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Forum Post: Hegemony Abroad Requires a Security State at Home

Posted 1 year ago on Nov. 7, 2013, 5:50 p.m. EST by LeoYo (5909)
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Hegemony Abroad Requires a Security State at Home

Thursday, 07 November 2013 11:52 By Paul Jay, The Real News Network | Video Interview

http://truth-out.org/news/item/19891-hegemony-abroad-requires-a-security-state-at-home

Also see Part 1: Ex-CIA Analyst on Snowden and Calling Journalists Terrorists

In this segment of Reality Asserts Itself, Paul Jay and former CIA analyst Ray McGovern discuss the relationship between seeking to be the world's single superpower and the resulting blowback and need to suppress dissent at home.

TRANSCRIPT:

PAUL JAY, SENIOR EDITOR, TRNN: Welcome to The Real News Network. I'm Paul Jay in Baltimore. And welcome to Reality Asserts Itself.

We are continuing our interview with Ray McGovern, who now joins us in the studio.

Thanks for joining us again, Ray.

RAY MCGOVERN, RETIRED CIA ANALYST: Welcome.

JAY: So Ray, in case you don't know, is a former CIA analyst. He's now a political activist. He's--was instrumental in founding the Sam Adams Associates for Integrity in Intelligence. He's a cofounder of Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity.

Thank you. And I know you actually have found some veterans and professionals with some sanity. It's somewhat of a--.

MCGOVERN: And with some conscience.

JAY: You have. I've actually been quite impressed. You know, I got politicized during Vietnam days, and then we had no idea there actually were anyone like you in the CIA.

MCGOVERN: Thanks a lot.

JAY: You were all the bad guys. I'm going to pick up--part one of the interview I suggest you watch, 'cause I'm going to kind of pick up on something we talked about in part one. You said that the Constitution defends people's rights at home and that should be respected in an ironclad way--my words, but that's what you meant. But you understand the need for adult intelligence abroad, meaning don't do something stupid like spy on Merkel, but you might do something else that's required.

MCGOVERN: That's correct. Yeah.

JAY: I want to push back a little bit on that, which is, with U.S. foreign policy as it is, with the basic mindset of the American elite, whether it's represented by Republicans or Democrats in terms of their leadership, that you will necessarily violate the Constitution at home if you have this mindset abroad.

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