For thinking citizens worldwide, Ray McGovern is proving to be a vociferous exemplar that persons on the side of Truth can follow in combating oppressive elements in our society. McGovern's actions in the face (literally) of administration officials is a clarion call to people who are honestly seeking to engage in proactive countermeasures against the onslaughts of the criminal cabal and its Bush junta puppets.
A forerunner in speaking out against contrived intelligence reports to justify an illegal war against Iraq, McGovern helped found the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), a group of current and former officials of the United States Intelligence Community. VIPS was initiated in January of 2003 with the stated mission "to speak out on the use of intelligence to justify the war." The group now includes over 35 former professionals from CIA, the Defense Intelligence Agency, the Department of State’s Bureau of Intelligence and Research, Army Intelligence, the FBI, and the National Security Agency. VIPS’ first effort (of ten thus far) was a same-day critique of Secretary of State Colin Powell’s address to the UN on February 5, 2003.
In addition to co-authoring some of VIPS’ public statements, Ray has published some 20 op-eds over the past year on intelligence-related issues. These have appeared in newspapers and journals around the world: The Birmingham News, The Boston Globe, The Christian Science Monitor, The Miami Herald, Die Sueddeutsche Zeitung, The International Herald Tribune, and Der Berliner Tagespiegel, for example.
Over the past several months, he and his VIPS colleagues have made numerous TV, radio and lecture appearances in the US and Europe. They also have appeared in several recent video documentaries, notably: “Uncovered: the Whole Truth About the Iraq War” (Robert Greenwald) and “Break the Silence: Truth and Lies in the War on Terror” (John Pilger).
Fast-forward to May 4th, 2006 and the Atlanta Southern Center for International Studies, when McGovern confronted Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld over prewar claims that Iraq had weapons of mass destruction.
"I would like to ask you to be up front with the American people," McGovern began. "Why did you lie to get us into a war that was not necessary and that has caused these kinds of casualties? Why?"
A day later, May 5th, McGovern appeared on the Democracy Now news broadcast. When Amy Goodman, journalist and host of the award-winning news program, asked him to comment on the event, McGovern had this to say: "Well, Amy, just listening to this little clip here, I find it scary. These were ostensibly educated normal people, and their reaction was very much like the one that Goebbels stirred up. You can see it was a very unfriendly audience to anyone who posed any kind of question to the Defense Secretary. So--and listening to it, I'm sort of scared, because if this is indicative of the brainwashing that has taken place, it's going be a long, long struggle to speak truth to power. . ."