WASHINGTON, D.C. (sentinel.ht) – When asked, why hasn’t the United States and the Washington-based Organization of American States (OAS) not addressed the electoral crisis in Haiti, that American taxpayers are funding, the U.S. envoy to Haiti, Kenneth Merten, responded, curtly, “this is a Haitian election.” Merten’s response was not only false, in its true sense, but gets to the heart of the bigoted, prejudicial and racist, disposition left for U.S. diplomats to use when explaining the policies and chaos set by Hillary Clinton during her time at the State Department.
Kenneth Merten’s comments were made in the Tico Times while he was at an event on November 23, 2015 in Washington, D.C.. The supposedly tactful diplomat, who leads the envoy to Haiti at the State Department, could have chosen better words for his response but the intent was racially-driven. He wanted to get across that, “this is a ‘Haitian’ election”, this is an election for savages, these are people not deserving of democracy, transparency, much less, a right to choose their leaders, as they are so protesting and dying for almost daily. So why should the U.S. involve itself in this chaos, why should you even care?
Merten aimed to engender deep-rooted feelings of misunderstanding and ignorance about Haiti and Haitians. It will not take a keen ear to note that from now on, provoking an ‘innocent racism’, “the soft bigotry of low expectations”, will be used by U.S. diplomats and officials in order to defend the indefensible acts of the past five years. And perhaps what’s most striking about the statement of Kenneth Merten, the former U.S. Ambassador to Haiti (2009-2012), appointed by then-Secretary of State, Hillary Rodham Clinton, is, if the other meaning of his statement is to be taken, then he is not being truthful.
The truth is, the U.S. is unnecessarily funding Haiti’s elections, entirely, and Merten, along with many staff, ambassadors, diplomats, of the State Department and Embassy in the country, are in constant meetings with political actors, pulling the strings and spending much of hardworking Americans’ money to fulfill the ends of the United States, particularly, Hillary Clinton. To deny the U.S. influence of money and power in this small island nation, as Merten would have hoped to do with his statement, would be naïve, to say the least.
Why are these the United States’ elections and not Haiti’s?
The U.S. is funding Haiti’s elections on the order of more than $30 million from its taxpayers. That’s the official, cash money, figure given by the U.S. Embassy, but The Sentinel estimates the cost to the U.S. taxpayer to be upwards $50 million, including resources and personnel.
Even if the elections had only costed $30 million, that official cash money price being circulated by the embassy, that is nearly four times the cost of far better elections in third world countries allover the world.
In fact, nations like Burkina Faso, Rwanda and like nations, in population and circumstances, in Africa or elsewhere, whether they had recently endured major political crises or not, have been and are organizing elections, including this year, that don’t cost more than $8 million. And in these countries’ elections, voters cast ballots in favorable conditions, peace, and transparency. Their results are known within three days or less. The standards for their elections are up to par of acceptable international standards for transparency, fairness and overall public confidence.
But in Haiti, where American taxpayers are paying exponentially more than those previously mentioned, voters cast ballots in the most deplorable conditions, under violence, voter intimidation. Results take weeks, the standards, according to two nation and international law and bar associations in the United States, fall far short of standards for transparency, fairness and overall public confidence.
All of this is taking place under a U.S.-propped-up and backed totalitarian regime by a vulgar, immoral, admitted crack user, president named Michel “Sweet Micky” Martelly.
In Haiti, the nine-member Provisional Electoral Council (CEP), the U.S. Embassy and allied diplomats, call these circumstances “acceptable”, literally, while tens of thousands protest for their lives against it.
One must ask themselves, where are these tens of millions of windfall money for these cheaply-held elections going? One would safely assume that the more than $20 million windfall is going towards paying bribes, feed corruption, sponsor terrorism and continue to make this “electoral coup d’etat”, as it is being dubbed by Haitians, “acceptable”.
U.S. diplomats are constantly in secret closed-door meetings with the Haitian National Palace, government officials, electoral councilors, parties and candidates. It is not possible, in Haiti, that the lowliest U.S. diplomat could speak against these violations of Haitian democracy and its Constitution, and for even the Haitian president, himself, to say something different. It’s unconscionable.
Haiti is totally the United States’ show, with handsomely paid Haitian officials doing its bidding – like some of the nine electoral councilors who are now building multi-million dollar homes, and like the politicized police forces, United Nations soldiers, who are being used as tools of repression.
What exactly are U.S. taxpayers funding in neighboring Haiti?
Totalitarianism, violence, fraud and suppression.
The CEP, itself, cited the political party of President Michel Martelly, Parti Haitien Tet Kale (PHTK), as the most responsible for violence during the August 9, 2015, first round of legislative elections. Human rights organizations and election observers reported that PHTK and its ally parties, Bouclier, AAA and KID (of de facto Prime Minister Evans Paul), were the most responsible for violence during the campaign in the lead-up to August 9. Yet still, despite overwhelming public pressure to do so, the CEP took no action against these parties for their crimes. Allegations of electoral councilors receiving large sums of money began at this time.
One electoral councilor, the one who benefited with the most public crediblity, did resign after the August 9, 2015 elections, citing his “respect for the vote of all Haitians” and that his continuance in the CEP “would be to continue in illegality.” He resigned on September 30, 2015 and hearing of this, Secretary of State John Kerry immediately made a previously unscheduled stop in Haiti. In Haiti, Kerry’s sat with the totalitarian regime and met with no representatives of the opposition. He declared that the electoral process, must continue, as is. If it were not for pressure placed by 61 members of congress, who demanded that no violence or intimidation be permitted in the next round, violence would have ruled the day in the second-round of elections on October 25 again.
But something not so peculiar happened in the absence of the violence of two months prior. What happened would possibly expose the role of the United Nations, a mafioso gang of diplomats calling themselves the “Core Group”, which includes the United States Ambassador, involved in the largest electoral fraud operation in the history of this hemisphere. The clear and appreciated absence of violence in the October 25, 2015 elections, placed pressure on the totalitarian regime to not engage in violence and intimidation tactics, it had to manage a different way.
The October 25, 2015 first round of presidential elections and second round of legislative elections, saw in its first couple of hours, government officials and persons tied to the aforementioned ally parties of the regime, arrested for electoral fraud. Several police reports came in early in the morning of the vote. They were arrested, found with multiple identification cards, sensitive election materials in their possession, some were arrested for engaging in illegal actions while in the capacity of officials charged over voting centers. Those committing fraud and serving PHTK candidates, at least, police had not reported any arrests. But all those arrested that day were released, without questioning, without being booked, before the final votes were cast at 4 pm when polls closed.
Accusations that the ruling party had a much larger operation of fraud were launched the morning after. The United Nations is accused of being implicated in the fraud by three candidates under PHTK, yes, the ruling party. One of the candidates had won his reelection handily. Deputy A. Rodon Bien-Aime alleged that the UN’s Office of Project Services (UNOPS) Director, Sylvain Coté, is responsible of conspiring with a dubious Mexican firm called OstosSola which was hired by the regime. There were accusations from those claiming to be eyewitnesses to minting presses for the production election materials, a multiple voting scheme and ballot box stuffing that included the participation of ambulances, a role suspicions include the Ministry of Health and Population.
In the days following the elections ballots and sensitive election materials were uncovered burned, destroyed and not secure. The CEP repeated an online track that was being circulated by PHTK that said election ballots were no longer important. The institution officially set this standard on November 13, 2015, essentially precluding the possibility of a recount.
An electoral tribunal did allow, during the contestation period, some political parties and observers to randomly select 78 tally sheets from the more than 13,000 tally sheets that existed for the elections. They were allowed to review them and found all 100% of the sample 78 tally sheets to be fraudulent. The National Bureau of Electoral Disputes (BCEN) tribunal also judged with the parties the 78 tally sheets were fraudulent and sent them to the Vote Tabulation Center (CTV) to be removed. This was cause for further investigation and proved the claims of protesters and those claiming of a massive fraud operation. 8 presidential candidates wrote the CEP several times to allow an independent commission to verify the vote but it rejected those requests.
The CEP released the official results on November 25, 2015 and placed the ruling party candidate in the first place position with 33%. PHTK’s Jovenel Moïse, an unknown 3 months prior would be going on into the presidential runoff elections and since protests have been steadily intensifying. Exit polls taken on the day of the vote reveal that only 6% of voters say they voted for Jovenel Moïse which would have place him in fourth place and inelgible.
The CEP took no action for those who committed and benefit from the violence of the August 9, 2015 legislative elections where PHTK took the most seats. For the second leg, it is stonewalling a request by Haitian citizens that seems a minimum, transparency. Tens of thousands are in the streets, nearly daily, giving blood, some their lives, as they trying to contain their rage in these protests, as they are being repressed by a politicized police force. A sitting-senator and a former senator, both presidential candidates, have been shot in the face with rubber bullets by police in these protests.
The people are protesting just for transparency, the nine-member electoral council is brazen, and pushing forward. The United States’ supreme financial and political power can resolve this, but the Clinton’s are creating it, and U.S. taxpayers are funding it.
Haiti can pay for its elections
Throughout Haiti’s history, only one National Carnival was held per year. Sometimes two, but more often one. In the past four years, three to four National Carnivals and like events have been held each year at a cost of about $10 million each. Even with $11 billion pledged to it for reconstruction after the 2010 earthquake and the same amount of foreign aid coming into the country, the Martelly regime managed to rack up the largest debt in Haitian history, more than $3 billion.
The majority of this debt is owed to Venezuela through the PetroCaribe program that Haiti entered into in late 2008. Through this program, Haiti’s budget, money it has control over, more than doubled and President Michel Martelly is the first Haitian president to benefit from this program at the start of his term. It is important to note that in 2010, Venezuela, along with all other creditors of Haiti, wiped the country’s debt clean, meaning, Martelly began his term with zero debt. $3 billion of debt, four times more carnivals per year, massive expenses paid towards trips and luxuries, and no elections.
The United States did not put pressure on the Martelly regime to get elections done. Rather, from 2011, through 2012, through 2013, through 2014, through 2015, as Haitians protested in the tens of thousands for the fundamental right that an election brings, the U.S. stood steadfastly with Martelly, and in completely inappropriate fashion, according to the Geneva Conventions regarding Relations Between States. The United States supported the Martelly regimes moves.
The U.S. could have pulled its ambassador from Haiti when it saw that all local and government officials would be losing their mandates at the end of 2011, but didn’t. The Martelly National Palace hand-picked appointees to local government posts such as mayors and commissioners, or left those seats vacant; a violation of the Haitian Constitution.
The United States did not pull its ambassador from Haiti when the Haitian Parliament lost a third of its Senators on May 8, 2012. Rather, less than a week later, U.S. Ambassador Pamela White was in shades and a sun hat attending the second year of Martelly’s reign in office. It was a lavish affair on May 14, 2015, one of four national carnivals of that year. It was a message, the U.S. ambassador partying with the administration while days earlier ten senators’ mandates ended that would make legislative actions impossible due to the difficulty of meeting the quorum and the technical incapability of obtaining a two-thirds vote; needed for many serious matters, such as keeping administration officials in check and balance.
The United States did not pull its ambassador from Haiti when a second third of the Senate, and all 99 members of the lower house, the Chamber of Deputies, lost their mandates on January 12, 2015, on the fifth anniversary of the earthquake. Haitians had been protesting massively in the lead-up to each of these days, and this fateful day. Had the U.S. taken neutral position on these matters, Haitians would have forced the Martelly administration to organize elections but that was not the U.S.’s position. It’s position was to stand, steadfast, with the regime in not organizing elections, and stand steadfast with Martelly, as a totalitarian, as he violently, fraudulently steals an electoral mascarade at then end of his term.
Clinton hands all over this
Andrea Mitchell of NBC sought desperately earlier this year to pass on a Clinton campaign message that she was not involved in Haiti. The Haiti situation is an “Obama priority”, this is what the campaign said but that’s not true and coming from anyone familiar with the Clinton record, they should know better.
As the first black nation, first free nation, Obama’s legacy will be tainted on the Haiti issue and in years to come will affect its overall luster. But it is mitigated. President Barack Obama is not directly responsible in the least bit, he phoned-in Haiti to the Clintons. He felt beholden to Bill and Hillary for his two campaign victories and they honeymooned there. Truly, it is hard to blame him for thinking they could strengthen relations with this country but he was hoodwinked. His foreign policy record has taken historical blows. His fault will lie in little to no action, not for prioritizing and screwing up.
The last time, a U.S. president made that critical decision of putting U.S. boots in another country, and that country being Haiti, that was President Bill Clinton in 1994. This was the first time U.S. Marines were in Haiti since the 1915 occupation.
The United Nations Office for Project Services (UNOPS) controlled election logistics procedures in these 2015 elections and is accused of participating in a massive and wide-ranging fraud operation. Bill Clinton is the Head of the United Nations Envoy to Haiti.
Billions of dollars for reconstruction after the January 12, 2010 earthquake were managed by Bill Clinton. He is accused in Clinton Cash of managing the no-bid contracts of limited transparency to friends and donors of the Bill, Hillary and Chelsea Clinton Foundation. Many of whom, big donors to Hillary’s presidential campaign and super PACs. Hillary Clinton’s brother recently obtained gold-mining interests in Haiti. The first in decades.
They are “The King and Queen of Haiti” as dubbed by long-time Haiti observer, former AP journalist and writer, Jonathan Katz. “There’s no country that more clearly illustrates the confusing nexus of Hillary Clinton’s State Department and Bill Clinton’s foundation than Haiti-America’s poorest neighbor”, he wrote in Politico. Obama has been overshadowed on foreign policy by the Clintons and Haiti is that clearest illustration.
What has Hillary done in Haiti?
From 2010 to today, Haiti went from a democracy, with roughly 5,000 elected officials nationwide and at every level of government, to, today, a totalitarian regime, with only one man, President Michel Martelly, ruling by decree and dictation. From Martelly’s accession to power in 2010, to where Haiti is today, it has not been by mistake, mishap, or misunderstanding.
In 2010, it was the Clinton State Department that single-handedly changed Haiti’s election results to bring the raunchy, vulgar, musician, Michel Martelly, to power. Through the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), U.S. taxpayers sponsored terrorism in the country. They paid $100,000 to Mouvement Tet Kale (MTK), a completely political organization that held the most violent of protests in more than a decade in the country. The ends, in order for Secretary Clinton to travel to Haiti and justify bringing the fourth place candidate, Martelly, into second place, the second-round runoff elections, and eventually, the presidency.
Michel Martelly has withheld elections, set conditions impossible for elections, and even as tens of thousands protested in the streets of Haiti for elections to be held, the United States stood stead fast with Martelly’s plans.
Before becoming president, Martelly has said, in at least two occasions, publicly, that his intention was to destroy the country’s parliament, the people’s house. And the United States, with Hillary Clinton as Secretary of State, backed this up.
He told the Miami New Times in 1994, “‘First thing, after I establish my power, which would be very strong and necessary, I would close that congress thing. La chambre des deputes (the Lower House of Parliament). Le senat (the Upper House, Senate).’ He claps his hands. ‘Out of my way.’ For the first year he would outlaw all strikes and demonstrations.” Martelly also made a very, clear statement on the campaign trail in 2010, saying “I would do away with the Congress”, speaking of the Haitian legislature.
Martelly has accomplished this mission and even after doing so, on the fifth anniversary of the January 12, 2010, earthquake this year, he received the U.S. Ambassador to Haiti, the U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Security Council, into the country who stood along side him to legitimize his rule as a totalitarian.
Secretary of State John Kerry is carrying the baton for Hillary Clinton. Although Michel Martelly is part of a group Kerry once called “thugs” in a 1994 Op-Ed in the New York Times called “Make Haiti’s Thugs Tremble“, he continues to support them today, believing that the unraveling of what is going on in Haiti would be much detrimental to Hillary’s presidential hopes, understanding that it would be much more detrimental to his credibility to deal with crises in Syria and the Middle East. Much more than leaving that poor country called Haiti in a perpetual state of crisis. They’re ‘Haitians’.