Former CIA Ray McGovern Arrested During Hillary Speech on Free Speech

Former CIA analyst accosted during Clinton speech about tolerating free expression

The official position of the US Secretary of State is that countries around the world should respect their citizens’ rights to free speech, free expression and free assembly — and that’s precisely what Sec. Hillary Clinton said during a Tuesday speech at George Washington University.

Unfortunately, as she spoke, not 15 feet in front of her, a series of events unfolded that utterly undermined the message.

Former CIA agent Ray McGovern, an outspoken critic of US foreign policy, stood silently in the auditorium’s center aisle, and turned his back on Clinton.

For his symbolic and otherwise non-disruptive protest, he was quickly accosted by security agents. As they struggled to pull him out of the room, a CNN news camera caught the tail end of the ordeal.

“SO THIS IS AMERICA?!? This is America? Who are you?” the 71-year-old McGovern shouted as he was hauled away.

He claims to have been “bloodied” and “bruised” (photo) by one man in uniform and an unnamed, plain-clothes security worker.

Clinton didn’t even skip a beat.

McGovern was being represented by the Partnership for Civil Justice Fund (PCJF).

“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,” a spokeswoman for the group said in a published statement.

US officials came under similar rhetorical fire in December, when they announced plans to host “World Press Freedom Day.” The announcement was made on the same day that Sen. Joesph Lieberman (I-CT) declared that WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange should be prosecuted for espionage over his role in the release of US diplomatic cables.

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Will Lahore Jail Charge “Raymond Davis” With Blasphemy?

Will Lahore Jail Charge “Raymond Davis” With Blasphemy?

 

Mr. “Raymond Davis” really doesn’t know where he is.

He doesn’t realize that he is in jail. He has not come to the terms with the facts that he is inPakistan and that he is not above the law. He is obviously very agitated and frustrated at being locked up in Pakistan. In a very strange incident the double-murderer began cursing out at the morning “Azaan“. In a bizarre incident he lodged a protest with the jail authorities on “being disturbed by the morning prayer call.” To “Davis” chagrin loudspeakers were briefly muted and then turned back on. His frustrations is now getting the better of him. “He started shouting in a quite savage manner in the wee hours when the Azaan was in progress and the prisoners were waking up for the prayers,” said a prisoner, who requested not to be named. Another jail officer claimed that the US official also abused Jail Superintendent Mian Mushtaq Awan, who was trying to pacify him. “You all are bloody bastards. How dare you wake me without my permission? Now get lost,” Davis swore at them. This would get him into trouble with the jail authorities.

One of the inmates at the Kot Lakpat jail informed reporters that Davis started shouting: “Shut the louder or I will raise the matter with the (US) Consulate.” A Kot Lakhpat Jail official said that “Ramond Davis” had started huffing and puffing on hearing the Friday prayer call on his first day in that jail. He had to be calmed down.

“Seeing four prisoners offering Asr prayers in the corridor of their barrack, Davis started grumbling in a derogatory way,” he added. This behaviour of course is blasphemy which carries a death sentence in Pakistan–immunity or no immunity.

Initially, Davis, who is facing murder charges, misbehaved with Awan’s subordinates when they woke him up for breakfast around 8am. The officer said that he had just woken Davis up to tell him that some senior officers, transferred from other jails for the special duty, had brought him breakfast, but he flew into a rage. Senior officials tried to calm him down. But, instead of cooling down, Davis shouted in reply: “You uncivilised fools don’t even make good servants. Is this the method to serve?”

On being informed, Jail Superintendent Awan arrived within no time and tried his best to placate Davis, who abused him also, saying: “I am saying you should go now, bastard.” The officer said that though the senior officers could understand what Davis was saying, they asked Awan, who tried to downplay it, saying: “Davis was using meaningless slang.”

The other prisoners, who continue to face acute shortage of basic necessities in the Kot Lakhpat Jail, say that they see the imprisoned US official’ behaviour as highly intolerable. He may have dug his grave because of his hubris.

Another American Reporter Gets the Crap Beat Out Of Them, This Time In Bahrain

[Perhaps the reporters waiting to serve the interests of the corporate/government press in reporting the Empire’s progress in agitating the Middle East will learn to learn to put their personal safety above their ambitions.  The Hegelian purpose of the political agitation is the pacification of the population.  It is the hallmark of all post-WWII American foreign policy–sowing confusion in the people’s minds, by supporting actions which seem to be contrary to the known goals, in order for an eventual compromise (synthesis) between the two opposites.  This is the sum-total of “bi-partisanship,” the alleged hallmark of true American democracy, the Communist/Hegellian doctrine of “dialectic materialism, the compromising of beliefs in order to mold an expedient consensus opinion.
Anyway, I hope the Empire’s two reporters/propagandists recover quickly.]

A general view shows Pearl Square in Manama

US reporter beaten covering Bahrain unrest

(AFP) – 5 hours ago

WASHINGTON — A US reporter for ABC News was beaten by thugs armed with clubs early Thursday while covering the unrest in Bahrain, the US network reported.

Correspondent Miguel Marquez was caught in the crowd and attacked while covering protests in Manama, ABC said.

Marquez, who said he was not badly injured, was clubbed while he was on the phone with his headquarters in New York describing the scene as riot police stormed through a Manama square in the dark in a harsh crackdown on anti-regime protesters.

“No! No! No! Hey! I’m a journalist here!” he yelled while still on the phone. “I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! I’m going! … I’m hit.”

He said that the thugs pulled his camera out of his hands.

“I just got beat rather badly by a gang of thugs,” Marquez said in a later call to ABC headquarters. “I’m now in a marketplace near our hotel where people are cowering in buildings.”

Witnesses and opposition said that four people were killed and up to 95 wounded when police launched the operation in the iconic Pearl Square without warning at around 3:00 am (midnight GMT), sending protesters fleeing in panic.

CBS News said its top foreign correspondent Lara Logan suffered a brutal sexual assault at the hands of a mob in Egypt while covering the downfall of president Hosni Mubarak last week.

The New York-based Committee to Protect Journalists said Wednesday that it was concerned “about the continued assaults on journalists covering anti-government demonstrations in the Middle East.”

“In recent days, journalists have been obstructed, assaulted, or detained in Libya, Bahrain, Iran, and Yemen,” the watchdog group said.

It also said the Bahrain government “has selectively reduced the speed of Internet connections inside the country for the past two days.”

The Internet is being slowed down “in newspaper offices, hotels, and homes but not in governmental institutions”, and the video-sharing website Bambuser had been blocked.

The CPJ also said that Bahrain interior ministry officials summoned a photographer for The Associated Press, Hassan Jamali, for questioning after he took “pictures of people injured in anti-government demonstrations” and ordered him “not take additional pictures of the injured.”

Is Russia ripe for a Twitter revolution?

Is Russia ripe for a Twitter revolution?

The Day of Wrath ib Russia 

The Day of Wrath in Russia

© RIA Novosti. Grigoriy Sysoev

RIA Novosti correspondent Natasha Doff

At 16.32 on January 24 a suicide bomber blew himself up at Moscow’s Domodedovo Airport. The news was first broken on Twitter at 16.44 after which international news sites picked up on the story. Almost two hours later, Russia’s state-run TV channels announced the attack.

“Television is dead,” was the response of many in Russia’s growing army of bloggers. Others mocked Russian President Dmitry Medvedev, a self-proclaimed Twitter-addict, for allegedly learning about the blasts on the micro-blogging site.

With his near-constant chatter about Russia’s innovative future, Medvedev is slowly waking up to the fact that many Russians now appear to be shunning state TV channels and embracing the free realms of the Internet. But the lightning effects of the so-called Twitter revolutions across the Arab world may be giving him cause for concern.

And so it should. The Internet has become one of the few outlets for political dissent in Russia and a recent blogger trend of uncovering the country’s rampant corruption is gaining steam.

By far the ringleader of the trend is Alexei Navalny, a lawyer and blogger who in November accused former executives at Russia’s state-owned pipeline company, Transneft, of embezzling around $4 billion of public funds during the construction of the East Siberian Pacific Ocean pipeline.

In December, the activist announced that he was collecting donations to fund a Wikileaks-style website, Rospil.info, to document corruption. He aimed to collect around $100,000 in a year. Within three hours the fund had amassed $5,230.

“Blogs like Navalny’s are the future of Russian politics,” said Dimitry Gudkov, chairman of the opposition youth organization Young Socialists of Russia, at An Internet forum in Moscow last week. “Today 18-20 million people are following blogs like Nevalny’s, tomorrow this figure could be more like 40-50 million.”

But an increase in Internet dissent does not necessarily mean an Egypt-style revolutionis on the horizon. Writer and researcher Evgeny Morozov believes the Internet has just as much potential to breed complacency as it does to incite change.

“Young Russians spend countless hours online downloading videos and having a very nice digital entertainment lifestyle, which does not necessarily turn them into the next Che Guevara,” Morozov told the U.S.-based Mother Jones magazine.

So far in Russia, the Internet has played a bigger role in quashing protests than spurring them on. During nationalist riots in December, the security services tracked blogs and social networking sites to trace people spreading nationalist sentiment and police quickly quashed planned uprisings announced on the web.

Navalny’s movement has also fallen into difficulties. In late January, Rospil fell victim to a cyber attack and was shut down for several days, and a court case accusing Navalny of causing more than 1 million rubles ($32,000) worth of damage to a state-owned timber company was reopened last week.

Russia’s political opposition, which holds regular small-scale protests in Moscow, is fragmented both on- and off-line and a handful of local activist groups scattered across the country are far from united.

The ruling United Russia party has also cottoned on to the growing power of the blogosphere and has allocated a budget to fund Internet campaigns and research.

“For many opposition movements, the Internet, while providing the opportunity to distribute information more quickly and cheaply, may have actually made their struggle more difficult in the long run,” Morozov says.

But so-called Twitter revolutions are not born on the web, they just use it to take flight. Numerous parallels have been drawn between Russia and Egypt since the uprising began. Corruption, a massive wealth disparity, rising inflation, to name just a few. Some say it is only a matter of time before the ticking time bomb explodes.

MOSCOW, February 17 (RIA Novosti, Natasha Doff)

The views expressed in this article are the author’s and do not necessarily represent those of RIA Novosti.

CIA’s Revolution Weapon Biting US On the Ass In Southern Iraq

[Somehow I doubt that the behaviorists of CIA, who have been cynically manipulating waves of protests in the Arab world intended for a tsunami to wash over Iraq, now that US forces claim that they are leaving.]

Three reported dead in Iraqi protests

Government offices are attacked in protests in the city of Kut, as demonstrations inspired by the uprisings in Egypt and Tunisia continue.

Protest in KutRiot policemen are deployed outside the provincial council building in Kut, capital of Wasit province. The governor’s office and residence were also attacked. (Jaafer Abed, Reuters / February 17, 2011)

“Psst! Tell Them We’re Keeping Guantanamo Open for Bin Laden.”

CIA Director: If captured, Osama bin…

CIA Director: If captured, Osama bin Laden and his deputy probably would go to Guantanamo Bay

Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, left, looks at CIA Director Leon Panetta as they testify on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, Feb. 16, 2011, before the Senate Intelligence Committee hearing on worldwide threats. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

“Last time we missed him by this much.”

AFP