Wednesday, September 8, 2010

Some Elders of Grand Gedeh County turned a US Government List intended for a noble purpose into a blacklist

"Blacklisting people in Liberia is life threatening ... "

For some times now George Boley sr, a Liberian warlord arrested on January 15th by U.S. Immigration and Customs has being sitting in a jail cell in upstate Batavia. According to information read online, he’s charged administratively, with lying in order to gain entry into the U.S., and with committing extrajudicial killings while in another country. Homeland Security authorities are looking at charging Mr. Boley with actual war crimes.

On Monday, August 16, 2010 at 7:13 PM, I received an email from Gary Craig Reporter Democrat and Chronicle in Rochester NY asking if I would be available to talk by phone of the allegations of war crimes committed by Mr. Boley when he was in charge of the LPC in Liberia.
I emailed Mr Craig and said yes I would.
He called me and interviewed me and I told him what I saw while I was in Liberia.
See: Democrat and Chronicle
A day later, I received a call from Mr. Thomas Zeh a very close friend of the late General Charles Julu of Liberia. Mr. Zeh warned me not to get involve with testifying against Mr. Boley in court because I am a member of the Krahn tribe (Mr. Boley’s tribe).

Mr. Zeh also informed me that there is a blacklist circulating within the rings of some Elders of Grand Gedeh County and that such list would be considered an anti krahn or Krahn betrayer list.
Mr. Zeh proceeded to say that some Elders of Grand Gedeh County have a horrible plans against any member of the krahn tribe who will come forward and testify against Mr. Boley.

Blacklisting people in Liberia is life threatening as such; upon hearing such statement from Mr. Zeh, I did not take it lightly.
Usually if a person is blacklisted in Liberia, he or she must either flee the country because that was equivalent to committing Treason under the PRC regime in Liberia in the 80s. Since most Elders of Grand Gedeh County living in the USA are people who were active government officials during the PRC time, I even got more terrified.

Hearing such disturbing news needed my wife’s attention. So I told my wife about what was going on. I informed other opinion Liberians living in the USA as well. I will as well pass this information on to the FBI.

After a week or so, I called Mr. Zeh and asked him if he would be kind to provide the list to me just to be sure. He said yes. I asked him to give said list to Mr. Jackson Towah to photo copy it, and mail it to me. Jackson Towah is friend of mine and a very close neighbor to Mr. Zeh. I now have the copy of the list  in my possession which I have included below.

Since Mr. Zeh called my house, I have received numerous of unusual phone calls with block-out numbers warning me not to get involve in testifying against Mr. Boley in a court of law. Knowing that these calls were serious, I called Jackson Towah and told him to be very careful as well.

I believe that said list was not intended to be used as a blacklist but for a noble cause if indeed the list actually came from the government of the United States of America. But because the list is now in the hands of Mr. Boley’s supporters, they may have turned it into a blacklist to either frighten or get at those planning to testify against Mr. Boley in order to obstruct justice.

I fear my life and the live of my family. I am deeply worried about Jackson Towah’s life as well since he lives in a community that is pro Boley. I am not sure what might happen to names of Liberians on such a "blacklist" as well.

I believe this is a very serious situation because similar blacklist was used by soldiers in Liberia to torture my father who had different political opinion different from that of the President on Nov. 12, 1985.

Bernard G. Goah

Phone: (503) 646-1896
Email: bgoah76@yahoo.com

Please see the list below:
 
Some Elders of Grand Gedeh County turned a US Government List intended for a Noble purpose into a black list



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U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Proposed Witness List

Witnesses with the United States

1. STEWART, John H. T. – if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The DHS will also seek to have him qualified as an expert witness regarding Liberian affairs during the periods of civil unrest beginning in 1997 (“Rice Riot”) and throughout the current time. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately ninety minutes;

2. GOLDERBG, Jeffrey – if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

3. ROBERT, Patrick - if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

4. ALLMAN, Eugene - if called the SPECIAL Agent, Office of Investigations/ICE/DHS will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the DHS/ICE investigation regarding the respondent both within the United States and overseas. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately ninety minutes;

5. UZAROWSKI, Peter – if called the SPECIAL Agent, Office of Investigations/ICE/DHS will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the DHS/ICE investigation regarding the respondent both within the United States and overseas. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

6. PARKES, Jeffrey - if called the SPECIAL Agent, Office of Investigations/ICE/DHS will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the DHS/ICE investigation regarding the respondent both within the United States and overseas. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

7. O’ROURKE, Cornelius - if called the SPECIAL Agent, Office of Investigations/ICE/DHS will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the DHS/ICE investigation regarding the respondent both within the United States and overseas. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

8. RYAN, Kevin – if called the Group Supervisory Agent, Office of Investigations/ICE/DHS will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the DHS/ICE investigation regarding the respondent both within the United States and overseas. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

9. ARANYOSI, Jeffrey – if called, the Customs and Border Protection Officer will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the respondent’s deferred inspection on January 15, 2010 at the peace Bridge Port of Entry, Buffalo, NY. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

10. KURKOWSKI, Jill – if called, the Customs and Border Protection Officer will testify regarding the facts and circumstances of the respondent’s deferred inspection on January 15, 2010 at the peace Bridge Port of Entry, Buffalo, NY. The government estimates that her direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

11. VIRGIN, George – If called, the DCH, Forensic Document Laboratory Examiner, will testify regarding his microscopic, instrumental and comparative examination of several documents containing the respondent’s signature. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

12. TOWAH, Jackson - if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

13. WOEWIYU, Thomas Jucontee - if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

14. WEAH, Kirkpatrick - if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

15. GAYOU, Daniel - if called the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

Witnesses Outside of the United States

16. ELLIS, Stephen DR. – If called, the witness will testify regarding his knowledge and observations regarding the LPC. The government will also seek to have Dr. Ellis qualified as an expert witness specializing in African affairs, with special emphasis on the Liberian conflict. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately ninety minutes;

17. TUAN, Blamo; a/k/a: General Butt Nake; Blamo Monger – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

18. NYONLO, Tarlue; a/k/a: Colonel Doumeyer - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

19. SWEN, Sonny; a/k/a: Satan Baby - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

20. FARLEY, Garley; a/k/a: Colonel Starface - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

21. TWEH, Johnny a/k/a: Officer j – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

22. JABATEH, Bangaly; a/k/a: Jack – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

23. KARLOS, Augustine; a/k/a: Empty Shell – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

24. JADOU, Mamainboakai – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

25. RAMBO, Philip; a/k/a: General Rambo - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

26. KAMAH, Philip Bas - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

27. COLE, Kenneth - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

28. GERTEH, Paulsen; a/k/a: Garrity, Paulsen; General Satan - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

29. KOLLIE, Alfred – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

30. FLOMO, Terry – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

31. JUTEE, Benedict Tugbah – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

32. WAH, Clarence Jcob – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately sixty minutes;

33. WALKER, Deborah – If called, the witness will testify regarding her observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that her direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

34. TOE, Cletus – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

35. TUGBEH, Rev. MacMillian – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

36. SWARY, Abraham – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

37. KAMARA, Mohammed – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

38. JAMES, Timothy D. – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

39. SNEH, Patrick – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

40. SMITH, Bob G. – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

41. DOLO, Chief Vaimelen – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

42. KATAMAH, Joseph M. – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

43. MULBAH, Semion – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

44. KINAPOE, Daniel – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

45. DAVID, Annie – If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that her direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

46. WESSEH, Philip N. - If called, the witness will testify regarding his observations in Liberia involving the respondent and the LPC. The government estimates that his direct testimony will take approximately thirty minutes;

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Crimes sponsored, committed, or masterminded by handful of individuals cannot be blamed upon an entire nationality. In this case, Liberians! The need for post-war justice is a step toward lasting peace, stability and prosperity for Liberia. Liberia needs a war crimes tribunal or some credible legal forum that is capable of dealing with atrocities perpetrated against defenseless men, women and children during the country's brutal war. Without justice, peace shall remain elusive and investment in Liberia will not produce the intended results. - Bernard Gbayee Goah



Men with unhealthy characters should not champion any noble cause

They pretend to advocate the cause of the people when their deeds in the dark mirror nothing else but EVIL!!
When evil and corrupt men try to champion a cause that is so noble … such cause, how noble it may be, becomes meaningless in the eyes of the people - Bernard Gbayee Goah.

If Liberia must move forward ...

If Liberia must move forward in order to claim its place as a civilized nation amongst world community of nations, come 2017 elections, Liberians must critically review the events of the past with honesty and objectivity. They must make a new commitment to seek lasting solutions. The track records of those who are presenting themselves as candidates for the position of "President of the Republic of Liberia" must be well examined. Liberians must be fair to themselves because results from the 2011 elections will determine the future of Liberia’s unborn generations to come - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's greatest problem!

While it is true that an individual may be held responsible for corruption and mismanagement of funds in government, the lack of proper system to work with may as well impede the process of ethical, managerial, and financial accountability - Bernard Gbayee Goah

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The situation in Liberia is Compound Complex and cannot be fixed unless the entire system of government is reinvented.
Liberia needs a workable but uncompromising system that will make the country an asylum free from abuse, and other forms of corruption.
Any attempt to institute the system mentioned above in the absence of rule of law is meaningless, and more detrimental to Liberia as a whole - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia's Natural Resources
Besides land water and few other resources, most of Liberia’s dependable natural resources are not infinite, they are finite and therefore can be depleted.
Liberia’s gold, diamond, and other natural resources will not always be an available source of revenue generation for its people and its government. The need to invent a system in government that focuses on an alternative income generation method cannot be over emphasized at this point - Bernard Gbayee Goah

Liberia needs a proper system
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Solving problems in the absence of war talks

As political instability continues to increase in Africa, it has become abundantly clear that military intervention as a primary remedy to peace is not a durable solution. Such intervention only increases insecurity and massive economic hardship. An existing example which could be a valuable lesson for Liberia is Great Britain, and the US war on terror for the purpose of global security. The use of arms whether in peace keeping, occupation, or invasion as a primary means of solving problem has yield only little results. Military intervention by any country as the only solution to problem solving will result into massive military spending, economic hardship, more fear, and animosity as well as increase insecurity. The alternative is learning how to solve problems in the absence of war talks. The objective of such alternative must be to provide real sustainable human security which cannot be achieved through military arm intervention, or aggression. In order to achieve results that will make the peaceful coexistence of all mankind possible, there must be a common ground for the stories of all sides to be heard. I believe there are always three sides to every story: Their side of the story, Our side of the story, and The truthBernard Gbayee Goah

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