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Eavesdropping, Gagging, And the Constitution

Thursday, 25 May 2006, 11:15 am | Ray McGovern

Is the National Security Agency being "turned against the people," as the Congressional committee led by Sen. Frank Church warned might happen? We the people cannot know; it's classified. More >>

Should Gen Hayden Be Confirmed or Court-Martialed?

Monday, 22 May 2006, 1:37 pm | Ray McGovern

"Court-martialed," says one highly-respected former DIRNSA (which, for the uninitiated, stands for "Director, National Security Agency"). The comment came amid a private burst of indignation at the news that Gen. Mike Hayden had bowed to administration ... More >>

WaPo Attempt to Defend Rumsfeld Against McGovern

Monday, 8 May 2006, 11:49 am | Ray McGovern

The Washington Post's William Arkin has posted a blog with the headline "Rumsfeld Didn't Lie, But He Should Still Go." More >>

Ray McGovern: McCarthyism: Mary and Joe

Wednesday, 26 April 2006, 12:38 am | Ray McGovern

As additional information on the firing of CIA official Mary McCarthy just ten days short of her retirement becomes available, what is afoot is becoming quite clear. We are witnessing a Stalinesque show trial sans the actual trial and inevitable execution. ... More >>

I Do Not Wish to Be Associated With Torture

Friday, 3 March 2006, 2:08 pm | Ray McGovern

Dear Congressman Hoekstra: As a matter of conscience, I am returning the Intelligence Commendation Award medallion given me for "especially commendable service" during my 27-year career in CIA. The issue is torture, which inhabits the same category ... More >>

Who Will Blow the Whistle Before We Attack Iran?

Tuesday, 14 February 2006, 10:44 am | Ray McGovern

The question looms large against the backdrop of the hearing on whistleblowing scheduled for tomorrow afternoon by Christopher Shays, chair of the House Subcommittee on National Security, Emerging Threats and International Relations. More >>

Juggernaut Gathering Momentum, Headed for Iran

Tuesday, 7 February 2006, 2:42 pm | Ray McGovern

What President George W. Bush, FOX news, and the Washington Times were saying about Iraq three years ago they are now saying about Iran. After Saturday's vote by the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) to report Iran's suspicious nuclear activities ... More >>

Men Intoxicated with Power & Servile Courtiers

Monday, 16 January 2006, 11:48 am | Ray McGovern

Individually, the new "dots" supplied by revelations about the Iraq war in James Risen's State of War: The Secret History of the CIA and the Bush Administration are not very surprising. Collectively, though, they provide valuable insight into the ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Heck of a Job, Hayden!

Monday, 9 January 2006, 2:51 pm | Ray McGovern

The eavesdropping-on-Americans scandal came as shock and betrayal to most employees of the National Security Agency - and to other intelligence officers, active and retired. More >>

Bush Gesture to McCain: Less than Meets the Eye

Monday, 19 December 2005, 5:17 pm | Ray McGovern

In deciding not to follow through on his threat to veto Sen. John McCain’s amendment against torture, Bush actually surrendered very little. Torture is still in the eyes of the beholders in the defense and intelligence communities. More >>

Rice's Indefensible Brief; Cheney's Last Throes

Saturday, 10 December 2005, 2:53 pm | Ray McGovern

European reaction to visiting Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice's statements on torture can be summed up in lead commentary Wednesday in the Sueddeutsche Zeitung, among the most widely respected German newspapers. More >>

Bush Speech Offers "Clear Strategy" For Disaster?

Tuesday, 6 December 2005, 3:55 pm | Ray McGovern

He says "victory." But the bromide-heavy speech that President George W. Bush gave yesterday at the Naval Academy presents a clear strategy for quagmire and eventual disaster. Despite the gathering storm of opposition to his approach to the war in ... More >>

Will the US Seize the Opening for Troop Withdrawal

Tuesday, 29 November 2005, 3:19 pm | Ray McGovern

The surprising degree of consensus reached by the main Iraqi factions at the Arab League-orchestrated Reconciliation Conference in Cairo last weekend sharply undercuts the unilateral, guns-and-puppets approach of the Bush administration to the deteriorating ... More >>

Ray McGovern: CIA v. Cheney

Thursday, 10 November 2005, 12:25 am | Ray McGovern

Allegations keep cropping up in the press that CIA professionals are undermining the administration. In at least one sense, I suppose, this is true. For when an administration embarks on a war justified by little or no intelligence, speaking truth can be regarded ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Torture in Our Name

Monday, 7 November 2005, 2:17 pm | Ray McGovern

Wednesday's article by the Washington Post's Dana Priest regarding CIA-run secret prisons abroad and the intense maneuvering this week in Congress over whether to legislate another ban on torture have again brought the issue of torture front and ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Cheney's Chickens Come Home to Roost

Friday, 21 October 2005, 10:46 am | Ray McGovern

Indictments are expected to come down shortly as special prosecutor Patrick Fitzgerald completes the investigation originally precipitated by the outing of a CIA officer under deep cover. In 21-plus months of digging and interviewing, Fitzpatrick and ... More >>

Rogue Soldier or President? Scapegoating Small-Fry

Tuesday, 4 October 2005, 10:21 am | Ray McGovern

The news that yet another Army private, Lynndie England, 22, of Fort Ashby, West Virginia, has been convicted and sentenced for posing for the infamous photos of torture at Abu Ghraib, while her superiors duck responsibility, is a sad commentary ... More >>

Why "White House v. Wilson/Plame" Matters

Wednesday, 20 July 2005, 3:17 pm | Ray McGovern

The key issue in the affair has little directly to do with former U.S. ambassador Joseph Wilson; or his wife, Valerie Plame; or Vice President Dick Cheney's chief of staff, I. Lewis "Scooter" Libby; or even President George W. Bush's alter ego, ... More >>

Ray McGovern: Stay the Crooked Course

Thursday, 30 June 2005, 3:57 pm | Ray McGovern

The editors of the New York Times this morning feign shock that in his speech at Fort Bragg yesterday evening President George W. Bush would "raise the bloody flag of 9/11 over and over again to justify a war in a country that had nothing whatsoever ... More >>

Confirmation of Bolton Would Shatter Intel Morale

Thursday, 26 May 2005, 2:49 pm | Ray McGovern

Few have more at stake in the expected Senate approval of John Bolton to be US representative at the U.N. than the remnant group of demoralized intelligence analysts trained and still willing to speak truth to power. What would be the point in continuing, they ... More >>