scrub the records

Regardless of what you might think of Representative Cynthia McKinney and her theories, is it ever acceptable for the official Congressional record of the United States to be edited?

Here’s a clip from McKinney’s statement:

I mentioned the word impeachment on the House Floor Thursday late afternoon, but I don’t see it in the official Congressional Record transcript…

And, before you say that she’s a nut, and that such a thing would never happen, I’ll remind you that earlier this year the testimony of British MP George Galloway before the U.S. Senate was likewise scrubbed clean… Our history, my friends, is being rewritten as it happens.

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  1. Jim
    Posted September 13, 2005 at 9:19 pm | Permalink

    Don’t members of Congress edit the Congressional Record all the time, even inserting whole speeches they never delivered?

  2. mark
    Posted September 13, 2005 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    I’m not sure of the rules, Jim, but I don’t imagine that members of Congress would, as a practice, be allowed to edit the words of fellow members… Their own words, maybe, but not those of others.

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