2. The mainstream Western media loves
Raymond McGovern and Vincent Cannistraro, former CIA agents and anti-Israeli
Very few people get as much media exposure as Raymond McGovern and Vincent Cannistraro, and that is what I will establish here.
The first record I can find of Raymond McGovern expressing himself in the media as a pundit, after retiring from the CIA, is an 822-word editorial published in 1999 by the Boston Globe. In 2000, the Christian Science Monitor published a Raymond McGovern Op-Ed, and another one in 2001. Then it really took off. In 2002 USA Today, the Christian Science Monitor, USA Today again, the Boston Globe, the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, and the Washington Post all carried editorials by Raymond McGovern. His pieces expressed opinions concerning intelligence and foreign policy matters and his past CIA experience was invariably listed as a credential either in the headline or in the signature.
Then, in January of 2003, Raymond McGovern and other ex-spies founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS), an organization that specializes in criticizing the US government for perceived intelligence and foreign policy failures. Immediately following that, the mainstream Western press began using Raymond McGovern as an ‘expert source’ for quotes and wise reflections, and as a news item, in their news stories, whenever he or VIPS said anything in public about US intelligence. This happened at the Guardian, the New York Times, the Ottawa Citizen, several times at the Independent (London), the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), the St. Petersburg Times (Florida), the Denver Post, the Buffalo News, and the New Zealand Herald. Towards the end of the year the Atlanta Journal-Constitution gave Raymond McGovern an interview.
TV and Radio also got very interested in McGovern in 2003 and used him both as an interview subject and a source of sound bites. This was done by News World International, KGO-AM (more than once), KPFA (more than once), CNN (lots of times), FOX News (a few times), NBC News, MSNBC (more than once), CNBC, WFLA-TV, KUSA-TV, Channel NewsAsia (more than once), and National Public Radio (NPR).
From that point onwards Raymond McGovern has continued to be all over the place, and the press has vouched for him left and right as an ‘expert’ on intelligence matters whose only necessary credential is that he used to work for the CIA.
Let me now give you a sense for how dramatically Raymond McGovern is vouched for.
In August 2004, the New York Times published a review of Robert Greenwald’s film “Uncovered: The War on Iraq” that gushes with praise: “Mr. Greenwald’s film is sober and meticulous.” (Greenwald’s film is in fact a parade of ‘former CIA’ people giving their opinions, but never mind that.) In addition, says the NYT:
“Mr. Greenwald focuses on a simple, demonstrable point: that the war in Iraq was sold to Congress and the American public through a coordinated series of public misstatements that at best look like wishful thinking and at worst like outright deception.”
And the NYT also writes,
“. . .the star of the show is Ray McGovern, an articulate and dryly funny former C.I.A. analyst who now heads the anti-invasion group Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.”
So the most prestigious newspaper in the world defends the trustworthiness of a film that is a collection of quotes from ‘former CIA’ people, and that has for star one Raymond McGovern. Thus, by implication, the New York Times defends the trustworthiness of Raymond McGovern -- adding, for good measure, that he is likeable: “articulate and dryly funny.”
The mainstream Western media also loves Vincent Cannistraro. They quote and interview him incessantly as an authoritative ‘expert’ on intelligence and foreign policy issues, and his only credential is, again, that he used to work for the CIA.
A July 2005 search for Vincent Cannistraro in Lexis-Nexis (which archives a great deal of what the Western media publishes) turned up more than 700 news articles in major papers in which he was quoted or interviewed as an expert ever since the Washington Post celebrated his “debut” in this capacity in 1990. That gives an average of more than 4 quotes or interviews per month -- and that’s just in the major papers, not all of them archived by Lexis-Nexis.
In addition, Cannistraro has penned his own pieces in the major papers. He has done this at the Washington Post (three times), the St. Petersburg Times (Florida), and the Boston Globe (twice).
For its part, the radio and TV world does not merely interview Vincent Cannistraro constantly on all matters having to do with security, intelligence, and foreign policy, presenting him always as an expert for having been “chief of operations and analysis at the CIA’s counterterrorism center”; they have also put him on the staff. Thus, he is now “Vince Cannistraro, an ABC News analyst and former CIA counterterrorism chief.”
McGovern and Cannistraro are ‘former CIA officials’ who get an enormous amount of air time in the Western mass media, teaching ordinary people what they are supposed to think concerning intelligence and foreign policy issues. In particular, as I will show later, McGovern and Cannistraro specialize in attacking Israel and defending the Jewish state’s terrorist enemies. I will examine such arguments in detail. But first let us ask the general question: Should you believe ‘former CIA officials’?
Why should you?
Continue to part 3:
Footnotes and Further Reading
 How lies replaced intelligence at the CIA; RAY McGOVERN; Ray McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990. During the '60s his responsibilities included analysis of Soviet policy toward Vietnam. , The Boston Globe, October 7, 1999, Thursday, ,City Edition, OP-ED; Pg. A27, 822 words, By Ray McGovern
 Unequal in the eyes of justice?, Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), September 18, 2000, Monday, OPINION; Pg. 11, 598 words, Ray McGovern, WASHINGTON
A defining moment in history, Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), September 17, 2001, Monday, OPINION; Pg. 20, 2484 words. “Shades of Vietnam,” by Ray McGovern.
 Congress can't fix fractured intelligence, USA TODAY, May 22, 2002, Wednesday,, FINAL EDITION, NEWS;, Pg. 10A, 488 words
Protecting the homeland: Don't jeopardize intelligence links, Christian Science Monitor (Boston, MA), July 25, 2002, Thursday, OPINION; Pg. 09, 697 words, Ray McGovern, WASHINGTON
Appeasement wrong policy toward Iraq, USA TODAY, September 12, 2002, Thursday,, FINAL EDITION, NEWS;, Pg. 12A, 615 words
RAY MCGOVERN Ray McGovern, a CIA analyst from 1964-90, is now co-director of the Servant Leadership School, an inner-city outreach ministry in Washington.; HOW 'INTELLIGENCE' NOW SERVES THE DEFENSE DEPT., The Boston Globe, September 29, 2002, Sunday, ,THIRD EDITION, Pg. D11, 812 words, BY RAY MCGOVERN
The best intelligence? CIA, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin), November 22, 2002 Friday, FINAL EDITION, Pg. 19A, 811 words, RAY MCGOVERN
President Bush's Selection of Henry Kissinger, The Washington Post, December 2, 2002 Monday, Final Edition, EDITORIAL; Pg. A20, 343 words
Skeptical Spy; News: Ray McGovern is tearing away at the nation's mismanaged
and malfunctioning intelligence apparatus, all in an effort to save it; Ray
McGovern Interviewed By Michael W. Robbins; Mother Jones; March 10, 2004.
 Threat of war: Region: Secret report throws doubt on democracy hopes: Domino theory discounted, The Guardian (London), March 15, 2003, Guardian Home Pages, Pg. 5, 637 words, Oliver Burkeman in Washington
Save Our Spooks , The New York Times, May 30, 2003 Friday, Late Edition - Final , Section A; Column 6; Editorial Desk; Pg. 27, 727 words, By NICHOLAS D. KRISTOF
Public was misled on Iraq: Ex-CIA officials: Bush administration 'cooked' weapons intelligence, group charges, Ottawa Citizen, May 31, 2003 Saturday Final Edition, News; Pg. A13, 474 words, Tim Reid, WASHINGTON
IRAQ AFTERMATH: RUMSFELD CHANGES TACK BY INSISTING THAT WMD WILL BE FOUND, The Independent (London), May 31, 2003, Saturday, NEWS; Pg. 8, 510 words, PAUL WAUGH DEPUTY POLITICAL EDITOR Donald Rumsfeld: Set up his own intelligence unit
THE IRAQ WEAPONS MIRAGE; THIS COULD INDEED BE 'A POLICY AND INTELLIGENCE FIASCO OF MONUMENTAL PROPORTIONS', Pittsburgh Post-Gazette (Pennsylvania), June 2, 2003 Monday, SOONER EDITION, Pg.A-15, 732 words, NEW YORK
IRAQ AFTERMATH: CHENEY IS ACCUSED OF PRESSURING THE CIA BEFORE WAR TO BEEF UP WEAPONS EVIDENCE, The Independent (London), June 6, 2003, Friday, NEWS; Pg. 10, 566 words, RUPERT CORNWELL IN WASHINGTON
Missing: Iraq WMD, American credibility, St. Petersburg Times (Florida), June 8, 2003 Sunday, PERSPECTIVE; Pg. 1D, 1578 words, DAVID BALLINGRUD
Cheney's intelligence role scrutinized Critics say VP's influence in making case for war may have led to faulty statements, The Denver Post, July 23, 2003 Wednesday, FINAL EDITION, Pg. A-01, 2518 words, John Aloysius Farrell , Denver Post Washington Bureau Chief
THE EPIC SLAUGHTER IN IRAQ ALSO DESERVES AN INQUIRY; THE OVERVIEW, Independent on Sunday (London), August 24, 2003, Sunday, COMMENT; Pg. 22, 1157 words, JOHN PILGER
OUTING PLAME WAS UNWISE, UNFORTUNATE FOR JOURNALISM, Buffalo News (New York), October 6, 2003 Monday, FINAL EDITION Correction Appended, EDITORIAL PAGE, Pg.B4, 801 words, WASHINGTON
INTELLIGENCE: CASE FOR WAR CONFECTED, SAY TOP US OFFICIALS; HIGH-RANKING FORMER PENTAGON AND CIA FIGURES VENT ANGER AT, Independent on Sunday (London), November 9, 2003, Sunday, FOREIGN NEWS; Pg. 19, 1036 words, ANDREW GUMBEL IN LOS ANGELES Dick Cheney: accused of leaning on the CIA; Colin Powell, right, with CIA director George Tenet at the UN headquarters KATHY WILLENS/AP
NO PRESIDENT HAS LIED SO BALDLY AND SO OFTEN AND SO DEMONSTRABLY' Ray McGovern: voicing the concerns of the CIA, Independent on Sunday (London), November 9, 2003, Sunday, FOREIGN NEWS; Pg. 19, 469 words
Case for war made up, say top names, The New Zealand Herald, November 10, 2003 Monday, NEWS; World, 899 words, By ANDREW GUMBEL in Los Angeles
 Q & A / RAY McGOVERN, former CIA analyst: 'We're trying to spread a little truth', The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, December 7, 2003 Sunday, Home Edition, Pg. 2F, 948 words, DAN CHAPMAN
 START: 00:21:06; Insight; Washington is standing by its conviction. Visual - Kuwait. Soldiers have been looking around to find biological weapons. Sound Bites - Ari Fleischer, White House Press Secretary, saying that the weapons will be found. Sound Bites - President Bush saying that he is tired of Iraq. Interview - Ray McGovern, fmr CIA, saying that the UN should take over the search. Sound Bites - Gen. Tommy Franks, US Central Command, saying that they are looking at several sites. :LR END: 00:24:16 ; International News First, Video Monitoring Services of America, April 14, 2003, Monday, 18:00-18:30 ET, News World International, Television, National Cable, 87 words, 14, nwi18000414.
START: 14.42 Teased Segment - Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity. Interview - spokesperson Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, by phone; discusses issue that information given to President Bush was warped, says the CIA did not find the "correct" answers for what Rumsfeld and Wolfowitz wanted to do, says they created their own intelligence agency that came up with the "correct" answers to support their goals, played on the trauma of 9-11, says Congress was lied to, explains their purpose of preserving the ethics of intelligence, states his loyalty to Bush, Sr, says Richard Perle and others were kept at arm's length during the first Bush term, he says the Senate Intelligence Committee chair Pat Roberts is a joke, a captive of the intelligence community, says Gen Scowcroft needs to conduct an independent investigation. END: 21.05 ; Morning Drive Time, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 2, 2003, Monday, 06:00-07:00 PT, KGO-AM, Television, Local Radio, 144 words, 7, rkgo06000602
START: 08.30 […] Interview - Ray McGovern, briefed President Reagan during the '80s, explains the intelligence can be manufactured to support an administration's war; President Johnson actions during the Vietnam War reviewed. McGovern mentions a report from McNeil Lehrer as per McGeorge Bundy, National Security Advisor, Johnson Administration, as per the lack of evidence to attack the Tonkin Gulf. He compares that report to the situation Colin Powell was in during the Iraq war. McGovern explains he and Powell grew up together in the Bronx. Ray McGovern is a former CIA agent and he is on the Steering Committee for Veterans Intelligence Professionals for Sanity; Verna Avery Brown conducted the interview. END: 16.04 ; KPFA Evening News, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 3, 2003, Tuesday, 18:00-19:00 PT, KPFA-FM, Television, Local Radio, 303 words, 7, rkpfa1800.0603.7
INSIGHT, CNN INTERNATIONAL, INSIGHT 05:00 PM Eastern Standard Time, June 3, 2003 Tuesday, Transcript # 060301cb.k01, SHOW, NEWS; INTERNATIONAL, 3834 words, Malcolm Savidge, Ray McGovern, Daryl Kimball, Jonathan Mann, Walter Rodgers
Sharon, Abbas Shake Hands; Martha Stewart Indicted, CNN, CNN NEWSNIGHT AARON BROWN 22:00, June 4, 2003 Wednesday, Transcript # 060400CN.V84, News; International, 11764 words, James Rubin, Charles Gasparino, Scott Simon, Dennis Kucinich, Aaron Brown, John King, Christiane Amanpour, Kelly Wallace, Jeff Greenfield, Allan Chernoff, Gary Tuchman, David Ensor, Robin Oakley, Jonathan Karl, Charles Feldman
START: 00:32:32 Intelligence Questions; Recap From Above & Continuing Coverage. Visual - Helicopter/ Military Forces. Visual - Weapons. Sound Bites - John Bolton, Undersecretary Of State. Visual - Strikes In Iraq. Studio Interview - Ray McGovern, Former CIA Officer. Sound Bites - Douglas Feith, Undersecretary Of Defense. Visual - CIA HQ. David Ensor Reporting. :LR END: 00:37:04 ; American Morning, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 5, 2003, Thursday, 07:00-08:00 ET, CNN, Television, National Cable, 67 words, 23, cnn07000605
START: 00:13:18 Weapons Hunt.; White House officials are now dismissing claims that America has yet to find weapons of mass destruction. Graphic - Fox News Polll. Interview - Ray McGovern, Former CIA Analyst, says that the problem has not really been put before the American people yet. Interview - Dr. Gazi George, Former Iraqi Scientist, says that the weapons are there in a clandestine weapons of mass destruction program. Graphic - Mobile Facilities. gram ti END: 00:18:16 ; Fox News Live, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 8, 2003, Sunday, 14:00-15:00 ET, Fox News Channel, Television, National Cable, 82 words, 6, fnc14000608.
Condoleezza Rice discusses Middle East peace and Iraq, NBC News Transcripts, Meet the Press (10:00 AM ET) - NBC, June 8, 2003 Sunday, 4483 words
Allegations White House and Pentagon distorted facts to justify Iraq war, NBC News Transcripts, NBC Nightly News (6:30 PM ET) - NBC, June 9, 2003 Monday, 470 words, TOM BROKAW, ANDREA MITCHELL
LESTER HOLT LIVE For June 9, 2003, MSNBC, SHOW: LESTER HOLT LIVE 21:00, June 9, 2003 Monday, NEWS; DOMESTIC, 3793 words, Lester Holt; Andrea Mitchell; Jonas Tichenor
Allegations White House and Pentagon distorted facts to justify Iraq war, CNBC News Transcripts, The News with Brian Williams (7:00 PM ET) - CNBC, June 9, 2003 Monday, 797 words, BRIAN WILLIAMS, ANDREA MITCHELL
START: 00:11:58 Iraq.; Interview - Ray McGovern, retired CIA analyst, discusses Iraq. :LR END: 00:13:00 ; NBC 17 News At, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 10, 2003, Tuesday, 06:00-07:00 ET, WNCN-TV, Television, Local TV, 19 words, 20, wncn06000610
START: 00:04:31 Iraq.; Interview - Ray McGovern, retired CIA analyst, discusses Iraq. :LR6 seg END: 00:05:39 ; News Channel 8 Today, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 10, 2003, Tuesday, 06:00-07:00 ET, WFLA-TV, Television, Local TV, 20 words, 7, wfla06000610
START: 00:37:20 WMD Search; Continuing Coverage Of The Hunt For WMD in Iraq. Sound Bites - President Bush. Visual - Weapons Inspectors. Interview - Ray McGovern, Retired CIA Analyst. :LR END: 00:38:28 ; 9 News Six AM, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 10, 2003, Tuesday, 06:00-07:00 MT, KUSA-TV, Television, Local TV, 36 words, 33, kusa06000610
START: 00:35:00 Intel Issue.; Studio discussion on intelligence information regarding the war. Studio Interview - Wayne Simmons, former CIA operative, comments. Studio Interview - Ray McGovern, former CIA analyst, comments. :LRgram ti END: 00:40:52 ; Fox News Live, Video Monitoring Services of America, June 15, 2003, Sunday, 18:00-19:00 ET, Fox News Channel, Television, National Cable, 44 words, 15, fnc18000615
US lawmakers start probe into WMD case for Iraq war, Channel NewsAsia, June 21, 2003 Saturday, WORLD, 519 words.
START: 27.02 9/11 The latest news pertaining to the Middle East and the 9/11 Panel. Phone Interview - Ray McGovern, CIA Analyst, discusses the issues pertaining to Governor Keene and the 9/11 Commission. Phone Interview - Mike Rupert, Former LAPD Officer, discusses the issues pertaining to discrepancies about 9/11. Phone Interview - Dave Patorti, Lost Brother in 9/11, discusses the issues. He mentions www.unansweredquestions.org. END: 32.32 ; KPFA Evening News, Video Monitoring Services of America, July 9, 2003, Wednesday, 18:00-19:00 PT, KPFA-FM, Television, Local Radio, 77 words, 13, rkpfa1800.0709.13
Ray McGovern discusses an open letter to President Bush demanding the resignation of Dick Cheney, National Public Radio (NPR), All Things Considered (9:00 PM ET) - NPR, July 15, 2003 Tuesday, 813 words, ROBERT SIEGEL
START: 00:21:55 […] Weapons warning from CIA Analyst Ray McGovern in the San Francsico Chronicle. Now he says the stuff doesn't exist unless it was planted. […]END: 00:26:47 ; Fox News Live, Video Monitoring Services of America, July 17, 2003, Thursday, 12:00-13:00 ET, Fox News Channel, Television, National Cable, 228 words, 12, fnc12000717
Q&A 14:30, CNN INTERNATIONAL, Q&A WITH JIM CLANCY 02:30 PM Eastern Standard Time, July 23, 2003 Wednesday, Transcript # 072302cb.k18, SHOW, NEWS; INTERNATIONAL, 2411 words, James Carafano, Ray McGovern, Michael Holmes
Bush wants to know who blew cover of CIA agent, Channel NewsAsia, October 1, 2003 Wednesday, WORLD, 491 words
BUCHANAN & PRESS For November 10, 2003, MSNBC, SHOW: BUCHANAN & PRESS 18:00, November 10, 2003 Monday, NEWS; INTERNATIONAL, 7836 words, Pat Buchanan; Bill Press
 Revisiting The Road To Iraq War, Step by Step, The New York Times, August 20, 2004 Friday, Late Edition - Final, Section E; PT1; Column 6; Movies, Performing Arts/Weekend Desk; FILM REVIEW; Pg. 6, 684 words, By DAVE KEHR
 The CIA Dinosaur, The Washington Post, September 5, 1991, Thursday, Final Edition, EDITORIAL; PAGE A21, 1056 words, Vincent Cannistraro
It's time to dismantle the CIA, St. Petersburg Times (Florida), September 6, 1991, Friday, City Edition, EDITORIAL; COLUMNS; Pg. 14A, 629 words, Vincent Cannistraro, WASHINGTON
A strike against terrorism - and ourselves? WORLD; Vincent Cannistraro is the former chief of CIA counterterrorism operations and is a consultant to ABC-TV news., The Boston Globe, August 23, 1998, Sunday, City Edition, FOCUS; Pg. E1, 1151 words, By Vincent Cannistraro.
Undetected At Home, The Washington Post, September 13, 2001 Thursday, Final Edition, EDITORIAL; Pg. A31, 901 words, Vincent Cannistraro.
Assassination Is Wrong -- and Dumb, The Washington Post, August 30, 2001 Thursday, Final Edition, EDITORIAL; Pg. A29, 820 words, Vincent Cannistraro
THE BIG IDEA / THE NEW NEW TERRORISM Vincent Cannistraro is a former head of CIA counterterrorism operations and former director of intelligence programs at the National Security Council.; A CHANGING INTELLIGENCE PARADIGM, The Boston Globe, September 23, 2001, Sunday, ,THIRD EDITION, Pg. D8, 935 words, BY VINCENT CANNISTRARO
 BIN LADEN IS AT LARGE: CIA; FLED AFGHANISTAN IN DECEMBER, REPORT CLAIMS, The Toronto Sun, January 16, 2002 Wednesday,, Final Edition, News;, Pg. 12, 273 words, SPECIAL TO THE TORONTO SUN, WASHINGTON
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