“So This Is America?”

ray mcgovernToday’s headline refers to Ray McGovern. Ray is a friend of my old pal Kevin Swanwick. I was introduced to Ray by Kevin a couple of years ago and you could not meet a more decent, gentle gem of a man. He happened to be attending a speech that Secretary of State Hillary Clinton was giving last week at George Washington University. He was wearing a T-shirt which bore the image of a dove – not a bat, mind you (That would have been more my style!) – but a dove. He quietly got on his feet and turned his back toward Ms. Clinton. He didn’t say a word. He didn’t lunge toward her in any menacing way – he just stood there. It was merely a silent protest against the Obama administration’s disastrous policies in Afghanistan. He was then summarily hustled out by a police officer and some goon in plainclothes.

While in custody he was bloodied up pretty good.  At the moment he was seized, Clinton was criticizing the foreign leaders who would dare to oppress dissent. As he was being hauled away like a common criminal, he called out for all to hear, a rhetorical question which should resonate throughout the centuries”

“THIS IS AMERICA???”

Well, it was. Ray is seventy years old. I’m not making this up. From his Wikipedia biography:

“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.”

Hardly the makings of a left wing extremist, huh? As Swanwick remarked on his Facebook page the other day, “The guys who beat him probably have no idea what they owe him.” Indeed. So what the hell, you may well ask, happened to the man that would turn him against the very government that he served so long, so well and so loyally? Simply put, Ray McGovern has seen the light. Maybe he found Jesus, who knows? This much is certain: the light he has seen he is now shining on a few uncomfortable truths.

And to anyone who wants to accuse him of being a partisan stooge, Ray’s activism started during the Clinton administration. So there!

Ray was quoted three days ago on the website Press TV:

“There was no heckler. I was the person there. I said not a word. I stood silently with my back to the secretary, lest she get the idea that everyone in that whole auditorium agreed with her war mongering policies….I was standing silently, and I was jumped on by a man in a regular suit and then another person in a police uniform. I still don’t know who jumped me, but I was taken outside where nobody was watching….For Hillary Clinton to be talking about peaceful means of protest in the same speech which she continued as she watched me directly in front of her being pounced upon and violated, is a little too much to take.”

A little too much, alright. If the Secret Service were as on their toes as we are always led to believe, they must have been aware of McGovern’s presence in the auditorium. Was it really necessary for them to rough up a man is not only well known, but who is a former military adviser to several chiefs executive? What is wrong with these people?

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