Barbados Citizen Information To Be Shared With Ten CARICOM Countries, Plus USA, Britain, Canada – Police, Military

On July 8, 2006, we told you that under a new agreement between governments, Bajan citizen information would be given to foreign CARICOM police forces, and that the information sharing process had no rules and no oversight. See BFP’s Caricom – Barbados Citizens’ Personal Information To Be Given To Foreign Police – Sharing Process Has No Rules, No Oversight.

Citizen Information To Be Shared With Foreign Police and Military

Looks like we were wrong – it is not only the police who will be given the information, but also the military from ten CARICOM countries, plus the United States, Britain and Canada.

And, oh yeah…

All this sharing of Barbados citizens’ personal information will be done with no rules, and no oversight.

Just thought you might like to know.

Read all about it in The Jamaica Observer’s article Things You Need To Know – Security And Freedom for CWC 2007


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2 responses to “Barbados Citizen Information To Be Shared With Ten CARICOM Countries, Plus USA, Britain, Canada – Police, Military

  1. Pat

    I can understand sharing information with the Police Forces of CARICOM. I am, however, at a loss to understand why Barbados will be sharing information with the US, Canada and GB. Who wants to be added to the CIA’s database? Or MI6 for that matter? or CSIS’s? Are they going to be sharing their citizens information with Barbados? I would say NO.

  2. Observer

    And in a related story out of Denver we are told that US air marshalls are reporting innocent people travelling on US airlines as behaving suspiciously leading to these travellers’ names being added to an intelligence database. This in turn could lead to these people being viewed and treated by authorities as terrorist suspects. And the reason for this? The air marshalls are told they have to fill a quota of filed reports and if they don’t meet the numbers then they don’t get raises, promotions, plum assignments etc.

    So if there are no acutal visible terrorists around to file a report on, the agents just pick the poor sap in 23C travelling to his Great Aunt Gertrude’s funeral and stick him on the terror watch list so they can meet their numbers for the month. Yay for US law enforcement. I’m really happy that the RBPF will be cooperating with the likes of these jokers.

    DENVER — You could be on a secret government database or watch list for simply taking a picture on an airplane. Some federal air marshals say they’re reporting your actions to meet a quota, even though some top officials deny it.

    The air marshals, whose identities are being concealed, told 7NEWS that they’re required to submit at least one report a month. If they don’t, there’s no raise, no bonus, no awards and no special assignments.

    “Innocent passengers are being entered into an international intelligence database as suspicious persons, acting in a suspicious manner on an aircraft … and they did nothing wrong,” said one federal air marshal.

    These unknowing passengers who are doing nothing wrong are landing in a secret government document called a Surveillance Detection Report, or SDR. Air marshals told 7NEWS that managers in Las Vegas created and continue to maintain this potentially dangerous quota system.

    “Do these reports have real life impacts on the people who are identified as potential terrorists?” 7NEWS Investigator Tony Kovaleski asked.

    “Absolutely,” a federal air marshal replied.

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