Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney, Statement of May 16, 2002
Statement of 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
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
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.
Ever since I came to Congress in 1992, there are those
who have been trying to silence my voice. I've been told
to "sit down and shut up" over and over again. Well, I won't
sit down and I won't shut up until the full and unvarnished
truth is placed before the American people.