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"The president says we are addicted to oil. He's quite right. We've reached the first resource-war. It's bizarre to think that this war had nothing to do with oil. The war misses the criteria that I learned in school that is needed for a just war... Oil is a blessing and a curse for Iraq."
— Ray McGovern

"I do not wish to be associated, however remotely, with an agency engaged in torture."
— Ray McGovern

"It was simply a slow, dead man walking kind of thing. I had expected turbulence, the worst I experienced was people averting their eyes and the most common reaction was people looking at me, silence."
— Ray McGovern

"Pete Hoekstra was one of the few people in our government who would be able to stop this."
— Ray McGovern

"People can and do come to us for the straight answers."
— Ray McGovern

"That's a loophole you can drive a Mack truck through."
— Ray McGovern

"This was the ethos of the intelligence analysis directorate during most of the 27 years I spent there."
— Ray McGovern

"This is a matter of principle where she said my oath, my promise not to reveal secrets is superseded by my oath to defend the constitution of the United States."
— Ray McGovern

"We all move in our circle of friends and neighbors. ... One must never try to do something like this alone. It requires a community, no matter how small."
— Ray McGovern

Raymond McGovern (born 1939) is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a Federal employee under 7 U.S. presidents over 27 years, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House for many presidents.

Intelligence Activism

Ray McGovern testifying
McGovern has been an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related issues since the late 1990s. He was heavily critical of the government's handling of the Wen Ho Lee case in 2000. In 2002 he was publicly critical of President George W. Bush's use of government intelligence in the lead-up to the war in Iraq.

In 2003, together with other former CIA employees, McGovern founded the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity or VIPS. The organization is dedicated to analyzing and criticizing the use of intelligence, specifically relating to the War in Iraq. In January 2006, McGovern began speaking out on behalf of the anti-war group Not in Our Name. According to the group's press release, McGovern served symbolic "war crimes indictments" on the Bush White House from a "people's tribunal."

McGovern has been outspoken in rejecting the official story of the 9/11 attacks and has joined the call for a new and independent investigation of 9/11.

Donald Rumsfeld Lies About Lying

In May 2006, McGovern attended a speech by then-Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld and, during the question-and-answer session, accused him of lying about Iraq prewar intelligence. McGovern challenged Rumsfeld on several statements which Rumsfeld was on the record for saying. McGovern asked him;

McGovern: "Why did you lie to get us into a war, which was not necessary and has caused these kinds of casualties?"

McGovern: ""You said you knew where they [weapons of mass destruction] were."

Rumsfeld: "I did not... I said I knew where suspect sites were."

McGovern: "You said you knew where they were: 'Near Tikrit, near Baghdad, and East, West, South and North somewhat'"

(Rumsfeld denied using this language). Rumsfeld had added in the original statement in reference to one particular facility, "we saw from the air that there were dozens of trucks that went into that facility after the existence of it became public in the press and they moved things out. They dispersed them and took them away. So there may be nothing left. I don't know that. But it's way too soon to know."

McGovern: ""Your allegation that 'there was bulletproof evidence' of ties between Al Qaeda and Iraq (Rumsfeld stated this on September 27, 2002 to the Chamber of Commerce in Atlanta, Georgia). Was that a lie or were you misled?"

Rumsfeld "Zarqawi was in Baghdad during the prewar period...that is a fact."

McGovern: "Zarqawi... he was in the North of Iraq in a place where Saddam Hussein had no rule. That's where he was."

Rumsfeld "He was also in Baghdad."

McGovern "Yeah, when he needed to go to the hospital... come on, these people [the surrounding press] aren't idiots."

"O.I.L." = Oil + Israel + Logistics

Ray McGovern
In a television interview with Tucker Carlson on MSNBC, McGovern said: "I‘ve been using the acronym O.I.L. for many — for two years now: O for oil; I for Israel; and L for logistics, logistics being the permanent — now we say "enduring" — military bases that the U.S. wants to keep in Iraq."

McGovern testified at a Democratic National Headquarters forum in 2005 that had been convened by Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) of the House Judiciary Committee on the Downing Street Memo.

The Washington Post reported that, in his testimony, McGovern "declared that the United States went to war in Iraq for oil, Israel and military bases craved by administration 'neocons' so 'the United States and Israel could dominate that part of the world.' He said that Israel should not be considered an ally and that Bush was doing the bidding of Israeli Prime Minister Ariel Sharon. 'Israel is not allowed to be brought up in polite conversation,' McGovern said. Genuine criticism of official Israeli policy is often portrayed as if it were anti-Semite bigotry: 'The last time I did this, the previous director of Central Intelligence called me anti-Semitic.'"

McGovern described the incident with former Director of Central Intelligence James Woolsey in an article in CounterPunch:

I thought of the debate I had on Iraq with arch-neoconservative and former CIA Director James Woolsey on PBS' Charlie Rose Show on August 20, when I broke the taboo on mentioning Israel and was immediately branded "anti-Semitic" by Woolsey. Reflecting later on his accusation, it seemed almost OK since it was so blatantly ad hominem. And his attack was all the more transparent, coming from the self-described "anchor of the Presbyterian wing of JINSA" — the Jewish Institute for National Security Affairs, a strong advocate of war to eliminate all perceived enemies of Israel — like Iraq.

Arrested for Silent Protest at Clinton Speech

During a speech on February 16, 2011, at George Washington University by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton he stood silently with his back turned during her remarks, leading to his arrest.

On Julian Assange

When asked on TVNZ whether Julian Assange was a hero or villain, he replied "Hero", and has co-written an open letter of support for WikiLeaks and Assange.

When asked whether Julian Assange was a journalist, he replied "Yeah, actually, with all due respect, I think you (the mainstream media) should be following his example.", to the CNN reporter.

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