Roughly three thousand people attended the Critical Resistance conference at Laney College this weekend, brainstorming how to challenge the "prison industrial complex," end prisoner abuse, and reform the justice system. With 170 workshops and even more speakers, it's perhaps not the fault of the organizers that Cynthia McKinney, the former congresswoman and Green Party presidential candidate, opened her big mouth and said something colossally stupid.
What could she have said? We're so glad you asked. At one of the conference panels, McKinney claimed that during Hurricane Katrina, the Pentagon rounded up five thousand prisoners, shot each one in the head, and dumped the bodies in the Louisiana swamp. Here's the video, courtesy of YouTube.
For those who like their batshit craziness in text form, we've reproduced her remarks below.
"In the wake of Hurricane Katrina, I had a woman, I've never really said this in public, out loud, in front of a lot of cameras, and there's a lot of cameras in this room now. But I had a mother to call me, because her son had a very gruesome task.
"Her son's charge by the Department of Defense was to process five thousand bodies that had received a single bullet wound to the head. And these were mostly males. And her son was afraid to talk because he had signed a silence agreement. So he only complained to his mother. But the data about these individuals was entered into a Pentagon computer. And then, reportedly, the bodies were dumped in the swamp in Louisiana. This is the result of the tragedy of Hurricane Katrina. And I have verification from insiders who wish to remain anonymous at the Red Cross. This is true.
"I suspect that these were prisoners. And so, you know, 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, but these five thousand souls also need some justice too."