Barbados Government Targets Citizens Who Ask Too Many Questions – Threats, Audits, Legal Actions In Corrupt Justice System

Any Bajan can tell you that the international perception of Barbados as (ahem) “Little Britain” with all the protections and rights afforded to citizens and an independent news media – is total nonsense. The elites have been very successful in marketing our little island as a oasis of integrity in sea of corrupt Caribbean and South American offshore banking centers, but the reality if something quite different especially for island citizens and foreign investors.

While there is much truth that Barbados is a stable and relatively peaceful country, it is also true that Bajan “democracy” is not the democracy that North American or European investors might imagine. As for “rule of law”, time and time again foreign investors are shocked at how our government and our courts ignore or re-write the laws overnight when convenient for the political and economic cabal who run Barbados.

It seems that no matter which party gains control, the lapdog Barbados news media immediately bends to the will of the new government. On a small island with fewer than 300,000 people, government advertising makes or breaks a newspaper or radio station. The change in editorial policies upon the swearing in of a new Prime Minister is hilarious.

As so many Barbados journalists and citizens have discovered, there is no place to hide in an island country of only 300,000 people. Lose your job for asking too many questions and you will never again work on the island. Professional journalists who take photos of an accident or crime scene without asking the “permission” of the police have been beaten, their cameras smashed and their photos deleted. And then the story quietly disappears from the news media.

How is that for “Little Britain”?

And if you own a business, your sole political activities had better be confined to writing campaign donations to both major political parties.

Because God help you if you take the government to court, criticize policy or demand justice in a court system where even the Chief Justice is a former Cabinet Minister who doesn’t give a damn about conflicts of interest – real or perceived by the public.

It is a justice system where witnesses and their lawyers are threatened. Where the police use pre-signed blank search warrants to harass tenants who are behind on their rent owed to the Director of Public Prosecutions. A justice system were criminal charges regularly disappear with no public explanation. In Barbados a woman can be dragged from her terrorized children in the middle of the night, taken to the police station where police search her vagina OVER BACK RENT OWED TO A GOVERNMENT OFFICIAL!

Barbados is a country where the proof of all the above can be posted online for all to see and the damned lapdog news media is in such fear that it doesn’t dare mention the story. Can you imagine the same thing happening in Britain, the USA or Canada – a blank pre-signed search warrant being posted online and the news media not mentioning the story out of fear?

God help Barbados, my friends.

And that is under both the previous BLP government and the new DLP government.

Keltruth Blog Lists Barbados Government Oppression

Keltruth Blog promised their new story would be a hot one, and it is. A few days ago, they posted…

“Many Barbadians are afraid to speak out. Many are just plain afraid. All Barbadians know that there are consequences when you criticize the Government.

Non-Violent Methods of Persuasion

Our next article will examine how the tools of Governance can be “legally” used to discourage citizens from making waves.”

You owe it to yourself and your children to read the new article at Keltruth Blog. How many ways can the Barbados Government target citizens who ask too many questions?

A few samples of Government oppression from the Keltruth Blog website…

– Income tax audits of business and personal income.

– Denials of normal government permissions and permits.

– Mail being opened prior to delivery.

– Bank statements sent to the wrong address.

– “Lost” documents in the Land Registry that are only lost for you. Other folks can obtain them.

– Secret re-zoning of your property without notice.

– Drunken threatening phone calls from government ministers in the middle of the night. (Note… we believe a tape recording exists of former Prime Minister Owen Arthur on a prime drunken rant in the wee hours. We haven’t personally heard it but we are trying to obtain a copy.)

– If the government doesn’t like a court ruling, they disregard it and send in the army to seize investors’ property contrary to a court order.

No Rule Of Law In Barbados

Head on over to the Keltruth Blog and read their latest article. When you are finished that, look around a little at their website. Look at the proofs and legal documents that Keltruth Blog has posted online.

Things are not always what they seem on our little island nation… as more than one foreign investor has discovered.

Keltruth Blog: Barbados Government’s Treatment Of Those Who Dare To Complain

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6 responses to “Barbados Government Targets Citizens Who Ask Too Many Questions – Threats, Audits, Legal Actions In Corrupt Justice System

  1. Yes, but......

    BFP,

    I am not being partisan. Most, if not all of what Keltruth’s Blog said is true, but this can only refer to the last Administraton.
    To be honest, this Govt hasn’t even been in Office for 10 weeks. For them to be saddled with the atrocities Arthurism would be misleading.

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    BFP says,

    While we would love to say all is better with the new administration, we see disturbing signs that the problems are continuing…

    1/ The police still refuse to act upon death threats to several people – and the threats are still being made.
    2/ The civil service is still in place and still vow to use their government powers to punish citizens who ask too many questions or disagree with government policy. See our article Barbados Government Insider Threatens Richard Goddard Over Greenland Dump – Fears Establishment Of A New Political Party
    3/ Even though the problems occurred under the last government, the current Prime Minister and Chief Justice are still embroiled in the legal suit surrounding Kingsland. The brother of the Chief Justice is even alleged to have threatened a witness or lawyer (can’t remember which) in the lawsuit.
    4/ The current government have reneged on their promise to adopt their published Ministerial Code – which development can only be viewed negatively as exactly the same behaviour as the previous government.

    In short, there is cabal in place in Barbados that supersedes politics. This is still in place.

  2. John

    Yes, but……
    March 23, 2008 at 3:20 am
    BFP,

    I am not being partisan. Most, if not all of what Keltruth’s Blog said is true, but this can only refer to the last Administraton.
    To be honest, this Govt hasn’t even been in Office for 10 weeks. For them to be saddled with the atrocities Arthurism would be misleading.

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    … well at least the telephone calls from the PM have stopped, ….. a start!!

    All the same they had become a bit of a joke.

    We’ll all miss them as a basis for gossip … but I guess we’ll live.

  3. Bimbro

    Professional journalists who take photos of an accident or crime scene without asking the “permission” of the police have been beaten, their cameras smashed and their photos deleted.

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    Solely, in the interests of accuracy, I must mention that you would NEVER see a photo of dead bodies after a road accident in a UK newspaper, no doubt for all sorts of reasons, privacy etc. This must be for the authorities to decide on a code of practice!

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    And that is under both the previous BLP government and the new DLP government.

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    Don’t tell me that Jan the 15th was all a waste of time, BFP!

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    BFP says,

    Taking photos is one thing, printing them is another.

    In the United States and Britain, do the police control what news photographers may or may not photograph in a public place?

    In Barbados, the police beat the photographers and/or grab their cameras and erase the photos if taken without permission.

    So, in effect, the police control what you may or may not see in the paper.

    We have a problem with this, although you may not.

    You say that this policy changed on the election? I have my doubts because the police policy of ignoring threats of death to business people and old ladies is still in effect to protect those responsible for it.

  4. Peter

    In the US, yes. I have a video clip where the police confiscate a camera and beat protesters with batons during a legal protest rally. I have video footage (previously posted on youtube, now removed but I saved a copy to my hard drive) of two male police stripping a (screaming, mad as hell and scared) woman for an incident that started out as a traffic violation.

    The US has become a more or less totalitarian state since 911 with its homeland security laws and agencies that can monitor, apprehend, and treat citizens basically in any way the like. Citizen privacy is gone, and people more or less expect their telephone calls and internet communication to be monitored (personally I’m using a VPN based anonymity service, but I’m actually not sure how secure it is, all I know is that my original US IP is not visible).

    Everybody knows the previous president stole the election, and voting here in the US is a joke with hacked voting machines, inconsistent regulations how to handle ballots and store voting material. I voted in the primaries without a voting registration card (I had recently changed address and didn’t get one), without being pre-registered — well I was, but they didn’t have a record of it — and without showing proof of citizenship. I just showed my ID which would have been sufficient had I been pre-registered, but since there was no record — which is a testament in itself how ineffective and un-democratic the voting registration process is — I could been any Joe off the street with a driver’s license that anybody can acquire.

    Shared by a passer by originally looking to relocate to the Caribbean to escape the US. Based on what I’ve read from this site, I will definitely keep on looking.

    /Peace from the SF Bay Area

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    BFP says…

    Yes, such abuses happen, but they are generally not systemic in the USA. Plus, the media and the courts will act upon such stories.

    Not so in Barbados.

  5. Bimbro

    BFP says,

    Taking photos is one thing, printing them is another.

    In the United States and Britain, do the police control what news photographers may or may not photograph in a public place?

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    Thanks for the reply, BFP. Frankly, I’m uncertain what are the protocols which they observe, here.

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    In Barbados, the police beat the photographers and/or grab their cameras and erase the photos if taken without permission.

    So, in effect, the police control what you may or may not see in the paper.

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    I understand what you’re saying, BFP, and frankly, it’s an interesting and important point to which I had n’t given much consideration, but will, henceforth!

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    BFP, said: You say that this policy changed on the election?

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    No, BFP, I was actually asking you the question. However, I take your point!

    More grease (power) to your elbow, as we say here!

  6. Glendine Henry

    Looking for articles about the poor condition of the mental hospital in Black Rock. Thank you