Millions of U.S. taxpayers’ dollars fund fabricated Rwanda genocide and asylum cases
by Keith Harmon Snow
On June 24, 2010, U.S. agents in Manchester, New Hampshire, arrested Rwandan genocide survivor Beatrice Munyenyezi, a Hutu and a U.S. citizen since 2004. Charged with lying on her immigration documents to conceal her alleged major role in genocide in Rwanda, Ms. Munyenyezi is also charged with rape as a war and genocide crime. Meanwhile, a federal prosecutor for the case is known for misconduct, falsification of evidence and perjury. Is it a crime to have a Facebook profile? Is it a crime to use a computer?
“If the road would speak, then I wouldn’t be scared. If the birds would sing, then I would vow to never vanish,” wrote Beatrice Munyenyezi, “I wouldn’t be lost in the woods, a place where sound and noise is unheard of, and the sky; the sky is not even there to guide you, to guide me.”
So begins Beatrice Munyenyezi’s personalized account as a refugee who survived the slaughter of millions of people in Rwanda, in Zaire/Congo and in neighboring countries, between 1990 and 1998 – always erroneously defined as “the 1994 Rwanda genocide” – where brutality is universally attributed to the Hutu ethnic group and Tutsis are always the only victims.
Ms. Munyenyezi has been transforming her ordeal of unspeakable brutality and terror into a book tentatively titled “Life in the Middle of Nowhere: Surviving Genocide in Rwanda and Zaire.” It is her version of “Surviving the Slaughter: The Ordeal of a Rwandan Refugee in Zaire” (2004), a renowned non-fiction book published in Europe by Marie Beatrice Umutesi, a Hutu and genocide survivor.
On Thursday, June 24, 2010, this project abruptly came to a halt when federal agents from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) confiscated all of Ms. Munyenyezi’s texts, notes, documents, computers and other personal items. (ICE is the largest investigative agency in the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.) Now her private testimony as a refugee and survivor will likely be used against her in another case of politically motivated genocide charges.
The U.S. Department of Justice has suggested that Beatrice Munyenyezi might be deported to face genocide charges in Rwanda. But Ms. Munyenyezi will be a milestone case: an international legal proceeding in the United States involving a woman accused of rape as a genocide and war crime.
On June 24, 2010, Beatrice Munyenyezi (MOON’-yen-yezi) was arrested in Manchester, New Hampshire (USA), and charged, according to U.S. prosecutors, with “procuring U.S. citizenship unlawfully by misrepresenting her activities during the 1994 Rwandan genocide.”
According to the government of Rwanda, Beatrice Munyenyezi, 40, allegedly “participated in, committed, ordered, oversaw, conspired to, aided and abetted, assisted in and directed persecution, kidnapping, rape and murder during the Rwandan genocide of 1994.”
These are generic genocide charges used by the Rwandan military regime against all Hutus. ((See, e.g., Dr. Helmut Strizek, “Discredit the Hutu Population Forever,” Report by Dr. Helmut Strizek, Expert Witness in “The Prosecutor v. Innocent Sagahutu,” before the International Criminal Tribunal For Rwanda (Case No. ICTR 2000-56-I), entered into ICTR records Oct. 30, 2008.))
According to U.S. prosecutors, Ms. Munyenyezi allegedly concealed these facts in order to obtain immigration and naturalization benefits and lied about her connection to the genocide when seeking citizenship. Ms. Munyenyezi’s husband and mother-in-law are in custody at the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR) in Arusha, Tanzania, on genocide charges. ((For a singular example of the Western press reporting on her arrest, which has some factual errors but no context or balance, see: Joseph C. Cote, “Woman Allegedly Took Part in Genocide,” Nashua Telegraph, June 25, 2010, http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/777888-196/woman-allegedly-took-part-in-genocide.html.))
If convicted of the two counts of procuring U.S. citizenship unlawfully, Munyenyezi faces up to 10 years imprisonment, followed by three years of supervised release and a $250,000 fine, along with revocation of her U.S. citizenship.
Beatrice Munyenyezi survived the invasion of Byumba Prefecture by Rwanda Patriotic Front (RPF) guerillas in 1990 and the years of RPF persecution and genocide that saw entire Hutu villages in Byumba razed, massacres of scores of thousands of people, and the internal displacement of some 2 million Hutus – forced into a life-and-death refugee existence inside Rwanda between October 1990 and April 1994.
Ms. Munyenyezi then survived the so-called “100 days of genocide” in Rwanda from April to July 1994. She fled Rwanda with family members on July 18, 1994, part of the massive exodus of millions of Rwandans, mostly innocent Hutu women and children, after the RPF won the civil war in Rwanda, to eastern Zaire (Democratic Republic of Congo), where she survived the slaughter of hundreds of thousands of Hutu civilians by the RPF. ((The RPF (U.S., U.K. and Israel backing) war crimes and genocide against Rwandan and Burundian refugees is well documented. In August 1996 there were an estimated 1.5 million refugees in eastern Zaire, and by November the estimated 500,000 to 750,000 Rwandan refugees who did not return to Rwanda under the illegal forced repatriation became the targets of a systematic manhunt by ADFL forces. See, e.g., Roberto Garreton, Special Rapporteur of the U.N. Human Rights Commission, “Report on the Situation of Human Rights in Zaire No. E/CN.4/1996/66,” June 29, 1996; Howard French, “A Continent for the Taking: The Tragedy and Hope of Africa,” Vintage Books, 2005; and Filip Reyntjens, “The Great African War,” Cambridge University Press, 2009; Gerard Prunier, “Africa’s World War,” Oxford University Press, 2009, pp. 120-128; Wayne Madsen, “Genocide and Covert Operations in Africa, 1993-1999,” Edwin Mellen Press, 1999; and “International Non-governmental Commission of Inquiry into the Massive Violations of Human Rights Committed in the Democratic Republic of Congo (Former Zaire) 1996-1997,” International Centre for Human Rights and Democratic Development, 1998; “DRC: What Kabila is Hiding: Civilian Killings and Impunity in Congo,” Human Rights Watch, Vol. 9, No. 5(A), October 1997.))
Beatrice Munyenyezi fled from Congo to Kenya at the advice of her brother, Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro, another U.S. citizen also being hunted by the Kagame regime and its political, military and economic partners. ((See Rwanda state newspaper Rwanda New Times propaganda republished at AllAfrica.com: Kennedy Ndahiro, “Rwanda Genocidaires Should Be Hunted Down and Punished,” Feb. 26, 2010, http://allafrica.com/stories/201002260117.html.)) In Tanzania and Kenya she survived RPF agents hunting refugees and assassinating dissidents, including former RPF official Seth Sendashonga. ((See: “Human Rights Watch World Report 1999,” December 1998, p. 62; and “Alleged Murderers of Sendashonga Mysteriously Die One After Another,” AfroAmerica Network, March 3, 2001, http://www.inshuti.org/sendash4.htm.))
Evacuated to the United States in March 1998, Beatrice Munyenyezi was first assisted by a Catholic charity in New Hampshire. She later worked for the Manchester Housing and Redevelopment Authority, which owns and manages 1,271 public housing apartments for low-income families, elderly and adults with disabilities, from March 2001 to March 2005. MHRA spokeswoman Michelle Desmond would not comment on Ms. Munyenyezi’s service record, but Beatrice has regularly worked with other groups to assist refugees of many nationalities. She taught herself English and pursued degrees at a local community college and at the University of New Hampshire.
The Associated Press and other news outlets splashed Ms. Munyenyezi’s arrest across the news on June 24, 2010. “An estimated 800,000 people were murdered during the 1994 Rwandan Genocide, which took place over the course of approximately 100 days,” these outlets universally reported. ((“Feds Say NH Woman Involved in Rwandan Genocide,” AP, June 24, 2010.))
The official narrative on “genocide” – distilled to the simple sound-bite above – is maintained by the current government of Rwanda and its military, political and economic partners to silence debate and manufacture a version of events that protects the perpetrators and criminalizes victims like Beatrice Munyenyezi and her family members.
President Paul Kagame runs the military dictatorship in Rwanda with his closest military associates from the former Rwandan Patriotic Front/Army (RPF), now known as the Rwanda Defense Forces. In October 1990, the RPF guerrilla army invaded northern Rwanda from neighboring Uganda, backed by the United States and Britain. Over the next four years the RPF terrorized Rwandan civilians as they slowly seized the country and overthrew the Hutu-majority government of President Juvenal Habyarimana. ((See: Robin Philpot, “Rwanda 1994: Colonialism Dies Hard,” The Taylor Report and Robin Philpot, 2003.))
Predominantly comprised of hardened Uganda guerrillas of the Tutsi ethnicity who fought from 1980 to 1985 to bring Uganda’s strongman Yoweri Museveni to power, these guerrillas, backed by London and Washington, have perpetrated massive genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity on millions of innocent civilians in Uganda, Rwanda and the Democratic Republic of Congo.
Contrary to popular propaganda, the sound bite claiming that the RPF “stopped the genocide against Tutsis” in Rwanda is a gross mischaracterization of the nature of genocide versus civil war in Rwanda. It is also a sound bite that deflects attention from the RPF role in mass atrocities in Rwanda and Congo. The Kagame regime is able to get away with anything it wants – arrest and torture opponents, persecute refugees everywhere, plunder minerals from Congo – because President Paul Kagame has provided the Pentagon its biggest centralized base for the Pentagon’s U.S. Africa Command, AFRICOM.
Persecuting opposition and survivors
On June 24, 2010, the Kagame regime in Rwanda violently suppressed dissent in Rwanda as the three primary political parties standing in opposition to President Paul Kagame and his Rwandan Patriotic Front saw their members and leaders physically harassed, barred from leaving their residences and in some cases arrested. Reports were of “mobs” of government supporters – these are often rented crowds – at each location where the harassment occurred. ((See, e.g., Ann Garrison, “Erlinder released as Rwanda cracks down on its own,” San Francisco Bay View, June 27, 2010, http://www.sfbayview.com/2010/erlinder-released-as-rwanda-cracks-down-on-its-own/; “Rwanda Repression Rises Ahead of Poll – Watchdog,” Reuters (AlertNet), June 27, 2010; “Rwanda: Stop Attacks on Journalists, Opponents,” Human Rights Watch, June 26, 2010, http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2010/06/26/rwanda-stop-attacks-journalists-opponents.))
This follows the June 19, 2010, assassination attempt in South Africa of exiled Rwandan Gen. Faustin Nyamwasa, who fled Rwanda after being accused of opposing the Kagame government. ((See, e.g., Reuters, “Rwanda Repression Rises Ahead of Poll – Watchdog,” AlertNet, June 27, 2010; “Rwanda ex-army chief Nyamwasa shot in Johannesburg,” BBC News, June 19, 2010, http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/10358171.stm.)) Nyamwasa is one of over 15 leading military officers and Ambassadors who have been imprisoned or forced into exile in recent months. ((“Rwandan Ambassador Flees Post,” The Amsterdam Post, March 19, 2010, http://www.theamsterdampost.com/2010/03/19/rwandan-ambassador-flees-post/; Juma Kwayera, “Kagame in Spot as Spate of Killings Hits Rwanda,” The Standard, June 27, 2010, http://www.standardmedia.co.ke/politics/InsidePage.php?id=2000012548&cid=289.))
On June 24, Rwandan journalist Jean-Leonard Rugambage, from an opposition newspaper, was shot dead by assailants when returning to his home in Kigali. ((“Murder Stokes Rwanda Crackdown Fear,” Al Jazeera, June 26, 2010, http://english.aljazeera.net/news/africa/2010/06/201062611354413266.html.))
On May 23, U.S. attorney and ICTR defense counsel Peter Erlinder was arrested and illegally detained in Rwanda. ((Heidi Boghosian, “NLG Demands Immediate Release of Attorney Peter Erlinder,” National Lawyers Guild, May 28, 2010, http://www.nlg.org/news/press-releases/nlg-demands-immediate-release-of-attorney-peter-erlinder/.)) Mr. Erlinder flew to Rwanda to represent his client Victoire Ingabire, a Hutu woman also persecuted by the Kagame regime. Erlinder, charged with “genocide denial” and denied bail twice, was released on medical grounds after 21 days’ incarceration but faces charges with punishment up to 25 years. ((Josh Kron, “American Lawyer Denied Bail in Rwanda,” New York Times, June 7, 2010, http://www.nytimes.com/2010/06/08/world/africa/08rwanda.html; Jeremy Herb and Kevin Diaz, “Rwanda Frees Peter Erlinder on Bail,” Star Tribune, June 17, 2010, http://www.startribune.com/local/stpaul/96570089.html?elr=KArks8c7PaP3E77K_3c::D3aDhUec7PaP3E77K_0c::D3aDhUiacyKUnciaec8O7EyUr; Madeleine Baron, “Minn. law professor detained in Rwanda accused of threatening national security,” Minnesota Public Radio, June 1, 2010, http://minnesota.publicradio.org/display/web/2010/05/31/erlinder-health-issues/?refid=0&utm_source=feedburner&utm_medium=feed&utm_campaign=Feed%3A+MPR_Life+(Life+from+Minnesota+Public+Radio; Steve Karnowski, “Professor: Rwanda Officials Wanted Me to Disappear,” AP, June 24, 2010, http://www.google.com/hostednews/ap/article/ALeqM5gYTyrX9RQG_GC2aynCMf2afQHVIgD9GH8NHG0.))
Victoire Ingabire arrived in Rwanda in January 2010 to contest the upcoming presidential elections. She and her aides were immediately arrested and she has been charged with genocide denial and other thought crimes. ((Josephine Whittaker, “Rwandan Opposition Leader Appears in Court,” Open Security, April 22, 2010, http://www.opendemocracy.net/opensecurity/security_briefings/220410; “Rwanda’s Election Opposition Leader Demands Protection After Mob Attack in Rwanda,” VOA News, Feb. 4, 2010; “Mob attacks Rwandan opposition leader in capital,” Reuters, Feb. 3, 2010, (AlertNet) http://www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/LDE6122BQ.htm.))
The military and intelligence apparatus directly run by President Paul Kagame maintains elite networks of death squads inside and outside Rwanda. Tasked with hunting and neutralizing any dissidents, critics, intellectuals, writers, human rights activists or other “opposition” to Kagame’s regime, these agents operate freely throughout Africa, Europe, Canada and the United States. Anyone critical of the Kagame military regime is falsely accused of involvement in genocide, “genocide negationism” or “genocide denial.” ((Keith Harmon Snow, “The Rwanda Hit List: Revisionism, Denial and the Genocide Conspiracy,” March 24-31, 2010, The African Executive, http://www.africanexecutive.com/modules/magazine/articles.php?article=5101&magazine=275.))
RPF agents in the Boston, Massachusetts, area, which is very close to Manchester, New Hampshire, include Tufts University “law scholar” Patrick Karuretwa, a current member of the Rwandan Defense Forces, a former RPF guerrilla, and a member of Paul Kagame’s elite and brutal Republican Presidential Guard. ((See: Patrick Karuretwa biography, Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts Univertsity, http://fletcher.tufts.edu/llm/students-2008-09.shtml.)) Paul Kagame has been a regular guest in Boston at Tufts’ Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy, Boston University and Harvard: His power base in the U.S. is Boston.
Karuretwa has been using the Harvard Law Review, a high profile student newspaper, to advance propaganda favorable to the Kagame regime and to turn public opinion against legitimate Rwandan refugees and portray them as genocidaires or genocide deniers. ((See: Patrick Karuretwa, “Not up for debate: Rwanda cannot excuse Peter Erlinder’s genocide denial,” Harvard Law Review, June 16, 2010, http://www.hlrecord.org/opinion/not-up-for-debate-rwanda-cannot-excuse-peter-erlinder-s-genocide-denial-1.1492809#comment1052532.)) (The Harvard Law Review claims to be independent but would not respond to inquiries or publish comments contrary to Karuretwa.)
The process of Karuretwa’s admission to the United States and enrollment and funding at Tufts University has not come under scrutiny by the Department of Homeland Security. The Kagame government has infiltrated agents into Western countries posing as asylum seekers. ((See: Keith Harmon Snow, “The U.S. Sponsored ‘Rwanda Genocide’ and Its Aftermath: Psychological Warfare, Embedded Reporters and the Hunting of Refugees,” Global Research, April 12, 2008.))
“The Kagame government is trying to frame my sister now,” says Professor Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro. “They are trying to get to me. They have tried to accuse me of lying on my immigration forms, but I was evacuated from Rwanda  as a family member of a U.S. citizen. Probably I will be arrested soon.”
Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro is a U.S. citizen who was evacuated by the U.S. Embassy in Rwanda and U.S. marines from Bujumbura, Burundi, on April 9, 1994.
The war in Rwanda was escalated by the Rwandan Patriotic Front on April 6, 1994, after the plane carrying Rwandan president Juvenal Habyarimana and Burundian President Cyprien Ntaryamira was shot down by the RPF with surface-to-air missiles, killing both presidents, their chiefs of staff, the French pilots and other top Rwandan and Burundian officials. The United States and its allies, including the United Nations and the Rwanda Tribunal (ICTR), have blocked all investigations into this major act of international terrorism. ((Tiphaine Dickson, “Rwanda’s Deadliest Secret: Who Shot Down President Habyarimana’s Plane? The most under-investigated of political assassinations,” Global Research, Nov. 24, 2008, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11133.))
The Rwandan Patriotic Front and Ugandan People’s Defense Forces (UPDF) marched through Byumba Province clearing the land of its people, whether Hutu or Tutsi. Attacks against Byumba began with the RPF invasion of October 1990, another act of international terrorism that remains opaque and unpunished, though it set the stage for the death of more than 10 million people in Central Africa since. Ninety-nine percent of Byumba was occupied by the RPF and their scorched earth campaign to clear the land through massacres, rapes and forced displacement.
In their village in Byumba, the family home of Beatrice Munyenyezi, Prudence Kantengwa and Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro, built by their father with the help of Catholic missionaries in 1957, was destroyed by the RPF in 1991.
“I was born in Northern Rwanda, a province of Byumba, a place that perhaps many of you have never heard of,” the introduction to Ms. Munyenyezi’s book continues. “Yes, it is in the middle of nowhere. It is a place where your cry echoes and echoes but still is not heard, a place where you cry and the tears refuse to come, a place where you wait for someone, anyone to come and save you, but instead the ghost of your failure, of your misery shows up on your doorstep. No one can hear your cries, your sobs, for you are alone.”
Associate professor of communications at Western New England College in Springfield, Mass., Dr. Higiro is one of few remaining Hutu intellectuals not arrested or killed by the RPF regime. He has been a constant source of tension to Kagame, who in turn maintains intense pressure on the U.S. government – its leading military and economic partner – to arrest Higiro.
Dr. Higiro was critical of both the Habyarimana and Kagame governments, and he has published articles and given talks about the media climate just prior to the events of April-July 1994 and about the commodification of genocide used to advance the political and economic objectives of the Kagame military regime and to hide the RPF’s organized criminal activities and war crimes in the Democratic Republic of Congo. ((Tiphaine Dickson, “Rwanda’s Deadliest Secret: Who Shot Down President Habyarimana’s Plane? The most under-investigated of political assassinations,” Global Research, Nov. 24, 2008, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=11133.))
Prior to April 1994, Higiro was director of the Rwandan Information Office (ORINFOR). The RPF government has tried to arrest and extradite him since Dr. Higiro’s refusal to accept the RPF government appointment as minister of information, in July 1994, after seeing reports of RPF massacres against scores of thousands of Hutus.
“They arrested my sister, Prudence Kantengwa, in Boston in 2008. Her case resulted in lengthy trials costing U.S. taxpayers a lot of money. Now they have arrested Beatrice. But she [Beatrice] was not a government official in Rwanda; she was not with the Interahamwe [militias]. She is just a young Rwandan woman who survived the genocide and made it to America.”
Falsification of evidence
Prudence Kantengwa was arrested in Boston in 2008. Also a Hutu and the sister of Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro and Beatrice Munyenyezi, Ms. Kantengwa applied for asylum in the United States in 2001, but she was initially denied.
U.S. immigration judge Eliza C. Klein granted asylum to Prudence Kantengwa against the U.S. government prosecutor’s wishes. U.S. immigration then appealed to the Immigration Review Board, who confirmed Judge Klein’s ruling in June of this year.
But prior to the first favorable asylum ruling by Judge Klein, the U.S. immigration prosecutors saw that the Kantengwa asylum case was not going their way. ICE then arrested and accused Prudence Kantengwa of lying on her visa application. The resulting U.S. federal criminal court case is ongoing.
Jeffrey Auerhahn is a U.S. prosecutor on Prudence Kantengwa’s criminal court case. In a high-profile organized crime murder case in Boston, begun in 1985, U.S. prosecutor Jeffrey Auerhahn engaged in misconduct and when deposed by the court in 2003 he lied about it. Auerhahn went beyond misconduct to criminal behavior, including: a) coercing a witness into giving false testimony (suborning perjury); b) falsifying evidence; c) withholding exculpatory evidence from the defense; and d) lying before the court (perjury). ((David Boeri, “Evidence of Misconduct,” WBUR News, Feb. 17, 2010, http://www.wbur.org/specials/evidence-of-misconduct.)) He is also named in an open citizen’s letter seeking redress from the U.S. prosecutor’s office in Boston for FBI retaliation against Muslims who have refused to work as FBI informants in the Muslim communities around Boston. ((See, e.g., “Open Letter to U.S. Attorney from Terek Mahana Support Committee,” March 13, 2010, http://axisoflogic.com/artman/publish/Article_58883.shtml.))
The case was investigated and reported in detail by Boston’s WBUR News journalists David Boeri, Lisa Tobin, Jesse Costa and Andrew Phelps. “Federal Judge Mark Wolf called the conduct of Jeffrey Auerhahn ‘a fraud upon the court,’” they reported.
U.S. prosecutor Jeffrey Auerhahn is one of two federal prosecutors on the Beatrice Munyenyezi case, also a federal criminal court case because Beatrice Munyenyezi is now a U.S. citizen and the asylum system no longer can be used against her. Auerhahn was never disciplined or disbarred for his unscrupulous actions. The case raised troubling questions from critics – including judges – who worry that withholding evidence has become a tactic of some federal prosecutors.
“Unfortunately, this U.S. prosecutor, Mr. Auerhahn, is still exhibiting the same misconduct in my case,” says Prudence Kantengwa. “The discovery process, which usually takes no more than three months, has taken more than a year and is still going on because prosecutors have refused to share the information they have that contradicts their allegations. And my guess is that they are hiding written information – such as investigation made about me which took six months before I was granted a visa to the U.S. in 2001 – and plan to bring witnesses in collaboration with the Rwanda government [whom] they have trained on what to fabricate against me.”
Rwandan asylum hearings in the U.S., ((The author has provided expert testimony in two Rwandan asylum hearings in the United States in 2010.)) Canada and Europe also suppress evidence that would exonerate the accused. Instead, prosecutors and judges rely on disinformation and falsified evidence, including the U.S. State Department’s annual “Country Report on Human Rights: Rwanda,” which are extraordinary documents that suppress critical facts and information and advance very positive images of the Kagame regime: Not only is the Rwanda government cleansed of its crimes, it is applauded for its supposed attention to the rule of law and recovery from an untenable political horror story: genocide. ((The author has analyzed the U.S. State Department country reports on human rights for Rwanda, where the U.S. tolerates and abets violence, from 1993 to 2009, and has compared these to reports from countries that the U.S. does not like, in particular: Cuba, Sudan and Iran.)) ((“2009 Country Report on Human Rights: Rwanda,” U.S. Department of State, March 11, 2010.))
U.S. asylum hearings also rely heavily on testimonies collected by Rwandan military and intelligence officials using intimidation, bribery, torture and the threat of being accused of genocide and tried before the so-called “people’s courts” in Rwanda, the Gacaca courts. ((Kenneth Roth, “The Power of Horror in Rwanda,” Los Angeles Times, April 11, 2009.)) Communities and family members in Rwanda are also retried for the same offenses at Gacaca trials, where intimidation is used to force a verdict that satisfies the Kagame regime. People are also routinely disappeared in Rwanda and assassinated in other countries. ((There is extensive documentation of assassinations in articles, books or ICTR documents by Jordi Palou Loverdes, Wayne Madsen, Luc de Temmerman, Filip Reyntjens, Dr. Helmut Strizek, Peter Erlinder, Christopher Black, Phil Taylor and others. See, e.g., Filip Reyntjens, “Rwanda, Ten Years On: From Genocide to Dictatorship,” African Affairs, 2004, 103, 177–210: p. 197, http://www.rwasta.net/fileadmin/user_upload/dossiers/2008-Critique-Rapport-Mucyo-documents-annexes/20040400-Reyntjens.%20Rwanda.%20ten%20years%20on.April%202004.pdf. See also: Keith Harmon Snow, “The Rwanda Hit List: Revisionism, Denial, and the Genocide Conspiracy,” The African Executive, http://www.africanexecutive.com/modules/magazine/articles.php?article=5101&magazine=275.)) Young men and boys are forced to attend “re-education camps” on remote Iwawa Island in Lake Kivu, heavily guarded by RDF soldiers, subject to “thought-control” and psychological intimidation. ((“Iwawa Island: Prison Camp or Paradise Vacation Spot?” NGO News Africa, May 1, 2010.))
In United States of America v. Francois Karake, et al, a U.S. court dismissed all charges brought by the U.S. and Rwanda governments against three Rwandan defendants, all Hutus, accused of the murder of two U.S. and other tourists in Uganda’s Bwindi National Park in March 1999. The investigation spanned four years and involved the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI). The U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia ascertained that the defendant’s testimonies had been extracted through physical torture with the involvement of U.S. agents. The prisoners were incarcerated and interrogated at Kami Military Barracks, notorious for RPF torture operations, in Rwanda.
Terror is a strong incentive to make people collaborate with Rwandan government officials to produce convincing documentary “evidence.” In the fall of 2009, Human Rights Watch documented the case where more than 300 Rwandans fled southern Rwanda to Burundi in fear of being falsely accused of genocide, sent back to Gacaca for retrial, or disappeared. ((“Rwandans Flee into Burundi,” SAPA, Oct. 1, 2009, and “Burundi: Stop Deporting Rwandan Asylum Seekers,” Human Rights Watch, Dec. 1, 2009, http://www.hrw.org/en/news/2009/12/02/burundi-stop-deporting-rwandan-asylum-seekers.))
“Jeffrey Auerhahn continues to work as a federal prosecutor in Boston,” WBUR News’ David Boeri reported in February 2010. “He’s been praised by the last U.S. attorney. There’s never been a public action by the Justice Department to discipline him.” ((David Boeri, “Evidence of Misconduct,” WBUR News, Feb. 17, 2010, http://www.wbur.org/specials/evidence-of-misconduct.))
The evidence used by U.S. prosecutor Jeffrey Auerhahn against Prudence Kantengwa was in part marshaled in Rwanda by investigator Thomas Brian Andersen Jr., a special agent with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in Boston.
Agent Andersen traveled to Rwanda on U.S. taxpayers’ money to investigate the case of Prudence Kantengwa for the federal criminal hearing. In his notarized affidavit to the court, Andersen provides facts that seriously discredit his claim to expertise on Rwanda or the case in question.
• Paragraph 12: “The vast majority of the Hutu elite, including the assassinated president, were from Byumba.” President Juvenal Habyarimana was from Gisenyi Prefecture, northwestern Rwanda, not Byumba Prefecture, northeastern Rwanda; the vast majority of the Hutu elite did not come from Byumba either. If anything, Byumba was one of the least privileged provinces even though it was considered as President Habyarimana’s fiefdom.
• Paragraph 12: “The prime minister, who was a member of the RPF [Rwandan Patriotic Front] Tutsi party, was murdered.” Prime Minister Agathe Uwilingiyimana was a Hutu, never a member of the RPF party, but a member of the MDR, or Mouvement Démocratique Républicain; further, the prime minister’s murder remains shrouded in questions about RPF and United Nations Assistance Mission to Rwanda (UNAMIR) troop involvement as extensive ICTR trial documents make clear. The assumption and allegation that she was murdered by Hutu extremists is another example of the investigator’s prejudice based on news media, falsified stories and falsified human rights reports, and RPF propaganda.
• Paragraph 12: “[Prudence] Kantengwa was married to Athanse Munyemana, who was a minister in the extremist Hutu government.” Athanse Munyemana was never a Hutu government minister; he was a state intelligence bureau official and a magistrate who could not have belonged to a political party under the Rwandan Constitution of 1991.
ICE agent Thomas Brian Andersen
In his June 2010 request for a warrant for search and seizure of property belonging to Beatrice Munyenyezi, ICE special agent Thomas Brian Andersen Jr. provided an affidavit that is a travesty of justice. ((Find affidavit with article by Joseph C. Cote, “Woman Allegedly took part in Genocide,” Nashua Telegraph, June 25, 2010, http://www.nashuatelegraph.com/news/777888-196/woman-allegedly-took-part-in-genocide.html.)) He does not anywhere discuss his relationship with the Rwandan government but nonetheless declares his independence from, for example, the Rwandan regime’s Directorate of Military Intelligence. It is impossible to pursue the investigations he claims to have performed independently without the involvement, oversight or monitoring of the notorious DMI.
Agent Andersen does not elucidate his relationship to Rwandan “genocide survivor” organizations IBUKA (“remember”) and AVEGA (Association des Veuves du Genocide/Association of the Widows of Genocide), both known to be populated with bogus “survivors” coached, paid and protected by the RPF government. ((See, e.g., Filip Reyntjens, “Manipulation and Falsification of ICTR Evidence: The Role of the Rwandan Government,” (Excerpts from Expert Report, Prosecutor v. Joseph Kanyabashi, Case No. ICTR-96-15-I); “An Open Letter to the U.S. Congress Regarding HR #1426,” BusinessWire, June 17, 2010; and “The Rwandan Genocide: Result of a Carefully Planned Military Operation: Open Letter to President Kagame,” Global Research, June 3, 2009, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=13844.))
Basing his statements from witnesses whom he purportedly interviewed in Rwanda, purportedly without government interference, these being people whom he claims are independent and authentic witnesses, authentic genocide survivors and authentic convicted genocidaires, special agent Thomas Brian Andersen then testified:
“I believe these witnesses are reliable because they are eyewitnesses for whom it is a great personal risk to submit to being a witness and because there is no motivation to provide false information, given that many of these witnesses reside in Rwanda and have no contact with Munyenyezi.”
The above statement indicates that Andersen has no understanding of events in Rwanda in general, and, in particular, no understanding of: 1) the politics of genocide accusations; 2) motivations such as land, housing and other property disputes; 3) motivations such as personal or economic rivalry; 4) intimidation, accusation and the threat of physical violence used to coerce and fabricate witnesses and testimonies; 5) financial and other incentives used to induce testimonies that suit the Rwandan regime; 6) the motivations of Hutu prisoners accused or already convicted of genocide to produce false testimonies against other Hutus.
The fact that witnesses “reside in Rwanda” is not evidence of their absence of bias, but rather evidence of their propensity toward bias. In particular, thousands of Ugandans currently occupy Rwandan homes and lands taken by force by the RPF from previous landowners of both Hutu and Tutsi ethnicity. (If agent Andersen went to Butembo in North Kivu province in the neighboring Democratic Republic of Congo, he would find thousands of Rwandan RPF Tutsis occupying homes and lands there; it would be impossible and outrageous to conclude that their presence in Congo substantiated evidence of their veracity as “witnesses” to events that took place in the local geographical areas of their illegal occupation.)
Paragraph 11 of Andersen’s affidavit reveals the real reason that President Paul Kagame seeks to punish and imprison Beatrice Munyenyezi, with ICE support, and why Rwandan officials are pressing the U.S. government to intimidate, arrest and silence her:
“Over the several days in February 2006, Munyenyezi testified in her husband’s and mother-in-law’s trials at the ICTR.”
ICE agent Andersen offers “evidence” of Beatrice Munyenyezi’s alleged criminality primarily based on guilt by association with her husband and mother-in-law, both involved in ongoing trials at the ICTR. Further, he alleges by association that Beatrice Munyenyezi, a witness who testified in her family members’ defense at these ICTR trials in 2006, is complicit in genocide merely because she testified on her sister’s behalf. Icing the cake of injustice, special agent Andersen alleges in his affidavit (Paragraph 11) that Beatrice Munyenyezi committed perjury in her ICTR testimony. Finally, the modus operandi of the Kagame regime and RPF military is to arrest, convict, re-educate through intimidation and terror or disappear anyone who testifies contrary to the wishes of the Kagame regime or contrary to the established “Rwanda genocide” narrative, as did Munyenyezi.
In Paragraph 12, agent Andersen claims that Beatrice Munyenyezi manned roadblocks, organized killings, oversaw rapes and gave public speeches inciting mass murder and rape and all the standard crimes that the Kagame regimes uses to criminalize Hutu people. On its face, the evidence produced by agent Andersen appears irrefutable. However, Mr. Andersen does not have all the facts – it seems he has very few of them – and certain facts are being reserved for the defense arguments of Beatrice Munyenyezi in a court of law.
In attempting to make a case that Beatrice Munyenyezi lied on her immigration forms, ICE special agent Thomas Brian Andersen adduced that she was a member of the Rwandan political party Mouvement Republicain pour le Developpement (MRND), the party of President Juvenal Habyarimana that has been castigated as an extremist Hutu genocide organization, and she did not check the box declaring her membership in ANY organization.
However, everyone in Rwanda was required to be a member of the MRND party for many years, beginning in 1975, soon after President Habyarimana seized power (1973), and lasting until 1991, when the Habyarimana government opened political space for opposition parties. Also, the fact that your brother and father are members of a certain political party does not confirm that you are also a member of that political party, certainly not in Rwanda, certainly not in the years between 1991 and 1994, when allegiances, alliances and memberships were highly in flux and highly politicized.
Is special agent Thomas Brian Andersen a member of the National Rifle Association? Timothy McVeigh was also a member. Does this make agent Andersen an “NRA extremist”? Is agent Andersen a Democrat? Are his siblings ALL Democrats? Is his father a Democrat? Of course, there is no automatic inference of guilt attached to being a Democrat or Republican in the U.S. – not like MRND membership in Rwanda has been criminalized – no matter the involvement of Democrats or Republicans in advocating, authorizing and supporting atrocities in foreign interventions. Finally, did David Kaczynski share the ideology of his brother, Dr. Theodore John Kaczynski? Quod erat demonstrandum …
Additionally, any Hutu refugees fleeing the RPF terror apparatus and genocide against Hutus would have been suicidal to identify themselves as MRND members after July 1994. Further, the assumption or suggestion that the U.S. State Department and its Immigration and Naturalization Service agents would be impartial towards Hutus is unreasonable, and the immigration forms clearly take no account of the extreme conditions of mistrust, terror and basic survival that genocide and war crimes survivors, including Beatrice Munyenyezi, were subject to at the time.
In fact, special agent Andersen later confirms the U.S. official who granted Beatrice Munyenyezi her naturalization status would not have done so had he “known the truth about” her statements – supposing she admitted she was a member of the MRND party. He declared he would have denied her application.
Special agent Thomas Brian Andersen also unreasonably concludes that Beatrice Munyenyezi must have lied in answering the question, “Have you ever committed a crime of moral turpitude”? Here Andersen jumps from being an ICE investigator to judge and jury against Beatrice Munyenyezi with this conclusive statement of absolutes:
“In fact, as described herein, Munyenyezi had participated in the genocide, and had committed a number of individual crimes, including the assistance of murder, rape, assault and theft, against the Tutsi minority.”
An admission by Beatrice Munyenyezi of involvement in genocide is not herein accepted to be amongst the “truthful” statements that Ms. Munyenyezi was mandated to provide.
Perhaps the most outrageous statement of all, and evidence of special agent Thomas Brian Andersen’s extreme psychological and paranoid prejudices, applied herein against Rwandan genocide survivor Beatrice Munyenyezi, is Paragraph 28:
“In addition, on or about January 31, 2005, Munyenyezi was interviewed by the New Hampshire affiliate of National Public Radio to discuss the challenges which face African refugees in the Manchester, New Hampshire, area. During the interview Munyenyezi said that she escaped a war in Rwanda with her family and husband. Munyenyezi described how there is discrimination against her in New Hampshire as an African refugee, and she also described herself as a ‘fighter’ against adversity.”
Now it is a crime to be interviewed on National Public Radio? Or is it a crime to be interviewed on NPR in New Hampshire only? Clearly it is a crime to “escape a war” when the top officials for the victors of that war, the Rwandan Patriotic Front, have been internationally indicted for war crimes, crimes against humanity and genocide. But the coup de grace comes in the possibility that the “crime” or “infraction” or violation that Beatrice Munyenyezi has committed in special agent Thomas Brian Andersen’s mind is to have admitted so shamelessly that “she described herself as a ‘fighter’ against adversity.” ((Laura Noy, “Finding Refuge in the Queen City,” NHPR, Jan. 31, 2005.))
The outrageous crimes of Beatrice Munyenyezi – or the absurdities and paranoia of special agent Thomas Brian Andersen’s mind – don’t stop there however. In Paragraph 29, he writes:
“Munyenyezi also appears to use a computer to correspond with others. An Internet search related to Munyenyezi reveals that on or about May 11, 2009, Munyenyezi submitted a story for publication to the National Endowment for the Arts website related to how she is persevering after her experience in Africa. In addition, a public Internet search as of June 21, 2010, reveals that Munyenyezi has a Facebook account and is virtually connected with several on-line friends.”
Is it the appearance of using a computer or the actual use of a computer to correspond with others that agent Andersen finds incriminating? Are Africans not supposed to know how to use computers, or is it only Rwandan Hutus (even U.S. citizens) who are not supposed to use computers and/or correspond with others? Is having a Facebook profile one of Beatrice Munyenyezi’s crimes? Or is her crime that she is “virtually connected with several on-line friends?”
Amongst the most egregious examples of the extreme biases of special agent Thomas Brian Andersen – in favor of the current Rwandan Patriotic Front regime, and against Beatrice Munyenyezi, a former Rwandan national and a person of Hutu ethnicity, now a U.S. citizen, comes in Paragraph 35:
“Based on my training and experience and my discussions with other agents who have investigated similar offenses, I have reason to believe that people who were active participants in the Rwandan genocide were themselves Hutu extremists and that they have maintained an active Diaspora throughout the world in the hope of returning to Rwanda for the purpose of overthrowing the current government and re-instituting the policy of genocide, ‘to complete the work’ of killing every last Tutsi. To promote that effort and prove their long-term commitment to the cause – i.e., the extermination of the Tutsi race – Hutu extremists, like Munyenyezi, maintain documents, photographs and memorabilia, which link them to their past and their expected role in the future. The documents, photographs and memorabilia are particularly important to Hutu extremists because, to them, the items prove that the extermination of Tutsi is an act of self-defense.”
According to the above reasoning, every Hutu is a genocidaire, every Hutu must be denied any memorabilia of their past or hope for the future, and every Hutu dreams of exterminating Tutsis and is nefariously plotting “the extermination of the Tutsi race.” This is evidence of special agent Thomas Brian Andersen’s psychological projection, conjecture, paranoia, indoctrination and, worst of all, it exemplifies a psychological profile of an individual or group of one ethnicity – white Anglo-European – harboring a hostile racial categorization and extreme racial prejudice that seeks to dehumanize all members of different ethnic group – the Hutus – comprised of millions of people.
The FBI surveillance visit to the home of Beatrice Munyenyezi and the subsequent ICE fishing expedition – secured through the arrest warrant obtained through agent Andersen’s affidavit – were clearly in search of, for example, “photographs and memorabilia” that could be used to make an Orwellian argument about “Hutu extremists, like Munyenyezi.” Agent Andersen’s belief that any memorabilia found in the home of a Hutu person is by default evidence of their intention to retake Rwanda by force and “overthrow the current government” is paranoid, hysterical and delusional.
Thomas Brian Andersen shows his extreme hatred for “Hutu” people as a group. His prejudice is exhibited throughout the document, beginning with his summary of Rwandan history, e.g. in Paragraph 5, where his encapsulation of hundreds of years of complex African history destroys all context of Hutu-Tutsi relations in favor of the “Tutsis as victims” narrative advanced by the RPF and its allies. He demonstrates his lack of knowledge of the simplest discernable facts, such as the Oct. 1, 1990, date of the illegal RPF invasion of Rwanda (in Paragraph 6 he states: “In or about the early 1990s, the RPF invaded Rwanda”). He uses the label “Hutu extremist” to mask his hatred against Hutu instilled in him by the current government of Rwanda and its one-sided historiography.
U.S. agent perjury, FBI deception
It appears that it can be reasonably established that Thomas Brian Andersen committed perjury – at least once – in his affidavit signed June 22, 2010, and that the FBI used deception to gain access to Beatrice Munyenyezi’s home, under conditions of her trust and cooperation on an international matter completely unrelated to her asylum status, with the intent of surveillance of both Beatrice Munyenyezi and her sister Prudence Kantengwa.
In Paragraph 36, agent Andersen states: “I am aware of the close relationship between Munyenyezi and her sister Prudence Kantengwa. I am also familiar with the ongoing proceedings before the Immigration Court related to Munyenyezi’s sister, Kantengwa, and I know that Munyenyezi had appeared in court during those proceedings and was announced as a witness for her sister. In addition, on January 13, 2010, the FBI visited Munyenyezi at her residence at 73 Goffe St., Manchester, New Hampshire, and they were invited into the home. While present, the FBI noticed that Kantengwa was present at the home, and appeared to be living or at least sleeping there.”
To begin with, agent Andersen is more than simply “familiar with the ongoing proceedings before the Immigration Court related to Munyenyezi’s sister, [Prudence] Kantengwa,” but he does not disclose what he knows and instead downplays his vested interests in both cases: He is also the ICE agent who has investigated the Kantengwa case in Rwanda and his investigations, affidavits and testimonies are evidence for the Kantengwa case in Boston. So there is an absence of full disclosure in this affidavit to New Hampshire U.S. Magistrate Judge Daniel J. Lynch, who is likely very unfamiliar with the Boston cases or deeper issues.
Second, special agent Thomas Brian Andersen has added a very curious footnote to his affidavit that begs explanation. From Dec. 18, 2009, to Jan. 10, 2010, Beatrice Munyenyezi was traveling to the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania, via Kenya, from and to the United States. On her return entry to the U.S., Munyenyezi volunteered information about, apparently, Jamaican Muslim cleric Sheikh Abdullah al-Faisal (Trevor William Forrest), who was detained in Kenya during the same time period, creating a barrage of Western mass media stories about his supposed terrorist profile. ((See, e.g, “Kenya: Airlines Refuse to Fly Jamaican Home,” AllAfrica.com, Jan. 6, 2010, http://allafrica.com/stories/201001060954.html.)) As noted in agent Andersen’s peculiar Footnote 3, Beatrice Munyenyezi was interrogated on her return to Boston Logan Airport on Jan. 10, 2010:
Footnote: 3“At the time of her entry, Munyenyezi told the Customs and Border Protection personnel that she had important information to relate pertaining to someone she believes she saw in Kenya who had been in the news recently as an associate of a contemporary terrorist group. Munyenyezi was told that the FBI would follow up with her on a later date.”
When FBI agents showed up at Beatrice Munyenyezi’s Manchester, New Hampshire, home on Jan. 13, 2010, it was not in the context of ascertaining her asylum status, as ICE agent Andersen falsely indicates, but rather as the follow-up to Munyenyezi’s volunteered information at Logan Airport. The statement that FBI agents were “invited to her home” (Paragraph 36) also misrepresents Munyenyezi’s position: She was intimidated by the FBI agents but even so she invited them into her home because she felt she had nothing to hide. However, based on the above details, it seems that Beatrice Munyenyezi had long since been under surveillance, and the “invitation to her home” was used as a cover for FBI surveillance of Beatrice Munyenyezi, her sister Prudence Kantengwa and the 73 Goffe St. dwelling.
It seems that Beatrice Munyenyezi’s attempt to demonstrate her allegiance to the U.S. war on terror backfired and was used against her. More importantly, it is clear that the search warrant of June 22, 2010 was used for an ICE fishing expedition with the hope that something incriminating – a computer, manuscript of surviving genocide, old photographs or other memorabilia – might be discovered and used against either Beatrice Munyenyezi or Prudence Kantengwa or both.
But the surveillance was much more comprehensive. FBI agents were not only watching and photographing the Munyenyezi home, as agent Andersen indicates, but they were also spying on her, she alleges, by planting plain-clothes FBI operatives in her political science classes at the University of New Hampshire, where she was enrolled in an advanced degree program, in the spring of 2010.
Is Beatrice Munyenyezi a suspected terrorist? It appears that all Hutus outside of Rwanda have been designated de facto “terrorists” by the U.S. government in its alliance with the Kagame regime.
Third, the evidence of Thomas Brain Andersen’s perjury in his June 22, 2010, affidavit comes in his Paragraph 36 statement: “… and I know that Munyenyezi had appeared in court during those [her sister Prudence Kantengwa’s immigration court] proceedings and was announced as a witness for her sister.”
However, Beatrice Munyenyezi was never a witness at the immigration trial of her sister Prudence Kantengwa. Instead, the trial was interrupted when U.S. prosecutor Mary Kelly noticed Beatrice Munyenyezi sitting in the courtroom taking notes. The judge had no problem with note taking by Beatrice Munyenyezi. U.S. prosecutor Mary Kelly then apparently complained that she had planned to call Beatrice Munyenyezi as a witness. After discussions with the defense lawyer for Prudence Kantengwa, and a few questions to Beatrice Munyenyezi in a private chamber, the U.S. prosecutor dropped the issue of Munyenyezi’s presence in the courtroom. Munyenyezi was never registered as a witness by either side, and she never testified.
ICE special agent Thomas Brian Andersen misrepresents the presence of Beatrice Munyenyezi at her sister’s immigration trial to exaggerate a greater sense of collusion and conspiracy between these two “Hutu extremists,” no matter that the two women are sisters or that it is common for someone to testify in behalf of a family member. If special agent Andersen was present in the court on the day that Beatrice Munyenyezi appeared to support her sister Prudence, either he was sleeping through this disturbance in court proceedings or he lied directly. If he was sleeping, he obviously fabricated this “evidence” used as sworn testimony. If he was not present, then he used hearsay – incorrect information related by someone else – as sworn testimony in his affidavit.
An evaluation of the overall methodology employed by special agent Andersen, according to his own affidavit, suggests he has little or no training in international human rights and genocide investigations. Indeed, Mr. Andersen has been with the Boston Bureau of ICE for approximately two years, coming from five years duty with law enforcement in Vermont state. After less than two years with ICE in Boston, Massachusetts, USA, special agent Thomas Brian Andersen, a Vermont state cop, purports to have gained expertise on Rwanda and “genocide” (as related in Paragraphs 5-21 of his affidavit) and the operations of the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda that ICTR defense attorneys – trained in human rights law, some having more than 10 years full time and dedicated experience with ICTR trials and the government of Rwanda – would never claim.
All the genocide charges in the Thomas Brian Andersen affidavit signed June 22, 2010, are generic charges that have been leveled over and over, against all Hutus, and Thomas Brian Andersen is not credible or impartial. He should be rejected as a witness in all Rwanda hearings.
Instead, special agent Thomas Brian Andersen should be deposed under oath and interrogated about his clandestine relationship to RPF officials and RPF intelligence agents. He should be interrogated about his relationship to the Rwanda “genocide” front organizations IBUKA and IVEGA. And he should be interrogated about ties between ICE, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Directorate of Military Intelligence and other secretive organizations of the state of Rwanda.
Additionally, Thomas Brian Andersen should be arrested, charged and brought before a court of law for perjuring himself in his June 22, 2010, affidavit.
Public branding of genocidaires
As in the 2009 asylum trials of Dr. Vincent Bajinya and three other Rwandan Hutu men in the U.K. and Dr. Leopold Munyakazi in Maryland, where all defendants are accused of being genocidaires and similarly for other Rwandan asylum hearings in the U.S., Europe or Canada, anyone traveling to Rwanda on a discovery for the defense would not be able to investigate without government interference. Even cases at the ICTR in neighboring Arusha, Tanzania, have seen serious interference from the Rwanda regime. Similarly, ICE agent Thomas Brian Andersen would not have been able to travel to Rwanda without the direct involvement and highest authorization of the RPF regime, in collaboration with the U.S. State Department, and his actions were monitored from beginning to end.
Usually the RPF regime provides “handlers” that manage investigations and spoon-fed investigators with information fabricated or cleared by the regime. Rwanda experts for the defense at asylum hearings, including ICTR lawyer Peter Erlinder and Filip Reyntjens, a Belgian Rwanda expert, have testified – as experts for the defense – to the problems of asylum cases and the interference by the Kagame regime in court cases in Rwanda, at the ICTR and abroad.
Dr. Vincent Bajinya was arrested in London many years after he arrived and gained citizenship in England and was framed by Fergal Keane, a British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) journalist who was also deceived by Rwandan officials. ((Fergal Keane. “Rwanda Genocide Suspect in UK,” BBC News, Nov. 6, 2006, http://news.bbc.co.uk/nolavconsole/ifs_news/hi/newsid_6120000/newsid_6123000/nb_wm_6123042.stm.)) Keane traveled to Rwanda and worked with RPF “handlers” – agents posing as civilians – to “discover” and interview the “witnesses” to the supposed crimes of Dr. Vincent Bajinya (et al). ((Keith Harmon Snow, “The U.S. Sponsored ‘Rwanda Genocide’ and Its Aftermath: Psychological Warfare, Embedded Reporters and the Hunting of Refugees,” Global Research, April 12, 2008.))
Dr. Leopold Munyakazi was a professor employed at Goucher College in Maryland until 2008, when he was arrested by ICE agents after making a public speech decrying the abuses of the Kagame regime, the falsification of genocide charges and the lies of the official RPF genocide narrative. ((While the article and the framework for the article are in many ways flawed, displaying the same tendencies toward a priori assumptions of guilt, please see, e.g., Andrew Rice, “Doubt: A Professor, A Genocide, and NBC’s Quest for a Prime Time Hit,” The New Republic, Aug. 12, 2009.))
Dr. Munyakazi was framed by the Kagame regime and publicly branded as a genocidaire by a short-lived NBC News television program that sought prime-time ratings by tracking down and “exposing” supposed genocidaires. The program was titled “The Wanted,” and the morality of “good versus evil” was underscored by the choice of the show’s commentator, Scott Tyler, an ex-Navy Seal, while the wanted man, Dr. Leopold Munyakazi, was their embodiment of evil. The zealous NBC News team acted as accuser, judge and jury against Dr. Munyakazi. ((While the article and the framework for the article are in many ways flawed, displaying the same tendencies toward a priori assumptions of guilt, please see, e.g., Andrew Rice, “Doubt: A Professor, A Genocide, and NBC’s Quest for a Prime Time Hit,” The New Republic, Aug. 12, 2009.))
U.S. prosecutors in Rwanda asylum cases are generally very ignorant of the politics of genocide, war crimes and crimes against humanity in Rwanda, or they have been irreconcilably swayed by the propaganda of the Kagame regime and its partners, which is everywhere in the Western media. ((See, e.g., Steven Da Silva, “Revisiting the ‘Rwandan Genocide’: Resurrecting Ghosts, or Exorcising Demons?” Global Research, June 1, 2007, http://www.globalresearch.ca/index.php?context=va&aid=5848.))
In two related U.S. court cases (where the Rwandan defendants’ hearings are underway and they do not wish to be named), two U.S. prosecutors traveled to Rwanda and later testified in court that it was very easy to get the information they wanted, that they did not need a clearance from the Rwanda government, and that they went to the countryside and met witnesses without government assistance or monitoring. They even went to prisons to talk to prisoners without Rwanda government help, they claimed, and reported to the court that conditions of prisoners were excellent.
While U.S. government prosecutors who have worked in Rwanda under these supposed “independent” conditions have not been deposed under oath, their claims are impossible under the current military regime in Rwanda.
The genocide rape charge
Beatrice Munyenyezi’s husband, Shalom Ntahobari, and mother-in-law, Pauline Nyiramasuhuko, remain in detention at the ICTR in Arusha, Tanzania. Both have been on trial at the ICTR for more than 10 years and are awaiting decisions on genocide and rape charges for more than a year now.
The same “Tutsi victims” of rape who testified in the ICTR hearing against Shalom Ntahobari also allegedly testified in the case of Hutu businessman Désiré Munyaneza, the first alleged Rwanda genocidaire tried in Canada, who was convicted and sentenced to life in prison in October 2009. In Shalom Ntahobari’s case, the women could not even recognize the defendant in court, no matter their allegations of having been repeatedly raped.
Pauline Nyiramasuhuko was the first woman internationally charged with rape as a war crime or act of genocide. The former Minister of Family Affairs, she is accused of ordering Interahamwe militia to rape members of the Tutsi minority.
These rape charges were handed down immediately after then First Lady Hillary Clinton visited the International Criminal Tribunal on Rwanda (ICTR). When Ms. Clinton pledged $600,000 to be paid after the first ICTR rape conviction was delivered, indictments at the ICTR were modified to include rape charges against most top alleged genocidaires on trial.
The case against Pauline Nyiramasuhuko was sensationalized in an eight-page feature in the New York Times Magazine (Sept. 15, 2002). Penned by Peter Landesman and titled “The Minister of Rape: How Could a Woman Incite Rwanda’s Sex-Crime Genocide?” the magazine ran an unflattering and blurred photo of Ms. Nyiramasuhuko’s bespectacled face on the cover.
“The 1994 genocide, one of the worst mass slaughters in recorded history,” Landesman later wrote in “Out of Madness, a Matriarchy,” another fictional account (also deploying the racist “madness” theme) this time in Mother Jones magazine, “was triggered by the assassination of Rwanda’s Hutu president, after a lengthy civil war between the Hutu-led government and the Tutsi-dominated Rwandan Patriotic Front. It was a deliberate effort to eliminate the country’s Tutsi ‘problem.’ Books about Hitler and the Holocaust and lists of potential victims were later discovered in the offices of top government officials. In all, at least 1 million Tutsis and moderate Hutus died … Among the most nefarious tools of the genocide was a planned mass sexual assault on Tutsi women, with Hutu officials encouraging HIV-positive soldiers to take part in gang rapes.” ((Kimberley Acquaro and Peter Landesman, “Out of Madness: A Matriarchy,” Mother Jones, January/February 2003, http://motherjones.com/politics/2003/01/out-madness-matriarchy.))
First, these numbers of Tutsis killed are highly disputed, and many of the Tutsis were killed by the RPF. Second, any “deliberate effort to eliminate the country’s Tutsi ‘problem’” was more the responsibility of the RPF than any other institution of power in Rwanda in 1994. Third, every Western library and most all Western human rights and media professionals and academics have books about Hitler, just as every Western public and university library does. Fourth, these supposed genocide “lists” have never been produced at the ICTR. Fifth, the reference to the Holocaust is part of the overall “genocide” propaganda that defines the Tutsi minority as the sole proprietors of victim-hood in Rwanda and falsely defines them as “the Jews of Africa.” ((Even New York Times journalist (sic) Bill Berkeley, whose work is deep in the pro-RPF, pro-Tutsi establishment narrative, has criticized the “Jews of Africa” characterization of the Tutsis: “As Stephen Heder was pointing out at lunch when we were talking earlier, the Tutsis were not the Jews of Africa. Philip Gourevitch … got it wrong in that regard. To put it in its crudest, simplest terms historically, the Tutsis were the bad guys.” Speaker series, U.S. Holocaust Memorial Museum, March 6, 2002, http://www.ushmm.org/genocide/analysis/details.php?content=2002-03-06.))
Finally, there was no “planned mass sexual assault on Tutsi women.”
Notwithstanding the fictions, when the allegations against a branded genocidaire are repeated, they are often no longer presented as allegations, but as absolute fact.
For example, Emily Heroy, the founder and executive editor of Gender Across Borders – “a global feminist blog” – regurgitated the 2002 “Minister of Rape” story in 2009. ((Emily Heroy, “International Criminal Tribunal for Rwanda: Woman is Accused of Inciting Troops & Militia to Rape 1000s of Women,” Gender Across Borders, April 25, 2009.))
“In 2002, Peter Landesman wrote an article in the New York Times about Nyiramasuhuko entitled “A Woman’s Work” about her role in the genocide … Nyiramasuhuko ordered her son and militia to rape and kill thousands of women during the Rwanda genocide.”
The falsification of rape testimonies by Rwandan “survivors” of genocide used to accuse opponents or critics or others targeted by the Kagame government has occurred before. Considering just one very significant example, supposed Tutsi “genocide survivors” and “rape victims” were used as witnesses against Rwandan Catholic Bishop Monsignor Augustin Misago.
Bishop Misago’s female Tutsi accusers cried on the witness stand in an effort to sway the court. They claimed to have been repeatedly raped by Misago over more than one day. When asked to identify a very remarkable physical feature of Bishop Misago’s anatomy, these women were proven to be fakes who falsified testimonies with Rwandan government support.
The London-based “non-government organization” African Rights, co-founded by RPF agent Rakiya Omaar, helped frame Misago, who was subsequently arrested and jailed in 1999 but was cleared by the Rwandan Court of all genocide and rape charges in 2000.
Rakiya Omaar has worked since 1990-1991 as a paid agent of the RPF regime, always casting the Hutus as perpetrators and the Tutsis – especially the RPF Tutsi extremists – as the victims of the violence, creating a positive image for the RPF. She works freely in Rwanda, where she has a special office. ((See, e.g.,  Rakiya Omaar and Alex de Waal, “Death, Despair and Defiance,” African Rights, November 1994;  Rakiya Omaar, “Rwanda: Insurgency in the Northwest,” African Rights, 1998;  Rakiya Omaar, “Letter to Ambassador Mihnea Ioan Motoc, President of the United Nations Security Council,” African Rights, Oct. 19, 2005;  Rakiya Omaar, “An Open Letter to His Holiness, Pope John Paul II,” African Rights, May 13, 1998.))
Rakiya Omaar also fabricated evidence against Beatrice Munyenyezi, Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro and Prudence Kantengwa. Omaar reportedly traveled to the home village of Dr. Higiro and sisters and then produced documentation used by the Western media, United Nations experts, the RPF regime and by U.S. asylum courts to accuse Dr. Higiro and Beatrice Munyenyezi of crimes. Family members were also intimidated and threatened in Rwanda.
One of the most suppressed facts about the realities of the RPF Tutsi extremists and their elite networks is the historical and contemporary existence of ubwenge (ou-WEN-gay) – a complex Kinyarwanda language term referring to wisdom, trickery, caution, cleverness, prudence, deceptions, lies, manipulations. It relates to the capacity to gain a clear understanding of situations and the capability to surround oneself with a network of profit generating social relations.
French author Pierre Péan discussed “ubwenge” in his 2005 book “Noires Fureurs, Blancs Menteurs” (“Black Furies, White Liars”), noting that Tutsis were affected by a “lying culture” and questioning the historiography of genocide in Rwanda. Péan alleged that Tutsis have systematically resorted to lying, while employing doubtful and fraudulent maneuvers, with the aim of misleading the international community relating to the accuracy of its genocide cause. Péan was immediately sued in French courts by S.O.S. Racisme, an “anti-racism” organization that has been very pro-Kagame and pro-RPF in France.
Ubwenge or the culture of deception was highly valued in traditional Rwanda, particularly in Tutsi aristocratic circles. Young Tutsi aristocrats were trained in ubwenge to help insure the Tutsi domination of Rwanda and the enslavement of the Hutu majority. By any name, the extremist RPF Tutsi regime and its leaders excel at ubwenge.
“They will bring into the U.S. court these women from Rwanda,” says Jean-Marie Vianney Higiro. “They will say, ‘I was raped,’ and they will cry. The jury will think this is spontaneous and the judge and jury will believe them. But the jury will not understand that this is an exercise in ubwenge. Some Hutus will also use ubwenge. In the RPF kingdom ruled by Paul Kagame there are people who train people to lie in court. They are used in different trials to lie and frame and accuse. Westerners and judges in Western countries do not grasp this.”
Beatrice Munyenyezi’s case will join those of other Rwandans accused by the Kagame regime that are costing U.S. taxpayers millions of dollars for hearings that have historically involved fraud, disinformation and U.S. government manipulation. The U.S. government is fighting its own judiciary in its effort to maintain the shiny clean façade masking the terrorism of the Paul Kagame government in Rwanda. This is not a successful entrepreneurial government, but an absolute military dictatorship whose grip of terror extends into the hearts and minds – as with Thomas Brian Andersen – of the United States of America.