News and opinions on situation in Haiti
HDP’s Timothy Carney exits, Janet Sanderson presents credentials as new US Ambassador to Haiti – Who is Janet Sanderson?
WHO IS TIMOTHY CARNEY?
The Bush Administration should replace Timothy M. Carney not with Janet Sanderson but with a qualified Haitian American with no previous human rights abuse record or connections to the destabilization ?AID? programs and NGOS of the foreign bicentennial coup plotters.
Former acting US ambassador, Timothy M. Carney, who just left Haiti and is slated to address the United States Institute for Peace’s second panel in Washington this March 24, 2006 is as UNQUALIFIED to address Haiti’s SECURITY ISSUES as he was to hold the position of acting ambassador to Haiti from 8/13/2005 to this month.
(HLLN Note: The United States Institute for Peace, March 24, 2006 scheduled meeting, is a follow up to the Jacques Bernard/HDP C-Span Presentation, (see announcement below), we urge everyone close to Washington, D.C., please consider (RSVP) attending this event to speak up for the majority poor not represented on this panel. )
Timothy M. Carney, who was also Haiti’s ambassador from 1998 to 1999 presided over many of the destabilizing efforts to ouster the Lavalas governments and re-image the former Duvalierists, FRAPH\FAHd and the morally repugnant elites as “civil society.”
As ambassador to Haiti from 1998 to 1999 Timothy M. Carney, presided over the stepped-up NED/USAID/IRI “democracy enhancement” programs in Haiti and, later as a retired career Foreign Service Officer, he became a board member of the powerful anti-Aristide Washington lobbying group, the Haiti Democracy Project, known most widely to the majority of Haitians and HLLN, as the group in Washington that worked with James Morrell, Reginald Boulos, Andy Apaid, Lionel Delatour, Stanley Lucas and Guy Phillip, et al, to plot, use Federal resources and programs and their diplomatic, State Department, Pentagon and UN/OAS connections, to help carry out the 2004 bi-centennial coup d’etat in Haiti and illegal inflict the Baco Raton regime and their death squads on Haiti.
Both as ambassador, form 1998 to 1999 and as acting ambassador during the Latortue reign replacing James Foley, Mr. Carney, participated in spreading the media lies that projected the forceful ouster of President Aristide as a “democratic revolution” in Haiti.
Both before and after the second coup d’etat, Timothy Carney, James Morrell, Haiti Democracy Project, and their radical right wing republican allies financed and promoted traditional elite reps, such as Boulos, Apaid, Baker, as “democratic forces” and legitimate opposition to the elected governments of Haiti who held significantly MORE than an 8 to 12% constituency in Haiti, while constantly emphasizing how the elected Presidents of Haiti, (Aristide and Preval), failed to deliver a better life to the Haitian people, never mentioning the destabilization, humanitarian embargo, the Washington financial, diplomatic and political support to an anti-democratic minority that was the true cause of these elected Presidents impotence.
(See, Washington’s Hand Against Democracy and for Extra-Constitutional Regime Change in Haiti, by Marguerite Laurent, Blackcommentator, www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/blackcommentator.html and, The Washington Chimères Reloaded and Haiti Democracy Project planning a third coup d’etat against Haiti even though Rene Preval has not even taken office yet!” https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto/2006-02/msg00024.html )
Mr. Timothy M. Carney has worked for years, at least since 1998 as ambassador and then used his credentials as a ?former ambassador to Haiti? and as a board member of Haiti Democracy Project – the extremists anti-Aristide Washington lobbying group – to undermine Haiti’s security and stability.
Recently, as acting ambassador in Feb. 2006, with the Haitian airport closed, it was Carney’s US Embassy that made special arrangements to fly the accused-of-electoral-fraud Jacques Bernard out of Haiti to do the Washington rounds and panels in the effort to undermine President Preval the same way Haiti Democracy Project had paraded Pierre Paquoit and Leon Manus to undermine President Aristide’s government a few years before.
HLLN pointed out that the Bush Administration should recall the prejudice and bias Timothy M. Carney. Considering the indefinite and illegal detention of over 1000 Haitians under the current de facto government, HLLN now strongly request that the Bush Administration alter its plans, recall Janet Sanderson, who is alleged to have been intimately involved in the illegal detention of two dozen Algerian nationals at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanemo Bay in 2002 and appoint a Haitian-American with no human rights abuse record background, such as Dumarsais Simeus as Haiti?s new ambassador. Career diplomats from the US and international community, desensitized to the sufferings of the poor, black and brown worldwide, have been the ban of Haiti?s existence for decades, if not centuries.
If there is to be real change in Haiti, the harbingers of destabilization, the international diplomats with total disrespect for Haiti, must not be allowed to spoil this Feb. 7th new beginning the people of Haiti have paid so dearly to bring to a reality.
Sanderson just presented her credentials as US Ambassador to Haiti. From past experience Haiti has suffered much with Bush appointed ambassadors and we again, reiterate that if the US truly would like to START to show a tiny bit of respect and sensitivity for the suffering peoples of Haiti, they begin by doing SOMETHING NEW, appointing, not Ms. Sanderson to replace Carney, but a qualified Haitian American with no previous human rights abuse record or connections to the destabilization programs and NGOS of the coup plotters.
Marguerite Laurent, Esq.
– Who is Timothy M. Carney: Haiti Democracy Project – Bare wout yo! Veye Yo| Watch them, block them!
– US to support new Haitian government (Janet Sanderson becomes US Ambassador to Haiti)
– Who is Janet Sanderson, Haiti US ambassador nominee? by Lyn Duff
– UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE Public Event on: Haiti’s Security
– US Embassy’s (Tim Carney) Selective and racist use of US Federal power undermines the institutionalization of Haitian law, justice and democracy: In the Jacques Bernard case it was the special granting of a US visa, resources such as arranging a “special flight” and sequestering Bernard out of Haiti to Washington for two weeks. No jail awaited Bernard in the US. The Department of Homeland Security did not put Bernard in indefinite detention or hold him at Krome when he got to Miami International Airport, as they do Haitians refugees. (Originally issued – Feb. 22, 2006)
– Anthony Fenton letter to USA Today Editor regarding HDP
US to support new Haitian government
09:20 Saturday March 18th 2006
``With the election of a new president, new perspectives now present themselves to Haiti,’’ she said while presenting her credentials to the Haitian government. ‘’Haitians are looking for a better life. And they are ready – though impatient – to work ardently to succeed.’’
US President George Bush nominated the career diplomat to replace James Foley, who left Haiti late last year.
The US is one of the main donors to Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere.
Who is Janet Sanderson, Haiti US ambassador nominee? by Lyn Duff
In a surprise move Nov. 9, President George W. Bush nominated former Algerian Ambassador Janet Sanderson to be the new United States ambassador to Haiti, a position that has been vacant since August. Little information is available on Sanderson, who is alleged to have been intimately involved in the illegal detention of two dozen Algerian nationals at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanemo Bay in 2002.
Haiti observers are concerned Sanderson would further the dismantling of Haiti?s democracy begun by her predecessor, James B. Foley, who supported a small group of demobilized soldiers in overthrowing elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide last year. Foley later appointed Gerald Latortue, a businessman of Haitian descent from Boca Raton, Florida, as prime minister of Haiti. Latortue has been criticized internationally for ordering the illegal detention of his political opponents and condoning rampant human rights abuse, including the politically motivated mass rape of woman in impoverished neighborhoods.
The State Department released a terse statement Nov. 9 stating that Sanderson is a ?career diplomat? from Tucson, Arizona. However, public records show that Sanderson has been a resident of California for three years.
Sanderson graduated from the College of William and Mary in 1977 with a bachelor?s in government. She completed an honors thesis, ?The Arab Oil Weapon,? that year before joining the State Department as a career diplomat in August 1977. Sanderson was appointed as U.S. vice consul to Bangladesh in 1978.
Her career followed a typical path for years, say observers. After leaving Bangladesh, she served for less than two years at the American embassy in Tel Aviv before returning to Washington to be a desk officer in the department?s Bureau of Near East Affairs and serving as the petroleum attachÈ to Kuwait.
During the first Gulf War, Sanderson was working as economic counselor at the U.S. Embassy in Jordan. She was later appointed economic minister-counselor at the embassy in Cairo, where she served for almost four years under Ambassador Edward Walker. In 1997, Sanderson was promoted to the second highest position in the Cairo embassy: deputy chief of mission.
Sanderson?s career took an interesting turn Feb. 2, 2000, when then President Bill Clinton nominated her to be the new ambassador to Algeria. She quickly became embroiled in a human rights controversy when 24 Algerian nationals were interned in Guantanamo Bay.
In November 2001, the Algerians were working for humanitarian organizations in post-war Bosnia when they were arrested at the behest of the U.S. government, who accused them of ?planning terrorist attacks on the American and UK embassies in Sarajevo.? Two of the men are computer programmers, while the other 22 held administrative positions in several different NGOs.
The men were detained without bail for three months before the Bosnian Supreme Court acquitted them. However, in the early morning hours on the day they were to be released, the men were hooded, shackled and taken away to an unknown destination. They wouldn?t be located for over a month.
Soraya Nechla says that representatives of the International Red Cross finally found her husband, Mohamed Nechla, in an American detention center at Guantanamo Bay, where he was being held with 23 other Algerians. She and the other families wrote to the detained men but only received a short, heavily censored response five months later. Each letter was identical, reading: ?My health is good, do not worry.?
For months the families petitioned Sanderson, then U.S. ambassador to Algeria, for news of the detained aid workers. She refused to meet with the families, advising them to contact the Algerian authorities, says Abdelkader Ait Idir, spokesman for the families.
After a year in custody, all 24 Algerian aid workers were released. One, Mustapha Ait Idir, Abdelkader?s 33-year-old brother, is still angry at Sanderson and other State Department officials for the treatment meted out in the ?Guantanamo Bay cages.?
Sanderson has never commented publicly on her role in the arrest and detention of the Algerian aid workers.
On May 4, 2003, Sanderson was removed from her post as ambassador and replaced by Richard W. Erdman, who had been advising the state undersecretary in charge of Near East affairs. The move was widely commented on by the national press, who called Sanderson ?ineffective? and ?strangely silent? on important national and international issues.
Several months later, on Aug. 25, 2003, Sanderson moved to California, where she worked for a year as diplomat in residence at UC Berkeley, recruiting students to join the ranks of the State Department and promoting the correctness of U.S. foreign policy, said a Foreign Service official.
Haiti observers have expressed concerns about Sanderson?s appointment because of her ?dubious? record on combating human rights abuse and because of her support for the military drawdown program. The Pentagon?s drawdown program transfers unused military equipment, including heavy weaponry, to American allies.
During a Senate hearing in 2000, Sanderson stated, ?The drawdown program, like the rest of our foreign assistance program, underscores the importance we attach to [the country we give weapons to] and to our ongoing political, military and security relationship.?
The United States violated its own arms embargo against Haiti repeatedly during the past two years, transferring weapons to the Haitian National Police that were later used to kill peaceful protestors and other innocent civilians, say human rights workers. ?We can only imagine how much worse it?s going to get under the new ambassador, Sanderson, if she has already expressed her support for military drawdowns. Haiti needs a return to democracy, not more weapons in the hands of human rights abusers.?
No date has been announced yet for Sanderson?s move to Haiti. She would need to appear before the Senate?s Foreign Relations Committee and be confirmed by the Senate before her appointment is finalized.
Lyn Duff (LynDuff@aol.com) is a reporter currently based in Port-au-Prince. She first traveled to Haiti in 1995 to help establish a children?s radio station and has since covered Haiti extensively for Pacifica Radio?s Flashpoints, heard on KPFA weekdays at 5 p.m., and other local and national media.
HLLN Note: In reference to the United States Institute for Peace, March 24, 2006 scheduled meeting, a follow up to the Jacques Bernard/HDP C-Span Presentation, (see announcement below), we urge everyone close to Washington, D.C., please consider (RSVP) attending this event to speak up for the majority poor not represented on this panel.
Recommended Link: Listen to C-Span?s Haiti coverage; to HDP and Washington?s first use of Jacques Bernard the way they used anti-Aristide zealots, Leon Manus and Pierre Paquiot to undermine Haiti?s elected government:
UNITED STATES INSTITUTE OF PEACE
You are cordially invited to a Public Event: Haiti’s Security
Date: Friday, March 24, 2006
Location: U.S. Institute of Peace
Commissioner Mark Kroeker (invited)
Robert Perito, Moderator
The granting of either some exile status such as a visiting visa, asylum or Temporary Protected Status, by The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to Jacques Bernard gives evidence of how the US uses its resources (special flight arranged for Jacques Bernard when no such thing has ever been arranged say, for the ailing Yvon Neptune), jailing (homeland security did not put him at Krome pending Haitian justice investigation but allowed him some sort of a visa and exile status) Now he’s in Washington to address a Haiti Democracy Project seminar!
American Airlines stopped all their fights. MINUSTHA had control of the airport. But Jacques Bernard was able to get a “special flight” out of Haiti.
HLLN has always maintained that the US Embassy abuses federal power by using its visa granting abilities to deny Haitian justice and by using jail to undermine Haitian democracy. This case with Bernard underscores and gives evidences to these US Embassy abuses. The wealthy, light-skinned and multi-passported Jacques Bernard, accused of massive fraud in the Feb. 7, 2006 elections was authorized to leave Haiti, his visa approved by the US Embassy and he was even put on a special US-arranged (Tim Carney of HDP) flight out of Haiti.
When he got to Miami, unlike, for instance, Joseph Dandica, the elderly and sick 81-year old Baptist Minister, whose Church roof top the UN had used to execute, reportedly 15 and wound 6 “gang” members , Homeland Security could not be bothered to give TPS to Dandica. On the other hand, the fleeing-from-Haitian-law-and-justice Jacques Bernard was welcomed to Miami by Homeland Security, was not sent to jail at Krome as most poor Haitian refugees are, to die there as was the case for Reverend Joseph Dantica on November 3, 2004. (See, U.S. Bias and Indefinite Detention Policy Increases Haitian Suffering & Grief by Marguerite Laurent, November 16, 2004 www.margueritelaurent.com/pressclips/indefinite.html )
This illustrate the cavalier, callous and outrageous disdain the US Ambassador, Department Homeland Security and Washington holds the ordinarily poor and dark-skinned Haitians, who mostly are warehoused at Krome. Poor Haitians, who cannot be used by Haiti Democracy Project, DHS or Washington to further their Death Plan in Haiti are simply subject to lengthy detention in the US and singled out by the US government for harsh treatment. Poor Haitians without Jacques Bernard’s powerful Washington friends don’t get to circumvent the laws or even get to be afforded due process and equal application of the immigration laws. In fact, to be poor, dark-skinned and Haitian means you will have the lowest rate of approval on asylum applications to the US.
HLLN urges its entire network to formally write a letter to the Department of Homeland Security (copied to the US Embassy in Haiti, Condoleezza Rice and the State Department) to demand a full investigation into the granting of special visa privileges to Jacques Bernard, who stands accused of massive electoral fraud. HLLN rejects this use of US immigration laws to undermine the institutionalization of the rule of law in Haiti.
Marguerite Laurent, Esq. Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network (Dedicated to institutionalizing the rule of law and justice in Haiti and to protecting the civil, human and cultural rights of Haitians living at home and abroad) Feb. 22, 2006
Recommended Link: Jacques Bernard, the Frenchmen accused of ballot stuffing and electoral fraud in Haiti is Welcome to the US by Haiti Democracy Project and Scheduled to Address HDP Seminar | J.Bernard, another Zealot, like Manus and Paquiot, HDP will use to destabilize Haiti’s elected President https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto/2006-02/msg00022.html
Dear USA Today editor,
Re: “Haitians pack polls for presidential election; Voters calm despite long lines, confusion,” February 8th, 2006
In her article, Danna Harman quoted a government source without identifying him as such.
Harman quoted John Merrill as “a U.S. election observer with the Haiti Democracy Project,” which she described as “an independent research group based in Washington that promotes a stable government in Haiti. “ The only context that Harman provided on Merrill was that “Merrill has monitored six previous Haitian elections.” According to the website of the Haiti Democracy Project, Merrill is “chief of Western Hemisphere programs for the Defense Department,” and, in addition to being a Haiti Democracy Project observer, was “observing also for the U.S. government.” (see: haitipolicy.org/content/3459.htm).
Furthermore, the Haiti Democracy Project itself has links to the U.S. government that warrant mention. The current interim ambassador to Haiti, Timothy Carney, only resigned as a Haiti Democracy Project Board Member in order to assume this diplomatic post.
Another former Haiti Democracy Project board member, Ira Lowenthal, has been in Haiti since 2004, working for USAID and UNOPS, an obscure UN agency that has been helping the IRI, NED, and others, to meddle in Haiti’s political affairs.
Part of the $3 million grant that UNOPS manages for USAID involves bolstering the campaign of the political party that yet another former Haiti Democracy Project board member, Rudolph Boulos, is running for Senate for, FUSION.
Anthony Fenton Vancouver, B.C.
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network www.ezilidanto.com
Men Anpil Chay Pa Lou ? Many Hands Make Light a Heavy Load:
See: FRANCE Must Return the Charles X Ransom to Haiti| Open Letter to the People of France www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignseven/openletterfrance.html
Sign Action Petition at End of Letter for demanding Restitution to Haiti by France in French, Kreyol and English
English at: www.ipetitions.com/campaigns/restitution4haiti/
Read also, Claude Ribbe?s ?The Crime of Napoleon? ? Napoleon?s genocide ?on a par with Hitler? http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2005/
Canada’s role in Haiti www.margueritelaurent.com/law/canada.html
France’s Role in the Coup D’etat in Haiti * Petition Demanding France pay Haiti the 22Billion www.margueritelaurent.com/campaigns/campaignseven/openletterfrance.html
The Constitution of Haiti, 1987 www.georgetown.edu/pdba/Constitutions/Haiti/haiti1987.html
RELEASE THE POLITICAL PRISONERS
– FREE SO ANN!!!! FREE YVON NEPTUNE, FREE JACQUES MATHELIER, FREE HAITI’S CHILDREN, SUPPORT HAITIAN self-repect, self-defense and self-determination www.margueritelaurent.com/solidarityday/hsd_sampleletter_res.html
HLLN’s Media Letter Writing Campaign: Stop Mainstream Media libelously railroading President Preval and the people of Haiti -Keep writing, denouncing these false accusations
Letter to the New York Times from Hazel Ross-Robinson https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto/2006-02/msg00028.html
Why we cannot forget the past by Harry Comeau, A letter to Washington, Ottowa, Paris and international media from a Haitian man
Letter’s to the Media – It’s the INTERNATIONAL EFFORT that has brought Haiti where it stands today. Stop these international LIES about Haiti, stop stealing and calling it “helping Haiti!” | Pouki sa lapres lang long lan fin dechennen kont pep ayisyen an?| Plans to make Haiti a penal colony and officially under UN Protectorate proceeds
COUNT THE VOTES!!!!
Recommended Links to HLLN Media Campaign to protect the Feb. 7th Haitian vote:
A Basket to carry water by John Maxwell
Letter to the New York Times from Hazel Ross Robinson
HLLN’s Media Letter Writing Campaign: Stop Mainstream Media libelously railroading President Preval and the people of Haiti -Keep writing, denouncing these false accusations | letters to Newsday, Wallstreet Journal, New York Times, National Public Radio
Haitian Message to James Dobbins: Haiti not a US Colony, we are tired of benefactors and do-gooders
Investigate the electoral fraud; COUNT ALL THE VOTES!
Listen to C-Span’s Haiti coverage; Note how Haiti Democracy Project and Washington’s first use of Jacques Bernard the way they used zealots, Leon Manus and Pierre Paquiot, to undermine Haiti’s elected government: www.usip.org/events/2006/0222_haiti.html
Sham Elections followed by What, Politique De Doublure? by Marguerite Laurent for Haitian Perspectives, Feb. 7, 2006
Haiti’s election crisis was made in Washington but transformed by the people of Haiti: HLLN questions MINUSTHA’s credibility, OAS�s credibility, Washington�s credibility and their allies’ credibility, willingness and ability to legitimately support and safeguard the people’s landslide mandate to President Rene Preval www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14151#14151
HLLN’s predicts the 3 scenarios for these elections, dated Feb. 7, 2006
Fraud anticipated to compel a second round, Feb. 7, 2006 www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=13774#13774
HLLN Report on Haitian Election Laws, Feb. 14, 2006 – the CEP is no authority to COUNT or EXAMINE ballots, this is left to the polling stations. Go to:
Jacques Bernard, the Frenchmen accused of ballot stuffing and electoral fraud in Haiti is Welcome to the US by Haiti Democracy Project and Scheduled to Address HDP Seminar | J.Bernard, another Zealot, like Manus and Paquiot, HDP will use to destabilize Haiti’s elected President
The Smoking Gun – Photos of STOLEN ballots found in garbage dump in Haiti | Brazil backs Preval as victor in elections | Smashed ballot boxes found in Haiti, et al
Count the missing ballots received Wed. Feb. 15, 2006 by Ezili Danto Why did the CEP choose to COUNT the blank ballots on a pro-rata basis but to not count the missing ballots from Sainte Trinit� School, Carrefour-Feuilles, Abricots and other places that had gone missing but recovered and clearly available to be ADDED into the overall tally of votes on Wed. Feb. 15, 2006? www.haitiforever.com/forum/viewtopic.php?p=14202#14202
Jacques Bernard, the Electoral Council’s director accused of stuffing ballots with blank votes, flees Haiti – Haiti Election Chief Flees Country https://lists.riseup.net/www/arc/ezilidanto/2006-02/msg00021.html
– FREE SO ANN!!!! FREE YVON NEPTUNE, FREE JACQUES MATHELIER, FREE HAITI’S CHILDREN, SUPPORT HAITIAN self-repect, self-defense and self-determination www.margueritelaurent.com/solidarityday/hsd_sampleletter_res.html
– RECALL SANDERSON
Release the political prisoners: Considering the indefinite and illegal detention of over 1000 Haitians under the current de facto government, HLLN request that the Bush Administration alter its plans and recalls Janet Sanderson, who is alleged to have been intimately involved in the illegal detention of two dozen Algerian nationals at the U.S. Naval base in Guantanemo Bay in 2002 and appoint a Haitian-American with no human rights abuse record background, such as Dumarsais Simeus as Haiti?s new ambassador. Career diplomats from the US and international community, desensitized to the sufferings of the poor, black and brown worldwide, have been the ban of Haiti?s existence for decades, if not centuries.