Ray McGovern, Susan Rosenberg and Michael Needham in Venice
A discussion about the effects of torture, and why the American government has targeted WikiLeaks, Julian Assange and Bradley Manning.
Ray McGovern, an Army infantry/intelligence officer and then a CIA analyst for a total of 30 years, was among the first to condemn the corruption of intelligence to "justify" attacking Iraq. During the 80s, McGovern briefed top White House officials and the Secretary of State one-on-one with the President's Daily Brief. On February 15, he stood in silent protest as Secretary Hillary Clinton touted free expression - but apparently not for McGovern, who was pounced upon by security, beaten, bloodied and jailed.
Susan Rosenberg was a political activist who was sentenced to 58 years in prison. She served 16 years until Bill Clinton granted her clemency on his final day in office. Her new memoir, An American Radical: Political Prisoner in My Own Country, reveals how she was subjected to dehumanizing treatment in various U. S. prisons, including techniques later used on a wider scale at Guantanamo, Abu Ghraib, and now - for Pvt. Bradley Manning - at the Marine brig in Quantico.
The event will conclude with a book signing.
Proceeds will benefit U.S. Tour of Duty and The Veterans Project.
Co-sponsored by CODEPINK, Veterans For Peace- Chapter 007, U.S. Tour of Duty, The Veterans Project, LA Progressive, LA Jews for Peace and Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.
Venice Center for Peace with Justice and the Arts
2210 Lincoln Boulevard
Los Angeles, CA 90291