investigation into the lawyer who claims to represent them: "The police in El Salvador have begun an investigation into whether a man suspected of leading a trafficking ring involving Central American and Caribbean women and girls is also a legal adviser to the Americans charged with trying to take 33 children out of Haiti without permission.
When the judge presiding over the Haitian case learned on Thursday of the investigation in El Salvador, he said he would begin his own inquiry of the adviser, a Dominican man who was in the judge’s chambers days before."
A previous lawyer had been dismissed for trying to bribe officials to let the Americans out of prison. The new advisor, Jorge Puello, evidently contacted the Baptist church and lawyers for the defendents and offered his services "for free." But he asked, and received, $12.000 to provide for transportation back home once they were released. He then asked for $36,000 more to pay unidentified local lawyers supposedly working on the case.
“I’m president of the Sephardic Jewish community in the Dominican Republic, I help people in this kind of situation. We’re not going to charge these people a dime.”
"The head of the Salvadoran border police, Commissioner Jorge Callejas, said in a telephone interview that he was investigating accusations that a man with a Dominican passport that identified him as Jorge Anibal Torres Puello led a human trafficking ring that recruited Dominican women and under-age Nicaraguan girls by offering them jobs and then putting them to work as prostitutes in El Salvador.
Mr. Puello said he did not even have a passport. When Mr. Callejas was shown a photograph taken in Haiti of Mr. Puello, Mr. Callejas said he thought it showed the man he was seeking. He said he would try to arrest Mr. Puello on suspicion of luring women into prostitution and taking explicit photographs of them that were then posted on Internet sites. “It’s him, the same beard and face,” Mr. Callejas said in an interview on Thursday. “It has to be him.”
Judge Saint-Vil also said he thought that the photo of the trafficking suspect in a Salvadoran police file appeared to be the same man he had met in court. He said he intended to begin his own investigation into whether a trafficking suspect had been working with the Americans detained in Haiti.
“I was skeptical of him because he arrived with four bodyguards, and I have never seen that from a lawyer,” the judge said in an interview. “I plan to get to the bottom of this right away.”
So these well intentioned but dumb and naive Americans continue to learn a valuable life lesson in a Haitian jail cell, while the sharks circle outside. I wonder how many of the defendants were home-schooled? And why hasn't a lawyer from their families come down to organize their defense? And why would a man who was involved in recruiting prostitutes get himself involved in a highly public arena while trying to extort money from their families, all the while claiming to be a sympathetic, religious individual who need four bodyguards? I want the rights to this story, it's getting more twisted each day.
“There’s a Colombian drug dealer who was arrested with 25 IDs, and one of them had my name.”
We have just experienced one year of bailing out companies who were deemed "too large too fail," spending over $700 billion in handouts, cheap loans, and a stimulus trying to reverse the downward spiral that those companies and their mistakes had plunged us into. and they have the audacity to challenge and fight every attempt to regulate them so that they don't screw up again. They have the same management, the same employees, and using the same market strategies that got them into trouble, believing that there is no way they can make the same kind of mistakes all over again...
Trillions of dollars have been lost on a global scale, and many foreign countries are on shaky ground, also deemed too large to fail. The countries of Spain, Portugal, and Greece may default on billions owed in debt, which may play havoc on the euro and the European Union. Greece may be the first to fall, and members of the EU aren't sure of what to do, though they are making vague gestures of pledging support. But most of those 26 other countries aren't really economically able to prop up the Greek economy, all except for Germany, who is seen to have the deepest pockets. Germany resents being put into this position, but it doesn't have much of a choice. It will try every other option available, because if the damn bursts and they have to rescue one country, they could go broke when pressured to help the others as well.
I have a partial solution. We take the failing countries of Spain and Portugal, and give them to Israel. Actually, move Israel out of the Middle East and let it take over the two countries, rename them Israel, and let the more successful Israeli economy drive the region. We can then let the Palestinians have their country back, with the promise that Jerusalem becomes an international capitol, equally divided into Christian, Jewish, and Muslim parts. Here we have solved the Palestinian problem, dissolved any more reasons for al Qaeda existing, gotten the goodwill of all Islamic countries, given Israel more productive land, and a more cosmopolitan culture to oppress.
Robert Lacey, in his book, Inside the Kingdom, relates that in February, 1945, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt had come to Egypt after the Yalta Conference to meet with the Saudi King Abdul Aziz. "But then FDR sprang his bombshell - he invited the Saudi king to help him secure a home in Palestine for the Jewish people. The Jews of central Europe had suffered most terribly at Hitler's hands, the president explained, and he felt a personable responsibility to help them - he had committed himself to finding a solution to their problems. Did the king of arabia have any suggestions to make?
The king certainly did, and he based his proposal on simple bedouin principles.
"Give them (the Jews) and their descendants," he said, "the choicest lands and homes of the Germans who oppressed them." There was no reason why the arab inhabitants of Palestine should suffer for something the Germans had done. " Make the enemy and the oppressor pay," he said, " that is how we Arabs wage war."
So, if we had applied tribal principles at the end of WW11 instead of letting the British carve up territory, Europe and the Mid East would be a completely different landscape. Israel would be where Germany currently is. The only major downside is that the Porsche would not have been developed, nor probably BMW or Volkswagon... In light of what could have happened, letting Israel take over Spain and Portugal doesn't seem so bad, now, does it?