Raymond McGovern

Raymon McGovern began his 27-year service as a CIA analyst under President Kennedy, quickly becoming Chief of the Soviet Foreign Policy Branch. Under President Reagan, he conducted one-on-one morning briefings of the most senior White House, State Department, and Defense officials, based on that day’s President’s Daily Brief. When the flimsiness of the intelligence being used to “justify” war on Iraq became clear, Ray co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), whose first Memorandum for the President was a same-day, candid critique of Colin Powell’s UN speech on February 5, 2003. Since then, VIPS has issued over 40 such memos – an average of three a year – on high-priority national security issues (links at consortiumnews.com/vips. Ray’s personal website is raymcgovern.com.