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As Hillary Talks About Tolerating Free Expression, Police in Front of Her Brutalize Ray McGovern for Turning His Back

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday about the failures of foreign leaders to respect people's freedoms, a 71-year-old U.S. veteran Army officer, a man who spent 27 years in the CIA and delivered presidential daily briefs, a peace activist and proponent of nonviolence, the man who famously confronted Donald Rumsfeld for his war lies, the man who drafted our letter to Spain and delivered it to the Spanish Embassy on Monday, our friend Ray McGovern turned his back in silence.  As Clinton continued to speak about respecting the rights of protesters, her guards -- including a uniformed policeman and an unidentified plain-clothed official -- grabbed Ray, dragged him off violently, brutalized him, double-cuffed him with metal handcuffs, and left him bleeding in jail.  As he was hauled away (see video), Ray shouted "So this is America?" Clinton went right on mouthing her hypocrisies without a pause.

Tell Hillary Clinton what you think of this behavior at 202-647-4000.
UPDATE: Demand to speak with a real person in the Public Affairs Office.
Call the Secretary of State's office 202-647-5291.

Ray told Rob Kall at OpEdNews what he had been protesting by standing silently with his back turned:

"Hillary is the driving force, together with a few others, behind the wars in Afghanistan. She's one of the big hawks in Iran. When I look at her and her husband that they don't know the first thing about war. I do and so do my fellow Veterans for Peace. I have to make clear that we Veterans for Peace think that her policies are an abomination to the nation, that they are at cross purposes to the country and not everybody should applaud and give her the idea that she's doing the right thing."

"I knew that Hillary knew, at the beginning of the war, that Hillary knew how things would go. There was a young lady who was working as Hillary Clinton's personal staff chief, when she was a senator in 2002 and 2003, was in a class I taught in DC and I'd ask her to give her boss articles I wrote. And she did give them to her. So I know that. She made a political calculation that she needed to be strong because she was a woman even though she knew from us that the unintended consequences would be catastrophic. She knew all that and made that calculation."

"The height of irony, of course, is that was her tragic flaw that let Obama beat her. She supported the war and Obama didn't. She is the height of hypocrisy. When people die because we have hypocrites at the top of our government, that compels me to make a statement in whatever way I can. It was not the theme of her speech that I was protesting. It was her war policies and support of Mubarak."

McGovern told Kall what happened:
"They grabbed me and the shock wore off. There was a real struggle. I shouted, 'This is America.' Then I said, 'Who are you?' This is a mystery to me. Who were they? The guy in the suit was the one who did the damage. He was brutal."

"They took me outside, put two sets of iron handcuffs that pierced my wrists. The bleeding went all over my pants. One guy said, "I pricked my finger" like it was his blood."

"I was bleeding in the car so I said 'I think you need to put some gauze on me.' They handed me to the DC police and they told I was being charged with disorderly conduct. I was booked, fingerprinted, mug shot taken. They put me in a little cell -- must be the same size as Bradley Manning's-- about six by four feet."

"It was about three hours that they held me until they let me out. I had to take a cab to the hospital where they x-ray'd me, treated me and dressed my wounds. Then the doctors told me that since this was an assault on me, I had to inform the police about who had assaulted me. A little humor helped then."

Ray compared this incident to his earlier questioning of Donald Rumsfeld, an incident in which Ray did not stand in silent protest but rather waited for his turn at the microphone and did something U.S. journalists tend not to: asked uncomfortable questions:

"When Clinton started talking about how people beat up and arrested people in Iran, it gave some poetic justice, a great irony, to my standing there and what happened to me then, when she's talking about what happened in other countries and there I am being handled in a vicious way...God knows what would happen next. Maybe some senior would ask her questions [she doesn't take questions]. As bad as Donald Rumsfeld was, he let me speak. He let me speak and engaged me in dialog."

"At the same [Rumsfeld] speech, there was a courageous guy who stood with his back to Rumsfeld the entire speech. They left him completely alone and he walked out at the end, unbothered. Four years later, things have changed.

Tell Hillary Clinton what you think of this behavior at 202-647-4000.
UPDATE: Demand to speak with a real person in the Public Affairs Office.
UPDATE 2: Call the Secretary of State's office 202-647-5291.


George Washington University, Washington D.C., February 15, 2011.

Just minutes after Secretary Clinton began a speech lauding freedom of the internet, two security personnel forcefully removed an audience member wearing a Veterans For Peace t-shirt who had silently stood and turned his back to her.  Ray McGovern, a 71-year old veteran, and former CIA analyst was violently grabbed and forcibly removed from the auditorium in direct view of Mrs. Clinton.  According to Mara Verheyden-Hilliard, attorney with the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund, “For this peaceful expression of dissent, he ended up bruised, bloodied, arrested, and jailed.  Secretary Clinton never paused, continuing her speech lecturing other countries about the need to allow freedom of expression and dissent, while Mr. McGovern was hauled out in front of her.”

Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, and the metal handcuffs were fastened so tightly that his wrists were cut and bloody.  After being held by local police, he was told that he was being charged with “disorderly conduct.”

We asked Ray for a quick statement after his release.  He wrote:

“I find myself wondering if this show of brutality may be a signpost on a path to even wider and more brutal repression. I have been comparing what happened during Clinton’s speech Tuesday with my four-minute mini-debate with Donald Rumsfeld on May 4, 2006 in Atlanta ( Halfway through, Rumsfeld gives the nod to a black-hatted security fellow to elbow me away from the microphone.

I shout, ‘So this is America.’  Rumsfeld takes one look at the TV cameras streaming live, makes a snap decision, and tells the security fellow to let me stay.  During that same speech in Atlanta, one fearless witness stands dead-center in the audience with his back to Rumsfeld for the entire speech and is not bothered, much less beaten and jailed.

The contrast between the experience of May 2006 and February 2011 can be viewed through the prism of the proverbial ‘boiling frog.’ There does seem to be a subtle but successful campaign to get people gradually accustomed to increasingly repressive measures; and many, perhaps most, Americans seem oblivious.

After 9/11 Norman Mailer saw a ‘pre-fascist climate’ reigning in America.  If we don’t stand up for our rights, it may not be long before we shall have to drop the ‘pre.’”

Veterans For Peace is proud of our member Ray McGovern, whose simple, dignified action speaks volumes about the power of non-violence.  We abhor the actions of the security personnel who reacted violently and in flagrant violation of Mr. McGovern’s First Amendment rights.  We also deplore the indifference of Secretary Clinton who didn’t bat an eye and we demand that she apologize for her silence and hypocrisy.   Most importantly, we call on the American public to wake up to the dark reality of what this country has become…a place where civil liberties and freedom of expression are becoming increasingly endangered, and the government’s response to every situation is intimidation and force.

Call 202-647-4000 and write Sec. Clinton to protest.

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First let me say Mr. McGovern is a brave hero who everyone with a brain has the utmost respect for, second he is wearing a VFP shirt, a group I am proud to say lets me stand shoulder to shoulder with. I could go on and on about the hipprocracy of our current governing class, which is the same as the old governing class but with new slogans of change, but even I am tired of my rambling. I thought , in 2008 , we were lucky that Obama beat Hillary in the primary but I was sadly quite mistaken, there seems to be no difference between Bush/Cheney & Obama/Biden, and I think Hillary Clinton is a match for Condoleeza Rice. When is America going to have it's "Egypt" moment ? Thank you for your courage Mr. McGovern, I am sorry America has become a thugish regiem and attacked you, I really didn't think it would happen in my lifetime, you are still a hero to me. Mike Perkins MFSO-MN

Everyone should be outraged at the secret police and their thugs, and the hypocrisy of the State Department thug, Hillary Clinton. What hypocrisy.....Talk about an opportunist, arguing for duplicitous standards, exclusive standards, class standards, Empire standard, where our police act like Nazis......prosecute whistleblowers who expose their War crimes, while preaching internet freedom and condemning the police thugs around the world financed mostly by the CIA and U.S. thugs.

Liberals class/empire ideological thugs, polluting social language for class, Empire criminality, are just as corrupt, criminal as their partners in crime, the Republican and fascist tea bagger thugs. SAY SIEG HEIL TO THESE NAZIS. DISGUSTING EXAMPLE OF A WOMAN PRESIDENTIAL CANDIDATE.....STANDING THERE WHILE A CITIZEN GETS BRUTALIZED AND ARRESTED FOR THE VERY THING SHE CONDEMNS..........STOP VOTING FOR THE TWO CRIMINAL CLASS PARTIES, CLASS IDEOLOGIES, EMPIRE THUGS!!!

I made my call to the State Department, objecting to the police nazi tactics.

Hey kidz!!! Please get brother Ray McGovern some "Arnica Gel" for the bruising, . . .

. . . some "Wounded Warrior" for the cuts, . . .

. . . and buy him a cold beer and put it on my tab . . . ;-)

Meanwhile, someone splash some Holy Water on Hillary "Brave New World" Clinton . . . just to see what happens . . . ;-)

Now, watch the video of this again and think back to just a few weeks ago when this same Secretary of State Hillary "Brave New World" Clinton dispatched none other than Frank "Dirty Tricks" Wisner to Egypt to assist Tyrant Hosni Mubarak . . .

. . . and then remember what happened to THOSE "peaceful" protests . . .

(clipped headline and article from Sibel Edmonds' Boiling Frogs)
"Obama Administration’s Neocon Easter - Mr. (Frank) Wisner is a retired State Department 36-year career diplomat – he served as US ambassador to Egypt,. . .But it is inconceivable Hillary Clinton did not know of his employment by a company that works for the very dictator which Mr Wisner now defends in the face of a massive democratic opposition in Egypt. So why on earth was he sent to talk to Mubarak, who is in effect a client of Mr Wisner’s current employers?"

(full story)

Then think of Hillary "Brave New World" Clinton's political ambitions and what she has been groomed for all these years . . .

While it breaks my heart to see brother Ray McGovern of all people treated this way, I do hope that one thing that comes out of this episode . . .

. . . is that this video will go so TRUTH VIRAL that any chance this Zionist serving "Ice Queen" ever had for a Presidential nomination in 2012 . . .

. . . or any OTHER year . . .

. . . will fade away faster than that "Arnica Gel" will fade the bruises on Brother Ray McGovern's body . . . ;-)

Brother Ray . . . what can this ol' fool say, but YOU ROCK!!!

Thank you for your courage and love.

"I've seen it before,
It happens all the time
You're closing the door,
You leave the world behind
You're digging for gold,
You're throwing away
A fortune in feelings
But someday you'll pay
You're as cold as ice
You're willing to sacrifice our love"
- "Cold As Ice" by Foreigner


Just think, that woman was considered the Democrat's alternative to Mr. spineless Obama for president!

I'm still very proud to have wasted my vote on Ralph Nader!

Al K.

if a person is arrested finger printed and mug shot taken then he was arrested for a crime... and they 'just didn't let him out' !!! he was 'bailed out'!!! i do not believe the police just opened the jail door and said audios. If this is true that they just let Ray walk out something is really wrong.
This would be a serious case of harassment if he wasn't BAILED out by a Bail Bondsman??? So it's possible that Rob Kall didn't get that info / over looked / possibly but once you're booked for a crime you can't go without a Release; A release predicated on a Bail/promise to appear/ Soooooo what really happened?

Ray McGovern was grabbed and hauled out apparently by Clinton's guards and some ununiformed policeman, who then handed him over to DC police. I believe to have understood that he was beaten before being handed over to DC police.

Maybe DC police couldn't find anything to charge him with and, therefore, released him without any need for bail. If I understood correctly, then it's Clinton's guards and the cop who was with them who claimed that he was guilty of "disorderly conduct". If that's the case, then perhaps the DC police he was handed over to couldn't see how they could maintain this bogus charge that was either a blatant lie, (and/)or extremely stupid judgment. He clearly wasn't disorderly at all and there were surely some people there who would testify on his behalf, so how could DC police maintain the false charge against him?

They fascistically could do that, but I don't know if they did or would in a case of obvious falsehood.

And haven't police released arrested activists without need for bail over the past (more than) several years? Weren't some activists arrested, jailed and then released later the same day or over the following few days without bail needing to be paid? I thought there were some cases of this, but maybe not.

I too am prouder day by day that I voted for Ralph. At this late date of the Great Unraveling, I would be astonished to see ANYONE vote for either of the Hydra-Head parties. But then, this is America, or what's left of it.

The appalling pathological reptoidesque behavior of Hillary is to be fully expected, tragically.

Power to the People.

Hey kidz!!! Here are some updates on this OUTRAGE!!!

This first video is in two parts.

The first part is recorded conversation between an outraged citizen and the "beta thugs" police state "Public Relations" firewall.

The second part (beginning at 5:30) is a recording of the 04 May 2006 exchange between brother Ray McGovern and War Criminal and Zionist PNAC Neo-Con Donald "Mr. Bullet Proof WMD Intel" Rumsfeld.

(link to video - approx. 10 minutes)
"Ray McGovern Bloodied, Bruised and Arrested at Clinton Speech"

This second video is a response from North Carolina film maker Ryan Dawson and friend of brother Ray McGovern .. .

Yeah, he's just a little pissed off . . . ;-)

(link to video - approx. 4 minutes)
"Ray McGovern Beaten by Police from Herr Hilary Clinton"

For you kidz just tuning in to the "Vince Foster vs. The Clintons" story mentioned by brother Ryan Dawson . . . connect the dotz . . .

(link to archive site)
"The Death of Vincent Foster Evidence Of A Cover-up"


Short story - During ISRAEL-IRAN-CONTRA Conspiracy, Bill Clinton was the Arkansas Governor with Hillary busy playing "White Water". It was under his watch that the drugs and weapons were being flown in and out of the airport in Mena, AR. Some of us think Vince Foster knew too much and may have been a bit too ethical for the Clintons' taste. Dead men tell no tales, much the same as the recent mysterious death of John Wheeler, III.

This most recent outrage by Hillary Clinton's thugs clearly shows that once again, WE THE PEOPLE must ask ourselves what does it mean when the Police State says they are there "To Protect and To Serve"???

"To Protect and To Serve" . . . WHOM???? . . .

I do hope Secretary of Police State Hillary Clinton woke up this morning realizing that when you stand by and allow a 71 year old peace activist to be brutally beaten for merely turning his back in silent protest . ..

. . . when she had the authority to stop it with a word . . .

. . . that her world will NEVER be the same again!!!!

This story is NOT going to go away any time soon, kidz!!

"If you don't like what you got,
Why don't you change it?
If your world is all screwed up
Rearrange it!
If you don't like what you see,
Why don't you fight it?
If you know there's something wrong,
Why don't you right it?
Raise a little Hell,
Raise a little Hell,
Raise a little Hell!!!"
- "Raise A Little Hell" by Trooper


I called the new number. The first time the system automatically kicked me out of the loop. The second time, after 10 rings, I got a male voice and I identified my self, why I was calling, regarding they hypocrisy of the Secretary of State and Ron McGovern's treatment. He interrupted, and said there was no comment from her office, and hung up on me. COWARDLY, DUPLICITOUS, CLASS ELITES, LIKE CLINTON deserve this exposure of their corrupt, criminal behavior, ignoring an attack by secret plain clothes police while condemning police Nazis, dictators, which we finance and support.

Unbelieveable!! It's amazing that the MSM hasn't picked this up!
! Since when is nonviolent, silent protest a crime? She really blew a chance to take control, ask if he'd please turn around and engage in civilized dialog. Change We Can Believe in has turned out to be Change For the Worse. I don't know how much more I can take before I resign as a Dem Precinct Committee Officer and give up on the Democratic Party I have supported since my first election, JFK, 1960.

because she's always been a hypocrite and this treatment of Ray McGovern made her hypocritical nature obvious and unhidable. She exposed her true nature. And we can be thankful for this, for hidden hypocrisy is much more dangerous.

She's a nearly constant liar and lies so much that it comes out through her teeth.

Deals with Ray's assault and encourages non-violent protest of a sold-out government...

"Is it clear to you yet that petitions, phone calls, online polls and promising to vote for the other side in the next election will get us nowhere? Can you see yet that there is really no "other side" inside the Beltway? Is it not yet obvious that these pretenders are far more concerned with doing the bidding of the special interests that keep them swimming in campaign cash than they are with actually working for the people who elected them?"

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