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#3748: Re: Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) (fwd)
From: kevin pina <email@example.com>
Benjamin Gilman (R-NY) recently wrote to Aristide, joining NCHR and Amnesty
International, in calling on the former president to address his followers
to "renounce violence." A little background is in order so that we might
understand the context of any statements he makes regarding the outcome of
Haiti's elections. From this backgrounder, courtesy of the Heritage
Foundation, we can see that Gilman has served as a Republican point man in
Congress for the attempt to link Aristide, Preval, and Lavalas with
political assassinations in Haiti.
I am looking for full transcripts.
Clinton: Unable to Stop the Killing.
On September 24, 1996, White House counsel Jack Quinn notified
Representative Benjamin Gilman (R-NY), Chairman of the House Committee on
International Relations, that President Clinton had invoked executive
privilege to deny a request for key documents that might shed some light on
whether the Administration has tried to conceal the fact that U.S. officials
have known since early 1995 that ''death squads'' loyal to Aristide are
operating out of the presidential palace. Representative Gilman says that
the Clinton Administration ''has been aware since early 1995 that
death-squads were operating under the direction of top security aides to
2 News release, "Statement of Chairman Benjamin A. Gilman, Full Committee
Hearing on Administration Action and Political Murders in Haiti: Part II,"
Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives,
September 27, 1996.
Stuck in Haiti.
Prominent Members of Congress suspect that the Clinton Administration is
misleading both Congress and the American people about Haiti. Congressional
efforts to overcome the Administration's stonewalling on Haiti should be
intensified. In an October 22, 1996, press release issued by the House
International Relations Committee, Representative Gilman said that ''Enough
evidence exists to justify a further inquiry into the possible existence of
a conspiracy to withhold this information from Congress.'' 3
3 News release, "Gilman Releases Staff Report on Political Killings in
Haiti," Committee on International Relations, U.S. House of Representatives,
October 22, 1996.
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