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From the archives – A 2007 interview with Ray McGovern

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The other day I came across the embedded video bellow of Ray McGovern.  The interview is a about two years old, but the topics spoken on remain of interest.

McGovern served in the CIA for 27 years.  After becoming extremely disillusioned by the Bush administration’s push for torture as an approved interrogation method, McGovern returned his Intelligence Commendation Award to Congressman Pete Hoekstra, in protest of the policy.  In response to what he saw as a shameful distortion of evidence for the purpose of advancing policy, McGovern co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

The interview bellow touches all several points that are interesting to hear from McGovern’s perspective as an intelligence insider.  The subjects touched on include Vietnam, Iraq, torture and the politics of the CIA.


Written by Aaron Nee

December 16, 2008 at 1:29 pm

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US military interrogator says torture worse than useless

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Yesterday Democracy Now! interviewed a former special intelligence operations officer who led an interrogations team in Iraq two years ago. “He served for fourteen years in the US Air Force and has conducted special missions in more than thirty countries. He personally conducted more than 300 interrogations and supervised more than a thousand. He was awarded a Bronze Star for his achievements in Iraq. His nonviolent interrogation methods led Special Forces to Abu Musab al-Zarqawi, the head of al-Qaeda in Iraq.” (DN!) He is the author of How to Break a Terrorist: The US Interrogators Who Used Brains, Not Brutality, to Take Down the Deadliest Man in Iraq, which was released under the pseudonym“Matthew Alexander” for security reasons.

He argues that torture is effective at outraging potential enemies and turning them into murderous extremists, and warns that it is highly ineffective at extracting intelligence.


Written by annnee

December 5, 2008 at 7:37 pm

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