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Posted on 04/07/2004 6:19:13 AM PDT by chance33_98
Black Groups Call for Investigation of Congressional Black Caucus; Details of Black Lawmakers' Relationship with Deposed Haitian Leader Sought
4/7/2004 6:00:00 AM
To: National Desk
Contact: David Almasi of the National Center for Public Policy Research, 202-371-1400 ext. 106 or Project21@nationalcenter.org
WASHINGTON, April 7 /U.S. Newswire/ -- In response to actions and comments by members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) regarding American policy toward Haiti, the African-American leadership network Project 21 endorsed a letter to Chairman Joel Hefley (R-Colo.) asking the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Standards of Official Conduct to conduct a formal investigation of the CBC.
The letter was originally sent on April 1, 2004, by the Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny, a family-focused, community-based organization in Los Angeles, California founded by Project 21 member Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson.
The call for an investigation comes after members of the CBC alleged the Bush Administration forced Haitian president Jean- Bertrand Aristide from office and called Undersecretary of State Roger Noriega a "Haiti-hater." Additionally, the letter to Chairman Hefley calls attention to the CBC's apparent close relationship to the former Aristide regime that included several member trips to the island, former members lobbying of behalf of the regime and recent appearances abroad with the deposed Aristide.
The letter to Hefley states: "We are seriously concerned about the inflammatory language and tone of (the CBC's) accusations. By misinterpreting the truth about what happened in the last few hours before (former Haitian president) Aristide left office, these lawmakers are inciting hatred, suspicion and possibly violence towards the White House, State Department officials and the new administration in Haiti."
Reverend Peterson adds: "It's disturbing that the Congressional Black Caucus is backing a corrupt and brutal man like Aristide. Over the past decade, the United States sent nearly $1 billion in aid to Haiti, yet it is still the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Why are black lawmakers up in arms over the removal of this dictator?"
In particular, the request for an investigation asks for the Committee to determine the exact nature of the relationship between Aristide and the CBC and if current and former members of the CBC, their families or associates have a financial or political interest in the continuation of the Aristide regime.
Project 21 has been a leading voice of the African-American community since 1992. For more information, contact David Almasi at 202-371-1400 ext. 106 or Project21@nationalcenter.org, or visit Project 21's website at http://www.project21.org/P21Index.html.
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It's disturbing that the racist CBC even exists!
EVERYTHING about this racist bunch of socialists should be investigated!
idea! send the cbc to haiti; til the investigation is completed...
GOD bless rev. peterson
Is any of this "missing" billion dollars influencing our Congressfolk? And what about the proceeds of Aristide's monopoly of the drug trade?
I'll bet if the evidence were found, some of the CBC belong in jail over this.
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During a private Congressional briefing on Haiti, Congresswoman Corrine Brown (D-Fla.), derided a member of the Bush administration and two of her fellow members of Congress as "a bunch of white men." When it was pointed out to Brown that two of the three "white men" were, in fact, Hispanic (e.g., one is named Henry Bonilla and the other Roger Francisco Noriega), she refused to apologize and said "you all look alike to me."
This is not the first time Rep. Brown has made bizarre remarks. In a recent press release, she says the following of the folks who have taken to the streets against Jean-Bertrand Aristide, Haiti's deranged President:
"The groups that call themselves 'the opposition,' are in reality nothing more than armed gangs often funded by drug lords, that are attempting to steal power through undemocratic means. These are not legitimate political opposition groups, many of them are the SAME criminals that were in power before Aristide. These thugs are made up of ex military, ex death squad members, drug and gang members, and members of the wealthy business elite that do not like the idea of a government that does not cave to their every wish. They do not like the idea of a government that is trying to redistribute money to the poor and provide Haitians with proper education and health care, because they feel threatened that their previous absolute hold on power will dissolve. And since they can't defeat Aristide in a fair election, they are trying to make the political conditions in the country so chaotic that they will be carried to power through an eventual coup."
Funny, most rational observers recognize that Aristide is nuts, that he is a power freak who will do whatever he can to stay in office, and is a fool who bungled the effort to stabilize Haiti in the 1990s (see, for example, the article in the March 13, 2003 copy of the left-leaning New York Review of Books by Peter Dailey, "Haiti: The Fall of the House of Aristide"). This is why Colin Powell has begun pressuring Aristide to step aside. here
Of course, considering Rep. Brown is so dumb that she can't discern a White from a Hispanic, we suppose that she can't be expected to understand foreign policy. Good job Florida- you've elected yet another Jackass.
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