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McKinney leads DIGNITY Delegation of independent journalists to Libya on fact-finding mission

June 1, 2011

by Don DeBar

Cynthia McKinney led another delegation to Tripoli earlier this year for the Jan. 15-17 Pan-African Conference. Bay View Associate Editor JR Valrey, known as Minister of Information JR, Hajj Malcolm Shabazz, grandson of Malcolm X, and former Bay View writer Ra’Shida accompanied her. They met with Africans from all over the continent and across the Diaspora, including Samia Nkrumah, daughter of the great pan-Africanist Kwame Nkrumah and member of parliament in Ghana, Roland Lumumba, son of the heroic Congolese President Patrice Lumumba, and many traditional African kings and chiefs. Here, Haitian activist Da’Vid and international peace activist McKinney lead a panel at the mid-January conference. – Photo: Minister of Information JR
Today, independent journalists from across the United States departed on a truth-telling, fact-finding mission to Libya. This coincides with what was supposed to have been a debate in Congress on U.S. involvement in the war against Libya, but the debate got sidelined due to the fact that the legislation requiring a pullout by the U.S. could actually have passed. Both Democratic and Republican leadership are responsible for pulling the bill at the last minute.

Al Jazeera film footage (below) shows that Western soldiers have their “boots on the ground” in Libya, overstepping authority granted by the United Nations Security Council for action in Libya. Every day that President Obama contributes to the military action against Libya, he tests the United States Congress and defies the United States Constitution and the War Powers Act which limit presidential acts of war, subject to authorization by the U.S. Congress.

Incredibly, in what yet may prove to be another act beyond the mandate of the United Nations Security Council resolution, NATO extended its operations in Libya for another 90 days.

Because the public has become increasingly unable to rely on embedded media to tell the American people the “whole truth and nothing but the truth,” the DIGNITY Delegation will shed rare light on NATO’s actions inside that country.

According to some estimates, the American people and the global community were lied to 935 times by administration officials and the media in the lead-up to the Iraq War. As Aeschylus said, “In war, truth is the first casualty.” The DIGNITY Delegation is expected to make daily reports while on the ground of the ongoing NATO actions in the country.

For more information, contact Don DeBar

This video shows NATO “boots on the ground” in Libya, which is prohibited by the U.N. resolution that permitted the invasion.

Editor’s note: In a new poll, the public seems to back the Kucinich resolution that was postponed today for fear it would pass. When asked by CNN pollsters who should have final authority for deciding whether the U.S. should continue its use of military force in Libya — Congress or President Obama — 55 percent of respondents answered Congress.



One thought on “McKinney leads DIGNITY Delegation of independent journalists to Libya on fact-finding mission

  1. nick nillo

    the war has already started here way before 9/11. in 1978 going through the presidio u.s. border inspection station i was informed "reliable sources" allegedly linked me to the 23rd of september communist league in mexico. if this were true i would have never made it out of that country where i was able to complete school. this goes to show how tax dollars create bogus yarns that perpetuate surveillance, surreptitious entry abuses and the beaurocracy that support these activities targeting americans much as purportedly the soviet era kgb.


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