20 November 2012 — HLLN
“…the FBI has become involved in the kidnapping ring.” —Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, http://bit.ly/106b0fd
“…Father Jean Juste died because of his wrongful imprisonment, mostly based on RNDDH lies and here it is Jacqueline Charles and the Miami Herald is quoting RNDDH as if they were some legitimate human rights organization.
Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune spent years wrongfully jailed. Thousands of young Haiti men were warehoused in indefinite detentions, without trial, in Haiti since 2004 because of the lies of RNDDH, the myth of Haiti’s violent street gangs threatening the nation, also substantiated by Mark Scheider’s International Crisis Group studies, along with the Haiti Democracy Project. All along, the violence came from the former coup detat military, the coup d’etat oligarchs who were bringing in arms to Haiti to secure their repugnant rule. But today we read, from the Miami Herald…”
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– Ezili Danto’s Note on Miami Herald article on the Brandt kidnapping ring
– La Scierie Massacre/Yvon Neptune -the lies of RNDDH
– High-profile arrest of member of Haiti’s elite in kidnap ring rocks society by Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald http://bit.ly/106b0fd
Video feature at this link Leo Shetush, great chief of Algonquin first peoples honor Haiti warriors & our common connections on Vertieres day http://bit.ly/UOuwwD
Ezili Danto’s Note:
Unless you’re brainwashed and subdued, no Haiti justice advocate reads Jacqueline Charles at the Miami Herald except to get a handle on the State Department narrative on a particular Haiti issue. Otherwise, why bother with Miami Herald’s consistent partisan, pro-UN occupation imperialistic missives on Haiti? They are only adapt at issuing US State Department bulletins on Haiti in the format of an article.
One month too late, Jacqueline Charles‘ bosses finally allowed some meaty mainstream media coverage of the Clifford Brandt kidnapping ring.
Until this article, and since the US kidnapping of President Aristide in 2004, Miami Herald has not failed to paint kidnappings in Haiti “as a deadly trend spawn out of Haiti’s ghettos, a quick way for thugs to get money off the misery and heartbreak of desperate family members.” The “Haiti thugs” are never the US-supported thieves; corrupt oligarchs living in the hilltop suburbs, the NGO invaders, UN molesters or coup detat murderers that the Miami Herald have legitimized for decades.
In the article, Ms. Charles fails to confess that her Haiti apartheid- promoting paper was the main racist culprit to consistently give all that’s wrong in Haiti an African face, an Aristide face. And all that’s heroic, a do- gooder Caucasian, Eurocentric Uncle Tom or light-skinned bourgeoisie oligarch face.
But Ms. Charles does make a pretty whopping confession that is worthy of note. She writes, “…the FBI has become involved in the kidnapping ring.” It’s a typo most likely, but a very entertaining one. In fact, I was so amused today by her article on the Brandt kidnapping for all that it failed to say.
The Miami Herald article fails to mention that Father Gerarld Jean Juste died because of his wrongful imprisonment, mostly based on RNDDH lies and here it is Jacqueline Charles and the Miami Herald are quoting RNDDH‘s report on the Brandt case, as if they were some legitimate human rights organization. (Coup detat RNDDH is a bogus NCHR human rights group funded for anti-democracy work by the US anti-democratic forces http://narconews.com/Issue50/article3013.html ; Haiti: Detention without trial in Haiti)
The Miami Herald article doesn’t mention the 2005 Stanley Handal arrest for kidnapping, nor the current allegations of his continued involvement as well as the confession by Brandt that reportedly names the son of Macoute Martelly as a member of this high-level mafia network.
Of course, not. Ms. Charles does say, however, that the Miami Herald has, in hand, the 30-page police report that contains Clifford Brandt’s confession. Brandt confessed, she selectively reports, to being the head of the elite kidnapping gang, which also dealt in money laundering and illegal arms trafficking.
The first two paragraphs of Ms. Charles article sets the stage for the spins, says so much to those of us who have slammed Miami Herald for nearly 9years now for their Neocon, pro-coup detat spins and racist bourgeoisie viewpoints on Haiti.
If there is one polarizing newspaper in America for Haitians, it’s Miami Herald and the pro-Neocon Jacqueline Charles articles. Not many other US reporters have demonized Haiti’s democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide more vitriolic or consistently than Ms. Charles. Of course, that necessarily means, she continues to report on the violent bandits in Site Soley, Gran Ravine and the populous areas making it necessary for a UN protectorate.
Former Prime Minister Yvon Neptune spent years wrongfully jailed. Thousands of young Haiti men were warehoused in indefinite detentions, without trial, in Haiti since 2004 because of the lies of RNDDH, the myth of Haiti’s violent street gangs threatening the nation as being Haiti’s BIGGEST problem. All along, MOST of the orchestrated Haiti violence and instability came from some of the pro-coup detat Duvalierist military and the coup d’etat oligarchs who were bringing in arms into Haiti to secure their repugnant rule.
But today we read, in her first paragraph from the Miami Herald on the Brandt mafia that: “When Haiti National Police moved in to arrest the handsome, well- dressed man on kidnapping charges, it blew the lid off a deep, dark secret: No one is immune to the country’s newest crime wave.
That’s the first big Miami Herald LIE.
Kidnapping in Haiti is not “the country’s newest crime wave.” Haiti is an international crime scene. It began, most recently, in 2004 when the US Special Forces, with the complicity of Canadian and French troops, helped to kidnap the democratically elected President Jean Bertrand Aristide out of Haiti. That’s when the “country’s newest crime wave” began.
This kidnapping by the US, emboldened its wealthy blan peyi elites to meter out the same punishment whenever they wanted to extort something quick in Haiti. Racism, white supremacy, and the tools of humanitarian imperialism protected them. (False Caracol jobs, False aid, charity, housing for Haiti is the pretext for the fake humanitarians to steal Haiti sovereignty,land, and resources http://bit.ly/TwFshH ; Haiti Riches is the reason for the US occupation behind UN mercenary troops and the fake humanitarians http://bit.ly/l960t)
0.5 percent in Haiti, the Haiti oligarchy own 98% of Haiti’s wealth through monopolies orchestrated by Western policymakers and corporations ( http://bit.ly/d4m7eB ) Racism allowed all the coup detat kidnappings and corporatocracy murders to be blamed on the (African) bandits in Site Soley, Solino, Belair, Matissant, Gran Ravine. And no US newspaper helped this bloody enterprise to disenfranchise and silence the Haiti masses along, more than the Miami Herald. (To hear the voice of the voiceless saying “We are not the Kidnappers”, go to http://bit.ly/RyxPCN ; UN shoot, killing young man in #Haiti at student protest http://bit.ly/TXgkNF . “I saw..http://wapo.st/RIgGaF UN shot at crowd, said Elie, 25″; Haiti rights repealed http://bit.ly/PMdSJj ; Haiti: Free Miller, Belizaire, Zaza http://bit.ly/OCXDec )
Of course, that necessarily means, the Miami Herald and most of the mainstream corporate media painted the Haiti masses as the most violent peoples in the Western Hemisphere, although that is blatantly untrue.
This article exposing the murders and kidnappings – that the little guy in Site Soley has consistently had to unjustly pay for, be imprisoned for, die for – were the task of their precious oligachy collaborators must have been heartbreaking for the Miami Herald to write. Lol.
The only worthy reason to read the colonial stuff Miami Herald writes about Haiti is if you’re looking for the amusing Freudian slip-ups – the length Jacqueline Charles and her colleagues at the Herald will go to cuddle whatever US-selected puppet that’s imposed on the Haitian people since Gerald Latortue and his Boca Raton regime.
A few paragraphs later in the article, Miami Herald alludes to it when Ms. Jacqueline Charles quotes that other State Department mouthpiece, Mark Schneider from the International Crisis Group, who is trotted out, every October or so of EACH YEAR, to tell all and sundry how VIOLENT and CORRUPT Haiti is, just in time for the annual renewal of the UN mandate.
Commenting on the Brandt arrest, that repugnant paid-grunt, with innocent Haiti blood on his hands, says:
“One would hope this represents a major step forward for the HNP in terms of its capacity and its ability to enforce the law,” said Mark Schneider, senior vice president for the International Crisis Group, which has published numerous reports on Haiti’s security challenges since kidnapping became more prevalent starting in 2004 – after the ouster of former President Jean- Bertrand Aristide. Kidnapping in Haiti has traditionally been both a criminal enterprise with political objectives,” Schneider said. “And one hopes the arrests reflect a determination to halt that enterprise.”
Lol. Lol. Lol. Ok. I can’t stop laughing out loud. Sometimes this work is just hilarious.
Alright, so you all know the Martelly/Lamothe government is the darling of the Clintons/Obama administration and that Mrs. Clinton is personally vested as well as her husband in their “success” in Haiti. For, uhmm, MORE romantic, ultra glamorous, high profiled-Hollywood-sweatshop openings and tourism in the time of cholera type initiatives. ( Haiti: They don’t have bread? Give ‘em Carnival http://bit.ly/PWrNw9 ; Haiti is open for business on top of our decomposed bodies, crushed bones, intense grief and ground water contaminated by UN-diseased feces http://bit.ly/iU1xoU)
By far, the most telling faux pas, in Jacqueline Charles/Miami Herald’s coverage of the Brandt kidnapping, is this:
“At the request of the Haitian government, the FBI HAS BECOME INVOLVED in the kidnapping ring.”
I bet they have!
Or, were the three lettered folks always there, up in the Petionville suburb since the first kidnapping in 2004? And don’t forget, Miami Herald, since you’re confessing, that the US military started it and became “involved in kidnapping” in Haiti first. So give credit where credit is due. Lol. Lol.
The messages in this piece are important in varied ways and at many levels.
The lies of the La Scierie Massacre and Operation Bagdad (Bajeux -CEDH) created by Pierre Lesperance of the RNDDH and reinforced the Haiti Democracy Project folks in the US, gave the UN forces the pretext between 2004 and 2006 for attacking Site Soley, Gran Ravine, Solino, Belair, Martissant and for murdering the innocent poor, living in these areas, who wanted a better economic division of Haiti’s wealth and were presumed to have voted for president Aristide. The pressure to kill was so ugly and blatant that at one point,even the UN Brazilian commander refused to do the killings biddings of the Haiti oligarchy and US regime changers. He was found to have committed suicide at his hotel under mysterious circumstances.
If you were following Miami Herald at that time, you would not know that RNDDH was totally discredited for its lies about massacres committed by pro-Aristide supporters. Would not have seen any reports showing that when RNDDH was asked to prove its allegation that there had been a massacre in La Scierie, a crime for which Yvon Neptune and many others were falsely accused, it reportedly said that all “the bones including the skulls were eaten by dogs!”
But the evidence of their perfidity lives on. Caused enormous sufferings. Jacqueline Charles, Miami Herald, RNDDH, Bajeux’s organizations, Mark Schneider, all of these folks, effectively remained silent about the facts or were outlets for the coup detat spins that lied about Father Gerarld Jean Juste, lied about So Ann, lied about the young men and women in Site Soley. These lies absolved the coup detat killers.
It’s sickening. We fought too much, too many of our heroes like father Jean Juste were put in jail, others denied political asylum because of fake human rights organizations like RNDDH, because of the mainstream lies that President Aristide was a dictator in charge of death squads, because of the countless articles written in the Miami Herald against the democratically elected government from 2000 to 2004 and the International Crisis Group State Department bulletins. To have Jacqueline Charles cite RNDDH and the International Crisis Group as legitimate human rights sources when they’ve been caught in their lies by the jaw-dropping arrest of one of their coup detat collaborators is simply appalling. Disgusting. These opportunist are the ones maintaining the impunity in Haiti.
I conclude by noting that the US/Euro corporatocracy, ruling Haiti with their local elites and trained men-in-black, ought to recall February 29, 2004 and the bi-centennial coup d’état, our call to the Ancestors, whose ways are serpentine, not linear, and take to heart “kidnappings remind us of slavery, and people can’t handle that.”
Pa bliye kolon pa t janm ka vann Lwa Wangòl lan mache Kwa Bossal (http://bit.ly/UOuwwD)
Ezili Danto HLLN November 20, 2012 “In remembrance of Vertieres, disengagement is not an option, Grenadye alaso” – http://bit.ly/UOuwwD
Written 2005. HLLN denounces the self-described progressives of Haiti, the White Saviors openly collaborate w/UN occupiers and later, with RNDDH http://bit.ly/bryhsz
La Scierie Massacre/Yvon Neptune -the lies of RNDDH
“Yvon Neptune accused of participating in the “La Scierie Massacre,” an alleged attack by Lavalas supporters in the La Scierie neighborhood of St. Marc. Subsequent investigations, including by the United Nations, revealed the massacre to be a struggle between two armed groups, with casualties on both sides. The Haitian Appeals Court prosecutor found that there was no credible evidence of Mr. Neptune’s involvement. Lawyers at the Inter-American Commission of Human Rights said that the statement of charges “contain[ed] no indication that Mr. Neptune directly perpetuated the crimes alleged against him nor is there a clearly defined connection between Mr. Neptune and those who are alleged to have perpetrated the crimes…The mental and factual elements necessary to establish Mr. Neptune’s responsibility…remain entirely unclear.”
In May 2006, the Haitian prosecutor recommended dropping the charges against Neptune, because there was no credible evidence to support them.
After spending two years in prison and never having been tried, he was released on July 28, 2006. The charges against him were not dropped; he was released on health and humanitarian grounds. Hundreds of other members or supporters of the deposed Aristide administration remained in custody without trial.” (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Yvon_Neptune )
High-profile arrest of member of Haiti’s elite in kidnap ring rocks society http://bit.ly/106b0fd
PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti — When Haiti National Police moved in to arrest the handsome, well-dressed man on kidnapping charges, it blew the lid off a deep, dark secret: No one is immune to the country’s newest crime wave.
Until now, kidnapping was painted as a deadly trend spawn out of Haiti’s ghettos, a quick way for thugs to get money off the misery and heartbreak of desperate family members.
But this was different. This was Clifford Brandt, the 40-year-old, well-heeled son of a prominent businessman who would eventually confess to his role in the abduction of the adult son and daughter of a business rival.
For the past few weeks, the “Brandt affair” has been on the tongues of everyone, from the bourgeoisie to the poor masses in and out of Haiti. It has become the country’s latest flashpoint, igniting anger and drawing a crowd of thousands Monday in the coastal village of Jacmel in Southeast Haiti after a man was killed trying to save his 3-year-old nephew snatched by kidnappers in the middle of the night from his mother’s bed.
This was the second time in weeks the Jacmel population rose up against kidnappers.
“Haitians can take a lot of things, even an assassination,” said Reginald Delva, secretary of state for public security. “But kidnappings remind us of slavery, and people can’t handle that.”
Still, victims or families rarely discuss their kidnapping publicly, for fear of being targeted again, or even killed. The crime remains shrouded in secrecy.
Observers say the high-profile Brandt arrest provides a glimmer of hope that the struggling Haiti National Police force – after undergoing millions of dollars in training by the international community – finally may be showing signs of strengthening. Investigators used cellphone records between Brandt and other accomplices, including former police officers and an employee of the victims’ father.
“One would hope this represents a major step forward for the HNP in terms of its capacity and its ability to enforce the law,” said Mark Schneider, senior vice president for the International Crisis Group, which has published numerous reports on Haiti’s security challenges since kidnapping became more prevalent starting in 2004 – after the ouster of former President Jean- Bertrand Aristide.
“Kidnapping in Haiti has traditionally been both a criminal enterprise with political objectives,” Schneider said. “And one hopes the arrests reflect a determination to halt that enterprise.”
But Brandt’s arrest also illustrates the deep class divisions in this polarized country, where kidnapping has been regarded as a phenomenon of the dark-skinned poor – not a crime of the light-skinned elite.
“They are always blaming us for kidnapping, but I’ve always known they were involved all along,” said Junior Pierre, 28, a moto taxi driver, sitting on a sidewalk in the Cite Soleil slum. “But in Haiti there is no justice and money is what talks.”
Investigators said Brandt, who ran his family’s Mazda dealership, had been under surveillance for months before 22-year-old Nicolas and 23-year-old Coralie Moscoso were pulled over on Oct. 16 by six armed men impersonating police officers. It wasn’t until the two were being blindfolded did they realize they were being kidnapped.
The abductors called banker Robert Moscoso asking for $2.5 million for the return of his children. Seven days later, with Brandt accompanying them, police rescued the Moscoso siblings, who were found blindfolded and handcuffed lying on a filthy mattress in the bathroom of a vacant, two-story mansion. Police said the kidnappers had been renting the home in Pernier, a Petionville suburb.
One of Brandt’s lawyers said his arrest was a mistake and his confession had to do with trying to settle a business score with Robert Moscoso, who also owns a car dealership.
Police and Haitian officials disagree.
“This is a national network that we have dismantled here, and we have a lot of people who we are searching for,” said Godson Orelus, the newly appointed head of the Haiti National Police. “We have cells in other provinces of the country that we are moving to dismantle.”
So far, 15 people have been arrested, including five police officers. One ex- cop remains at large. Earlier this month, a high-ranking officer under investigation in connection to the case was gunned down after dropping his kids off to school. At the request of the Haitian government, the FBI has become involved in the kidnapping ring.
In a 30-page police report obtained by The Miami Herald, Brandt confessed to being the head of a gang, which also dealt in money laundering and illegal arms trafficking.
A search of his residence turned up arms, ammunitions and $15,000 in Money Gram receipts sent to someone in the United States.
“Asked about the reasons for the money transfer, the suspect … declared that the group also was involved in illegal trafficking of arms and guns, and they financed the buying of these materials,” the report said.
The search turned up what police say was a fake National Palace identification card, listing Brandt as an “Adviser to the President.” It also turned up police clothing including ballistic helmets, black combat boots and Haitian National Police uniforms of pants, jerseys and T-shirts reading “DEA.”
The report revealed the involvement of several current and former Haitian police officers, one of whom had already been fired after being implicated in a kidnapping and other criminal activities.
According to the report, police found evidence that Brandt also was working on a list of future victims. At one point, there was a discussion about “gunning down” Delva, the secretary of public security, because he had announced the installation of security cameras around Port-au-Prince to thwart kidnappings.
Haitian officials have said Brandt’s arrest shows they are serious about ridding Haiti of kidnapping, which has destroyed families, deterred investors and made Haitians abroad scared to visit their own country.
But Pierre Esperance, head of the National Human Rights Defense Network, still worries about Haiti’s broken justice system.
He’s concerned about local political interference.
Haiti’s police “have done a very good job in this investigation,” Esperance said. “But officials have to let justice take its course, and not put pressure on the justice system.”
Last week, his human rights group blasted Haitian government officials for not acting on the Moscoso siblings’ kidnapping until they were forced to by the U.S. government.
Haitian officials dismiss his criticism, saying strong police work lead them to Brandt.
Authorities said they also are re-interviewing other victims about their abductions in an effort to tie them to Brandt’s ring.
For many victims, the case has reopened old wounds that make it difficult for them to speak publicly about their ordeal.
“You always assumed that kidnapping didn’t have a face,” said a businessman who negotiated his kidnapped son’s release after eight day in the summer of 2008. “Now it has a face.”
Forwarded by Ezili’s Haitian Lawyers Leadership Network
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