Former CIA agent and political activist Ray McGovern (1939) is one of the prominent guests at the Movies that Matter Festival in The Hague that kicks off today. McGovern worked for the CIA for 27 years, chairing the National Intelligence Estimates and preparing the daily briefings on national security for US presidents Reagan and George H.W. Bush.
McGovern received the Intelligence Commendation Medal to honour his work. He returned the medal in 2006 to protest against the involvement of the CIA in torture.
McGovern, who is highly critical about the use of drones by the Obama administration, will attend several screenings of the film Dirty Wars as part of the Movies that Matter Festival’s A Matter of ACT programme. On Saturday 22 March, he will participate in the War on Terror talk show about the excrescences of the war on terror. Sir Nigel Rodley, Chair of the UN Human Rights Committee, will also be among the participants in the debate, which will be moderated by Arabist Petra Stienen. Read the press release.