FEBRUARY 11, 1998 : (MONROVIA, LIBERIA : JESSE JACKSON MEETS WITH LIBERIAN PRESIDENT CHARLES TAYLOR) [Jesse] Jackson first met [Charles] Taylor in Monrovia [Liberia] on Feb. 11, 1998, thanks to the intercession of an old friend, a Liberian named Romeo Horton who had become a close aide to Taylor. Taylor had just been elected president of Liberia after a campaign riddled with intimidation in which he sent his infamous "Small Boys Units" throughout the countryside, waving their machetes at anyone who refused to vote for their man. But instead of hectoring Taylor on human rights and democracy - after all, that was Jackson's brief - Jackson embraced the Liberian strongman, as shown in a State Department after-action memo obtained under the Freedom of Information Act.
"During his 24 hours in Liberia, the Rev. Jackson met several times privately with President Taylor and appeared to establish a strong personal bond with him," the April 29, 1998, memo from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia reads. "After Jesse Jackson's visit, President Taylor went out of his way to stress that Liberia is America's best friend in Africa, and that it was time to improve the bilateral relationship - a 180-degree change in direction from the public posture of the Taylor government before the Jackson visit."
In neighboring Sierra Leone, Sankoh and his Revolutionary United Front (RUF) militia had massacred tens of thousands of civilians and, teamed with disgruntled military officers, had driven elected president Ahmad Tejan Kabbah into exile. Jackson said in an interview that he considered Sankoh and Taylor to be like the gang leaders in Chicago, who could be "redeemed" by his careful ministrations. Rather than confront them, Jackson befriended them, over the howls of the State Department professionals.
"Secretary [of State Madeleine] Albright delegated Africa policy to [U.S. Rep. Donald] Payne [of NJ] and the Congressional Black Caucus," Sierra Leone's outspoken ambassador to Washington, John Ernest Leigh, told this reporter. A House International Affairs Committee staffer who followed Jackson's meetings with Taylor put it more bluntly: "The whole effort under Clinton was to mainstream Charles Taylor, and Jesse Jackson had a lot to do with it."-------- "Jesse, Liberia and Blood Diamonds," By Kenneth R. Timmerman, Insight Magazine , July 25, 2003
MARCH 1998 : (CLINTON TRIP TO AFRICA INCLUDES WILSON, WILLIAM "COLDCASH" JEFFERSON OF LOUISIANA & BETTIE CURIE) To: Howlin "I want to know where Wilson got the money for that crap [ his $14,000 Rolex watch, then he bragged to Victor about several things (possessions and trips to Aspen, etc.), like his expensive car (I think it was a Mercedes)] BEFORE he wrote his book." Have you forgotten that it was Joseph Wilson who was the "Advance Person" for Bill & Hill's 200 million dollar vacation to Africa. Wilson handled the contracts, because he knew lots of people in Africa. We all know there is no corruption in Africa and the idea that Joe Wilson might have gotten kick backs from 200 Million Dollars worth of Contracts is something this honest man Joe Wilson would never do < /sarcasm > 26 posted on 07/17/2005 9:11:28 PM PDT by MJY1288 | To 24
[* my note: wouldn't it be a riot if Clinton had stayed in Qadeer Khan's hotel?]
MARCH 1998 : (JESSE JACKSON SPEARHEADS CLINTON'S AFRICA TRIP - [SEE JOE WILSON/PLAME/NIGERFLAP]) As special envoy for democracy and human rights in Africa, starting in October 1997, Jackson was President Bill Clinton's point man for Africa. It was Jackson who spearheaded Clinton's 10-day African safari in March 1998, at a cost to taxpayers of $42.8 million. And it was Jackson who legitimated Liberian strongman Charles Taylor and his protégé, the machete-wielding militia leader in neighboring Sierra Leone, Cpl. Foday Sankoh. Without Jackson's active intervention, both leaders were headed toward international isolation and sanction. Thanks to Jackson, both retained power to murder another day. At Jackson's prompting, Clinton made an unprecedented phone call to Taylor from Air Force One while flying over Africa. Until then the United States had shunned Taylor because of his grisly past. Among Taylor's many "accomplishments" were the murder of American Catholic nuns in Liberia and the storming of the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia.
The mainstream media has resolutely ignored Jackson's involvement in the diamond wars of Liberia and Sierra Leone, and he never has been hauled before a congressional committee to account for this behavior [see Kenneth R. Timmerman's New York Times best seller, Shakedown: Exposing the Real Jesse Jackson (Regnery Publishing, March 2002)]. -----"Jesse, Liberia and Blood Diamonds," By Kenneth R. Timmerman, Insight Magazine | July 25, 2003
APRIL 29, 1998 : (US EMBASSY DIPLOMAT IN MONROVIA, LIBERIA PENS MEMO ON JESSE JACKSON'S FEB 11, 1998 VISIT TO LIBERIA) "During his 24 hours in Liberia, the Rev. Jackson met several times privately with President Taylor and appeared to establish a strong personal bond with him," the April 29, 1998, memo from the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia reads. "After Jesse Jackson's visit, President Taylor went out of his way to stress that Liberia is America's best friend in Africa, and that it was time to improve the bilateral relationship - a 180-degree change in direction from the public posture of the Taylor government before the Jackson visit."------- "Jesse, Liberia and Blood Diamonds," By Kenneth R. Timmerman, Insight Magazine , July 25, 2003
JUNE 17, 1998 : (AFTER DIVORCING CLINTON'S AFRICA TOUR PLANNER, THE FORMER AMBASSADOR JOSEPH WILSON, JAQUELINE C WILSON BECOMES A REGISTERED AGENT FOR GABON; HE SOON GOES ON TO MARRY ALLEGED CIA "SPY" VALERIE PLAME) JACQUELINE C WILSON was a registered agent for Gabon. She registered as an agent of Gabon on June 17, 1998 (not long after their divorce) and had received $100,000 prior to the registration. Summary of payments by year: 1998 ($280,0000), 1999 ($250,000); 2000 ($75,000 ); 2001 ($39,000); and 2002 ($8,000). She was not listed as an agent in 2003. ------182 posted on 11/03/2005 5:05:52 PM PST by kabar | To 69
AUGUST 7, 1998 : (US EMBASSIES ARE BOMBED IN KENYA & TANZANIA) Terrorists Bomb U.S. Embassies in Kenya and Tanzania
SEPTEMBER 1998 : (LIBERIA : CHARLES TAYLOR'S SSS GOES AFTER RIVAL ROOSEVELT JOHNSON AND ASSASSINATES HIM IN THE ENTRYWAY OF THE US EMBASSY WHERE HE HAD SOUGHT REFUGE - See GEMSTONE TRADE/CONFLICT DIAMONDS, JESSE JACKSON) In September, just five months after the "reconciliation" Jackson hosted in Chicago, Taylor's Special Security Service went on a killing rampage in an effort to track down and eliminate rival warlord Roosevelt Johnson, an ethnic Krahn whom Taylor accused of plotting a coup. When Johnson sought refuge in the U.S. Embassy, Taylor's men gunned him down in the entryway, wounding two embassy employees. The State Department was not amused, and asked Jackson to reprimand Taylor by phone. No record of what Jackson actually said was released but, in November 1998, during another visit to the region, Jesse again treated Taylor as a statesman.----- "Jesse, Liberia and Blood Diamonds," By Kenneth R. Timmerman, Insight Magazine , July 25, 2003
SEPTEMBER 1998 : (MONROVIA, LIBERIA : CHARLES TAYLOR MEETS WITH US EMBASSIES BOMBINGS PLOTTER ABDULLAH AHMED ABDULLAH) Accounts in the report include an alleged September 1998 get-together at Taylor's executive mansion where middlemen introduced him to Abdullah [Egyptian Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, wanted in the 1998 attackson US embassies in E Africa].
The Liberian leader subsequently directed the al-Qaida figure to rebels controlling the mining of fine gems in neighbouring, diamond-rich Sierra Leone, the investigators quote sources as saying. ------Al-Qaeda bought diamonds ahead of Sept. 11 attacks, UN investigators told myTELUS ^ | August 07 2004 | The Canadian Press