Ray McGovern was a CIA officer from 1963 to 1990. As a CIA analyst in the 1980s, chair of the national intelligence estimates
, McGovern prepared the president’s daily brief
He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal
at his retirement, only to return it in 2006 to protest the CIA’s involvement in torture. Ray McGovern now works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the Ecumenical Church of the Savior in inner city Washington.
During his 27-year career at the CIA he worked for 9 CIA directors, several of them at close remove. Primarily a substantive analyst and briefer, he nonetheless served in all four of the CIA’s main directorates, and during one of his postings abroad helped manage a large covert action project.
McGovern’s post-retirement work also includes commenting on intelligence issues, and in 2003 co-founding Veterans Intelligence Professionals For Sanity
, otherwise known as VIPS.