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Clinton Talks Freedom as Dissident Bloodied and Dragged Off


McGovern was a CIA analyst for 27 years, whose duties included preparing the President’s Daily Brief and chairing National Intelligence Estimates.

Robert Parry, editor of just wrote: “Sometimes the hypocrisy is just overwhelming. So, it probably shouldn’t surprise us that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton would deliver a speech hailing the peaceful protests that changed Egypt while 71-year-old Ray McGovern was roughed up and dragged away for standing quietly in protest of her support for the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan.

“‘So this is America,’ said McGovern as he was hustled from the room by two security guards. ‘This is America.’

“McGovern, a former Army intelligence officer and a 27-year veteran of the CIA, was wearing a ‘Veterans for Peace’ t-shirt and, according to witnesses, was standing silently with his back to Secretary Clinton before he was set upon by the two agents who bruised, bloodied and handcuffed McGovern, a cancer survivor. See video:

“McGovern, who writes for, has been detained at other events protesting both the illegality of U.S. wars and the hypocrisy of demanding accountability for others but not for senior U.S. officials implicated in war crimes, like the torture authorized by former President George W. Bush and ex-Vice President Dick Cheney.”

Also see: “Ray McGovern Discusses Brutal Arrest at Secretary Clinton’s Internet Freedom Speech,” which includes video of McGovern questioning Rumsfeld.

For more information, contact at the Institute for Public Accuracy:
Sam Husseini, (202) 347-0020, (202) 421-6858; or David Zupan, (541) 484-9167