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04-07-06, 04:15 PM #1
Rep. Cynthia McKinney Getting No Sympathy from Democratic Leadership
McKinney apologizes for run-in
Congresswoman allegedly assaulted police officer
Friday, April 7, 2006
Washington -- Under increasing pressure from House Democratic leaders, Rep. Cynthia McKinney took to the House floor Thursday to apologize for an incident in which she allegedly assaulted a Capitol police officer at a security checkpoint.
Since the incident last week, not one of McKinney's fellow 200 House Democratic colleagues had publicly defended her conduct in the incident...
The House's top Democrat, Rep. Nancy Pelosi of San Francisco, distanced herself from McKinney and publicly expressed increasing exasperation Thursday
...Witnesses to the incident, including an aide to Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel, testified Thursday before the grand jury.
...Just an hour [before McKinney's appology], Pelosi made it clear that McKinney... wasn't getting sympathy from the Democratic leadership.
"I don't see any conceivable reason why anyone would strike a Capitol police officer. I have the greatest respect for the Capitol police," Pelosi told reporters.
Pelosi said the 535 members of the House and Senate have to help the police on Capitol Hill, ... "Members have a responsibility to help protect the Capitol, Congress and our constituents who visit us here," she added.
...House members from both parties and all races said they have also been challenged by police when they weren't wearing their lapel pins.
...McKinney's fellow Georgian and Democrat, civil rights pioneer Rep. John Lewis, has also been stopped, and reportedly told her to stop making an issue out of the incident.
Rules Committee chairman Rep. David Dreier, R-San Dimas (Los Angeles County), said he often doesn't wear his pin and gets stopped, especially when he enters on the Capitol's Senate side.
There was no reaction from federal prosecutors on whether McKinney's apology will have any effect on the grand jury proceedings.
==============But ok... now we know security isn't just based on facial recognition alone as I feared, but now let's talk about whether these "lapel pins" of theirs are secure RF electronic devices that cannot be counterfieted, or a just another vulnerable visual indicator that would be even more easily defeated than visual facial recognition.
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04-07-06, 04:42 PM #2Cris1102 Guest
HA HA HA!!!
Originally Posted by TXCharlie
She really makes me .....And I'd looove to slap that fake grin of her's off her face.
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