…and I happened upon the following story:
WASHINGTON: Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney claims the Department of Defense executed 5,000 prisoners with one bullet to the head and then dumped their bodies in a Louisiana swamp during Hurricane Katrina.
Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, known for her provocative statements when she was a congresswoman from Georgia, accused the Department of Defense this week of using Hurricane Katrina to cover up the slaughter of 5,000 prisoners.
At a news conference in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, McKinney claimed the Pentagon authorized the execution of the prisoners with one bullet to the head three years ago and then dumped their bodies in a Louisiana swamp.
McKinney said she heard the story from the mother of a National Guard soldier who said her son was assigned to help dispose of the bodies.
“And these were mostly males and her son was afraid to talk because he had signed a silence agreement,” McKinney told the crowd. “So he only complained to his mother. But the data was entered into a Pentagon computer.”
McKinney said she verified the story from “insiders” who wanted to remain anonymous.
“I suspect that these are prisoners. … So this investigation of the whole prison industrial complex is extremely important and it should not end with just a question of the nature of prisons in our country,” she said to a captivated audience. “These 5,000 souls also need some justice too.”
A Defense Department spokesman dismissed McKinney’s accusation.
“The claim is outrageous on the very face of it and doesn’t merit any further consideration,” said Lt. Col. Les’ Melnyk. “It would be inconceivable that 5,000 people would go missing in America without anyone noticing it prior to this.”
Psychologists and psychology professors contacted by FOXNews.com wouldn’t comment on McKinney’s mental condition, but they expressed shock at her assertion.
“Wow! What a conspiracy theory,” one professor exclaimed before declining comment and hanging up the phone.
Dr. Celia Ward, a clinical psychologist in Washington, D.C., said she wouldn’t speculate on McKinney’s state of mind because McKinney heard the story from someone else.
“This sounds like a game of telephone,” Ward said, explaining how a rumor can change as it passes from one person to another. “But to take something that has so many questions attached to it and to treat a rumor as fact is the basis for mass distortion. It’s really a good example of Swift-boating.”
Ward said McKinney could have easily verified the story by checking prison records.
“This is the kind of rumor that warrants fact-checking,” she said.
McKinney’s presidential campaign did not respond to a request for comment.
A member of the House for 12 years until 2007, McKinney is no stranger to controversy. Shortly after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks, she suggested that President Bush knew about the plot in advance but failed to warn Americans because of his father’s business interests. Some political analysts say that statement contributed to her defeat in 2002.
After McKinney was re-elected in 2004, she tried to impeach Bush, Vice President Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice on charges that they lied and manipulated intelligence to justify the war in Iraq.
McKinney hit a career low point in 2006 when she was accused of striking a Capitol Police officer who grabbed her after she passed a security checkpoint without wearing a congressional lapel pin. She later apologized for the incident. She was defeated in a Democratic primary later that year and left the Democratic Party in 2007. She was nominated in July to run for president on the Green Party ticket. There are 245 other Green Party candidates running for office this fall.
Ummm…uh…Ok. All I can say is: she used to be a Democrat, until she found out that she could run for President in the Green Party.
I think that pretty much speaks for itself.
You know, 5000 people is a quite a sum, and (especially in this day and age) someone, somewhere would have reported one of these individuals missing at some point in time.
But,hey…people are concerned about Sarah Palin being a “hearbeat” away from the presidency. (Rolls eyes)
Maybe she’s running for High Priestess of Barack Obama’s next church? Maybe a cabinet position in an Obama White House? I dunno. At the very least, she’ll get an uninterrupted hour on the Mitch Albom Show…
(C’mon guys! She’s only saying what Democrats, with their last tiny shred of decency still intact, have been wanting to say for years now. Who cares if it’s delusional?!?)