McKinney: 9/11 ‘Talking Points’ Urged Congress Say, ‘They Hate our Freedom’


[Video of this speech is available here: Part I, Part II.

McKinney: 9/11 ‘Talking Points’ Urged Congress Say, ‘They Hate our Freedom’
Friday, October 05, 2007

In a recent speech in Arizona, former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney blasted
the administration’s handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and claimed
that talking points urged representatives to tell constituents that the terrorists
“hate our freedom.”

The charge is noteworthy, even shocking, because it shows that the administration
had apparently resolved to use the tragedy to shape national consciousness in
a particular way. The administration’s response, if McKinney is to be believed,
smacks of political opportunism – even propaganda.

McKinney made the charge during a speech on at the First Christian Church in
Tuscon, AZ. Her speech and the comment itself was reported by a student newspaper,
The Wildcat Online. The article quoted her as saying: “How in
the world can we sustain the injuries from Sept. 11th and not even ask any questions
about what happened that day?”

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Story below, in full.

Editor’s Comment: Readers will recall McKinney’s amazing display of courage and integrity while clearly, directly questioning Rumsfeld in March ’05, about DynCorp’s slave trade, the Pentagon’s missing trillions, and the 9/11 wargames:

Former congresswoman calls out Bush for 9/11 response
By: Jackson Crews
Issue date: 10/4/07

Former congresswoman Cynthia McKinney condemned the Bush administration’s
handling of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks during a speech in front of more
than 70 people yesterday at the First Christian Church.

Speaking on a range of issues, McKinney, a Democrat, drew loud applause several
times, particularly after critizing how the administration responded to the
2001 attacks on the World Trade Center towers in New York City.

“How in the world can we sustain the injuries from Sept. 11th and not
even ask any questions about what happened that day?” she asked.

She said members of Congress received “talking points” in the days
after the attack urging them to tell their constituents that “(the attackers)
hate our freedom.”

“I thought that the failure of the Bush administration to protect the
American people on Sept. 11, in and of itself, constituted high crimes and misdemeanors.”

McKinney wanted to impeach Bush, but her mother persuaded her not to follow

“I hand-wrote articles of impeachment, but my mother said, ‘Leave it alone,
Cynthia, because they will kill you,’ ” McKinney said.

Several times she addressed the close presidential elections in 2000 and 2004.

“In 2000 – don’t let anybody fool you into thinking that Ralph Nader was
the cause of the Democrats losing the election,” she said, receiving a
round of applause.

“The bottom line is that the Republicans stole the election, and they
stole it off the hopes and the dreams of black and brown people in Florida;
and then, in 2004, they did it again.”

Yesterday marked McKinney’s second visit to Tucson. It was organized by Claudia
Ellquist, co-chair of the Arizona Green Party.

McKinney hinted that she might again run for public office, this time as a
Green Party candidate.

“If I am a candidate, it would be for only one reason: to provide an opportunity
for the American people to vote their values, for a change and to also know
that that vote … will institutionalize another seat at the public policy-making table.”

After she delivered that line, the audience broke into a chant, shouting, “Run, McKinney, run!”

She spoke for about 15 minutes before taking questions from the audience.

McKinney seemed unprepared to address a question about her views on immigration.

“First of all,” she said, “you have to understand that I come from Georgia, where immigration is a different (phenomenon) from what it is here.”

McKinney said she served on Congress’ Committee on International Relations because she wanted to change the nation’s foreign policy.

“If we have a just foreign policy, then we can uplift people at home,” she added.

Baskets were passed around to collect donations after the Q-and-A session. The money will be split evenly between paying debts from McKinney’s unsuccessful 2006 congressional campaign and the Arizona Green Party Ballot Access Campaign, Ellquist said. The access campaign money will go toward putting Green Party candidates on ballots for future elections.

Two Green Party candidates for Tucson public office also attended the speech. Dave Croteu, the unsuccessful challenger to Republican Mayor Bob Walkup and Beryl Baker, a City Council candidate, both spoke briefly after McKinney’s speech.

McKinney was the first black woman from Georgia to be elected to Congress. She represented Georgia’s 4th congressional district from 1993-2003 and from 2005-2007.
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