February 2, 2015
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(ANTIMEDIA) They say hindsight is 20/20. In the case of john McCain one would have to agree. Thursday morning the Senate Armed Services’ Committee welcomed to their chamber Former Secretaries of State Henry Kissinger, Madeleine Albright and George Schultz. They called this gathering the National Security Strategy.
Sitting in the audience were members of the peace activist organization Code Pink. Code Pink’s Twitter account was live with planning for making sure their voices were heard when these Secretaries of State made their appearance.
C-Span covered the appearance of the three Secretaries and as a result we got a front row seat to Code Pink’s comments and protest prior the start of the discussion. When Kissinger started to speak, you will notice that the protestors peacefully voiced their comments and fully cooperated with any policing that was done by Capitol Police. They held up signs, there was the reading of a criminal complaint warrant at Mr. Kissinger, and a few protestors were asked to leave the Committee Chamber.
“Arrest Henry Kissinger”, chants were the most common among the protestors. Eleanor Goldfield , Activist and Founder/Lead Singer of Rooftop Revolutionaries, told me on the phone just after participating in the protest, “There were about 15 of us and twice members of the protest were asked to leave the Chamber.”
Then Senator John McCain decided it was time for him to welcome his guests. The Senator then decided to voice his disdain for the protestors while a few of them were being removed. “Get out of here you low life scum.”
The Senator doubled down on Sunday and said, “I think they’re (protesters) terrible people,”
As I watched this over again the first thought that came to my mind was that this man was almost President of the United States. Perhaps he never heard of the Constitutional protections for Freedom of Speech and the Right to Peaceful Assembly. Perhaps he has forgotten his Oath of Office. Maybe he is just a bitter old neo-con that doesn’t care about the Constitution.
When elected officials behave this way, in my view, it shows how much the corporate media has allowed them to advance a rhetoric without making them answer the for their behavior.
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