VECO Executives To Name More Names: Corrupt Barbados Prison Builders Have Sentencing Postponed

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Will Prime Minister Thompson Ignore This Opportunity To Discover The Truth About Our New Prison?

United States Federal Prosecutors want to postpone the sentencing of two convicted VECO senior executives so they can continue assisting the FBI with their investigations into widespread bribery of politicians by VECO Corporation – the company that built the way-over-budget new Barbados jail and our oil terminal.

“Both former CEO Bill Allen and Rick Smith, a vice president, continue to cooperate with investigators.” (Alaska TV Station KTUU article here)

“VECO Corporation Bribed Politicians To Obtain Government Contracts – As A Standard Business Practice”

As Barbados Free Press has detailed in numerous past articles, the corrupt multi-billion dollar VECO Corporation regularly used bribery of politicians as a standard business practice in the United States and around the world.

A major FBI investigation collected thousands of hours of tape-recorded conversations, and hundreds of thousands of documents and business records concerning VECO’s activities – and it would be foolish to think that the word “Barbados” does not appear in those records or voice recordings.

Although the new Barbados jail and oil terminal were not the largest projects that VECO had going, the “sun and fun” location of Barbados made those projects very desirable. It was revealed publicly in one tape recorded conversation that a US politician even asked for a position at the Barbados jail project as part of his expected bribe!

Prime Minister Thompson Must Ask For The FBI Evidence And Launch An Independent Investigation Into VECO’s Dealings With Barbados

Mr. Prime Minister, when it comes to VECO Corporation’s deals with the previous Barbados government, there is too much smoke for there to be no fire.

If your government is to retain its credibility about promises to clean things up, you cannot ignore VECO or allow a cursory investigation.

Bring in some independent auditors, some independent and respected investigators – even request assistance from the FBI, Scotland Yard or the Canadian Mounties Police. Let these investigative professionals do their work and refuse to become involved in political control of the investigation.

LET THE PIECES FALL WHERE THEY MAY.

There may be DLP business friends involved in the VECO corruption as well as members and friends of the previous BLP government. No matter. Your government must be, and must be seen to be, serious about discovering the truth.

Mr. Prime Minister, no matter what you accomplish in the next four or five years – If you do not implement a serious investigation of VECO’s dealings with Barbados, it will be your government that is criticised for inaction when the whole truth becomes known.

And with the US laws about freedom of information, and VECO being a publicly-traded company – all those transcripts and business records about VECO and Barbados will eventually surface in public.

The only question is whether or not the Prime Minister and the DLP Government show strength and leadership in fighting corruption… or if it was all talk for the election.

Good luck, Sir. Our family prays for you and all our members of Parliament every day.

Selected BFP Articles About VECO

January 10, 2008 – How Owen Arthur and his Government Ministers Set Up The ABC-Flyover Project To Fill Their Secret Offshore Bank Accounts

August 25, 2007 – Barbados Jail Builder VECO Added As Defendant In Lawsuit Against Prime Minister Arthur and Chief Justice Simmons

June 19, 2007 – Barbados Attorney General Tells Some New And Old Whoppers About VECO Jail Project

May 30, 2007 – Who Did Barbados Prison Consulting?… VECO Paid Alaska Bribes Through “Consulting” Contracts With Politicians’ Relatives!!!!!

May 30, 2007 – FBI’s VECO Corruption Investigation Includes “Hundreds Of Hours Of Recordings, Thousands Of Documents” – How Many Mention Barbados?

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12 responses to “VECO Executives To Name More Names: Corrupt Barbados Prison Builders Have Sentencing Postponed

  1. Sargeant

    If Thompson wants a second term he can help himself by requesting cooperation from the FBI on the VECO project. The FBI may already have some info but would not necessary release it as this would be the State Dept.’s call. They wouldn’t want to embarrass the previous Gov’t which was then holding office and with whom they maintained friendly relations especially if Gov’t officials were involved. BTW where is the FBI report re public officials with large offshore bank accounts? One of the planks of the DLP election campaign was the issue of corruption and he can’t just “talk the talk” he has to “walk the walk” and not ignore this “gift horse” since the issue of costs overrun continues to dominate the news.

    Thompson can do no less than ask for the examination of the VECO files vis- a- vis operations in Barbados. The VECO executives are already singing and I believe they will readily cooperate. As I’ve said before if with all the US laws and penalties re bribery and corruption and they pull these stunts in Alaska I would be gobsmacked if they didn’t do the same in Barbados.

  2. reality check

    Sargeant

    This will be a good test.

    My understanding is that certain people with multi-million dollar US Bank accounts were moved
    sideways and not exposed as they threatened to tell all. The whole deck of cards and a whole lot of people would be caught with their hands in the cookie jar.

    The US has laws against money laundering and bribery, so they will probably not hesitate to assist the new government if they are really serious and proactive.

    Barbadians have to anticipate that this corruption will cross both party lines but a one time cleansing will be very healthy for a new accountable and transparent body politic.

    Still waiting for full disclosure of all assets of the newly elected politicians including Senators and especially Mia, Owen and Dale? It should be great fiction reading.

  3. no name

    I heard a recording of David Thompson on the news today saying that cost overruns were going to be examined and people held accountable if corruption or wrongdoing was found.

    Here here Mr. PM.

  4. no name

    P.S. Mr. Thompson said that it was taxpayers money that was spent and had to be accounted for.

  5. Sargeant

    The above should be “not necessarily release”. I wrote “not necessary” in error

  6. Well Mister Minister

    We heard and believed the corruption theory
    Expect you’ll expose them for any criminality
    Leaving it all behind would be a travesty too
    Liability must be exposed whatever you do
    May be you are bombarded by the immediacy parade
    In discrepancies and bad policies the others made
    So we know Mr. Minister there would be some delay
    The people however expect that criminals would pay
    Economical balancing is no piece of cake
    Righting the wrongs the squanders make
    My schooling tells me to cross my tees
    I learnt the hard way “I love lies” was one of these
    Now I get no ties but lies from my friend
    I didn’t cross my tee then and lies have no end
    So Mr. Minister tell us the truth
    Tell us when you are able to unveil the proof
    Essentially we want to see criminals locked away
    Remember Mr. Minister crime must never pay

  7. Straight talk

    No Name :

    Do we really know as yet if it was taxpayers money?

    I believe it must have been, but I am not ,as most Barbadians privy to the details of our BOLT deals.

    Perhaps the new Minister of Transport, or maybe Attorney General, or even Minister of Finance can enlighten we taxpayers as to what we have actually signed up to, and how much it is going to be a burden on our children and grandchildren?

    Oil terminal, Prison, ABC, Courts of Justice, Coastguard HQ, someone soon will have to come clean with the mortgage payment we are saddled with, and for the good of the new government, the sooner we are fully informed, the better we all shall be.

    We know it will be horrendous, but a firm figure will help us to accommodate the expense and begin to accept it as the price of delivery from a spendthrift, irresponsponsibly out of control administration.

  8. Barbados the Beautiful

    BOLT = company borrows all de $ and guaranteed to be paid back by Barbados who will pay and pay –

    anyone know which bank advanced the funds for the projects?

  9. Straight talk

    BtB:

    BNB

  10. Donald Duck, Esq

    The following are comments made by Prime Minister Thompson in the Sunday Advocate of February 3, 2007 on the subject of his party’s 100 day programme.

    He said some of the initiatives merely “require initiation, not completion” He went on to add “ I think people ,misunderstand these things, so they think that if you say that you are going to, for example lay integrity legislation that it means you will pass it in a 100 days. It doesn’t mean that because it is not only the Members of Parliament who have a relevant role to play in that, it is the public, it’s the media, and I can’t circumscribe your 100 days, I can only circumscribe mine”

    He further added “And in relation to other areas of implementation, what we are aiming at, subject to the availability of resources, is the initiation of those items that fall under the 100 day programme so that we can therefore keep the faith from there”

    May I remind readers of the various DLP promises taken from their manifesto with relevant reference page numbers categorized between those the DLP promised immediate action and those which they promised to deal with within 100 days ( they did not say from when the 100 days commenced)

    IMMEDIATE ACTTION

    Labour rights legislation ( page 36)

    A new DLP government will move to immediately enact a comprehensive national Labour Rights legislative compendium which will include the following:

     A Full Employment Rights Act
     An Alternative Disputes Settlement and Arbitration Committee
     A Sexual Harassment in the Workplace Act
     National minimum wages legislation
     Legislation fully recognizing Trade Unions.

    Approval of capital account transactions (page 25)

    Immediately review the current Central Bank procedures for approving capital account transactions with a view to simplifying and speeding up the approval (or denial) process for restricted transactions.

    Port charges (page 33)

    The DLP pledges to immediately re-examine the Port charges with a view to significantly reducing these to manufacturers as they consider them to be a burdensome cost. They say that tonnage dues are charged twice; – on raw materials when imported and again on finished products when being exported.

    Integrity legislation (page 48)

    Immediately introduce integrity legislation requiring

     a declaration of assets by public officials,
     a Code of Conduct for Ministers,
     a new Freedom of Information law,
     amendments to the Defamation laws and
     new constitutional provisions to rationalize the powers of the Prime Minister.

    Health issues (page 11)

    A new DLP Government will immediately embark on a health promotion campaign to sensitize the public to the dangers of unhealthy lifestyles

    ISSUES TO BE DEALT WITH IN FIRST 100 DAYS

    Don’t forget the DLP promises to do the following in the first 100 days

     Introduce the Agriculture Protection Act that will require a 2/3 majority of both houses of parliament for a change of use of land from agriculture.

     Remove VAT from building materials on houses valued up to $400,000.
     convene a National Consultation on Education

  11. tru

    Perhaps the PM can take a leaf out of Golding’s book – have a monthly radio program where he answers questions directly from the public.

    http://www.jis.gov.jm/officePM/html/20080131T100000-0500_14136_JIS_PM_FIELDS_QUESTIONS_ON_HIS_RADIO_CALL_IN_PROGRAMME.asp

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    BFP Says

    That would be an excellent idea for transparency and democracy.

    The former PM Owen $ Arthur promised to come on the internet for a chat session at the BLP Blog. He was such an unrepentant liar that he promised without ever intending to do so.

    Of course, you can’t hold the lie against Owen Arthur any more than you can blame a stray dog for vomiting. What a legacy was left by Owen Arthur.

  12. Thewhiterabbit

    Speaking of the FBI, wasn’t there a “report” done a few years ago that detailed goings-on at the Port and Customs, with implications for certain big-ups? Did we (whoever we might be in the public) ever see that report, or learn of its findings? It is the suspicion of this writer that while VECO may be a case of concentrated corruption and economic malfeasance, the sitution at Customs, viewed over the long term, might make VECO pale into total insignificance.