On Tuesday, February 15th, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave a lecture at George Washington University on the importance of free speech in the digital age. At that very same lecture, former CIA analyst Ray McGovern was violently arrested by campus police for silently standing in protest.
71-year-old Ray McGovern was dragged from the hall and handcuffed while Clinton spoke to the crowd about basic freedoms, including “the rights of individuals to express their views freely.” Yet she did nothing as McGovern was dragged from the room in plain view of her, and then left bruised and bleeding in jail. In fact, Hillary didn't even pause her speech, continuing to criticize other governments for arresting protesters.
Meanwhile, Pfc. Bradley Manning is still being held at Quantico, after nearly 8 months of solitary confinement, accused of exposing the truth about the ongoing U.S. wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The conditions under which he is being held are so deplorable that they have sparked an investigation on torture by the UN as well as letters of concern to Defense secretary Robert Gates from both Amnesty international and Congressman Dennis Kucinich.
Please sign this petition to tell Hillary to cut the hypocrisy -- if she really cares about free speech, she ought to be looking closer to home.