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Hillary, Bill, Jesse Jackson and Liberian President Taylor - Cleaning Up Clinton Mess Again
Africa News, TNR | April 24, 1998 | Various

Posted on 07/10/2003 3:49:39 PM PDT by tallhappy

Some background on the current Liberian situation.

Jesse Jackson as Clinton's Special Envoy to Africa majorly supported Taylor. He arranged meetings and conferences and along with Lester Hyman arranged for first lady Hillay to meet Liberian first lady Jewel Howard Taylor back in 1998. That was the same time period al Qaeda began trading diamonds from Liberia.

From AllAfrica, Inc. Africa News, Liberian Daily News Bulletin

BYLINE: Star Radio (Monrovia)

April 24, 1998

Liberia's First Lady Jewel Howard-Taylor has met with Mrs. Hilary Clinton, wife of U.S. President Bill Clinton in Washington. The meeting focused on the plight of Liberian children and ways to seek assistance for their welfare. The meeting was the first between the two first ladies. Mrs. Taylor led the Liberian delegation to the just-ended reunion conference in Chicago, U.S.A. It was organized by President Clinton's special envoy to Africa, Rev. Jesse Jackson. Mrs. Taylor held similar meetings with prominent individuals and groups including the mayor of Chicago, Richard Daley.

How nice. I couldn;t find a picture of the two first ladies together. That'd be so lovely.

The New Republic ran a long article on Taylor's apologists including Jesse jackson (and Pat Robertson) back in 2001 called, " Double Take; Can Charles Taylor's apologists explain his ties to Al Qaeda?" by Ryan Lizza, TNR November 19, 2001

Some excerpts:

On september 19, 1998, the U.S. Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, was attacked by the forces of Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. According to an internal State Department report on the incident obtained by The New Republic, Taylor's police, pursuing a local warlord seeking protection at the embassy gates, laid siege to the building using AK-47s and at least one rocket-propelled grenade. In the ensuing firefight, one American embassy official was shot in the lower back. Although the warlord and 23 of his men reached safety in the embassy compound, Taylor, who had ordered the attack, apparently thought they were dead and issued a statement of regret over the incident. When a Liberian government official learned they were alive and about to be evacuated by air, however, he informed the United States that Taylor would order his forces to shoot down the helicopters. Taylor eventually relented, and the men were flown to a third country.

Following the attack, some on the Hill called for closing the embassy. But the Clinton administration didn't let the incident interfere with its efforts to coddle Taylor, the man responsible for more than a decade of bloody warfare in Liberia and its neighbors, Sierra Leone and Guinea. Here's one choice excerpt from the State Department's official response to the attack: "The United States would like to sincerely thank the Government of Liberia, and especially President Charles Taylor, for the enormous cooperation and assistance we received in amicably resolving the situation at the US embassy in Monrovia... We look forward to continuing our close cooperation with the Government."

Why does this matter today? Because we now know, thanks to a detailed report last week by Douglas Farah in The Washington Post, that something else of great importance happened in Liberia in September 1998: Osama bin Laden's Al Qaeda network opened shop there. According to Farah, one of bin Laden's top aides, Abdullah Ahmed Abdullah, arrived in Monrovia and met with one of Taylor's longtime lieutenants, Ibrahim Bah. Together they flew in a government helicopter to meet with a senior commander of the Revolutionary United Front (RUF), the vicious rebel army controlled by Taylor that has controlled the diamond mines of Sierra Leone for the last four years. A few weeks later two Al Qaeda terrorists wanted for the American Embassy bombings in Kenya and Tanzania arrived with $100,000 in cash to buy the first pouch of diamonds from the RUF. Since then, Farah reports, bin Laden has raised millions--perhaps tens of millions--of dollars buying cut-rate RUF diamonds and selling them in Europe. A European investigator told Farah that the Liberian diamond connection has become so important to bin Laden, "that to cut off al Qaeda funds and laundering activities you have to cut off the diamond pipeline."

But of all the American VIPs who have supported Taylor over the years, perhaps none is as intimately connected to the dictator as Lester Hyman, a discreet Washington lawyer renowned in Democratic Party circles. A self-described "protege of John F. Kennedy" who once chaired the Massachusetts Democratic Party, Hyman has been an adviser to eight presidential candidates and helped Clinton vet nominees for his Cabinet and the Supreme Court. Hillary Clinton personally asked her husband to appoint Hyman to the commission that oversaw the design of the FDR memorial. And, on and off for the last decade, Hyman has been Charles Taylor's representative in Washington.

In early 1993 Hyman stopped representing Taylor (apparently because of financial differences), but when Taylor took power in 1997, Hyman was one of the first Americans he called. Taylor had just presided over a war of incredible barbarity that left 85 percent of the Liberian population dead, injured, or displaced. Yet, in August of that year, Hyman wrote to him: "With your high intelligence, charismatic leadership qualities and strength of purpose, I know that you are capable of achieving great deeds on behalf of your country." In Washington, Hyman worked tirelessly on Taylor's behalf. He had dozens of conversations with senior Clinton officials and members of Congress with influence over Africa policy. He arranged a meeting between Hillary Clinton and Charles Taylor's wife, Jewel. In a major coup, the former Massachusetts politico helped convince a Plymouth, Massachusetts, district attorney to drop outstanding charges against Taylor stemming from his escape from jail there in 1985. And, of course, Hyman urged the administration to engage Taylor, which meant downplaying his government's human rights abuses, and overlooking Liberia's transformation into a gangster state.

And from the Times-Picayune, October 30, 2000 we get a clear picture;

Copyright 2000 The Times-Picayune Publishing Company  
Times-Picayune (New Orleans, LA)

October 30, 2000 Monday


LENGTH: 298 words

HEADLINE: Blame Clinton, Jesse Jackson for civil war

Recently, President Clinton made a quick weekend visit to Nigeria and Tanzania. Two years ago Clinton had proclaimed an "African Renaissance" which seems in danger of never materializing, as a laundry list of socio-economic problems threaten to greatly increase the divide between Africa and the rest of the developed world.

The Clinton administration has helped to exacerbate conditions in Africa, specifically in Sierra Leone, thanks to the inept diplomacy of Jesse Jackson.

Instead of appointing a professional career diplomat to negotiate a cease-fire agreement with the Sierra Leonian rebels, Clinton chose Jackson, who has ties with Charles Taylor, president of neighboring Liberia, who has funneled drugs and arms to the rebels in an attempt to seize control of Sierra Leone's rich diamond reserves.

Foday Sankoh, the rebel leader of the Revolutionary United Front, conscripted children into the military with drugs, supplied by President Taylor.

Through a so-called cease-fire agreement Jackson attempted to exonerate Sankoh by placing him as the chairman of the commission that manages the diamond mines of Sierra Leone. It was this control that allowed Sankoh to buy arms, supplies and drugs from President Taylor.

International Reports states that Taylor took control over the RUF's fight against government troops and international peacekeeping efforts.

The Clinton administration and Jackson have to accept responsibility for prolonging this civil war.

Chairmen Helms and Gilman should investigate Jackson's Rainbow Push Coalition to track payments from President Taylor.

Jackson should "Keep Hope Alive" and concentrate on his own domestic problems.
Harold Doley
Former U.S. representative,
African Development Bank and Fund
New Orleans

TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; Front Page News; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: charlestaylor; clinton; clintonlegacy; hillary; jessejackson; liberia
What has the junior Senator from New York said about this very pressing current issue?
1 posted on 07/10/2003 3:49:40 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: William McKinley
Ping. I figure you'd appreciate this.
2 posted on 07/10/2003 3:50:45 PM PDT by tallhappy
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To: tallhappy
Dang straight. Great job.

The Clintons are the gift that just keeps giving, sad to say.

3 posted on 07/10/2003 3:52:48 PM PDT by William McKinley (From you, I get opinions. From you, I get the story.)
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4 posted on 07/10/2003 3:52:53 PM PDT by Support Free Republic (Your support keeps Free Republic going strong!)
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To: tallhappy; Liz; DPB101; William McKinley
TH! Great find and thanks for posting it.

If we ever have honest historians, the death toll around the world since WWII due to the left wing lunatics in DC will stun everyone.
5 posted on 07/10/2003 4:47:58 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Reach out and pound the liberals daily! Become a $/day donor to Free Republic!)
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To: tallhappy; Ann Coulter

...stated yesterday on the FoX News Channel that JACKSON was given lots of Diamonds by TAYLOR for his legitimizing the Government of Liberia during the 1990's.

...TIMMERMAN further stated that CLINTON simply made JESSE JACKSON his overall Arm in Africa during his Administration = No Law
6 posted on 07/10/2003 5:34:09 PM PDT by ALOHA RONNIE (Vet-Battle of IA DRANG-1965 www.LZXRAY.comW)
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To: Grampa Dave
If we ever have honest historians, the death toll around the world since WWII due to the left wing lunatics in DC will stun everyone.

All too true. Unfortunately, the worst is yet to come.

As a father, it breaks my heart. As an American, it is a call to arms.

7 posted on 07/10/2003 5:38:02 PM PDT by Imal (The currents of history are running strong and swift through our time.)
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To: Imal
9/11 woke up a lot of Americans. The problem is that they go back to sleep with the enemy, work with the enemy and play with the enemy, the left wingers who hate America!
8 posted on 07/10/2003 5:40:24 PM PDT by Grampa Dave (Reach out and pound the liberals daily! Become a $/day donor to Free Republic!)
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To: Grampa Dave; Liz
Donald Payne, head of the Black Congressional Caucus came between Lester Hyman and Jesse Jackson's terms as envoys to Taylor. But Pat Robertson, Payne and Jackson are sideshows. The RUF was armed by Victor Bout, Leonard Minin and others from the former Soviet Union; the stones were laundered, mostly, in Belgium. That is where the serious money changed hands.

At least the money which went out of the country. Taylor himself didn't need diamond revenue. Tropical hardwoods, harvested on virtual slave plantations, is where he made his personal fortune.Gus van Kouwenhoven handled that operation .
9 posted on 07/10/2003 5:46:27 PM PDT by DPB101
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To: tallhappy
Annie Coulter hit it on the nose again. For those of you who have yet to read TREASON get with it!
10 posted on 07/10/2003 6:36:02 PM PDT by Don Corleone
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To: William McKinley; tallhappy
I think I saw in another article somewhere that Taylor's lawyer prior to going to Liberia was none other than Ramsey Clark... do either of you know anything about that?

It sounds like yet another case of vultures of a feather flocking together :-(
11 posted on 07/10/2003 6:56:24 PM PDT by Tamzee (Peace is the prerogative of the victorious, not the vanquished.... Churchill)
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To: tallhappy
He'd better hurry up. He only has five more years to clear all this SH** up before they have another real shot at screwing it up again.

It's nice to have leadership in the White House again.

And no, it not safe to vote Democratic.

12 posted on 07/10/2003 7:24:20 PM PDT by Only1choice____Freedom (Once a soldier, always a soldier. They enemies of freedom never rest.)
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To: tallhappy
Why aren't Hitlery and Bubba and Jesse in jail?
13 posted on 07/10/2003 7:30:49 PM PDT by freekitty
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To: tallhappy
bump for later read
14 posted on 07/10/2003 7:31:04 PM PDT by I_be_tc
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