Former CIA analyst says evidence abounds for
analyst and daily presidential briefer Ray McGovern discusses "Inside
INTELLIGENCE: Behind the headlines on the Iran
our Constitutional Crisis, Prisoner Treatment and September 11th"
Monday night at the Portsmouth Public Library.
(Aaron Leclerc/Staff photographer)
PORTSMOUTH — The
evidence for impeachment of the president and vice president is overwhelming,
former CIA analyst and daily presidential
briefer Ray McGovern told a room full of people at the Portsmouth Public
Library Monday night.
McGovern, who provided daily briefings for former presidents Ronald Reagan and
George H. W. Bush as well as other high ranking officials during his 27 year CIA career, said he has witnessed a
"prostitution of his profession" as the Bush administration lied to
the American people about the evidence of weapons of mass destruction in Iraq.
"Don't let anyone tell you the President
was deceived by false intelligence ... they knew," McGovern said.
For the next 40 minutes, he relayed a series of events leading up to 9/11 which
illustrate the President's desire to go to war with Iraq well before 9-11, that
reliable CIA evidence showed that Iraq did not have weapons of mass destruction and
was presented to the administration and the "facts were fixed" in
order to legitimize the invasion.
"The estimate which said Iraq had weapons of mass destruction was
prepared to the terms of reference laid down by Dick Cheney in a speech on Aug.
It was the worst estimate of intelligence and came to the wrong conclusions,
but it was designed to do that," McGovern said.
McGovern has been an outspoken commentator on intelligence-related issues since
the late 1990s and since 2002 has been publicly critical of Bush's use of government intelligence in
the lead-up to the war.
The recent report detailing Iran's stopping its nuclear weapons
program four years ago, is an example of how the administration knows it can no
longer hide such "incontrovertible evidence" from the American people
in the fallout from the misinformation they received on the Iraq War, McGovern
said. He added that he had almost given up on believing their were people still
working at the top with a conscious and enough people at the top willing to let
analysts do their job and accept independent analysis.
In late 2005, Congress requested an estimate on Iranian nuclear capabilities.
Analyst and Daily Presidential Briefer, Ray McGovern, holds a talk entitled
"Inside INTELLIGENCE: Behind the headlines on the Iran 'Threat',
our Constitutional Crisis, Prisoner Treatment and September 11th", to a
group at the Portsmouth Public Library on Monday.
(Aaron Leclerc/Staff photographer)
former colleagues got really good, incontrovertible evidence that the program,
such as it was, has been ordered stopped since 2003. The evidence was such that
not even Dick Cheney could deny it. That's why the report was not produced
until three weeks ago," McGovern said, adding that the Bush administration
has been putting "spin" on their rhetoric ever since.
McGovern also addressed the reasoning he believes is behind the threat of war
with Iran. He said he believes Israel thinks they have a pledge from the
White House to deal with Iran before Bush leaves office and
relayed the story of the U.S.S. Liberty, which was attacked by the Israelis in
1967 and covered up by the United States. Thirty-four U.S soldiers were
killed and about 170 were seriously injured.
"It seems to me, that on June, 8, 1967, Israel realized it could literally get
away with murder," McGovern said.
McGovern said he also believes Congress will be of little help. Recently House
Speaker Nancy Pelosi admitted to learning about torture and illegal
eavesdropping in briefings, but said it was her understanding when briefed,
that she will not share the information with anyone else, including other
members of the House Intelligence Committee.
McGovern called Pelosi out on violating her oath to uphold the Constitution
"against enemies, foreign or domestic" by allowing acts in violation
of the Constitution to continue by not saying "diddly."
He added that although an impeachment bill currently in Congress is gaining
more support, Democrats are shying away because of the influence of lobbies and
political analysts telling them to "wait it out" until the election.
Charges in the impeachment bill sponsored by Dennis Kucinich,
are very detailed and "as good as any," McGovern said, and referenced
the illegal eavesdropping of American citizens. He added that the President has
"admitted" to this "demonstrably impeachable offense."
"The argument for impeachment is overwhelming," Randy Kezar of Kingston said after the event.
"Impeachment is constitutionally required."
McGovern's visit was co-sponsored by NH Codepink, Seacoast Peace Response, NH Peace Action, NH
American Friends Service Committee, Seacoast 9-11 Questions Group, NH Veterans for Peace and Witness for Peace-N.E.