Eight Americans Freed From Haiti, Two Still Jailed

Eight American missionaries flew out of Haiti on Wednesday and are now back on US soil after a judge ordered them freed. Two of their colleagues remain in detention for further questioning.

The judge found no evidence of criminal intent among the 8 who were freed. But he ordered group leader Laura Silsby and another woman, Charisa Coulter, held for further questioning about their previous trips to Haiti.

The 10 Americans, most of whom are members of a Baptist church in Idaho, were arrested last month on charges that they tried to take 33 Haitian children out of the country without proper documentation after the devastating January 12th earthquake in Haiti.


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  • by hope Location: NC on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:20 PM
    To Greg, In regards to your ramblings..."Children in the US aren't forced into the streets?" It is an American right to remain ignorant, & reproduce exponentially. Yet, if one desires a better life, & is willing to work for it, it is here for the taking. You speak of your travels (no doubt paid for by our Uncle Sam), & boast about your accomplishments while serving our country, yet you then slander that for which you fought for. Greg, you need to pick a side. As for the missionaries, they were released when the Haitian parents came forth & admitted they wanted their children taken away to have a better life. Residents of other countries do hate us, yet they are clamoring over our borders everyday.
  • by The flood Location: Winterville on Feb 18, 2010 at 05:05 PM
    Standard of living has nothing to do with it. It is all about opportunity. I too have traveled outside the United States and I have yet to find another country where so many are dying just to get in. No other country on the face of the planet gives people to go from poor to rich, and vice versa, like this one. The opressive governments in other countries simply won't allow it. I have done plenty of research and there is no comparison to the compassion we display for the rest of the world. The world is a better place because of us and our way of life. I couldn't care less about the feelings of some European whose motivation has been sapped by a nanny state and who has been brainwashed to hate America by the same government who begs for our help and yet wishes for our downfall at the same time.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 03:30 PM
    Flood - have you ever been outside the US? Not counting Canada and Mexico. I have spent years overseas, and I am not blinded by hatred for the USA. Mater of fact I put my life on the line for the USA and am a decorated veteran, everyday of the year the flag flys proudly from my house. It's you who doesn't want to see and I hate to tell you that the highest standard of living title isn't held by the US anymore. Like I said in my previous post do some research with an open mind and you will see exactly what i'm talking about. Better yet go see the world with your own eyes and you will be sure to get an eye full.
  • by Jen Location: New Bern on Feb 18, 2010 at 03:05 PM
    Hope- You certainly did not offend me. What you said makes sense to me but I can only slightly agree with you. We as American's have been extremely lucky. I feel that comes with a price though. To whom much is given... I don't think that Haitian's are "choosing" to live the way that they do. I mean, who would choose that? For years (until very recently) they faced political oppression. That's something that we can't understand because we haven't lived it. But the thing that bothered me most was personal and therefore, should have been kept to myself. As a Christian, I feel that it is my responsibility to help. I don't think that I have the right to pick and choose who I help. I feel like the Haitian people need it and I'm not willing to be held accountable for not doing my part.
  • by Cactus Location: Strabane on Feb 18, 2010 at 02:22 PM
    William of RM, your comment is by far the most important, short and to the point. I understand exactly what you are saying. I have traveled outside the US many times, Americans always feel they are so important that they can be above the law of the country they are visiting. Americans always like to flash cash, makes them feel important.
  • by The flood Location: Winerville on Feb 18, 2010 at 02:08 PM
    No Greg the rest of the world hates us because they are jealous of us. No other country gives its citizens an actual chance to change their own social class like we do. Those kids should be so lucky to be saved from the wasteland that is Haiti. None of your "examples" come close to Saddam or Hitler. You are so blinded by hatred for the USA that there is no way you can see the overwhelming GOOD we do in this world. We give more of ourselves through resources and financing than any other nation on the planet. When we don't help (which is almost never) we are criticized and when we do help we are criticized. Also it is us who are not like the rest of the world and don't want to be while the world tries to force it's backward ways on us.
  • by Greg Location: Greenville on Feb 18, 2010 at 10:33 AM
    To Hope, "americians take care of business"? Children in the US aren't forced into the streets? - ever been out of Pitt county. The rest of the world hates us because we try to cram the US and our views down their throats. They aren't like us and don't want to be. If you want case and point do a little history research. lets start locally Look up Cuba during the Batista government before Castro. You will note who backed up Bastista... the good ole USA. Even look who supported the Duvalier's in Haiti- Doc and Baby Doc, USA again. Want more... The Shah of Iran, he was our ally before the Ayatollah overthrew him. You remember Vietnam right? How about the Philippines after WWII - Ferdinan Marcos ring a bell. Time and time again the good ole USA has suported and backed up governments that made Saddam and Hitler look like school boys but that was ok because they were our friends. Ask some people around the world maimed by ordanance marked made in USA how we take care of business
  • by hope Location: NC on Feb 18, 2010 at 08:02 AM
    Some kids might be better off "smuggled" to another location. Are we talking about the children of Haiti that are forced into the streets, by their own people no less, to beg? This site is wrought with stereotyping on BOTH SIDES! You can't compare America to a 3rd world country. WE Americans take care of business. People all across the world despise American's until the earth quakes, or the tidal waves... You can praise God, or curse him, BUT God has blessed America. What America could do without are the crooks in Washington. Vote out incumbents! As it has become too difficult to sort the good from the bad, get rid of them all. Vote them all out!
  • by Seriously... on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:26 AM
    Imagine how any of you would have felt if some Canadians came down after Katrina and tried to take some of the children from that to Canada w/o the proper documentation. You would be just as outraged as the Haitians. Irregardless of the intention, there are still proper channels to go through. Kinda like immigration.
  • by bibfruitbasket Location: NC on Feb 18, 2010 at 07:22 AM
    anon--what planet are you from? Where did you learn your grammar? These idiots are lucky they got out of Haiti without remaining in jail.
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