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- An Evening with Career CIA Analyst, Ray McGovern

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Want to hear what you won't hear in the mainstream news?! Join us for a fascinating evening with veteran CIA analyst turned political activist, Ray McGovern! His talk will weave together several issues that impact our local community and currently dominate national and international news. Ray's mission is to "spread truth" in the world, so come out to learn something new...and have some fun, too!

WHAT: Dinner lecture followed by Q&A. Bring your questions!

Please Pre-register and get your tickets online to reserve your place by May 1st.

General Admission- $30;
Students - $15
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WHERE: Russian Restaurant Volga
2515 Rosemeade Parkway, Carrollton Tx.

(NW corner of Marsh & Rosemeade, near the Dallas North Tollway & 190/Bush Turnpike)

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WHEN: Thursday, May 4, 2017
6:00pm - Reception (wine & beer available)
7:00pm - Dinner & Program

Hosted by the Dallas Peace & Justice Center; cosponsored by North Texas Veterans For Peace, Pax Christi Dallas, and CodePINK Dallas. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Ray McGovern was born and grew up in the Bronx, NYC. He earned B.A. and M.A. degrees from Fordham University in Russian history, language, and literature, with minors in theology, philosophy, and classics, and taught Russian at the University of Virginia. Ray also holds a Certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University and is a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

Ray came to Washington from his native Bronx in the early Sixties as an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then served for 27 years as an analyst at the CIA, where his work included chairing the National Intelligence Estimates as well as preparing and presenting the President's Daily Brief to senior White House officials and national security advisors.

In January 2003, Ray co-created Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) to expose how intelligence was being falsified to "justify" war on Iraq. On the afternoon of the day Secretary of State Colin Powell misled the UN Security Council on Iraq, VIPS sent a memorandum to President George W. Bush, saying: “... after watching Secretary Powell today, we are convinced that you would be well served if you widened the discussion beyond … the circle of those advisers clearly bent on a war for which we see no compelling reason and from which we believe the unintended consequences are likely to be catastrophic.” VIPS' ongoing commentary and signatories can be found here:

Ray now leads the "Speaking Truth to Power" section of Tell the Word, a publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Savior in inner-city Washington, D.C. He is fluent in Russian, German, and Spanish. Ray and his wife have been married 55 years; they have five children and nine grandchildren.

Russian Restaurant Volga
2515 Rosemeade Parkway
Carrollton, Texas 75007
(214) 483-5050
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