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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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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Saturday, August 31, 2013 - 10:27am
An Appeal to Gen. Dempsey: Resign If Obama Orders Attack on Syria Without Congressional Authorization
MEMORANDUM FOR: General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Syria and Our Oath to Defend the Constitution Dear Gen. Dempsey: Summary: We refer to your acknowledgment, in your letter of July 19 to Sen. Carl Levin on Syria, that a “decision to use force is not one that any of us takes lightly. It is no less than an act of war.” It appears that the President may order such an act of war without proper Congressional authorization.
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