Daily Archives: February 3, 2007

Barbados Government Operative Uses Different Names To Post Vulgar Comments On Barbados Free Press

To The Friends of Barbados Free Press

A new attack has started by the same “anonymous” commenter who we at BFP and many of our readers earlier identified as a member of the foreign service of the current Barbados Government.

In an attempt to drive away our readership, this operative has been posting vulgarities and other unfit comments on our blog under many different names – sometimes using the names of known regular BFP commenters.

All this is coming from two European IPs – except when our “anonymous” slips up and posts a few comments from their handheld device. (Gottcha!)

We are now going through the comments to remove the vulgarities that have appeared in the last 24 hours and to uplift the discussion.

From now on, we will be moderating more comments. You can assist us greatly by keeping your language absolutely clean and avoiding words that will trigger moderation. Where there is to be serious discussion of sexual or moral issues, we will be right on it to ensure the discussion can continue smoothly.

When we can’t be on duty moderating – folks will just have to be more careful about the words they use or comments will be held for moderation.

This has become necessary because of the latest attack upon freedom of speech in Barbados.

And a little note to the government’s “anonymous” European operative…

We’ve been saving everything and we can prove our case before the people, honest courts and God.

Your actions have again shown the tremendous arrogance and sense of entitlement maintained by the current government elites.

Thanks for proving our point.

Cliverton, Marcus, George, Shona, Robert and Auntie Moses

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Cricket World Cup: Barbados Government To Give Power, Authority To Armed Foreign Soldiers and Police On Bajan Soil

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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.

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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.

From PRNewswire…

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.

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Barbados Mood Swing?

THERE IS A CHANGE of mood happening in Barbados.

A year ago, one couldn’t really define it and that is still true to a large extent… but people can feel it.

How this will manifest itself during the coming election is an unknown, but the ruling BLP Government feels the change as well. They will want to hold an election sooner rather than later as whatever is happening is not positive for the government.

The opposition shouldn’t be too smug either, because the mood change has little to do with a swing from one party to the other…

There is something deeper going on, and although we can’t yet see it clearly through the fog, there is something taking place on the daily road of life in Barbados.

This editorial from The Nation News is but one little indicator…

REFLECTIONS: Time for Bajans to take stock
Published on: 2/2/07.

by REUDON EVERSLEY

IT’S TIME FOR STOCKTAKING.

There comes a time in the life of every individual and every nation when it’s necessary to pause for stocktaking.

To determine if satisfactory progress has been made towards desired goals, which is the aim of the exercise, you have to consider where you have come from, where you are right now, and where you aspire to be at some point in the future.

With an approaching general election, now seems an appropriate time for Barbadians to engage in stocktaking. Elections present an invaluable opportunity every five years to make crucial choices about the general direction of the country and your own particular circumstances.

Regrettably, many Barbadians are a bit cavalier in their approach to elections, not appreciating it is ultimately to their detriment. For some, it’s an opportunity to see how much they can extract from candidates. For others, it’s how much free food and drink they can consume.

Perhaps if these Barbadians start seeing themselves like how shareholders of a private company do, their attitude would change. I like to think of Barbados as a company – Barbados Inc. – in which we all have substantial investments.

Our common interest is to see steady growth and fair distribution of resulting benefits so that we can create a better life for our children. In the corporate world, promoting growth is the responsibility of the board of directors elected at each annual general meeting (AGM).

A general election is like an AGM. The Barbados Labour Party (BLP) has comprised the board of directors of Barbados Inc. since 1994 when it was elected on the basis of pledges to “secure the future” and achieve “full economic enfranchisement for every Barbadian”, among others.

1994, therefore, has to be the reference point in assessing the performance of the incumbent board of directors. In reviewing your own situation, the key question you must ask is this: “Am I better off today than in 1994 as a result of the stewardship of the present board?”

Our youth, on whose shoulders the future of Barbados Inc. lies, have already given their verdict.

More than half of the respondents in the latest National Youth Survey, according to the Department of Youth Affairs, believe life in Barbados will get worse in the next five years.

Perspectives on the future are informed by current conditions. If the views of our youth reflect the feelings of the broader population, the next AGM of Barbados Inc. should be rather interesting.

* Reudon Eversley (rooudon@gmail.com) is a writer and communication consultant.

… read the original article at The Nation News (link here)

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More CARICOM Concerns: Guyana Hires Crooked New York Cop As Security Czar

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Having Been Convicted Of Taking Bribes Before, Bernard Kerik Is Well Suited For New Position As Guyana’s Top Cop

Guyana’s new Security Chief will fit right in with perceptions about policing in that country and in the Caribbean. A shame that our Royal Barbados Police Force will have to work with this disgraced scoundrel. That’s Mr. Kerik’s mug shot above – taken after his arrest in 2006.

Our advice for Barbados Police Commissioner Dottin… if you have to shake hands with Mr. Kerik, don’t forget to check for your wallet, rings and watch afterwards.

CARICOM Means That Guyana’s Choice Is Our Problem Too

Remember folks – we’re all one big happy family now with no borders. CARICOM police agencies pass information freely between them, and there are no laws to regulate or prevent the transfer of your personal information being transferred to the Guyanese Police.

The moment that Mr. Kerik sits down at his new desk, he will be able to call up personal information on all Barbados citizens.

And that is why CARICOM means that Guyana’s poor choice for a security chief is our problem too.

From Stabroek News

Some NY Guyanese Against Kerik Hiring

A “disgrace” said one; “unsuitable,” asserted another, and “questionable,” insisted a third.

Those were some of the words used by Guyanese of different ethnic backgrounds in New York City to describe the decision by their country’s leader, President Bharrat Jagdeo, to make the former New York City Police Commissioner, Bernard Kerik his country’s new security czar.

The Guyanese rejected the appointment because of Kerik’s troubles with the law and questions about his standards of behaviour. Interestingly, they didn’t object on grounds of colour or nationality…

… continue reading this article at Stabroek News (link here)

Wikipedia entry for Bernard Kerik link here

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