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Episode 04-23

27-Year CIA Analyst, Ray McGovern, Unravels True Motives Behind Russia-Ukraine | Popular Replay: Investigative Reporter, Greg Palast, On Unfolding US Voter Purges

Part 2: Rethinking Heroes Supports Public Radio in this special edition : "Protecting the Constitution"

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Guest(s): Greg Palast - Investigative Reporter, Ray McGovern - CIA Analyst

Greg Palast is known for his investigative reports for The Guardian, BBC Television, Rolling Stone and his string of New York Times bestsellers including The Best Democracy Money Can Buy and Billionaires & Ballot Bandits.

His latest film, “Vigilante: Georgia’s Vote Suppression Hitman” is narrated by Rosario Dawson and produced by Martin Sheen.

“Doggedly independent, undaunted by power. [Palast’s] stories bite, they’re so relevant they threaten to alter history.” — Chicago Tribune

Palast and his hat have been seen on over 2000 media appearances. Pacifica Radio Network broadcasts his weekly Election Crimes Bulletin.

Palast is known for complex undercover investigations, spanning five continents, from the Arctic to the Amazon, from the Congo to California, using the skills he learned over two decades as an investigator of corporate fraud on behalf of the US Dept of Justice, 20 attorneys general and governments from England to Brazil.

Ray McGovern, 27 year CIA analyst, is a specialist on Russia. McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years (April 1963 to August 1990), serving seven U.S. presidents.  His CIA career began under President John F. Kennedy, and lasted through the presidency of George H. W. Bush.  McGovern advised Henry Kissinger during the Richard Nixon administration, and during the Ronald Reagan administration he chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President's Daily Brief.

At his retirement in 1990, McGovern received the CIA's Intelligence Commendation Medal. He returned the medal "in protest in 2006 over CIA use of torture." 

3 YEARS EARLIER, he co-founded Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (or VIPS). He is currently teaching a course on: “On the Morality of Whistleblowing.”

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