Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : October 31st 2014 Contents Crime is still out of control
and is by far the biggest
challenge facing this country.
The list of murders, the over-
whelming majority of them
never solved, continues to grow.
The slow pace of investigations
into several high-profile cases,
including at least two drug-traf-
ficking incidents that put T&T
under an unflattering interna-
tional spotlight, are indicators of
the sorry state of national secu-
In this dire situation, then, it
defies logic that there are so
many longstanding vacancies in
or connected to the entity on
the frontlines of crime-fight-
ing---the Police Service.
To date, no acceptable expla-
nation has been given for why
the process of appointing a
police commissioner has been
allowed to drag on for so long.
In fact, to add insult to injury,
the search for a new top cop is
now---again---at a complete
standstill because the Police
Service Commission (PSC),
which is in charge of that
process, is without a chairman.
Bafflingly, there seems to be
no sense of urgency on the part
of the relevant authorities to do
anything about it.
No one in authority seems
bothered either by the fact that
there isn't even the slightest hint
of a replacement for former PSC
chairman Prof Ramesh Deosaran,
who handed in his resignation to
the President some two months
ago, in early August. Since Prof
Deosaran's consequent departure
on September 1, the PSC has
been without a head or a quo-
rum, unable to make any
progress in filling the long-
vacant position of CoP.
If the length of time the PSC
has been without a chairman is
alarming, consider the fact that
Stephen Williams has been act-
ing as Commissioner of Police
since August 7, 2012, since the
resignation of Canadian Dwayne
When Mr Gibbs left office, the
PSC promised to have the posi-
tion "filled permanently in the
earliest possible time."
It is totally unacceptable that
more than two years have passed
and the only noticeable activity
from the PSC on that matter
has been to extend Mr Williams'
acting appointment at six-
Then there was the September
2 resignation of Gillian Lucky
as director of the Police Com-
plaints Authority (PCA)---yet
another agency critical to the
efficient functioning of the
police service, where Ms Lucky
seemed to have stirred up and
speeded up activity, but which is
now in a holding pattern
because of this unfilled vacancy
at the very top.
It is not only in filling vacant
senior positions that there are
unacceptable and unexplained
delays. The slow pace of investi-
gations into the murder of sen-
ior counsel Dana Seetahal is a
cause for concern. More than six
months after Ms Seetahal's
death, her killer has not been
arrested and there has been no
concrete progress in the inquiry.
Another glaring example of
law enforcement failure currently
attracting a great deal of atten-
tion is the case in which a sur-
geon at a private hospital failed
to report that he had removed
cocaine pellets from a patient's
stomach in an emergency opera-
tion. To the dismay of many,
charges have not been laid
against a single person involved
in that underhand process.
Given all these scenarios, it is
not surprising that there are
major crime initiatives that, to
the dismay of the National
Security Minister, can't get off
the ground. How can they, when
very basic and critical matters of
governance of the police service
have been neglected for so long?
VACANCIES REFLECT SORRY
STATE OF NATIONAL SECURITY
It is not only in filling vacant senior positions that there are unacceptable and unexplained
delays. The slow pace of investigations into the murder of senior counsel Dana Seetahal is a
cause for concern. More than six months after Ms Seetahal's death, her killer has not been
arrested and there has been no concrete progress in the inquiry.
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Two recent terrorist attacks in
Canada by lone jihadists with ties to
radical Islam show what civilised
nations are up against in the fight
against the Islamic State.
The attack on Canada's Parliament
that left one soldier dead and another
that killed a soldier in Quebec appear
to be the work of "lone wolves"---
psychos who are inspired to kill,
ostensibly in the name of religion.
Welcome to the twisted, dangerous
world of citizen jihad.
If you can't make it over to the
Middle East to kill someone in the
name of Allah, do it at home. Look for
inspiration on social media.
Michael Zehaf-Bibeau, a 32-year-old
Canadian Muslim of Algerian descent,
was the shooter in Ottawa. Martin
Couture-Rouleau, a 25-year-old recent
Muslim convert, killed a soldier in a
hit-and-run assault in Montreal.
While the Canadian government has
not confirmed a direct link between
the two men, it's not really necessary.
What is known is that the Islamic
State has put out a call for its
sympathisers to kill citizens of nations
that are battling ISIS. That includes
Canadians as well as Americans.
For organisations that hope to sow
fear, these lone wolves offer cost-
effective ways to strike. They don't
have to hijack a plane. Just grab a gun.
Zehef-Bibeau made it deep inside
the government building before the
parliamentary sergeant-at-arms put
him down with his service pistol.
If more citizen jihadists crawl out
from under rocks, expect this outcome
to be rule. Not the exception. ---
Morning News, Savannah, Georgia
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