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Mock Presidential Briefing with Ray McGovern

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Published on Mar 31, 2009

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
www.alternet.org/authors/5591

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: www.veteransforpeace.org

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Indymedia Presents #347 first airs on Seattle's SCAN TV on Thursday, March 26, 2009 at 8:30pm
This show airs on the Manhattan Neighborhood Network's Channel 34 on Sunday, April 26, 2009 at 10:30pm
All other locations, check local listings

For more info visit our website: www.peppersprayproductions.org

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