Thursday Feb 17, 201105:29 PM GMT
Ex-CIA analyst brutally arrested over 'silent' protest
Thu Feb 17, 2011 3:45PM
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As U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton spoke on issues of free speech at George Washington University on Tuesday, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern was assaulted, dragged from the room and double handcuffed with metal cuffs causing profuse bleeding.


When Secretary Clinton began her speech, McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back.


McGovern, a veteran Army officer, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.


The 71-year-old McGovern is a retired CIA officer turned political activist. He was a Federal employee under seven U.S. presidents over 27 years.




McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of Clinton by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail.


Clinton never paused speaking.


McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.


The former CIA analyst is being represented by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF). Attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the PCJF stated that "it is the ultimate definition of lip service that Secretary of State Clinton would be trumpeting the U.S. government's supposed concerns for free speech rights and this man would be simultaneously brutalized and arrested for engaging in a peaceful act of dissent at her speech."


In her speech, Clinton was condemning governments that arrest protestors.



This latest demonstration of U.S. crackdown on dissents has resulted in the nation's top human rights leaders condemning Tuesday's U.S. police brutality.


Stephen Soldz of Psychologists for Social Responsibility stated that "Hillary Clinton talks of freedom without pause while watching Ray McGovern be beaten up by guards. Freedom is one of those things only appropriate for the 'others,' not Americans. A real class act".


In her second major speech on Internet freedom, Clinton said the U.S. government was not being hypocritical in simultaneously trumpeting the cause of government transparency around the world and condemning the WikiLeaks publication of confidential U.S. documents.


A little over a year ago, Clinton gave her first landmark speech on Internet freedom at the Newseum in Washington, D.C. The U.S. government subsequently became the target of a backlash after condemning the actions of WikiLeaks.


In over a week as documents were leaked out in batches by Wikileaks, the U.S. and some of its allies launched an all-out attack to discredit the whistle-blowers, crush their website and hound them out.


This is while The United States has announced that it will host UNESCO's World Press Freedom Day event in May, 2011.




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