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February 17, 2011 – Comments (15)

I've come across an incredible story, but I can't speak to its accuracy. It's definitely worth following up on:

From Partnership for Civil Justice:

As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. When Secretary Clinton began her speech, Mr. McGovern remained standing silently in the audience and turned his back. Mr. McGovern, a veteran Army officer who also worked as a C.I.A. analyst for 27 years, was wearing a Veterans for Peace t-shirt.

Background on Ray McGovern:

McGovern was born and raised in the Bronx. He graduated summa cum laude of Fordham University. A "Distinguished Military Graduate", he served in the US Army from 1962-64 as an intelligence officer. McGovern also received an M.A. in Russian Studies from Fordham University, a certificate in Theological Studies from Georgetown University and was a graduate of Harvard Business School's Advanced Management Program.

McGovern was a mid-level officer in the CIA in the 1960s where his focus was analysis of Soviet policy toward Vietnam. McGovern was one of President Ronald Reagan's intelligence briefers from 1981–85; he was in charge of preparing daily security briefs for Reagan, Vice President George H.W. Bush, the National Security Advisor, the Joint Chiefs of Staff, and the Cabinet. Later, McGovern was one of several senior CIA analysts who prepared the President's Daily Brief (PDB) during the first Bush administration.

Upon retirement, McGovern was awarded the Intelligence Commendation Medal from Bush (which he later returned, see below) and worked for Washington-based non-profits before becoming co-director of the Servant Leadership School in Washington. Now, McGovern works with Tell the Word, the publishing arm of the Church of the Saviour in Washington, D.C.

So if anyone has more details on the story, please follow up in the comments. Thanks!

David in Qatar

15 Comments – Post Your Own

#1) On February 17, 2011 at 4:23 PM, chk999 (99.97) wrote:

Hillary may be in favor of many things, but liberty ain't one of them. Remember her health care plan?

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#2) On February 17, 2011 at 5:25 PM, alstry (35.74) wrote:

Do you really think the conept of "freedom" matters when people can't eat?

As a former CIA officer, Mr. McGovern knows exactly what is coming as we head into the Digital Age.

 

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#3) On February 17, 2011 at 5:32 PM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

Do you really think the conept of "freedom" matters when people can't eat?

Lack of freedom is the primary reason people can't eat. 

David in Qatar

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#4) On February 17, 2011 at 6:15 PM, motleyanimal (83.60) wrote:

Here it is.

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#5) On February 17, 2011 at 6:29 PM, kdakota630 (29.69) wrote:

motleyanimal

Nice find.

Protesting is encouraged, depending on who's doing the protesting of course.

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#6) On February 17, 2011 at 7:53 PM, ChrisGraley (29.81) wrote:

I Love this Guy!

 

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#7) On February 17, 2011 at 7:57 PM, ChrisGraley (29.81) wrote:

He starts talking at about the 3 min mark here.

 

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#8) On February 17, 2011 at 8:00 PM, ChrisGraley (29.81) wrote:

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#9) On February 17, 2011 at 8:05 PM, ChrisGraley (29.81) wrote:

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#10) On February 17, 2011 at 9:32 PM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

Chris, 

Thanks for the vids!

David in Qatar 

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#11) On February 17, 2011 at 9:59 PM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

This man has guts. Period. 

That is one tough, courageous sonofagun. I'd love to buy him a beer. 

Premium for him, but generic lite for Chris ;) 

David in Qatar 

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#12) On February 17, 2011 at 10:30 PM, ChrisGraley (29.81) wrote:

Light beer is for Keynesians.

 

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#13) On February 18, 2011 at 11:10 AM, Jbay76 (< 20) wrote:

Forget that, I'll brew the man a beer of his choice..maybe you too Dave and Chris....

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#14) On February 18, 2011 at 11:23 AM, whereaminow (23.71) wrote:

Jbay, now we're talking!

Chris, the water in light beer is just a stimulus to get you to drink more. That's how Keynesians roll :)

David in Qatar 

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#15) On February 18, 2011 at 3:55 PM, ChrisGraley (29.81) wrote:

Jbay, Have you ever made your own Barleywine?

It's something I'm thinking about trying this year and thought you might have a suggestion.

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