Green Party presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, known for her provocative statements when she was a congresswoman from Georgia, accused the Department of Defense this week of using Hurricane Katrina to cover up the slaughter of 5,000 prisoners.
At a news conference in Oakland, Calif., on Sunday, McKinney claimed the Pentagon authorized the execution of the prisoners with one bullet to the head three years ago and then dumped their bodies in a Louisiana swamp.
McKinney said she heard the story from the mother of a National Guard soldier who said her son was assigned to help dispose of the bodies.
“And these were mostly males and her son was afraid to talk because he had signed a silence agreement,” McKinney told the crowd. “So he only complained to his mother. But the data was entered into a Pentagon computer.”
McKinney said she verified the story from “insiders” who wanted to remain anonymous.