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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"If you base decisions on misleading “intelligence” on Iran, the inevitable result will be a great deal worse than the Bush/Cheney debacle in Iraq." (Photo: Domenico/Flickr/cc) Views
Wednesday, August 01, 2018
VIPS to Trump: Intel on Iran Could be Catastrophic
August 1, 2018 MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: Intelligence on Iran Fails the Smell Test Mr. President: As the George W. Bush administration revved up to attack Iraq 15 years ago, we could see no compelling reason for war. We decided...
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"We have, as you have noted, been down this road before with the Iraq WMD debacle in 2003.  Let us not repeat this mistake." (Photo: Lefteris Pitarakis/AP) Views
Friday, April 13, 2018
Trump Urged to Seek Evidence Before Attacking Syria
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: Evidence Required for Military Decision on Syria Mr. President, We the undersigned Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity join a number of other credible experts including former UK Ambassador to Syria...
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Monday, March 26, 2018
Trump Should Withdraw Nomination of Gina Haspel
Two dozen former U.S. intelligence officers urge President Trump to rescind Gina Haspel’s nomination to lead the CIA, citing torture that she oversaw while supervising a black site prison, as well as her role in destroying evidence. MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence...
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation
MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS)* SUBJECT: Syria: Was It Really “A Chemical Weapons Attack”? 1 – We write to give you an unambiguous warning of the threat of armed hostilities with Russia – with the risk of escalation to nuclear war. The...
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017
Another Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof
MEMORANDUM FOR: President Barack Obama FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS) SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved As President-elect Donald Trump prepares to take the oath of office Friday, a pall hangs over his upcoming presidency amid an unprecedentedly...
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Thursday, December 15, 2016
US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims
MEMORANDUM Allegations of Hacking Election Are Baseless A New York Times report on Monday alluding to “overwhelming circumstantial evidence” leading the CIA to believe that Russian President Vladimir Putin “deployed computer hackers with the goal of tipping the election to Donald J. Trump” is,...
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Monday, October 03, 2016
Obama Warned to Defuse Tensions with Russia, Avert Wider War in Syria
ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: PREVENTING STILL WORSE IN SYRIA We write to alert you, as we did President George W. Bush , six weeks before the attack on Iraq, that the consequences of limiting your circle of advisers to a small,...
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Sens. Richard Burr (R-N.C.), Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.), and Ron Wyden (D-Ore.) pictured sitting on the Senate committee that issued the CIA torture report. Views
Friday, September 16, 2016
US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture
MEMORANDUM FOR: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity SUBJECT: U.S. Media Mum On How Your Committee Faced Down Both CIA and Obama We write to thank you for your unwavering support for your extraordinarily...
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Wednesday, July 06, 2016
Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence
MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity (VIPS SUBJECT: NATO Summit in Warsaw REFERENCE: Our Memorandum to You, August 30, 2014 We longtime U.S. intelligence officers again wish to convey our concerns and cautions directly to you prior...
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Sunday, June 26, 2016
Intel Vets Call 'Dissent Memo' on Syria 'Reckless'
A group of U.S. intelligence veterans urges President Obama to resist the “reckless” call for a wider Syrian war from 51 State Department officials in a recent “dissent memo.” MEMORANDUM FOR: Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for...
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