‘ON THE GROUND’ SHOW FOR OCTOBER 28, 2016: What’s Really Happening in Syria and Iraq…Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern and Michael McPhearson of Veterans for Peace Break Down the New ‘Cold War’ with Russia…Headlines on DAPL, Planet News, Black Lives Matter, Trump, Arts and Activism

A focus on the state of never-ending war and the war of words by the United States since 9-11. The United States and its allies have bombed or are bombing at least eight countries in the Middle East and Africa. In Syria, where this country is holding onto the policy of regime change of another Arab leader, we are trading charges of violence against civilians and war crimes with Russia. Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and the war hawks surrounding her continue to call for a no-fly zone that is a no-fly zone of planes other than U.S. planes. Meantime, the same U.S. charges against Russia for harm to civilians are not being applied to casualties caused by the U.S bombs in Syria, Iraq, Yemen or elsewhere. In-studio is Ray McGovern, former CIA officer turned political activist. McGovern was a CIA analyst from 1963 to 1990, and in the 1980s chaired National Intelligence Estimates and prepared the President’s Daily Brief. He received the Intelligence Commendation Medal at his retirement, returning it in 2006 to protest the CIA’s involvement in torture.[2] McGovern’s post-retirement work includes commentating on intelligence issues and in 2003 co-founding Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity, to expose the way intelligence was being falsified to justify war on Iraq. Also joining us is Michael McPherson, an army veteran from the First Gulf War and executive director of Veterans for Peace. Mr. McPhearson spoke earlier this year at the Breaking Through Power Conference here in DC. He joins us from St. Louis.

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