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Karzai seeks to keep corrupt friends in power…. fires senior Afghan prosecutor……

Western officials confirm reports that President Hamid Karzai of Afghanistan and others in his government have repeatedly thwarted prosecutions against senior Afghan government figures.

Hey Karzai and his boys want to keep making money….

He’s beem fighting with the investigator’s and the US for quite some time….

This IS a problem in that the US put the guy in power….

And while the US needs him to help them fight the Taliban…

He seems to giving the US and his fellow countrymen the finger….


He, he, he….

In the old days before all this media instant stuff…

Karzai would be gone….

Replaced by a someone who can get with the program…

You democracy at it’s best (Coup’s and leadership changes, ah?)

I mean…

He IS the head guy there

Right?


The other part about this is the average Afghan is well aware of this….

And will never quite trust Karzai, or his government since they are stealing from their population in broad day light..


Hell of guy to be in bed with….

Are we supposed to TRUST this guy?


Everyone got their wallets?

Fazel Ahmed Faqiryar, the former deputy attorney general, said investigations of more than two dozen senior Afghan officials — including cabinet ministers, ambassadors and provincial governors — were being held up or blocked outright by Mr. Karzai, Attorney General Mohammed Ishaq Aloko and others.

Mr. Faqiryar’s account of the troubles plaguing the anticorruption investigations, which Mr. Karzai’s office disputed, has been largely corroborated in interviews with five Western officials familiar with the cases. They say Mr. Karzai and others in his government have repeatedly thwarted prosecutions against senior Afghan government figures.

An American official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that Afghan prosecutors had prepared several cases against officials suspected of corruption, but that Mr. Karzai was “stalling and stalling and stalling.”

“We propose investigations, detentions and prosecutions of high government officials, but we cannot resist him,” Mr. Faqiryar said of Mr. Karzai. “He won’t sign anything. We have great, honest and professional prosecutors here, but we need support.”

This month, Mr. Karzai intervened to stop the prosecution of one of his closest aides,Mohammed Zia Salehi, who investigators say had been wiretapped demanding a bribe from another Afghan seeking his help in scuttling a corruption investigation.

Mr. Karzai’s chief of staff disputed Mr. Faqiryar’s characterization of the president’s involvement, saying that the president had instructed the prosecutors to move cases forward “appropriately.”

“I strongly deny that the president has been in any way obstructing the investigations of these cases,” said the chief of staff, Umer Daudzai. “On the contrary, he has done his bit in all these cases, and it is his job to make sure that the justice is not politicized. And, unfortunately we see in some of these cases that it is politicized.”……

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Meg Whitman Is A Bad Mother……

From Jezebel….

Meg Whitman Is A Bad Mother

Meg Whitman is running for Governor of California…

Whew!……

That’s all I can say…

I wouldn’t normally go there

but……

I mean, really, why else would her sons be such entitled jackasses? Instead of nurturing her brood, she spent all her time earning the $100 million she’s shelling out in the California governor’s election. Is anyone surprised at the result?

Okay, so to be fair, no one has put it quite so blatantly. But as various blogs, including IvyGate and our brother site Gawker repeatedly chronicle the douchey antics of the conveniently-named Harsh brothers, we can’t help but wonder if a male politician’s wayward spawn would get as much attention.

Not that there isn’t fodder when it comes to these two: an arrest for breaking a woman’s ankle, rumored racismsuspensions, expulsions, beer-throwing, and entitled tantrums over rugby fields.

Plus, their mom shoved someone, so.

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Note…..

This is NOT about her….

The election is NOT about her children….

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Blago goes on trial again in January…Charges against his brother are dropped….

In an example of how the government can spend our money….

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich arrives at his home after appearing in federal court in Chicago in his federal corruption trial, Thursday, Aug. 12, 2010. | AP Photo

Blagojevich after the first trial…..

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich will stand trial again for alleged corruption charges the week of January 4, 2011….

Last week, jurors deadlocked on all but one of the 24 charges against Blagojevich, forcing the judge to declare a mistrial. The numerous charges, including extortion, bribery and conspiracy, stem from Blagojevich’s role in trying to fill Barack Obama’s vacant Senate seat after he won the presidency. Blagojevich was convicted of one count of lying to the FBI, more than a year after he was impeached as governor and removed from office last year.

Robert Blagojevich, a Nashville, Tenn., businessman who briefly worked as Rod’s campaign manager in 2008, told the Associated Press he believes the corruption charges against him were used as “leverage” against his brother. Jurors also deadlocked on four charges against Robert.

The former governor did not contact his brother after the charges against him were dropped. Prosecutors said Rod’s role in the alleged Senate appointment scheme was less central.

“When it comes to my brother I’ve become accustomed to being an afterthought,” Robert Blagojevich told the AP.
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New York Governor found to have given ‘misleading statements’ on free Yankee Tickets…..

This is Bullshit…Guys

Can you give the poor guy a break?

He gets a jobs he didn’t ask for…

Ten minutes later he outs the fact that he AND his wife had affairs…

He’s blind, black doesn’t have doesn’t have the best judgement….

He tell Caroline Keenndy to get lost and picks a ‘Blue Dog’ Democrat to replace Hillary Clinton…

He tryies to help a trusted aide and almost get’s charged himself…..(the aide just got arrested anyways last week after being fired )..

Now they want to the DA up the Bronx to look at criminal charges for a sitting Governor on getting a few free YANKIES TICKETS?

Are the fringing kidding me?


I’ll tell ya what…

Get ALL the Democrats and for that matter Republicans in New York state and make I’m swear on a bible that NONE of them accepted FREE Yankee’s Ticket’s…OK??

Let the guy retire in peace….

paterson

Gov. David A. Paterson misled investigators for the state ethics commission when he testified that he had intended to pay for free tickets he obtained to last year’s World Series, according to a report issued on Thursday by an independent counsel investigating the matter.

But the independent counsel, Judith S. Kaye, said it was up to the local district attorney in Albany, P. David Soares, to decide whether Mr. Paterson, a Democrat, should be prosecuted for perjury.

Aides to Mr. Paterson obtained five tickets to the first game of the 2009 World Series, which Mr. Paterson attended along with two aides, his son, Alex, and a friend of his son.

The tickets eventually came under the scrutiny of the state’s Commission on Public Integrity, which found that Mr. Paterson had never intended to pay for his own ticket and paid for his son and son’s friend only after the news media inquired about the matter.

The commission also concluded that Mr. Paterson had lied during his testimony about the tickets, a matter the commission referred last spring to Attorney General Andrew M. Cuomo, who in turn asked Ms. Kaye to investigate.

Ms. Kaye’s findings largely back up the commission’s own report…..

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What’s wrong with New York State?

This is the second New York Governor, in a row, to have a DA’s investigtion hanging over his head….

Andrew Cuomo look out!

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The bad guys in Iraq are going to try hard to destabilize that country….which is why the US will keep troops there……

I know a lot of people want the US to just send EVERY solider in Iraq home……NOW….

It ain’t gonna happen anytime soon folks…

Nope….

That’s for sure….

The Iraqi’s are gonna have to get the stuff together…

But for those who ask why there are US troops hunked down there look no further then the photo and story in this post….


A U.S. Army soldier and Iraqi police stand at the site of a bombing in Kirkuk. Below, a man gets medical help after one of the attacks in Kirkuk.

A U.S. Army soldier and Iraqi police stand at the site of a bombing in Kirkuk. Below, a man gets medical help after one of the attacks in Kirkuk.

A wave of deadly attacks across Iraq left more than 30 dead and dozens wounded on Wednesday, less than a week after U.S. troops reduced its presence in the war-torn nation.

Local government buildings and police were the main targets of the attacks.

A police station in northern Baghdad was the site of the deadliest attack — a suicide bomber exploded his car in the parking lot, killing 15 people, including six cops, officials said. Nearly 60 people were reported wounded.

Eight more police officers died in a suicide bombing in Kut, southeast of Baghdad, when a car bomb blew up next to the local council building.

Officials said two Iraqi soldiers were also killed — one in Baghdad, the other in Fallujah — in smaller attacks.

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Tom Delay still has court dates…….

Me… like eveyone…. else thought DeLay’s problems with the law where over with  a clean bill from the Fed’s….

Not so….

He now will go trial in state court for money-laudering charges….

At a pre-trial hearing in Austin, Senior Judge Pat Priest said the trial would go forward but he did not set a start date,
The Associated Press reported.

“I’ve been asking for a trial now for five years. Finally I’m getting a trial,” DeLay, 63, told reporters outside the courtroom.

On Wednesday, DeLay’s attorneys will ask the judge to move the trial to the former House majority leader’s home county near Houston, where they say he’s more likely to get a fair jury.

The congressman, once dubbed “The Hammer” for his hard-hitting political style, was indicted in 2005 on charges of violating campaign finance laws that ban corporate contributions to state political campaigns, as well as conspiracy. DeLay has maintained his innocence on all charges…..

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Wikileaks keeps truckin…..

You know I watching this story and I’m shaking my head….

The latest story is about how the head guy there Julian Assange got charged with a rape for 24 hours by Swedish authorities….

And then had the charges dropped.

Then the media goes after the Swedes ……

Now granted …..someone shouyld come out with the right story….

But that would make at least 2 countries that are being questioned by the media….. while Wikileaks keeps running and hiding untill they can relaese more

‘Top Secret’ stuff that effects the US and other countries…..

Am I missing something here?

Who’s the good guys and who’s the bad guys?

Are there ANY good guys in this story?

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Blagojevich Round 2…The bell has rung, and he comes out swinging!

The former -Illinois…. Governor Rod Blagojevich ….convicted of one charge out of the orignal twenty-four is out hammering everyone…..

He made the media circuit today….

And has served notice that he will drag everyone in Washington from his old stomping grounds in Chacago politics into another trial…

Evocking a ‘scortched earth’ stargergy…

Blago seems to be trying prussure the Justice Departement into reigning in US Attorney Pat Fitzgerald’s atttempt to

retry him….

Any lessor person would not even try such a thing…

But Blago isn’t just any person….

Blagojevich, in a combative interview on “Fox News Sunday,” said he was ready for a second trial on charges that he tried to sell President Barack Obama’s former Senate seat. Federal prosecutors have vowed to retry Blagojevich after a jury deadlocked on all but one of 24 criminal counts the government brought against the fiery Democrat.
“In the second round, we’re going to put a defense on, I’m sure,” Blagojevich said, vowing to call Emanuel, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.), DSCC Chairman Sen. Bob Menendez (D-N.J.) and Rep. Jesse Jackson Jr. (D-Ill.) to testify in his defense.

Blagojevich also said he would again attempt to subpoena Obama. That attempt was rejected during the first trial.

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Snooki hit with additional ‘pest’ rap…….

Can we add sloppy to that also?

 Nicole Polizzi aka Snooki

Snooki is annoying — and now it’s official.

Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi of MTV’s “Jersey Shore” was charged yesterday with “annoying others on the beach,” in addition to two previous criminal complaints stemming from her July 30 drinking binge in Seaside Heights.

Snooki was a court no-show yesterday, but didn’t have to attend. Defense lawyer Raymond Reya pleaded not guilty for her to charges of disorderly conduct, public nuisance and the new annoyance charge.

PHOTOS: NICOLE “SNOOKI” POLIZZI

“We added the additional charge after looking at all the information,” said municipal prosecutor Kim Pascarella. “It seemed a little more appropriate.” Polizzi, 22, faces fines of up to $500 for disorderly conduct and $2,000 each for the other charges. Her trial is set for Sept. 8.

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Former Yankee Roger Clemens indicted by federal grand jury for lying to Congress about steroid use…..

Clemens before Congress……

It took a long time….

But that hollow sound you hear is the out shoe dropping in the Clemens story…

Everybody who followed this story knew the big guy lied….

Like my middle son just said back to me….

Probably no jail time…

But…..

He’s gonna be worried and suffer…..

A federal grand jury has indicted Roger Clemens on charges of obstruction of justice, making false statements to Congress and perjury about his use of performance-enhancing drugs.

I-Team: Secret life of the Rocket

Clemens faces up to 30 years in prison and a $1.5 million fine if convicted of all the charges.

“Our government cannot function if witnesses are not held accountable for false statements made before Congress,” said United States Attorney Ronald Machen. “Today the message is clear: If a witness makes a choice to ignore his or her obligation to testify honestly, there will be consequences.”

Clemens, a seven-time Cy Young Award-winner and his former trainer, Brian McNamee, testified under oath before the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform in February of 2008. McNamee, who cooperated with federal authorities and with baseball’s Mitchell report on performance-enhancing drugs in baseball, said Clemens had used steroids, while Clemens denied having ever used them.

The contradictory statements led to a investigation by the Justice Department that has lasted two-and-a-half years. A federal grand jury convened in Washington has heard testimony from dozens of people in the case for at least 18 months and only last week, McNamee’s lawyers were contacted about wrapping up loose ends in the case…..

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The Blago Trial…comments and thoughts…..

When this first went down …..

I mad this ataemenet……

U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald had better dot his i’s and cross his t’s…

He didn’t….

As this piece points out…

Another trial will not have the media attention….

and WILL BE at least another year down the road……(and another $1 Million or so spent of the government’s money )

We’ll see how it plays….

But…

after the next one…..

They need to call this issue a wrap…..

Whatever else it means, the desultory end Tuesday to the federal corruption trial of former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich ensures we are stuck with the knucklehead at least through most of 2011. He won’t be going to prison anytime soon for the one (of 24) counts for which he was convicted after a multimillion dollar trial. But he won’t be receding into history, either, on account of a prompt decision by federal prosecutors to declare they intend to retry him for allegedly trying to sell former President Barack Obama’s Senate seat to the highest bidder. Think Blagojevich I was a barnburner? What until you get a load of Blagojevich, Part Deux, the Sequel, the Revenge.

I kid. There are a lot of different layers of meaning to the jury’s inability to render any sort of meaningful verdict after months of trial and weeks of deliberations. The easiest and most simple explanation is that there was a holdout thwarting the will of the other 11 jurors. And, indeed, one juror evidently said Tuesday after the fact that there was a holdout who “just didn’t see what we all saw.” If that’s what happened here, U.S. Attorney Patrick Fitzgerald no doubt will see a silver lining, tinker a bit with the presentation of his case next time out, and spend a whole lot more time and attention on jury selection.

It’s also possible that federal prosecutors are kicking themselves right now for a lost opportunity. Did they, as Blagojevich’s lawyers claim, stop their case fatally short, erroneously believing they would later supplement their case by attacking the former governor’s story on cross-examination? Were they so cocky about those famous wiretaps that they didn’t pour it on the way they should have? Did they not sufficiently explain all those cuss words uttered by Blagojevich as he sought to wheel and deal? Were they too complicated or not complicated enough? You can be sure they’ll be talking to the jurors to get a sense of what they could have done better. Same goes for Team Blagojevich. If the score here really was 11-1 against, they ought not now be potted plants.

Another layer of meaning comes from the fact that this case never quite fit the typical pegs that we like to give to federal criminal cases. There was no violent crime here — so there were no grieving family members of the victim attending the trial. This was not a case of terrorism. But the defendants in the dock were not white-collar criminals, either. So who are the real victims of the crimes with which Blagojevich was charged? Who lost of a life, or a limb, or a pension, or a life’s fortune, off of Blagojevich’s conduct (no matter how heinous we may feel it was)? The fact that Fitzgerald was able to convict I. Lewis “Scooter” Libby in similar circumstances (President George W. Bush later granted him clemency) didn’t translate into a victory. Jurors, it seems, will still always give prosecutors more of the benefit of the doubt when there are real, tangible “victims” to account for.

Looking for a more political layer of meaning? How about the notion that jurors in America today — like the rest of us — are so disgusted with politics and politicians, the selling of political seats, and the grotesque bargaining that we are now essentially forgiving criminal conduct as “business as usual.” It’s easy to hear from the voice of our alleged “lone holdout” the following [fictitious] quote: “Why is what this guy did different in tone or tenor from what a thousand hack politicians do every day in Chicago and Washington and everywhere else in America?” Is it possible that “routine” politics have become so venal and unbecoming that we cannot distinguish it from official corruption and fraud and obstruction? And if so, how ironic that the political judgment against Blagojevich was so swift and stern compared with the still-looming legal judgment……

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Blago found guilty on 1 of 24 charges!….

Former Gov. Rod R. Blagojevich of Illinois, with his wife, Patti, spoke after being convicted on Tuesday in Chicago……

The jury deadlocks on the rest of charges….

This is a major blow to the US Attorney’s Office in Illinois….

Which has vowed to retry the ex-Governor……

The ex-Governor nevertheless is NOW a convicted felon….

Who will probably go trial again for the original charges and appeal the one conviction…

After deliberating for 14 days, the jury found Mr. Blagojevich guilty of a single criminal count — making false statements to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, which carries a maximum sentence of five years in prison, one of the least severe penalties in the charges against him.

The jurors also said they could not reach a unanimous verdict on 23 of the 24 counts against him, including an accusation that he had tried to sell an appointment to fill the Senate seat once held byPresident Obama.

Prosecutors immediately announced plans for a retrial, but the outcome was seen as something of a victory, at least for now, for Mr. Blagojevich, a Democrat and lifelong politician from this city, who had always proclaimed his innocence.

“We have a prosecutor who has wasted millions and wants to keep spending money to persecute me,” Mr. Blagojevich told a swarm of reporters in the lobby of the courthouse after the judge declared a mistrial on the bulk of charges against him, including racketeering, wire fraud and extortion conspiracy.

Mr. Blagojevich, who was awaited on the streets outside the court by a crowd of the curious, said the results — despite his single felony conviction — revealed that the government could not prove he had done anything wrong.

Inside the courtroom, Mr. Blagojevich clasped his hands together so tightly as jurors filed in that the veins on the back of his hands bulged. As the conviction against him was read aloud, he shook his head. He later said he was innocent of lying to federal agents, too, and would soon appeal.

He had once told agents that he did not keep track of or want to know who was contributing to his campaign — a statement jurors found to be a lie.

One of the jurors told The Associated Press that the panel was deadlocked 11 to 1 in favor of conviction on the charge of trying to sell or trade the Senate seat.

After nearly two months of testimony, the overall result here was seen as a significant setback for federal authorities, who arrested Mr. Blagojevich almost two years ago to stop what they described unambiguously as “a political corruption crime spree.”

Patrick J. Fitzgerald, the United States attorney, declined to answer questions, but gave a brief statement calling for respect for the jurors and their service, then added, “We’re about to get ready for a retrial.”

A spokesman for Mr. Fitzgerald said he could not comment on the cost of the prosecution, an effort that had spanned several years.

Broadly, prosecutors had accused Mr. Blagojevich of turning his state office into a criminal enterprise to benefit himself, citing what they said were brazen efforts to get political contributions in exchange for everything from legislation to help a local pediatric hospital, to state money for a school, to a law to benefit the horse track industry to, most infamously, an appointment to fill Mr. Obama’s Senate seat.

The trial featured prosecution testimony from Mr. Blagojevich’s former chiefs of staff as well as numerous secretly recorded telephone calls in which Mr. Blagojevich or his aides seemed to seek financial benefits for official state actions.

Few seemed sure, yet, what had led to the jurors’ disagreement, but the trial had exposed two notions that favored the defense: Mr. Blagojevich rarely managed to succeed in getting whatever financial benefits he might have sought, and much of what he did might also be viewed by some as common, if especially ugly, political deal making……

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Sen. Levin hit with pie, woman arrested……

From The Hill….

A Michigan State student was arrested Monday after allegedly throwing a pie in the face of Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.).

According to multiple reports, police arrested 23-year-old student Ahlam Mohsen on assault and battery charges after she reportedly threw a pie in the senator’s face during a question-and-answer session at a deli in Big Rapids, Mich.

Mohsen told a local ABC affiliate her action was to protest Levin and other Democrats’ support for Israel.

“Carl Levin is one of the most respected senators in Congress,” she said. “People tend to blame the war on Republicans, but we wanted to target Levin today to send a message that liberals and Democrats are just as implicated in the violence as the Republicans.”

Levin said that people who throw or hit someone with an item don’t “understand the blessings of America.”

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Feds clear DeLay after six years……

Tom DeLay is seen in a file photo from April 2006.

The DoJ investigation into Tom DeLay lasted through two presidents and four attorneys general. | AP
Why am I NOT surprised?

Hell of a way to’ ice’ a politician though…….


The Justice Department has informed former House Majority Leader Tom DeLay (R-Texas) that the government has ended a six-year investigation of his ties to the disgraced lobbyist Jack Abramoff, according to DeLay’s lead counsel in the matter, Richard Cullen, chairman of McGuireWoods.

The investigation lasted through two presidents and four attorneys general. Its demise provides a stark footnote to the lobbying scandals that helped Democrats regain the House majority they held for 40 years and lost in the Republican revolution of 1994, which eventually made the pugnacious DeLay one of Washington’s top power brokers.

The federal investigation of Tom DeLay is over, and there will be no charges,” Cullen said. “This was one of the longest and expensive and thorough investigations in recent memory. DeLay took a tack right from the start that he had nothing to hide, and we have been in a routine and constant dialogue with [prosecutors].

“I’m sure he wishes it didn’t take six years of his life, with a cloud hanging over him. I am pleased with the outcome. They just took longer than we would have preferred. He said he was gratified and thanked us.”

Cullen said he was pleased there were no leaks from the government as the investigation ground on. “They played fair,” he said.

The Justice Department does not comment publicly on investigations where charges are not brought. But Cullen said a prosecutor from the department’s Public Integrity Section telephoned him with the news last week and said he was free to make it public.

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Homeland Security gets funds for 2 more Predators…….

More money for the Border…

No Reform Legislation……

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Money for two General Atomics Predator B unmanned aircraft systems is included in a supplemental $600 million border security appropriations bill passed by Congress and signed by President Barack Obama today (Aug. 13).

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Six of NYPD’s Finest head to Haiti for three months to help rebuild…….

Giving back…..

Police officers (l to r) Guiteau, Lefevre, Gilot, Vigne, Pierrenoel and Jean-Pierre will travel to Haiti for three months to help train and assist police.

Police officers (l to r) Guiteau, Lefevre, Gilot, Vigne, Pierrenoel and Jean-Pierre will travel to Haiti for three months to help train and assist police.

They are Haitian-Americans, reared in Brooklyn, who protect its streets as members of the NYPD. This week, they head to the earthquake-convulsed Caribbean nation where they lost loved ones, on a mission to mentor, train and assist police amid the chaos.

The six cops – all but one born in Haiti – will leave their families for three months. They say it’s an honor; they just want to help.

Chosen by Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly from hundreds of volunteers, they speak Creole, have military experience and exemplary records. One was shot in 2002 while making an arrest.

They reflect the best of the city, and they will represent the U.S. on the State Department-sponsored Haitian Stabilization Initiative Team.

‘Things are still very chaotic’

More on the NYPD officers making the trip……

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