(FinalCall.com)—Cynthia McKinney, the honorable congresswoman from Georgia, has set
herself apart from members of the Congressional Black Caucus with her
tendency to address issues and make statements that rub the status quo
against the grain.
For example, last year McKinney chaired a hearing titled "Covert
Action in Africa: A Smoking Gun in Washington, D.C.," and led the voices
of castigation that claimed the U.S. Government, the UN, private
militias and western economic interests possessed complete knowledge of
pending civil unrest in Africa and fed the fray between African nations,
leading to the loss of millions of Black lives.
She was criticized for writing a letter scolding former New York City
Mayor Rudolph Giuliani for returning a Saudi prince’s $10 million check
for Sept. 11 victims. The former mayor—whose stock with the people in
the city skyrocketed with his handling of the city’s response to the
attack on the World Trade Center—returned the check because Prince
Alwaleed Bin Talal, while in New York, had suggested U.S. policies
toward the Middle East were partly to blame for the attacks.
Most recently, she questioned the Bush administration about the Sept.
11 attacks. She’s not the only one raising these sensitive
questions—whether or not the Bush Administration had forewarning of an
impending attack and whether his business interests profited from it—but
she is perhaps the highest ranking government official to openly raise
them. And she’s calling for an investigation.
Given that there were evidently indications of an impending attack on
America, McKinney says: "If the American people deserve answers about
what went wrong with Enron … then we deserve to know what went wrong on
September 11 and why.
"How much of a role does our reliance on imported oil play in the
military policies being put forward by the Bush Administration? And what
role does the close relationship between the Bush Administration and the
oil and defense industries play, if any, in the policies that are
currently being pursued by this Administration?" she asks.
McKinney acknowledges that she is not aware of any evidence showing
that President Bush or members of his administration personally profited
from the attacks. But she does note that "corporations close to the
administration have benefited" from increased defense spending and
skyrocketing stock prices.
The questions she raises are not unfair, but they have yielded the
congresswoman snide remarks from some of her peers and media analysts
that portray her as a conspiracy theorist.
Conservative Georgia Senator Zell Miller (D) said her statement was
"loony,’’ also "dangerous and irresponsible.’’ Bush spokesman Ari
Fleisher said McKinney "must be running for the Hall of Fame of the
Grassy Knoll Society,’’ a reference to the claim by some that a shot the
killed President Kennedy was actually fired from a grassy knoll along
the route he was traveling in Dallas.
But the U.S. Government is not beyond conspiring to overthrow
governments or even bring drugs into the Black community. Remember
Iran-Contra. Also, were those American students in Grenada really in
danger that prompted a U.S. invasion on that tiny Black Caribbean island
and resulted in the overthrow and death of the leader Maurice Bishop?
How many defenseless Black Panamanians really died in the U.S. attack
there where new weapons—including the Stealth Bomber—were tested? Some
say it was thousands, not a few hundred. Didn’t the Gulf of Tonkin lie
by the U.S. Government pull America into the Vietnam War?
For Rep. McKinney to raise the questions and call for an open
investigation on a possible government role, or negligence, in Sept. 11
is credible. If nothing else, President Bush could tell McKinney that
the government knew nothing, that’s why it did nothing.
Then we can hope Bush is telling truth. But, given the history of
this government’s actions, that would be a bit tough to swallow.