Show: Indymedia Presents

Episode: 0347 Indymedia Presents Ray McGovern presidential briefing.mpg

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This week Indymedia presents a mock presidential briefing, which was conducted recently at the Vets For Peace Northwest Regional Conference. Ray McGovern plays himself (a CIA intelligence officer) while Michael McPhearson, national Executive Director of Veterans For Peace, plays President Obama.

Ray McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. He served under 6 or 7 presidents during his 27 year career, and was responsible for preparing daily security briefings for a number of them, including President Reagan and the first President Bush. He became an outspoken critic on intelligence-related issues starting in the late 1990s. In 2002 he was publicly critical of President George W Bush's use of government intelligence in the lead-up to the US invasion of Iraq. McGovern, who was in Seattle to present a keynote address at the conference, brings his vast experience to life in this mock briefing, which was filmed live by PepperSpray at the Vets For Peace conference. The skit touches on a number of current foreign policy topics with insight and humor.

For a good list of articles written by Ray McGovern, go to

Michael McPhearson was a field artillery officer during the first Gulf War. He is Executive Director in the national office of Veterans For Peace. He was in Seattle for the NW Regional Conference of VFP and made a perfect President Obama for Ray McGovern's mock briefing.

For more on Veterans For Peace go to:

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