Some McKinney Contributors Support Terrorist Groups

By Jason Pierce | July 7, 2008 | 8:20 PM EDT

Ibrahim Hooper, CAIR's communications director would not condemn Osama bin Laden's involvement in the Sept. 11 terrorist assault in an interview with Salon shortly following the attacks.

Other CAIR officials and board members have blamed Israeli and Egyptian intelligence officials for the 1993 World Trade Center bombing. Federal prosecutor Mary Jo White said in a November 2001 interview with the New Republic that one former CAIR board member was a "possible conspirator" in the 1993 bombing.

Phil Kent, president of the Southeastern Legal Foundation (SLF), says McKinney is "completely undermining" the U.S. war against terrorism.

"I think it's incumbent upon all of us to demand to know her ties with people like Alamoudi," Kent said.

"If she had any shred of integrity, which I don't think she has, she'd repudiate these people," he added.

On April 12, Kent wrote Rep. Joel Hefley (R-Colo), chairman of the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct and Rep. Howard Berman (D-Calif.), the ranking Democrat on the committee, requesting formal sanctions against McKinney for her comments during an interview with a Berkeley, Calif. radio station.

"We believe that her statements warrant an investigation by the House Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, specifically, that her statements appear to violate Rule 43 of the Code of Official Conduct, Rules of the House of Representatives, Adopted by 105th Congress, namely, 'a member, officer, or employee of the House of Representatives shall conduct himself at all times in a manner which shall reflect creditably on the House of Representatives,'" Kent wrote on behalf of SLF.

During the interview, McKinney called for an investigation into whether President Bush and other government officials had advance notice of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks.

"We know there were numerous warnings of the events to come on September 11th," McKinney claimed. "What did this administration know and when did it know it, about the events of September 11th? Who else knew, and why did they not warn the innocent people of New York who were needlessly murdered? What do they have to hide?

"Persons close to this administration are poised to make huge profits off America's new war," she charged.

After being confronted by the media, McKinney issued a statement "clarifying" her remarks.

"I am not aware of any evidence showing that President Bush or members of his administration have personally profited from the attacks of 9-11," she said. "A complete investigation might reveal that to be the case."

SLF called McKinney's comments "shameful ... unethical and dangerous."

"For perceived political gain, McKinney has dishonored the U.S. House and her constituents by alleging high treason, and has undermined the sense of the U.S. House in its clearly stated efforts to support and defend the actions of this government in its prosecution of the war on terrorism," Kent wrote.

In addition to any action the House might take against her, McKinney is currently under investigation for at least six counts of alleged election law violations stemming from her purported activities in a voting precinct in DeKalb County, Georgia on election day 2000.

An administrative law judge will hear charges that McKinney "invaded" a polling place during polling hours, harassed and intimated poll watchers, and directly solicited votes while there.

The Georgia State Board of Elections has voted unanimously twice to recommend action by the state on all six counts.

Kent says he doubts McKinney will acknowledge any wrongdoing in accepting donations from supporters of terrorist organizations.

"I'm wondering if she's going to give the money back," he asked rhetorically. "But I know she won't."

McKinney's office did not respond to multiple requests for interviews about the allegations in this story.

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