Ukraine War: Speaking Truth to Empire Talks with Ray McGovern

Ukraine War and American propaganda against Russia and Putin


Speaking Truth to Empire on KFCF 88.1 FM independently owned and locally operated since 1975 in Fresno, Dan Yaseen interviews Ray McGovern. Ray is a veteran CIA officer turned political activist. Ray was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990.

Ray’s duties included chairing National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the President’s Daily Brief. He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal at his retirement, returning it in 2006 to protest the CIA’s involvement in torture.

In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to “justify” war on Iraq. They discuss the Ukraine War and American propaganda against Russia and Putin. His website is


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  1. Thanks Ray for this excellent thoughts.. MY question is why the media, the military are all out for the war. It seems we did not learn from two recent wars, trillions wasted, destroying countries that will never become whole again, and with unprecedented corruption of both the military and civilian contractors. We did not have tome to heal from the War on Afghanistan for us to be at war again. Why should we send hundreds of billions of arms to the Ukraine? This war was long time in the planning by Obama, Trump and Biden administration, with the State Department playing a key role in pushing for conflict with Russia. Who could believe that an Uber driver can ship $35 millions of arms to the Ukraine? We are again at a New Cold War.

    • Criminals frequently do their crime and burn down the building to conceal the evidence. Why would it be any different on a grander scale for those who have spent the last 60 years looting this country and destroying most of the world? Death and destruction are means to an end. Death instills fear and makes the public amenable to Draconian laws and control. Destruction will always need to be rebuilt using borrowed money, and this is where the bankers can reap a continuous stream of society’s labors in the form of interest.

    • Sami, I agree with Greyman, criminals frequently do their crime and then burn down the building to conceal the evidence. But, in this case, I suspect the “criminals” are not even human anymore, maybe some AI profit algorithm like what controls the hedge funds. They’re angling for a complete reset of the planet Earth and the fate of humanity is of little concern to them. As long as some of us stay around as technicians we are of little use to them.

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