Stories by Ray McGovern

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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.