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This is the briefing that we have designed to do at the US Embassy today, God willing
Good morning and welcome to all of you (ladies and gentlemen) from the fourth estate who have respectfully honored our invitation to come here today – before the US Monrovia Embassy’s Main Gate – to both receive updates on the two weeks that this family (i.e. the Kartees’ Family) has spent in the open here, since Wednesday, March 29, 2017, in an effort to have the US Government, through its embassy here, to intervene in having the Government of Liberia – through the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company (LPRC) – to hand deliver to us, this family, led by me, Roland S. Kartee, a corrected copy of a communication that LPRC had intended 4 years back, to effect my employment termination from their company. As you will discover ahead that this is our 4th week of being here, we had to take the 3rd week off to attend to health problems that we have now developed for all the dangers we’ve been exposed to since we touched foot on this part of Benson Street on March 29, 2017.
Ladies and Gentlemen, after a series of events demonstrating my respectful disagreement with the LPRC top management for their very criminal and careless running of this purported Americo-Liberian State-owned enterprise, like all the rest, that makes it impossible for it to ever contribute tens and hundreds of millions, to billions of US Dollars, to Government coffers, and create thousands of new jobs per annum for the citizens of this place, as a true SOE for a serious people should actually be doing, the LPRC top management ganged up against me and concocted some lies in less than 24 hours, as a basis for terminating my then ten years of service with the company, up to a departmental manager level, on January 25, 2013. Although LPRC, few days later, went to the press (specifically to the People Newspaper on January 30, 2013) and denied ever dismissing any Roland Kartee, the company’s so-called dismissal letter in my hand, copies of which have been made available to this public and the world over, and which we still have available to spread as much as possible today, claims that I was dismissed without cause, and in addition, the authority responsible for approving this employment termination action, which is the Deputy Managing Director for Administration (DMD/A), in person of Mr. Jackson F. Doe, Jr., did criminally misrepresent his own title on the professed dismissal letter as Deputy Director General for Administration (or DDG/A), instead of DMD/A.
When we researched LPRC’s use of the legal clause of “without cause” in our case, or context, we found it to be criminally ambiguous and erroneous, and when we searched and researched all of LPRC’s current charter and official documents, we found ABSOLUTELY no title called DDG/A, but all showing DMD/A. We brought all this to their attention one way or the other, and they conceded to these faults. In addition to these elementary, but criminal faults, LPRC also blatantly put aside all civilized, professional, and administrative norms in the execution of their professed dismissal action against me. For example:
The company failed to have ever officially warned me in the past, let alone did they ever suspend me before, but jump straight way into so-called dismissal
This Americo-Liberian company failed to ever subject me any kind of formal investigation whatsoever before taking their ultimate punitive action based on suspicion
Good management and general Administrative Law dictate that in the conduct of any employment termination process, all documentation requirements must be met by both the employer and the affected employee. In my case, especially as a Native of this place, LPRC said, to ‘hell’ with this law. She claimed she had dismissed me on Friday, January 25, 2013, but details for reasons leading to their intended dismissal action were careless communicated to me 10 days after the main action (i.e. February 4, 2013)
Good management and general Administrative Law dictate that before or during termination, any or all company properties with the affected employee, including current identity, must first be retrieved. To this civilized norm, LPRC said in their highly mischievous Americo-Liberian society and working environment, no credence must be lent to any such provision. So their old laptop plus my current official ID card remained with me while this criminally careless Americo-Liberian SOE was boasting that she had fired Roland Kartee.
Good management and general Administrative Law prescribe that employment termination be a process and not some event, and should have some defined notice requirement, taking up days of formal processes between the employer and the affected employee. LPRC said, to ‘hell’ again with this norm. MD T. Nelson Williams derived his one-man suspicion during the evening of Thursday, January 24, 2013 – although after childishly calling and confronting me with all sorts of trivial and stupid things for 3 straight days of a 5-day work week up to that Thursday – and by Friday noon or slightly afternoon on January 25, 2013, my supposed dismissal was done and dusted in the professional world of Americo-Liberia.
Good management and general Administrative Law require that decision makers lend serious consideration to the four preconditions, or simply conditions, below, before taking any disciplinary or punitive actions against their subjects, and these 4 conditions include:
The circumstances surrounding the breach or offense
The gravity of the breach or offense
The past record of the offender
The action taken in similar issues in the past etc.
But Ladies & gentlemen of the press, LPRC criminally violated all these civilized and professional rules and standards in her so-called action against me, and when I alerted them of some of these clumsy faults in my protest letter immediately after their action, the company acknowledged her faults and agreed (implicitly and otherwise) that she was guilty of all of these faults. UP to 6 months later, that is, up to July, 2013, LPRC Board of Directors still referred to me as an employee whose case she was still indefinitely investigating. But when I requested that I be taking my salary home while this indefinite investigation dragged on, especially since there was substance in my case for which the Board was struggling to handle it for all these months; and I began reinforcing such written request with telephone calls, it was at this time, right after making one of such calls in a heated fashion on the morning of Monday, July 15, 2013, that Board Chairman Rev. Dr. Herman Brown, out of hatred, mischief, and emotions, again, criminally put together another carelessly written and clumsily worded communication, called a concurrence letter, finally backing top management for her action against me. Ever since that time, what Rev. Dr. Brown and his then MD T. Williams kept telling me now was to go to court.
Being an administrator myself, I thought that my first and best step was to remain administrative in my search for redress. Consequently, this decision has sailed me through a process that has taken me up to the highest office of the land, which is the president’s office, which I approached on more than 3 occasions, but got absolutely NO response from. I also approached the Legislature on more than one occasion on this case in different formal ways – with all these efforts to no avail.
The next challenge that I may my family faced now was to consider going to court, since all efforts to remain administrative had failed for all these years. But as our culture in the field of information technology has strongly taught us, we needed to have first researched the issue of justice in this place, and the culture and institutions of justice in Americo-Liberia very well, before making any such move, especially after having had a very serious nightmare fighting to engage the administrative angle of things. This long, tedious research, ladies and gentlemen of the fourth estate, established for me, for all of you here today, for all of our fellow citizens, and, for the world over, very terrifying findings about Americo-Liberia’s culture of justice, let alone the institutions themselves, dispensing this justice, and some of these very horrible findings, backed by present realities include:
Even the very supreme law of the land, the very organic laws that govern every societal activity, including how the government is to go about doing all of its work or business; and how the courts are to dispense justice etc., which is the Constitution, is so full of all sorts of mess and criminal lies, that must be changed in order to make it legitimate, but that the white-collar terrorist organization called government in this place will not do this, i.e., will NEVER effect such change to the Constitution. As proof, Dr. Elwood Dun of the University of Liberia established this raw fact, and strongly recommended change, or revision for change, to this constitution in 2012, and the government deceitfully agreed and set up a Constitutional Review Committee in 2013 to do this job, but came back later, according to reliable sources, including the Daily Observer Newspaper, to announce that it is abandoning this lifesaving job because the project is expensive. Even the former UN Secretary General Ban Kii Moon, according to some 2013 report described this country’s constitution as one of the key suspects of the country’s many problems. Moreover, the UN Security Council in their September 2015 sitting, according to the UN website, expressed or suggested deep concerns that the country’s unwillingness to improve its laws and institutions posed threats to both regional and global peace.
Even the very national symbols and emblems, including the flag, the seal, the motto etc. that should be instruments to steer every citizen in the same direction or, that should help to instill confidence and trust in citizens for their civic structure and institutions, and also that should serve to gain the commitment of all citizens to work for the common good of society; those instruments that should serve as the embodiment of the principles and ideals of society etc. – all, for Liberia, do ONLY represent the interest of just one (the Americo-Liberians) out of the 17 somewhat formal ethnic groups of this land, to the sad and cruel neglect of the interest of the vast indigenous majority to which I belong. The Americo-Liberian Government of today did concede this dangerous civic defect, and set up a Symbols Review Committee in June 2014, according to the local media, to review and revise all of Liberia’s faulty and messy national symbols and emblems. But this white-collar terrorist organization called Government here, which cruelly kills future generations well in advance, through their very mischievous policies, will NEVER do this job, as doing so will culminate into such undesirable results for them, as huge losses to their source of illicit cash for money laundering, for instance, and other criminal activities. This kind of revision moreover promises to end up with many additional disastrous outcomes for America and her Americo-Liberians in such things as a complete change of name for our country, a change of our current flag, a change of our current motto etc., all of which will terminate America and her Americo-Liberians’ foul-smelling influence over our society, and these are ALL things that this superpower and their surrogates are dug in their heels NEVER to easily accept right now.
That in Liberia, there are roughly 3 sets of already faulty or funny laws to govern human affairs: with one set for handling Americo-Liberians exclusively, one set for serving the interest of the so-called well-connected, based on Americo-Liberian standards – a set which serves the interests of both Americo-Liberians and their few Native collaborators, especially within top echelons of their government, and the last and most brutal set of laws are those used by the Black American legal system here, to further suppress, oppress, and kill the huge and badly marginalized common people of this place, which in reality, are our huge indigenous masses, with such things as lifetime jail sentences, unjustifiably long jail sentences, and long pretrial detentions, among others. Proofs abound for such mockery out of this divine service or virtue called justice, as is being executed by Americo-Liberia. That’s why, in this place for example, (1) a Florence Chenoweth, serving as some Board Chair and Minister, an Ellen Johnson (with Sirleaf as wedded name though), and an entire Legislature etc., will formally and finally approve (explicitly or implicitly) a huge batch of Private Used Permits (PUPs) for logging companies, but then a Wogbeh and a few Natives, will have to go to jail for 10 years, only because they just initially signed this same batch of PUPs that were approved by their bosses one way or the other (ELBC, allafrica.com, Daily Observer Newspaper, and so forth, June, August etc. 2015); (2) that’s why a McClain, a Johnson, and their Parkers’ and Sherman collaborators etc. will criminally run to bankruptcy and ultimate demise, a National Oil Company or NOCAL and get handsome severance benefits in return, but then a poor, Native Pewee Flomo, serving as Junior Accountant at this same NOCAL will be accused of squandering or embezzling some US$16,000; quickly processed by the Americo-Liberian courts, sentenced to 2 years imprisonment, and further asked to restitute such amount (Daily Observer Newspaper, ELBC, all in 2014); (3) that’s why a Clemenceau Urey will be quickly acquitted after he had reportedly demanded that the President be made to stand in the dock with him in court if the government ever meant business for accusing him of some financial malpractices at this same NOCAL, but then a poor, Native Westley Jlue will be subjected to 5 years imprisonment for some claimed financial malpractices at the National Drugs Service, according to the Liberia News Agency in January 2016; (4) that’s why a Johnson and her entire government will admit to [‘criminally’] blundering in the signing of key concession agreements (although they will NOT change these criminally flawed concession agreements), including their 98-year Golden Veroleum deal, their 70 year Sime Darby deal, their multiple decades-long Arcelor Mittal Deal etc., according to several sources including the UK-based Publish What You Pay Coalition, rssnews.com etc., but then, very poor tribal Sinoe County citizens, who went to protest for their rights stolen in this criminal Golden Veroleum Deal, will have to face very dreadful conditions under pretrial detention for up to 2 years now; the poor Yei Dokie, Prince Zoduah, Jerome Zumeh etc. that went agitating for their cruelly stolen rights in the criminally-flawed Arcelor Mittal iron ore deal, do now face up to 10 years imprisonment etc.; and (5) that’s why, while a Tyler, a Lawrence and the likes, have been sufficiently booked for all of the serious economic crimes, but they pass around unmolested, enjoying their privileged positions and government money, the Nyezee Barway, the Isaac Taryon, the Stephen Glotoe etc. from the Krahn Tribe in Grand Gedeh County, do languish behind Americo-Liberian bars for life in very squalid conditions for what, according to renowned legal practitioners, the ever-revengeful Americo-Liberian Government, has failed, as yet to substantiate etc. and etc.
To cap all this, our strong research findings are all corroborated by the mighty United States Department of State, in almost all of its human rights report on Liberia, an executive summary or introductory paragraph of some of its most recent editions which reads: “….The most serious human rights abuses [in Liberia] are those linked to LACK OF JUSTICE, judicial inefficiency, corruption, lengthy pretrial detention, denial of due process, and harsh prison conditions…” etc. In addition, these reports consistently recognize and establish that there exist a serious culture of impunity and ethnic discrimination in this place.
With all these points or facts well established fellow compatriots, being conscious of our obligation to God first, then to our fellow citizens and society at large, especially taking into serious account the divine principle of ‘to whom much is given much is expected’, and then finally, strongly establishing that it is America that set up this civic theory or foundation called Liberia through its American Colonization Society, and that it is this same America that continues to run their Liberia one way or the other up to date, etc. and etc., we have decided to use this single case of our illegal dismissal with a faulty letter, to forge a genuine and sustained partnership with this world superpower for the final liberation and ultimate independence of my ever-suppressed and suffering people of this land once and for all, by the grace and power of God. we do feel the stark injustice, unspeakable human indignity, and horrible deprivation faced by our people for these long 194 years now, and we see no way of ever relieving them of these harsh conditions without a genuine and sustained collaboration with the Americans. But as deeply rooted or entrenched as this sad condition or reality is, so too must the collaboration sought to adequately deal with it be deeply rooted and sustained. And in the reading of this simple family and our mighty Plain Truth Revolution, no such collaboration, as deeply rooted and sustained as it MUST be, can EVER be built on any trace of deceit, pretense, lies and sycophancy.
Therefore, in order to demonstrate this conviction with love and respect for America, we, that is, this small African family, under the banner, and on behalf of a bigger national civic endeavor, the Plain Truth Revolution, took 4 round years (2013 to 2017), braving all of the very harsh conditions of going without comfort and sometimes even food, to document every key fact – no matter how toxic, about this 200-year old relationship between our home and this superpower, a relationship which we’ve now finally established to be hugely responsible for all of the supermess that we currently find ourselves in, as a people, in this place today. That’s why, as part of this civic action that we are on today, immediately upon entering the premises of the US Embassy and beginning to engage with them on March 29, 2017, we presented into their custody, 5 giant pamphlets and 6 audio CDs, totaling around 300 pages of literature and 27 hours of voice playback time respectively, in support of the convictions that have brought us here.
In our reading, for us, the vision bearers of this new dream for Mama country to ever forge this strongly-needed collaboration with the Americans, the first step is to prevail upon them through this polite demand that we are making here now, to use their glaringly unmatched influence over the Government of Liberia to ensure that LPRC hand delivers to me and my family – through these actions – my corrected and authentic dismissal letter, since no one else can ever exert such influence over Liberia and its institutions, in our understanding, equal to them, the Americans. That’s what we have been here for, since Wednesday, March 29, 2017, with today, Monday, April 17, 2017, marking Day 1 into our fourth week, even though we took off the third week virtually attending to our health needs after two straight weeks of experiencing massive sunshine and mosquito bites, with the Embassy unfortunately showing us no concern for our family as yet.
Our fellow citizens and the world over, by taking these strange, bold and honest steps however, we also mean to make the following key points, or to send out the following clear signals to the American Government and people; and some of these very key lessons, signals and points, that we aim to send across can be proudly outlined here as follows:
We believe that the gross negligence acted by LPRC that brought us here today is a normal culture of the Liberian Government, which too adopted this very criminally careless way of handling human affairs, from how her master, the great United States of America, erroneously handles issues pertaining to this place. And so, to begin righting our many wrongs (past and present) in these directions, we should be able to constructively bring together all the major stakeholders in this quagmire, using a single case, a single event, a single instance of proof etc., which fortunately has turned out to be our single bogus dismissal issue.
Ladies and gentlemen of the press, let’s just bring you some solid argumentative proofs of how every activity of the Liberian Government is marred by criminal errors from 1822 to date (but with emphasis on the current government, just to save us time), and how this culture was initiated by the US Government here, and continues to be sustained by America up to this point.
In fact, to take you off track a bit, if one were to find one cohesive rationalization that has engineered and justified the massive destruction and humiliation of our people in this country for the past two centuries, a rationalization that has been successfully defending why the blood stain of our people splash in every corner of this country without anyone’s concern, (take for example for the current TRC Process), a rationalization that justifies why children across our country sit on the bare floor to take inadequately prepared lessons from poorly trained and ill-equipped teachers; a rationalization which makes it acceptable for pregnant women in parts of our country to walk for two days before reaching a poorly equipped and poorly-staffed health facility, some of which use flash lights in this golden age of the silicon valley to conduct delivery on our poor indigenous mothers and sisters; a rationalization that has made all these uncivilized and mischievous circumstances and realities, and even more appalling ones not mentioned here, to now be considered normal, and accepted, as the fate of a whole people forever etc.; then that rationalization will appropriately be that the Government of Liberia was mainly established to prosecute a war against the masses of this country, 99% of which are our poor, indigenous population, under the guise of making “MISTAKES, MISTAKES, AND PROCEDURAL ERRORS”. Therefore, by accepting this so-called dismissal letter from LPRC as it is, no matter how long it has been, with mistakes and procedural errors, and failing to ensure its correction by all means possible, God willing, will be translated as conducing to the Government of Liberia’s havoc that is being persistently wreaked on our poor people in this place since 1822, in the name of mistakes and procedural errors.
Coming back on track, we say, here, therefore is a small sample of the numerous criminal procedural errors and professed mistakes made by the Liberian Government, including the very president of this country every day. These are just a few drops in the ocean of recorded proofs, as it is obvious that many of these kinds of stupid, criminal errors do really go unreported on a daily basis. Please note that for the sake of time, we are not going to cite all of the various sources, or to include them in details, but you are encouraged to get hold of our other revolutionary works if you are interested in the details about every claim made here. We start as follows:
In 2012, a Danish Journalist, Mr. Mads Johan Brugger Cortzen, in an effort to expose the weaknesses and corruption within the Liberian so-called system, intentionally fraudulently purchased a Liberian diplomatic post and official passport from the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, using US$150,000, with all the papers pertaining to this criminal transaction reportedly signed by all concerned parties including President Sirleaf. When FrontPage Africa Newspaper’s Rodney Sieh later quizzed the president on this criminally embarrassing issue, she admitted signing all of Cortzen’s documents, but claimed that Mr. Cortzen was a criminal and an imposter. In her direct words, “He broke the system, there’s no question about that.”
Madam Sirleaf is on record more than once now that she is in the constant breach of Liberia’s already bogus constitution by appointing American citizens in the government. Because of her ‘over eagerness’ or passion to appoint more and more American citizens within government, it is reported that (without any due diligence), she sometime ago appointed one John Stewart, an alleged American citizen who had 13 criminal indictments hanging over his head in Washington D.C., to manage the Liberia Maritime Authority, then alarm blew (apparently from the US), before this criminally careless appointment was ever nullified.
Just as all Americo-Liberian Presidents – with the exception of productive William R. Tolbert – did in the past, President Sirleaf is always signing huge concession agreements all around the place, ranging from Agricultural concession agreements to those in the nation’s emerging, but ‘already damaged in advance to corruption’ oil sector, that are marred by major so-called procedural errors (again, errors with criminal intents), and she proudly admits to these errors in the public. Three cases in point are as follows:
In the US$10.7 Billion agreement that saw Liberia’s Oil Blocks 11, 12, and 14 going to Chevron, an American Oil Company, former Auditor General John Morlu uncovered a series of briberies and other scandals surrounding this deal that warranted its outright cancellation, and therefore made his strong recommendation quickly for such annulment of the deal. For example, the General Auditing Commission (GAC) dug out and confirmed that prior to the ratification of the deal, a recorded amount of US$118,400 had been dished out by Chevron through the National Oil Company of Liberia, NOCAL, to the criminal Liberian National Legislature to grease their palms. When John Morlu proved all these points, and appropriately recommended that new biddings take place for these 3 key oil blocks, Madam Sirleaf, a whole Harvard trained President, complained that nullifying the contract as the Auditor General had ethically, morally and legally requested, though the faults are glaring, will take up precious time. In the direct words of the Liberian Queen of Corruption, President Sirleaf, “Going back to the drawing board to rebid the blocks would take years, and delay Liberia’s oil exploration/exploitation gains.”
According to the www.rssnews.com, quoting the UK-based Publish What You Pay Coalition, the president told the people of Grand Cape Mount County in early 2012 that she and her government made errors with the 70 year Sime Darby Concession Agreement
According to the same source above, President Sirleaf admitted to the people of Sinoe County in April 2013 that her government blundered in the 60+ to 98 year long Golden Veroleum Concession Agreement etc.
In a March 2014 letter written by President Sirleaf to the National Legislature in response to Representative Bhofal Chambers’ claim that the Liberian Government had crookedly used over US$260 million in overseas image building and public relations campaigns, the President described the Lawmaker as ‘uninformed’ and described his claim as ‘irresponsible’ and ‘preposterous’, but at the same time she made some very elementary mistakes within that same insulting communication, including making mistakes with such things as the very date of that letter.
At year end, December 31, 2014, in a chat with UNMIL Radio’s Torwon Sulonteh, Ellen hastily and negligently announced the reopening of schools the next month, January 2015, without ever consulting any of the educational stakeholders. This turned out to be a very big embarrassment when, as far later on as the 29th of January 2015, Education and Health Ministries authorities met the Senate and announced their unpreparedness for the exercise, as they had just completed 1 out of 23 activities/conditions required to be put into place before the reopening of schools. As a result of this embarrassment, Education Ministry officials started disgracefully fumbling over the date of school reopening, with some claiming and reclaiming February 16, 2015 and March 2, 2015 respectively. In the end, Deputy Minister ‘Ramsy Kumoyah’ had to apologize to the public for the nuisance his ministry had caused regarding this ‘wonderful’ school reopening date.
Article 47 of the Liberian Constitution requires a Senate Protemp election to be held once every 6 years. This means, in order to ensure compliance with this constitutional provision as lawmakers, Senate standing rules should have been crafted to bar non-qualified candidates based on tenure to stand for the position. For example, any senator whose years of service before reelection as a senator is less than 6 years should not be allowed to stand in a Protemp race. Cllr. Jonathan Williams, Director of Legal Affairs at the Liberian Senate told ELBC News on January 22, 2015 that the current Senate ignored his advice and blundered 3 years ago to have elected Senator Gbehzongar Findley of Grand Bassa County, who had only 3 more years left as a Senator, and so they were continuing the same blunder again in 2014 to go the polls for Protemp elections, just 3 years on. As a result, Article 47 has joined the long list of bogus articles within the Liberian bogus Constitution that continue to be deliberately violated here and there.
On January 18, 2015, a 12 year-old child, Musu Fofana, was raped around the Hotel Africa Belt in Monrovia. Her parents managed to get hold of her while still alive, and decided to rush her to hospital. After two clinics reportedly refused to attend to her, the parents decided to use a police clearance given to them by their local police depot or authority to rush the little bleeding girl to the city’s only major referral hospital using an ordinary vehicle due to the lack of ambulances in the country. On their way, another police unit arrested and detained their vehicle on some apparent suspicion due to the speed they were on, or so. Musu’s parents showed this second police authority the clearance given to the already distressed family earlier by the previous police unit, but this second unit refused to honor that clearance, and as such, kept bleeding Musu in the car detained on the roadside until she met her untimely death. Reports filtered in later that the National Police Authorities offered to investigate their men for this negligence while the President went on to console the bereaved family, apparently to offer another apology on behalf of her darling police force, without any known administrative action ever taken to prevent the reoccurrence of such gross lack of coordination within such a major arm of government law enforcement.
Credible reports speak of constant blunders within the very official protocols conducted at programs attended by the president. One case in point was during the President’s 2015 State of the Nation’s Address. It was reported that electrical wires and other connections were still being run, while canopies were still being set up as the president and foreign guests arrived. Some key members of the National Traditional Council, who were duly entitled to seats during this occasion, were reportedly left unattended to, and standing for the rest of the program.
All of the 6 counts below are errors or mistakes of somewhat different natures committed by the Liberian President and Government in handling just one health crisis, Ebola, in about two years:
First off, Ebola hit Dakar, Senegal and had a zero fatality in mid to late 2014; it hit Nigeria’s 20+ million population city of Lagos and claimed less than 10 lives in the same late 2014; Ebola also hit Mali around the same time, and claimed less than 8 lives. Ivory Coast, a country surrounded directly by two worst-hit Ebola countries – Liberia and Guinea – administratively and professionally tightened its borders and heightened its public health surveillance so magnificently that within more than two years as of the outbreak of this disease within its neighbors, not a single case of Ebola was ever reported in that West African country. But for carefree and criminally careless Liberia, Ebola hit a less than 1,700 population town, Foya, in the far northwest, more than 450 kilometers away from ancient, dirty 1822 Monrovia in March 2014, and these have been some of President Sirleaf’s confession about how she and her government went on handling their Ebola: The now 78 to 79 year-old former World Bank Economist, who has placed under her belt 11 to 12 solid years of experience into the presidency, has said among others; that she was confused and didn’t know what to do when Ebola, a public health crisis struck. As a result of the president’s admitted confusion, she went into her usual guessing mode to solve the Ebola problem, just as she always guesses to solve the country’s economic and other problems fruitlessly, like all other Americo-Liberian presidents except productive William Tolbert. Speaking to BBC’s James Menendez on February 12, 2015, the President confessed her government’s ‘sluggishness’ in attending to this health crisis and claimed unto herself the responsibility for this sluggishness, further expressing regrets that she should have earlier engaged the communities at a more realistic level than conducting security crackdowns, and other actions that didn’t help improve the situation. As a consequence of all these negligence, Ebola killed over 4,800 persons in Liberia, again, over 99% of which are our poor, indigenous, sufferers of all tragedies in this country. This negligence has also caused multiple billions of dollars of losses to Liberia and the world at large. Despite all of her admitted negligence, Madam Sirleaf was heard boasting that Ebola has made Liberia stronger, while in another development, this woman has won numerous accolades both domestically and internationally for being that heroine in West Africa’s Ebola fight.
In further strengthening these claims of negligence in the country’s Ebola fight, a Liberian political activist, Mr. Darious Dillon, according to Love FM’s Prime Time News on September 29, 2014, blamed the President for carelessly and incompetently handling the Ebola crisis, and that this, in his opinion, was leading to the unwarranted deaths of many innocent citizens. He cited among other things that, while Ebola had just started rampaging by April of 2014, Madam Sirleaf was busy traveling all around the world, and at one point, she spoke from Italy, announcing to the world that her Health Ministry officials and others had advised her that the virus outbreak was under control, and so there was no need to panic. Even more frustrated by the scale of the agony, Mr. Dillon asserted with emphasis, “People have stupidly died of the virus while Madam Sirleaf has done nothing to the people around her, whose pieces of advice have dragged our country into such a big mess.” In addition, Julius Jensen, a civil society activist, calling in, on the Costa Show on August 28, 2014 contended that President Sirleaf should be held liable for recklessly endangering the lives of the Liberian people.
Representative Bhofal Chambers, appearing on Fabric FM New Dawn on January 14, 2015 disclosed that Ebola, was initially a US$10,000 problem if the Liberian Government was proceeding well, but according to him, there exists a huge administrative and managerial deficit within the Liberian governing system, a reality which he said, had also been acknowledged by both leaders of the United States and Great Britain. Meanwhile, Hon. Chambers had earlier described President Sirleaf as someone who exhibits an “ABSENCE OF THOUGHT”, according to another local radio etc. and etc. But let’s outline a few incidental proofs of these overwhelming so-called MISTAKES and unimaginable PROCEDURAL ERRORS that criminally characterized Liberia’s professed Ebola fight from 2014 to 2015, as follows:
At their handling of some ill-conceived quarantine imposed on the poor slum community of West Point in Monrovia in August 2014, the newly trained and “mocking” 2000-strong Armed Forces of Liberia negligently killed 16 year-old Shakie Kamara. Later on, the army came up to apologize for this negligence. The President, Madam Sirleaf, capped this confession with another admittance that her army made errors in handling the West Point incident while fighting Ebola.
In Management and Leadership, it is said that public appreciation serves as a strong source of motivation. President Sirleaf, identifying countries that had tremendously stood by the side of Liberia in its Ebola fight during her January 26, 2015 State of Nation’s Address, listed countries such as Nigeria and the United States, but left out a wholly-noticeable, all-weather friend, like China, who was in fact the very first country to have brought in a whole US$1.8 million plane load of drugs and equipment to give Liberia its first sigh of relief in battling Ebola. Whether she had a political reason or not, this was another big blunder again. She extended this blunder by appreciating a number of outstanding individuals in the Ebola fight and leaving out Rep. Saah Joseph, the only high-ranking government official, who would get behind the ambulance steering himself to rush patients to hospitals.
The Research Coordinator for the Ebola Incident Management System and Co-Investigator of the Partnership for Research on Ebola Vaccine in Liberia (PREVAIL), Dr. Stephen Kennedy admitted to error in the administration of their Ebola Trial Vaccines because there was not enough, or just, no public awareness prior to administering the vaccines….He said “it was an error on the part of PREVAIL not to inform and educate politicians, civil society organizations, the media and the public before commencing the vaccine exercise.”
As a result of President Sirleaf’s ineptitude and criminal carelessness, just as in the case of the three main Americo-Liberian actors that were involved in our bogus employment termination process at LPRC – i.e. Thomas Nelson Williams of Atlanta, Georgia, Jackson F. Doe, Jr. of Chicago, Illinois, and Cornelius Miamen of some other State in the US, the American Government sustained massive loss in the Ebola fight in West Africa, mainly Liberia. According to the New York Times Newspaper, in the largest American intervention ever in a global health crisis, the US Government had spent a staggering $1.4 billion on its Ebola Mission in West Africa (mainly in Liberia, including the deployment of multiple hundreds of troops with the cost of $360 million), and constructing a total of 11 Ebola Treatment Units around Liberia, upon Ellen’s direct request to President Obama [that everybody was about to die in Liberia]. And interestingly, of these 11 ETUs built with hundreds of thousands of Dollars, of US taxpayers’ money, 9 NEVER hosted any patients, while the 2 that did, only hosted a combined total of 28 patients, when each ETU was built to host 100 patients. A Swedish Medical Expert advising the Liberian Health Ministry apparently on behalf of the World Health Organization is quoted as saying, “My task was to convince the international organizations that you don’t need any more ETUs. I warned them [including the Liberian Government], that the only thing you will show [when you go ahead with your new ETU constructions] will be empty ETUs, so don’t do it.” Liberia’s current Deputy Health Minister, Dr. Francis Kateh added, “I knew that most of the ETUs that were being built may not receive a single patient, but at the same time, you could not put a stop to that process, [for] the train was coming full force” (New York Times, April 11, 2015).
To sum up all the negligence of Madam Sirleaf and her government in handling the Ebola crisis, Reuters reported on December 1, 2014 how the World Health Organization alarmed that the Government of Liberia had “mistakenly” inflated the number of Ebola deaths by a staggering 1,000. According to the WHO, Liberia’s Ebola death toll was at 3,016, but surprisingly just within two days, the Government [shamefully, recklessly, and criminally] sent an updated figure of 4,181. Up to date, it is not clear whether anyone in government was ever punished for making such a “fatal” and denigrating so-called mistake etc. and etc.
We could go on listing and listing all of the criminal carelessness and so-called procedural errors of those calling themselves the societal frontrunners of this place, a NASTY culture that they have miserably now inculcated into our entire society, for which one would wonder where will progress ever come from in such an environment; and most distressingly, how can this deadly disease of criminal negligence that has permeated our society for more than 190 years now, ever be rolled back in this life? But we will pause for now on them.
The sad fact however, ladies and gentlemen of the press, and my fellow compatriots in radio land, is that nothing of this nature actually happens by chance, but instead, these things happen with some deep-rooted foundation from somewhere. To this effect, we would like to categorically state here that all this long string of carelessness and flirting with a whole people’s future and destiny by the Americo-Liberians in this place, in the name of errors and mistakes, have been a culture inculcated into them by their master, Uncle Sam, or the great United States of America.
Let’s therefore try to reconcile the below historical comportment of America in Liberian affairs from the very conception of Liberia in 1816, 200 years ago, up to this point today. We will try to connect the dots using several instances of the conjunctive preposition, even though, as you will see below; that is, we arguing that: …..(a) Even though the American Southerners who established their American Colonization Society to rid their land of criminal Black elements that they said were terrorizing their country through different rounds of slave rebellions and other illicit activities had used four key adjectives to describe their ACS targets as: morally lax, criminally oriented, mentally inferior, and promoters of mischief, the Americans still insulting went ahead and said that they were bringing these same caliber of Blacks to Africa (today’s Liberia) to ‘Christianize’ and Civilize our home, (this is according to history); (b) Even though America had vowed not to recognize Liberia’s independence because it insisted that the founders of Liberia, their ACS Back to Africa Products of the four key adjectives mentioned above, were pure rogues and mischief makers who totally lack every iota of self-governance, this same United States in 1862, swallowed its earlier vow and recognized Liberia’s independence, mainly for the sake of America’s economic gains over other Europeans powers in this part of West Africa (New York Times, February 5, 1862); (c) Even though this America, we know, is the biggest single-nation champion and police of democracy in our current world, when criminals took guns and gruesomely murdered sitting President William R. Tolbert in 1980 and seized power in Liberia, Washington unprecedentedly stepped up its financial support to the Liberian Government under the broad day killers of productive President Tolbert and his several officials, at a scale never before seen in Liberian history, as America’s support climbed from an annual amount of US$20 million to a walloping US$75 million per annum (Wikipedia and other sources); (d) Even though America champions the cause of morally upright and democratic tenets both at home and all around the world, this same United States aided (one way or the other) the escape of its own Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) Operative and indicted Liberian Government Official, Mr. Charles Taylor from the Plymouth Corrections Palace in Massachusetts in September 1985, a man who then, with the backing of Liberian groups and finances from America again, waged one of the deadliest and bloodiest of all recorded civil wars in world history, on Liberia, from 1989 to 1997 (Boston Globe Newspaper, BBC World Service, US Library of Congress etc.); and (e) in line with ALL of our research findings that Liberia was sadly established to be principally inhabited by criminals, and as such, to be governed only by criminals, even though, it has now been overwhelmingly established that current Americo-Liberian President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf has had her finger active in every pie of bloodbath that has decimated this country since 1985 up to this point, including her reported defense, before the very US Congress in June 1990, of the use of child soldiers in Liberia’s NASTY and BLOODY 14 year civil crisis of 1989 to 2003 (according to sources such as http://focusonliberia.worldpress.com; www.publicagendanews.com etc.), America, the biggest known advocate and contributor to the promotion of human rights and the rule of law across our world, has shamefully, erroneously stood by the side of this woman, using their, meaning, America’s huge global influence to make this woman win all of the prestigious accolades in our world, ranging from the very reputable Nobel Peace Prize to the Presidential Medal of Freedom, awarded to her by President Bush in 2007, and not to mention the 14 honorary doctorate degrees she now has to her credit from universities all across the United States, in addition to the American Government’s politically motivated award of huge prize money to this Madam Sirleaf and her Government through the supposedly objective Millennium Challenge Corporation for so-called good governance and economic maturity etc., as we will throw a little light on ahead, with a long rationalization of ‘even thoughs’ too, just as we did above, etc.
But before we delve into the MCC grant argument, we like to inform you that the United States Government usually publishes a number of key reports on almost all countries around the world, gauging these countries’ progress at such national performance indicators as: (a) respect for human rights, (b) upholding of the rule of law, (c) good economic management, and the likes, and some of these key reports include:
The Country Reports on Human Rights Practices
The Trafficking in Persons (or TIP) Report
The Advancing Freedom and Democracy Report
The International Narcotics Control Strategy Report
The International Religious Freedom Report, and
Some Regular State Department Travel Alert Report etc. and etc.
In all of these 6 major US Government reports and probably many minor ones on other countries’ progress, including this country, Liberia has always been highlighted for very poor performance. For example, (1) the Country Reports on Human Rights Practices is submitted annually by the U.S. Department of State to the American Congress in compliance with sections 116(d) and 502B(b) of the Foreign Assistance Act of 1961 etc., intended to cover individual, civil, political, and workers’ rights in various UN-member countries. This regular report does paint some of the very bleakest of pictures or conditions in this place, including a land characterized as yet, by lack of justice, and riddled with discrimination (both ethnic and racial), and plagued with gross impunity, among others. We brought you earlier some excerpt of one of the most recent versions of this report on Liberia as proof.
(2) The Trafficking in Persons (or TIP) Report, released each June, is the U.S. Government’s principal diplomatic tool to engage foreign governments on human trafficking. According to a recent edition of this report, Liberia is both a source and destination country for the trafficking of human beings for different purposes.
(3) The US State Department also publishes some travel alert in the form of a country report for her citizens wishing to travel to countries, including Liberia, on some annual basis, as presented at http://travel.state.gov. Let’s just get a few baths of what the 2015 version of this report had to say about 1822 Liberia:
It starts off by saying, “Despite over ten years of peace and economic growth, Liberia is still one of the poorest countries in the world and many basic services (like for eample, public power, water and sewage, and landline phones etc.) are either limited or [non-existent]. Facilities for foreign visitors are adequate in the capital, Monrovia, [alone], but virtually non-existent in the rest of the country.” The report continues on, with these additional revelations, among other damning ones:
“The [Liberian] police can be both a source of assistance as well as a source of problem for visitors. Concerns about police corruption continue, and travelers may be detained by police officers soliciting bribes.”
“While incidence of crime in Liberia is high, most crimes that occur within the expat community are crimes of opportunity (which increase during the hours of darkness), to include residential burglary or armed robbery etc. The Liberia National Police have limited capacity to respond to crime events.”
“Petty corruption is rampant. Poorly paid government officials and private company employees may ask for fees to do their [own] job, and travelers may be inconvenienced for not paying bribes.”
“Neither running water nor electricity is commercially available in Liberia, except in some parts of Monrovia. Most hotels have utilities available, but not always on a 24-hour basis. There is no working landline telephone system in Liberia.”
“The Liberia Weather Service does not provide information on where and when [ocean] tides form, and there are no lifeguards posted at beaches.”
“Hospitals and medical facilities in Liberia are poorly equipped and are incapable of providing many services. Emergency services comparable to those in the United States or Europe are non-existent, and the blood supply is very unreliable and unsafe for transfusion. For serious medical problems, U.S. citizens in Liberia should consider traveling to the United States, Europe, or South Africa for treatment. Within Liberia, medicines are scarce, often beyond expiration dates, and generally unavailable in most areas; additionally, counterfeit medications, often very well packaged, are common in pharmacies throughout the country.”
“As there is neither an effective garbage removal service, nor a functioning sewer system, sanitation throughout urban areas is very poor, which increases the potential for disease. Upper respiratory infections and diarrhea are common, as well as more serious diseases such as typhoid and malaria.”
“Malaria is a serious, and sometimes fatal disease that is highly prevalent throughout Liberia in all seasons in both cities and rural settings. Before traveling to Liberia you should discuss with your doctor the best antimalarial medication to avoid malaria which should be taken for even short visits confined to Monrovia.”
“Driving in Liberia presents a danger to residents and visitors, as traffic laws are either nonexistent or not enforced. Potholes and poor road surfaces are common, making safe driving extremely challenging. Cars, trucks, motorcycles, and taxis are often overloaded with people and goods, and vehicles make frequent stops without signaling. Drivers overtake on the right lanes as well as the left lanes. Many vehicles operate with threadbare tires, and blowouts are frequent. Public taxis are poorly maintained and usually overloaded.”
“As there is no direct commercial air service to the United States by carriers registered in Liberia, the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has not assessed the government of Liberia’s Civil Aviation Authority for compliance with International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) aviation safety standards yet.” etc. and etc.
Ladies & Gentlemen, it is this same country with such a NASTY profile, that we could go on listing and listing endlessly here, if it were not for time sake, that the mighty United States’ Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC) did qualify as having performed relatively well in 17 good governance and economic management indicators including productive matrices as: (a) Government Effectiveness, (b) Rule of Law, (c) Control of Corruption, (d) [Increased] Public Expenditure on Health, (e) [Increased] Public Expenditure on Primary Education, (f) [Responsible] Natural Resource Management, (g) [Good] Inflation Rate Management, (h) [Good] Regulatory Quality, and (i) Good Fiscal Policy Management etc., and awarded US$256.7 million in prize money for what Madam Dana J. Hyde, Chief Executive Officer of the Millennium Challenge Corporation described, was a manifestation of the United States support to Liberia for the attainment of sustainable development and economic prosperity…etc. – (http://liberianewsagency.org/)
But in the same rationalization that we did above using a long string of the conjunctive preposition, ‘even though’, let’s now list just 22 iniquitous things, among hundreds, that the US State Department, whose Boss heads the Board of Directors of the MCC, knew and knows very well about Liberia in advance, before ever granting to it, this huge compact, and not even a threshold amount, according to the MCC standards; and thus, our argument goes like this too. We say, with the saddest of heart again, that: (1) “Even though Liberia ranks 57th among 203 countries and territories where government officials steal their country’s monies and secretly deposit them in Swiss and other foreign banks, according to the International Consortium of Investigative Journalists (www.frontpageafricaonline.com, February 12, 2015, www.theperspective.org, February 17, 2015 etc.); (2) Even though a 2014 report featured on Wikipedia ranked Liberia 4th, among the world’s 7 biggest victims of capital flight and financial repatriation; (3) Even though Liberia is one of the two counties that top a few countries in the world, which conduct some dubious ship registry program under the nomenclature, ‘flag of convenience’, according to which more than 4,000 commercial ships fly this country’s flag, but with nothing substantial ever coming to its economy; (4) Even though the US Congress has an instrument that amends the American Internal Revenue Code of 1986, designating Liberia as an official tax haven for American Companies (including the likes of LISCR, Cellcom etc., according to sources), under which American companies operate here without paying a cent to the Liberian Government in taxes and other payable fees (this is according to Nicolas Cook, Congressional Research Service, Library of Congress: Liberia’s Post War Recovery: Key Issues and Developments etc.); (5) Even though the Global Financial Integrity Group ranks Liberia as the world’s second notorious country with the most illicit outflow of money (http://allafrica.com, 2015: Liberia Leaks Millions, Ranks High in Tax Evasion); (6) Even though Liberia never scored up to 50% out of a 100% required mark each, for any of the 17 key Millennium Challenge Corporation’s indicators of good governance, like the ones we listed earlier, with scores in crucial areas averaging between 10 and 20% persistently, out of a required 100% mark in the MCC indicators for the country (FrontPage Africa Newspaper, April 18, 2016); (7) Even though Global Witness has for years now, continued to cry out very loudly to the whole world, which America heads in many respects, depicting and suggesting that the structure called the Government of Liberia, from top to bottom, is a massive gang of white-collar terrorists and economic vampires; as in their reports such as: the New Snake Oil, 2015, the Deceivers, 2016 etc.); (8) Even though some of the US Justice Department’s Foreign Agents Registration Act (or FARA) reports sent to Congress explicitly expose the Liberian Government’s illegal dishing out of almost half a billion dollars by now to powerful Washington DC-based law firms, commercial diplomacy firms, and others, including, Jefferson, Walter International or JWI, LLC, LISCR, LLC, Radelet Steven Charles, KRL International, LLC, BKSH & Associates etc. to mischievously paint every NASTY picture on ground in our country rather positive to the US Congress and other World bodies, for which Liberian Government officials, including the President, now walks away with all of the honorary degrees, medals, and countless accolades in this place, while government lacks money to even provide primary education for its babies, let alone electricity, water, roads and so forth for the bigger ones etc. (www.fara.gov; www.theperspective.org: Is This Ellen’s Watergate etc.); (9) Even though more than 50,000 non-residential companies are created and registered to non-existent 80 Broad Street in Monrovia, but their taxes and other fees are collected and expended by a private American company that is run from the heart of US Military facilities in Virginia, the United States of America, when flashlights are used to deliver pregnant women in Liberia due to lack of generators and gasoline to run them in this place (Liberia: America’s Outpost of Financial Secrecy – May 26, 2016, George Turner, Finance Uncovered, UK; http://amabhungane.co.za; OECD; Daily Observer Newspaper etc.); (10) Even though Transparency International, not too long ago ranked Liberia as the world’s number one corrupt country, with the story carried on the front page of America’s biggest newspaper, the USA Today (US Flips Flops Over Liberia – Say what you mean, mean what you say: FrontPage Africa, December 8, 2015); (11) Even though a leading newspaper in our country, the FrontPage Africa Newspaper has categorically blamed the American Government for [recklessly] playing with the future of the good people of this country (December 8, 2015); (12) Even though another top newspaper outlet in our country, the Hot Pepper Newspaper quotes President Obama as naming Liberia among a very few African countries whose leaders are pure thieves and common criminals (www.hotpepperlberia.com: Obama Names Rogue Presidents: August 1, 2015); (13) Even though a National Chronicle Newspaper July 2014 publication quotes some recent UN Security Council Report as saying that President Sirleaf is aware of all of the [funny things] happening in our country, but pretends to be sick, and in response to these embarrassing realities President Obama remarked, “From Nuremburg to Yugoslavia to Liberia, the US has seen that the end of impunity and the promotion of justice are not just moral imperatives, but are stabilizing forces in international affairs”, while pledging the United States’ support for the establishment of a War Crimes Court for Liberian criminals etc. (National Chronicle or Hot Pepper: US Government Slams Liberia Again: President Sirleaf’s fate hangs in limbo: July 24, 2014); (14) Even though the National Chronicle Newspaper draws the public’s attention to the fact that it has been informed that the United States had instructed President Sirleaf to announce the establishment of a war crimes court on June 27, 2014, but that Ellen continues to shy away from this key function because of her own involvement with those war crimes, using her ever-powerful US-based commercial diplomacy firms to plead her case for the cruel cancellation of this key justice-related project [and this cruel underhand scheme is succeeding with some official acquiescence of the United States] (National Chronicle or Hot Pepper: US Government Slams Liberia Again: President Sirleaf’s fate hangs in limbo: July 24, 2014); (15) Even though the National Chronicle Newspaper documented a well-coordinated money laundering and illicit cash transfer scheme deployed by Government of Liberia’s officials, a scheme that some US Authorities must be aware of, that goes like this: “Liberian Government officials first made Delta Airlines, an America airline, a conduit for illegally transferring their stolen wealth in cash to the United States. Some Liberian officials were caught at American airports with huge undeclared sums of monies. Delta got embarrassed when it was blamed by Federal Security Authorities for aiding and abetting such illegal process, and thus, Delta had to pause. Liberian Government Officials then started using the Liberian Embassy’s Bank account in the US to run their illicit cash transfer and money laundering activities; again, the Americans discovered this, closed the Liberian Embassy’s bank account in Washington DC, thus halting this second scheme or conduit.” As a third and most suitable alternative for now, the newspaper reports, “Liberian Government officials channel their monies from a bank on Broad Street in Monrovia, to a bank in Freetown, Sierra Leone, then from that bank in Sierra Leone, to a bank in the Philippines, then from that bank in the Philippines, to another bank in Delaware, the US, from where these monies are now transferred to individual accounts across the United States” etc. (National Chronicle or Hot Pepper: US Government Slams Liberia Again: President Sirleaf’s Fate Hangs In Limbo: July 24, 2014); (16) Even though Liberia’s score on the Tax Justice Network’s Financial Secrecy Index stands at a walloping 83% out of 100%, in the negative, far over notorious Panama, which stands at 72%, and Liberia is criminally one of the less than 9 countries and territories of the over 200 countries and territories on this planet, that have negatively NEVER passed the first phase of the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development’s Global Forum for Tax and Transparency Peer Review Test, for which Liberia is now on some European nations’ black list of tax havens, and is being described by countries such as Brazil, as a “privileged tax haven” etc. (http://www.theafricareport.com: Liberia: Africa’s Unknown Tax Haven With Much To Lose: April 2016); (17) Even though the US Overseas Security Advisory Council (OSAC) discloses that the very vast majority of Liberians live on less than $1 per day, with almost zero access to basic social services, and that childhood malnutrition levels are beyond measure, with 39% of children under 5 years of age stunted (i.e. can’t grow well due to lack of good and enough food), 86% of children 6-23 months old anemic (i.e. pale and sickly in their bodies always due to lack of good and adequate food), and 53% of them are deficient in Vitamin ‘A’ etc. (Liberia’s Mess and Corruption: The Two Faces Of US Stance On Good Governance, Human Rights And Democracy In Africa: www.theperspective.org: May 17, 2016); (18) Even though a Liberia’s Health Needs Assessment Report, done by the United States National Institute of Health (NIH) discloses former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice as alluding to the fact that [the vast majority] of Liberian women suffer the fate of being the most deprived women on Earth while a woman governs their country etc. (Idem); (19) Even though Hot Pepper Newspaper sources in the United States have informed it that President Sirleaf is using KRL International’s Riva Levinson, the woman with all of the connections and contacts in this world, to help the Liberian Government to block or disrupt the implementation of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission Report, thus rendering the blood of almost half a million of our citizens that were gruesomely killed in STUPID Americo-Liberian wars of revenge and power, in this country, to go in vain, and to dash the hopes of millions of people from ever receiving any form of reparations for the kinds of savage treatments meted out against them in this place for over two decades etc. (www.hotpepperliberia.com: Because of Personal Interest, Liberia’s Oil Block Sold Cheaply’; October 22, 2015); (20) Even though the US White House persistently maintained its stance on this ‘Black American Colony’, originating from 2004, according to its National Emergency Act on Liberia, that this Liberia still remains a major threat to US Foreign Policy in light of the [broad day], unlawful depletion of our resources, and the removal and subsequent secretion into other countries, of our nation’s funds and properties etc. (www.hotpepperliberia.com, July 24, 2014; www.theperspective.org, March 16, 2014 etc.); (21) Even though the US State Department’s 2015 Trafficking in Persons Report explicitly brands Liberia as a source and destination country for men, women, and children’s painful subjection to forced labor and human trafficking (including “sex trafficking”), as we mentioned earlier; and (22) Even though the US State Department’s most recent Human Rights and Other Governance Activities report on Liberia substantiate similar reports of the past, persistently painting the bleakest and gloomiest of pictures about this illegitimate state, including for example, a country with corruption accepted and formalized in its public sector; a country where judicial and legal authorities don’t, as yet, even know the very basics of the laws, and a country where human beings are still being treated like animals in this Golden Age of the Silicon Valley etc. (2015 US State Department’s Human Rights Report on Liberia, Liberian Local Dailies etc.), etc. and etc., this same State Department-led Millennium Challenge Corporation still went ahead to grant this very Liberia prize money for so-called ‘good or improved governance and economic management’ in late 2015. And interestingly, in the cover letter of this US State Department-prepared Country Report on Liberia’s Human Rights Culture, Secretary of State John F. Kerry, who submits this report to the US Congress, states emphatically with warning to all nations, including this fake Liberia, that, “Violent non-state actors do not come from nowhere. They flourish in the absence of credible and effective state institutions, where avenues for free and peaceful expression of opinions are blocked, where court systems lack credibility, where unchecked security forces instill fear in the populations, and where even the most basic of day-to-day transactions by citizens with their [own] government are characterized by corruption etc.”
Yet ironically, listeners under the tone of our voice, it is this same Secretary of State John F. Kerry, sitting as the Head of the Board of Directors of the Millennium Challenge Corporation (MCC), who approves US$256.7 million to the Liberian Government in prize money for their ‘splendid performance’ at good governance and sound economic management, among others.
And painfully, as all this goes on, it is only our poor, innocent and the vast indigenous majority who continue to suffer all of the dire consequences and side effects of these so-called procedural errors and blunders. That’s why for over 190 years of our existence now, we have a population mainly comprising sick, hungry, malnourished, poor, and illiterate people, (this is without prejudice to our innocent poor people); there is an almost absolute lack of ALL basic social services; we have no infrastructural gains to ever boast of etc.
[Meaning the 2nd reason for which we are taking such strange stance or approach as you see us taking here today; we say:] Although with all the deep convictions that America is hugely responsible for bulk of the mess that we face here as a people, including the very mess that has brought us here today, we could just come here begging only for our good American friends to intervene on our behalf, and that’s it. We could have, for instance, just sorrowfully written about how we, the Natives of this place, with the preponderance of proofs we now have, do continue to consistently face, from historical times to date, the harshest of injustice at the hands of the Americo-Liberians and their institutions, while begging the American people to help our family, and this strategy could have worked out for us ever since we came here 3 weeks ago. But in our family’s reading, this would amount to grand sycophancy and gross deceit, intended only to gain favor and solve our personal problem, as the norm is, in Americo-Liberia. But we chose to do it a different way to benefit ALL (past, present and future generations), God willing. That’s why, we took up 4 round years of financial and other forms of difficulties to document and substantiate every claim that we have against the great United States for our sad collective plight here as a people, and we didn’t hide these findings from them, as we have now presented ALL to them in details.
We seek to throw out this challenge to the Americans that if they are that civilized and democratic enough, as our research findings on them establish, which we believe, then they should demonstrate this fact now by mustering the courage to come out of their air-conditioned offices to just talk to this simple protesting family that has stood outside of their main gate here for up to 3 weeks now – no matter the size and color of this family, and no matter the claim that we have come here to make. For we believe in America.
We take this action because we also want to use this single case, which we have ever since given to our country and our ever-suffering masses already, by the grace of God, as a beginning point for righting our country’s many wrongs (historical and current). This process of righting wrongs from the beginning, to this point in our collective existence, we know, will culminate into unconditional civic imperatives such as, for example: tearing down our current, old civic foundation to build a new one, declaring or re-declaring independence for this place, designing and redesigning new civic institutions in our home etc. So, not to leave you in suspense, let’s now outline some of the very elementary, but important things that we, as a people, do have very wrong about our foundation, that makes Liberia illegitimate, which we must make right immediately, before moving forward, and they include:
The very argument that lies at the heart of the establishment of Liberia is wrong, and MUST be corrected now, before any soul ever rests in this country. Fellow citizens, To build a country based on the initial argument that hardcore criminals could be systematically rounded up and taken somewhere for them to ‘Civilize’ and ‘Christianize’ that place, is the most iniquitous argument for any God-fearing people to ever take as the foundation argument of their country. This argument must change now, and this change begins with change of our fake dismissal letter from LPRC, by the grace of God. Additional backings of the claim of this country’s wrong foundation design and arguments are as follow:
Liberia’s own Professor, Dr. Amos C. Sawyer, lecturing at the Indiana University in the United States once declared that “Liberia is an idea flawed in conception, design and implementation.”
Dr. James Ciment of New York describes the Liberian debacle as a [living] example of America’s ugly affairs with slavery, which produced an illegitimate, yet potently abrasive child named the Republic of Liberia, a nation state with a twisted approach and [thwarted] modus operandi (www.theperspective.org)
Madam Nancy Oku Bright, in her blockbuster (Liberia: America’s Step Child: 2002) depicts the painfully sad story of a failed notion [underlying Liberia’s establishment] that former slaves could ever create freedom and equality if given the power to mold a new social order of their own [something they’ve failed to do in almost 200 years now, and will NEVER do because of their inherent criminality and cruelty]
Mr. Wilfred Bangourah of Liberia’s current Senate Protemp’s Office says, Liberia was founded on a very false premise (Farbric FM. New Dawn, March 16, 2015)
According to a renowned Islamic Cleric in our country, Shiek Ali Krayee, Liberia was founded out of deceit. (Farbric FM., March 2016)
The British, one time in history described Liberia as a mere philanthropic experiment, according Prof. Joseph S. Guannu’s Liberian History Up to 1847
Mr. Martin Kollie of the University of Liberia describes Liberia as a global recycle bin where waste products of all kinds [including problematic human beings, and by extension, criminals] are sent for storage by America etc.
Almost all historical sources establish the fact that the principal objective that underlie the establishment of Liberia was to have America rid herself of troublesome, unproductive, and criminal Black elements. This is terribly wrong to lay the foundation argument of a country, and we repeat, MUST change now, by the grace and power of God, ladies & gentlemen.
After agents acting on behalf of the American Government and the American Colonization Society arm robbed land from our ethnic forefathers and dumped their Black people, these arrogant Black Immigrants decided to extend this criminal act by illegally encroaching more and more into the indigenous communities and inherited lands. The armless and defenseless Ethnic Africans then engaged these self-proclaimed pioneers about their unlawful encroachments into our Native lands. Sources say these grievances from our Native forefathers went unattended to, or were not responded to, for protracted periods. When the poor indigenous people mustered the civic courage to defend their rights and to protect their inherited property by rampaging against these strange Black American bedfellows with their bows and arrows; it is reported that, instead of the so-called ‘civilized’ Black Americans constructively engaging their Native counterparts in search of a peaceful solution, they (the Black Americans, the Johnsons, McClains, the Weeks, and Tubmans of today), with support from the United States, mobilized military-style arms and ammunition and massively killed our tribal forefathers in what they today refer to as the 1822 Twin Battles of Crown Hill and Forte Hill. Immediately upon committing these unspeakable atrocities and crimes against humanity, the mischief-making Americo-Liberians compounded this criminal error by choosing a compromise date/day between these two November 1822 battles and declaring that comprised date/day as National Thanksgiving Day, a day that was officially ratified by their colonial Legislature in 1883. Today, insultingly, members of our huge indigenous community still either ignorantly or stupidly celebrate this day. And up to this point, Liberia has failed to honestly move quickly to take responsibility for this grave affront to our tribal forefathers, and to correct this criminal error.
At a funny talk shop that excluded all of our traditional people in 1847, which the founders of this failed state referred to as their Constitutional Convention, and the only one in these 194 years thus far, a few Black American ethnocentric criminals, again, heavily assisted by Harvard Law School Professor John Simon Greenleaf, crafted their new nation’s professed Declaration of Independence, which among other things, reflect the following criminal errors:
A statement in the Declaration of Independence, which became the preamble of the country’s first Constitution, lies and says, “We the people of the Republic of Liberia [are] originally of the United States of North America.”
An extremely vindictive and ill-intentioned narrative in this same document suggests that the basis for which Liberia’s founding fathers were establishing their country was to seek revenge against the 16 indigenous groups that they had met on ground. Some portion of this document implying this intended vengeance against us reads, “In some parts of that country (meaning the US of North America), we were debarred by law from all the rights and privileges of men – in other parts, public sentiment, more powerful than law frowned us down. We were everywhere shut out from all civil office. We were taxed without our consent. We were compelled to contribute to the resources of a country which gave us no protection.” So the Black American pariahs, as far as history and their fruits for the past 194 years now have confirmed to us, were saying here that, this is our time now to mete out these same sorts of cruel treatments to another group of people – and unfortunately, ladies & gentlemen, these groups of people turned out to be us, the Krus, Bassas, Greboes, and the Krahns etc. of this West African territory, the Grain Coast.
By making these kinds of statements in such a big civic document, the founding fathers of Liberia, those guys that Virginian Congressman John Randolph had always described as promoters of mischief, sadly thought that they were laying the foundation for a more psychologically integrated and well-reconciled society like the “Hell of Mess” that we now see in this place.
At this same criminal talk shop that Liberia’s so-called pioneers called their Constitutional Convention, which excluded the Yarkpawolos, Dayougars, and Kollies etc., branding them as wild animals, worthless of participating in such civic engagement, key national emblems and symbols were adopted, again, to the cruel neglect of the interests of these claimed wild animals: the Kartees, Kawals, Ngafuans, Konnehs, the Jallahs, and so forth. For example, their seal, bearing that motto, “The love of liberty brought us here” was adopted to further back that statement in the Declaration of Independence mentioned above, and their flag of 11 stripes, reportedly representing the 11 Black American fathers of negative tribalism at that so-called convention, was also adopted, all of which were cleverly fashioned to match the divisive and illegal name called Liberia, that was suggested by Maryland Congressman Robert Goodloe. Harper earlier. Again, the Black American pariahs sadly thought that people could build a vibrant and prosperous society this way. Today, Liberia has yet to realize these points as utterly damaging errors that need unconditional corrections.
With respect to the organic law that governs everything else in the country, that is, the constitution. Liberia’s constitution is an embodiment of incredible hypocrisy, perversion of laws, and all sorts of embarrassment. For instance, the current Constitution was among other things written under very unfavorable conditions, and as such, contains some of the most astonishing lies, unproductive arguments, and some criminal provisions that no one can ever imagine of a group of people calling themselves a civilized people in this 21st century.
In response to the critical issues presented in Points D and E above, grave national issues that continue to hold our common destiny hostage for centuries now, the very astute lecturer of history at the University of Liberia, Prof. Elwood Dun launched a scathing criticism at both the constitution and all of the symbols, awards and emblems of the country in 2012 and 2014 respectively, strongly recommending review and subsequent changes to them. During his July 26, 2012 Independence Day Oration for example, Dr. Dun, expressing his utmost disgust over the level of inadequacies found within this instrument, described Liberia’s current constitution as a document replete with different kinds of conflicts and dualities, [apart from it been prepared under undemocratic circumstances]. About a year or two later, Dr. Dun, according to reliable sources, then called for an objective review and redesigning of the nation’s symbols and emblems as a means of inaugurating true integration and reconciliation among the people, since these are the tools that foster the spirit of belongingness and oneness among all citizens. Since these strong statements and recommendations were made by Prof. Dun, the Liberian State and Government, as usual, has done nothing fundamental as yet to address these grave issues, but continue to tip-toe around these bloody errors.
This same reality overshadows every other aspect of national life in this rogue state. For example, every natural resource concession deal in Liberia, beginning officially in 1894, according to history, up to this 2017, has been heavily marred by criminally intentional forms of law breaking, all under the canopy of errors, blunders, and mistakes, just as it is within our professed January 2013 dismissal letter, as can be attested to, by all reputable integrity international institutions, including the UK-based Global Witness, Publish What You Pay, Moore Stevens etc. and etc.
After having brought you all these strong narratives, and subsequently blaming the United States for ALL of them directly or directly, let us make it crystal clear here that we do NOT, and we repeat, NOT, in any way, hate America. We are just diligently exercising our civic responsibilities as good citizens of both our country and our world, like any conscious person would do. In fact, we do cherish and applaud this America due to several reasons, including how some of us even personally owe our existence, God first, to some American intervention, that we are grateful, proud, and honest enough to always mention anywhere, anytime. We are moreover so grateful and proud of America because she has, in the first place, made us to know all these astounding information about herself, no matter how negative these pieces of information may sound in the human ear. In our view, America has always allowed such transparency in almost ALL of her human dealings – whether dirty or not – as a clear demonstration of her honest desire to clean up history. We believe such sound culture of always endeavoring to clean up history is a stroke of righteousness. We are confident that by divulging such pieces of information about themselves or their activities like some of what we have been elaborating on today, America provides all of us, especially in this country, an excellent opportunity to improve our very dirty and difficult situations.
We feel further obligated to disclose here, how we are greatly inspired by America, with faith in God, to do all of what we are currently doing here today – that is, mustering such a huge civic courage to stand and advocate for our ever-suffering people of this land, using the plain truth, as our only weapon. Some of the very great inspirations that we have been receiving from Americans, which point to our country’s situation – both directly and indirectly – can be proudly outlined here as follows, among many more:
President Obama: He inspires us a whole lot by making us understand, among other things, that:
Democracy is not just for holding elections
He says, every man deserves the right to control their fate alone
According to Mr. Obama, if we succumb to people who believe that they are superior to us, then in the end, we will be losers, and they too will be losers.
This great man has said that no matter how many, or how much resources a people may have, and no matter how many different talents they may possess, once there is no basic rule of law that honestly endeavors to treat everyone equally, nothing else will ever work for that country
In his last state of the Union Address, Mr. Obama said, as one of his greatest, or even his greatest disappointment, he just frustratingly could not impact America’s poisonous foreign policy much, and everyone knows by now, ladies and gentlemen, how this poisonous American foreign policy affects our country so deeply.
First Lady Michelle Obama
She said no country will ever flourish if it stifles the potentials of its own people. [And this is the main strategy that Americo-Liberia uses to kill its citizens]
Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton:
Speaking on behalf of the United States, at some Internet Freedom occasion in 2010, Mrs. Clinton quotes President Obama as saying, “the more freely information flows, the stronger societies become.”
Former US Ambassador Deborah R. Malac:
She made us to understand that the only economic model Liberia SADLY knows for foreign investment is concession agreements, something she said is far way outdated now.
At her independence day speech on July 4, 2014 at the US Monrovia Embassy, Ambassador Malac assured the people of this country that one of the US Government’s major roles in helping us out of our ugly situation now will be to advocate for an atmosphere that will tolerate and promote alternative and dissenting views, including public discourses characterized by civility and mutual respect. This is according to ELBC, July 4, 2014
US Liberia Embassy Official, Madam Sheilla Paskman:
In July 2014, Madam Paskman, in what our revolution considers the most important admonishment ever received by the people of this land, directly, offered her candid advice to the people of this country that, in order for us to attend to our huge societal problems, we will have to use our current potentials instead of waiting for some other people to come in the future to do so. But she said the road to achieving this however, is not, and we repeat here NOT, by waiting to hold some public office first, but instead, by putting up some form of responsible community or grass root leadership (local radio news on July 26, 2014)
Assistant Secretary of State for African Affairs, Madam Linda Thomas Greenfield:
She just recently warned her Americo-Liberian mischief-making government as saying, “Let me stress, violence must be avoided at all costs [now], and no one should die in an effort to express their political beliefs. etc.
As we close, let’s re-emphasize that our demand out here today is very simple, and it goes like this, in summary: We are saying, LPRC, you claim to have dismissed us for reasons that you are still fumbling, for up to 4 years now to establish, but your dismissal letter, apart from expressing an inconsistent justification for your action, also carries a misrepresented dismissing authority. Now, as a result of your action, you have both rudely disrupted our professional career, and as a result, damaged it, as well as damaged our future, while at the same time you have brought grave humiliation upon our family, in one sense – holding other things constant however. But we think, LPRC, that you must not have your cake and eat it at the same time – meaning, you can’t inflict all this wound on our persons, and our future, and then turn around and give us a fake dismissal instrument. NO. NO. LPRC and the GOL, you can’t be that cruel into forcing us to be two-time losers in life. So we only now need that fake document rectified so that we can start putting our broken pieces back together, but on a cleaner slate now, by the grace of God. In addition, if this is not done, our conscience will blame us for contributing to, or conducing to all of the mess listed above, and many more, and their attending unspeakable aftermath, all factored into the innocent blood and perpetual suffering of our people in this country – something we rebuke, and will never accept to be part of, by the grace of God. That’s why we are not claiming the amount that you currently owe us in damages for your very cruel action against us. Remember that if we were to calculate how much you owe us, for the over 48 months now, in salaries and benefits, as a bona-fide manager, we will be speaking in the tone of far over US$300,000, but we frankly don’t want to claim any cent from an institution that we’ve now thoroughly discovered was setup to suck and live on the blood and future of our people through an evil under-hand agenda under the guise of running a state-owned business enterprise. We only want a corrected copy of our so-called dismissal letter to legitimize our complete divorce with you and Liberia because, as it stands with this professed dismissal letter in our hand, we are still part of the LPRC, and by extension, the GOL.
Fellow compatriots and the world at large, remember that anything not done properly is not done yet at all. So we herewith demand that this letter MUST be corrected NOW, or else we will remain here for as long as God would permit us, until the Americans intervene. For we believe that America, despite all of our well-founded criticisms against her, is very mature and capable enough to amicably and ably respond to our peaceful demand. We are confident that America knows very well that these home truths are necessary to now bring sanity to ALL of us, as our destinies, as human beings and God’s children, are all tied together.
As we throw out this simple and humble plea for the world’s superpower and Liberia’s popularly known stepmother, the great United States of America to kindly intervene in this issue, America’s response will demonstrate their civility, remorse of conscience, and a whole lot of virtues to the world about ALL their involvement with issues pertaining to our home, and this should be considered one of their biggest challenges in all time. On the other hand, America’s refusal to intervene in this purely rational and legitimate request of ours for their input in this case, will indicate that they are condemning all of the claims we are making about their predominantly negative and counterproductive involvements with our homeland since 1816, the outcome of which today is sadly a whole people on this side of the globe, with twisted approach to life and a thwarted modus operandi of how to go about doing things, as was described by Dr. Ciment of New York, according to the Wall Street Journal.
We also have proof that what we are requesting of America here today are all things that their own forefathers committed them to doing for us. For example, President William H. Taft confirmed this before Congress in 1909 that they (America) owe the people of this country some moral obligation, although how this obligations is fulfilled has now become a big, long debate.
In closing finally, today, Monday, April 17, 2017 marks Day 1 of Week 4 of our peaceful family protest petitioning the US Monrovia Embassy for this much-needed redress. As ew have repeatedly mentioned earlier, we have been here at this Embassy’s main gate since Wednesday, March 29, 2017, politely demanding the American Government and People to intervene in our plight, since nobody in our reading and opinion, can ever do this kind of intervention in Liberian affairs, equal to, or even closer to the American Government, whose citizens in the first place, conceived their Liberia in 1816, physically established it in 1822, and subsequently continue to run it in different forms for their own interest since that time up to date.
During the first two weeks of our stay here, we sent two communications to Ambassador Christine Elder informing her about our presence here, while also re-echoing our family’s polite demand for her Government’s prompt intervention to lay to rest our case, which the Americo-Liberian Government is completely unable, morally, legally, or otherwise to EVER resolve, even in a billion years. Because almost all of us contracted different health problems for the first two weeks of earsplitting sunshine and mosquito bites, we had to take the 3rd week off attending to our health needs, while creating some space for embassy authorities to adequately assess our claims and demand. The two communications that we sent out during those first two weeks, to this effect, whose links we are providing below for proof, are dated Thursday, March 30, 2017 and Tuesday, April 4, 2017 respectively. They were delivered by us in person at the official receptionist or communication receipt desk of the Embassy, and were officially logged by them, with our signature included, on Friday, March 31, 2017 and Tuesday, April 4, 2017 respectively – with all falling on deaf ears, as yet. The both letters can be accessed now from https://is.gd/kUvW5V or https://is.gd/lpTxJR depending on one’s choice of format, and they are named First Handwritten letter to Amb. Elder during protest.doc/.pdf and Second Handwritten letter to Amb. Elder during protest.doc/.pdf respectively.
In line with one of the biggest arguments within these two handwritten letters, we are stressing that we have overwhelmingly established that the part of Benson Street on which we are standing and sleeping does not belong to the American Embassy, and as such, they seem to care less about people standing there seeking to petition them; and secondly, we have all rights under international laws to peacefully assemble on any soil, including American soil, to peacefully petition any authority, including American authority. Therefore, we are going to do everything peacefully possible to cross this Benson Street today to the American side of the road and into their fence to continue our peaceful struggle for redress, God willing. We believe that to lessen the current risk that we are exposed to, for huge health complications, which unfortunately could be to the taste of our detractors, we must today enter the American Embassy yard by the grace of God, where, when the sun is shining, we can bask under the Americans’ well-trimmed trees, and when it is raining, our little family and closed dependents of around 10, including one pregnant woman and two kids (of age 4 and 9, which are still currently sick), can shelter under the eve of those huge embassy buildings. But we can no longer stand out here, and we can’t just leave without the Americans talking to us, God willing. And to reinforce these points we clarified in our 2nd handwritten letter to the Ambassador on April 4, 2017, all of the relevant international laws under the Universal Declaration of Human Rights to give us these many rights and even give our family, and any family for that matter, elevated privileges as compared to any other societal group.
We just don’t understand what’s wrong with coming outside to talk to another group of God’s children who want to hear from you, even in the midst of accusing you, and this is what the mighty America has been doing unfortunately to our simple family since 3 weeks now. We also don’t understand why this great America will not want to attend quickly to issues pertaining to anybody, or even anything, pertaining to this country when she knows how deeply we all have gotten attached – regardless of the ugly nature of this attachment or connection for now. We are however still here, and we like for our fellow compatriots and the world over to know that we are peacefully entering the Americans’ own premises today, by the grace of God, to take our redress process to another level through His grace.
Our resolve to now march peacefully into the Embassy premises in observance of our rights under international laws to petition the American people is how far this 3rd civic action stands right now. We want to encourage all families of this country who believe in our conviction that America must now be engaged constructively about all of our problems as we look for sustained, genuine solutions, to support us morally and otherwise.
We hope to close up on the family aspect of the Plain Truth Revolution from this 3rd and last predominantly family-engineered and executed civic action, to now get more public and general.
Thank you very much for following the Plain Truth Revolution so closely now, as it transcends from the single family stage to the national stage by the grace and power of God, who wants to deliver His ever-suffering children in this place right now.
or proof, are dated Thursday, March 30, 2017 and Tuesday, April 4, 2017 respectively. They were delivered by us in person at the official receptionist or communication receipt desk of the Embassy, and were officially logged by them, with our signature included, on Friday, March 31, 2017 and Tuesday, April 4, 2017 respectively – with all falling on deaf ears, as yet. The both letters can be accessed now from https://is.gd/kUvW5V or https://is.gd/lpTxJR depending on one’s choice of format, and they are named First Handwritten letter to Amb. Elder during protest.doc/.pdf and Second Handwritten letter to Amb. Elder during protest.doc/.pdf respectively.
We just don’t understand what’s wrong with coming outside to talk to another group of God’s children who want to hear from you, even in the midst of accusing you, and this is what the mighty America has been doing unfortunately to our simple family since 3 weeks now. We also don’t understand why this great America will not wa