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US politician barred from SA trip (Guess who?)
South Africa's News 24 ^ | October 1, 2009 | Kobus Pretorius

Posted on 10/01/2009 8:43:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet

Cape Town - A controversial former member of the American congress and a 2008 presidential candidate, Cynthia McKinney, was abruptly removed from a South African Airways flight on Tuesday.

McKinney, who stood against President Barack Obama at an early stage in the race for the US presidency, was barred from boarding an SAA flight to Johannesburg in Washington DC.

She would have travelled to South Africa to act as international guest speaker on the Channel 4 network's first Palestinian Struggle and Human Spirit film festival, which will be held in Athlone from Friday to Sunday.

Passport irregularities

According to SAA, McKinney was refused access to the flight because there were irregularities with her passport.

She became known worldwide when, in her capacity as senator, she introduced articles of impeachment against former US president George W Bush, former vice-president Dick Cheney, and former secretary of state Condaleezza Rice, over the 9/11 attacks and their roles in the war in Afghanistan and Iraq.

McKinney was recently arrested by the Israeli navy for participating in a Free Gaza Movement boat trip in protest against the occupation of Gaza.

Channel 4 said on Wednesday it is still unclear whether she will be allowed to enter the country.


TOPICS: Extended News; Foreign Affairs; Israel; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: antisemite; congress; cynthiamckinney; democrats; gaza; israel; southafrica; wot
She was a Congresswoman, not a Senator.
1 posted on 10/01/2009 8:43:17 PM PDT by 2ndDivisionVet
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
I’d rather they had let her go = just not let her come back.
2 posted on 10/01/2009 8:45:51 PM PDT by maine-iac7 ("He has the right to criticize who has the heart to help" LINCOLN)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

A Senator? Thanks. I was scratching my head as well.


3 posted on 10/01/2009 8:47:45 PM PDT by Jet Jaguar (A mob of one.)
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To: Jet Jaguar

LOL...I noticed that too.


4 posted on 10/01/2009 8:54:23 PM PDT by jra
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

lulz!


5 posted on 10/01/2009 8:56:55 PM PDT by cranked
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

I dunno. She always seemed so stable to me.

6 posted on 10/01/2009 8:59:16 PM PDT by Billthedrill
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To: Billthedrill

hahahhaaaaa


7 posted on 10/01/2009 9:05:56 PM PDT by dalebert
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To: 2ndDivisionVet
Another South African news site says:

A lack of blank pages in the passport of former US Congresswoman Cynthia McKinney was the reason for South African Airways' refusal to allow her to board a flight to South Africa on Tuesday...SAA confirmed the incident saying she did not have the required number of blank pages in her passport to travel.

SAA's Head Group Corporate Affairs, Robyn Chalmers said the Airline understands the inconvenience to the passenger involved but could not allow anyone with inadequate documentation to board a flight.

Wonder what she was trying to hide by tearing those pages out.

8 posted on 10/01/2009 9:06:59 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: La Lydia

“A lack of blank pages in the passport”

This reminded me of that song that goes “ Hey Mr. Tally-man, Tally me bananas. One banana, Two banana” Etc. Etc.

I wonder how a passport would not have the amount of required pages.


9 posted on 10/01/2009 9:26:31 PM PDT by 1FASTGLOCK45 (FreeRepublic: More fun than watching Dem'Rats drown like Turkeys in the rain! ! !)
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To: 1FASTGLOCK45

Every time you enter a country, you go through passport control and they stamp your passport on the blank pages at the back. People tear out pages, if they don’t know how risky it is, in order to conceal their previous movements. If you get caught doing that, as she found out, you get stuck where you are. That airport person was on the ball.


10 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:13 PM PDT by La Lydia
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

So, the deal is, if you oppose Obama, you’re no longer on the A list. Your party no longer matters. It’s all Obama all the time!


11 posted on 10/01/2009 9:30:27 PM PDT by Rembrandt
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

She makes you proud to be an American doesn’t she....

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v238/bigboreshooter/115285.jpg


12 posted on 10/01/2009 9:41:29 PM PDT by sjmjax
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

The terrible thing about this woman is that she is a complete nut. A nut who was a U.S. member of Congress. What has this country come to?


13 posted on 10/01/2009 9:54:21 PM PDT by SkipW
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To: La Lydia; 1FASTGLOCK45

You have to have a minimum of so many blank pages, usually three, in you passport to obtain permission to enter most countries. If you use your passport a lot you can run out of space quite easily. You then have to go to an American Embassy or Consulate overseas, or the Post Office stateside, get get more blank pages inserted into your passport. She obviously did not know this and found out the hard way.


14 posted on 10/01/2009 10:15:06 PM PDT by SandwicheGuy (*The butter acts as a lubricant and speeds up the CPU*)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

What do they mean “passport irregularities?” Has it been revoked or not? This is too similar to Sen. Kerry preventing Sen. DeMint from going to Honduras. McKinny may be a nut but what is the real reason the 0bama administration prevented her from going to SA? I have to suspect everything now.


15 posted on 10/01/2009 10:19:02 PM PDT by TigersEye (Everybody knows it's a spotted dog...)
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To: TigersEye

“I have to suspect everything now.”

You’re right to do that. I do, to.


16 posted on 10/02/2009 4:44:11 AM PDT by RoadTest ( Confounded be all they that serve graven images, that boast themselves of idols - Psalm 97:12a)
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To: 2ndDivisionVet

passport irregularities?

Birth Place: Mars

College: Some


17 posted on 10/02/2009 9:26:38 AM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard)
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To: RoadTest

Thanks. Normally I would have no benefit of the doubt left for Cynthia McKinney. If Bill Clinton had denied her free travel I would have said “smart move.” If George Bush had blocked her passport ... “just makes sense.” But this jug-eared communist liar? He’s such a whining control freak not even McKinney’s moonbatterie raises as much suspicion.


18 posted on 10/02/2009 12:53:16 PM PDT by TigersEye (Everybody knows it's a spotted dog...)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
Cynthia McKinney, was abruptly removed from a South African Airways flight on Tuesday... According to SAA, McKinney was refused access to the flight because there were irregularities with her passport
Too bad. They should have let her fly there, and give her one of Winnie's necklaces upon arrival.
19 posted on 10/02/2009 9:58:36 PM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: SkipW

Remember this?
From NPR website: April 4, 2006
U.S. Capitol Police are seeking charges of simple assault against Rep. Cynthia McKinney (D-GA) after an incident last week between McKinney and an officer at a security checkpoint. Police say the officer, not recognizing McKinney, asked her to stop and then touched her; they scuffled and she struck him in the chest with a cell phone. McKinney says she is a victim of inappropriate touching and racism.


20 posted on 10/05/2009 7:08:41 AM PDT by beefree
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To: beefree

This incident happened a while ago. Since then the voters in GA threw her crazy butt out of office. Since then she has running around the world trying to generate attention any way she can. The woman is certifiable.


21 posted on 10/05/2009 8:06:48 PM PDT by SkipW
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