Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) is a group of current and former officials of the United States Intelligence Community, including some from the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the U.S. State Department's Intelligence Bureau (INR), and the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA). It was formed in January 2003 as a "coast-to-coast enterprise" to protest the use of faulty intelligence "upon which the US/UK invasion of Iraq was based." The group issued a letter before the 2003 invasion of Iraq stating that intelligence analysts were not being listened to by policy makers.

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Friday, July 24, 2015 - 2:30pm
Obama Should Release MH-17 Intel
A year ago, the U.S. government issued a sketchy report on the Malaysia Airlines Flight 17 shoot-down citing “social media” and other flimsy data implicating eastern Ukrainian rebels and Russia, but then – as hard intelligence became available – went silent. Now, U.S. intelligence veterans are...
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Wednesday, April 8, 2015 - 9:30am
Judith Miller’s Blame-Shifting Memoir
U.S. intelligence veterans recall the real story of how New York Times reporter Judith Miller disgraced herself and her profession by helping to mislead Americans into the disastrous war in Iraq. They challenge the slick, self-aggrandizing rewrite of history in her new memoir. MEMORANDUM FOR:...
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Tuesday, March 10, 2015 - 8:00am
US Intel Vets Oppose Brennan’s CIA Plan
The original idea of the CIA was to have independent-minded experts assessing both short- and longer-term threats to U.S. national security. Mixing with operations and politics was always a danger, which is now highlighted by CIA Director Brennan’s reorganization, opposed by a group of U.S...
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Monday, December 29, 2014 - 2:45pm
Udall Urged to Disclose Full Torture Report
MEMORANDUM FOR: Senator Mark Udall FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Stopping Torture We, the undersigned are veteran intelligence officers with a combined total of over 300 years of experience in intelligence work. We send you this open letter at what seems to be...
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Tuesday, September 2, 2014 - 7:00am
NATO and Ukraine: A Warning
MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Ukraine and NATO We the undersigned are long-time veterans of U.S. intelligence. We take the unusual step of writing this open letter to you to ensure that you have an...
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Tuesday, July 29, 2014 - 3:15pm
Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane Executive Summary U.S.–Russian intensions are building in a precarious way over Ukraine, and we are far from certain that your advisers fully appreciate...
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President Barack Obama participates in a bilateral meeting with President Vladimir Putin of Russia at the Esperanza Resort in San Jose Del Cabo, Mexico, June 18, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Views
Sunday, May 4, 2014 - 12:30pm
Needed: Obama-Putin Summit on Ukraine
May 4, 2014 MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Urgent Action on Ukraine The buck stops with you, Mr. President. If you want to stop a bloody civil war between east and west Ukraine and avert Russian military intervention in eastern...
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President Barack Obama discusses Ukraine during a meeting with members of his National Security Staff in the Oval Office, Feb. 28, 2014. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza) Views
Monday, April 28, 2014 - 1:45pm
Obama Urged to Show Restraint on Ukraine
MEMORANDUM TO: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S. National Interest Dear Mr. President: We the undersigned are veteran intelligence, military, and law enforcement officers. Taken together, our years of service to our...
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Wednesday, January 8, 2014 - 7:31am
NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong
In a memo to President Obama, former National Security Agency insiders explain how NSA leaders botched intelligence collection and analysis before 9/11, covered up the mistakes, and violated the constitutional rights of the American people, all while wasting billions of dollars and misleading the public. January 7, 2014 MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Former NSA Senior Executives/Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Input for Your Decisions on NSA EXECUTIVE SUMMARY
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Thursday, December 12, 2013 - 11:21am
Fire the Liar: Obama Urged to Fire DNI Clapper
Last March – before Edward Snowden revealed the NSA’s sweeping collection of phone and other data – Director of National Intelligence James Clapper said no such operation existed. Now, a group of ex-national security officials urge President Obama to fire Clapper. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
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