The founder of Cryptome.org and veteran publisher of suppressed documents joins us to discuss what can be learned from the Wikileaks phenomenon, including the ways that information leaks can themselves be manipulated. We also discuss corporate complicity in government surveillance of the internet.
On the 6th of May 2018 we organized an event in Munich with Glenn Greenwald, Jill Stein & Abby Martin under the title “Freedom & Democracy: Global Issues in Context 2.0”. This is the second installment of an event series that we started in 2017 in Munich that included Edward Snowden, Jeremy Scahill and other leading experts.
On the 15th of January 2017, acTVism Munich hosted it’s largest event to date with Edward Snowden, Jeremy Scahlll, Richard D. Wolff, Jürgen Todenhöfer, Paul Jay & Srecko Horvat. This event was sold out three months in advance, viewed by 53,000 people via livestream and the releases on YouTube reached circa 1 Million people worldwide.This event was organized, planned and executed by acTVism’s volunteers on an independent & non-profit basis. Although the event was planned months in advance and was undertaken successfully, it was not without struggle.
This video documents the last 2 days leading up to the event.
This interview was undertaken by acTVism Munich on the 15th of January 2017 in Munich and was published in different parts due to technical difficulties. Hence it was republished today as one full version.
In this video acTVism Munich interviews former CIA (Central Intelligence Agency) analyst, Ray McGovern, who talks about his experience in the agency and the reasons that led him to become an activist and outspoken critic of the US government. The interview surfaces a number of issues that include: “Enhanced interrogation techniques” a euphemism for the U.S. government’s program of systematic torture, the role that European governments played in supporting this program, Edward Snowden & the NSA affair, the significance of activism in todays day and age, etc.
Why did President Obama, despite his campaign promises, not pursue meaningful change within the CIA?
Who is Edward Snowden? Is he a traitor or a hero?
What is the role of activism in all of this and what consequences will the European & US population face if they fail to organize & mobilize for change?
Raymond McGovern is a retired 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. McGovern’s post-retirement work includes commentating on intelligence issues and in 2003 co-founding Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.