Merchant of Death
Money, Guns, Planes, and the Man Who Makes War Possible

Blood from Stones

Visit Douglas Farah's
author page at

Press Releases

Bipartisan Support For Taylor Standing Trial Conveyed to Johnson-Sirleaf
A bipartisan group of Congressional leaders has requested that the Bush administration make it clear to Liberia's president-elect, Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf, that Taylor's extradition to stand trial for crimes against humanity of of uttmost importance to the United States.

The group was led by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif, and long-time leader on this issue. He was joined by Sen. Barack Obama (D-Illinois) and others in the demand that the new government in Liberia, already reeling from riots, inhertited graft, abject poverty and countless other problems, make getting Taylor out of the picture an absolute priority. And rightly so. As long as he remains undeterred, and has access to his cash and international criminal and terrorist ties, not only will Liberia not rest easy, but West Africa and the interests of U.S. and Europe remain in danger. Given Nigeria's unwillingness to turn him over to the Special Court for Sierra Leone, and, even more worrisome, to exercise no control over his activities or financial transactions, getting him to trial is even more important.

The letter to Secretary of State Rice said in part that, "On the occasion of Liberian President-Elect Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf's visit to Washington, we write to respectfully request that you make the status of former Liberian President Charles Taylor a paramount concern of the United States in your conversations with the President-Elect...The treatment of Taylor is a matter of security and justice for the West African people."

"Mr. Taylor must be held accountable. Achieving this end will require decisive and quick action by President-Elect Johnson-Sirleaf, backed by the United States. While some will argue that the 'timing is not right,' we believe that the present situation provides a unique window of opportunity. Delay only works to Mr. Taylor's advantage. The time for action is now."

While it is heartening to see such a broad swath of Congress, from conservatives to liberals, agree on this issue, it remains to be seen whether the Bush administration is willing to press for resolution. In the past, mixed messges from different parts of the diplomatic and intelligence communities, including mixed messages at from very senior people in different offices, have given Nigerian president Obasanjo the impression, and perhaps it is correct, that the Bush administration is still indifferent to the fate of Taylor. In contrast Congress, so often unwilling or unable to exercise oversight on matters of foreign affairs, has done a remarkable job of sending a consistent message and pursuing the issue of Taylor's extradition. If the executive branch had shown half the willingness to press the issue as Mssrs. Royce, Wolf, Obama and others, the issue would have been resolved long ago.
Someone Tries to Keep an Eye on Saudi Charities and Financiers
Maintained by Winter Tree Media, LLC