The state of emergency will end at midnight tonight, Thursday, July 22, 2010, as the government was not supported in its bid to get an extension as its efforts were thwarted by the opposition party.
The question therefore becomes, what’s the plan B, is there a plan that exist outside of the State of Emergency which would have had to end at some time.
In one on the National papers today, well know criminal attorney Mr. Bert Samuels, noted his concern that the police where using the State of Emergency to capture people’s photographs as fingerprints to create a National Data base, which he believed was an infringement of people rights.
Mr. Samuels is a very good attorney and he is absolutely right, however I wish the commissioner had taken it a step further and collected DNA sample from every single person who was taken into custody.
So in addition to the photo and fingerprint database we would also have a DNA database from which biological samples can be compared with criminal suspect to bolster the crime fighting effort.
The two political parties in Jamaica are far more interested in winning general elections Vs protecting the lives and rights of innocent Jamaicans,
In a country that is not at war over 1600 persons are murdered each year and yet we see no need for an ” emergency” why?
I hear some lumpen say the police have enough policies and procedures outside of the SOE to get the job done, so can anyone of these bright sparks tell me, why our murder rate is as high as it is today and continues to get higher each year.
I knew the parties and power players would move to “kill” the State of Emergency, and the reason is simple. How can you allow the security forces unimpeded access to just about anywhere in Jamaica, that’s cannot be allowed to happen, well at least not for long.
Allowing the SOE to continue for much longer would have allowed the security forces to get close to the real source of criminal activity in Jamaica. It would allow the security forces to get unto those persons who are the financiers from criminal activity including murders and extortion in Jamaica.
If anyone believes that the seat of criminal behaviour exist downtown, well they had better become used to the fact that they are way off base.
The USA state department has not been fooled by the Jacket and Tie attire of many who lead and fully support these criminal enterprise and as such as put together one of the most elaborate piece of investigation complete with telephone transcript, container GPS tracking, counter surveillance, reminiscent of the cold ware era.
Now that the work has been complete a 265 page document has been unsealed and will list names that will make many ” jaws” drop in Jamaica.
This information has been compiled over a 3-5 year period and has very damming evidence of many “high profile” Jamaicans who have amassed significant wealth both in Jamaica, the USA and the wider Caribbean and who are really the power behind criminal activity in Jamaica.
What’s sad is the local cops have been privy to a lot of this information, but are powerless to act as the source of real power in Jamaica has told them to “back off”.
The USA is taking the fight to drug dealers and interestingly many “brand name” Jamaicans have been caught up in their dragnet.
I really wonder what will happen when the file ends up on the desk of the Justice Minister and Attorney General.