Clinton Resign: Free Speech Needs a Champion

Full disclosure: I am friends with Ray McGovern, and have never been prouder to be able to say so.

After being shamelessly distorted by the major media as an incident of "heckling," Ray McGovern, 27-year CIA veteran who has served under seven presidents, gave this interview (embedded below) to PressTV, the Iranian news agency, on the assault on him which left him bloody and bruised after he stood silently with his back turned at a Clinton speech.

McGovern, whose duties including delivering morning intelligence briefings to the president, is now a leading opponent of the wars. The 72 year-old McGovern was wearing a Veterans for peace t-shirt when he was assaulted.  The video captures the assault occurring before Clinton's eyes no more than 30 feet away, with her never batting an eyelash or breaking stride. The subject of the speech was freedom of expression.

McGovern had been standing silently with his back turned in silent protest. It was just as Clinton had delivered the line "...and then they pulled the plug," with a slight pause and smile, that McGovern was pounced upon. The now viral video shows McGovern being dragged out, which is when he utters his first words "So this is America?"

McGovern's silent protest was intended to shun Clinton, who he criticizes as someone who "never met a war she didn't like," citing her support for the invasion of Iraq, for the war in Afghanistan, and for her present leading role in beating the drum for an attack on Iran.

McGovern, a Vietnam Veteran, shows his trademark sense of humor in the interview, and describes the juxtaposition of the content of Clinton's speech with what was transpiring before her eyes as "Kafka-esque." The one thing McGovern has never laughed at is the suffering of people, on all sides, caught on the pointy end of the stick of American foreign policy.

A consummate gentlemen, McGovern reserves his harsh words for people in power. This is the manner in which he gained some measure of fame when he confronted Donald Rumsfeld in a press conference in 2006. To initial jeers from the audience, McGovern asked Rumsfeld a series of pointed questions about his statements before the Iraq invasion. Strangely enough, it was Rumseld the Neocon Republican who choose to engage him and stopped security from throwing him out. Rumsfeld shouts out to security "No no, let him stay..." when they began to close in on him.

McGovern told OpedNews:

"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.

As one would expect of McGovern, he does not dwell on the thugs who left him bruised and bleeding in a DC jail cell but asks immediately - "Who gave the order?" - and says this is the question which deserves an answer.

If he does not get this answer and satisfaction, HILLARY MUST RESIGN.

On this eve of a congressional vote to further fund the war in Afghanistan, citizens can show their solidarity with McGovern by demanding their congressmen co-sponsor the resolution put forth by Rep. Barbara Lee , which will stop all further funding of military operations in Afghanistan except those necessary to effect an orderly withdrawal, beginning immediately.

Statement of Sibel Edmonds on McGovern Beating

To Those Who Second-Guess Our Police State Status: Shame on You! I just received the following news and I am way too upset to write a coherent piece on this. Ray McGovern is a good friend of mine. We live less than 10 miles apart. Together we have participated in many events and protests. He is one of the most informed, articulate, gentle, peace-loving and peace-seeking human beings I’ve ever known…For me, this hits too close to home: My father was similarly brutalized by dictator regimes, and that was only the beginning, before it escalated to being tortured and having his toenails pulled out by the state police. Why? He was a doctor, a surgeon with an inquiring mind, and he spoke out whenever he could against dictatorships and for liberties. Participating in peaceful demonstrations, encouraging others to rise up for their rights, and reading authors such as Steinbeck (the American author black-listed there as ‘communist and anarchist’) landed him on the list of to-be-punished and pacified… Right now, at this point, all I have to say to those who second-guess our nation’s police state status is this: “Shame on you!” As for my irate minority friends over here at Boiling Frogs, please help disseminate this news, because the scum bag media won’t;’ thank you.

Excerpt from 2006 press conference with Rumsfeld:

Rumsfeld: It turns out there were not weapons of mass destruction McGovern: You said you knew where they were. Rumsfeld: I did not... McGovern: You said they in Tikrit, around Baghdad, and north, south, and west of there. Those were your words..." -Ray McGovern in a press conference exchange with Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld 2006

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VIDEO: PressTV Interview

 

 

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Cross-posted at Daily Kos

It is now more than one month since Sunday Times of the United Kingdom published their first article on what could be called "The Sibel Edmonds Case" on January 6: "For sale: West's deadly nuclear secrets". This was the followed by "FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft" on January 20 and "Tip-off thwarted nuclear spy ring probe".

This is 2008, the year when the citizens of the USA will elect the new president of the United States of Planet Earth. :-) Everything revealed by Times, Sibel herself, her most ardent supporter and publisher Luke Ryland (unfortunately gone on a trip for months) as well as professional analysts like Philip Giraldi (ex-CIA).

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YumaSun breaks the Sibel Edmonds wall of silence

As lukery (= Luke Ryland, the leading expert also here) has pointed out it's very much up to the rest of us to give the Sibel Edmonds case wings and legs to keep it moving. Citizen activity. Direct Democracy. If every person interested in this would spend 30 minutes, 20 minutes, 10 minutes every week to disseminate this story on the new and elsewhere it WILL fly really high. Really soon.

So when the first US not-so-minor newspaper publishes a little crumb of Sibel Edmunds information in their letters section (hopefully not only on the web) it should be celebrated, encouraged, commented and spread (as We Can Change the World did): Yuma Sun: "FBI whistleblower ignored by media". I might have missed something but I can't recall any other US newspaper mentioning Sibel Edmonds after Sunday Times (UK) published their three sensational article (see lukery for links).

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SIbel Edmonds Case: Marc Grossman in Congress

Following up yesterdays The SENSATIONAL Sibel Edmonds Case. THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA NEEDS A NEW MEDIA, A RENEWED CONGRESS, AS WELL AS A NEW PRESIDENT WITH GUTS ENOUGH TO STOP CRIMINALS IN POWER. The leading expert on the Sibel Edmonds case, Luke Ryland, offers some updates today: Action Alert. Grossman to appear in DC Wednesday 10am and a summary of ex CIA agent Philip Geraldi's article "Found in Translation. FBI whistleblower Sibel Edmonds spills her secrets" as well as "UK media slams US media on Sibel Edmonds case" where he links to The Guardian's "US journalists ignore Sunday Times scoop on FBI nuclear scandal". In Guardian you can read "Harry Shearer, one of the voices behind The Simpsons, has used his own blogging voice to ask a pertinent question. Why has a story broken by the Sunday Times over here about nefarious goings-on in the States failed to take off in the American media?"A NEW MEDIA IS VITAL FOR US DEMOCRACY.

Former ambassador to Turkey and former State Department #3, Marc Grossman is the unnamed senior official in the UK Times' recent blockbuster "For sale: West's deadly nuclear secrets".

"(Marc Grossman) was aiding foreign operatives against US interests by passing them highly classified information, not only from the State Department but also from the Pentagon, in exchange for money, position and political objectives."

The SENSATIONAL Sibel Edmonds Case

This is a most sensational story in many ways. There is per se nothing new to these criminal activities in the grey zone where politicians, drug syndicates, weapons dealers, and covert operations meet. On the contrary this has been documented by US journalists, researchers, authors, and via declassified documents for some 40 years now. What IS truly sensational is that 1) it is current news in a case cutting through all these layers of traditional cover-up, and 2) an extremely brave US citizen is willing to take all the hardship to expose this.

The Sibel Edmonds case has been going on and on since 2002, when CBS 60 minutes had her on the program. YouTube copy of the VERY IMPORTANT BACKGROUND: lost in translation - part 1, part 2, part 3 and part 4. Since then there have only been snippets (see Sibel's web site Just a Citizen for links to the meager coverage in US main stream media, a coverage that more or less ended in 2005.)

This pandora's box - literally! - has now been opened on this side of the pond. Two weeks ago (January 6) Sunday Times (UK) published a long article covering some of the aspects of this complex case - "For sale: West's deadly nuclear secrets" - to follow up with "FBI denies file exposing nuclear secrets theft" subtitled "The FBI has been accused of covering up a file detailing government dealings with a network stealing nuclear secrets" last week-end.

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