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Focus on Haiti: Washington's Militarized Takeover

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It's how Washington always treated Haitians since they began arriving over 50 years ago to escape repression, only to be treated abusively once here.

Today, sick and dying Haitians are denied visas for emergency medical treatment and those with them can't leave. On January 19, the Miami Herald reported that commercial flights from Haiti are banned because checks can't screen out potential terrorists, a policy applying to Haitians, not US citizens or others allowed to depart.

Abducting Haitian Children

Noted international law and human rights expert Professor Francis Boyle reports the following:

"The USA is stealing the alleged 'orphans' of Haiti, taking them away from their families. Haiti is currently being occupied by the United States....Obama basically told Preval he was taking over the country, and Preval said OK -- no choice in the matter" as Washington does what it pleases, especially against defenseless countries like Haiti.

"....the Fourth Geneva Convention applies to this situation. It clearly states in Article 2:

'The Convention shall also apply to all cases of partial or total occupation of the territory of a High Contracting Party, even if the said occupation meets with no armed resistance.' "

Under Fourth Geneva, Haitian "orphans are protected persons under the terms of the (Convention). Hence, they cannot be moved from Haiti for any reason. To do so is a serious war crime."

Boyle added that Defense Secretary Gates said America won't police Haiti. However, under Fourth Geneva, occupying the country and displacing its sitting government (even in weakened form) is precisely what Washington is doing.

On January 19, The New York Times headlined, "53 Haitian Orphans Are Airlifted to US," then explained that some Haitian orphanages "are fronts for traffickers who buy children from their parents and sell them to couples in other countries." Now profiteers are stealing them.

According to UNICEF spokesperson Christopher de Bono:

"In orphanages in Haiti, there are an awful lot of children who are not orphans."

According to UNICEF adviser Jean Luc Legrand, children are also missing from hospitals.

"We have documented around 15 cases of children disappearing from hospitals and not with their own family at the time. UNICEF has been working in Haiti for many years and we knew the problem with the trade of children....that existed beforehand. Unfortunately, many of the....networks have links with the international adoption market."

Fast-track adoptions are proceeding in Belgium, Canada, France, Germany, the Netherlands, Spain, and America.

They're victims of child-traffickers, now aided by Homeland Security's January 18 announced policy of waiving visa requirements on humanitarian grounds for Haitian children approved for adoption, or perhaps abducted to be sold for profit, never to see their parents again or know if they're alive. DHS is facilitating a crime, a practice it's expert at targeting Latino immigrants, including documented US citizens.

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Thank you , Stephen. I can't add anything more to ... by Raffie Azariel on Monday, Jan 25, 2010 at 5:58:45 PM