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Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld Confronted at 9/11 Talk in New York
Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern and CODEPINK Activist Nancy Mancias Confront Rumsfeld for his Complicity in War Crimes
WASHINGTON - Former CIA Analyst Ray McGovern and CODEPINK activist Nancy Mancias disrupted Donald Rumsfeld at '9/11 A Decade Later' – a lecture at the Kaufmann Concert Hall on Thursday evening. The discussion was hosted by the 92nd Street Y.
When the conversation turned towards Bush’s decision to invade Iraq after 9/11, Ray McGovern rose from his seat and stood in silent protest at the front of the auditorium wearing a Veterans For Peace t-shirt. He remained standing for about ten minutes until he was escorted out by six NYPD officers.
During the Question and Answer period, Rumsfeld addressed a question from the audience regarding his thoughts on those who regard him as a war criminal. He responded “I think I’ll count them as undecided.” At that point, CODEPINK activist Nancy Mancias stood up in the balcony and yelled “Wait a minute! I have over 100 arrest complaints for you” and threw 100 pink arrest complaints over the balcony, showering the auditorium. As she was dragged out by NYPD Mancias continued to yell: “It is known that you are a war criminal. It is known that there were no weapons of mass destruction. It is known that Iraq was not a threat” – her statements reference Rumsfeld’s latest book title Known and Unknown.
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