Speaking to a crowd earlier this week, renowned author and intellectual Noam Chomsky said that despite the noble public face America has put on regarding the democracy movements in the middle east, the U.S. government will instead do anything it can to stop freedom’s spread.

“Plainly, the U.S. and allies are not going to want governments which are responsive to the will of the people [in the middle east],” he said. “If that happens, not only will the U.S. not control the region, but it will be thrown out.”

Chomsky gave the talk at an event celebrating the 25th birthday of the media watchdog group Fairness and Accuracy in Reporting (FAIR). He was joined by writer Glenn Greenwald, filmmaker Michael Moore and Democracy Now host Amy Goodman.

This video was broadcast by Democracy Now on May 11, 2011.