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Ray McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in inner-city Washington. He was an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for 27 years, and is now on the Steering Group of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS). His website is raymcgovern.com
Welcome to Vietnam, Mr. President...
From the Archives: As President Trump faces opposition from his generals to pull U.S. troops from Syria, here's a look back to a similar fix another new president had gotten himself into, as Ray McGovern reported on March 28, 2009.
Thursday, April 5, 2018(4 comments)
Coming Attraction: Lunatic Loose in West Wing
As Uber-Hawk John Bolton prepares to take over as national security adviser on Monday, Ray McGovern looks back at when Bolton was one of the "crazies" in the George W. Bush administration.
Saturday, March 31, 2018
U.S. Establishment: Nixing Arms Control
Trump's new National Security Adviser John Bolton has been instrumental in launching wars and scrapping arms control treaties -- just the man for the job as the U.S. embarks on a new arms race with Russia, Ray McGovern sardonically observes.
Monday, March 19, 2018(9 comments)
Former CIA Chief Brennan Running Scared
With former CIA Director John Brennan accusing President Donald Trump of "moral turpitude" for his "scapegoating" of Andy McCabe, it remains to be seen whether a constitutional crisis will be averted, writes Ray McGovern.
Intel Committee Rejects Basic Underpinning of Russiagate
The assumption underpinning Russiagate -- that Vladimir Putin preferred Donald Trump over Hillary Clinton -- is not supported by the facts, according to "Initial Findings" of the House Intelligence Committee, as Ray McGovern reports.
Monday, March 12, 2018(10 comments)
NBC's Clueless Boost for Putin
With the Russian president in the heat of a re-election campaign, Putin sat down to talk with NBC's Megyn Kelly for an interview that enabled him to burnish his credentials to the Russian electorate, Ray McGovern explains.
"Progressive" Journalists Jump the Shark on Russiagate
A lack of skepticism has characterized much of the reporting on Russiagate, with undue credibility being given to questionable sources like the Steele dossier, and now progressives like Jane Mayer and Cenk Uygur are joining the bandwagon, Ray McGovern observes.
Saturday, March 3, 2018(5 comments)
Putin Claims Strategic Parity, Respect
Vladimir Putin's announcement of new weapons systems to achieve nuclear parity was the result of the erosion of arms control regimes, such as the ill-advised U.S. withdrawal from the ABM treaty in 2002, Ray McGovern explains.
My First Day as CIA Director
Former CIA analyst and founder of Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity Ray McGovern, in this tongue-in-cheek article, outlines steps he would take on Day One as CIA Director to get to the bottom of Russiagate.
Monday, February 19, 2018(24 comments)
Nunes: FBI and DOJ Perps Could Be Put on Trial
House Intelligence Committee Chair Devin Nunes has stated that "DOJ and FBI are not above the law," and could face legal consequences for alleged abuses of the FISA court, reports Ray McGovern.
Friday, February 16, 2018(1 comments)
Russians Spooked by Nukes-Against-Cyber-Attack Policy
New U.S. policy on nuclear retaliatory strikes for cyber-attacks is raising concerns, with Russia claiming that it's already been blamed for a false-flag cyber-attack -- namely the election hacking allegations of 2016, explain Ray McGovern and William Binney.
Friday, February 2, 2018(104 comments)
Nunes Memo Reports Crimes at Top of FBI And DOJ
The newly released "Nunes Memo" reveals felony wrongdoing by top members of the FBI and DOJ for misrepresenting evidence to obtain a FISA warrant and may implicate other intelligence officials, writes Ray McGovern.
Tuesday, January 30, 2018(9 comments)
Will Congress Face Down the Deep State?
The House Intelligence Committee's vote on Monday to release a memorandum describing alleged malfeasance at the DOJ and the FBI could test constitutional principles
Monday, January 22, 2018(2 comments)
Foxes in Charge of Intelligence Hen House
Recent revelations of "inadvertent" deletions of electronic data at the FBI and NSA relating to alleged felonies are being described as a "foul-up," but the intelligence agencies' track record suggests a possibly more nefarious explanation, explains Ray McGovern in this op-ed.
Thursday, January 11, 2018(10 comments)
The FBI Hand Behind Russia-gate
In the Watergate era, liberals warned about U.S. intelligence agencies manipulating U.S. politics, but now Trump-hatred has blinded many of them to this danger becoming real, as ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern notes.
Thursday, December 21, 2017(5 comments)
Intel Vets Tell Trump Iran Is Not Top Terror Sponsor
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Trump to stop his administration's false claims about Iran being the leading state sponsor of terrorism when U.S. allies, such as Saudi Arabia. are clearly much guiltier.
Monday, November 13, 2017(12 comments)
Mocking Trump Doesn't Prove Russia's Guilt
President Trump is getting mocked for "trusting" Vladimir Putin's denial about "meddling" in U.S. politics -- and not accepting Official Washington's groupthink -- but ridicule isn't evidence, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Monday, October 30, 2017(2 comments)
The Deep State's JFK Triumph Over Trump
Fifty-four years after President Kennedy's assassination, the CIA and FBI demanded more time to decide what secrets to keep hiding -- and a chastened President Trump bowed to their power, observes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Wednesday, September 20, 2017(5 comments)
More Holes in Russia-gate Narrative
New tests support the skepticism of U.S. intelligence veterans that Russia "hacked" the DNC's computers, pointing instead to a download of emails by an insider, write ex-NSA official William Binney and ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Friday, September 1, 2017(2 comments)
Seymour Hersh Honored for Integrity
An organization led by former U.S. intelligence officials has selected legendary journalist Seymour Hersh to be the recipient of an annual award for integrity and truth-telling, named for the late CIA analyst Sam Adams.
Sunday, August 20, 2017(1 comments)
Truth and Lives vs. Career and Fame
As President Trump considers sending more troops to Afghanistan, it's worth recalling the modern U.S. dynamic of politicians and generals making misguided judgments about war, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Moral Corrosion of Drone Warfare
The U.S. government uses drones to eliminate risk to its soldiers and thus domestic opposition to war, but that heightens the moral imperative to challenge the remote-controlled killings, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Saturday, July 8, 2017(2 comments)
The Syrian Test of Trump-Putin Accord
The U.S. mainstream media remains obsessed over Russia's alleged "meddling" in last fall's election, but the real test of bilateral cooperation may come on the cease-fire in Syria, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Monday, July 3, 2017(3 comments)
Russia-China Tandem Shifts Global Power
Official Washington's arrogance in trying to push around Russia and China has pushed the two countries together, creating a dangerous new dynamic in international relations, explains ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Saturday, July 1, 2017(6 comments)
What Trump Can Expect from Putin
President Trump will have his first meeting with President Putin at a time of dangerous U.S.-Russian tensions, amid demands to "get tough," but ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern, a former presidential briefer, urges Trump to see Putin's side.
Sunday, June 25, 2017(8 comments)
Intel Behind Trump's Syria Attack Questioned
The mainstream media is so hostile to challenges to its groupthinks that famed journalist Seymour Hersh had to take his take-down of President Trump's April 6 attack on Syria to Germany, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Monday, June 12, 2017(6 comments)
NBC's Kelly Hits Putin with a Beloved Canard
To prove their chops, mainstream media stars can't wait to go head-to-head with a demonized foreign leader, like Vladimir Putin, and let him have it, even if their "facts" are wrong, as Megyn Kelly showed and Ray McGovern explains.
Friday, June 2, 2017(4 comments)
Hiding the Ugly Business of Torture
A grisly feature of the "war on terror" was America's descent into torture, but the powers-that-be have decided that the common folk shouldn't worry their little heads about this ugliness
Thursday, June 1, 2017(42 comments)
Mad Dog Shows His Bite on Face the Nation
When President-elect Donald Trump sent his talent scouts to the attack-dog kennel run by defense industry giant General Dynamics, in order to recruit former Marine General James "Mad Dog" Mattis to be secretary of defense, cries of apprehension were drowned out by smug one-percent reassurances.
Saturday, May 27, 2017(6 comments)
Europe May Finally Rethink NATO Costs
his speculative article suggests that, eventually, the dunning of NATO nations to chip more money into the military alliance may inadvertently cause some Europeans to rethink the over-the-top anti-Russian propaganda and the need for all that money for the arms makers and arms dealers.
Sunday, May 21, 2017(17 comments)
Not Remembering the USS Liberty
Desperately seeking some praise, President Trump surely won't remind Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu about the USS Liberty, which Israel nearly sank a half century ago killing 34 sailors.
Saturday, May 20, 2017(4 comments)
The Gaping Holes of Russia-gate
Between Russia-gate and President Trump's potential impeachment, Washington is blending the thrill of McCarthyism and the excitement of Watergate, as ex-U.S. intelligence officials Ray McGovern and William Binney explain.
Die-Hard Dems on "Russia's Meddling"
On Thursday I witnessed some imaginative bear hunting by PTSD-afflicted, Hillary-Should-Have-Won (HSHW) Democrats at the "progressive" Clinton/Podesta Center for American Progress Fund.
Tuesday, March 28, 2017(66 comments)
The Surveillance State Behind Russia-gate
Amid the frenzy over the Trump team's talks with Russians, are we missing a darker story, how the Deep State's surveillance powers control the nation's leaders, ask U.S. intelligence veterans Ray McGovern and Bill Binney.
Saturday, March 4, 2017(5 comments)
Another Hatchet Job on Snowden
The hatchet jobs against NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden keep on coming with a new book whose author says he applied James Angleton's counterintelligence techniques to Snowden, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017(3 comments)
German Intel Clears Russia on Interference
Mainstream U.S. media only wants stories of Russian perfidy, so when German intelligence cleared Moscow of suspected subversion of German democracy, the silence was deafening, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Friday, January 20, 2017(22 comments)
Did Obama Slip & Tell the Truth?
Oops. Did President Barack Obama acknowledge that the extraordinary propaganda campaign to blame Russia for helping President-elect Donald Trump become president has more holes in it than a sieve?
Wednesday, January 11, 2017(11 comments)
Brennan Increasingly Desperate
It is possible to regard this latest outrage as a kind of prophylactic: If Trump goes after Brennan, the former CIA chief can try to make it appear to be retaliation for "the goods Brennan has on Trump -- but (of course) cannot reveal in detail because of the sensitivity of 'sources and methods.'"
Thursday, January 5, 2017(73 comments)
Emails were leaked, not hacked
Because NSA can trace exactly where and how any "hacked" emails from the Democratic National Committee or other servers were routed through the network, it is puzzling why NSA cannot produce hard evidence implicating the Russian government and WikiLeaks. Unless we are dealing with a leak from an insider, not a hack, as other reporting suggests.
Tuesday, January 3, 2017(2 comments)
Obama's Deadly Afghan Acquiescence
From his first days, President Obama showed a lack of guts when confronted by powerful insiders. He backed down even when that meant squandering U.S. soldiers in the futile Afghan War "surges," says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Thursday, December 29, 2016(158 comments)
Evidence-free Intelligence Accusations?
The U.S. media circus orchestra, conducted by maestro John Brennan, made a herculean effort to divert attention from the content of the emails, by confecting a successful story line that diverted attention to "the Russians," blaming them for "hacking" highly embarrassing (albeit authentic) emails depicting the screwing of Sanders.
Friday, December 23, 2016(2 comments)
Eunuchs vs Snowden
House Intelligence Committee eunuchs defame Edward Snowden, in large part because he exposed their own complicity in what former NSA directors (predecessors of the malleable Dick-Cheney tool, Michael Hayden) publicly called "clear violations of the law."
Sunday, December 11, 2016(16 comments)
The Syrian-Sarin "False Flag" Lesson
Amid Official Washington's desire to censor non-official news on the Internet, it's worth remembering how the lack of mainstream skepticism almost led the U.S. into a war on Syria, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Wednesday, November 30, 2016(2 comments)
Trump Ponders Petraeus for Senior Job
President-elect Trump's promise to "drain the swamp" of Washington seems forgotten -- like so many political promises -- as he meets with swamp creatures, such as disgraced Gen. David Petraeus, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Saturday, November 19, 2016(38 comments)
Installing a Torture Fan at CIA
The CIA's torturers can breathe a sigh of relief after President-elect Trump tapped a defender of "enhanced interrogation techniques" to become CIA director, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Sunday, October 30, 2016(1 comments)
Putin-Obama trust evaporates
The U.S.-led coalition air strikes on known Syrian army positions killing scores of troops just five days into the September cease-fire -- not to mention statements at the time by the most senior U.S. generals -- were evidence enough to convince the Russians that the Pentagon was intent on scuttling meaningful cooperation with Russia.
Tuesday, October 11, 2016(14 comments)
Russia Reads US Bluster as Sign of War
As U.S. politicians and pundits have fun talking tough about Russia and demonizing President Putin, they are missing signs that Moscow isn't amused and is preparing for actual conflict, writes ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Monday, October 3, 2016(5 comments)
Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia
A group of ex-U.S. intelligence officials is warning President Obama to defuse growing tensions with Russia over Syria by reining in the demonization of President Putin and asserting White House civilian control over the Pentagon.
Friday, September 30, 2016(12 comments)
Russia-Baiting and Risks of Nuclear War
The propaganda war on Russia is spinning out of control with a biased investigation blaming Moscow for the MH-17 tragedy and angry exchanges over Syria, raising the risks of nuclear war, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Monday, September 26, 2016(2 comments)
CIA Whistleblower Kiriakou Honored for Integrity
The U.S. government gives free passes to officials who commit war crimes but imprisons whistleblowers who tell the truth, a fate that befell CIA's John Kiriakou for disclosing torture. But he was honored by some ex-intelligence officers, reports Ray McGovern.
Tuesday, September 20, 2016(6 comments)
Obama's Legacy But Clinton's Judgment
President Obama calls on blacks to vote for Hillary Clinton to protect the first black president's legacy, but there are questions about Clinton's judgment and Obama's legacy that deserve answers, says ex-CIA analyst Ray McGovern.
Saturday, September 17, 2016(7 comments)
US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans chastises the mainstream U.S. media for virtually ignoring a British newspaper's account of the gripping inside story on how the CIA tried to block the U.S. Senate's torture investigation.