Secy of State Clinton espouses pure cognitive dissonance strategy | Beyond The Beyond:
"(…)Partnership for Civil Justice: At Clinton Speech: Veteran Bloodied, Bruised and Arrested for Standing Silently:
“Clinton tried to reconcile the US administration’s support for the internet as a motor for change in the Middle East, China and elsewhere with its fury over WikiLeaks. She said: “Liberty and security. Transparency and confidentiality. Freedom of expression and tolerance. There are times when these principles will raise tensions and pose challenges, but we do not have to choose among them. And we shouldn’t. Together they comprise the foundation of a free and open internet.”
(((Who the heck wrote that amazing paragraph?! I’d like to shake that guy’s hand! He’s found some incredible diplomatic rhetorical middle-ground between honesty and dishonesty. It’s like a marriage which is firmly founded on a “challenging tension” of chastity and adultery. And, well, to tell the truth, that’s been known to work out — somehow. I mean — what else can she possibly say? Think about it.)))
...“In courtroom 500 in Alexandria, the lawyers were arguing that the government orders be declared unlawful and that they should also be made public. (((We’re looking for the thriving middle ground between publicity and secrecy.))) One of the lawyers, John Keker, told the court it was “ironic” that the case was being heard against the backdrop of the Tunisian and Egyptian uprisings. (((I didn’t realize that irony came in powers-of-ten.))) He argued that if the government request was successful it would allow the government to intrude into the lives of individuals previously protected by constitutional rights. “This is something brand new,” he said. (((Unless you’ve been systematically wiretapped by the NSA for decades, and come on, who hasn’t.)))"
"As Secretary of State Hillary Clinton gave her speech at George Washington University yesterday condemning governments that arrest protestors and do not allow free expression, 71-year-old Ray McGovern was grabbed from the audience in plain view of her by police and an unidentified official in plain clothes, brutalized and left bleeding in jail. She never paused speaking. 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."