Saturday, 19 February 2011

Freedom of expression is a thing of the past in the Land of the Free…

Hypocrisy has reached a new level as Secretary of State Hillary Clinton talked at George Washington University on Wednesday, disapproving governments that arrest protesters, not allowing freedom of speech. Former C.I.A. analyst Ray McGovern was taken from the audience by two security guards, beaten and left bleeding in jail. His crime? Standing silently with his back turned to Clinton, wearing a t-shirt that said “Veterans for Peace”. Officially it was “Disorderly conduct”.

McGovern wanted to be “witness to the fact that many Americans are very much opposed to these policies of permanent war”, but he had no idea that it would get him brutalized, arrested and rather seriously hurt.

The timing was “excellent”, as Clinton smilingly said “…and then the government pulled the plug”, the two men grabbed the 71-year-old McGovern and dragged him out of the auditorium. “So this is America,” said McGovern.

“They took me outside, put two sets of iron handcuffs that pierced my wrists. The bleeding went all over my pants.”, said McGovern.

McGovern became a political activist after a 27-year-long career as C.I.A. officer. He served under seven U.S. presidents, presenting the morning intelligence briefings at the White House.

Freedom of expression is a thing of the past in the Land of the Free…

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