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Where Are They Now: Cynthia McKinney Strikes Again


Somehow we didn't think we had seen the last of Cynthia McKinney.

The former controversial congresswoman from Georgia has resurfaced - on a boat in the Mediterranean Sea trying to deliver supplies to Gaza.

Israeli forces arrested McKinney and other passengers on board the ship, according to a group called Free Gaza, which said on its Web site that McKinney and the others "have been illegally incarcerated for their solidarity work with Palestine."

The Israeli Consulate General of Israel in Atlanta, however, accused McKinney and her fellow travelers of waging a "reckless political stunt."

McKinney ran for president in 2008 as a Green Party candidate. She was defeated for reelection to the House in 2006, not long after she was accused of punching a Capitol Police officer who mistook her for a tourist. She had made a brief comeback after being defeated in 2002, at which time her father said he blamed the "J-E-W-S" for his daughter's defeat.

Read more about McKinney's arrest off the coast of the Gaza Strip on Atlanta's 11Alive.com site.

By Mary Ann Akers  |  July 1, 2009; 6:41 PM ET
 
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This woman is a racist who has a history of exhibiting hatred toward any one not of color and Jews. She deserves to be where she is right now...once again in jail.

Posted by: jlhf | July 1, 2009 7:57 PM | Report abuse

She is a hero. How many politicians have stood up to the evil that is AIPAC?

Posted by: goldhatresearch | July 1, 2009 9:34 PM | Report abuse

Lock her up and throw away the key.

Posted by: BO_Stinks | July 1, 2009 9:38 PM | Report abuse

Regardless of who she is or what she has done, she is an American citizen who has been arrested without probable cause and is being held against her will. When will President Obama stand up and say something?

Posted by: Whywait2 | July 1, 2009 10:22 PM | Report abuse

So are you saying that her father is not telling the truth about Zionist money going to her opponents because McKinney opposed things that normal people would oppose like torture and bombing countries who have imaginary weapons of mass destruction?

Posted by: instantkarma_m | July 1, 2009 10:33 PM | Report abuse

This woman was on a boat with an international crew and other humanitarians delivering aid to the Gazans which are under seige and blockade by the IDF (Israeli Defense Forces). Most Americans don't even know about this much less care. They were in INTERNATIONAL WATERS, so this makes this crime by the Israelis kidnapping and piracy. This article gives the timeline of Cynthia's service as a Congresswoman but no mention of the position and the article makes it sound like she ran for President all these different times. (Defeated by what?) Very misleading, biased and flawed.

Posted by: anitamstewart | July 1, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Has McKinney acted to protect the Iranian people? The Lebanese? The Kurds? Any of the oppressed citizens in countries of Africa?? Oops, they're not Jews so they can't benefit from McKinney's healing justice. Soon enough, she'll be back in the headlines and in the U.S., slugging cops.

Posted by: upphill1 | July 1, 2009 10:34 PM | Report abuse

Instead of writing about the FACT that a small boat carrying much needed humanitarian and construction supplies to Gaza was forcibly boarded and activists illegally arrested and incarcerated by Israeli forces, Ms. Akers wants to create a story about Cynthia McKinney. Give these courageous activists (including Ms. McKinney) huge credit, for trying to do what AIPAC has hindered our own (U.S.) government from doing ... and that is to support JUSTICE in the Middle East. Israel's oppression, occupation, dehumanization, racism, apartheid, collective punishment, terrorism and more must be brought to America's attention. Israel is a DESPISED state. It will never, ever, ever have security, and it's grip on U.S. foreign policy will one day end. No more $3 Billion of our tax dollars to support this Zionazi state!! No more armament including fighter jets and helicopters, no more kowtowing to Israel!! Please be assured that I'm JEW. Read about Albert Einstein's warnings about Fascist Zionism in Israel. Real Jews don't put their religion, nationalism or politics before their humanity.

Posted by: gr8pop | July 1, 2009 10:36 PM | Report abuse

I don't know why the author of this piece is taking issue with Cynthia McKinney's attempts to bring humanitarian aid to a people who are desperately in need of it. Are ad hominem attacks your only specialty? In future please try and present an article based on facts and not your own narrow minded opinions and prejudices.

Posted by: pedron | July 1, 2009 10:49 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann you said you would write a humorous column with expose es. Well, the arrest of an American citizen on a humanitarian mission is not humorous. Nor does the arrogant flouting of international law by the Israelis make me laugh. Was that your goal?

Posted by: readlife | July 1, 2009 10:53 PM | Report abuse

Why would the author attack the credability of a former congress women in an article about human rights activist being abducted? More importantly what do her fathers comments have to do with anything? I thought we only suppose to hold people accountable for the words that come out of their own mouths. We are aware that the author had space constraints, so why waste valuble words attacking Cynthia Mckinney. It looks like a hit peace in my opinion, written by Pro Israel apologist trying to move attention away what is a crime under international law. From what I have read a law suite against the Israeli navy will be filed in Greece where the boat is registered. I also wish the author bothered to mention the previous humanitarian boat that was rammed and nearly sunk by Israeli navy. The thuggish behavior of the IDF needs to stop along with the apologist in the media.

Posted by: Edtastic | July 1, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

In light of the Amnesty report just out that shows Israel's horrible crimes in the War on Gaza, does the Post think it is a Good Idea(tm) for one of your columnists to make light of the arrest of a former US Congresswoman on a humanitarian mission from international waters to Gaza?

A much better story would have been how Israel is using collective punishment of a captive people, 1.5 million Gazans, to elicit a political outcome favorable to the occupier.

That is the definition of State Terrorism.

For those of us who watched it live, this article is an abomination against humanity and the Post should make amends.

Maybe a nice in-depth story about the rights to territorial waters that Gaza has, as opposed to what Israel is currently imposing.

You can include how more than 45,000 Gaza fisherman and those that depend on their industry are out of luck because if they put out to sea to get where the fish are, Israeli Navy boats are like as not to make them take off all their clothes and swim to the navy boat, where they are then chained and arrested for fishing in their waters.

Perhaps you could cover the agreements Israel has signed regarding those rights and some of the stories such as the one I mention above rather than making a character attack on a former US Congresswoman.

Posted by: bbsnews | July 1, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Bravo Mrs. Mckinney you have the guts so many US reps. lack completely.

To the author: there is nothing niece to right in the face of the crime the Zionist entity in Palestine commits.

The Jews aren't like able at all and sooner or later they will face punishment again.

Posted by: holocaustgaza | July 1, 2009 11:05 PM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney is just another fruitcake liberal..she's over there acting stupid when people in her district are un-employed and needing help...someone throw her into the ocean and feed the fish.

Posted by: JWx2 | July 1, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

uphill1,

This article is about Israel and Gaza.

All those other countries you mention don't figure into it.

You might also note that comparing Israel to other repressive countries is counter-productive, two wrongs don't make a right.

Posted by: bbsnews | July 1, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

Yet another disingenuous article on the subject.

What a shameful attempt to obfuscate and issue. Gaza is held in a cage, dehumanized and oppressed daily and is in dire need of supplies. Not only are the harassed by the IDF but there is also constant terrorist attacks by the ILLEGAL settlers stealing what little land they have left.

Yes, it was a stunt BECAUSE the issue gets ignored by people like Mary Ann Akers.

Bravo Ms. McKinney!

Shame on you Mary Ann, you have no soul.......

Posted by: arraya72 | July 1, 2009 11:17 PM | Report abuse

holocaustgaza your such a clown and typical brainwashed muslim..even the Arabs are treating the palestine's like 4th class muslims...muslim kill their own people to set up Israel/Others and cry for help and handouts...just like the pakis...2 million run faster for bag of rice handout but won't defend their home....they only show bravery when they are beating their women or stoning girls..or raping little girls and boys.

Posted by: JWx2 | July 1, 2009 11:19 PM | Report abuse

Given what has happened and this article's slant and the slant of some of the posters, I think it is time to DEPORT all Jews and the shabbas goy sympathizers out of this country. But where to send them, hmmmmm? How about in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?

Posted by: NEMWeditor | July 1, 2009 11:24 PM | Report abuse

Ms. Akers,

Thank you for this worthless scrawl that I'm sure you deign to call an "article." I'm not sure why you were talking to an Israeli Consulate in Atlanta, as opposed to someone in Israel or at the very least in D.C. (where you work!), but it is obvious that in writing it you had no intention of creating anything that might remotely resemble journalism. Now I know that I needn't bother reading a single word you write, as it would be a waste of my time and energy. Good luck in your propaganda career, Zionist shill!

Posted by: krash2fast | July 1, 2009 11:29 PM | Report abuse

OK Folks, back up a second here:

Put aside politics for a moment and lets talk about the rule of law.

McKinney was stopped and detained in international waters by a foreign country. This is illegal. Let me repeat: This is illegal. Has there been a single mention of this anywhere? No. Note that very recently, the US did NOT board a N. Korean ship which may or may not have had 'illegal contraband'. Why? Because it is illegal in international waters.

Whether you side with Israel or side with Palestine, it does not matter. This is an illegal act that, if perpetrated upon a state ship, is legally an act of war.

The fact that this issue is being presented in the above manner, is beyond pathetic.

Don't steal, don't cheat, don't break the law. Governments hate the competition.

Posted by: busamadman | July 1, 2009 11:34 PM | Report abuse

This article should read "Former U.S. Congresswoman abucted by Isreali Forces in International Waters". If reader comments include personal attacks, they are removed. Shouldn't Mary Ann Akers comply with this rule in her article?
I might as well be standing in line reading tabloids at a grocery check-out.

Posted by: jt11232 | July 1, 2009 11:49 PM | Report abuse

I would love to put myself and Ms. Akers in a time machine and see how she would have reported on an attempt to break the seige of the Warsaw Ghetto. What is happening now in Gaza is the nearest instance of history repeating itself since the Nazi imprisonment of Jews in Warsaw in WWII.

I have followed Cynthia McKinney's career now for 17 years, and I find her to be an intelligent, compassionate, courageous and principled woman. We need more like her.

Posted by: cabinboy2 | July 2, 2009 12:07 AM | Report abuse

I will say that it was illegal for Israeli navy to arrest and detain the boat people if they were in international waters.
If it is proven than Israel must pay the price and all those responsible must be punished in NY court system like the Somali pirate.
IDF will have better chances to be acquitted in NY court system than in Hague or even in Israel.......:).

Posted by: shamsk | July 2, 2009 12:09 AM | Report abuse

Mary Ann Akers,

A nobel peace prize winner (Mairead Maguire) and 20 other international human rights workers are kidnapped from international waters by the IDF because they intended to bring medicine, toys and olive trees into the concentration camp of Gaza...but the fact that Cynthia McKinney was also on that ship is all your readers need know, right? You have distilled the essence of SHILL. You laugh at Cynthia McKinney ... as children die for lack of those most basic medicines, kids who were bombed into burn wards by the very same IDF. I guess it's best not to think about that. Better distract your readers with a hate post on Cynthia McKinney, quick!

Posted by: mataharikari | July 2, 2009 1:22 AM | Report abuse

Your review of the situation hardly fits the standards of good journalism and I would hope that the Washington Post reviews your ability to publish. Cynthia McKinney and other humanitarian relief workers were kidnapped in international waters by Israeli naval forces. The same navy that murdered dozens of American sailors on the USS Liberty in a premeditated attack on their ship. Your article is attempting to cover up the facts of this crime by attempting to denigrate Congresswoman McKinney. We need more Cynthia McKinney's with the courage to question Donald Rumsfeld on the wargames that provided cover for 9-11 vs. bought and paid for central bankster corporate shills such as yourself. Congresswoman McKinney can hold her head up high... Can you?

Posted by: etiennedelaboetie | July 2, 2009 1:23 AM | Report abuse

McKinney was with a Nobel laureate and numerous other citizens trying to bring humanitarian aid to Gaza snd Israel illegally seized the boat and the American citizens and all this reporter can do is snark? Mary Ann, you are dumber than dirt.

Posted by: MadAsHell3 | July 2, 2009 2:09 AM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney Strikes Again?! Are you kidding me?! I have been waiting for an American response to this story for 2 days! Mary Ann you truly are sincerely ignorant!

Posted by: lawnshampoo | July 2, 2009 2:21 AM | Report abuse

One day, people like McKinney, like beautiful American activists, women from CODEPINK or others, jews or not, colored or not, Israelis or Arabs, whatever people of good will and good mean, will not only receive a prize of the Righteous Among Nations, but will represent the reason to be proud of every common American.
It's thanks to people like this that the barriers between people can fall. Wall of Shame and Blockade of Gaza too, I hope.

Posted by: Saxooo | July 2, 2009 5:27 AM | Report abuse

this woman has more guts than our president Obama to stand up for human rights violation and war crimes committed by this rogue nation called Israel. How many more human being have to die before our president stands up, and stop being a coward?

Posted by: capskip | July 2, 2009 5:56 AM | Report abuse

My understanding is that, unfortunately, she's on her way back. Frankly, I've just about had it with this overfed racist, and would greatly prefer not hearing anymore about her.

Apologies to Israel.

Posted by: Farnaz1Mansouri1 | July 2, 2009 6:27 AM | Report abuse

Please, let's not forget, Israel is actually America's largest private run military base by Xrussians. All directives come from Washington. Israel has a USofA contract to fullfill.
Mary Ann is very Kosher and so is Washington Post-no wonder America is in the dark--a dog's breakfast.
FYI: Israel is only doing it's masters directives-starve and force out, the Palsofmine :^(

Posted by: geo1671 | July 2, 2009 8:37 AM | Report abuse

It is hard to hear a coward criticize a hero. Ms McKinney is fighting for the women and children of Gaza. Above journalist knows her bread is buttered by towing the Israel can do no wrong line. Enough is enough! If Israel wants to be treated fairly, all it has to do is extend onto others what it expects itself.

Posted by: FatNSassy | July 2, 2009 9:02 AM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney is a heroine, traveling to deliver toys and medicines to the inmates of the Zionist gulag of Gaza with Nobel Prize recipient Mairead Maguire. She was kidnapped on the high seas by Israeli pirates and ignored by the 'Israeli' State Department in Washington.

Ms. McKinney stands up for people. She would have been a great president--not a shill for the international bankers, a slave to the FED, a contemptible liar who has reneged on his campaign pledges and continues and expands Bush's wars of aggression based on lies, lies and nothing but lies. Better a woman who has spirit and moxie than a smiling shallow 'front' for a bloody elite.

Posted by: Prinzowhales | July 2, 2009 9:15 AM | Report abuse

Let us restate a fact about Ms. Akers, this article, and the Washington Post for that matter.

Ms. Akers acknowledges that she got info from the israelis' Atlanta Consulate. Consulates are PR firms, among other things. This is an Israeli (Jewish) PR firm. One would have to assume that they would put their SPIN on the issue. But I also have to assume that Ms. Akers is a Jew, given her name. She works for a paper that is unabashedly pro-Israel, pro-Jew. So do you really expect to see the TRUTH here?

I reiterate, ALL Jews and their shabbas goy sympathizers should be deported so they no longer afflict the rest of us with their politics, attitudes, and self-serving belief system.

Posted by: NEMWeditor | July 2, 2009 9:20 AM | Report abuse

She was arressted in International Waters at gunpoint along with Nobel Prize winner Mairead Maguire. According to Public Security Minister Avi Dichter they are allowing food aid into Gaza. Clearly Israel is not, and they have illegally arrested U.S., U.K., and Australian citizens in International waters. That Gov't should be absolutely ashamed of themselves.

To me it is fascinating that they cry and wring their hands and beg for sympathy whenever the Holocaust is mentioned, but have no problem whatsoever running one themselves.

Posted by: jcusick0 | July 2, 2009 9:29 AM | Report abuse

Another act of piracy from the terrorist state.

Posted by: bilejones | July 2, 2009 9:34 AM | Report abuse

Thank you, Cynthia, for continuing to stand up against racism and inhumanity. We all know it cost you your seat because of AIPAC.

The attack on Gaza this January was not only a blatant war crime, the images that escaped Israeli and American censorship have permanently changed many Americans minds about their blind support of Israel's brutal occupation and ethnic cleansing efforts. We hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal. At least, some of us do.

Posted by: k3nnyb0y | July 2, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

The AIPAC Post in all its glory, once again.

Posted by: jhynde | July 2, 2009 10:00 AM | Report abuse

What a strikingly blatant propaganda article for Israel by the Washington Post, again showing the infiltration of Zionists and Neo-cons and their power and control over the Main Stream Media in this country and the West. Israel before America, even with former congressional representatives and presidential candidates who are trying to stop the genocide on Palestinians by Israel.

Posted by: lochlan | July 2, 2009 11:18 AM | Report abuse

Did you even stop to realise Mary Ann, that Gaza and it's people would not be in the perdicament they are in if it weren't for Israel's illegal crimes it has already committed on these poor people?
Now they have the audacity to illegally stop the aid.
Cynthia McKinney and her crew are far more brave than people that sit there and have the nerve to discredit her for helping those no one else will help.

Posted by: hollybaere | July 2, 2009 11:21 AM | Report abuse

Is it any wonder the Mrs Ayers would marginalize a U.S citizen for doing the right thing where the Israeli state is concerned, She is also a member of A.I.P.A.C, and writes for a jew controlled newspaper, she has no credibility here.
Further more she covers only those thimgs in the foreign news with a jaundiced eye concerning any threat to the Israeli State,not excluding denigrating The attempts by many to show just how brutal the jews are towards those they are trying to misplace to seize their lands.
Isarel is a parasitic state, it cannot survive with out a host, and unfortunatly we are the host that keeps on giving our blood for their survival, thusly endangering our own survival at our own expense.
Time to remove the teat from the teeth of the Jews, its time they survived on their own, I don't want to send them another sheckle for their survival periode.
They are our worst enemy.

Posted by: nightslider | July 2, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

Apparently israel is the new nazi regime with their treatment of palestine and torture of children.And nobody seems to care that they illegaly boarded the ship and captured an American.
Instead we promised 2.775 billion to them while we told California that they were not going to get one red cent.hmmmm who controls what?

Posted by: demsandrepsmustgo | July 2, 2009 12:07 PM | Report abuse

Read the comments from the people in Georgia. They sure are different than most of the one's here. I knew when I first heard the news that she did this on purpose. Most of you fell for her little stunt.

Posted by: boblee1 | July 2, 2009 1:22 PM | Report abuse

This column has given rise to a dispicable group of hate mongers. The passengers on the boat were not kidnapped and the so called parcels or aid they were bringing is being sent over land into Gaza and they are being sent back to Cypress. Israel is not occupying Gaza, and when they departed Gaza, they they left behind millions of dollars worth of agricultural and industrial facilities which the Arabs destroyed, and when Hamas overthrew the P.A. they declared war on Israel and continued to send rockets into civilian sites. Hamas also murdered hundreds of non supporting Arabs and kept tons of aid sent via Israel for it`s own supporters instead of sharing it with other Palestinians. McKinney is an ignorant bigot who apparently enjoys the sympathy of other bigots and if left to run the affairs of the nation would turn the U.S. into another Zimbawe .

Posted by: nrmgardner | July 2, 2009 1:32 PM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney is a true American hero, unafraid to stand up to the bullies, thieves and con men who have hijacked the nation.

The tone here is all about Israel. Might I inquire as to Ms. Akers' position on matters related to AIPAC

Posted by: meggafish | July 2, 2009 1:33 PM | Report abuse

Bravo to McKinney for a political act that illustrates some of the realities of the siege of Gaza...namely that Israel's pull-out of troops and settlers from their garrison status within that territory doesn't equate with a "total withdrawal" from Gaza, because Israel retains control of Gaza's airspace, coastal waters and borders....not to mention that the IDF continues to attack within that territory whenever it chooses.

Gaza is an open-air Israeli prison for Arabs.

Posted by: Observer44 | July 2, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

JWx2

Seems to have a bias regarding anyone even proposing to aid Gaza. I shudder to think of the repercussions of some suggesting to "throw the Israelis" to the fish.

But I suppose one good turn deserves another. Never, in my wildest imagination, could I imagine supporting the CM but JWx2 converted me.

Posted by: jackbrumbelow7 | July 2, 2009 3:38 PM | Report abuse

Looks like a mini version of the USS Liberty.

Just search that name for a history of violations of international waters.

Posted by: jackbrumbelow7 | July 2, 2009 3:43 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann Akers like many others at Washington Post is a propaganda mouthpiece for the Jewish lobby. The degree of pro-Israel bias in this story is shocking. No mention of the fact that the ship was carrying food, medicine and toys to Gaza which has been turned into an open air prison by Israel, and no mention that Israel bombarded Gaza for a month. The Jewish controlled media repeats pro-Israel propaganda in order to conceal the crimes of Israel. See below a link to today's story in one of Israel's largest newspaper Haaretz about a cabinet Minister in Israel's government demanding that Arab citizens of Israel be restricted to living in only certain areas. You will not see a story like this in Washington Post.

http://www.haaretz.com/hasen/spages/1097411.html

Posted by: csbd1984 | July 2, 2009 4:42 PM | Report abuse

It is disgusting to read Mary Ann Akers mocking the illegal arrest of Cynthia McKinney by Israel. Cynthia McKinney is one of the few brave politicians who stood up for the Palestinians knowing full well that there is no political gain in supporting the Palestinians. If you want campaign donations and media backing, you must remain silent to Israel's crimes. African Americans and all others of good conscience should be repulsed by Mary Ann Akers's attack on Cynthia McKinney.

Posted by: csbd1984 | July 2, 2009 4:58 PM | Report abuse

it is ironic that she is there to bring aid to the palestinian people that face overwhelming odds and attacked,murdered,dehumanized with weapons supplied by the u.s. modern israeli zionist are likened to the nazis by the way that they have treated the palestinian people. we see that israel is allowed to do as they please without being held accountable for what they do to those that just want to live but are forced into a corner by those that are hell bent on total occupation and the destruction of a people because they claim to be "god's chosen people.the christ said "There are those that say they are israel but they are not, they are a synagouge of satan"
FREE CYNTHIA FREE PALESTINE

Posted by: ixonmedia1 | July 2, 2009 5:46 PM | Report abuse

late last year we the world watched as israel dropped phospherous bombs,missile,guided rockets, death from helicopter gunships upon the people of palestine as our government said nothing. we listened to sean hannity, rush limbaugh and other hate mongers try to justify the slaughter of innocents. we will be held accountable for not moving to stop the murder of innocent men women and childern for the sake of a country that occupies a land that is not theirs.creatro will judge all responsible for what they do and those that did not do anything. anyone with a moral conscience would pray that the hearts of the zionist would be

Posted by: ixonmedia1 | July 2, 2009 5:57 PM | Report abuse

WOW is all I can say! Some of you are showing your true anti-Semitism colors here or are just very ill informed!
You seem to forget that the Israeli offensive in Gaze came after 6000 rockets came pouring down on innocent people in Israel. The blockade on Gaze is self inflicted by the people of Gaze who find it more important to kill Jews and to use aid money to buy weapons then to feed their own people! I didn’t see Cynthia McKinney running to Israel when the rockets were falling on innocent people in Israel in the name of human rights! Nor do I see the Red Cross condemning and demanding the release of an Israeli citizen being held in Gaze clearly against International law! Thankfully, Israel has become immune to people like her and some of you who hold a clear double standard when it comes to the Israel – Arab conflict!

Posted by: CommonScene | July 2, 2009 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Maybe if McKinney and supporters had ponied up $25k to the WaPo before they sailed they'd be getting more favorable coverage. I guess that's what it takes these days - cash handouts to the thoroughly dishonest Establishment Media. You did hear about the pay-for-access Washington Post "salons" right...

http://www.politico.com/blogs/michaelcalderone

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Posted by: dragutin_dimitrijevic | July 2, 2009 8:04 PM | Report abuse

What a weird little hatchet job this is. Here I am to understand a former Congresswoman has been detained on an aid mission delivering food and medicine and all you do is cut her down and paint her out to be an anti-semite. What pathetic mean spirited drivel. :(

Posted by: member5 | July 2, 2009 9:23 PM | Report abuse

The jew haters are at it again posting pure lies and obfuscations. McKinney was NOT in international waters.
The article reads as follows...
Earlier today an Israeli Navy team boarded and took control of the cargo boat 'Arion' as the vessel illegally attempted to enter the Gaza Strip. In accordance with internationally recognized agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the waters along the Gaza Strip are under Israeli security control and foreign vessels are not permitted to sail into the territory.
What part of the sentence "internationally recognized agreements between Israel and the Palestinian authority" don't you understand.
I hope they keep McKinney in jail so we don't have to deal with her boorish behavior here in the States anymore.
Some posters hate Jews so much that they revert to out and out lies which is typical for the Palin crowd.

Posted by: westcan | July 2, 2009 10:35 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann..
Thank you for your accurate, unbiased, and informative article. Pay no attention to the Jew Haters that always show up and spew their venom and lies. The more informed and intelligent posters appreciate your writing.

Posted by: westcan | July 2, 2009 10:45 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann
You said Cynthia Mckinney was on a boat trying to deliver supplies. Yet you don't mention what those supplies are. How about much needed medicines, Medical supplies, building material to starving innocent civilians who live in an open concentration because of the two year old Israeli blockade by land, sea and air. Did you know that Israel only allows one and half trucks a day to enter Gaza, of food and other bare necessities to 1.5 million civilians who live in an area 5 miles wide and ll miles long? I think Cynthia Mckinney is a brave, courageous woman, to risk her life to help the starving people of Gaza. Your kind of Journalism is unprofessional, and you are trying to impose your views to the American People. Well the American people have woken up, and don't believe that kind of biased, unfair reporting.

Posted by: farhud | July 3, 2009 12:20 AM | Report abuse

Shame on you Ms. Akers. Shame on the Washington Post for printing your drivel. Why not write instead about the children who are suffering from malnutrition because the oppressor Israelis limit the amount of food that can be brought in. Why not write about the fishermen who cannot go to the fishing areas because they risk being shot or their boats sunk by the brutal Israeli navy, the same Navy that committed an act of piracy when it kidnapped the Spirit of Humanity and abducted its passengers. Why not write about the Palestinians made homeless when Israel bombed their homes or, a few years earlier, bulldozed them. But no, you choose to focus on Cynthia McKinney, a true hero who has more guts in her little finger than you have in your entire body.
Kudos to Cynthia and to all the others who are attempting to make life a bit better for those who the Israelis want to persecute.

Posted by: janba | July 3, 2009 1:27 AM | Report abuse

I'm not really sure why Mary Ann Akers is so snarky in her comments regarding former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney. Has Mary Ann put her money where her mouth is? Is she willing to go and challenge the 4th largest military in the world, a military paid for by Americans' money? Does she think its' OK for the U.S. to send billions to Israel every year so they can murder and maim the indigenous Christian and Muslim Palestinians? Is she OK with putting 1.5 million Palestinians from Gaza into a concentration camp? Seems as though the answer is 'yes' to all of the above. For God's sake people, we pay for this occupation and slow-motion genocide. People like Cynthia and Nobel Laureate Mairead Maguire and all of the rest of the ones on the boat should be lauded for their citizen outrage, not the topics of mean-spirited columns by a columnist who does not know anything about the region... unless, of course, she's already a Zionist playing the Israeli playbook

Posted by: Tecspk | July 3, 2009 1:34 AM | Report abuse

Would this be another pay-for-print piece that the Boss (Weymouth) has been hawking* around?

Who did you have dinner with Ms Akers? Mark Regev? Salad of couscous or a roasted artichoke soup? The Israeli Embassy in ATLANTA? Really? Are we reading AtlPo.com?

A US citizen taken from international waters on a humanitarian mission - you should be just as disgusted as we are with your 'reporting'.

Froomkin, pay-for-print, Akers... you guys just keep hammering those nails.

*: http://www.hillmanfoundation.org/blog/washington-post-rip

Posted by: member5 | July 3, 2009 4:38 AM | Report abuse

The jew haters are at it again posting pure lies and obfuscations. McKinney was
NOT IN INTERNATIONAL WATERS.

The article reads as follows...
Earlier today an Israeli Navy team boarded and took control of the cargo boat 'Arion' as the vessel illegally attempted to enter the Gaza Strip. In accordance with internationally recognized agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the waters along the Gaza Strip are under Israeli security control and foreign vessels are not permitted to sail into the territory.
What part of the sentence "internationally recognized agreements between Israel and the Palestinian authority" don't you understand.
I hope they keep McKinney in jail so we don't have to deal with her boorish behavior here in the States anymore.
Some posters hate Jews so much that they revert to out and out lies which is typical for the Palin crowd.

Posted by: westcan | July 3, 2009 7:04 AM | Report abuse

Well, this little item on hapless and clueless Cynthia McKinney has surely brought comments from every known supporter of hers in the world. I had no idea there were that many.

Just goes to show you that there were folks who thought Hitler and Mussolini were great men. McKinney, of course, is in no way similar to those evil people. But she has been shown to be a racist, and is generally considered to be one of the most ignorant people ever elected to Congress (Roland Burris having been appointed).

I have no idea what she thought she was accomplishing in Gaza, but I hope she finds incarceration there an uplifting experience.

More wackiness to follow, I am sure.

Posted by: Curmudgeon10 | July 3, 2009 7:11 AM | Report abuse

@NEMWeditor
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Given what has happened and this article's slant and the slant of some of the posters, I think it is time to DEPORT all Jews and the shabbas goy sympathizers out of this country. But where to send them, hmmmmm? How about in the middle of the Pacific Ocean?

Posted by: NEMWeditor | July 1, 2009
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I think it's time to make hate crime and speach a capitol offense subject to the electric chair upon conviction.

Step right up NEMWeditor, you can be the first in line.

I hate biggots. All of you should be shot on sight. And I don't care what your biggotry is. Ethnic, religious, gender, or sexual preference. Your sick individuals that should be purged from the world.

Posted by: LiberalBasher | July 3, 2009 8:02 AM | Report abuse

What a love fest: anti-Semetic blacks vs. racist Jews.

Posted by: coloradodog | July 3, 2009 8:28 AM | Report abuse

Ah, yes, "anti-Semitic" . . .

As Norman G. Finkelstein has so ably pointed out, any time Israel get caught out in something truly dastardly, Israeli supporters, shills, propagandist, what-have-you, play either the anti-Semitic card or the Holocaust card.

Considering the Semitic origins of the Palestinian people, it seems to me that by depriving Gaza inhabitants of even the most basic biological needs as well as the essential psychological need, HOPE, Israel is guilty of anti-Semitic acts on a very grand scale.

Posted by: bill_edwards_usa | July 3, 2009 9:09 AM | Report abuse

Reading this blog is more fun than watching the Three Stooges hit each other with hammers and poke themselves in the eye. Whoop whoop whoop!

Posted by: capsfan77 | July 3, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

Cynthia McKinney is certifiably crazy. She should be delivering aid to the poor black, white, yellow and brown folks of Atlanta before she jumps on a ship to interfere with another Nation's long-standing war on terror.

Posted by: lingering_lead | July 3, 2009 10:35 AM | Report abuse

Washington Post .. Thanks .. Keep up the good work. By publishing works such as this by Mary Ann Akers and then following it up directly by public comment is an excellent way of getting news out that would otherwise go unpublished.

I've learned a lot from the more intelligently written of these comments. What a good way of allowing us to see beyond and around the typical pro-Israeli media slant.

Thanks again.

Posted by: kcooper35 | July 3, 2009 10:49 AM | Report abuse

Zionist shill strikes again!

Nice job, Mary Ann, selling your soul one article at a time...

Posted by: Madrid-in-NJ | July 3, 2009 10:59 AM | Report abuse

For those of you who want to know what a real journalist does with respect to what is happening in GAZA, here is a helpful link:

http://www.philipweiss.org/

That is what journalism is supposed to look like, and that is why the MSM is literally going bankrupt as we speak. No one is buying their crud any more.

Posted by: Madrid-in-NJ | July 3, 2009 11:03 AM | Report abuse

Is this the story angle you would take if say another former Congressman was abducted by the Israelis? Enver Masu, TWF.org

Posted by: twforg | July 3, 2009 11:05 AM | Report abuse

Come on. Nobody was allowed to visit the Warsaw Ghetto, let alone bring food to the kids. Why should this be any different for Gaza?

Posted by: brux1 | July 3, 2009 11:38 AM | Report abuse

The J-E-W-S didn't cause McKinney to get defeated, A-I-P-A-C caused it... (snicker)

Posted by: demtse | July 3, 2009 11:55 AM | Report abuse

I love how many of the commenters refer to blog posts like this as an "article" and are outraged over the lack of "journalistic integrity". Get real, folks, it's called a BLOG. The writer gets to write about any subject in whatever style they want, and emphasize whatever points of view they prefer. But keep on blasting each other with those figurative frying pans; it's entertaining ("why I oughta...").

Posted by: capsfan77 | July 3, 2009 11:58 AM | Report abuse

We need more public officials and citizens like Ms. McKinney. America would be sooo much better off if more carried her attitude: take care of Americans and others in need firstly.

She's a brave person, and after her defeat the first time in congress, losing her seat, it took guts to go again, knowing the same powers that be would do their $$ damnest $$ to oust her again. But she didn't give up. And she's back again, doing for others. Yet the sleuth lady tries to scoff at her. What a joke.

And her father was absolutely correct, as that's where ALL the monies came from to defeat her twice in congress. As for punching the Capitol Policeman, she was right to do so. I've a friend on the force and he has the same attitude the 'victim' has. Racist ba$tard. Why's he a friend? Gotta have 'em in all corners.

Posted by: joepenn77 | July 3, 2009 12:19 PM | Report abuse

Wow -- I'm amazed by the amount of commentary this piece generated. Too bad so much of it is off the mark. I think the criticism of the author for focusing on McKinney or getting a quote from the Atlanta Israeli consulate is unfounded. This is not the news section of the paper -- it is an "inside politics" blog. The focus on McKinney is appropriate. Given she is from Georgia, contacting the consulate in Atlanta makes sense. McKinney is nut job and personally I don't think she's ever motivated by anything but self promotion.

That said, it is quite disappointing that the Post would devote more space to a humorous piece on McKinney's role in this than it did on news reporting on the events. The Post wrote 2 whole sentences on the seizure of the ship which it buried in one of those "digest" columns. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/06/30/AR2009063004259_2.html

As is evidenced by the comments posted here, the reader is left understanding very little of what happened. Where was the ship when it was seized? Is there an international agreement governing access to Gaza by sea? Does the U.S. recognize it? Does the U.S. government view the arrests as legal? Even if Israel has a right to stop ships approaching Gaza to search for arms, does that allow it to seize food and medical supplies? What was the intended destination of the supplies? Have people in Gaza died because of a lack of the medical supplies seized? How does a blockage on humanitarian supplies to Gaza increase the security of Israel?

Ms. Akers' blog post is fine. The Post's failure to adequately cover a news story in which its readers have shown a lot of interest is shameful.

Posted by: stmdc | July 3, 2009 12:27 PM | Report abuse

With all due respect, I find the title of this article misleading, sexist (yes you can be a woman and be sexist), imperialistic, etc.

Cynthia "strikes again"? we won't be able to push her out of our public memory? Why? Because *she* "STRUCK" ...? whom? Do we mean that she was terrorized by Israeli police/navy who are keeping food supplies from needy children in Gaza? Is this how Cynthia "struck" our interests?

Wow.

Posted by: isarosepetal | July 3, 2009 12:28 PM | Report abuse

Rep. McKinney, one of the leaders of the 9-11 Truth movement, can't seem to decide whether it was the CIA or the Israeli Mossad who blew up the World Trade Center. Her dad thinks the J-E-W-S got her defeated, but maybe it's the fact that she is N-U-T-S.

Posted by: zenwick | July 3, 2009 12:39 PM | Report abuse


To those who did not read the article....

"In accordance with internationally recognized agreements between Israel and the Palestinian Authority, the waters along the Gaza Strip are under Israeli security control and foreign vessels are not permitted to sail into the territory".

Oh, and did I mention that a reporter and cameraman from Al Jazeera were the only newspeople on board.

Good job Ms Akers! Thanks for an intelligent and informative article.

Posted by: westcan | July 3, 2009 1:11 PM | Report abuse

IT'S NOT AN "ARTICLE".

(Caps used to get your attention, like the Stooges' hammer does.)

Posted by: capsfan77 | July 3, 2009 1:23 PM | Report abuse

McKinney is an idiot, and Hamas is a Palestinian-murdering terrorist organization.

Yes, Hamas murders Palestinians by throwing them from rooftops when they disagree with the fundamentalists in Hamas.

If you are praising McKinney you are a HAMAS supporter.

THE ANSWER TO PEACE IS A SOVERIGN PALESTINIAN STATE IN THE WEST BANK WITH ITS CAPITAL IN EAST JERUSALEM.

100% OF FUNDAMENTALISTS IN ISRAEL, THE US, AND PALESTINE ARE THE PROBLEM.

Posted by: onestring | July 3, 2009 1:35 PM | Report abuse

McKinney is a hate filled racist, pure and simple. She is also a typical, liberal idiot and anti-semite. Israel should have done the right thing and just sunk the boat. Problem solved, justice served.

Posted by: oldno7 | July 3, 2009 1:59 PM | Report abuse

She is a TROUBLEMAKER - and that's a GOOD THING! We need MORE like her.
She is pointing out the inhumane economic stranglehold that the Israelis have on the Gazans.
YOU GO GIRL!

Posted by: Tomcat3 | July 3, 2009 3:01 PM | Report abuse

It’s a good thing Deese isn’t use to driving an American small car since now he is able to tell the difference between what constitutive a really well built, fuel efficient, small car and one of the poorly designed, gas guzzling, junk heap that came out of Detroit which you would really be lucky for it to last until its paid off in four years much less 11 years.

Posted by: Citi_Street | July 3, 2009 3:14 PM | Report abuse

Maybe they'll lock up the a hole and throw away the key. She wouldn't even get the time of day from the media if she was white.

Posted by: LarryG62 | July 3, 2009 3:17 PM | Report abuse

Too bad she didn't fall off the boat and drown...good riddance...

Posted by: walkerbert | July 3, 2009 3:57 PM | Report abuse

One of our Nation's former elected officials is sitting in an Israli prison for trying to bring supplies to the blockaded Palestinian people in Gaza. This is an outrage. You would think the "reporter" would mention the starvation in Gaza, instead of a comment made in 2002 by McKinney's father! Israel's best friend is Israel. Please call your elected official to begin a federal investigation into the holding of former Rep. Cynthia McKinney immediately.

Posted by: mcmag | July 3, 2009 4:54 PM | Report abuse

McKinney woiuld make a fine replacement for the current General Manager of Metro.

Posted by: axolotl | July 3, 2009 5:28 PM | Report abuse

So some posters are arguing that, when writing weblogs, journalists are allowed to throw out all the prevailing ethics and standards of normal journalistic endeavors?

Sorry, I don't buy it. For one thing, if the Washington Post wants its bloggers to throw out normal journalistic conventions, then why do they have such strict rules about commenters, one of which for example is that there is to be no ad hominem attacks. Indeed, it is ironic as a previous poster noted, that the blogger herself is allowed to get away with an ad hominem attack, while the rest of us would be banned for doing the same thing.

The more salient crime is the one done to the suffering Gaza men, women, and children, whose predicament is given no explanation precisely so that the blogger can exercise her personal animus for McKinney.

Get this through your pea brains, Mainstream journalists; McKinney and any other activist that are trying to bring to light the situation of the long suffering Palestinians are not the story-- they are simply trying to do what the MSM won't do, which is to alert Americans to oppression that Americans themselves are partly responsible for, since they provide, through their tax dollars, about 4 billion dollars a year in aid to Israel. Thanks to the Internet, despite the MSM ignoring what is happening to the Palestinians, the American people are still getting the story. Give them another few years, and Israel will be as unpopular as the despicable Saudi regime for the average American. Funny to see the Washington Post try to defend the indefensible at every turn-- it will be funnier still, when this pathetic rag of a paper finally goes belly up.

Posted by: Madrid-in-NJ | July 3, 2009 6:11 PM | Report abuse

Mainstream media used to help keep power in check, but now it vies for power along with the rest of them. Media corporations lobby Congress with campaign money like all of the other special interests. Instead of actual news people, we only get pundits, commentators and "news analysts." We don't get the news, we get an opinion about the news. We get this kind of dreck. :(

Posted by: member5 | July 3, 2009 6:34 PM | Report abuse

She's a wacko and deserves what she gets. BTW, unless some of you were on the boat manning the GPS navagational system you don't know whether they were international waters or not, so you can quit saying the boarding was illegal....we don't know!

Posted by: RJHNYC52 | July 3, 2009 7:06 PM | Report abuse

And another thing...I don't give a darn about Gazans, Palestinians, Sudanese, Darfarians or any of those 3rd world countries...as long as we have severe problems in the US. We need to fix our own house first and protect our interests ...because noone else will!

Posted by: RJHNYC52 | July 3, 2009 7:11 PM | Report abuse

They fired Dan Froomkin but you still have a job? Here's to the imminent death of the Neocon Post:

http://online.wsj.com/article/BT-CO-20090626-715020.html

Posted by: woodyguthrie | July 3, 2009 8:12 PM | Report abuse

upphill1:
“Has McKinney acted to protect the Iranian people? The Lebanese? The Kurds? Any of the oppressed citizens in countries of Africa??”

Stop towing the lines of AIPAC. None of these countries or group of people are paid subsidies to the tune of 3-4 Billion dollars a year from the US taxpayer’s accounts. With that kind of money, we have a right to question how it is used. The Ayatollah’s don’t get our money, and hence what they do is not subsidized by us. That is the difference UPHILL1. If you don’t get this, then your voice is not really yours, but funded by AIPAC. Cynthia McKinney has every right to challenge when her money funds torture and apartheid.

Posted by: samchannar | July 3, 2009 10:54 PM | Report abuse

actually, it was the israelis who struck again: once again illegally intercepting a humanitarian aid mission, in contrevention of international law and any standard of moral decency - a deficit they share with may of the jingoist, racist warmongers posting above.

Posted by: matthewisles | July 4, 2009 11:48 PM | Report abuse

I hope they torture this idiot. They should have thrown her monkey behind in the sea! Ahah! I bet she cannot swim.
She is not only an embarrassment to colored people but to American citizens everywhere. I hope they keep this moron locked up where she belongs!

Posted by: gshoemake007 | July 5, 2009 10:28 AM | Report abuse

I think it is hilarious how the state dept. has publicly ignored this dim_wit! I guess its just pay back for all her retard theories such as or theories.Haha! It may even be karma from her hitting that cop on capital hill when he didn't bow down and kiss her fat butt. Rjhn52c makes a good point by stating the fact that none of these cry babys know that this boat was in international waters because none of them were navigators on this boat. It doesnt stop them from stating with oblivious ignorance that the S.S MORON was in international waters though. Ahah!!!! I hope she rots jail! GO ISRAEL!

Posted by: gshoemake007 | July 5, 2009 2:39 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann tired of celebrating the slaughter of the children of Gaza and reverted to the standard WP AIPAC view of the news. Why is everyone so upset? Surely no one expects journalism from such a worthless rag. Next up folks will be expecting the spineles slimeballs in Congress to hold hearings on the USS Liberty!

Posted by: jdkirkk | July 6, 2009 10:30 AM | Report abuse

Who is this Akers person? What have you accomplished that you can so easily dismiss someone from your comfortable laptop sipping a latte at a Beltway starbucks. The Post is becoming more and more like the Fox of newspapers.

Posted by: jaybarr31 | July 6, 2009 12:29 PM | Report abuse

"Once again, former Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney and her fellow travelers have taken it upon themselves to act like retards... by leading a boat into restricted waters. Ms. McKinney ignored the available and legal means for the delivery of aid to the Gaza Strip and instead chose to make a reckless political stunt."

Posted by: gshoemake007 | July 6, 2009 4:02 PM | Report abuse

The many hate-filled words from Israeli apologists are just an indication of the kind of people who blindly support the brutal, racist State of Israel. It is pointless to argue with Zionists and those who support a Zionist agenda. There are NO chosen people. I doubt that ANY of those supporters of Israel have spent any time visiting Palestinians in their homes or ruins of homes in Gaza.

Posted by: mcmag | July 6, 2009 6:13 PM | Report abuse

I think "Reckless Political Stunt" sums it up quite sustinctly! I have to laugh, you see, I live in Georgia. This is really no surprise to me!

Posted by: anonpost1 | July 6, 2009 6:18 PM | Report abuse

As as usually a trouble maker and a drain on the welfare of the working people of the USA
I wish she would fall off that boat

Posted by: cwadsgo | July 6, 2009 7:47 PM | Report abuse

Mary Ann Ackers, I know you're covering the political side of the story, but this post makes you seem as indifferent to human suffering as the MSM that's labeled Palestinians "terrorists." I don't like it and it makes you come off as jaded. People like McKinney are frustrated and angry and have to go outside the system, which allowed Gaza to be nearly destroyed.

Posted by: JenMittal | July 6, 2009 9:01 PM | Report abuse

Some sleuth! repeats what she is told, and only what she is told by the powerful, lists a mess of ancient history that has no relevance and which everyone already has an opinion on, doesn’t seem to know the crew were the activists, has no concept of what the cargo was, what the “charges” are, how much the aid arriving falls short, that the aid had been completely blocked until this incident prompted a token shipment to be allowed through, and can’t even get the name of the ship right.
With in depth research like this one wonders why people would ever want to stop buying newspapers.

Posted by: geanark | July 7, 2009 10:57 PM | Report abuse

westcan makes it sound as if Palin and McKinney are champing at the bit to jump in bed with each other just because they hate Jews (ha ha).
Nothing blinds, or creates hate, quite like that kind of unreasoning fear. Just because i object to the mass slaughter of innocent children does not mean i hate Jews, it just means some Jews have cement to build bomb shelters but won't allow Gaza to have cement to build homes. Combined with the best weaponry in the world and a fear of homemade suicide bombs, that is a huge double standard that you cannot attribute to hate i do not have. Cynthia, as well, is not concerned with hating anyone, nor is she concerned with that big fat paycheck "they" (the flying spaghetti monsters) cut you annually for trying to stand up for Palestine, she is concerned with a political movement that has destroyed our nation just to convince us to continue a long tradition of giving 1/4 to 1/3 of our entire foreign aid budget solely in weaponry and destructive machinery to a nation that uses it to bomb and demolish the homes of civilians, flaunt international law more often than all other nations together, and then get away with it because we, a permanent member of the UN security council, have "learned" that breaking the laws we wrote is a such great idea we would like to do so more frequently as well. The fact that such a nation claims to be Jews, despite breaking the covenant in every way, is not my problem, nor is it reason enough for me to hate the children of "Israel". The lobbyists, generals, liars, and murderers, they are doing a pretty good job of engendering hate all by themselves, but pointing that out does not make me an anti-Semite either.
Please, speak to who you are and what you know and do not bother to impute the motives of others, or risk revealing your own blind hate fomented ignorance.

Posted by: geanark | July 7, 2009 11:41 PM | Report abuse

I'm sorry, but I fail to see how her work to ensure that medical supplies and things as simple and harmless as crayons for the children in Gaza requires that you mention her punching a guard? Perhaps other than to cast a negative light and bias on the events. This piece, if it can even be called that, is truly shameful.

Why can't you look at the bigger picture here? Israel boarded a ship, detained and imprisoned activists and humanitarian aid workers and these serious events must overshadowed by stale, irrelevant and old news? Great job...really fantastic Akers!

Posted by: paros89 | July 8, 2009 11:13 PM | Report abuse

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