[HCCN] Fwd: Cynthia McKinney: An Open Letter on the Occasion of the NY Seating of the Russell Tribunal on Palestine

Judy_Robbins Judy at RobbinsAndRobbins.com
Mon Oct 8 08:15:32 EDT 2012

Thanks to Claire Mortimer for forwarding this.

> *Open Letter on the Occasion of the Seating of the New York Session of the Bertrand Russell Tribunal on Palestine*
> This weekend, anti-war protests are taking place all over the world.  I do
> believe that the position of the vast majority of the world’s people is one
> that is utterly tired of a hungry war machine ignited by gangster bankers
> concomitantly devouring the money resources of the world’s people.  There
> is a growing awareness of exactly where the problem lies:  it is not in the
> millions of working people who struggle every month just to make ends meet;
> it is not in the immigrant fleeing the intentional destabilization of her
> homeland; it is not in the descendants of Africans imported from Africa for
> enslavement; it is not in the right-wing White person misled to believe
> that individuals from the foregoing groups are his enemy; it is not in the
> group of people who pray to Allah; it is not in the people on the street
> this weekend demanding peace and an end to war.  It is clear that those who
> helped construct this current society and now preside over it are also the
> ones who benefit from having things as they are today.  Increasingly, more
> and more of us are paying an even higher price for them to continue their
> privilege because enough is never enough for them.  Real change, then,
> requires not only changes in the names, color, ethnicities, languages
> spoken, religion, or gender of those who preside over the current political
> state of affairs.  Real change requires dismantling the current political,
> economic, and social structures that serve only the interests of an elite
> to whom current elected office holders answer.  In short, the kind of
> change that people thought they were voting for in 2008.  I have
> consistently drawn attention to the need for this kind of deep, structural
> change.  Therefore, this Open Letter addresses what is happening to me as I
> challenge a system that no longer serves the interests of the people and
> push for the kind of change that will really make a difference.
> As I write this, I note the irony that I am currently conducting research
> in order to write a paper on the violent repression carried out by
> individuals acting on behalf of the United States government against
> certain political actors of the 1960s and early 1970s.  It was during this
> research that I came across the notion of “soft repression” and immediately
> recognized myself in what I was reading.  I said to myself as I read, “Hey,
> that’s me.”  So, I decided to write this Open Letter in order to blow the
> cover off a secret that I have walked with for years.
> “Soft repression” tactics include ridicule, stigma, and silencing.  I have
> experienced and continue to experience each one of these types of targeting.
> I routinely receive hate mail and withstand very active organized attempts
> to ridicule, stigmatize, and eventually silence me.  I routinely experience
> strange occurrences with my computer (typing by itself) and telephone
> (answered by someone before it even rings on my end), and more.  Strange
> things happen to my friends and to the friends of my friends (like police
> stops for nothing, and worse, calls to remote immigrant acquaintances
> asking for information about me).
> Not too long ago, I received a call from a lawyer with the ACLU who tracks
> politically-inspired civil liberties violations and he told me that my name
> came up in a Texas Fusion Center of the Department of Homeland Security
> document as someone, associating with former Attorney General Ramsey Clark
> and traveling to Lebanon with him, who should be surveilled for any
> attempts engaged in by me to push Sharia law for the U.S.  It’s ludicrous,
> I know.  It’s even more ludicrous that U.S. tax dollars are being spent to
> surveil people for this stupidity.  But there it is.
> More recently, Congresswoman Maxine Waters courageously asked the head of
> the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), Robert Mueller, at a
> Congressional Hearing if the FBI was surveilling me because she had
> documents that suggested that due to my political beliefs and inflammatory
> words uttered by others after my 2006 campaign election theft that placed
> blame for the unfortunate election results on Jewish Israel partisans
> inside the U.S.
> I have been stalked (unfortunately, the prosecution occurred under a false
> identity as a Muslim Pakistani) and thank goodness to local authorities,
> the perpetrator spent time in jail until his high-priced lawyer bailed him
> out, and the individual with the false identity was convicted of
> stalking.  Upon my return to the U.S. from Cape Town, South Africa at which the Russell
> Tribunal found that Israel practices its own unique form of apartheid, I
> was notified by my local FBI office that I was the subject of a terroristic
> threat, along with U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and President Barack
> Obama, by some poor hillbillies from the north Georgia mountains.  The FBI
> offered to protect me from any other hillbillies who might get funny ideas.
> Well, I’ve been through this before with the FBI, when a journalist called
> for my lynching on my way to vote.  My alarmed Congressional staff alerted the FBI--only for us all to learn, years later,
> that this particular “journalist” was on the FBI payroll at the time that
> he made those reprehensible remarks.
> I have lived with this “soft repression” since, as a Member of
> Congress-elect in 1992, I refused to sign the American Israel Public
> Affairs Committee (AIPAC) pledge of support for Israel.  I will begin to
> document and make public what has heretofore been covert activity carried
> out by bullies who pick on the weak.  The members of my inner circle and I
> are extremely weak compared to the power and resources of those
> orchestrating and carrying out this “soft repression.”
> What could they possibly be afraid of?
> I will answer my own question:  values whose time has come—truth, justice,
> peace, and dignity.  Not only for the elite few, but also for the rest of
> us:  everybody’s truth and everybody’s dignity.
> I am honored to serve as a juror on the Russell Tribunal on Palestine.  I
> am honored to serve with Angela Davis and Alice Walker and Dennis Means as
> the U.S. contingent of jurors here in New York City.  Davis, Walker, and
> Means are giants in U.S. activism, demonstrating self-sacrifice, dignity,
> and great love for community.  I have been with this Tribunal from its
> opening Session in Barcelona, where I was the only U.S. member.  At these
> New York Sessions so far, we have spoken of colonialism, oppression,
> murder, and war with impunity.  Therefore, I in no way want to equate the
> unusual events occurring around me with the violence of the situation faced
> by Palestinians in Israel, the West Bank, and Gaza, the particular focus of
> this Tribunal.  I seek merely to expose covert actions directed at me, and
> people close to me, that constitute bullying and soft repression that would
> otherwise go unnoted and whose purpose I surmise is to punish me for my
> values and political beliefs that favor justice and peace, and, most
> probably, to dissuade me from future political activities.
> Their plan will not work.  I believe in hearing everyone’s truths,
> especially from those whose voices have been shut down.  I believe that we
> can only achieve justice when we are willing to face everyone’s truths.  I
> believe that peace is achievable when justice is prevalent.  And I believe
> that human and planetary dignity will exist during such time as we all live
> together in peace.  My work, every day, is to advance this cause in the
> best way that I know, using the tools at my disposal at this time.
> I have already received some requests for these documents that have been
> made available to me; I will make them available to anyone who asks.
> Cynthia McKinney
> Sunday, 7 October 2012
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> oppressed." Steve Biko
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