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Truthdigger of the Week: Ray McGovern

Posted on Feb 18, 2011

Ray McGovern’s post-arrest photos circulated on the Web following Tuesday’s confrontation with Clinton.

This week we throw our support behind former CIA analyst, Army veteran and peace activist Ray McGovern, whose arrest while protesting as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton paid tribute to the wave of demonstrations in the Middle East made a troubling statement about the state of our own freedoms.

The irony of this situation did not appear to register with Clinton as she stood at a podium emblazoned with the words “Internet Freedom” at George Washington University in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday, talking up the international community’s technologically enabled solidarity with rallying citizens in Egypt and putting down the former regime’s clampdown on communication and free speech. Meanwhile, the 71-year-old McGovern, standing in the audience in a Veterans for Peace T-shirt, turned his back on the Secretary of State in silent defiance of her message.

Just after Clinton relayed how “citizens of all stripes shared their hopes and fears about this pivotal moment in the history of their country,” and how “millions worldwide answered in real time, ‘You are not alone and we are with you,’” it was made clear to McGovern that he was not standing in a free speech zone. “Then the government pulled the plug,” Clinton intoned. “Cell phone service was cut off, TV satellite signals were jammed and Internet access was blocked…. ” The video posted below shows McGovern being grabbed during this timely description of jammed signals and escorted out of the building, exclaiming, “This is America?”

According to several accounts of the Clinton-McGovern run-in—see AlterNet’s here, BradBlog’s here and Common Dreams’ here—McGovern was then beaten and arrested for disorderly conduct. No thanks to Clinton for failing to safeguard Americans’ freedom to express their dissent in that encounter, but thanks are due to McGovern for his ongoing efforts to exercise that right peacefully in the face of resistance.

Editor’s note: And thanks to Larry Gross for nominating this week’s winner.


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By MarthaA, February 25, 2011 at 6:09 pm Link to this comment

barbi520, February 25 at 7:54 pm,

Apparently you are not outraged by “war for profit”, but you
should be. 

Ray McGovern isn’t young and should not have been mistreated in
any way for making a nonverbal statement, but he was treated
severely.  This picture doesn’t show as much of the blood as other
pictures I have seen.

Hillary could have stopped Mr. McGovern from being roughed up
and jailed, but Hillary didn’t stop the ejection or show any concern
as she could not help but see what was happening right in front of
her.  Hillary should have stopped the mistreatment whether you
know it or not.

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By barbi520, February 25, 2011 at 2:54 pm Link to this comment
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He doesn’t look at all like he was beaten. If he is
soooo outraged by war, why did he work for the biggest
lying war monger on the planet, George W Bush. Where
were his protests in 2003..  He does not look like he
was beaten so you need to stop lying.

Hillary didn’t eject him. The police did as they should
have. She continued with her speech as she should have.

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By SacastiCanuck, February 22, 2011 at 3:20 pm Link to this comment
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Jeeze,with Ray’s background you think he would know that you have to wear a monks robes and light yourself on fire to get any attention….His military/intelligence background does make a certain statement all on its own though,huh..I here and salute you Ray.You have those cohones that Sarah Grizzly likes to mention.

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By tedmurphy41, February 22, 2011 at 10:03 am Link to this comment

The recent veto, at the UN, by the United States over Israeli settlements should focus the minds of all fair-minded Americans as to the biased manner in which America treats a “foreign Country, namely Israel.
Just how “democratic” can a vote be when a veto is used in this context and why are a certain group of Countries able to apply it as the fancy takes them.
How can peace ever come to Palestine when American Hypocrites are allowed to behave in this shamful way by undermining it.
Whilst this undemocratic feature remains part of the UN, it should be sidelined as an independent body until a vote taken within this UN is able to stand on its own merits without behaviour, as disgracefully unfair as this, being allowed to overturn a fair and proper vote.

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By MarthaA, February 21, 2011 at 11:03 pm Link to this comment

Of course, heartless Hillary allowed Ray McGovern to be manhandled right in front of her—there is not any more of an authoritarian person anywhere—violating his freedom meant nothing to her—children have to be punished—all she and the DLC are interested in is power and control of the children of the 70% Majority Common Population.

Hillary and Bill Clinton talk a good story, but are very much into keeping the DLC Nannie State with the DLC Corporate Middle Class ‘New Class’ to Rule over the Nannie State—the Nannie State being the 70% Majority Common Population of the United States by telling them they are individuals and are the middle class and the poor, and deleting the whole power of the majority population’s class and culture into a nanny state; BOTH are leaders in the DLC Conservative Movement and the forming of the NEW CLASS of New Democratic Rulers, the NEW Ruling Middle Class that helps the Old Ruling Class rule the 70% Majority Common Population in the United States.

The NEW Middle CLASS has already been formed and will not change, therefore, there is no other way to have representation for the 70% Majority Common Population other than with a NEW and EQUAL political party to represent the 70% Majority Common Population as a Class and Culture, the American Populace Class and Culture which will bring CHANGE we can really believe in and it MUST happen.

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By MarthaA, February 21, 2011 at 9:28 pm Link to this comment

Ray McGovern wants power to the people—the people of the 70% Majority Common Population, as the New Class/ Middle Class and Culture are who the Democratic Party represent, which is only a 20% minority population that excludes the 70% Majority Common Population as a class and culture.

Power to the People of the 70% Majority Common Population for an EQUAL Political Party to represent the 70% Majority Common Population’s Class and Culture, the American Common Populace; the Democratic Party represents the Corporate Nearly Noble Middle Class and Culture and the Republican Party/GOP represents the Corporate Noble Aristocratic Elite Capitalist Class and Culture——No Political Party represents the 70% Majority Common Population, the American Populace and it is time for a change.

If you wonder what the American Common Populace looks like, many are rallying in Madison, Wisconsin.

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By reynolds, February 21, 2011 at 7:50 pm Link to this comment

at what she (foolishly) considers a safe remove from
any ambiguity of outcome in the egyptian upheaval,
this bloated fraud now stakes her claim; she would
tout democracy while a detractor is removed by
she and her president are cyphers, mere symptoms of
a system so corrupt and irrelevant as to be
laughable but for the damage done; a system so
broken, so fouled that her husband was once its
figure head.
the only thing she stands for is the treachery of
prevailing trends- as she perceives them.
rotten, completely rotten.

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By gerard, February 21, 2011 at 12:26 am Link to this comment

Linda Campbell:  Your comment:  “We have the right to hear the truth, but we can’t get anywhere near it if we are brutalized and jailed for merely standing in silent protest when officials are telling lies”.. is slightly skewed by popular misconceptions about nonviolent protest, which is not understood—or even paid attention to—here except in certain locations where it is taken seriously and studied.
  As a matter of fact, protests like this one are successful to the degree that they get wide media coverage which makes advocates of war, hypocrisy and raw power look either stupid or unfair—or both.
  This protest was much more effective than a crowd of riotous, angry people barging in to try to outshout Hillary would have been. 
  The point is to protest without using aggressive, angry, contentious methods, fighting back, which only succeed in arousing more anger and create a rationalization for police brutality etc. etc. 
  People just don’t seem to want to recognize this here in the States.  The leaders of the Egyptian protest studied nonviolence in Serbia before the demonstrations there, and violence was consciously forbidden and refused.  It was a tremendous success, and not only due to nonviolence of course.  The community disposition of the Egyptian people themselves was also extremely helpful. Forbes Magazine has done some study of this, and a few other places.  More information will probably come out in time but it is doubtful if it will get wide distribution as Americans in general have an automatic bias against nonviolence as of the present.  Hopefully ...

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By DGBJPN, February 21, 2011 at 12:17 am Link to this comment
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As Hillary said,in Egypt ‘protesters coordinated their next moves’ and as Hillary knows in America Americans would have little whine and fall back in line knowing full well their concerns would be vindicated and their loads shot sometime soon with a John Stewart skit or a Mr Fish cartoon.

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By Ronald Lee Vaught, February 20, 2011 at 5:30 pm Link to this comment
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I like Ray Mc Govern its his right to silently object to a policy. The reaction was
uncalled for. But the Ray i knew would not have objected to the rights of others to
stand up to oppression in the middle east. It seems to me both sides one side
more than another object to dissent. The Obama Administration are not
continueing the illegal theft of the white house in 2000-2009 jan 19th as we all
heard in the state of the union adress in jan by 44th President Obama. Any one
who says differn’t has unwittingly or knowingly trying to use self fulfilling
prophecy to continue that demize of American values during the stolen years.
Democracy is afoot all over the world. Every democrat and other party members
ought to be wise ans end a message when they come to speak about democracy
by instructing security to be wise and yet tolerant of dissentors. We can’t forget
Christine Taylor Green and the Federal judge who died 01/08/2001 the same day
my mother died in 1961. Where your black and white ribbon.

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By Linda Campbell, February 20, 2011 at 8:41 am Link to this comment
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Thank you Ray McGovern for courageously standing up for the truth. US foreign policies and war-mongering have gotten worse and worse, but it is a rare person who stands up in silent disapproval, as you did, or who speaks out, as you did, to question Rumsfeld’s lies. The Obama administration is continuing Bush-Cheney’s neocon policies and in some cases making them worse, such as the US drone attacks killing innocent civilians in Pakistan. The American people have the right to protest peacefully. We have the right to hear the truth, but we can’t get anywhere near it if we are brutalized and jailed for merely standing in silent protest when officials are telling lies. Hillary Clinton was criticizing Egypt and Iran for not allowing freedom of speech as Ray McGovern was dragged away.  The Orwellian overtones are chilling.

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By pshycobabbler, February 20, 2011 at 4:26 am Link to this comment
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She is getting good at marketing our new Google/Facebook economy. Thousands of marshmallows await in cubicles to set up sales routes.

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By bachu, February 20, 2011 at 2:55 am Link to this comment
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This is the US of A after all. I fully expected none of the audience member to lift a finger in solidarity with Mr. McGovern.  He should have known better than to interrupt Hillary.

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By Clash, February 19, 2011 at 8:41 pm Link to this comment

Ray McGovern is not the first nor will he be the last as the chaos of change takes place, not the change that his worship emperor O envisions, but the true change that comes when catastrophic events over run the ability of a culture and the civilization it is part of, to adapt to the new circumstances. This has been America from its very beginning so the question is moot, unless you happen to be a student of revisionist history.

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By berniem, February 19, 2011 at 6:25 pm Link to this comment

Like so many others I was duped into believing that Obama, et. al. would be different than their predecessors. Unfortunately, they are proving to be just as bad if not worse with the only difference being smiles instead of sneers and a semblance of intellect where before only incompetence came through!

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By diamond, February 19, 2011 at 6:10 pm Link to this comment

Rico has now officially morphed into Freako. Incoherent and irrelevant comments (in defense of a clear violation of the First Amendment) don’t make a case, Freako. To be Truthdigger of the week you have to care about the truth and you have shown repeatedly that you think the truth is any lie that serves a political agenda -namely yours.

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By mick in nz, February 19, 2011 at 4:49 pm Link to this comment

By rico, suave, February 19 at 2:59 pm Link to this comment

So if I put on a bandaid and show a bruise on my arm and look like George Carlin, can I be a truthdigger of the week, too?

You will have to learn how to use google before you run off at the mouth ...unlike you McGovern is a man of substance’s one story that may help people like you realize that your not half the man you think you are .I don’t think we will be seeing you as a “truthdigger of the week” anytime soon !

“Ray McGovern, Former Sr. CIA Analyst, ‘Bruised, Bloodied’ While Dragged From Room During Hillary Clinton Speech on ‘Freedom of Expression’”
“We’ve interviewed former senior CIA analyst Ray McGovern, on the air and off, many times over the years. We’ve come to consider him not just a source, but a friend and a national hero for his tirelessly non-partisan fight for truth and justice.

The man who once briefed Presidents directly, from Ronald Reagan to Bill Clinton, had long ago earned our great respect—- from his courageousness in famously confronting then-SecDef Don Rumsfeld in 2006 about lying about Saddam and WMD (watch the classic confrontation on video here) to his calling out CNN on air for their abysmal failures in accurately reporting on WikiLeaks (video here) last December to his arrest weeks later at the White House with other vets and national heroes for “refusal to obey a lawful order” while protesting against the Obama Administration’s wars around the world—- all while overcoming some enormous personal health issues at the same time.

So it’s little wonder that FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds, founder of the National Security Whistleblowers Coalition (NSWBC), found herself “way too upset to write a coherent piece” yesterday after hearing of the news that the 71-year old McGovern had been “brutalized and left bleeding” by security guards after daring to stand in silent protest during a speech by Sec. of State Hillary Clinton—- on “the rights of individuals to express their views freely”(!)—- at George Washington University on Tuesday.

Clinton didn’t even blink as the 27-year CIA veteran was dragged out of the room from where he was standing silently, back towards her, during her speech, some 15 feet in front of her as RAW STORY reports and as the video below suggests—- or even as he finally shouted: “So this is America!”...”

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By Allan Krueger, February 19, 2011 at 10:28 am Link to this comment

News flash: The government doesn’t want your opinion - only your money!

Let’s get it over with!

Everyone clean out your bank account (if you have one) or shoe box… send all of your money to the congress member of your district and it can directly be given to those who run the country! They can package it up and send it to the major corporations (or the lobbyists who pay of your congress members)!

Fuck it! Anyone who does not see that this is one screw job after another - turn off American idol and FUX News and WAKE THE FUCK UP!

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By rico, suave, February 19, 2011 at 9:59 am Link to this comment

So if I put on a bandaid and show a bruise on my arm and look like George Carlin, can I be a truthdigger of the week, too?

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By zonth_zonth, February 19, 2011 at 6:28 am Link to this comment

Ha Ha.  Funny to see her spew on thinking “nothing to see here, nothing at all”.  I thought she questioned Assanges online exposures as a US security problem and terroristic.  In this speech she is espousing the internet for its organizing and informative character.  Wooden waffling puppet.

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By T Biskit, February 19, 2011 at 12:23 am Link to this comment
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Home of the free?  This is not the country they taught me about in grade school…Power to the People! Democracy Now!

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By Zeya, February 18, 2011 at 10:10 pm Link to this comment
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Excellent pick! Ray McGovern is a great American. Sadly, our Secretary of State is a self-aggrandizing hypocrite.

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By Alan MacDonald, February 18, 2011 at 10:00 pm Link to this comment

Hillary exposes Empire——here in the USA:

Now that the American people have seen Hillary’s performance at GW University in Ray McGovern’s beating, she should not be allowed to appear anywhere in the US without turning our individual AND MEDIA backs on this fascist pig.

Hillary is a Nazi, lying for the corporate/financial/militarist EMPIRE which IS this ‘Vichy’ government infecting America, like a cancer.

Shameful lack of mention by MSM of Ray McGovern’s beating by Hillary’s jack-booted SS thugs.

This can not be ignored anymore than the Nazis’ Krystalnacht.

Clinton out NOW!

Clinton out NOW!

Just like Mubarak—- this criminal Clinton must be GO NOW.

Obama will HAVE TO remove Hillary—- she will never be able to make a speech in America again, because the people will not stand for it. Actually, they will stand every time, like McGovern, with their backs turned to her.

Obama will expose himself as the ‘smooth talking’ political pawn of EMPIRE if/when they try the normal (Empire) “crisis management” propaganda sh*t of trying to blame and remove the low level SS security thugs, and claim that Hillary could do nothing about it.

The b*tch could and should have, using the power invested in her sorry ass, told the security thugs, “Stop that. He’s an American citizen. You can’t treat Americans like that!”

But sub-Fuhrer Hillary didn’t do that. In fact, if the video is carefully reviewed it is very likely that Hillary looked toward her security force when she saw McGovern stand, as if to say, “Get that prick”—- and they did! In other words, Hillary probably gave the eye signal, the nod, the commander’s stare to order, “Get Him, Hurt Him, Make him disappear”.

Alan MacDonald
Sanford, Maine
“Democracy over Empire” party headquarters

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By TAO Walker, February 18, 2011 at 9:48 pm Link to this comment

“So this is America!?” Ray McGovern shouted as he was being dragged away.  Hell yes!, us surviving Turtle Island Natives could’ve told him….and it always has been.

It’s a hard reign’s a-gonna fall.


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By mick in nz, February 18, 2011 at 9:41 pm Link to this comment
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And todays word children is “hypocrisy” ...after me ...

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