Stories by Ray McGovern

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Posted on: Mar 2, 2014, Source: Consortium News

Sending armed forces into Crimea was a predictable reaction to attempts to fold Ukraine into the West.

Posted on: Dec 13, 2013, Source: Popular Resistance

"Hidden away in offices of various government departments and intelligence agencies are dozens of people who are very much upset by what our societies are turning into. One of them is you."

Posted on: Dec 13, 2013, Source: Popular Resistance

"Hidden away in offices of various government departments and intelligence agencies are dozens of people who are very much upset by what our societies are turning into. One of them is you."

Posted on: Oct 15, 2013, Source: Consortium News

A former CIA official says that the NSA whistleblower is the embodiment of patriotism.

Posted on: Oct 11, 2013, Source: Consortium News

The former NSA contractor was heralded as a courageous whistleblower by a group of former U.S. intelligence officials during a Moscow ceremony.

Posted on: Aug 28, 2013, Source: Consortium News

The broader framework of the Syrian crisis involves the Israeli-Iranian dispute and the future of regional peace.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2013, Source: Consortium News

The imperative to do something in the face of injustice defines one’s moral place in the universe.

Posted on: Jul 29, 2013, Source: Consortium News

The vow that the U.S. wouldn't torture or execute Snowden is a reminder to the world of how far Washington has strayed from civilized behavior.

Posted on: May 31, 2013, Source: Consortium News

Obama's record on drone strikes and Guantanamo should produce doubt about the president's resolve to do right.

Posted on: May 17, 2013, Source: Consortium News

We must take grievances about America’s Mideast oppression seriously.

Posted on: May 14, 2013, Source: Consortium News

An emerging humanitarian crisis sparked by a mass hunger strike is drawing only scant attention.

Posted on: Feb 12, 2013, Source: Consortium News

The State of the Union offers President Obama a high-profile opportunity to finally close the deal with Iran over its nuclear program by accepting the need for U.S. concessions on sanctions.

Posted on: Feb 11, 2013, Source: Consortium News

Though false intelligence was at the center of the disastrous Iraq War, CIA Director-to-be John Brennan played fast and loose on Iran’s nuclear program in his Senate testimony.

Posted on: Feb 7, 2013, Source: Consortium News

President Obama is giving the congressional Intelligence Committees a look at a legal opinion justifying the killing of Americans as the Senate considers John Brennan to be CIA director.

Posted on: Jan 20, 2013, Source: Consortium News

The current Secretary of Defense returned to government in 2009 amid hopes he could cleanse the CIA's failings, but after four years it is Leon Panetta who departs morally compromised.

Posted on: Dec 29, 2012, Source: Consortium News

The up-in-the-air nomination of Chuck Hagel to be Defense Secretary has become a test of whether the Israel Lobby can still shoot down an American public servant who is deemed insufficiently passionate regarding Israel.

Posted on: Dec 3, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Key Republicans object to Susan Rice getting a promotion from UN ambassador to Secretary of State, citing her flawed account of the Benghazi assault. But a more legitimate concern is her lack of judgment on the Iraq War.

Posted on: Nov 30, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Pvt. Bradley Manning’s court martial for leaking documents about U.S. wrongdoing has turned up evidence that even Manning’s Marine jailers were worried about the controversy over his degrading treatment in their custody.

Posted on: Nov 11, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Much of official Washington is in mourning after David Petraeus admitted to an extramarital affair and resigned as head of the CIA. Top pundits were as smitten by the former four-star general as his mistress was.

Posted on: Oct 15, 2012, Source: Consortium News

While the Republicans make political hay from last month’s killings in Libya, the real source of U.S. woes in the Middle East goes unsaid.

Posted on: Sep 17, 2012, Source: Consortium News

The conventional wisdom about the recent explosion of protest in the Middle East--that Muslims are way too sensitive or irrational--is dead wrong.

Posted on: Sep 7, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Attorney General Eric Holder’s decision not to prosecute CIA torturers in two high-profile homicides bows to the political difficulty of going after field agents while sparing superiors.

Posted on: Aug 21, 2012, Source: Consortium News

The Pussy Riot song performed at a church asked Jesus’s mother Mary to become a feminist, but Mary always was a feminist through and through.

Posted on: Aug 13, 2012, Source: Consortium News

The Israeli government is exploiting the American political timetable to pressure President Obama to support an attack on Iran’s nuclear sites.

Posted on: Jul 23, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Is John Sawers, the head of British intelligence, laying the groundwork for a war with Iran?

Posted on: Jul 10, 2012, Source: Consortium News

The recent discovery of polonium on Yasser Arafat’s clothing has increased an already widespread suspicion that Israel was involved in his sudden demise.

Posted on: Jun 20, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Julian Assange’s appeal for asylum in Ecuador may spare him a prison stay in Sweden or the United States.

Posted on: Jun 6, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Those agitating for confrontation keep playing games with the facts regarding Iran's nuclear program.

Posted on: May 30, 2012, Source: Consortium News

It is a moral and legal impossibility to square “kill lists” for extrajudicial murders with traditional legal and moral American values.

Posted on: May 18, 2012, Source: Consortium News

Neoconservatives like Charles Krauthammer are promoting the misleading Israeli narrative of the 1967 war in their efforts to sell an attack on Iran.

Posted on: May 2, 2012, Source: Consortium News

There is almost no discussion about why so many people in the Muslim world object to U.S. policies so strongly that they are inclined to resist violently.

Posted on: Apr 11, 2012, Source: Consortium News

John Brennan, who championed kidnapping, torture and illegal eavesdropping, has been invited to give the commencement address at Fordham University.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2011, Source: Consortium News

A former career intelligence officer and longtime critic of America's overseas debacles compares Bradley Manning to America's greatest patriots.

Posted on: Dec 4, 2011, Source: Consortium News

A retired top CIA analyst ponders if he could be arrested and held under the Senate's new military detention policy.

Posted on: Jul 18, 2011, Source: Consortium News

Apologists for Israel’s right-wing Likud government are heaping scorn on the activists trying to highlight the illegal blockade of Gaza.

Posted on: Jul 3, 2011, Source: Consortium News

Indignities experienced by the crew of the American boat to Gaza show the administration should not claim lineage to the Americans who declared independence 235 years ago.

Posted on: Apr 28, 2011, Source: Consortium News

The core problem of Petraeus as CIA director is that his reputation is inextricably tied to the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. How can he be objective?

Posted on: Feb 9, 2011, Source: AlterNet

Doomed to become America’s first better-stay-at-home former president, Bush can still take consolation in getting scarce tickets to the SuperBowl.

Posted on: Dec 21, 2010, Source: AlterNet

The corporate media provides ample coverage of Tea Partiers protesting Obama from the Right, but didn't mention the arrests of 135 peace activists protesting the wars last week.

Posted on: Aug 18, 2010, Source: AlterNet

As long as there's been war, American officials have fought against transparency. Could organizations like WikiLeaks finally turn the tables?