Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : July 23rd 2017 Contents A18 letters on sunday
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WEB CHAT ...from our Facebook readers
The introduction of the
“body-worn camera” on
police officers in a trial
run is expected to begin
on August 1. Body cams
to record blue collar soci-
ety for crime watch airtime
entertainment when the
root of crime is white collar.
No amount of body cams
on constable boy blues
and greys is going to re-
duce multi-billion dollar
white-collar crimes. This
additional recurrent elec-
tronics equipment expense
won’t dent serious dollars
and cents crimes at all.
Does the Police Service
have any police cams
watching our ports of
entry? Have they any
shipping container scan-
ners working sea ports?
What’s the reach of the
police in monitoring finan-
cial institutions for money
Unruly ISIS member killed by cops...
Protest outside health centre
A key member of the Unruly Isis gang was yes-
terday shot dead by police officers while making
his way to purchase a vehicle in Chaguanas.
Trevor Joseph: Those protesters have serious
mental problems. You all should be happy like pappy.
Police killing out those gang members who are dis-
tressing law abiding citizens on a daily basis. Allyuh
Alvin K Duntin: Seems like almost everyone has
the facts. Please provide your statement and take the
stand let the stand hear your version of the truth.
Instead all of you all are on social media talking thing
you don’t know.
Kevin Browne: My question, what is in Isis you so
want to follow? Are you that lonely or weak to follow
a group of people that really stands for nothing?
Kervin Balbosa: What if despite his past history
and run-ins with the police, he was killed while being
unarmed? Sounds fishy that a man out on bail would
just randomly shoot at police because they were pass-
ing in a car in front of him. Right is right and wrong
is still wrong, if we condone and let slide unjustified
killings by the police then we’ve reached where we
are going with no point of return. Lawlessness is still
lawlessness even with a badge!
Police start national body cam tests
From August 1, 60 randomly selected police
officers will begin nationwide body camera test-
ing. It is hoped that at the end of a six-month
trial stint, these devices will be issued to every
officer on duty.
Gemini Harris: I actually see this as win-win be-
cause the innocent being treated like criminals would
be recorded. The ones using threatening behaviour
towards officers would be recorded and there will no
longer be who shot first scenarios not to mention
now all officers have to perform duties efficiently
as officers of the law when dealing with public from
traffic to searches, so really what’s the downside?
Clin Kiswah: What a waste of money again.
How long can the treasury stand this wasteful use
of taxpayer money ? TT spent millions on those city
cameras. What did they accomplish? Nothing. I say
nothing. Now the taxpayer giving more money for
body cameras which can be turned on and off by the
Andre Sookdar: Hopefully the recordings can be
used as evidence so the police person doesn’t have to
be in court. Maybe cases won’t be prolonged any more.
John W Smith: The developed world have already
implemented body cams that have proven effective
yet our backwards banana republic is going to test
it for 6 months?
Prison escapee recaptured
Two years after he escaped from the Carrera
Island Prison, Steve McGilvery was recaptured
in his home town of Sea Lots yesterday.
Victoria Khan: Wow! Just yesterday I went on a
boat trip down the islands and someone mentioned
his escape and how he was never found. Now they
Clin Kiswah: Wait, you mean to say he was living
in Sea Lots for two years and no one knew he was
there? All the raid in Sea Lots and no one know. I’m
proud of TTPS. Yeah.
Jimi Jorsling: Wait! How long he hiding in plain
Jake C Gosine: Make him swim back to jail. If he
makes it set him free.
Education Ministry contract workers to be sent
home, financial woes hitting hard
Hundreds of short-term workers employed
by the Ministry of Education are now facing un-
certain futures after their contracts were not
renewed due to a lack of funds to pay them for
the next contract cycle.
Ava Morales: That’s why I am never signing no
contracts cause a contract is just that, no obligations
to renew, better I stay right there in my lil Servol work,
get my lil pay and invest a thousand every month to
buy flour to make phoulourie, buy some jeans and
flip the dollar. The only contract I sign and proud of
it was being married to Jesus through baptism, all
yuh going for big money and not seeing the bigger
picture down d road.
Kern Mc Leod: And they eh start to cut down on
minister’s salary yet!
Jaggernath Ramnarine: What does the word
contract mean? Is there a clause for renewal? Yes?
No? End of chapter.
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The recent report by the US Dept of
State’s Country, report on terrorism re-
garding T&T, whilst not being false, it is
definitely misleading and the silence has
become deafening by the State, notably
the Ministry of National Security, Foreign
Affairs and Communications to defend
our country’s reputation.
Failure to put these comments by the
US into perspective can greatly affect the
country, not just by our citizens being pos-
sibly unjustly profiled anytime they enter
the US based on Customs and Border
Protection Officers seeing a T&T pass-
port, but also the unwarranted impact
it can have on our country, inclusive of
trade, tourism and investment.
Apart from actual terrorist acts, one of
the most harmful effects of terrorism is
the fear of terrorism in a country.
Our nation should not be fearful but
careful, as terrorism is a global phenom-
enon, but in total contrast to what was
asserted in that particular US Report, T&T
is in fact just the opposite and one of the
few countries in this century that has
not felt the impact of terrorism. It has
not made it easier, when politicians have
made inaccurate statements that may
have caused this, inclusive of Opposition
MPs stating that over 400 citizens have
returned from Syria, leading to wrongful
perception that all of these were terror-
ists, and a government minister stating
that the number of people leaving to
become terrorist were 120, when 50 of
those were family members and not la-
On the positive side, however, the past
and present governments have done vir-
tually all that is required to combat and
denounce terrorism, which included ad-
hering to UN Resolution 2178, that was
signed by the previous administration
and rightfully continued and enforced
by the present one, and they must be
commended for this.
This is what the Government is doing
to combat terrorism and has been suc-
cessful in every one of these objectives,
but not being made known to the public.
Adhering to UN Resolution 2178
n Enhance the overall effectiveness to
fight terrorism globally.
n Deny terrorists the ability to put
down roots, build a base and to establish
safe havens in a country.
n Measures taken to combat terrorism
and to comply with international law.
n Agreeing to prevent easy access of
travel for foreign terrorist fighters.
n To condemn violent extremism which
is conducive to terrorism.
n Prevent the movement of terrorists
by effective border control.
n To intensify and accelerate the pas-
sage of information between countries
to monitor movement of terrorists.
n Prevent the radicalisation for the
recruiting of foreign terrorist fighters in
n Prevent and suppress the recruiting,
movement and equipping of individuals
who travel to a state for the purpose of
becoming a terrorist.
n That action be taken to respond and
prevent the threat of persons becoming
n To cooperate and support each other
by sharing information to prevent ter-
In addition to this, there have been sev-
eral legislative frameworks achieved to
combat terrorism by the present admin-
istration, which includes the following:
n Establishment of an Anti-Terrorist
Front desk at the AG’s office.
n Amendment of legislation to combat
terrorism at all fronts.
n Broadening the scope to combat
terrorism, by also targeting those who
provide administrative, financial and lo-
gistic support for those who depart to
These positive actions should be made
known to the public and the international
community, and more must be done from
a state communications perspective.
People who leave their country to travel
to becoming terrorists in Syria are known
as Foreign Terrorist Fighters (FTFs).
There are over 30,000 FTFs from over
73 countries and many of these have re-
turned to their homeland to cause havoc.
T&T is just one of these 73 countries,
and only 70 of these 30,000, are T&T
nationals. It is only 70 odd foolish and
naive young men who decided to leave
our country, never to return, to become
In the 21st century, there have been
61,000 terrorist attacks worldwide, with
over 150,000 people being killed, in over
100 countries. Now let us put this into
context with our country:
n Not one of those 61,000 terrorists
attacks around the world was in T&T.
n Not one of those 150,000 people
were killed in T&T.
n We are not one of those 100 coun-
tries where terrorists attacks took place.
So in terms of global terrorism, we
are not remotely close to being a hub
Clear the air on unbalanced reports of terrorist activities in T&T
Blessed is the man,
who having nothing
to say, abstains
from giving wordy
evidence of the fact.
— George Eliot
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