligence Estimates. He is a member of the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS).

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Thursday, May 26, 2016 - 1:45pm
Clinton’s Imperious Brush-off of Email Rules
State Department functionaries faced a hopeless task as they tried to spin their own Inspector General’s matter-of-fact critique of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton’s imperial attitude toward basic security measures everyone else is required by law to follow. It turns out that she...
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Sunday, May 8, 2016 - 10:30am
Price for Witnessing Against War
Fr. Daniel Berrigan’s funeral was being live-streamed Friday, as I started to write this, which seems only fitting. Dan’s witness and writing have been a constantly re-chargeable battery for my moral compass. Live-streaming (arranged by America magazine) was the next-best thing to being at the...
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Saturday, April 30, 2016 - 3:30pm
Hillary Clinton’s Damning Emails
A few weeks after leaving office, former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton may have breathed a sigh of relief and reassurance when Director of National Intelligence James Clapper denied reports of the National Security Agency eavesdropping on Americans. After all, Clinton had been handling...
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Friday, April 15, 2016 - 1:45pm
Racism, Sexism, War, and Hillary
Not race nor gender — nor any other innate characteristic — should be the touchstone in voting for President of the United States. Yet, as I have traveled the country these past several years, I have been amazed at how many Americans have no qualms in stating that their support for President Barack...
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Wednesday, April 13, 2016 - 1:45pm
How an Iran War Was Averted
On a recent TV appearance, I was asked about whistleblowing , but the experience brought back to mind a crystal-clear example of how, before the Iraq War, CIA careerists were assigned “two bosses” – CIA Director George Tenet and John Bolton, the Under Secretary of State for Arms Control and...
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Thursday, March 24, 2016 - 6:45am
Torture Doesn't Work (The 2016 Election Campaign Edition)
To those living “outside the Beltway” it may seem counterintuitive that those of us whose analysis has been correct on key issues that the U.S. government got criminally wrong – like the invasion of Iraq in 2003 – would be blacklisted from “mainstream” media and ostracized by the Smart People of...
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Saturday, March 19, 2016 - 4:30pm
Behind the Crimea/Russia Reunion
With high symbolism Russian President Vladimir Putin is visiting Crimea “to check on the construction of the Kerch Strait Bridge, which will link the Crimean peninsula and continental Russia,” the Kremlin announced on Thursday. As the Russians like to say, “It is no accident” that he chose today –...
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Tuesday, March 15, 2016 - 1:45pm
Putin Shuns Syrian ‘Quagmire’
Russian President Vladimir Putin’s abrupt announcement that Russia would begin “the withdrawal of the main part” (????? ???????? ?????) of its military “contingent” (???????????) from Syria has been widely seen not only as a welcome surprise, but also as a hopeful fillip to serious negotiations to...
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Saturday, February 27, 2016 - 10:00am
The Unique Resource Available to All 2016 Candidates: VIPS
A Memo to: Dr. Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Dr. Jill Stein, and Donald Trump The media brouhaha over naming your campaign advisers on foreign policy prompts this reminder of a unique resource available, gratis, to all of you. That resource is our...
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Wednesday, January 27, 2016 - 10:00am
The Iraq War’s Known Unknowns
There is a lot more than meets the eye in the newly revealed Joint Chiefs of Staff intelligence briefing of Sept. 5, 2002, which showed there was a lack of evidence that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction (WMD) – just as President George W. Bush’s administration was launching its sales job for...
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