Thursday, April 08, 2004

U.S.: Investigation Into Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) Ties With Aristide Called For.

Pampa...Le...Le...Trouble Brewin'...foh Maxine Waters ahhn deh CBC!

I really hope this proposed investigation runs the gauntlet.
It should be as illuminating to watch the political fallout from this unfold, as it will no-doubt be in seeing which news organizations even bother to filter it through to us peons - unless of course they are forced to by the "blogsphere".

Who knows? Maybe it will dampen some of the more venomous accusations billowing forth from the left...i.e Ted Kennedy's liver

Group Calls for Investigation of Congressional Black Caucus
By Jeff Gannon
Talon News
April 8, 2004

(Talon News) -- An African-American group is calling for an investigation into the relationship between the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) and deposed Haitian leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide.

The Brotherhood Organization for a New Destiny (BOND), a family-focused, community-based organization in Los Angeles founded by Reverend Jesse Lee Peterson, issued a letter to Rep. Joel Hefley (R-CO), Chairman of the U.S. House of Representative's Committee on Standards of Official Conduct, asking for a formal investigation of the legislative caucus.


BOND'S letter says, "We are seriously concerned about the inflammatory language and tone of these accusations. By misinterpreting the truth about what happened in the last hours before 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."

The group finds it is especially troubling that Waters is actively lobbying for Aristide. It believes she is knowingly fomenting hostility towards U.S. and Haitian officials and calls her conduct "irresponsible behavior -- especially post 9-11."

BOND says, "We find it disturbing that the Congressional Black Caucus is backing a corrupt and brutal dictator like Aristide. Over the past decade the U.S. has sent nearly $1 Billion in aid to Haiti. Yet, Haiti is still the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. About 65% of Haitians cannot read. Up until his last days in office, allegations of corruption and drug smuggling were swirling around Aristide."

The group also says, "We believe it is irresponsible and offensive that CBC members, under the guise of representing the American public's interest, are doing the bidding for a man whom most Haitians despise; a man with a documented history of violence."

BOND's letter points out that within the past seven weeks Waters made several trips to Haiti and accompanied Aristide to Jamaica against the advice of the White House.

The group is questioning the nature of the relationship between CBC members and Aristide. It also asks whether CBC members, their families, or friends have business interest in Haiti.

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