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Lew Anselem: Yet Another Bush Holdover Undermining Decency

Posted by Phoenix Woman on September 29, 2009

This certainly explains a lot — not only is the odious Amselem a Bush holdover at OAS, he’s also got a long history of evil trailing behind him in Latin America dating back over two decades:

Journalist Jeremy Bigwood, who was reporting from Guatemala during Amselem’s tenure there, remembers the diplomat for the same kind of outrageous behavior and statements over the years that he displayed yesterday in Washington. Amselem, according to Bigwood, “would put a positive spin on the extermination of a couple hundred thousand Guatemalan Indians. The guy should be sent to the International Criminal Court for abetting war crimes. He even arranged illegal supplies and airlifts to the Guatemalan Army after US military assistance had been banned. I can’t believe that he would be representing the Obama administration in the OAS.”

Most amazing is that Amselem’s current boss, Secretary Clinton, should already know that he’s a loose cannon because she was, as First Lady in the 1990s, involved with one of Guatemala’s most notorious human rights abuse cases, that of Ursuline nun Dianna Ortiz, who was kidnapped and tortured there in 1989.

In 1995, a US federal judge ordered Guatemalan General Hector Gramajo to pay $47 million dollars in damages to Sister Ortiz and other plaintiffs for those crimes.

Human rights champion Kerry Kennedy has written, “Ortiz’s raw honesty and capacity to articulate the agony she suffered compelled the United States to declassify long-secret files on Guatemala, and shed light on some of the darkest moments of Guatemalan history and American foreign policy.”

Well, guess who pops up in Sister Dianna’s memoirs? Lewis Amselem: and not in a good way. Ortiz wrote:

“…after a U.S. doctor had counted 111 cigarette burns on my back alone, the story changed. In January 1990, the Guatemalan defense minister publicly announced that I was a lesbian and had staged my abduction to cover up a tryst. The minister of the interior echoed this statement and then said he had heard it first from the U.S. embassy. According to a congressional aide, the political affairs officer at the U.S. embassy, Lew Amselem, was indeed spreading the same rumor.

“In the presence of Ambassador Thomas Stroock, this same human rights officer told a delegation of religious men and women concerned about my case that he was ‘tired of these lesbian nuns coming down to Guatemala.’ The story would undergo other permutations. According to the Guatemalan press, the ambassador came up with another version: he told the Guatemalan defense minister that I was not abducted and tortured but simply ‘had problems with [my] nerves.’”

So yesterday was not the first time that Amselem revealed a mean-spirited streak to blame the victims of human rights violations. Most disturbingly, Secretary Clinton – who met with Sister Dianna in the 1990s and expressed sympathy and solidarity – should already know this history.

The good news is that a replacement, Carmen Lomellin, has been nominated. The bad news is of course that the Senate Republicans are holding her and other Obama nominations hostage, as always (and with a nary a peep of protest in the media).

Charles says: Al Giordano spells in “Amselem.” Google renders a split decision. The OAS agrees with Al.

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Honduras, Act IV, Day 9

Posted by Charles II on September 29, 2009

Update2: Tremendous stuff being done around the web.
Honduras Coup 2009Two Four more radio stations threatened with closure
-Oligarch Adolfo Facusse offers Zelaya jail instead of imprisonment in the embassy (it might be a more constructive offer, but that’s how the papers are playing it)
-State Department (Amselem, Llorens, Crowley) as incoherent as a herd of hyenas
– Gen. Vasquez says the crisis is almost over.
– The virtually secret decree, PCM-M-016-2009, silencing the media.
AdrienneAgustina Flores, teacher, being tortured
Amselem cursed Sister Dianna and called her a lesbian (see links to BoRev and Machetera)
-Sisters of Mercy of the Americas asks US government to speak against human rights violations.
-More on Adolfo Facusse’s offer
Honduras Oye-Adolfo Facusse wants UN troops
Al Giordano
Lewis Amselem, monster
Tiempo on the decree silencing the Honduran media
Hermano Juancito– Father Carlo Magno of Tegucigalpa demonizes Zelayists while calling for reconciliation
A Lovely Promise
Nell writes letters
Update: It was too good to be true. Vos El Soberano had a story titled “Cámara de Comercio de San Pedro Sula, podría ser arsenal de Bombas lacrimógenas,” which translated as San Pedro Sula Chamber of Commerce could be an arsenal for chemical agents. But it turns out this is the Camara de Comercio e Industrias de Cortes. Same general class of people, but one step removed from Tom Donohue.

I remain certain in my heart that the US CoC is actively aiding the coup.
Probably light posting today.

In light of the US threat not to recognize any election if the suspension of the Constitution is not reversed, Micheletti has said that he will restore rights… after leaving the opposition media in ruins, requiring months of repair and hundreds of thousands of dollars. Not to mention the likelihood that all computers will have to be replaced simply for fear of backdoors having been installed.

And, of course, what’s to stop him from doing it again?

DemocracyNow had a massive segment here and here.

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