can't yell "Fire!" in a crowded theatre, unless,
of course, the theatres on fire. Within the laws of
libel and slander, you can't make unfounded accusations about
another person. The police cant accuse someone of a
crime without some reasonable cause proof. But that's what
Georgia Democrat Cynthia McKinney's done. And she thinks there's
nothing wrong with it.
March 25, Representative McKinney, who represents Georgia's
4th district, was interviewed on a Berkeley, (yes, I know,
consider the source) California radio station. The KPFA 94.1
FM transcript has McKinney stating: "We know there were
numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11. What
did this administration know and when did it know it, about
the events of September 11? Who else knew, and why did they
not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly
What do they have to hide?"
McKinney must be a mind-reader. Or she's utilizing former
First Lady co-president junior Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton's
Psychic Friends. Whatever. First, to place in perspective
the blatant stupidity of this statement, one must recall that
this is the same congressperson who blasted Mayor Rudolph
W. Giuliani for not taking the $10 million from Prince
Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia after the September
11 attacks. The House of Saud had repeatedly stated that US
policy towards the Middle East had precipitated these attacks.
Guiliani, while quite gracious to the visiting Prince, refused
the check on moral grounds - basically telling the Prince
to stick it. Most people applauded and supported this decision.
McKinney, however, didn't. The Honorable Ms. McKinney even
a letter to the Prince, all but prostrating herself on
the ground for his money. Hmm, trying to profit, Ms. McKinney?
McKinney has all but pointed her finger and yelled, "Fire!"
where none exists at the Bush administration and former President
Bush Number 41 for allegedly profiting from the attacks. "For
example, it is known that President Bush's father, through
the Carlyle Group had at the time of the attacks
joint business interests with the bin Laden construction company
and many defense-industry holdings, the stocks of which have
soared since September 11," Mrs. McKinney said.
the proof? Where's the evidence?
the April 12 edition of Fox News Channel's Hannity & Colmes,
Sean Hannity and Alan Colmes both asked pointed questions
to Ms. McKinney's spokesperson who appeared on the show on
her behalf. A journalist, Wayne Madsen did the standard song-and-spin-dance
to the direct questions posed. Hannity asked, point blank
- "Where's the proof? Where's the evidence?" Of
course, Mr. Madsen dodged and parried and equivocated by arguing
for an "investigation."
investigate a crime, cops and law enforcement need proof.
They need evidence. One can't just fashion allegations out
of thin air. The agencies tasked to investigate also need
the manpower and tools to properly do the job. An investigation
by Congress into the breakdown of the intelligence is, no
doubt, definitely warranted. But maybe they should also look
at some of the restrictions they have placed on the Intelligence
community and its agents.
House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence should take
a long hard look at some of the policies they have initiated
in the past few years on how human intelligence may, or more
appropriately may not, gather information. By hand-cuffing
human intelligence operations with impractical rules on gathering
practices, the committee has in a sense, brought this down
upon themselves. To catch a criminal, you sometimes have to
deal with criminals. Not so, according to this committee.
First Amendment of the Constitution of the United States is
as follows: Congress shall make no law respecting an establishment
of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof; or
abridging the freedom of speech, or of the press; or the right
of the people peaceably to assemble, and to petition the government
for a redress of grievances.
in this most precious guarantee does it say, imply, suggest
or otherwise hint that someone can make blatant accusations
of heinous conduct or alleged crimes, and call it protected
speech. We do have a guarantee in this country to say what's
on our mind, to print what we want - thank God, or else you
wouldn't be reading this article, and this website wouldn't
exist! To waffle and whine that McKinney's statement is "protected"
by the First Amendment, is to grant those who yell "Gun!"
in a crowded public place the same right.
elected officials bear a huge responsibility, one granted
to Ms. McKinney by her constituents, to act and conduct themselves
in the best interests of, We, the People of the United States.
By undermining this administration with unfounded allegations
of such horrific proportions during a time when this country
is at war, is not only dangerous, it borders upon treason.
released a statement shortly after the Berkeley radio interview
in which she said, "I am not aware of any evidence showing
that President Bush or members of his administration have
personally profited from the attacks of September 11. A complete
investigation might reveal that to be the case." Wishful
thinking on her part or semi-backpedalling from her earlier
comments? One thing is for sure; it's definitely not a retraction
of her outrageous accusations.
Legal Foundation has called for immediate and formal action
be taken against Representative McKinney for her statements.
"Cynthia McKinney has disgraced the U.S. House and has
offered falsehoods and innuendo to the terrorist enemies of
America," said Phil Kent, Southeastern Legal Foundation's
President. "We have petitioned
the House Committee to investigate and sanction Ms. McKinney's
public allegations of high treason by the Bush administration
as conduct unbecoming an elected official."
is free speech not free speech? When it's treason.
The day this article was set to be pubished, this news item
was brought to my attention. Written by CNSNews.com
Congressional Bureau Chief, Jeff Johnson, the article is
McKinney Contributors Support Terrorist Groups."
Johnson details funds donated to McKinney's 1999-2000 campaign
as reported by the Federal Elections Commission records
from the following: Abdurahman Alamoudi, the founder and
former executive director of the American Muslim Council
($1,000), Aly Abuzaakouk, American Muslim Council ($1,000),
Nihad Hammad, Council on American Islamic Relations ($500).
The American Muslim Council has ties to Hamas and Hezbollah.
CAIR has been under scrutiny since the 1993 bombing of the
WTC. The data is courtesy of the Center for Responsive Politics