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  • Firm that paid Obama adviser in business with warlord-tied official

    08/11/2012 9:59:33 AM PDT · by tobyhill · 1 replies
    Fox News ^ | 8/11/2012 | By Richard Cohen
    A South African company in the spotlight for paying $100,000 in speaking fees to White House adviser David Plouffe is also in business with a Liberian official under U.N. sanctions for his ties to convicted war criminal and former Liberian dictator Charles Taylor. That's among the latest details to emerge on the connections involving MTN Group, a subsidiary of which paid President Obama's former campaign manager for engagements in late 2010, shortly before he joined the White House. The ties to Liberia's bloody Taylor era center on Benoni Urey, who was commissioner of maritime affairs in Liberia during Taylor's reign....
  • Islamic Socialism - bloody legacy (Qaddafi's 'Green Book,' WRC, etc.)

    04/26/2012 6:14:34 AM PDT · by Milagros · 1 replies
    Islamic SocialismFrom the CIA factbook: Following a 1969 military coup, Col. Muammar Abu Minyar al-QADHAFI began to espouse his own political system, the Third Universal Theory. The system was a combination of socialism and Islam derived in part from tribal practices and was supposed to be implemented by the Libyan people themselves in a unique form of "direct democracy.[1] The "Green Book" - Arabism, Islam & socialism, with Islam the main line Author John L. Esposito: Under Qaddafi three interrelated ideas were woven into Libya's ideological identity: Pan-Arabism, socialism, and Islam. Qaddafi's appeals to Islam were influenced by his...
  • Harvard for Tyrants - How Muammar al-Qaddafi taught a generation of bad guys

    03/10/2011 2:25:36 PM PST · by Tailgunner Joe · 1 replies
    foreignpolicy.com ^ | MARCH 4, 2011 | DOUGLAS FARAH
    Col. Muammar al-Qaddafi is well known now for the abuses he has inflicted on his own people during more than four decades of brutal rule in Libya, but few remember the vast campaign of carnage and terrorism he orchestrated across West Africa and Europe when he was at the height of his powers. Nor are his more recent alliance with Hugo Chávez of Venezuela and his long-standing relationship with Daniel Ortega of Nicaragua -- both of whom are busy trampling their constitutions and moving toward dictatorship -- well understood. And the fact that all three governments support the Revolutionary Armed...
  • Naomi Campbell Will Likely Be Subpoenaed in War Crimes Case Against Former Liberian President

    05/21/2010 12:04:22 PM PDT · by rightwingintelligentsia · 4 replies · 586+ views
    FoxNews,com ^ | May 21, 2010
    Prosecutors trying former Liberian president Charles Taylor for war crimes are asking judges to subpoena supermodel Naomi Campbell as a witness in the U.N. case against the exiled leader. Prosecutors filed a motion asking for Campbell’s testimony about uncut “blood diamonds” given to Campbell by Taylor while the two attended a dinner at the home of South African president Nelson Mandela in 1997.
  • 'Merchant of death' Victor Bout indicted for trying to buy US planes to ferry arms around world

    02/17/2010 6:34:15 PM PST · by Cindy · 26 replies · 679+ views
    NY DAILY NEWS.com ^ | February 17, 2010, 7:38 pm | Alison Gendar
    Note: Photo included. SNIPPET: "Bout and American-born pal Richard Chichakli were accused of creating a new business, Samar Airlines, which they thought was clean of any connection to their own bloody dealings. Starting in the summer of 2007, Samar Airlines started making deals for airplanes and crews to ferry contraband between the United States and Tajikistan, the indictment said." SNIPPET: "The Russian-born Bout is accused of wiring $1.7 million from bank accounts in Kazakhstan, Cyprus, Russia through banks in New York City and Salt Lake City to finance the scheme." SNIPPET: "Bout, who is accused of supplying weapons to real...
  • Former (Liberia) leader denies he eats people

    07/28/2009 5:13:31 AM PDT · by Loyalist · 15 replies · 1,157+ views
    Daily Telegraph ^ | July 28, 2009 | AFP
    LIBERIA'S former president Charles Taylor denied that he had ever eaten human flesh or ordered his fighters to do so as he answered allegations of cannibalism at his war crimes trial. "It is sickening. You must be sick to believe it,'' the one-time warlord testified in the Special Court for Sierra Leone, sitting in The Hague. "It makes you feel like throwing up.'' Mr Taylor, 61, said he could not dispute that there were cannibals in certain parts of Liberia, but claims that he was among them were "total nonsense''. A witness had testified at the trial that he ate...
  • Thais detain alleged `Merchant of Death' (dealings include global illicit arms trafficking)

    03/06/2008 6:46:51 PM PST · by NormsRevenge · 18 replies · 1,153+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 3/6/08 | Michael Casey - ap
    BANGKOK, Thailand - A Russian dubbed the "Merchant of Death" for allegedly supplying weapons to Africa's bloody conflicts over power and diamonds was arrested Thursday in Thailand on suspicion of conspiring to smuggle guns to Colombia's leftist rebels. Viktor Bout, 41, whose dealings reportedly inspired a 2005 movie about the illicit arms trade, was arrested at U.S. request in his hotel room in Bangkok, said police Lt. Gen. Pongpat Chayapan. Bout had eluded arrest for years and was finally seized after a four-month sting organized by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration. In New York, federal authorities unsealed a criminal complaint...
  • “Merchant of Death” Trial Still Looms

    05/28/2009 7:17:07 PM PDT · by Coleus · 496+ views
    tna ^ | 05.28.09 | William F. Jasper
    The Russian parliament and media refer to him merely as a “Russian businessman.” But to much of the rest of the world, Viktor Bout is known as the “Merchant of Death,” the most notorious member of the dark fraternity of global weapons traffickers who arm terrorist organizations, as well as the tyrannical regimes and brutal warlords and militias responsible for horrendous genocidal slaughters over the past two decades. Since his March 2008 arrest in Bangkok, Thailand, in an elaborate U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration sting, Viktor Bout has been in Bangkok’s Klong Prem Special Prison awaiting trial. The U.S. Department of...
  • Taylor's son jailed for 97 years

    01/09/2009 6:59:25 PM PST · by GSP.FAN · 7 replies · 584+ views
    BBC ^ | Jan 9 09 | BBC
    "Chuckie" Taylor, the son of former Liberian President Charles Taylor has been sentenced by a US court to 97 years in prison for torture.
  • Liberia - Ex-president Charles Taylor 'had billions' in US bank

    05/05/2008 8:53:55 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 10 replies · 196+ views
    BBC News ^ | May 2, 2008
    Taylor 'had billions' in US banks Liberia's ex-President Charles Taylor had transactions of about $5bn in two US bank accounts during his presidency, his prosecutor has told the BBC. Mr Taylor is being tried by a UN-backed war crimes court for backing rebels in Sierra Leone while in office. He denies trading arms for diamonds and challenged the international community when he stood down in 2003 to trace and seize any monies they alleged he had. If any was found he would "turn them over to the Liberian people". During Sierra Leone's decade-long civil war, which officially ended in...
  • Armor hoping for historic victory

    05/04/2008 3:00:58 PM PDT · by MitchellC · 40 replies · 121+ views
    Blue Ridge Now ^ | May 4, 2008 | James Shea
    John Armor is a student of history. He knows where the country has been and where he would like to take it in the future. As a Republican candidate for the 11th Congressional District, Armor has the chance to make an impact. Armor is running against Asheville City Councilman Carl Mumpower and former Henderson County Republican Party Chairman Spence Campbell in the Republican primary. Raised in the Baltimore area, Armor attended Yale University, where he earned degrees in political science and English. He took a job at an advertising agency shortly after graduation but wanted a new challenge. He enrolled...
  • Top aide testifies [Liberia Dictator] Taylor ordered soldiers to eat victims

    03/13/2008 3:01:25 PM PDT · by camerakid400 · 24 replies · 1,268+ views
    CNN ^ | March 13 08
    AMSTERDAM, Netherlands (AP) -- Grim tales of cannibalism highlighting the brutality of West Africa's civil wars emerged in testimony Thursday at the war crimes trial of former Liberian President Charles Taylor. Joseph "Zigzag" Marzah, who described himself as Taylor's chief of operations and head of the death squad before Taylor became president, said African peacekeepers and even United Nations personnel were killed and eaten on the battlefield by Taylor's militiamen. Prosecutors described Marzah as a key witness with inside knowledge of the former Liberian president's operations in Liberia and neighboring Sierra Leone, where he is accused of responsibility for the...
  • Shocking footage at Taylor trial

    01/07/2008 9:06:23 PM PST · by forkinsocket · 4 replies · 106+ views
    BBC ^ | 7 January 2008 | Staff
    Video footage of mutilated victims of Sierra Leone rebels has been shown at the war crimes trial of Liberia's former President Charles Taylor. Mr Taylor - who is accused of trading weapons for diamonds - showed no emotion as the first witness, an expert on "blood diamonds", gave evidence. The delayed trial has resumed at The Hague after a six-month delay. Mr Taylor is the first African former head of state to face an international war crimes court and faces 11 charges. He denies responsibility for atrocities committed by rebels during the civil war in neighbouring Sierra Leone. Video of...
  • Bar Fight in the Blue Ridge: The Coming Battle for NC 11

    06/15/2007 11:44:48 AM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,168+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 16 June 2007 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    You’d think that what happens in western Carolina, in the 11th Congressional District, isn’t very important to the powers-that-be in Washington. That’s usually so. But not now. And two extraordinary events that have occurred a year and a half before the 2008 election for that seat, prove the point. Some of you are aware of the TV ads now being run by AFSCME that paint freshman Congressman Heath Shuler, NC 11th, as a good guy. The ad sponsor’s full name is American Federation of State, County and Municipal Employees. This union is committed to steady expansion of government at all...
  • Statement on the Election of 2008

    11/07/2006 10:15:35 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 73 replies · 1,868+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 8 November 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    That title is not a misprint. This is about the 2008 election in the 11th District of North Carolina. First, the big picture now. The Democrats have taken control in the House, contrary to my prediction (I was nearly alone in that). The Democrats have gained in the Senate, but pending results yet to come after midnight EST, it looks like the Republicans will hold a vary narrow margin in the Senate. In my own District, NC 11th, 16-year incumbent Republican, Charles Taylor, has been defeated by Heath Shuler, a neophyte Democrat who billed himself as “a conservative” and a...
  • Heath Shuler (baby) runs from Charles Taylor

    11/04/2006 5:39:42 AM PST · by personalaccts · 53 replies · 2,368+ views
    Kansas City Star ^ | 11/04/06 | Tim Whitmore
    After opponent's no-show, Shuler walks out of House debate TIM WHITMIRE Associated Press ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Frustrated by Rep. Charles Taylor's failure to show up in person, Democratic challenger Heath Shuler walked out of a debate Friday afternoon that was the only face-to-face meeting scheduled between the two candidates during their fiercely contested campaign. Taylor called into the debate on WWNC-AM from a radio station in Hendersonville, about 30 miles south of Asheville, which radio host Matt Mittan said violated rules agreed to beforehand by both campaigns. After both candidates offered an opening statement, Shuler said, "It's unfortunate Mr. Taylor...
  • Congressman develops ties with Russia (NC-Rep. Charles Taylor)

    09/17/2006 2:13:28 PM PDT · by NormsRevenge · 17 replies · 395+ views
    AP on Yahoo ^ | 9/17/06 | Tim Whitmire - ap
    BREVARD, N.C. - Amid hopeful talk of the future, Rep. Charles Taylor (news, bio, voting record) and Russia's ambassador to the United States welcomed 20 Russian college students to western North Carolina to study business. The young Russians, participating in a yearlong program at area colleges that is partially funded with federal money, sang a karaoke version of the Beatles' "Let It Be" and a Russian folk song last month. They even pulled Taylor and Ambassador Yuri Ushakov into an impromptu dance. "It offers as much to United States students as it does to Russian students," said the Republican lawmaker,...
  • Redskins fan cries: 'Stop Shuler!'

    09/08/2006 1:41:10 PM PDT · by nypokerface · 53 replies · 1,391+ views
    AP ^ | 09/08/06 | TIM WHITMIRE
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. - In the mountains of western North Carolina, former NFL quarterback Heath Shuler talks about illegal immigration and the Iraq war as he tries to oust Republican Rep. Charles Taylor in one of the more competitive House races. Thousands of miles away, in San Diego, Jason Woodmansee fears a crucial issue is being overlooked. "From an objective, quantitative viewpoint, Shuler was a terrible NFL quarterback," Woodmansee writes on his blog, http://www.StopShuler.com. "He completely failed at the one thing he was trained to do out of college, and yet was paid millions of dollars. The last thing we need...
  • Taylor complains about Hague jail

    07/21/2006 9:29:22 AM PDT · by AKSurprise · 14 replies · 582+ views
    BBC News ^ | 07/21/06 | BBC News
    Former Liberian President Charles Taylor has said he is unhappy with "draconian" conditions in the Dutch prison where he is awaiting trial. Mr Taylor's lawyer made the complaint during his first appearance before a special UN-backed war crimes tribunal. Mr Taylor faces 11 war crimes charges after allegedly backing rebels in the decade-long Sierra Leone civil war. He was arrested in Nigeria this year and detained in Sierra Leone before being moved to The Hague for security. Attorney Karim Asad Ahmad Khan described The Hague jail regime as "far more draconian... than operates in Freetown", the capital of Sierra Leone....
  • Charles Taylor arrives in the Netherlands

    06/20/2006 11:39:04 AM PDT · by HAL9000 · 20 replies · 483+ views
    Associated Press ^ | June 20, 2006
    Excerpt - THE HAGUE, Netherlands - Former Liberian President Charles Taylor arrived in the Netherlands on Tuesday for a war crimes trial on charges accusing him in the death, rape or mutilation of hundreds of thousands of people in West Africa. An airport official said Taylor's U.N.-chartered plane landed after a direct flight from Sierra Leone, where he had been in detention since March 29. Two police vans and five motorcycle outriders were waiting on the tarmac at a small commercial airport south of The Hague. ~ snip ~
  • What a Week! What a Week!

    05/11/2006 7:27:50 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 22 replies · 1,286+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 11 May 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    I haven’t written my regular column for a long time, but my excuse is rock solid. I’ve been too busy to write Three absolutely extraordinary things happened in the last week – well, stretch that – a week and a half. One I’ll save for another column, because it deserves its own space and details need to be filled in. The others are election night on 2 May, and 4 - 8 May, which was spent in Bermuda. Start, of course, with politics. Going into the Republican primary against eight-term incumbent, Charles Taylor, I knew my own campaign was limited....
  • Lawmaker's Flight 93 stance may be last straw

    05/07/2006 11:07:31 AM PDT · by NorthEasterner · 76 replies · 2,557+ views
    The Pittsburgh Tribune-Review ^ | May 7,2006 | Robin Action
    Lawmaker's Flight 93 stance may be last straw By Robin Acton TRIBUNE-REVIEW Sunday, May 7, 2006 ASHEVILLE, N.C. - Western North Carolina voters have supported U.S. Rep. Charles Taylor for 16 years, despite loan scandals at his bank, his acceptance of questionable campaign donations and his financial ties to Russia. In Pennsylvania, Taylor is know as the congressman who for two years blocked federal funding for a memorial to those who died in the Sept. 11, 2001, crash of United Airlines Flight 93 in Somerset County. And that position hasn't gone over very well with some in his 11th Congressional...
  • Shuler to oppose GOP incumbent Taylor in election

    05/04/2006 12:36:04 PM PDT · by maineman · 23 replies · 679+ views
    Associated Press ^ | May 4, 2006 | Associated Press
    Former University of Tennessee and NFL quarterback Heath Shuler won a congressional Democratic primary Tuesday in North Carolina. Shuler notched 77 percent to beat Michael Morgan, with 62 percent of votes tallied. He'll face Republican incumbent Charles Taylor, representing the 11th District, who handled opponent John Armor by taking 81 percent of the votes tallied. Shuler is expected to give Taylor, a veteran representative criticized for his ties to disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, a strong run on the general ballot. Taylor, however, has survived a number of Democratic challenges during his 16-year tenure. "This is the year," Shuler said Tuesday...
  • Report to FR on Freeper Candidate for Congress, NC 11th District

    05/02/2006 9:34:31 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 78 replies · 1,428+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 3 May 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    This is the Fifth and Final - for now - Report on the Campaign for the 11th District in NC. The eight-term Congressman, Charles Taylor, has defeated me for the nomination of the Republican Party. However, Mr. Taylor's career as a Member of Congress is now over. That paradoxical conclusion is not a matter of my opinion. It is based on observations of lifelong residents in western Carolina who've been active in politics most of their adult lives. Consider the parameters of this race: Charles Taylor is a long term incumbent who worked his way up the ladder to a...
  • Open Letter to Chancellor Bardo about the 1st Amendment

    04/03/2006 9:14:17 PM PDT · by Congressman Billybob · 193 replies · 3,770+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 4 April 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Dear Chancellor John Bardo, I have a bone to pick with you. So does the US Constitution. And so do those who believe that universities should be open communities, allowing a diverse views to be expressed – in academic language. My public declaration of my candidacy for Congress from the 11th District here in Western Carolina was on 3 March. I’d contacted the Director of the Fine and Performing Arts Center at your university, Western Carolina, about using that Center for my first press conference. I offered to pay full rate for the use of the facilities. I had several...
  • (Charles) Taylor 'Looked Like A Whipped Dog' As Justice Caught Up

    04/01/2006 7:01:56 PM PST · by blam · 18 replies · 1,139+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 4-2-2006 | Hans Nichols
    Taylor 'looked like whipped dog' as justice caught up By Hans Nichols in Freetown, Sierra Leone (Filed: 02/04/2006) Slumped and sombre, Charles Taylor uttered not a single word as he sat in the United Nations helicopter that spirited him from Liberia, where he once ruled, to neighbouring Sierra Leone, where he is accused of committing war crimes. "He looked like a whipped dog. A look of total defeat," said a UN official, one of 16 passengers on the flight that brought Taylor to the tribunal he has eluded for three years. Charles Taylor in Freetown "You look at someone that...
  • Taylor Reports Have Million-Dollar Errors

    03/29/2006 11:22:26 AM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 12 replies · 663+ views
    The North Carolina Conservative ^ | 29 March 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Every Member of Congress, and every candidate for Congress, is required to file Reports with the House Ethics Committee on their financial holdings and transactions. Apparently, few people take a serious look at these after they are filed. The Reports filed by incumbent 11th District Representative, Charles Taylor, for the last seven years (the ones available on-line) show five errors in excess of $1 million each, plus one unexplained item for about $20 million. These Reports are filed with the Clerk of the House but they “will be reviewed by the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct [the House Ethics...
  • Liberia - Charles Taylor arrives in Monrovia, then taken away in UN helicopter

    03/29/2006 9:12:29 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 469+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | March 29, 2006
    ALARM - Charles Taylor arrived to Monrovia and transferred in a helicopter MONROVIA - former bast president Charles Taylor, expelled Wednesday of Nigeria, arrived at the Roberts airport of Monrovia on board an apparatus of the Nigerian presidency and was immediately led in a helicopter of the United Nations, noted a correspondent of AFP.
  • Taylor Taken to Liberia to Face Charges

    03/29/2006 7:32:05 AM PST · by nuconvert · 4 replies · 478+ views
    yahoo news/AP ^ | Mar. 29, 2006
    Taylor Taken to Liberia to Face Charges By BASHIR ADIGUN, Associated Press Writer Former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who vanished in Nigeria after authorities reluctantly agreed to transfer him to a war crimes tribunal, was arrested trying to cross the border into Cameroon, Nigerian police said Wednesday. He then was flown back to Liberia. Taylor was captured Tuesday night by security forces in the far northeastern border town of Gamboru, in Borno State, nearly 600 miles from the villa in southern Calabar from which he reportedly disappeared Monday night, Information Minister Frank Nweke said in a statement. President Olusegun Obasanjo,...
  • Nigeria - Fugitive Liberia ex-president Charles Taylor arrested

    03/29/2006 1:04:12 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 24 replies · 2,525+ views
    Associated Press | March 29, 2006
    AP News Alert ABUJA, Nigeria (AP) -- Nigerian police say they have arrested Liberian warlord Charles Taylor.
  • Wanted Tyrant Of Liberia Vanishes From Nigerian Haven (Charles Taylor)

    03/28/2006 6:44:03 PM PST · by blam · 4 replies · 486+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 3-29-2006 | Davis Blair
    Wanted tyrant of Liberia vanishes from Nigerian haven By David Blair, Africa Correspondent and Katharine Houreld in Lagos (Filed: 29/03/2006) The Nigerian government was accused of allowing Charles Taylor, Africa's most notorious fallen tyrant, to escape justice after he vanished from his grace-and-favour residence yesterday. Taylor, 58, the former Liberian dictator, had been living in the city of Calabar despite being the subject of an Interpol arrest warrant and an indictment on 17 counts of war crimes. Charles Taylor took refuge in Nigeria when he was deposed The Baptist lay preacher, who devastated Liberia and led a brutal rebel army...
  • Ex-Liberian president Taylor disappears in Nigeria

    03/28/2006 1:40:09 PM PST · by P-40 · 11 replies · 450+ views
    Associated Press ^ | 3/28/2006 | Associated Press
    ABUJA, Nigeria — Former Liberian President Charles Taylor disappeared from his Nigerian haven, days after his hosts agreed to transfer him to a war crimes tribunal for the murder, rape and maiming of more than a half-million Africans, officials said today. The announcement of Taylor's disappearance came the day before Nigerian leader Olusegun Obasanjo was to meet with President Bush at the White House. That visit was supposed to occur on a high note after Obasanjo resolved two issues of concern to his U.S. allies — Monday's release of kidnapped American oil workers and last week's deal to hand over...
  • Nigeria agrees to surrender Liberia's Charles Taylor

    03/25/2006 10:59:52 AM PST · by HAL9000 · 8 replies · 423+ views
    Agence France Presse | March 25, 2006
    Nigerian President Olusegun Obasanjo on Saturday agreed to surrender the exiled former Liberian president and war crimes suspect Charles Taylor to the government of his homeland. Taylor is accused of masterminding a policy of murder, torture, pillage and rape in Liberia and its neighbour Sierra Leone, where international prosecutors have lodged a 17-count indictment alleging crimes against humanity. In August 2003, in a bid to bring an end to 14 years of civil war in Liberia, Obasanjo invited him to step down as president, leave his besieged capital Monrovia and accept political asylum in Nigeria. But the Nigerian leader...
  • 2nd Report on the Campaign for the 11th District in North Carolina

    03/23/2006 6:02:54 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 9 replies · 694+ views
    Special to FreeRepublic ^ | 22 March 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    Folks, Two of my campaign appearances since the 1st Report are unique and deserve mention here. One was with a group of left-wing Democrats, who refer to themselves as "progressives." The invited me to see if I would dare join them, for two hours of pointed questions. I accepted, and the comments posted on the Internet as a result made it clear that they intend to see me defeated, come November. But they also included comments that I am "honest" and a "man of obvious integrity." When even your political opponents speak of you that way, that is a very...
  • Rep. Taylor's office caught in obvious lie in attempt to smear John Armor

    03/17/2006 1:10:58 PM PST · by Congressman Billybob · 43 replies · 2,083+ views
    The North Carolina Conservative ^ | 17 March 2006 | John Armor (Congressman Billybob)
    An Open Letter to the Press in Western Carolina From: John Armor, Candidate for Congress, 11th District Date: 16 March 2006 re: certain comments by Deborah Potter on behalf of Congressman Charles Taylor Ladies and Gentlemen, Below is an exact and complete copy of an e-mail that Charles Taylor's Press Secretary, Deborah Potter, sent to Don Yelton, a friend of mine. (For those who don't know me, I'm a lawyer and author who lives in Macon County, and I'm running against Taylor in the Republican primary.) The Potter e-mail refers to me as "Armor and his bunch of left-wing radicals...
  • US suspects terror African diamond link

    07/01/2004 5:42:43 AM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 7 replies · 469+ views
    Financial Times ^ | June 29 2004 | Michael Peel and Thomas Catan
    The US is stepping up its anti-terrorist efforts in west Africa amid continuing controversy over alleged links between al-Qaeda and the smuggling of Sierra Leonean diamonds through Liberia. Washington has begun looking more closely at terrorist financing in a region where the US military is increasingly active in efforts to disrupt terrorist networks, according to government officials and a leading Congressman. A US Congressional panel on the September 11 2001 terrorist attacks concluded this month there was "no persuasive evidence" that al-Qaeda funded itself through trafficking in diamonds from African states experiencing civil wars. But a US government official covering...
  • Abramoff Tied to Dorgan Donation, Tribe Says

    11/29/2005 8:48:33 AM PST · by The_Victor · 26 replies · 1,597+ views
    Yahoo (AP) ^ | 11/29/2005 | JOHN SOLOMON
    WASHINGTON - New evidence is emerging that the top Democrat on the Senate committee currently investigating Jack Abramoff got political money arranged by the lobbyist back in 2002 shortly after the lawmaker took action favorable to Abramoff's tribal clients. A lawyer for the Louisiana Coushatta Indians told The Associated Press that Abramoff instructed the tribe to send $5,000 to Sen. Byron Dorgan (news, bio, voting record)'s political group just three weeks after the North Dakota Democrat urged fellow senators to fund a tribal school program Abramoff's clients wanted to use.The check was one of about five dozen the Coushattas listed...
  • Possible al Qaeda Target: Liberian Elections

    09/08/2005 4:08:16 PM PDT · by lward99 · 5 replies · 450+ views
    US Newswire ^ | 9/8/2005 | Larry Ward
    WASHINGTON, Sept. 8 /U.S. Newswire/ -- On October 11, 2005 Liberia will elect a new President. On the surface this election would appear to be of little consequence to the everyday life of Americans, but according to Alex St-James, an authority on Liberian politics and Chief US Policy Advisor for the US Africa FED Group, "The Liberian Elections on October 11, 2005 may be one of the most important elections of our lifetime."Charles Taylor, former President of Liberia has harbored, funded and facilitated terrorist activity since 1998 according to Al White, a senior investigator for the Pentagon. In the years...
  • Angry Sierra Leoneans jeer Sankoh's body; "Take his body to hell or give it to us, the crowd..."

    08/03/2003 5:53:44 AM PDT · by Pikamax · 9 replies · 300+ views
    Reuters ^ | 08/03/03 | Reuters
    Angry Sierra Leoneans jeer Sankoh's body August 02, 2003, 09:27 PM Hundreds of angry Sierra Leoneans turned out in the capital Freetown today to jeer the body of former rebel leader Foday Sankoh, a man reviled for launching one of Africa's most horrific wars. "Take his body to hell or give it to us, the crowd, to burn his body to ashes," shouted Dowu Johnson, a woman in the crowd. The former warlord, who had been indicted for war crimes by a UN-backed court investigating atrocities during the West African nation's decade-long civil war, died in hospital on Tuesday. His...
  • Former Pro-Quarterback Announces Campaign To Unseat Rep. Charlie Taylor (R-NC)

    07/20/2005 6:03:19 PM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 67 replies · 2,884+ views
    Roll Call ^ | July 19, 2005 | Josh Kurtz & Lauren W. Whittington
    After weeks of cajoling from high-ranking Democrats — including former President Bill Clinton — former football star Heath Shuler announced Monday that he would challenge Rep. Charles Taylor (R-N.C.) next year.
  • Heath Shuler to run for U.S. Congress in NC (Dem. 11th Congressional District)

    07/18/2005 5:48:10 PM PDT · by jern · 105 replies · 1,977+ views
    CHARLOTTE, N.C. (AP) -- Former National Football League quarterback Heath Shuler plans to run for the U.S. Congress. Shuler, a Democrat, said in a statement Monday that he has filed papers with the Federal Election Commission that clear the way for him to run next year in the 11th Congressional District for the U.S. House of Representatives seat held by Republican Charles Taylor. Shuler didn't name Taylor in a press release that emphasized pocketbook issues.
  • NYT: Democrats to Use Newspaper Ads to Accuse 6 Republican Congressmen on Ethics Issues

    07/06/2005 6:03:44 AM PDT · by OESY · 37 replies · 1,363+ views
    New York Times ^ | July 6, 2005 | ROBERT PEAR
    House Democrats said Tuesday that they would run newspaper advertisements this week criticizing the ethics of six House Republicans, including Representative Randy Cunningham of California, who is under investigation by a grand jury looking into his ties with a military contractor.... Mr. Wade paid $1,675,000 for the house and sold it nearly a year later for $975,000, for a loss of $700,000 in one of the hottest housing markets. Mr. Cunningham said he "showed poor judgment" in selling his house to a friend who did business with the government. Moreover, he said, "I showed poor judgment in not listing the...
  • Bloody Past Is Catching Up With Liberian Despot (Charles Taylor)

    07/01/2005 5:48:13 PM PDT · by blam · 6 replies · 536+ views
    The Telegraph (UK) ^ | 7-1-2005 | David Blair
    Bloody past is catching up with Liberian despot By David Blair in Calabar (Filed: 02/07/2005) After impoverishing his country, killing thousands and stealing a fortune, Africa's most notorious fallen tyrant is facing a rising clamour for him to face justice. Charles Taylor, the deposed president of Liberia, benefits from asylum in Nigeria despite being the subject of an Interpol arrest warrant and an indictment on 17 counts of war crimes. Charles Taylor: Africa's most prominent fugitive A life steeped in bloodshed has not prevented Taylor from enjoying Nigeria's official hospitality and a grace-and-favour residence in a government lodge in the...
  • West Africa: The next Afghanistan?

    05/29/2005 10:17:16 AM PDT · by Halfmanhalfamazing · 5 replies · 337+ views
    MSNBC ^ | April 29, 2005 | Chris Hansen
    FREETOWN, Sierra Leone - At a time when the United States has thousands of forces hunting Osama bin Laden in Afghanistan and Abu Musab al-Zarqawi in Iraq, international investigators say the United States is ignoring another terrorist outlaw — former Liberian President Charles Taylor, who's hiding in plain sight in West Africa. This is a place most Americans and their government haven't paid much attention to. It is war-torn, remote and desperately poor. But that might be about to change. War crimes investigators have uncovered evidence that al-Qaida terrorists — before and after 9/11 — were using West Africa as...
  • al-Qaida working with former Liberia president Charles Taylor to destabilize West Africa

    05/24/2005 3:38:51 PM PDT · by HAL9000 · 4 replies · 372+ views
    AFP via Babelfish translation | May 24, 2004
    Al-Qaïda and Taylor destabilize West Africa New York (the United Nations) - terrorist organization Al-Qaïda is active in West Africa and supports in particular activities of destabilization of the area to which the bast former president Charles Taylor delivers itself, affirmed Tuesday of the members of the special Court for Sierra Leone. The principal target of these activities of destabilization is Guinea where an attempted murder of president Lansana Conte already took place last January, in which Charles Taylor was implied, Al White affirmed, principal investigator of the Court, at the time of a press conference to the head...
  • U.S. House Race Predictions

    10/31/2004 1:04:56 PM PST · by Clintonfatigued · 41 replies · 2,930+ views
    October 31, 2004
    Colorado District 3: state Rep. Ken Salazar will defeat Greg Walcher, whose past support for transferring water from Western Slope to Denver is an Achilles Heel in this drought-plagued district. Dem. Pickup. Illinois District 8: Congressman Phil Crane has been caught napping, and the collapse of the Illinois G.O.P. will combine to elect Melissa Bean. Dem. Pickup. Kansas Distrcit 3: In a minor surprise, conservative Kris Kobach will very narrowly defeat Congressman Dennis Moore. A recount is possible. Rep. Pickup. Louisiana District 7: There will be a runoff between Lafayette surgeon Charles Boustany and Lake Charles state Senator Willie Mount,...
  • NC: Keever, Taylor tied in NC-11 [Congressional race]

    10/23/2004 2:47:00 PM PDT · by Mike Fieschko · 14 replies · 386+ views
    Political State Report ^ | Oct 22, 2004 | unknown
    A recent poll conducted by the Asheville Center for Social Research at the University of North Carolina at Asheville shows that Charles Taylor, the Republican incumbent who has been beleaguered by a corruption and fraud scandal involving a local bank, is in a dead heat with his Democratic challenger, Patsy Keever. Though both candidates have been running campaigns that have ignored policy details, the Keever campaign has recently run several ads leveling specific criticisms against Taylor. Keever herself has also travelled widely throughout the district to speak with residents in unplanned, informal forums. No face-to-face debate has taken place between...
  • Al-Qaeda bought diamonds ahead of Sept. 11 attacks, UN investigators told

    08/07/2004 11:52:02 AM PDT · by knighthawk · 12 replies · 917+ views
    myTELUS ^ | August 07 2004 | The Canadian Press
    DAKAR, Senegal (AP) - A series of witnesses place six top al-Qaida fugitives in Africa buying up diamonds in the run-up to the Sept. 11 attacks, according to a confidential report by UN-backed prosecutors obtained by The Associated Press. The first-person accounts detailed by the prosecutors add to long-standing claims that al-Qaida laundered millions of dollars in terror funds through African diamonds before launching its deadliest offensive. Al-Qaida figures, including some already wanted in pre-Sept. 11 attacks on U.S. targets, dealt directly with then-president Charles Taylor and other leaders and warlords in the West African country of Liberia from 1999...
  • Special Court Rules Out Charles Taylor's Arrest

    07/19/2004 1:31:34 AM PDT · by Stoat · 3 replies · 442+ views
    AllAfrica.com ^ | July 16, 2004
    Special Court Registrar, Robin Vincent has said that though a prepared cell awaits the arrival of former Liberian President, Charles Taylor to Freetown, the Court will not allow Taylor into its detention facility until it is proven that he was not brought in through illegitimate means. Speaking to journalists at UNMIL's Headquarters in Monrovia at the end of his two days visit to that country, Vincent said they have no plans to snatch Taylor from his hiding in Calabar, Nigeria. He however stressed that a Red Alert has been issued by Interpol to get Taylor and he encouraged the Nigerian...
  • Congress Told of Terrorist Links to Diamond Trade in West Africa (Al Qaeda and Charles Taylor)

    04/12/2004 6:51:38 AM PDT · by dead · 7 replies · 732+ views
    AllAfrica.com ^ | April 9, 2004 | Jim Fisher-Thompson
    W. Post reporter says Liberia's Taylor protected Al Qaeda, Hezbollah activities Washington Post Reporter Douglas Farah told the House Africa Subcommittee April 2 that two of the world's most violent terrorist networks -- al Qaeda and Hezbollah -- "have an interest in the regional diamond trade [in West Africa] that extends at least back to the mid-1990s." The illicit trade in what are called "blood diamonds" -- because they are used to purchase arms that fuel conflicts -- came naturally to West Africa, where instability and weak governments have long attracted criminals and terrorists, Farah told Subcommittee Chairman Ed Royce...