VIPS Memos

Publications from the Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity

Intel Vets Voice Doubts on Syrian Crisis

OPEN MEMORANDUM FOR: The American People
SUBJECT: Mattis ‘No Doubt’ Stance on Alleged Syrian CW Smacks of Politicized Intelligence
April 26, 2017

Trump Should Rethink Syria Escalation

MEMORANDUM FOR: President Trump
SUBJECT: Syria: Was It Really “A Chemical Weapons Attack”?
April 11, 2017

A Demand for Russian ‘Hacking’ Proof

MEMORANDUM FOR: President Obama
SUBJECT: A Key Issue That Still Needs to be Resolved
January 17, 2017

US Intel Vets Dispute Russia Hacking Claims

MEMORANDUM FOR: U.S. Senate
SUBJECT: Allegations of Hacking Election Are Baseless
December 12, 2016

Obama Warned to Diffuse Tensions with Russia

ALERT MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: PREVENTING STILL WORSE IN SYRIA
October 2, 2016

US Media Ignores CIA Cover-up on Torture

MEMORANDUM FOR: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Vice Chairman, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
SUBJECT: U.S. Media Mum On How Your Committee Faced Down Both CIA and Obama
September 16, 2016

Merkel Urged to Temper NATO’s Belligerence

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
SUBJECT: NATO Summit in Warsaw
July 6, 2016

Intel Vets Call ‘Dissent Memo’ on Syria ‘Reckless’

MEMORANDUM FOR: Assistant to the President for National Security Affairs
SUBJECT: Beware Foggy Bottom Dissent
June 25, 2016

Intel Vets Urge Fast Report on Clinton’s Emails

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Those “Damn Emails” – “Really a Concern”
May 23, 2016

VIPS Offers Advice to Candidates

MEMORANDUM FOR: Dr. Ben Carson, Hillary Clinton, Ted Cruz, John Kasich, Marco Rubio, Bernie Sanders, Dr. Jill Stein, and Donald Trump
February 26, 2016

A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack

MEMORANDUM FOR: Secretary of State Kerry & Foreign Minister Lavrov
SUBJECT: A Call for Proof on Syria-Sarin Attack
December 22, 2015

U.S. Intel Vets Decry CIA’s Use of Torture

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Veteran Intelligence Professionals Challenge CIA’s “Rebuttal” on Torture
September 19, 2015

Obama Should Release MH-17 Intel

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Releasing an Intelligence Report on Shoot-Down of Malaysia Airlines Flight 17
July 22, 2015

Judith Miller’s Blame-Shifting Memoir

MEMORANDUM FOR: Americans Malnourished on the Truth About Iraq
SUBJECT: A New “Miller’s Tale” (with apologies to Geoffrey Chaucer)
April 7, 2015

US Intel Vets Oppose Brennan’s CIA Plan

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: John Brennan’s Restructuring Plan for CIA
March 9, 2015

Curbs on Surveillance State Urged

MEMORANDUM FOR: Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board
Subject: Two Administrations and Congress Dismantled the Constitution How Can It Be Restored?
March 5, 2015

Udall Urged to Disclose Full Torture Report

MEMORANDUM FOR: Senator Mark Udall
SUBJECT: Stopping Torture
December 29, 2014

Warning Merkel on Russian ‘Invasion’ Intel

MEMORANDUM FOR: Angela Merkel, Chancellor of Germany
SUBJECT: Ukraine and NATO
August 29, 2014

Obama Should Release Ukraine Evidence

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Intelligence on Shoot-Down of Malaysian Plane
July 29, 2014

Needed: Obama-Putin Summit on Ukraine

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Urgent Action on Ukraine
May 4, 2014

Obama Urged to Show Restraint on Ukraine

MEMORANDUM FOR: THE PRESIDENT
SUBJECT: Russia, Ukraine, and the U.S. National Interest
April 28, 2014

NSA Insiders Reveal What Went Wrong

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Input for Your Decisions on NSA
January 7, 2014

Obama Urged to Fire DNI Clapper

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Fire Clapper
December 11, 2013

Time for Proof on Syrian CW Attack

MEMORANDUM FOR: Secretary of State John Kerry and Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov
SUBJECT: Time for Proof on Syrian CW Attack
October 1, 2013

Obama Warned on Syrian Intel

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Is Syria a Trap?
September 6, 2013

An Appeal to Gen. Dempsey on Syria

MEMORANDUM FOR: General Martin Dempsey, Chairman, Joint Chiefs of Staff
SUBJECT: Syria and Our Oath to Defend the Constitution
August 30, 2013

Brennan’s Loose Talk on Iran Nukes

MEMORANDUM FOR: Sen. Dianne Feinstein, Chair, Senate Select Committee on Intelligence
SUBJECT: Due Diligence on John Brennan
February 22, 2013

A Persian Gulf ‘Hot Line’ Proposed

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Avoiding Spiraling Violence in the Persian Gulf
July 31, 2012

Avoiding Another Long War

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Avoiding Another Long War
January 4, 2012

Obama Warned Israel May Bomb Iran

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: War With Iran
August 3, 2010

Intelligence Vets Back Torture Probe

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Accountability for Torture
September 27, 2009

Memo to President Obama on Torture

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Torture
April 29, 2009

Obama Urged to Back Chas Freeman

MEMORANDUM FOR: Admiral Dennis Blair, Director of National Intelligence
SUBJECT: Obama’s DNI Urged to Back Freeman
March 8, 2009

Dangers of a Cornered George Bush

MEMORANDUM FOR: Special Memo
FROM: Veteran Intelligence Professionals for Sanity & Dr. Justin Frank
SUBJECT: Assessing the potential dangers and possible countermeasures available to constrain GW Bush
July 27, 2007

How Not to Counter Terrorism

MEMORANDUM FOR: Special Memo
SUBJECT: Have Bush administration policies made Americans safer from the threat of terrorism since 9/11?
June 18, 2007

Intel Vets Question the Iraq-UK Crisis

MEMORANDUM FOR: Special Memo
SUBJECT: Brinkmanship Unwise in Uncharted Waters
March 29, 2007

Intelligence Vets’ Memo to Congress

MEMORANDUM FOR: Speaker of the House, Senate Majority Leader
SUBJECT: Denouement on Iraq: First Stop the Bleeding
March 14, 2007

Bush Urged to Counsel with “Wise Women” on Iraq

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Recommendation: Try a Circle of “Wise Women”
August 24, 2005

Advice for Bush’s State of the Union

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Your State-of-the-Union Address
January 13, 2004

One Person Can Make a Difference

MEMORANDUM FOR: Colleagues in Intelligence
SUBJECT: One Person Can Make a Difference
October 13, 2003

Intelligence Vets Urged to Speak Out on Iraq Intel

MEMORANDUM FOR: Colleagues in Intelligence
SUBJECT: Now It’s Your Turn
August 22, 2003

Intelligence Unglued

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Intelligence Unglued
July 14, 2003

VIPS to Annan: Return UN Inspectors to Iraq

LETTER TO: The Honorable Kofi Annan, Secretary General, The United Nations
May 19, 2003

The Iraq War Intelligence Fiasco

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Intelligence Fiasco
May 1, 2003

The Stakes in the Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction

MEMORANDUM
SUBJECT: The Stakes in the Search for Weapons of Mass Destruction
April 24, 2003

Arafat Interviewed by VIPS’ Christisons

INTERVIEW: Arafat Interviewed by Christisons
March 26, 2003

Iraq Intel: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Forgery, Hyperbole, Half-Truth: A Problem
March 18, 2003

Cooking Intelligence for War in Iraq

MEMORANDUM FOR: Confused Americans
SUBJECT: Cooking Intelligence for War
March 12, 2003

Powell’s UN Speech and the Case for War

MEMORANDUM FOR: The President
SUBJECT: Today’s Speech By Secretary Powell At The UN
February 5, 2003

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