Saturday, September 24, 2005

McKinney's panel drums up more Sept. 11 conspiracy theories

Rep. Cynthia McKinney was involved Friday in a new series of conspiracy theories concerning the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, but this time she let others do most of the talking.

The Georgia Democrat hosted a forum at the Congressional Black Caucus' legislative conference entitled, "The 9/11 Omission: What the Commission Got Wrong." Most of her panelists had written books on the attacks, some of which accuse the Bush administration of a coverup if not actually being coconspirators alongside al Qaeda.

McKinney, who four years ago made controversial remarks on a radio talk show that Bush had prior warning of the attacks and profited by them, was mostly silent this time. However, she nodded vigorously as many of the panelists spoke and concluded one panel by signaling her agreement with some of the charges.

"We had four significant failures on one day of a trillion-dollar military and intelligence infrastructure," McKinney said. "I don't think that is certainly a possible thing to have happened. It's quite a coincidence, if it is."

One of the speakers, David Ray Griffin, labeled as "a 571-page lie" a report produced by an independent commission that investigated the events leading up to the attacks. Griffin's most recent book, "The 9/11 Commission Report: Omissions and Distortions," suggest there must have been pre-planted explosives inside the World Trade Center to topple the steel towers after the airplanes hit.

Another author, Barbara Hatch Rosenberg, suggested a Pentagon initiative may have been complicit in the anthrax attacks on Washington several months after Sept. 11, 2001. She also suggested a former government worker the FBI has targeted for years may indeed have been involved.

Former Army scientist Steven Hatfill was once labeled as a "person of interest" in the investigation, but Rosenberg refused to say whether she meant him because of legal concerns.

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