Proving [her] bona fides — impunity, amorality
Clinton/Obama/Obama/Clinton-ites — Impunity, mendacity, rights be damned
Editing, comment by Carolyn Bennett
HRClinton heavies silence freedom protester at her free-speech speech
Rory O’Connor wrote yesterday, “Are you as shocked as I am that even former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld turns out to be a better supporter of free speech than Hillary Clinton?”
It seems her majesty HRC was again talking nonsense in high places: lecturing the rest of the world about freedom this week at George Washington University and silencing a silent protester, peace activist, U.S. Army veteran, former C.I.A. analyst Ray McGovern.
McGovern’s crimes against amoralist HRC were to don a t-shirt and turn has back during her free-speech speech. The government hauled McGovern out of the hall, roughed him up a bit, and cited him for “Disorderly Conduct.”
McGovern was reportedly “wearing a shirt that blocked the view of guests and the media and therefore ‘disrupted’ the state secretary’s speechifying. “ In an interview with blogger Rob Kall, McGovern said Government heavies cuffed him and watched his wrists flowing blood all over his pants and the transport vehicle.
In D.C. police custody, officers charged protester McGovern with disorderly conduct, booked, fingerprinted and photographed him, and dropped him in a six by four cell for three hours. On release, McGovern took a taxi to the hospital for x-rays and dressings on his wounds. Doctors advised him that he had suffered an assault and should report the assault to police.
Clinton/Obama/Obama Clinton’s America — Welcome to their world
Rephrasing O’Connor’s question: “Are you as shocked as I am,” he asks, that Hillary Rodham Clinton is less a supporter of free speech than was former U.S. Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld? No, I am not shocked and only a person living for decades in a cave would be genuinely shocked.
Someone wrote on a fence along the Erie Canal path near where I live,“When America finishes bringing freedom and democracy to the world, maybe they’ll bring a little of that freedom and democracy to the United States of America.”
The danger of people like the Clintons and Obamas in positions of enormous power (together with their amorality) is that they feel compelled to exact extreme pain and violence. They feel compelled to prove to a world of barbarians ill at ease with their kind that they can be as brutal as — even more barbaric than — thugs and dictators, authoritarians, militarists and mercenaries operating with impunity, beyond law, Universal Declaration of Human Rights, and international conventions.
Clinton’s reading a script condemning other governments for “arresting protesters and inhibiting free expression” is another example of this government’s and its predecessors’ mendacity, its profoundly entrenched and dangerous schizophrenia. Notwithstanding all this, the 71-year-old McGovern says despite the brute force and bruises, he is glad he protested and will go on bearing witness.
Sources and notes
“Hillary Clinton Talks Freedom as Protester Ray McGovern Is Bloodied,” February 17, 2011, News and Politics (RoryOConnor.org)
Filmmaker and journalist Rory O'Connor is the author of ‘Shock Jocks: Hate Speech and Talk Radio’ (AlterNet Books, 2008). O'Connor also writes the Media Is A Plural blog.
Amoralists are those who are or believe themselves to be and so act as though they are outside the sphere to which moral judgments apply, beyond the moral order or a particular code of morals. They lack moral center or sensibility and in high office, the effect, in its inhumanity, is a kind of madness as dangerous as that of sociopaths or psychopaths.
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