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|Posted Thursday, April 8, 2004|
|Investigate them all|
|April 1, 2004|
|Mr. Joel Hefley, 5th C-Chairman|
|Committee on Standards of Official Conduct|
|HT-2, The Capitol|
|U.S. House of Representatives|
|Washington, D.C. 20515|
|Dear Mr. Hefley:|
As concerned citizens of these United States of America, we are asking that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigate members of the Congressional Black Caucus (CBC) for their suspicious activities as they relate to the resignation of former Haitian President Jean-Bertrand Aristide.
Several weeks ago, key members of the Congressional Black Caucus accused the White House and State Department officials of orchestrating the forced resignation of Mr. Aristide. These lawmakers are demanding conclusive evidence that Mr. Aristide was not forced out of office.
Rep. Maxine Waters (D-Calif.) and Charles Rangel (D-NY) have taken the lead in calling for a congressional investigation into the circumstances of Mr. Aristides departure.
Rep. Maxine Waters also accused Undersecretary of State for Latin America Roger Noriegawhom she called a Haiti-haterof being behind the troubles there. The way I see it is they came to his house, uninvited, Waters said. She added, They had not only the force of the embassy but the Marines with them. They made it clear that he had to go now or he would be killed.
Other CBC members have also stated that they believe Mr. Aristide was kidnapped. Rep. Major Owens (D-NY) said that, . this [Aristides departure] was a terrorist takeover.
White House officials called the allegations that the former Haitian leader was kidnapped absurd and nonsense. Secretary of State Colin Powell stated that, He [Aristide] was not kidnapped, and that the claims were baseless and unfounded.
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.
It is especially troubling that Rep. Waters is actively lobbying for Aristide and knowingly fomenting hostility towards U.S. and Haitian officials. This is irresponsible behaviorespecially post 9-11.
Committee on Standards of Official Conduct Page 2 April 1, 2004
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.
We believe it is irresponsible and offensive that CBC members, under the guise of representing the American publics interest, are doing the bidding for a man whom most Haitians despise; a man with a documented history of violence.
Therefore, we are asking that the Committee on Standards of Official Conduct investigate Rep. Maxine Waters and other members of the CBC who have had an ongoing relationship with Aristide and Haiti.
Within the past 7 weeks Rep. Waters has made several trips to Haiti. She even accompanied Mr. Aristide to Jamaica on Monday (3/15/04)against the advice of the White House. Wed like to know by what authority does a United States Congresswoman chaperone a deposed foreign dictator?
There appears to be something terribly wrong with the actions of these officials. We would like to know the truth about why our representatives are so involved with a foreign dictator to the point of lying and turning on their own fellow U.S. officials. We would like to know the following: Why are CBC members opposed to Aristides resignation?
Thank you in advance for your immediate attention to this serious matter of public concern. My office will call you in the next week or so to follow up with our request. Should you have any questions for me, or need any additional information, I can be reached at (323) 782-1980.
Rev. Jesse Lee Peterson Founder/ President
cc: U.S. Department of State, U.S. Department of Justice, Speaker J. Dennis Hastert, Senate Majority Leader William H. Frist, Project 21, National Center for Public Policy Research, Haiti Observateur, Congress of Racial Equality, Judicial Watch
Points of Contact: Mr. Joel Hefley, 5th C-Chairman Committee on Standards of Official Conduct HT-2, The Capitol U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Tel: 202-225-7103 Tel: 202-225-4422 Fax: 202-225-1942
CBC Chair, Elijah E. Cummings 1632 Longworth H.O.B. Washington, D.C. 20515 Phone: 202-225-4741 Fax: 202-225-3178
Congresswoman Maxine Waters 2344 Rayburn House Office Building Washington, D.C. 20515 202-225-2201 phone 202-225-7854 fax
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