Deborah Dupre is a longtime human rights journalist
Vets for Peace T-shirt Sales Could Boom
In what will surely be recorded as a historical moment of US government brutal human rights hypocrisy and possibly a sales boost for Vets For Peace t-shirt sales, at Secretary of State Hillary Clinton's speech at George Washington University Tuesday, condemning human rights violations by governments that arrest protestors and prevent free expression, police assaulted 71-year-old Ray McGovern and jailed him for standing peacefully as he listened to her. McGovern was wearing a Vet for Peace t-shirt.
This latest demonstration of US crackdown on dissent has resulted in the nation's top human rights leaders condemning Tuesday's U.S. police brutality.
"Hillary Clinton talks of freedom without pause while watching Ray McGovern be beat up by guards/goons. Freedom is one of those things only appropriate for the 'others,' not Americans. A real class act," stated Stephen Soldz of Psychologists for Social Responsibility and Director, Center for Research, Evaluation, and Program Development Boston Graduate School of Psychoanalysis.
Wednesday, Partnership for Civil Justice (PCJ) released a statement about the assault on McGovern and asked that it be posted on Facebook.
According to PCJ, McGovern "was assaulted grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail."
Clinton never paused speaking according to PCJ.
"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.
"Blind-sided by security officers who pounced upon him, Mr. McGovern remarked, as he was hauled out the door, "So this is America?" Mr. McGovern is covered with bruises, lacerations and contusions inflicted in the assault.
"Mr. McGovern is 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," stated attorney Mara Verheyden-Hilliard of the PCJF.
Mr. McGovern works for Tell the Word publishing arm of the ecumenical Church of the Saviour in the Adams Morgan neighborhood of Washington, D.C.
Mike Ferner, a Vietnam-era veteran, told Democracy Now! that he was arrested at the Jesse Brown V.A. Medical Center in Chicago for wearing a Veterans for Peace T-Shirt
Vets for Peace t-shirts are available at: https://www.vfpstore.org/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=7
January 28th, 2014
In the State of the Union address tonight, President Obama is going to call for a national minimum wage of $10.10. Then in their response ...
January 21st, 2014
My New Year's Day op-ed in the New York Times seems to have kickstarted a discussion about how to make Obamacare better. I hope you ...
December 18th, 2013
This morning it was announced by the Library of Congress and the National Film Preservation Board that my first film, 'Roger & Me', has been ...
December 14th, 2013
[View the story "Michael Moore Tweets on Eve of Newtown Anniversay" on Storify]
November 9th, 2013
Click here for this week's full schedule for the State Theatre and Bijou by the Bay in Traverse City, Michigan. The day has arrived. For ...
September 10th, 2013
[View the story "John Kerry's Accidental Diplomacy" on Storify]
July 30th, 2013
Today Bradley Manning was convicted on 20 of 22 counts, including violating the Espionage Act, releasing classified information and disobeying orders. That's the bad news. ...
September 11th, 2010
OpenMike 9/11/10 Michael Moore's daily blog I am opposed to the building of the "mosque" two blocks from Ground Zero. I want it built on ...
December 14th, 2010
Yesterday, in the Westminster Magistrates Court in London, the lawyers for WikiLeaks co-founder Julian Assange presented to the judge a document from me stating that ...
May 12th, 2011
"The Nazis killed tens of MILLIONS. They got a trial. Why? Because we're not like them. We're Americans. We roll different." – Michael Moore in ...
November 22nd, 2011
This past weekend I participated in a four-hour meeting of Occupy Wall Street activists whose job it is to come up with the vision and ...
September 22nd, 2011
I encourage everyone I know to never travel to Georgia, never buy anything made in Georgia, to never do business in Georgia. I will ask ...
December 16th, 2010
Dear Swedish Government: Hi there -- or as you all say, Hallå! You know, all of us here in the U.S. love your country. Your ...
November 2nd, 2010
This letter contains (almost) no criticisms of how the Democrats have brought this day of reckoning upon themselves. That -- and where to go from ...