The Political Lynching of Congresswoman Brown

Greg Palast

Last Wednesday morning Corrine Brown watched an advanced copy of our new DVD, Bush Family Fortunes, including the details on how the Republican party stole the election in 2000. After seeing these facts, Congresswoman Corrine Brown, a black woman w/ a height end sense of justice, walked over to the capital on Thursday and put on the record the facts she had seen.

Rep. Corrine Brown Censured by U.S. Congress For Saying 2000 Election Was Stolen; Serious Free Speech Issue
A BUZZFLASH NEWS ALERT
From Richard Hoefer

Watch a video clip of her House speech now stricken from the record.

Here’s how NBC News (TV) Obscured It — “An Outburst on the Floor”

From Rapid Reponse Network | July 16, 2004 | Liz Herbert/Rob Nesvacil

NBC News first reported tonight about an “outburst” on the floor of the House. Turns out it was Corrine Brown (D- Jacksonville, FL) debating the request made by five Representatives to have the UN monitor U.S. Elections (see article re/their original proposal below). Turns out that House leadership answered their call with legislation forbidding any U.N. money be used to monitor elections in the U.S.

Rep. Brown then said that the House leadership had participated in a “coup d’etat” in 2000 by stealing the election and that we would need monitoring to make sure it didn’t happen again. They played a tape of the leadership then shouting Brown down, slamming the gavel and telling her to get off the floor.

The House then voted along party lines – now here is the big news – TO HAVE HER COMMENTS STRICKEN FROM THE RECORD:

The House’s presiding officer, Rep. Mac Thornberry, R-Texas, ruled that Brown’s words violated a House rule.

“Members should not accuse other members of committing a crime such as, quote, stealing, end quote, an election,” Thornberry said

* See U.S. Constitution Rules further below.

—————————————–

Rapid Response Network Commentary:

So, to recap, we now live in a country where an elected representative may not speak as she chooses if it violates the sensibilities of the ruling majority. If such free speech does occur, it is then stricken from the record? What happened to our representative democracy?

Write Rep. Brown – she could probably use some support
http://www.house.gov/corrinebrown/

See suggested further actions below.

—————————————–

Here’s how AP reported the same story: (better)

Fla. lawmaker says 2000 election ‘stolen’
By ALAN FRAM
ASSOCIATED PRESS WRITER
http://tinyurl.com/4uqpb

—————————————–

Florida local television reported the story and played the speech:

FL Congresswoman Corrine Brown Censured re 2000 election “coup d’etat” speech http://www.firstcoastnews.com/news/top…

Florida Congresswoman, concerned about the integrity of the 2004 elections, especially in her home state of Florida, speaks from floor of the House re 2000’s “coup d’état” …. We were told to “get over it”. We will NOT “Get over it”

House members voted her out of order and had her words stricken from the record

Watch a video clip of her House speech — now stricken from the record:
http://www.firstcoastnews.com/video/player.aspx?aid=27805&bw=
( Watch it quickly before it too is scrubbed. )

—————————————–

Context: How the House speech came up:
http://worldnetdaily.com/news/article.asp?ARTICLE_ID=39255

House members send letter to Secretary General Annan
U.N. observers requested for U.S. election
July 2, 2004

excerpts:

Recalling the contentious Florida vote count in 2000, the lawmakers urged the international body to “ensure free and fair elections in America,” said a statement by Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson, D-Texas, who spearheaded the effort, Agence France-Presse reported. The letter was signed by nine members of Congress. …

The Congress members, including four blacks and one Hispanic, pointed to a controversial report by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights which “found that the electoral process in Florida resulted in the denial of the right to vote for countless persons.”

The bipartisan commission, they said, determined “that the ‘disenfranchisement of Florida’s voters fell most harshly on the shoulders of black voters’ and in poor counties.” …

Tom Kilgannon, president of Freedom Alliance, a group dedicated to protecting American sovereignty, admonished Johnson and her colleagues.

“Your appeal to the secretary general is alarming and embarrassing,” he said. “As a Member of Congress sworn to uphold the Constitution and represent the people of the United States, it is disturbing, to say the least, that you would entrust the most sacred act of American democracy – our presidential election – to an international institution, which is unaccountable to the American people and mired by scandal and corruption.” Kilgannon said the request “undermines U.S. sovereignty, demoralizes American servicemen who are fighting to build democratic governments abroad and sends the message worldwide that the United States is nothing more than a Third World nation unable to police itself.”