Hillary Hypocrisy?

While the Secretary Calls for Free Speech, Veteran is Arrested and Abused Before Her Eyes for Exercising Free Speech

On Tuesday, February 15th Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a speech on the importance of Freedom of Speech in the Internet age. She focused her attention on foreign countries and chided them for curtailing the speech of their citizens.

During that speech Ray McGovern, a veteran who also served for 27 years as a CIA analyst, exercised his freedom of speech by standing and silently turning his back on Secretary Clinton. He was protesting the ongoing wars, the treatment of Bradley Manning and the militarism of U.S. foreign policy. He did not shout at the Secretary of State or interrupt her speech. He merely stood in silence.

See video here.

McGovern’s action was a powerful one and it threatened the Secretary of State. Two police officers roughed him up, pulled him from the audience and arrested him. As you can see from the pictures, the 71 year old McGovern, was battered and bruised; indeed, his attorney reports he was left in jail bleeding.

McGovern is not just a former CIA analyst. He did the daily intelligence briefing for Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush. He also briefed the National Security Advisor, Joint Chiefs of Staff and the Cabinet on security matters. He has come to see that the current U.S. wars are about controlling natural resources, especially oil, positioning U.S. military bases in key areas and protecting the unusual alliance between the U.S. and Israel. So when he stood silently his speech was being heard.

And when Secretary of Clinton kept speaking about the importance of freedom of speech, as if nothing was occurring before her eyes, Ray McGovern’s voice became even louder. The hypocrisy of the United States became thunderous. Free speech was being snuffed out right before her eyes but she kept talking about freedom of speech, doing nothing to protect it while criticizing other countries, U.S. client states like Egypt and those enemies like Iran, for their failure to allow their people to speak freely.

On the same day that McGovern was roughed up and left bleeding by the police, independent journalist, Brandon Jourdan, returned from Haiti after being on assignment documenting the rebuilding of schools. When he returned to the United States, he was immediately detained, questioned about his travels and had all of his documents, computer, phone and camera flash drives searched and copied. This is the seventh time Jourdan says he has been subjected to lengthy searches in five years, and has been told by officials that he is “on a list.” Freedom of speech? Freedom of the press? Did Secretary of State Clinton say anything? No. She remained silent.

And on that same day, as he has for the last 8 months, Pfc Bradley Manning sits in solitary confinement, pre-trial torture, for the alleged crime of sharing with the media evidence of war crimes in Afghanistan and Iraq as well as crimes committed by agents of U.S. foreign policy. Included in the documents he is accused of leaking are diplomatic cables that show Secretary of State Clinton issuing a memorandum directing U.S. diplomats to spy, including illegally spying on UN diplomats. During his long pre-trial punishment has Secretary of State Clinton said anything about Pfc Manning’s illegal punishment before trial? No, she has remained silent.

Finally, a last example of many all of which I will not describe here, while Secretary of State Clinton was speaking, agents of the U.S. Department of Justice were trying to find a way to prosecute Julian Assange, the editor-in-chief of WikiLeaks. They claim this super-journalist, whose publication has released more classified documents than the Washington Post has in decades, is not a journalist. Some of the most recent publications of WikiLeaks helped to spark the revolution in Tunisia. And during the revolt in Egypt, WikiLeaks documents showed that Mubarak’s newly appointed Vice President, Omar Suleiman, was the choice of Israel to be Mubarak’s successor. This U.S. trained military and intelligence officer tortured people at the request of the United States. While Secretary of State Clinton has remained silent about the trumped up investigation of Assange, she did not remain silent about Suleiman. She made it clear, he was America’s choice as Mubarak’s successor.

Please write Secretary of State Clinton and urge her to put actions to her words. Urge her to stand up for freedom of speech in the United States. First, she should apologize for the treatment of Ray McGovern and seek to have the charges against him dropped. But, more importantly, she should ask that Bradley Manning be released for prison and the charges against him be dropped. His patriotic act of exposing war crimes and other criminal activity deserves plaudits from free speech loving Americans. Similarly, she should tell Attorney General Holder that the abusive investigation of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks should be halted. Secretary Clinton is at the center of numerous challenges to free speech in the United States. She could become a leader in reviving this first and foremost freedom in America, or she could remain silent. Click
here to urge her to put actions to her words.

Finally, Ray McGovern wrote me a day after his brutal ordeal saying: “The painful bruises are those for our country and its erstwhile ideals physically I hurt, but no broken bones, dislocated shoulders, or anything else that will not heal please pass word around.” If you share Ray’s concern for the direction of the United States, write Hillary Clinton and support efforts to change the direction of the country.

Kevin Zeese co-directs Popular Resistance and is on the coordinating council for the Maryland Green Party. Read other articles by Kevin, or visit Kevin's website.

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  1. bozh said on February 18th, 2011 at 9:11am #

    hillary means that chinese shld have the right to speak against justice and laud americanism.
    and that u.s., being in her eyes an epitome of justice, has the right to emplace wmd around china.

    and not to mention the fact that u.s. warships cruising chinese waters, pose a threat to all of us.

    as i had said more than once, have american fascist ever honored any agreement or law; including their own?

    and had any fascist ever honored a law? will a supremacist ever honor any law?
    hillary thinks chinese were born yesterday and cannot figure out hillary’s [u.s.] aims? tnx

  2. hayate said on February 18th, 2011 at 11:19am #

    There is no freedom of speech in israel’s american colony when that speech threatens to have a positive effect. But if one wants to spread ethnic, religious and racist hate, one is given all the freedom they need.

  3. hayate said on February 18th, 2011 at 11:23am #

    “Please write Secretary of State Clinton and urge her to put actions to her words. Urge her to stand up for freedom of speech in the United States.”

    What a sick joke. When has pleading with war criminals ever resulted in anything positive. One doesn’t plead war criminals, one documents their crimes, puts them on trial and then executes them.

  4. rosemarie jackowski said on February 18th, 2011 at 12:55pm #

    Good comments from hayate and bozh… Clinton should be tried as a war criminal along with the rest of the gang.

    BUT, the big question is: Will US voters ever learn? Clinton is just doing what most other dem/repubs would do.

  5. Deadbeat said on February 18th, 2011 at 1:41pm #

    I agree with hayate, pleading with Clinton is a SICK joke. Why Zeese would suggest this is as dumbfounding as Mickey Z’s latest article requesting unorganized individualist measures. Symbolic as that is amounts to no change.

    During the Clinton’s reign more people entered the prison system in the history of the U.S. so locking people up is not new to the Clintons. This is also why it is disconcerting that Zeese sole focus is on Bradley Manning when he could get broader support especially from communities of color if he talked about ALL political prisoners and economic prisoners rotting away and being tortured in the U.S. prison system.

  6. hayate said on February 18th, 2011 at 8:41pm #

    rosemarie jackowski


    “BUT, the big question is: Will US voters ever learn? Clinton is just doing what most other dem/repubs would do.”

    They don’t learn. About the only change is each subsequent crop of politicos is more ziofascist/fascist and any of a given crop are interchangeable. Replacing one or a few does little. The whole lot should be used as lamppost decorations, along with their major sponsors. These people have murdered millions.


    “Why Zeese would suggest this is as dumbfounding as Mickey Z’s latest article requesting unorganized individualist measures. Symbolic as that is amounts to no change.”

    I’ve seen a lot of this sort of thing over the years from writers I thought were on the left. They would write an inspiring piece, get one all fired up, and then recommend begging the war criminals to be nice, as their solution (or should I say punch line).

    As for clinton (plural), there is nothing there but ?????, one couldn’t tell them apart from cal worthington…

  7. John Andrews said on February 19th, 2011 at 12:31am #

    Great piece Kevin. Well done.

  8. Rehmat said on February 19th, 2011 at 6:29am #

    Hillary Clinton, like many other American political leaders – is an Israeli poodle. She lectured other governments how to establish ‘freedom of speech’ especially the Islamic Republic of Iran – while a 71-year-old war veteran was beaten in front of her – not because he was challenging Hillary’s Jewish lies about Iran – but because Ray McGovern is welknown for his opposition to US wars on Afghanistan, Iraq, Lebanon, Iran and Zionazi state’s treatment of native Palestinian Muslims and christians.

    ‘Freedom of Speech’: US vs Iran

  9. kbzeese said on February 19th, 2011 at 8:45am #

    Thanks for all the comments. Not much I disagree with.

    As to writing Clinton is a joke, we need to go after Clinton in a variety of ways. We are constantly looking for opportunities to confront her in public. If anyone sees a public event for Hillary please let me know and we will try to get people there to do as Ray did — confront her. My email is moc.liamgnull@eseeZBK. The action Ray took was a result of DC activists noting Clinton’s public appearance and sharing it with a group of us. We want more opportunities to do the same.

    Email letters are important in order to get people to sign up and get involved so that when we take future actions there is a bigger network of people ready to act. Some people are not ready for public confrontations so for them sending is a letter is what they are currently comfortable with. But, that comfort level will grow as they see more of us taking action as Ray did.

    It is also important for Clinton to know that we see her as a hypocrite. That thousands of Americans see through the fog of propaganda and corporate media — that the U.S. is undermining free speech at home. She should be told she is a hypocrite by as many Americans as possible.

    But, we do not only encourage or organize email letter or phone call campaigns. We organize a variety of public events which sometimes include civil resistance where people risk arrest. Join us at http://www.VotersForPeace.US for war, torture and related issues and at http://www.ProsperityAgenda.US for economic issues like health care, banking regulation, ending the Fed, ending the wealth divide and democratizing the economy.

  10. Josie Michel-Bruening said on February 19th, 2011 at 11:29am #

    Yes, I want to join John Andrews! Furthermore, I want to follow Kevin Zeese’ s appeal of writing to Hillary Clinton, and by doing this I will add to the above mentioned names the case of the “Cuban Five”.
    Just now, there is a video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9SBQ5FmYuBw&feature=youtu.be

    The Cuban Five had been nothing else than whistleblowers by warning Cuban authorities of the planned exile Cuban terrorist attacks against their country. – Like Bradley Manning just now, they had been suffering from solitary confinement before their biased trial in Miami-Dade in 2001 for 17 months, and during their imprisonment since September 1998, after their sentencing in 2001 they had to suffer from arbitrary isolation confinement several times, each time for weeks, the last one happened to be in August last year.
    No one within the successive US administrations seemed to care for the decision of the UN Group for Arbitrary Detention in 2005, nor for the repeated petitions of Amnesty International in favor of them, nor for 10 Nobel Prize Winners etc.
    The US politicians seem to have their back to the wall when fighting for their own “security”.

  11. Josie Michel-Bruening said on February 19th, 2011 at 11:37am #

    Oh, I just saw that on the website mentioned by the author, one can only join the letter when being US citizen.
    Therefore, I have to try at the website of the Department of State.

  12. mary said on February 24th, 2011 at 7:27am #

    John Pilger writes ab0ut the McGovern incident as an illustration of how far down the road to fascism America has gone.