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trinidad_and_tobago_grunge_flag_by_syndikata_np-d610nfxAn Open Letter to National Security,

I write this in part to respond to the most recent press release from the Ministry of National Security, which was intended by the Ministry to quell rumours of civil disorder and state oppression on the heels of the arrest of Jammat al Muslimeen leader Imam Yassin Abu Bakr. Please understand that I write this to be taken in a somber tone, and that I am in no form or fashion associated or in contact with the Jammat al Muslimeen itself. No aggression is meant by this, and there is nothing in my record to indicate a wily attempt to undermine our National Security services.

It seems that rumours have taken flight, reaching both far and wide with little resistance, enough so to warrant an immediate response from National Security Corporate Communications Unit. It is far from astounding that this has gone so far within hours, but one needs to examine why it so easily caused a massive panic. Imam Abu Bakr has been arrested many times before for both valid and frivolous reasons, but not all can be palmed off on this being a season of electoral uncertainty, rather the climate of the public’s distrust and skepticism being a reflection of the current perception of safety in Trinidad and Tobago.
Gang warfare is nothing new to our Nation, a high-crime rate is nothing new, distrust of Police and Military is nothing new. However it has reached a stage where citizens feel less safe than ever, and the only “trust” in safety is the presence of  heavily armed Police or Military personnel, who they equally distrust due to a non-professional image built on widespread abuse. Many officers are unaware of how the public really view them, having forgotten how to see the world through civilian eyes, and fear is often mistaken for respect. Officers and soldiers alike seem to have lost touch with the realm of thinking outside of the protective services. This does not necessarily mean  they are bad individuals , and of course this does not apply to everyone, there are many dedicated and well working personnel who we are all very proud of. The entire direction and management however of our boys and girls in blue and green are currently at best misguided, and at worst a debacle of public sector administration/service. For further proof pointing towards this, one merely needs to look at the increased crime, yet the falling reports of crime.

Gangs have set up strongholds, and their operations largely unchecked. Credit is due when guns are seized, but in relation to what is retained by undesirable elements, we end up fighting a bush fire with a water gun. The ‘lock down’ of ‘hot spots’ also present little opportunity to put out this raging inferno, but rather only present a very temporary relief. When you “lock down” areas with Police and Military,it doesn’t solve the crime problem, it just temporarily alleviates the symptoms, while giving gangs the opportunity to stockpile men, weapons and ammunition. This measure needs to be used alongside well orchestrated policing raids based on proper intelligence gathering and detective work, thus stagnating their cash flow and other more solid assets. Until we lay out a holistic crime fighting plan the situation will continue to flare out of control and grow in the medium and long run.

Finally, it would be remiss of me and unfair to all that I have done as well as my colleagues, not to express the waste of untapped and sidelined human assets that reside in pockets of our country. We have certain highly trained individuals of Trinidad and Tobago nationality that are willing to work with and be a part of the crime fighting apparatus itself. Overly administrative bureaucracy, political bias, and generally a lack of sight and foresight, has cause many skilled and educated operatives to seek work outside of our borders, as well as within our borders but with a developed apathy due to forced isolation. We have well working and efficient assets that are yet to be retained, or are in some cases retained but misdirected. Limbo is definitely the 2nd to last place that you want these individuals.

 In conclusion, this again was not meant in any disrespectful manner, and has no political or surreptitious intent. Our country is in peril, and the seemingly irrational concerns shown by the public’s quick adherence to talk of cataclysm, I hope I have made rational in this letter. I pray that this Nation and it’s people are kept safe from further harm, and that our National Security personnel from top to bottom are protected always by the grace of God.

With Concern and Sincerity,
Paul-Daniel Nahous
Security/Law Enforcement Consultant
Combat Specialist

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“May Every Creed and Race Find an Equal Place, and May God Bless Our Nation.”

May the Farce be with You

Posted: July 14, 2015 in Uncategorized

farceA Farce is defined in theatre as ‘A comedy that aims at entertaining the audience through situations that are highly exaggerated, extravagant, and thus improbable.’ A good example of this would be the notion of the new Political Movement known as the Third Force. Like many political movements filled with political wanna-bes and never-beens, it is unclear whether they are going left or right, but it is certain that everything being said pushes them in a downward direction. However let’s exam them based on what they present to us.

31The line up of candidates, if it were not for the banner int he background, would fool anyone into thinking they were in a Congress of the People rally. For those unaware, the COP use to be a party long long ago, in a political spectrum far far away. Most of the executive of the party up until recently were COP members, who for the last administration over the course of 5 years have profited heavily from the current Government. Now that the election bell has run, and the gravy train has been directed into more narrow rails, all of us sudden there is a conscious grown among a select group?

'You must close your eyes during grace.'The Third Force however has a very strong basic stance they keep repeating as the core policy of their movement: Transparency in “Campaign Financing,” and “Procurement Legislation.” So naturally, like an overly homophobic man who secretly questions his sexuality, they become shocked and confused when accused of being a little too over zealous in their beliefs. Asked on air about their financiers, the Party Leader becomes irate, claiming that they will not reveal where their financing is coming from, stating it puts them at an unfair disadvantage. Take that how you will. At least they can be taken serious in calling for procurement legislation to be strengthened… If an executive member wasn’t currently the Chairman of the state agency which awards Road Works contracts, which have spent billions and been accused of unfair awarding of contracts by the Jr. Minister…not to mention a large balance of members that were receiving Millions for contracts awarded in far less than professional settings. Hypocrisy that would make Jack Warner jealous…

33To add to the stage play, enters those in the Movement who claim to be “Independent.” Candidates running under a new political party are calling themselves “independent,” yet they are part of a party. They are calling their party “independent,” which contradicts having a party in the first place. And now they are starting up a movement to bring “independent” parties together to form a coalition… I hope their Education policy doesn’t utilize the same dictionary that they learnt from. Furthermore, the more they attempt to claim to be different, they engage in the same hypocritical claims, mudslinging, and inconveniencing of communities while rallying that have people disenfranchised with the current 2 party system.

The Third Force consists of the Alliance of Independents, the NAR (yep, the 1990 NAR), a gaggle of disgruntle ex-COP, and whoever certain candidates could pay to wear a jersey. The ground that they are trying to capitalize on is one that the COP wasted 5 years ago by not only joining the UNC, but by staying with them through the rampant corruption and abuse of office, all for self gain. There will certainly be room in the future for a real “Third Party,” but now is not the time, and their way is not the way. We reach the conclusion of finding much of the same that has been presented to us since the fateful days of the NAR until the recycled mess we have now. Until then we have a straight up PNM vs UNC battle, with a Farce entertaining us on the side.

Until then, just sit back with some popcorn and enjoy the show, May the Farce be with You.