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  Latortue's disturbing legacy
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Last EditedRP  Sep 07, 2006 04:45pm
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MediaNewspaper - Centre Daily Times (PA)
News DateThursday, September 7, 2006 10:00:00 PM UTC0:0
DescriptionOn Feb. 29, 2004, former President Jean-Bertrand Aristide was forcibly removed from Haiti by the Bush administration. Several days later, Gerard Latortue was airlifted into Haiti and named the prime minister with barely a fig-leaf as a process. Latortue was a radio announcer in Boca Raton.

His major qualification, as with many Iraqi advisors to the Bush administration, was his strong ties to the U.S. intelligence community and neoconservatives in the White House. Having fed the administration what it wanted to hear about how unpopular and dictatorial Aristide was in Haiti -- similar to the disinformation campaign waged by Ahmed Chalabi regarding Iraq -- the unqualified Latortue was rewarded by being anointed prime minister.

The Lancet report, however, confirms everyone's worst suspicions. It concludes that in the 22 months after Aristide's removal there were 8,000 murders and 35,000 sexual assaults in the greater Port-au-Prince area alone. More than 50 percent of these murders were attributed to anti-Aristide and anti-Lavalas factions including armed anti-Lavalas groups, demobilized army members and government security forces.
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