Democracy Now! | Haiti’s Lawyer: U.S. Is Arming Anti-Aristide Paramilitaries: “The US lawyer representing the government of Haiti charged today that the US government is directly involved in a military coup attempt against the country’s democratically elected President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide. Ira Kurzban, the Miami-based attorney who has served as General Counsel to the Haitian government since 1991, said that the paramilitaries fighting to overthrow Aristide are being backed by Washington.

‘I believe that this is a group that is armed by, trained by, and employed by the intelligence services of the United States,’ Kurzban told the national radio and TV program Democracy Now!. ‘This is clearly a military operation, and it’s a military coup.’

‘There’s enough indications from our point of view, at least from my point of view, that the United States certainly knew what was coming about two weeks before this military operation started,’ Kurzban said. ‘The United States made contingency plans for Guantanamo.’ “

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