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Haiti: Uncovering U.S. Involvement in Aristide Coup
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9 April 2009
By Judith Scherr

A congressional bill that would create a truth commission to explore the U.S. role in the 2004 regime change in Haiti is languishing in the House Foreign Affairs Committee with only 12 co-sponsors. But Rep. Barbara Lees (D-Calif.) H.R. 331 has sparked hope among some Haitians who think the bill might pass under a friendly Obama administration and bring needed change to the indebted island nation ...

Aristide left the country with our assistance, which he requested, Mari Tolliver, spokesperson for the U.S. Embassy in Haiti, told In These Times in August. (Karl Duckworth, spokesperson for the State Department, said that he could not comment on the U.S. role in Aristides departure, as the Obama State Department is doing a complete evaluation of all the areas to see where we will be on issues.)

Aristide tells a different story. He says that a rag-tag band of some 200 rebels strong-armed poorly equipped police stations in several Haitian towns, but posed no threat to the capital, the president or the central government. Aristide says American officials forced him to board a plane whose destination was unknown ...

TransAfrica Forums Lee puts it this way: When Aristide was removed, water projects stopped, education projects stopped, healthcare clinics shut down. It wasnt just about removing a leader, it was about destroying a real democracy. And that really needs to be accounted for.
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