(APN) ATLANTA Protester Gloria Tatum, 62, was injured at a protest against Donald Rumsfeld, US Secretary of Defense, today, from when she was shouting at Rumsfeld, and has a bruise on her back, Tatum says. The noted local activist gave her first hand account of the heckling of Rummy to Atlanta Progressive News.
I had a bruise and I thought someone hit at me from behind. When I look at the tape, the woman was pulling me down, but I dont know if she was in the crowd or with security. At the time, it felt I had been hit from behind and I do have a bruise on my body. It sure felt like someone hit me. Someone said that they saw a woman hitting me, I think Wendy said that. Maybe I just got injured being drug out, of the auditorium, she said.
She didnt file a police report because she said it all happened very fast and she was worried about getting arrested herself for shouting at Rumsfeld.
The majority of people were Republicans who were supporters of Bush and his policy and supporters of Rumsfeld, Tatum said.
The activists represented the Georgia Peace and Justice Coalition, World Cant Wait, and the International Action Center, among other groups.
So its not so much they got bad intelligence, the Bush administration, Tatum explained of her protest.
Its that they chose intelligence that fit their policy. The Downing Street Memos state that they were going to do that and they did that. Some of the intelligence came from some rightwing graduate student thesis paper. They came from sources that werent credible that they were told they werent credible but they used it anyway because they fit their policy, Tatum said.
I dont know why the news media didnt talk about this, Tatum said.
Former CIA analyst Ray McGovern questioned Rumsfeld at length during the unusual public question and answer session. McGovern asked Rumsfeld why he lied to the American people about weapons of mass destruction and Rumsfeld said he didnt lie, CNN clips show.
Well, if hes saying that hes a psychopath, that he doesnt know the difference between truth and lies, then I dont know what to think of that. If he tells a lie and he thinks its the truth. Does he not know they difference between a lie and the truth? Tatum remarked.
McGoverns exchange with Rumsfeld was fascinating.
Rumsfeld started talking about how Colin Powell and President Bush said Iraq had WMDs and how the troops believed it. So, implicitly, its not a lie if you believe it?
McGovern asked about Rumsfeld saying he knew where the weapons were. Rumsfeld first denied saying that, but the quote has been confirmed.