NEWS from CONGRESSWOMAN BARBARA LEE
Tell the T.R.U.T.H. about Haiti
March 9, 2004
Congresswoman Barbara Lee Introduces TRUTH (The Responsibility to Uncover the Truth about Haiti) Act - H.R. 3919 - To establish the Independent Commission on the 2004 Coup d'Etat in the Republic of Haiti.
Washington, DC - Congresswoman Barbara Lee (D-CA), Congressional Black Caucus Haiti Task Force Co-Chair, today introduced the TRUTH (The Responsibility to Uncover the Truth about Haiti) Act today, which calls for an independent bipartisan commission to uncover the facts about the Bush Administration's involvement in the recent coup d'etat in Haiti. The bill was co-sponsored by CBC Haiti Task Force Co-Chair John Conyers and 23 other Members.
The TRUTH Act calls for the commission to investigate, among other questions, the following:
Following the makeup of the WMD commission called for in H.R. 2625 legislation by Congressman Henry Waxman (D-CA) last year, the TRUTH commission would be made up of ten members, five chosen by the Democratic congressional leadership and five by the Republican congressional leadership.
"The Bush Administration's efforts in the overthrow of a democratically-elected government must be investigated," said Lee. "All of the evidence brought forward thus far suggests that the Administration has, in essence, carried out a form of 'regime change,' a different variation than it took in Iraq, but still regime change. The American people and the international community deserve to know the truth, and this bill will offer the opportunity to investigate the long-term origins of the overthrow of the Haitian government and the impact of our failure to protect democracy."