Hillary’s Hypocrisy

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

By David Swanson

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.


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.

17 Replies to “Hillary’s Hypocrisy”

  1. Hillary Clinton is nothing but a communist pinko Pig she was a member of the Marx Party in College, a self proclaimed communist member and you see how she treats anyone that opposes her.

    All those women and idiots that supported her during her run for President should take note on what she truly is. This article might bring to light what she and the entire Democratic Party are. In 2012 VOTE your heart but don’t vote Democratic again its killing us.

    I have said and will continue to say Democrats and Republicans have failed us we need the “AMERICAN CONSTITUTIONAL PARTY” one that brings prayer in schools, bill of rights and constitution back in the court rooms and gets America back to the country it once was.

  2. I used to think highly of Hillary but my opinion has done a 180 since she
    was annointed Sec. of State. And I almost voted for her in ’08. Glad that
    didn’t happen. But I tend to think that she is a bitter woman. She was beaten
    by a better person and that really hit home. As a matter of fact, I actually
    pretty disappointed with Obama and his Administration. Whatever happened to
    “change” ? All I have seen since day 1 is pandering to the right so he doesn’t
    have to fight. Well, we voted him in TO FIGHT ! If he doesn’t get his act together
    soon he will not be where he is in 2013. And I am actually starting to hate in
    looking ahead as to whom our next President might be. If a Tea Party or Republican
    gets in we are screwed, rued and tatooed. So please Barrack..GET IT TOGETHER.
    Semper Fi….

    1. Hey Jon Jon…
      I’ve been here….just checking things out. I am getting disappointed and disgusted with all of the crap that is happening here in the in good old USA. Us veterans are really getting corkscrewed…or, at least the politicians are trying to do it. Hopefully with Murray, in her position,
      will help put a stop to what “they” are attempting to do to us. I just hope
      she is strong and tough enough to hold her position and help protect all who
      have served, are serving and will be doing so in the future. I just read
      that our famous Marine/Viet vet Jim Webb is going to run again for Senator
      from Va. I used to respect him for his position on Veteran’s issues, but since he has been in the Senate he has done diddly squat. He has not stood
      up for us..even though he ran on a Veteran-friendly platform. He turned on us and became another McCain…….in Congress for the glory and ego. Neither of those two men, and countless others that are too numerous to name, have become puppets to the asshole right-wing(nuts)idiots. This country could be involved in the next home-grown and grassroots situation
      that is happening in the Middle East now. I hope not.But if they continue
      to mess with us the shit WILL hit the fan. Semper Fi

  3. The man is 71 years old for crying out loud, an honest decent law abiding citzen who served his country & is a true patriot! They don’t even treat murdering gang members that badly. Beggars belief.

  4. “Free Speech Zones” alone tell the sorry tale of a nation bereft of any concern for its founding principles and anyone who dares to defend them, which does NOT include US soldiers sent to foreign lands to kill for war profiteers. The battle for freedom is right here at home and its civilians like Ray who are true front line troops.

  5. That episode concerning Ray McGovern is going viral over the Internet, as it should. This is what our government thinks of free speech. Her highness needs to be sent back to Arkansas along with her hubby.

    1. And the DC Police need to be rounded up, relieved of their jobs and sentenced for their crimes and their coverup. Brutal thugs the lot of them.

    2. Sure, since “democracy” in the lexicon of US imperial doublespeak has long been defined as: fawning deference to and facilitation of the hegemonic implantation of Western corporate operations, access to and control over the target nation’s resources with profits to be expatriated by those same corporations.

      You simply apply the inapplicable popular definition of democracy, as do most folks when trying to understand power political reality.

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