Sorting through the Haiti assassination and the role of the United States government
ARMSTRONG WILLIAMS | 7/22/2021, midnight
As more information trickles out on the assassination of President Moïse, there are details that point to the issue of narcotics trafficking, South Florida, and shipping and payment issues surrounding how the cartels use Haiti as a shipping and transportation transfer hub. That old investigative phrase of “follow the money,” and who benefits from the death of Moïse will eventually reveal who did this and why. However, there are significant details available today that answer some of these questions while creating additional questions.
It is reasonable to believe the United States government knows exactly what happened in Haiti, who is behind the killing of Moïse, and why he was killed. There is a large DEA operational capability in Haiti, and they have been there for many years. One of the Haitian Americans arrested is believed to be a DEA source having reportedly worked with DEA agents on major cases. That links DEA and Justice Department directly to the assassination of Moïse according to some reports. Like it or not, the USG is tied into this killing and its aftermath if not directly, they certainly know why and it could be some of their very informants who were involved, and we know for a fact that the government keeps close eyes on informants. The DEA has a record of sloppiness running narcotics confidential sources, and let us not forget about the various issues including corruption during the various sting operations south of the border in the 1980s and early ’90s. A question to ask is why is the USG noticeably silent on this assassination? Are they hoping it will fade in the news cycle to reduce the potential blow back, do they have something to hide? It certainly does bring them further into the spotlight and raises several serious questions about what they do and don’t know.
We can ask the attorney general and the director of the DEA if the USG had advance warning about the assassination plan against Moïse? If so, why wasn’t it prevented? Did someone drop the ball because they didn’t believe the chatter? These are all crucial details that the public has a right to know. There were meetings in Florida that prove that planning for the event occurred inside the United States. With the revelation that one of the arrested suspects, a Haitian/American citizen, is/was a DEA source, it’s reasonable to believe that DEA must have gotten some details of this planned event before it occurred, since it was a complex, well planned, successful operation. Did the USG warn President Moïse that a credible threat was afoot against him? The DEA, and the U.S. intelligence apparatus has a law that must be followed called the “Duty to Warn.” Was Moïse warned, and if so by whom? (What department). If not, why wasn’t he warned?
DEA and FBI are in the spotlight here. The Florida connection is a counterterrorism issue, that the FBI has responsibility of overseeing domestically, and the narcotics aspect falls squarely on the DEA.
This story should grow legs. A head of state has been assassinated in our backyard, and the Department of Justice, DEA and FBI either knew about it in advance and said nothing, or really didn’t detect the threat and are guilty of malfeasance, misfeasance, or incompetence. Any of these outcomes is bad. Some hard questioning will bring the facts of this case into the light. The president of Haiti was tortured, and brutally murdered in his home. As a head of state, penetrating his home, and his bedroom, to torture and murder him is almost unheard of. Where were the inner circle, outer circle and perimeter security components? How were all three successfully penetrated? The success of the operational plan to murder him would indicate considerable skill and pre-planning. The brutality of his torture and murder present questions about why? A clear signal has been sent? Who was this signal for? What was the president of Haiti really doing inside his office and his nation that would generate such a brutal operation to eliminate him?
As the details continue to surface on the background of the captured assassins, the links to U.S. law enforcement and U.S. law enforcement regional counter narcotics programs are coming into view. The breadth and depth of the political corruption of the President Jovenel Moïse’s administration is also slowly coming into focus. The billions of U.S. tax dollars poured into Haiti over the previous four U.S. administrations is breathtaking. To give an example of the corruption that occurs in the open in Haiti, the U.S. government provided funding to conduct a fuel pier refurbishment study that captures the scale of theft in plain sight. A study of pier suitability was tendered by the USG (United States Government ) and $4.5 million USD was paid for the study. The study never occurred because the pier was impossible to recondition. The study was a total waste of time and money. The study was commissioned, the pier was declared unsuitable, and a memo saying so was produced. The $4.5 million disappeared and the issue was closed out on the official books. Case closed.
Questions to pose to the USG: Ask ATF/FBI/DEA for a report on the origins and ownership of all the weapons recovered from the assassins. The origins of the weapons will be problematic for the USG’s attempt to conceal or spin a narrative.
What has the forensic examination of the telephones, computers, and communications equipment produced? Who was in contact with the participants of the assassination?
This mess is just the latest example of the disorganized, uncontrollable, and unaccountable U.S. GOVERNMENT law enforcement and intelligence apparatus. The FBI and DEA “running sources, CI’s, assets, cases, informants” or simply name your U.S. acronym or official label for a “spy” operating inside an organization is amateurish and dangerous. I would expect to learn in the coming days the CIA and military intelligence also have links to some of these operatives from Columbia or some other counter narcotics program. This latest flap will be very difficult to sweep under the rug. When a head of state is killed, it’s global news and the questions are going to keep coming.
The Haitian logistics hub for the trafficking of narcotics and human beings continues forward without Mr. Moïse.
Armstrong Williams (@ARightSide) is the owner and manager of Howard Stirk Holdings I & II Broadcast Television Stations and the 2016 Multicultural Media Broadcast Owner of the Year. He is the author of “Reawakening Virtues.”