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Episode 2 police and protests: -tony
Episode 3 Guest Preacher: -Alyssa Kopf
Episode 4 John Hickenlooper and the CCMEP: -tony
Episode 5 The Peace Candidate: Guest Preacher, Sunny Dawn Freeman Genz
Episode 6 Stomping on Haiti: Guest Preacher, Gary Swing
Episode 7 Advice to an 18 year old: -tony
Episode 8 Deep in the Heart of a Red State: -librarytroll
Episode 9 Statement on Ward Churchill: -Breakdown Book Collective
Episode 10 9/11: The Pearl Harbor of the 21st Century?: - Gary Swing
Episode 11 Don't Have a Cow, Man: - Gary Swing
Episode 12 When Clinton Lied, Yugoslavia Died: - Gary Swing
Episode 13 Why I support Ron Paul (and Hitler) - Tony Shawcross
Episode 14 Obama is Evil - Gary Swing

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Episode 6: Stomping on Haiti: -Guest Preacher: Gary Swing

In George Orwell's novel 1984, a torturer in the Ministry of Love said: "If you want a picture of the future, imagine a boot stomping on a human face - forever." This is also an apt description of American foreign policy towards Haiti and many other Third World nations.

In 1959, theUnited States military trained the troops of dictator Francois "Papa Doc" Duvalier and suppressed a rebellion. The U.S. government backed the Duvalier family dictatorship in Haiti for thirty years, and then opposed the reformist priest and opposition leader Jean-Bertrand Aristide. During that time, the CIA was closely allied with Haitian death squads, torturers, and cocaine traffickers.

Jean Claude "Baby Doc" Duvalier's inherited dictatorship ended in 1986 and Haiti held its first democratic election in 1987. U.S. aid organizations branded the entire political left as "communist" while the CIA covertly aided right-wing candidates. The Reagan Administration transferred some of the CIA's covert political destabilization operations to a new organization called the National Endowment for Democracy (NED). Like George Orwell's "Ministry of Peace" which wages war, the NED's mission is exactly the opposite of its name. Since the late 1990s, the NED has been subverting Haitian elections by aiding right-wing groups opposed to Aristide's progressive ideology.

After President Aristide was deposed by a military coup in 1991, the Clinton Administration took the public posture of favoring Aristide's return to power as the democratically elected head of state. TheU.S. military restored Aristide to the presidency in 1994 under an agreement that imposed U.S.-dictated economic policies, blocking Aristide's poverty relief programs, while guaranteeing that U.S. troops would be stationed in Haiti for the remainder of his term. The U.S. military then seized about 160,000 documents, photographs, audio and videotapes with evidence of crimes committed by Haitian military and paramilitary organizations. The U.S. refused to return this evidence to Haitian legal authorities that sought to prosecute human rights violators. Many of these torturers and death squad leaders have been harbored by the United States. Most notably, this includes:

Luckner Cambrone, who was Haiti's minister of the interior and defense under Papa Doc Duvalier and an advisor to Baby Doc Duvalier.

Army Lt. Col. Paul Samuel Jeremie. After Baby Doc abdicated in 1986, Jeremie was convicted of torturing Duvalier opponents and sentenced to 15 years in prison. He escaped in 1988.

General Prosper Avril, another Haitian dictator who tortured opposition activists. TheU.S. government brought him to Florida after he was ousted in 1990.

Colonel Carl Dorelian also retired to sunnyFlorida after his successful military death squad campaign of murder, rape, kidnapping and torture exterminated 5,000 Haitian civilians.

Emmanuel Constant, who was paid by the CIA while he headed the paramilitary death squad FRAPH, which terrorized poor neighborhoods with murder, torture, mutilation by machete, and arson raids after the 1991 coup against Artistide. He settled inNew York. The State Department refused to extradite him.

The U.S. also transported Baby Doc Duvalier to a safe haven.

Michel Francois, the third highest official in the Haitian military government of 1991-1994, was a major cocaine trafficker. He was part of an organization called the National Intelligence Service, created by the CIA ostensibly to "fight the cocaine trade." The DEA regularly shared intelligence with Francois regarding drug smuggling operations inHaiti.

With "Baby Doc" Bush occupying the White House, it should come as no surprise that Haitian President Aristide has once again been deposed in a coup by remnants of the former U.S. backed death squads.

Gary Swing, Thought Criminal 3-5-2004

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