Rep. Cynthia McKinney’s allegations that she was “inappropriately touched” with “excessive force” because she was a female, black Congresswoman after failing to identify herself to Capitol Police are not the first of her controversial comments.
On March 25, 2002 in an interview with KFPA radio in Berkeley, California she suggested that the White House ignored prior warning of the 9/11 attacks to enrich defense contracts with investment companies, like the Carlyle Group.
In the spot, the Washington Post reported that McKinney claimed friends of the Bush administration “are poised to make huge profits off America’s new war.”
She asked, “What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of Sept. 11? Who else knew and why did they not warm the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered? What do they have to hide?”
The next month she was still going strong. On April 15, 2002 in her own column for the Atlanta Journal Constitution she asked, “How much of a role does our reliance on imported oil play in the military policies 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 being pursued by this administration?”
Her piece continued, “On the other hand, what is undeniable is that corporations close to the administration have directly benefited from the increased defense spending arising from the aftermath of Sept. 11. The Carlyle Group, DynCorp and Halliburton certainly stand out as companies close to this administration.”
On April 22, 2002 she finally admitted, “"I am not aware of any evidence showing that President Bush or members of his administration have personally profited from the attacks of 9/11," she said.”A complete investigation might reveal that to be the case."
But, McKinney never apologized. She later said that the formation of the independent 9/11 commission “proves that we need to have answers to the questions that I originally asked.”
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