Ray McGovern, Susan Rosenberg and Michael Needham in Camarillo
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.
Michael Needham is the father of John Needham, who received an Army Commendation Medal for actions to save his comrades, and a Purple Heart for combat injuries suffered in Iraq. John later attempted to commit suicide as a result of severe post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Instead of receiving treatment, John was held in solitary confinement, deprived of food and threatened by his commanders. He died in February of 2010 from complications related to his medical care.
Proceeds will benefit U.S. Tour of Duty and The Veterans Project.
Co-sponsored by CODEPINK, Veterans For Peace- Chapter 112, U.S. Tour of Duty, The Veterans Project, LA Progressive, LA Jews for Peace and Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.
UFCW Orchid Room
816 Camarillo Springs Road
Camarillo, CA 93012