Ray McGovern Interview
May 16 and 17, 2016
I interviewed Ray McGovern, a former CIA analyst for 27 years, from the administration of John F. Kennedy to that of George H. W. Bush. Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief. The interview was so intense, covering a wide range of subjects, that I decided
to create a series of videos in 10 to 30 minute segments.
In this first of the series (12 minute runtime), Ray talks about the death of the 4th Estate – the media – and gives personal examples about how even the most progressive and intelligent people are convinced that by reading the New York Times and the Washington Post they know what is going on. Ray relates how
at his 50th college reunion at Fordham in the Bronx, he called General Jack Keane a liar for insisting that Iran was close to having a nuclear missile. Keane was a consequential player and largely responsible for the “Surge” in Iraq that was not only a total failure, but constructed on the crass and political reason for letting Bush and Cheney “ride off into the sunset” not having lost the war.Ray is a marvelous storyteller who mixes historical dates, events and “inside” information with a delightful sense of humor.
Some of Ray’s insights will be in my new film, 11:57 –
Three Minutes to Midnight