Former Congresswoman Claims US Lawmakers Forced To Pledge Support to Israel

In June of 2011, former Georgia congresswoman Cynthia McKinney travelled to Iran to attend an International Anti-terrorism Conference. The conference, despite being also anti-western, had the support of the United Nations.

McKinney sat down with Press TV to discuss the relationship between the US and Iran as well as the inner workings of the US Congress. A supporter of 9/11 truth among other alternative viewpoints, McKinney is no stranger to controversy. In this interview she drops a bomb about the close relationship between the US Congress and the State of Israel. Watch the whole interview here.

At about 16 minutes into the interview, McKinney shocks the intervier with her testimonial; that during her time in office (1993-97) all members of Congress, in order to retain campaign funding, were required to sign a pledge to support Israeli military superiority in the region.

“Every candidate for Congress at that time had a pledge…You make a commitment that you would vote to support the military superiority of Israel, that the economic assistance that Israel wants, that you would vote to provide that….this is what is done for 535 members of the United States Congress, 100 senators and 435 members of the House of Representatives have to now write a paragraph which basically says the same thing.”

Next week, another meeting is happening in Tehran; a summit meeting of leaders from developing nations refereed to as NAM (Non-Aligned Movement). NAM members and observers encompass nearly the entire southern hemisphere.

Members (dark blue) and Observers (slue)

Image by Ichwan Palongengi

The ultimate goal of this meeting is to:

“focus on multilateral cooperation, disarmament, sustainable world peace, rights of nations, and horizontal relations defying hegemonic structures.”

Also proposed, is a trip to the West Bank, Gaza and East Jerusalem. Despite a US & Israeli call for boycott, UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon will be attending the summit.

Mallon Khan is writer and multimedia artist based in New York City.

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  • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

    Thank you for posting this.  It doesn’t surprise me.  The Zionist influence is especially pernicious.  The bombing of the U.S.S Liberty is a microcosm of our relationship with Israel and syncromysticaly speaking defines the overtones of this alignment.

    • Calypso_1

      Have you ever read the Puzzle Palace?  It has a most excellent account of that ‘incident’…amongst a great many other topics of interest.

      • http://wearechangeatlanta.com/ Camron Wiltshire

        No, please send me more information on it camronwiltshire[at]gmail.com Thank you.

  • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

    You disappoint me Disinfo.

    • Calypso_1

      Would you have preferred an expose on Palestinian made panties? 

      • Archie The Panty Raider

         … Why yes. I for one would want that.

        Nom nom nom.

      • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

        you mean the ones i wrote about a year ago on my tumblr “jewish fail,” sparking this gothamist story? been there, done that.

        http://gothamist.com/2011/03/30/pro-israel_panty_protest_may_have_a.php

        • Calypso_1

          i know oh great one, i read it, thought you might have appreciated the reference

          • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

            sorry, i thought you were being insulting like everyone else.

          • Calypso_1

            I was.

          • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

            so you thought i would appreciate being insulted? mmm. what a lovely user community richard has created for himself here.

          • Calypso_1

            No, I thought I might provoke you into returning to give a commentary that was more extensive then your initial ‘tut, tut disinfo has posted something anti-Semitic’ finger wagging by activating some neural pathways that lay a little deeper in your noggin. 
            I’m glad you appreciate the ‘community’.

    • lamp

      Judging by such a well-articulated and thought-provoking comment such as that you are obviously far too intelligent to be browsing this site. Move along. You will surely be missed.

      • RadioDecay

        But wait… Not only is he Citizen Journalist, but he is also a New Media Activist AND a Digital Strategist!!!

        • Sexpanther

          As well as basement dweller and chronic bed wetter I would assume.

        • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

          pays better than being a troll

    • http://twitter.com/Mallon_Khan Mallon Khan

      Care to elaborate Daniel?

      • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

        sure: press t.v., ie., iranian state t.v., is controlled by a fundamentalist religious theocracy that uses antisemitism and anti-zionism to shift the focus away from its own ample human rights abuses, by fomenting fear of and hatred against jews.

        while its true that pro-israel hawks have enormous influence on capitol hill, and that aipac is very effective at promoting very bad policy, there is nothing innately pernicious or insidious about the second largest religious denomination in america — jews — involving themselves in the political process to support the causes they are deeply committed to, whether that’s medicare, lgbt rights, or the security of the state of israel. though many of us, myself included, do not care for israel’s treatment of palestinians, nor for the u.s.’s complicity in said treatment, that does not justify conspiracy mongering about the power of the so-called lobby. 

        furthermore, cynthia mckinney is hardly a credible source. besides associating with and defending her associations with avowed antisemites, here she makes an unsubstantiated assertion that can only have the effect of demonizing jews and lending credence to white nationalist conspiracy theories about a “zionist occupied government” that has in the past, and can again in the future, lead to antisemitic violence.

        by all means, oppose the occupation of the palestinian territories and support the rights of palestinians. but please do it without elevating jew haters as heroes who have some sort “truth” to tell that we haven’t heard. there are enough legitimate reports in the american, israeli and european press that paint a sufficiently grim picture of the israeli occupation and the vile stupidity of american foreign policy in the middle east to not have to turn to fools like mckinney who simply make things up to appease audiences eager for new reasons to hate jews and israel.

        also, more people have died in syria in the last two months at the hands of their own government than palestinians have died in the last 40 years of israeli occupation. which isn’t to say the occupation is just or ok, but just that the disproportionate focus on israel speaks to clearly misplaced priorities and a myopic focus on what is, by comparison, a relatively low-intensity conflict on the part of self-defined human rights activists.

        • Calypso_1

          There is, to a great extent, a problem with ANY religious denomination involving themselves extensively in the political process if by doing so it promotes the power structure of the religion entertwining with the secular order or supports any tenant of belief that cannot be established solely on humanitarian or scientific grounds.

          • http://danielsieradski.com/ Daniel Sieradski

            “if by doing so it promotes the power structure of the religion entertwining with the secular order”

            jews aren’t merely members a religion, they’re an ethnic and national group. and there is no intertwining between the jewish religious establishment and the government of the united states, nor does aipac base is policy proscriptions on religious grounds.

          • Calypso_1

            I didn’t say, nor would I claim, that they are merely members of a religion.  You did however say the “second largest religious denomination in america — jews — involving themselves in the political process”.  I of course recognize the cultural, ethnic, historical and nationalistic aspects as well.
            Unfortunately, much of the belief of those who have conspiracy based views of Zionist world domination are based upon notions of deep, dark involvement with the American gov’t, as you well know.
            As to reality based interactions between the Jewish religious establishment, their beliefs & whether AIPAC bases any of its policies upon elements of those beliefs, I really am not in any way in a position to comment as I am not privy to the workings of the Jewish faith or political establishment.  I would find it contrary to human nature to exclude the possibility that there are those in Jewish politics that are motivated by religious beliefs.  But I have no direct personal knowledge to make any accusations along those lines.
            I do have enough knowledge of American fundamentalist beliefs and their involvement in politics to know that they are very much driven by articles of faith and their own interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures.  And to this, I am adamantly opposed.
             

          • Calypso_1

            I didn’t say, nor would I claim, that they are merely members of a religion.  You did however say the “second largest religious denomination in america — jews — involving themselves in the political process”.  I of course recognize the cultural, ethnic, historical and nationalistic aspects as well.
            Unfortunately, much of the belief of those who have conspiracy based views of Zionist world domination are based upon notions of deep, dark involvement with the American gov’t, as you well know.
            As to reality based interactions between the Jewish religious establishment, their beliefs & whether AIPAC bases any of its policies upon elements of those beliefs, I really am not in any way in a position to comment as I am not privy to the workings of the Jewish faith or political establishment.  I would find it contrary to human nature to exclude the possibility that there are those in Jewish politics that are motivated by religious beliefs.  But I have no direct personal knowledge to make any accusations along those lines.
            I do have enough knowledge of American fundamentalist beliefs and their involvement in politics to know that they are very much driven by articles of faith and their own interpretation of the Hebrew scriptures.  And to this, I am adamantly opposed.
             

        • http://twitter.com/Mallon_Khan Mallon Khan

          I think you are the one viewing this myopically. You seem to have an agenda just as Press TV. Personally, coming from a family that is half Jewish and half Muslim, I see this as an economic issue, not a religious one. As Cynthia asserts, supporting Israeli interests shouldn’t have a bearing on what she can get done for her people in Georgia. NAM is a representation of the growing line in the sand trying to forge an apposing “non-hegemonic” economic paradigm. This could lead to a larger conflict in Asia that a MAJORITY of Americans, of all religions, do not support.

    • DarkwingDuck

      Mommy, I wanna be a digital strategist and new media activist, too, just like Daniel!

  • Tchoutoye

    Unfortunately the interview doesn’t make clear who exactly is forcing to sign the pledge. If it’s connected to campaign funds, that would suggest it comes from within  the Democratic and Republican parties. But then it wouldn’t apply to Independent politicians.

  • mole_face

    Now I regret even more that I was too stoned to notice she was on the ballot back in 08 when I went to vote for Nader.

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