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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

A mysterious arrest: If THIS doesn't frighten you, you're an idiot



I've come to admire Ray McGovern, the former CIA analyst turned peace advocate. Although he has said a few things I cannot agree with, his heart seems to be very much in the right place.

Even if you are not a McGovern fan, you should be troubled by the circumstances surrounding his arrest on the 30th of October. He had paid to attend a lecture by General Petraeus. McGovern intended to ask an important (albeit uncomfortable) question or two about the general's ever-optimistic reports about the prospects for victory in Iraq and Afghanistan.

(I'd like to ask the General this question: If America did such a bang-up job of training a new Iraqi army, why did that army fold like origami paper when ISIS came marching in?)

But McGovern never got a chance to ask his question. The "organs of state security" were waiting for McGovern when he showed up, ticket in hand. FDL has a good account of the confrontation:
World Can’t Wait activist Stephanie Rugoff said a guard stopped McGovern. “Ray, you’re not going in,” the guard said.

McGovern, who is 74 years-old, told the guards something to the effect that the Bill of Rights gave him the right to go into the event. McGovern had a ticket too. But the guards would not let him pass and soon New York police officers surrounded him.
McGovern's arms were twisted painfully when he was handcuffed. (He had suffered an injury to his shoulder a few days earlier.) He experienced great pain during his trip to the police station.
Rugoff heard him screaming. He was shouting about how they were hurting his shoulder. He asked the officers to stop twisting it so they did not aggravate his shoulder and possibly re-injure it.

“I had a ticket as well,” Marini explained. “They recognized me as well and called me by my name, my first name. They seemed to know who people were.”
They seemed to know who people were...

And that, my friends, is the mystery -- the big, big mystery which McGovern describes in The Consortium:
The “organs of state security” (the words used by the Soviets to refer to their intelligence/security services) were lying in wait for me when I walked into the Y? Why? How on earth did they know I was coming?
It appears that the authorities knew that McGovern was coming because they were spying on his email. And that, my friends, makes this incident extremely troubling.

McGovern says that when he travels to New York, he stays at the Catholic Worker house founded by Dorothy Day.
Naturally, he communicated with those people before showing up in the city.
Moreover, the Catholic Worker Movement is an international organization widely looked upon as subversive of the Establishment, and this adds to the suspicion. In recent years, many of my Catholic Worker friends have been arrested for protesting the use of drones to kill foreigners dubbed “militants,” most of whom don’t look like most of us.
My Catholic Worker friends comfort the afflicted, while in no way shying away from afflicting the comfortable, as the saying goes. And for that, they often pay a price, including being snooped upon, in violation of the Fourth Amendment, for exercising their rights under the First.

I am not making this up: In the fall of 2010, Justice Department Inspector General Glenn Fine criticized the FBI for conducting “anti-terrorism” spy operations against the Catholic Worker Movement and even the Thomas Merton Center in Pittsburgh. According to Fine, spies were sent into the Merton Center to “look for international terrorists.” One of the informers photographed a woman he thought was of “Middle Eastern descent” to have her checked out by “terrorism analysts.”

So my possible tradecraft lapse may have been contacting my Catholic Worker friends. On Oct. 26, I sent Martha an email with the innocuous title, “Room in the Inn?” It contained the usual request for simple lodging at the Catholic Worker together with details regarding my classes at Fordham and Manhattan and the Petraeus event.
How did they know who Ray and the other unwelcome guests were? How did the cops know them by sight? Why were these people addressed by their first names?

Spying. Unlawful spying on the Catholic Worker people.

I can't think of any other likely explanation.

Our nation's sheep keep bleating the refrain: "If you're not doing anything wrong, you have nothing to worry about." Ray McGovern wasn't doing anything wrong. The authorities had no right to read his private messages to and from the people at the Catholic Worker House.

None. Zero.

Folks, we have plenty to worry about. All of us. A culture in which such things happen cannot be labeled a democracy.
Comments:
Same thing happened to Ralph Nader when he attempted to attend a presidential debate he was not allowed to debate in. They didn't violently arrest him but they denied him access to the debate even as an audience member.
 
this is disturbing shit.. thanks for telling this joseph.. i am shocked on some level..what is the message being communicated here? james
 
Denying access is indeed bad, Alessandro. But the real problem here is the indication that THEY are tracking the movements of certain people.
 
Not only was the police state tracking Ray, it has probably placed informants inside most of the peace organizations he deals with.
 
Ray McGovern was manhandled three years ago when he protested silently at a Hillary speech by standing and turning his back on her.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=r8R8c7j4UgU

On Saturday Nov. 22, Ray will appear in NYC at 80th and Lexington (All Souls Church, 2 pm) to support H.R. 428, a bill in Congress calling for the release of 28 pages redacted from the original congressional report on 9/11.


 
The standing up and turning one's back incident was bullshit, on McGovern's part. That is what the outside is for, for protesting. Inside are the listeners and supporters, its really that simple.

So he's an internal disrupter who is being watched for internally disrupting events, that is the right thing to do. That type of distraction is exactly what an actual assassin would relish.
 
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