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The crisis in Haiti continues…

The BBC reported more disturbing news today on the U.S.-appointed interim regime:

Guards working for Haiti’s interim leader have been accused of assaulting at least two journalists at a ceremony in the capital, Port-au-Prince.

The journalists say they were hit as they tried to cover the inauguration of the Supreme Court, attended by President Boniface Alexandre.

Mr Alexandre’s chief of security said the reporters tried to force their way in after arriving late.

He said US company DynCorp had provided the president’s bodyguards.

How nice: Haitian security has been subcontracted out to a U.S. corporation. You would think that foreign governments would have seen how bad an idea this was after the U.S.’s debacle with subcontracting to private security firms in Iraq.

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