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Haiti to free eight U.S. missionaries, hold two (for further investigation)
Reuters on Yahoo ^ | 2/17/10 | Joseph Guyler Delva

Posted on 02/17/2010 11:59:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge

PORT-AU-PRINCE (Reuters) – A Haitian judge said he would order the release on Wednesday of eight of 10 American missionaries accused of kidnapping children, while the remaining two would be held for further questioning.

Laura Silsby, the leader of the group, and Charisa Coulter, were being kept for further investigation, ..

The 10 Americans, most of whom are members of an Idaho-based Baptist Church, were arrested last month on charges that they tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without proper documentation after the devastating January 12 earthquake in Haiti.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; Your Opinion/Questions
KEYWORDS: baptist; childabduction; childabuction; christian; haiti; missionaries

1 posted on 02/17/2010 11:59:51 AM PST by NormsRevenge
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To: NormsRevenge

This makes one pause before giving money to Haiti. That Haitian officials are using invaluable resources and assets to imprison and feed Americans (while they could be used to help their own) is unconscionable.


2 posted on 02/17/2010 12:02:03 PM PST by Mengerian
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Members of the Idaho-based charity, New Life Children's Refuge sit at a police station in Port-au-Prince in January 2010. Ten Americans charged with abducting children in Haiti awaited Monday a decision on their fate, but the case took an unexpected turn as their former legal adviser was probed for sex trafficking. (AFP/File/Fred Dufour)


3 posted on 02/17/2010 12:04:32 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: Mengerian

Who are you trying to kid? You never gave any money to Haiti.


4 posted on 02/17/2010 12:04:57 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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Puello, the Dominican Republic former legal advisor for the group, acknowledged he’s wanted in El Salvador on human smuggling accusations altho the caption above makes mention of sexual trafficking,, same difference.


5 posted on 02/17/2010 12:07:30 PM PST by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi ... Godspeed .. Monthly Donor Onboard .. Chuck DeVore - CA Senator. Believe.)
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To: wtc911

Excuse me? What?


6 posted on 02/17/2010 12:08:39 PM PST by Mengerian
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To: NormsRevenge

They gonna keep the wimmin? They likes them some wimmin.


7 posted on 02/17/2010 12:14:55 PM PST by GeronL (I pledge allegiance to the Principles of the Bill of Rights and to protect and defend it...)
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To: Mengerian; wtc911

I think that some of the more liberal freepers here are hoping that they can get some Christian scalps out of this, especially Protestant scalps.


8 posted on 02/17/2010 12:39:51 PM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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To: Mengerian

I don’t know. Have seen a few interviews with the folks in this group, and my only conclusion is that their wounds are self-inflicted. I am sure they are well intentioned, but I’m pretty sure we are also clear what the road to hell is paved with.

I don’t support the notion that we Americans be given a free pass to arrogantly and knowingly violate the law in Haiti during this crisis.


9 posted on 02/17/2010 12:41:55 PM PST by dmz
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To: ansel12

You are right. I don’t know what I did to deserve wtc911’s inflamatory quip, but I can deal with rude folk.

These aren’t the sort of people down there looking for trouble or sex traficking.

It just burns me that Haitian officials are expending food and resources amid all the death and destruction to make an example out of Christina missionaries from Idaho. It’s hideous and patently wrong.


10 posted on 02/17/2010 12:45:42 PM PST by Mengerian
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To: Mengerian

Ugh, I meant “Christian” missionaries.


11 posted on 02/17/2010 12:47:51 PM PST by Mengerian
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To: Mengerian
Those kids are Haitians. They are their kids, not ours. Those Americans were trying to take their kids out of their country without proper documentation. They are right to be concerned about that.

My take all along is that these eight didn't know what they were doing but were well meaning. I'm very glad they are being released; I think it's a just result.

Silsby is the leader and I don't have enough info to judge here, but have no problem with Haiti investigating the matter.

When you adopt from a foreign country, as I have, you play by their rules. We would demand no less if a foreigner wanted to adopt an American kid.

12 posted on 02/17/2010 12:53:49 PM PST by colorado tanker
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To: Mengerian

I don’t know if something will come of this or not, but on the early threads, after the arrests, I noticed the excited and venomous glee that some of the anti social conservative click here showed, it revealed some deep rooted anti/Christian, in some cases anti/Protestant hate.

I was surprised, I can under stand people being open to the idea that one or more of this group was up to no good, but I sure did not expect to see the passionate hope that they would all be convicted of something and spend their lives in Haitian prisons.


13 posted on 02/17/2010 12:54:08 PM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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To: NormsRevenge
These 8 are being released to show good intention...and obscure the bribe that on some level somewhere has to be occurring coincident with this bit of theater. Any bets the other two will be released shortly. Pure speculation of course, but what else connects the dots?

Ask yourself, would any governing authority dealing with all the terrible challenges it is facing reasonably choose to waste resources and risk disabusing many of the Western aid sources of their some of their good intentions over such small matter? Hardly.

14 posted on 02/17/2010 1:03:09 PM PST by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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To: Mengerian
Anybody who wants to use this episode of the Haitian government spending the time and money to keep a group of their citizens (children) from being kidnapped as an excuse to not give money to the relief effort wasn't going to give money anyway.

The fact that the useful idiots in the kidnapping group are being released shows that the Haitian authorities recognize that they were dupes of the two whom they are still going to hold.

15 posted on 02/17/2010 2:52:50 PM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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To: wtc911

wtc911 ~ Time will tell who is guessing right here....so let’s wait and see how the final chapter unfolds.


16 posted on 02/17/2010 5:19:42 PM PST by kimoajax (Rack'em & Stack'em)
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To: NormsRevenge

Time will tell but the tide seems to be going agaisnt these people. Insticnt tells me they may have been up to no good but hopefully the facts will set the story straight.


17 posted on 02/17/2010 5:24:59 PM PST by rrrod
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To: ansel12

“I think that some of the more liberal freepers here are hoping that they can get some Christian scalps out of this, especially Protestant scalps” Spoken like a true follower of the huckster or Jim Jones......

Let the truth come out and you go play voodoo someplace.


18 posted on 02/17/2010 5:27:30 PM PST by rrrod
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To: rrrod

You might want to read post 13, Let the truth come out just like I said, but I do know what I have seen here since it started.

I think that some of the more liberal freepers here are hoping that they can get some Christian scalps out of this, especially Protestant scalps.

It sure set you off, you must not have seen many of those earlier threads.


19 posted on 02/17/2010 5:42:46 PM PST by ansel12 ( (anti SoCon. Earl Warren's court 1953-1969, libertarian hero, anti social conservative loser.))
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To: Mengerian
It just burns me that Haitian officials are expending food and resources amid all the death and destruction to make an example out of Christina missionaries from Idaho. It’s hideous and patently wrong.
10 posted on Wednesday, February 17, 2010 3:45:42 PM by Mengerian

It burns some folks that people, even "Christina missionaries from Idaho," think that they can swoop in and kidnap Haitian children and illegally remove them from their own (even if impoverished) families and nation to sell them to foreigners--whether those foreigners are sex slavers or "good Christian families."

The food and resources that the Haitian authorities spent on these prisoners is minimal, and well worth it if it gives pause to like-minded ilk who might think that they can swoop down on Haiti and carry off its children.

From teh Interwebs:
Tila Tequila Adopting Haitian Orphans--The 28-year-old former reality personality made the announcement on her Twitter page over the weekend.

“Ok I will adop (sic) 2 children from HAITI….I’m going to try to do that ASAP! Those poor babies! Mommy is coming to rescue u (sic) my Angels! Xoxox,”

20 posted on 02/17/2010 7:19:09 PM PST by Inappropriate Laughter (Obama: Just another illegal alien living in public housing)
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To: kimoajax
Time will tell who is guessing right here....

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Except I'm not guessing. There is a wealth of factual info on the two people who created this scheme and duped the younger, more naive do-gooders into complicity.

Let's start with the fact that they have no orphanage in the DR although claiming to have a brand new one with a school was crucial to their effort.

Let's add the fact that many of the children were not even orphans and have been reunited with family.

Add that Silsby and partner lied about DR documents providing "authorization".

There is much more but there is no guessing.

21 posted on 02/18/2010 5:42:58 AM PST by wtc911 ("How you gonna get down that hill?")
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