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Archive: 4/06 - 5/06

Thursday  5/25/2006

Venezuela Extols African Contribution  5/25/2006 PL: The Catedra Libre Africa, a conference to exchange information about Afro-descendants in Venezuela, opened in Caracas on Thursday as part of endeavors to understand and work toward South-South cooperation. Organizers said participants are discussing African history and its contribution to national culture, the fight against discrimination, and the development of Afro-descendants´ expressions. Foreign Affairs Deputy Minister Reinaldo Bolivar asserted “this event is included in the Diplomacy of Peoples and the Africa Agenda my office has been promoting for 15 months.” Bolivar stated that mechanisms such as the Catedra Libre Africa should be created for cooperation among nations, so university teachers and students can further their knowledge and bring it to other education and community levels.


Monday  5/15/2006

West's Failure over Climate Change 'Will Kill 182m Africans'   5/15/2006 Independent: ''The poorest people in the world will be the chief victims of the West's failure to tackle global warning, with millions of Africans forecast to die by the end of the century, Christian Aid says in a report out today. The potential ravages of climate change are so severe that they could nullify the efforts to end the legacy of poverty and disease across developing countries, the charity says. The report highlights the fact that, despite hand-wringing in the West about the threat to its coastlines from rising temperatures, it is the poorest who are likely to suffer most. It estimates that a "staggering" 182 million people in sub-Saharan Africa could die of disease directly attributable to climate change by 2100. Many millions more face death and devastation from climate-induced floods, famine, drought and conflict.''


Friday  5/12/2006

National Archives' Investigation into Missing Papers of Chief Justice John Roberts  5/12/2006 Memory Hole: A file folder containing papers from Supreme Court nominee John G. Roberts Jr.'s work on affirmative action more than 20 years ago disappeared from the Ronald Reagan Presidential Library after its review by two lawyers from the White House and the Justice Department in July, according to officials at the library and the National Archives and Records Administration. The Inspector General of the National Archives launched a criminal investigation, which ended in late September 2005. The investigation was inconclusive to say the least, as the Inspector General still has no idea whether the missing file was taken intentionally, unintentionally, or lost." However, the report does add some new information to the mystery. For example, in contradiction to the Washington Post's article, the administration lawyers did have unsupervised access to the documents at some points: While the researchers were reviewing the files an archivist was in the room with them except when the researchers made conference calls to the White House. During those occasions the researchers were left alone in the office with the records for periods of up to 30 minutes. [page 3]"


Thursday  5/11/2006

Not So Fast … Save Darfur?  5/11/2006 Counterpunch: "If President Bush had any foresight at all, he'd intervene in the Darfur mayhem just to slice a wedge in the antiwar movement. President Nixon attempted to do such a thing in the early 1970s when his administration helped establish the Environmental Protection Agency. Nixon thought the antiwar movement at the time was largely made of up radical environmentalists, so he figured why not divide the movement by appeasing a few of the enviros' wishes. Fortunately for those who wanted U.S. armed forces out of Vietnam, Nixon's ploy didn't work. Today, the Save Darfur campaign is the cause du jour for the liberal wing of the antiwar movement. And unlike Nixon and the EPA in the '70s, if Bush gets involved in Darfur he may well derail the mounting opposition to the war in Iraq. George Clooney and a handful of other Hollywood big shots, along with over 164 humanitarian and religious groups, are now calling on the United States to hustle troops over to stop the ethnic conflict. Bin Laden, in his latest radio hit (if it was really him), claimed the Darfur region of the Sudan, which is largely Muslim, would be the next stop for the U.S. imperial armies. Let's hope he's wrong, even if Clooney and Amnesty International desire it. The United States, if troops were deployed, would most likely only escalate the deaths, not end them. "

Israeli Gestapo-like security personnel intimidate travelers from Europe coming to the United States  5/11/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to May 11, 2006 - "Israeli Gestapo-like security personnel intimidate travelers from Europe coming to the United States. According to European journalists, Israeli citizens and European nationals who are employees of the airport passenger screening firm ICTS -- International Consultants for Targeted Security -- an Israeli firm based in the Netherlands, routinely intimidates journalists who are visiting the United States, demanding to know what stories they are working and with whom they will be talking. ICTS currently has contracts with Delta Airlines at Paris Charles deGaulle, Gatwick in London, Continental out of Milan and Barcelona, and 100 other airlines operating out of 50 European airports in 12 countries and the firm employs some 5000 personnel. Many of the firm's officers are ex-Mossad and Shin Bet officers. In one incident, an Israeli ICTS screener at deGaulle accused a boarding journalist of being like all other journalists in "causing disruption" by spreading untrue stories and being "arrogant." The passenger was repeatedly warned by the screener and the manager that an "instant deportation" from the U.S. Homeland Security Department would be in store for failing to answer questions about the nature of the story being investigated. When passengers shows "arrogance," ICTS screeners place red ICTS tags on their luggage and ticket envelope. U.S. airlines and "Kapo" Chertoff's Homeland Security Department should be forced to explain why American and foreign journalists are being subjected to such blatant Mossad intelligence collection operations and who authorized these operations. These tactics are baring wide open the cowardly global agenda of the neo-cons. This editor would like an explanation why Israelis are representing (or misrepresenting) the policies of the United States government abroad and who gave them the right to determine who can and cannot visit the United States."


Wednesday  5/10/2006

Debate far from over for Mexico's drug bill  5/10/2006 Monitor: "Mexico's Secretary of Public Security Eduardo Medina Mora argues the bill has been sensationalized by the media. Selling drugs or using them in public would remain a crime punishable by jail, and police would still be able to take anyone found using drugs into custody for questioning, he told reporters last week. The bill also sets stiffer penalties for trafficking and empowers Mexico's 400,000 local and state police to pursue and arrest street dealers, something that is now the responsibility only of the 21,000-strong federal police force. Mexico would not have been the first country to decriminalize drugs. Half a dozen European countries, as well as Colombia, have passed some form of decriminalization law, says Bruce Bagley, a professor of international studies at the University of Miami. Many other countries have decriminalized marijuana. Most US states, by contrast, have much stricter laws. "Is decriminalization the way to go? Absolutely," says Mr. Bagley. "The US method of repression does not work. Not only have we failed to reduce drug use, we have filled our jails with prisoners in for drug-related crimes, many of them non- violent - which has a devastating impact on society, especially on the poor.""

Major cocaine shipment, using a CIA proprietary aircraft, landed in Mexico en route from Caracas, Venezuela with 5.5 tons of cocaine on board  5/10/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to May 10, 2006 - "WMR reported on April 21 on a major cocaine shipment, using a CIA proprietary aircraft, that landed in Mexico en route from Caracas, Venezuela with 5.5 tons of cocaine on board. The pilot was reported to have "escaped" from Mexican police. U.S. and foreign neo-con propaganda organs immediately tried to link the aircraft, a DC-9 that was sold to unknown persons in Venezuela by a Clearwater, Florida-based firm called Royal Sons, LLC, to Venezuela's President Hugo Chavez and Colombia's FARC guerrillas. The plane was painted in the colors and bore an insignia similar to those used by the U.S. Transportation Security Administration (TSA). The insignia identified the aircraft as "Sky Way Aircraft." It has now been revealed by knowledgeable sources that Sky Way is affiliated with an off-shore company called DuPont Fund 57289, Inc., headed by a "Richard DuPont, Jr.," who likely does not exist. DuPont Fund is not affiliated with the DuPont business group or any subsidiaries of the multinational chemical firm. DuPont Fund is headquartered at Apartado 10455-1000 in San Jose, Costa Rica. This is the same address used by Red Sea Management, Ltd., an off-shore company and trust facilitator that is linked to another address -- 76 Dean Street in Belize City, Belize, which is apparently a post office box drop. Red Sea has a Cyprus-based subsidiary called Dark Sea Consultants that specializes in on-line gambling operations in the Middle East and East Asia. WMR sources report that this operation, involving cocaine smuggling and on-line gambling, is linked to the illegal operations of convicted GOP lobbyist Jack Abramoff, members of Russian-Israeli-Ukrainian crime syndicates, and top Republican elected officials, including Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Texas Rep. Tom DeLay, and others who benefited from the infusion of drug and gambling proceeds into their political war chests, as well as the financing of pay-offs and bribes to election officials in Florida, Ohio, and other states to buy the 2004 election for George W. Bush and Dick Cheney." [see WMR for links to earlier stories on this topic].


Monday  5/8/2006

Is There Something Other Than Altruism Afoot? The Dangers of Misunderstanding Sudan  5/8/2006 Counterpunch 


Saturday  5/6/2006

Second autopsy finds boy hit at boot camp died of suffocation  5/6/2006 AP: "A 14-year-old boy who was roughed up by guards at a Panama City juvenile boot camp in a videotaped altercation died because the sheriff's officials suffocated him, Hillsborough County's medical examiner said Friday. The findings of Dr. Vernard Adams's autopsy on Martin Lee Anderson conflict with the results of the initial one by Dr. Charles Siebert, the medical examiner for Bay County. He ruled the boy died had a natural death from complications of sickle cell trait, a usually benign blood disorder many blacks have."

New autopsy blames guards in camp death  5/6/2006 St Peterburg Times: [The AP version does not mention this part] "Adams concluded the ammonia fumes caused the teen's vocal cords to spasm, shutting off his airway and killing him. Adams did not provide details about how the ammonia was used, but a pathologist who observed the autopsy has said guards forced a capsule up his nose."

Klan anti-immigration rally draws supporters, protesters  5/6/2006 Birmingham News: scroll down to May 6, 2006 - "The event began with about a 10-minute march by 50 people, including about a dozen robed klansmen, to the front of the Franklin County Courthouse for the rally. Franklin County, with a population of about 31,000, has seen a growth in its Hispanic population in recent years. Hispanics now make up more than 7 percent of the population, nearly double the percentage of blacks living in the county, according to 2004 census figures. At the rally, marchers yelled anti-immigration slogans such as "Send them back." One robed woman held a sign saying "Remember the Alamo, Stop Invasion Now, Save America."" [Let's remember the Alamo and how Santa Anna went aftwerwards to free Texas slave and hand their masters' land to them.]


Sunday  4/30/2006

Giuliani: Hero or Race Baiter?  4/30/2006 In These Times: The Giuliani Time follows Giuliani’s rise from the son of a small-time mobster to a federal prosecutor in the Reagan administration, where he gained prominence for his vindictive pursuit of mobsters and Haitian refugees. It tracks his mayoralty from the unofficial opening of his 1993 campaign, leading a mob of white cops in shouting “Bullshit” at City Hall (then occupied by David Dinkins, New York’s first black mayor), to his political collapse in 2000, when cancer and much-publicized marital problems forced him to drop out of a Senate race against Hillary Clinton. Crime-fighting is the cornerstone of the Giuliani legend. In 1990 and 1991, with heavily armed gangs battling for control of the crack trade, the city averaged six murders a day. Giuliani supporters such as Myron Magnet of the Manhattan Institute, his main advocate in this film, simply point to the numbers: By the time Giuliani left office, crime had dropped to the levels of the mid-’60s, with murders below three a day. But the decline of New York crime in the ’90s began under Dinkins and paralleled a nationwide decline. Did Giuliani’s policies—in particular, “quality of life” policing, prosecuting small offenses like public drinking and pot-smoking (and even reviving a Prohibition-era ban on dancing in bars!)—really bring it down in New York? William Bratton, Giuliani’s first police commissioner (who admits he never got along with the mayor) cites the use of computers to pinpoint high-crime locations—and the 6,000 new police officers hired by Dinkins. “Quality of life” policing was actually most successful in reducing the perception of crime. Giuliani’s campaign against the menace of “squeegee men” epitomized this; it played to the fears of white car owners who were so terrified of being accosted by a ragged-looking black man that they wanted them all locked up. But the racial subtext of Giuliani’s policies eventually caused his political downfall. The 1999 police killing of Amadou Diallo, an African immigrant shot 19 times because he pulled a wallet during a police stop, cracked the mayor’s invincibility. Giuliani dismissed the ensuing protests as “silly,” which translated to many as callous and racist.


Friday  4/28/2006

5 congressmen led away in handcuffs after Darfu protest at Sudanese Embassy  4/28/2006 CBC: "The slaughter of the people of Darfur must end," Representative Tom Lantos (D-Calif.), a Holocaust survivor who founded the Congressional Human Rights Caucus, said from the embassy steps before his arrest. Four other Democratic Congress members - James McGovern and John Olver of Massachusetts, Sheila Jackson Lee of Texas and Jim Moran of Virginia - were among 11 protesters arrested on charges of disorderly conduct and unlawful assembly, a misdemeanour subject to a fine."


Thursday  4/27/2006

Where Are The Black Cindy Sheehans?  4/27/2006 Altnernet: posted 8/22/05 - "This did not stir a rush by blacks to military recruitment centers; in fact, the number of black enlistments have since plunged. But that has less to do with a spike up in black opposition to the military than the legitimate fear blacks have of being killed in battle. Also, more college-bound blacks have greater job and career choices than in decades past. Despite the risks of being killed on the battlefront, the staggeringly high levels of unemployment for young black males, poor education, and continued fringe job discrimination make the army's relentless "be all you can be" pitch irresistible to many poor, young blacks. They see the army as their one, maybe only, chance to learn skills, get a quality education, receive top medical care, or earn a pension, among other benefits."

Not Showing Up: Black, Military Recruitement, and the AntiWar Movement  4/27/2006 Black Commentator: But Hutchinson’s contention, and one put forward by many on the Left, that Blacks aren’t actively opposing the war is simply not accurate. In March 2005, the U.S. Army reported that the enlistment of Black youth was at an all time low, dropping from 23 percent in 2001 to 14 percent by 2005. The report indicated that many youth were afraid of being killed in the conflict. However many also conveyed a lack of desire to serve in a war they felt was unjust. Additionally, the report showed that key role models – parents, ministers, and the like – who have traditionally encouraged military enlistment, are now actively discouraging Black youth from signing up. So the Black community has become actively involved in steering Black youth away from the military. Why is this not considered an act of radical defiance, especially considering the lack of options for Black youth?

May 1st and America's New Race War - Immigration Endgame  4/27/2006 Counterpunch: The recent mass raids are part of a Homeland Security / ICE plan called ENDGAME. The plan bluntly states the aim of the Bush administration: to deport all deportable migrants by the year 2012.


Tuesday  4/25/2006

Official blunt on public housing - He wants 'only the best residents' back  4/25/2006 Times Picayune: "U.S. Housing Secretary Alphonso Jackson shed little light Monday on the future of public housing in hurricane-battered New Orleans, but said that "only the best residents" of the former St. Thomas housing complex should be allowed into the new mixed-income development that replaced it."


Monday  4/24/2006

Firing of CIA Inspector General (IG) officer, 61-year old CIA veteran Mary O. McCarthy  4/24/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to the first April 24, 2006 entry - "An intelligence professional who knows McCarthy reports that she discovered sensational illegal activities by the CIA and was stymied by the Inspector General senior management. McCarthy is said by a colleague to be a devout Catholic who must have bent the rules only out of religious impulses and a high degree of frustration. The intelligence community source also confirmed past CIA activities in drug smuggling, which have now been resumed by Porter Goss. Three CIA proprietary airlines that flew in Laos during the Indochina war flew heroin from the Golden Triangle in Burma to South Vietnamese and American intermediaries for street distribution to U.S. troops in South Vietnam. The CIA proprietary airlines involved were Air America, Byrd and Sons, and Continental Air Services, Inc. (CASI). CASI, based in Vientiane, Laos, flew the most lucrative aircraft for hauling large amounts of heroin -- ironically, the Swiss-built Pilatus "Porter" -- which could haul large amounts of drugs, 15 armed men, and land uphill on remote airstrips in Laos. Porter Goss was a clandestine CIA officer in Latin America during the height of the CIA's illegal drug smuggling activities. The current leaks of information about renewed CIA drug smuggling activities are clearly an attempt by some CIA professionals to link Goss to past illegal activities."


Sunday  4/23/2006

Former National Security Agency (NSA) signals intelligence analyst Kenneth Ford Jr. to report to high security Federal Prison in Lewisburg Federal Penitentiary in Pennsylvania on May 15.  4/23/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to April 23, 2006 entry. Ford is African American.

Bin Laden Tells Militants to Fight in Sudan  4/23/2006 NYT 


Saturday  4/22/2006

Legislator blasts colleague as racist, 'disgrace'  4/22/2006 Rocky Mountain News: "Carroll, who is black, had poked fun at the Minuteman Project, a group of anti-illegal immigration volunteers who patrol the U.S.-Mexico border. That, he said, apparently angered the e-mail writer. On Thursday, Schultheis suggested that Carroll was "making a big issue" out of the e-mail before verifying that it actually was sent by a Minuteman member. Schultheis, a member of the Minuteman Project, said there is no proof that the e-mail came from a bona fide Minuteman. On Friday, he stood by his opinion that Carroll was "blowing the issue out of proportion," and called Marshall's attack uncalled for. Marshall, who is black, later said she has had enough of "blatant racism." "In this day and age, for someone to make light of a reference to lynching a black man is sickening," the Denver Democrat said. "With Schultheis, racism is his common practice. My words met his level of understanding." House Speaker Andrew Romanoff, D-Denver, said the e-mail Carroll received was "as close to a death threat as I've ever seen in this body." The e-mail began: "Get off the tequila binge, sir. How dare you sell out those who got you in office, and protect your sorry a-- every day of your life."


Friday  4/21/2006

Howard Dean: Katrina Will Put GOP Out of Business  4/21/2006 ABC: "In one of those odd political moments that combine a poignant message with somewhat opportunistic maneuvering, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean took part in a cleanup effort in flood-ravaged New Orleans and used the moment to take a shot at the Republicans. In his first post-Katrina visit to the Crescent City, Dean helped Acorn, a nonprofit community group that works with low-income families, to clean out Vincent Cooper's flood-damaged home on Derbigny Street in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans."

Porter Goss's Cocaine Import Agency (CIA) has links to "Al Qaeda" and Saudis  4/21/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to April 21, 2006 - "Last year, WMR reported on links between the Saudi Royal Family and CIA proprietary airline companies involved in cocaine smuggling. On April 10, Mexican police, acting on a tip from INTERPOL, seized a DC-9 aircraft carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $100 million. The U.S.-registered plane was en route from Caracas, Venezuela, which, according to French intelligence, is a known hub for cocaine shipments from Colombia to Saudi Arabia (see article below). The DC-9 (registration number N900SA) made an emergency landing at Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state. A Falcon aircraft that arrived at Ciudad del Carmen from Toluca airport in Mexico state in advance of the arrival of the DC-9 was also seized. The cocaine was contained in 128 suitcases. The Mexican police later claimed the unidentified DC-9's pilot managed to escape. However, the police did arrest the co-pilot. The DC-9 was painted in the familiar blue and white colors of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with am official-looking seal with an American eagle bearing the inscription: "Sky Way Aircraft - Protection of America's Skies." The registered owner of the aircraft is: Royal Sons Inc., 15875 Fairchild Drive, Clearwater, Florida. On April 5, 2006, the plane flew from St. Petersburg/Clearwater International to Simon Bolivar International in Caracas. "Sky Ways" (see article below) has also been linked to the Saudi government and Bush family/CIA activities. Royal Sons, the name of which may indicate the involvement of Saudi princes, such as the cocaine-transporting Prince Nayif, cited below, also maintained an office at 224 East Airport Ave., Venice, Florida, at the same time lead hijacker Mohammad Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were training at Huffman Aviation, which was located near by at 400 East Airport Avenue. Two years before 911, Venice was also the subject of intensive intelligence operations by Israeli intelligence agents masquerading as "art students." Not surprisingly in light of Saudi involvement with cocaine smuggling, the activities of the Israelis drew the particular attention of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which had Venice airport under surveillance and later prepared a lengthy report on the activities of the Israelis. Atta and al Shehhi also used Clearwater airport for practice take-off and landings during off-peak hours."

Death at Florida Boot Camp Draws Thousands of Protesters  4/21/2006 NYT: The death of a teenager at a Florida boot camp for young offenders last January drew hundreds of protesters to the state capital today, where they called on state officials to finish an investigation and charge those responsible. The teenager, Martin Lee Anderson, died Jan. 6 after guards at a Panama City juvenile boot camp repeatedly kicked, kneed and choked him, in an incident caught by a security camera. No arrests have been made and no guards have been fired. Wearing t-shirts comparing the 14-year-old to Emmett Till, students from Tallahassee's three colleges joined a march led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. The march followed a two-day sit-in at the office of Gov. Jeb Bush. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton used the event to bring attention to other racially charged deaths across the United States and the need for blacks to be more vigilant in political matters. Today, we thank Martin," Mr. Jackson said. "His death made us come alive. When you stand up and fight back, you change the world.""

Howard Dean: Katrina Will Put GOP Out of Business  4/21/2006 ABC: In one of those odd political moments that combine a poignant message with somewhat opportunistic maneuvering, Democratic National Committee Chairman Howard Dean took part in a cleanup effort in flood-ravaged New Orleans and used the moment to take a shot at the Republicans. In his first post-Katrina visit to the Crescent City, Dean helped Acorn, a nonprofit community group that works with low-income families, to clean out Vincent Cooper's flood-damaged home on Derbigny Street in the Lower Ninth Ward in New Orleans.

Death at Florida Boot Camp Draws Thousands of Protesters  4/21/2006 NYT: "The death of a teenager at a Florida boot camp for young offenders last January drew hundreds of protesters to the state capital today, where they called on state officials to finish an investigation and charge those responsible. The teenager, Martin Lee Anderson, died Jan. 6 after guards at a Panama City juvenile boot camp repeatedly kicked, kneed and choked him, in an incident caught by a security camera. No arrests have been made and no guards have been fired. Wearing t-shirts comparing the 14-year-old to Emmett Till, students from Tallahassee's three colleges joined a march led by the Rev. Jesse Jackson and the Rev. Al Sharpton. The march followed a two-day sit-in at the office of Gov. Jeb Bush. Mr. Jackson and Mr. Sharpton used the event to bring attention to other racially charged deaths across the United States and the need for blacks to be more vigilant in political matters. "Today, we thank Martin," Mr. Jackson said. "His death made us come alive. When you stand up and fight back, you change the world.""

Six Nations: 'They've started a war!'  4/21/2006 Indian Country: "The police action struck with abrupt violence the morning of April 20. Armed and with weapons drawn, hundreds of Ontario Provincial Police invaded the encampment, clashing with activists at approximately 4 a.m. Arrests took place and at least one clan mother was reported as injured during the assault. The Six Nations quickly regrouped and within hours, hundreds more arrived to reinforce and retake the disputed property. Tires were set ablaze on the main road, Highway 6, which runs through town. As of the deadline for this edition, it is being reported that as many as 1,000 OPP are suiting up in riot gear for another charge on the compound, while perhaps as many Native protesters have come in to support their compatriots. Canada, it would appear, has another Indian war in the making. Reports confirmed that the warriors at the encampment kept their no-weapons stance as police moved in. However, the early morning raid unleashed a massive wave of sympathy for the beleaguered Native occupants, who were quickly reinforced by Six Nations residents, who formed a solid line and ''walked back'' the police from the contested camp area. The OPP raid was the worst possible move to make at this juncture; it has already produced an intense radicalization at the Six Nations Reserve, and a response is forthcoming from other Haudenosaunee communities."

Porter Goss's Cocaine Import Agency (CIA) has links to "Al Qaeda" and Saudis  4/21/2006 Wayne Madsen Report: scroll down to April 21, 2006 - "Last year, WMR reported on links between the Saudi Royal Family and CIA proprietary airline companies involved in cocaine smuggling. On April 10, Mexican police, acting on a tip from INTERPOL, seized a DC-9 aircraft carrying 5.5 tons of cocaine with an estimated street value of $100 million. The U.S.-registered plane was en route from Caracas, Venezuela, which, according to French intelligence, is a known hub for cocaine shipments from Colombia to Saudi Arabia (see article below). The DC-9 (registration number N900SA) made an emergency landing at Ciudad del Carmen in Campeche state. A Falcon aircraft that arrived at Ciudad del Carmen from Toluca airport in Mexico state in advance of the arrival of the DC-9 was also seized. The cocaine was contained in 128 suitcases. The Mexican police later claimed the unidentified DC-9's pilot managed to escape. However, the police did arrest the co-pilot. The DC-9 was painted in the familiar blue and white colors of the U.S. Transportation Security Administration with am official-looking seal with an American eagle bearing the inscription: "Sky Way Aircraft - Protection of America's Skies." The registered owner of the aircraft is: Royal Sons Inc., 15875 Fairchild Drive, Clearwater, Florida. On April 5, 2006, the plane flew from St. Petersburg/Clearwater International to Simon Bolivar International in Caracas. "Sky Ways" (see article below) has also been linked to the Saudi government and Bush family/CIA activities. Royal Sons, the name of which may indicate the involvement of Saudi princes, such as the cocaine-transporting Prince Nayif, cited below, also maintained an office at 224 East Airport Ave., Venice, Florida, at the same time lead hijacker Mohammad Atta and Marwan al-Shehhi were training at Huffman Aviation, which was located near by at 400 East Airport Avenue. Two years before 911, Venice was also the subject of intensive intelligence operations by Israeli intelligence agents masquerading as "art students." Not surprisingly in light of Saudi involvement with cocaine smuggling, the activities of the Israelis drew the particular attention of the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), which had Venice airport under surveillance and later prepared a lengthy report on the activities of the Israelis. Atta and al Shehhi also used Clearwater airport for practice take-off and landings during off-peak hours."


Thursday  4/20/2006

Black voices silent during protests  4/20/2006 Dallas Examiner: "Some have called the wave of marches by Hispanics against extreme immigration reform as the awakening of a sleeping giant. In response, another giant - African Americans - has been quiet, sometimes confused, angry or, according to some leaders, falling asleep."

Back from New Orleans  4/20/2006 Black Commentator: "After a week spent volunteering in New Orleans, I left overcome with two feelings: one, of the converging influences of racism, classism and capitalism preventing a just rebuilding process; and two, of the way my college delicately skirts challenging these forms of oppression."


Wednesday  4/19/2006

Common Ground Action Alert: Ninth Ward demolitions  4/19/2006 SF Bay View: Residents of the Lower Ninth Ward have requested assistance in gathering information for contacting homeowners dispersed across the U.S. who may be unaware that their home is slated to be demolished in coming weeks. In this email, you will find out how you can help from home! Thanks to all of you for your feedback and support since we sent our first update. In coming weeks, we will concentrate specific project needs and action alerts into periodic updates. These electronic newsletters will help you to remain involved with Common Ground Relief and stay abreast of the latest breaking news out of the Gulf Coast!

McKinney under fire - Character assassination attempts continue  4/19/2006 SF Bay View: "Evidence that racism and racial profiling exists within the Capitol Police ranks can be seen, for those willing to look, in the 2001 and 2003 lawsuits filed by the Capitol Black Police Association against the Capitol Police Department. These facts have not surfaced in the mainstream media reports relative to McKinney, even though it would add credence to her pronouncement that she is a victim of racial profiling by the Capitol Police. However, journalists with The Final Call Newspaper and the NNPA, the Black press association, reported extensively on the legal actions. Hazel Trice Edney, Washington correspondent for the NNPA, documented the lawsuits in two stories, "Black Police Discrimination Complaint Gives Capitol Hill 'Black Eye' - Use Of KKK, 'N-Word' Reveals Level of American Racism, Black Officers Charge" and "Capitol Hill Police Group Files Discrimination Suit - 'Let's go get a rope?': Black Officer Says He Was Abused by White Subordinate." In "Black Capitol police suit back in court," Askia Muhammad, White House correspondent for the Final Call Newspaper, wrote, "Attorneys representing more than 350 Black U.S. Capitol Police officers headed back to court Dec. 5 (2003), pursuing their two-year-old discrimination lawsuit after 11 months of fruitless settlement negotiations. "The force has 1,200 members, of whom 357 (or 29 percent) are Black, according to the complaint. In the higher ranks - detective and above - Blacks hold 32 of 244 slots (or 13 percent), which is down from 16 percent of those slots held by Blacks in 1993.""

Georgia boycott contemplated  4/19/2006 SF Bay View: "In signing the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, Gov. Sonny Perdue stated, “It’s our responsibility to ensure that our famous Georgia hospitality is not abused, that our taxpayers are not taken advantage of and that our citizens are protected.” California LULAC is considering the possibility of launching a boycott of Georgia to give Sonny Perdue and the Georgia legislature a historical lesson about hospitality. Angel Luevano, California LULAC state director, said that “historically, Mexico extended the greatest hospitality to people from Georgia and throughout the South as a haven for runaway slaves. In fact, the reason that Mexico lags behind the United States in development to this day is the loss of territory that Mexico suffered as a direct consequence of attempting to free the slaves illegally brought to Texas by Americans. That set off the chain of events which led to the illegal provocation of war against Mexico by President Polk, which was denounced by then-Congressman Abraham Lincoln and later described as atrocity by then Army Capt. Ullyses S. Grant.” According to Luevano, “Those that pass laws in ignorance of the history of relations between the United States and our neighbors to the south are likely to set off a chain of events leading to economic and political disaster.” "

Common Ground Action Alert: Ninth Ward demolitions  4/19/2006 SF Bay View: "Residents of the Lower Ninth Ward have requested assistance in gathering information for contacting homeowners dispersed across the U.S. who may be unaware that their home is slated to be demolished in coming weeks. In this email, you will find out how you can help from home! Thanks to all of you for your feedback and support since we sent our first update. In coming weeks, we will concentrate specific project needs and action alerts into periodic updates. These electronic newsletters will help you to remain involved with Common Ground Relief and stay abreast of the latest breaking news out of the Gulf Coast! "

Remember ‘66! The police do  4/19/2006 SF Bay View: Later, it was said by one of Bayview’s boys-in-blue, that it was a domestic situation in a home on that block. Yet, Palou and Quesada were both blocked off completely by cop cars, and residents on those avenues were “evacuated.” Two white negotiators were seen on the corner of Third and Palou talking on the phone to the person who, witnesses say, was the suspect. Meanwhile, news choppers, tanks, SWAT and tactical units, as well as about 20 or 30 uniformed officers made their way back and forth between the two locations – carrying AK-47s. A battering ram was even positioned on top of a waiting vehicle… Being that we in the Bayview are constantly under siege by police terrorism, I think it is very important that we stay on top of these tactical exercises and let SFPD know that we are not target practice or training for the next head buster to enter the Bayview Precinct. We are citizens. We are residents. We are human. This year marks the 40th anniversary of the Hunters Point uprising, days that everyone who lived here then will remember forever. Tanks rumbled down Third Street, cops fired into the beloved Opera House and still residents stood their ground. In 1966, one life lost in Hunters Point at the hands of SFPD was too many. HP wasn’t having it! And we’re not having it now. Who remembers those “riots” that broke out just weeks before the Black Panther Party was born? Come forward; send us your stories. Don’t let this legacy of revolution and of power die. The constant intimidation and terrorism SFPD has inflicted on us has bent us, but damn it, we ain’t broken. Remember ‘66!

Georgia boycott contemplated  4/19/2006 SF Bay View: In signing the Georgia Security and Immigration Compliance Act, Gov. Sonny Perdue stated, “It’s our responsibility to ensure that our famous Georgia hospitality is not abused, that our taxpayers are not taken advantage of and that our citizens are protected.” California LULAC is considering the possibility of launching a boycott of Georgia to give Sonny Perdue and the Georgia legislature a historical lesson about hospitality. Angel Luevano, California LULAC state director, said that “historically, Mexico extended the greatest hospitality to people from Georgia and throughout the South as a haven for runaway slaves. In fact, the reason that Mexico lags behind the United States in development to this day is the loss of territory that Mexico suffered as a direct consequence of attempting to free the slaves illegally brought to Texas by Americans. That set off the chain of events which led to the illegal provocation of war against Mexico by President Polk, which was denounced by then-Congressman Abraham Lincoln and later described as atrocity by then Army Capt. Ullyses S. Grant.” According to Luevano, “Those that pass laws in ignorance of the history of relations between the United States and our neighbors to the south are likely to set off a chain of events leading to economic and political disaster.”


Tuesday  4/18/2006

Source: McKinney fiasco shakes Capitol Police, officer knew her  4/18/2006 Redding News Review: "A source said an officer, who says Rep. Cynthia McKinney struck him in the chest with a closed fist, knew who she was, and claims the incident has caused infighting among U.S. Capitol Police. The source, who is close to the ongoing grand jury investigation of the March 29 scuffle, said Paul McKenna, a third year officer in the U.S. Capitol Police, was given a picture of the congresswoman in training. "No one believes that a man with a name that similar to hers would not know who she is," the source told Redding News Review. "He clearly knew who she was and what she looked like but stopped her anyway." ...The source - who did not want to be identified in fear that they might lose their job - also said that the incident has resulted in "fighting and heated arguments between white and black officers." "This case is tearing the department apart," the source said. "The blacks say the whites were screwing with her, but the white officers are saying that she should have stopped."

Black students rally around Duke rape victim  4/18/2006 Final Call 


Saturday  4/15/2006

FBI reexamines '46 lynchings by white mob - Rights activists press witnesses to speak up  4/15/2006 AP 

GEORGE E. CURRY: Cynthia McKinney Uses Racism as a Crutch  4/15/2006 NNPA: According to others, such as the editors of Black Commentator, who have studied McKinney's situation more closely, she is the target of harassment by the Capitol Police. As Curry finally states after his hatchet job - "McKinney's conflicting assertions do not mean there aren't deep-seated racial problems within the U.S. Capitol Police. Others have complained of ill treatment and Blacks on the force have filed racial discrimination lawsuits against the agency, some of them still pending. If the agency is found guilty, it should be assessed the stiffest possible punishment."


Friday  4/14/2006

How the Media Uses Blacks to Chastize Blacks The Colored Mind Doubles By ISHMAEL REED  4/14/2006 Counterpunch 

Path to Deportation Can Start With a Traffic Stop  4/14/2006 NYT: "These trends include a housing boom that attracted growing numbers of illegal workers, especially to distant suburbs and exurbs, where federal resources are especially thin; an apparent stagnation in the size of the federal immigration police force, which has remained at about 2,000 for several years; and increasing local opposition to illegal immigration, again, especially in the suburbs. George A. Terezakis, a Long Island immigration lawyer, said that in his practice, he had seen a trend. "The heat is definitely getting turned up. Not just on criminals, but against people I would consider charged with relatively minor offenses: Having an invalid driver's license, a fake Social Security card. A person with a job and a family can end up sitting in jail for months, and then being deported." ...Until fairly recently, it was viewed as inappropriate, even unconstitutional, for the local or state authorities to be involved in the enforcement of federal law. In Los Angeles, the police still operate under an internal rule that says "undocumented alien status is not a matter for police enforcement." Similar policies apply in San Francisco and New York City. But that may be changing, partly because the local authorities have decided to play a more active role and partly because of an unabashed call from the federal government seeking help from states and localities."

How the Media Uses Blacks to Chastize Blacks The Colored Mind Doubles By ISHMAEL REED  4/14/2006 Counterpunch 


Thursday  4/13/2006

The Washington snake pit and Cynthia McKinney  4/13/2006 On Line Journal: "It is true that I have changed my hairstyle. It is true that at the time I was not wearing my pin. But many Members of Congress aren't wearing their pins today. Just in the last hour, at least eight Members of Congress have been spotted speaking from the well of the House without their pins and even more have been seen on the Hill today not wearing their Congressional pin. How many of them were stopped by Capitol Hill Police? Do I have to contact the police every time I change my hairstyle? How do we account for the fact that when I wore my braids every day for 11 years, I still faced this problem, primarily from certain white police officers? “This morning at approximately 8:57 a.m., I was going to a Budget Committee meeting due to start at 9 a.m. I was rushing to my meeting when a white police officer yelled to me. He approached me, body-blocked me, physically touching me. I used my arm to get him off of me. I told him not to touch me several times. He asked for my ID and I showed it to him. He then let me go and I proceeded to my meeting and I assume that the police officer resumed his duties.”

The McKinney Affair-Rampaging Racism and a Cowardly Caucus  4/13/2006 Black Commentator: by the BC publishers - "We at BC had previously believed that April, 2005, when 37 percent of the 42 Black House members voted for Republican bills, was the lowest point in Congressional Black Caucus history. A year later, the CBC has found a new nadir. On the evening of April 5, undoubtedly on orders from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, CBC chairman Mel Watt gathered twenty or so members to browbeat McKinney into firing her legal team and cease appearing before the media. Watt absented himself from the beat-down, so that it would not appear to be an “official” CBC event. As congressional aides wandered in and out of the room, some Members dutifully echoed Pelosi’s demand that McKinney not frame the March 28 confrontation with the policeman as a “racial” incident, and that she issue an apology on the House floor the following morning. According to several sources who spoke with BC on condition of anonymity, and based on an account given by McKinney staff assistant Faye Coffield to a weekly Atlanta meeting of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, a “consensus” was reached that McKinney would deliver the apology and abandon efforts to defend herself in the media (although not her legal team). The next morning, at the appointed hour, McKinney was prepared to offer her apology to the House. But Mel Watt had already put the word out that CBC members were to renege on their part of the deal. The Caucus must not stand with McKinney when she stepped to the microphone. Mel Watt, Nancy Pelosi’s poodle, attempted to enforce his Mistress’s wish that McKinney appear utterly isolated and alone. Nothing should distract from the Democrats’ non-strategy of doing and saying nothing until mid-term elections in November. The Republicans must be allowed to self-destruct without interference. McKinney’s charge of racial profiling was a distraction from the Democratic non-strategy – so she must be shunned. Mel Watt was the enforcer – the designated shunner-in-chief. Pelosi appears to harbor a deep hatred for McKinney, whom she cannot control. Most recently, the 51-year-old Georgia lawmaker defied the Leader’s orders, voting in favor of a Republican bill, cynically modeled on Democrat John Murtha’s measure for a quick exit from Iraq. She was among only three Democrats, and the only CBC member, to do so. McKinney also ignored Pelosi’s order that Democrats boycott hearings on Katrina and leave the field to Republicans."

Former Dillard’s Hair Stylists Confirm Discriminatory Practices at Dillard’s Beauty Salons  4/13/2006 SC Black News 

The McKinney Affair-Rampaging Racism and a Cowardly Caucus  4/13/2006 Black Commentator: by the BC publishers - "We at BC had previously believed that April, 2005, when 37 percent of the 42 Black House members voted for Republican bills, was the lowest point in Congressional Black Caucus history. A year later, the CBC has found a new nadir. On the evening of April 5, undoubtedly on orders from House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, CBC chairman Mel Watt gathered twenty or so members to browbeat McKinney into firing her legal team and cease appearing before the media. Watt absented himself from the beat-down, so that it would not appear to be an “official” CBC event. As congressional aides wandered in and out of the room, some Members dutifully echoed Pelosi’s demand that McKinney not frame the March 28 confrontation with the policeman as a “racial” incident, and that she issue an apology on the House floor the following morning. According to several sources who spoke with BC on condition of anonymity, and based on an account given by McKinney staff assistant Faye Coffield to a weekly Atlanta meeting of the Georgia Coalition for the People's Agenda, a “consensus” was reached that McKinney would deliver the apology and abandon efforts to defend herself in the media (although not her legal team). The next morning, at the appointed hour, McKinney was prepared to offer her apology to the House. But Mel Watt had already put the word out that CBC members were to renege on their part of the deal. The Caucus must not stand with McKinney when she stepped to the microphone. Mel Watt, Nancy Pelosi’s poodle, attempted to enforce his Mistress’s wish that McKinney appear utterly isolated and alone. Nothing should distract from the Democrats’ non-strategy of doing and saying nothing until mid-term elections in November. The Republicans must be allowed to self-destruct without interference. McKinney’s charge of racial profiling was a distraction from the Democratic non-strategy – so she must be shunned. Mel Watt was the enforcer – the designated shunner-in-chief. Pelosi appears to harbor a deep hatred for McKinney, whom she cannot control. Most recently, the 51-year-old Georgia lawmaker defied the Leader’s orders, voting in favor of a Republican bill, cynically modeled on Democrat John Murtha’s measure for a quick exit from Iraq. She was among only three Democrats, and the only CBC member, to do so. McKinney also ignored Pelosi’s order that Democrats boycott hearings on Katrina and leave the field to Republicans."


Wednesday  4/12/2006

Incident evokes King beating by police  4/12/2006 Los Angeles WAVE 

Guantanamo on the Mississippi  4/12/2006 SF Bay View: "Sometimes the injustices here in New Orleans leave me numb. But the continuing debacle of our criminal justice system inspires in me a sense of indignation I thought was lost to cynicism long ago. Ursula Price, a staff investigator for the indigent defense organization A Fighting Chance has met with several thousand hurricane survivors who were imprisoned at the time of the hurricane, and her stories chill me."

On Common Ground  4/12/2006 SF Bay View: "When people ask, “Where is the Black Panther Party for Self-Defense,” one would have to reply, “It’s in New Orleans, where Common Ground is operating 100 percent on volunteer fuel – a people-driven operation. In a video produced just a few months after the hurricane, when most of the operation was located at Malik Rahim’s home in Algiers (SF Bay View readers probably recall the history), the spirit of self-determination, economic development and cooperative economics coalesced into a model of self-governance which could be duplicated elsewhere – and should be wherever there is homelessness, poverty and visible disenfranchisement due to manmade disasters like a war in Iraq. Volunteers sleep in tents, take cold showers, do skilled and unskilled labor, eat dorm style – the food not California cuisine … which translates into “not many vegetables,” Nutmeg told me. She said she’d like someone to come from California to cook – and that they should bring fresh vegetables, something the volunteer diet lacks."


Monday  4/10/2006

McKinney Urged to Cool Rhetoric  4/10/2006 NNPA: "After all of this, I would probably give her the same advice that I gave her in the beginning,” says Billy McKinney, the Congresswoman’s father, a former police officer. “To get along in America, in this society, it might be better to go along and get along,” he said, repeating advice he’d given her when she first won election to the Georgia General Assembly in 1988. “I’m talking about not putting yourself out because you won’t find that a whole lot of Black people will back you when you get out there,” McKinney says in an interview with the NNPA News Service. “I don’t think she’ll ever be understood by a segment of this country.”

Are Illegal Immigrants Taking Jobs from Blacks?  4/10/2006 NNPA 


Saturday  4/8/2006

From Chavez’s Alleged Anti-Semitism to the Threat against Privileges  4/8/2006 Venezuela Analysis: "In other words, I know that it is a lie that the Jews killed Christ and that all of them are plutocrats, but the public does not know it and is the innocent victim of a perverse deception, more than Chavez who, as we all know is military ergo tyrant ergo Nazi ergo anti-Semitic ergo universally evil ergo we need to assassinate him and/or invade Venezuela. The discourse that is promoted by the CIA. There is something that perhaps explains this coincidence: On Jan 11, 2006, the Wiesenthal Center honored the media magnate Rupert Murdoch at the Waldorf Astoria in New York. Fox News anchor, Lauren Green, was master of ceremonies. Murdoch was presented with the “Humanitarian Laureate Award”.[7] Rotschild, Murdoch… It all makes sense. The Confederation of Israeli Associations of Venezuela (CAIV) rejected that Chavez was anti-Semitic, as well as the Israeli government. The CAIV visited Chavez on Jan 31st and Freddy Pressner declared that “we did not come to resolve differences because there are no differences.” Attending on behalf of CAIV was its President, Freddy Pressner, and its Secretary General, David Bachenheimer, accompanied by the President in charge of the Caracas Israeli Union, Abraham Hammer; the presidents of the Venezuelan Israeli Association, Salomon Cohen; from the Zionist Federation, Alberto Biernam; the official in charge of the Hebrew Brotherhood, Jorge Zelikovich and the person in charge of the Venezuelan Federation of Jewish Women, Ena Rotkopf. But our intellectuals are more Jewish than the Jews. How ridiculous! But the seed has already been sown through globalized disinformation. For Lionel Mesnard, this is not innocent coming on the eve of the VI World Social Forum in Caracas, Jan. 24- 29. Nor was the Wiesenthal Center’s appeal to Mercosur innocent, asking them to exclude Venezuela. Was it worth it? What values our intellectuals must lack for them stoop so low to do the dirtiest work of the media war."


Friday  4/7/2006

The Rebuking and Scorning of Cynthia McKinney  4/7/2006 Counterpunch: "Journalists are reporting this story as though it were their job to "get" her, breathlessly revealing that the woman who receives more hate mail than Teddy Kennedy employs a part-time bodyguard, as though it proved something about her mental state. But note, please, Rep. McKinney did not take back anything she has said about racial profiling in the nation's capitol. And the fact remains that, while each day's mail brings a new wave of personal threats, some of the people charged with protecting her affect not to recognize her. A Republican colleague offered the suggestion that she could announce "I am a Member of Congress" each time she passes a security checkpoint. But McKinney has served for eleven years, not eleven minutes."


Thursday  4/6/2006

Grand Jury to Hear McKinney Run-In Case  4/6/2006 AP 

Racial Profiling from the Halls of Congress to the Studios of MSNBC - The Assault on Cynthia McKinney - By REMI KANAZI  4/6/2006 Counterpunch: Remi Kanazi is the primary writer for the political website www.PoeticInjustice.net He lives in New York City as a Palestinian American freelance writer, poet and performer. - "It didn't concern Scarborough that a class action lawsuit has been filed by black Capitol Hill police officers against the United States Capitol Police department or that McKinney has been targeted by the brave protectors on Capitol Hill in the past. Race just isn't an issue in America anymore-we all learned that after Hurricane Katrina. Apparently it wasn't enough to bash McKinney alone, so Scarborough brought on founding editor of Wonkette, Ana Marie Cox (the quintessential apologist democrat). Cox echoed Scarborough's assertions and added, "I worry [as a democrat] that she [McKinney] makes us all look a little crazy." Cox need not worry, incompetence and feebleness trumps craziness, and the democrats have enough to go around."

A BLOW FOR US ALL - McKinney strikes back  4/6/2006 Greg Palast: "When McKinney landed her response, she landed it for Duane - and for Rosa Parks who was arrested for refusing to give up her seat on a bus to a white passenger; for the Black folk stopped by the cops when trying to flee flooded New Orleans into the safety of the white Metairie; for Willie Steen, a Black man in Florida stopped from voting because he looked like a "potential felon". And she landed one for me and for you, for all of us of all races afflicted with the racism that remains in the DNA of the body politic. So here's to you, Cynthia, our champ, still undefeated."

Immigration Debate Wakes A 'Sleeping Latino Giant'  4/6/2006 Washington Post: "Organizers are eager to draw other immigrant groups, including Asians and Africans, into Monday's protest. But it is the involvement of so many previously apolitical elements of the Latino community that might prove a watershed in the political and cultural evolution of Hispanics, whose influence has lagged behind their growth into the nation's largest minority. The mobilization has drawn into the political mainstream the organizations that have sustained daily life in the Latino community -- churches, Spanish-language radio and social groups. "I'm not sure anybody totally understands this phenomenon. . . . But we are happily stunned," said Cecilia Muñoz, vice president for policy at the National Council of La Raza, a civil rights organization based in Washington. "We're all very aware that this is history in the making, and the country will be transformed by it." The protests will come as Congress begins a two-week recess. The Senate made progress yesterday in resolving differences that have stalled immigration change legislation, but a vote to cut off debate today seemed destined to fail, probably dooming the chance for a final vote before tomorrow's recess. With the legislation in play, organizers of Monday's demonstrations can sustain the urgency of their appeal for support. According to a count maintained by the New American Opportunity Campaign, a coalition of national groups based in Washington, there have been more than 30 pro-immigration rallies across the country this year with at least 1,000 participants -- and often the number was far higher. The movement has attracted informal immigrant social groups -- including at least 10 in the Washington area -- whose previous focus has been exclusively on raising money for charitable projects back in Central America. Thousands of Hispanic youths, coordinating their actions by text-messaging on cellphones, have staged walkouts at high schools across the country, including several in the Virginia and Maryland suburbs. Many Latinos say they were first spurred to action by a House bill passed in December that would make it a felony to be in the country illegally or to provide assistance to illegal immigrants."

Drug Leniency for the Privileged - Draconian Sentences for Blacks and Latinos  4/6/2006 Black Commentator 

Drug Leniency for the Privileged - Draconian Sentences for Blacks and Latinos  4/6/2006 Black Commentator 


Wednesday  4/5/2006

It's time to take Katrina failures to the world stage  4/5/2006 SF Bay View - Katrina Information Network: "From people desperately clinging to rooftops surrounded by water to survivors pushed onto planes with no idea of their final destination, the horror of Hurricane Katrina survivors wasn't simple bureaucratic bungling. It was a series of human rights violations that are drawing world attention in mid-March as the United Nations reconvenes in New York."

Supporters surround Rep. Cynthia McKinney after incident with Capitol Police  4/5/2006 SF Bay View 


Saturday  4/1/2006

McKinney Says Police Officer Touched Her 'Inappropriately'  4/1/2006 AP 


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