A Capital Police Officer is accusing Representative Cynthia McKinney of hitting him after he grabbed her for bypassing a Capital entrance checkpoint. Representatives are allowed to bypass the security procedures at Capital entrances. McKinney walked past this screening post, the police officer grabbed her, and says she then pushed him in the chest. The officer claims he did not recognize her.
I submit that Cynthia McKinney just might be the MOST RECOGNIZABLE MEMBER OF CONGRESS!
Article 1, Section 6 of the Constitution of the United States says Representatives shall “in all cases” be previlidged from arrest on their way to Congressional sessions. So here we have a Representative criticized – by Dems even – for literally pushing back against an infringement on the Constitution.
Representative Cynthia McKinney is being called “an embarrassment” in this highly recommended DailyKos diary. Lots of Kos readers are responding with agreement. I think this is an example of how right-wing “mainstreaming” of racism resonates. The author of the diary says “I am going to be accused of being politically incorrect.” I’ll go further, I think that anyone who even has the term “politically correct” in their vocabulary needs to re-think their ideas about race.
How did McKinney first earn the title of “embarrassment?” After 9/11 she asked if Bush had ignored intelligence suggesting we were going to be attacked. The right-wing apparatus went full-tilt nuts in response.
Terrorist Warnings by Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, May 16, 2002,
Several weeks ago, I called for a congressional investigation into what warnings the Bush Administration received before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001. I was derided by the White House, right wing talk radio, and spokespersons for the military-industrial complex as a conspiracy theorist. Even my patriotism was questioned because I dared to suggest that Congress should conduct a full and complete investigation into the most disastrous intelligence failure in American history. Georgia Senator Zell Miller even went so far as to characterize my call for hearings as “dangerous, loony and irresponsible.”
Today’s revelations that the administration, and President Bush, were given months of notice that a terrorist attack was a distinct possibility points out the critical need for a full and complete congressional investigation.
It now becomes clear why the Bush Administration has been vigorously opposing congressional hearings. The Bush Administration has been engaged in a conspiracy of silence. If committed and patriotic people had not been pushing for disclosure today’s revelations would have been hidden by the White House.
Because I love my country, because I am a patriot, and because the American people deserve the truth, I believe it would be dangerous, loony and irresponsible not to hold full congressional hearings on any warnings the Bush Administration had before the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001.