Last Minute Legislation To Be Rammed Through
There has been little if any public debate about the legal, practical and democratic sovereignty issues associated with the hundreds of armed foreign soldiers, police and security personnel who will be on Barbados soil for Cricket World Cup.
Nor will there be any substantial public debate – because the Government of Barbados is about to ram some last minute legislation through the system.
No one has really talked about the implications of allowing armed foreigners to have power and authority over Barbados citizens on our own island – but that is exactly what the Government will be legislating.
Make no mistake – the legislation will empower armed foreigners to have authority over Barbados citizens under certain as-yet-unknown circumstances during Cricket World Cup.
And we are not just talking about military or police from other CARICOM members. Foreign nationals from many non-CARICOM countries will be carrying weapons on Bajan soil – including armed South African soldiers who will be “incorporated into the armed forces in the Region” according to Barbados Attorney General Dale Marshall.
What limitations will be imposed upon armed foreigners in Barbados? We don’t know, and the government has not seen fit to inform citizens prior to the legislation being introduced.
We recognize that Barbados will need the assistance of foreign police, military and intelligence agencies to ensure the security of Cricket World Cup. We also recognize that laws will have to be passed to give these foreigners the authority to carry weapons and to perform their duties upon Bajan soil.
What we object to is that the Barbados government waited until the last
minute second to ram this important legislation through with zero public debate.
Where the Government of Barbados is authorizing armed foreign troops and police to perform duties on our soil – we citizens of Barbados have a right to know what the government intends LONG BEFORE that legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
WE DEMAND TO KNOW exactly what legal authorities will be given to armed foreigners upon our soil, and we demand to know this long before legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
WE DEMAND TO KNOW ahead of time EXACTLY what operational, geographical and time limitations will be placed upon these armed foreigners upon our soil, and we demand to know this long before legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
WE DEMAND TO KNOW ahead of time EXACTLY how many armed foreigners will be on our soil, and from which countries and agencies they come, and we demand to know this long before legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
WE DEMAND TO KNOW ahead of time which laws will take precedence on our soil and under what circumstances, and we demand to know this long before legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
WE DEMAND TO KNOW ahead of time EXACTLY WHO will be in command of these armed foreigners on our soil and under what circumstances they will be commanded by non-Bajan citizens, and we demand to know this long before legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
WE DEMAND TO KNOW ahead of time what protocols have been established in the event that conflicting commands are given to foreign troops by Barbados Commanders and the Foreign Troop’s own commanders, and we demand to know this long before legislation is placed before our elected representatives.
Once Again, The Government Of Barbados Shows A Dangerous Arrogance And A Disregard For Fundamental Democratic Principles
Armed foreign troops and foreign police enforcing laws on our soil is an important matter – not to be approached or allowed without much consideration by all citizens. Obviously this government does not think that citizens should be involved in such an important matter.
By their actions, Barbados’ Attorney General Dale Marshall and the government have again shown a dangerous arrogance.
Pay attention to these indicators, friends – for they are warning signs of a corruption of democratic principles that – if allowed to grow unchecked – will threaten our individual freedoms and the very heart of our democracy.
Cricket World Cup To Be Hosted On Secure Platform
PORT-OF-SPAIN, Trinidad, Feb. 2 /PRNewswire/ — Caribbean Countries hosting Cricket World Cup (CWC) 2007 will be getting assistance from a number of Third States in the security arena. To date South Africa has informed that 70 security experts will be made available to the Caribbean to further strengthen security for CWC 2007.
The South African security officials will be incorporated into the armed forces in the Region, and to this extent, amendments to some existing legislation have to be introduced in some parliaments.
Barbados’ Attorney General, Mr. Dale Marshall, made this disclosure on Thursday following a tour of the Grantley Adams International Airport in Barbados to observe operations at the facility on the day that the Single Domestic Space started.
The Attorney General pointed out that those pieces of legislation for the deployment of non national security personnel would be “sunset in nature,” meaning that they would cease to exist on the completion of the tournament.
“Certainly we are happy to have the expert assistance of very well trained officers coming from abroad in areas of counter-terrorism activities. We want to have them available to us, but I want to assure you and the public that this is not in anyway a long term measure. The legislative arrangements would be sunset and so after Cricket World Cup they would fall away from the statute books,” the Barbados Attorney-General explained as he addressed media officials at the conclusion of the tour of the airport.
He informed that the Region has already begun to reap dividends from the regional approach to law enforcement.
“The intelligence arrangements headed by Commander of Regional Forces, Colonel Antony Anderson, have already been paying off for the Region. Our intelligence networks have led to us being able to take pre-emptive action where there would have been very serious threats to the safety of Caribbean people. That has given us the encouragement that we needed to be sure that the Region was on the right track,” said Mr. Marshall.
He further disclosed that the Region has approximately 400 trained military and police personnel which constituted a roving team across the Region to be deployed for CWC 2007.
According to Mr. Marshall, these 400 trained police and military personnel will be moving from game to game to ensure that there are no breaches of security, adding that they will be pressed into action as required.
“I think it is fair to say that we have put a lot of effort in place regionally to ensure that the Caribbean will be as safe as is humanly possible. Already the police forces in the Region are feeling the legacy benefit of the heightened and beefed up security arrangements.
“We in Barbados have made a significant investment in equipment and training,” Mr. Marshall said.
Meanwhile, Colonel Anderson pointed out that the 400 member team was the contributions from Caribbean Community (CARICOM) Member States to provide a security support mechanism.
He disclosed that in every country hosting a match the authorities would have the necessary manpower at their fingertips to ensure the public’s safety.
“So this is really an indication of how on the security side, the Region has come together to ensure that the security available to commissioners of police is at the correct level,” said Colonel Anderson.
He argued that what was critical to the maintenance of law and order during the games was the total involvement of everyone in the Single Domestic Space.
“People out there see things, hear things and know things long before the authorities are aware of them. It is the collection of all of that information that can be refined into intelligence that will later drive operations to secure the space,” Colonel Anderson added.
He maintained that as a regional effort the joint exercise had been quite rewarding.
“The legacy benefits of the security programme are that now people are speaking in a way that they did not before, and are liaising in a way that they did not before. Those benefits certainly cannot be undone after the cricket tournament and will continue beyond,” he added.
… read the original story at PRNewswire (link here)
Photo: Armed South African Soldiers on patrol. According to this BBC article, South African military has huge problems with thefts and other criminal acts by its soldiers. This article says that almost 25% of South African soldiers have HIV.