Plot to Assassinate the Prime Minister

13 DETAINED

By Nalinee Seelal
November 26, 2011 – newsday.co.tt

Plot to Assassinate Prime MinisterPolice and soldiers have discovered a secret training camp in East Trinidad believed to have been used by ex-soldiers, rogue police officers and members of an organised group in preparation to carry out a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal.

As of yesterday, 13 persons, the latest a police sergeant, have been arrested in connection with the threat to the Prime Minister and national security.

Newsday understands that Superintendent John Daniel, head of the North Eastern Division, has been appointed to probe the assassination plot under the supervision of Assistant Commissioner of Police (Crime) Harold Philip.

Sources yesterday said a quantity of spent shells, as well as paper targets were found at the secret training camp which was discovered earlier this week in a forest near Cumuto.

No explosives were found at the camp, but law enforcement officers believe that persons involved in the assassination plot were nearing the end of their training.

Officers used metal detectors to determine if any weapons were buried in the nearby vicinity or in the camp itself, but nothing was found. The camp was photographed.

Two ex-soldiers and an ex-Coast Guardsman, who were all dishonourably discharged from the Defence Force, were among the 13 persons detained in connection with the plot.

The group include two police sergeants, one with 25 years service who was arrested on Wednesday. The second sergeant was arrested by a team of joint law enforcement officers in North Trinidad yesterday. This second sergeant was taken to the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) in Port-of-Spain and was being questioned.

Three businessmen from central Trinidad, Princes Town and Valsayn were among the group of alleged plotters.

Sources told Newsday that investigators were experiencing difficulties in securing information from the detained persons who are being kept at various police divisions and are being interviewed separately by the joint law enforcement team which include officers of Special Branch, the CIU, and intelligence officers of the National Security Operations Centre (NSOC).

The Central businessman has been detained under an authorisation order which allows the police to keep him in custody for more than seven days. He is being held at the Belmont Police Station after being arrested on Monday.

The others were detained between Tuesday and yesterday, and other authorisation orders signed by Deputy Commissioner of Police, Mervyn Richardson were said to have been made out against them.

According to Emergency Powers Regulations of 2011, once an authorisation order has been signed, a detained person can be kept in custody for a further seven days pending inquiries. However, action must be taken by then, that means the detained persons must be charged or a detention order be taken out against them, otherwise the detained individuals should be released.

Yesterday, a senior Defence Force officer source told Newsday the 13 persons had intimate details of the assassination plot which had been planned to take place after the Cabinet meeting this past Thursday.

However, investigators have not found any explosives, firearms, ammunition, documents or materials that may be linked to the suspects.

The plot was discovered two weeks ago by the Special Branch.

Investigators are working on information that some soldiers, police officers, trade union members, and even persons aligned to a political party are involved in the assassination plot. They are hoping to have the suspects weeded out before Sunday.

Leave for police officers have been restricted until 6 am on Monday, while all Defence Force officers, Coast Guardsmen and others have been placed on high alert.

Yesterday, Chief of Defence Staff Brigadier Kenrick Maharaj told Newsday that maritime security has been strengthened in addition to the high alert across the country.

At all police stations, sentries have been placed both in front and at the back of buildings to ensure that the stations are properly manned and guarded at all times, while transmitter stations are being guarded by heavily armed soldiers.

Yesterday, sources revealed that security arrangements for the Prime Minister and her Cabinet colleagues have been beefed up with Special Branch officers paying close attention to the homes of the ministers.

Police sources have also said that a security blanket will be placed over venues where Government ministers are scheduled to attend functions and public gatherings.

Yesterday, a Coast Guard vessel was anchored at the Port-of-Spain waterfront adjacent to Tower D, where Parliament is now being housed. The House of Representatives sat yesterday.

On Thursday, the Prime Minister confirmed knowledge of the assassination plot and linked it to her Government’s success in ridding the country of illegal drugs, arms and ammunition.

http://www.newsday.co.tt/news/0,151247.html

37 Responses to “Plot to Assassinate the Prime Minister”


  • 13th suspect arrested in PoS
    A 13th suspect was arrested by police in downtown Port of Spain yesterday in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three members of her Cabinet.

    ‘Hysterical, political expediency’
    “Hysterical, political expediency” is how Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley views Government’s reaction to reports of a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and several Cabinet ministers.

    Rowley on assassination plot: Police info contradicts PM’s statement

    Rowley on death threats: It’s a ‘plot’ to extend state of emergency

    Sgt Mystar declines details
    For a second day yesterday, police refused to divulge any details about the probe into the assassination plot to kill Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan and Housing Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal.

    Muslims ‘uneasy’ over plot against Kamla

    Drug trade losses under SoE

    …Interesting timing, says union leader

    Lawyers fail to get freedom for Karamath
    A habeas corpus application filed by attorneys seeking the interest of businessman Khalil Karamath has been adjourned to November 29.

    London: Make threat against PM top priority
    The alleged assassination attempt against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar is a serious one, and no one should use this opportunity to get political mileage,

    McLeod to cops: Find the culprits
    Leave no stone unturned in finding the culprits, Labour Minister Errol McLeod says as he commented on the alleged threats on the life of Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and her Cabinet…

    Plot against PM makes global news
    International news outlets, from the BBC to CNN and Al Jazeera English, all carried reports yesterday and the day before about the reported assassination plot against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar.

    Threat can’t be taken lightly
    If on the basis of what is known and taking the Commissioner and the Government in good faith, this is a serious encroachment on national security by drug dealers, which cannot be taken lightly….

  • May seem like an over-reaction but it is necessary when you have a situation such as this which threaten our democracy. We get rid of leaders by the ballot not by the bullet. I just hope enough evidence is garthered regardless of the means obtained, ie wire taping etc to make this one stick.

  • Yes mamboo, I hear you , and understand your concerns, for Her Majesty Queen K. Nice tone though, especially in light of the fact that so many, such as your PM in waiting, Uncle Rowley, aka ‘De Mason Hall , Wajang Rott,’are a bit fed up with what dey deem just one more case of ‘Victimhood Overstretch,’by de tribe. For de Record, I don’t subscribe to such thinking.
    However ,in de interim , me think ,’Ahh we Bouy Robbie,’ who so happened to be born in the unfortunate, neglected Island Ward of Tobago, might just go to his grave ,before one single soul , in ,or out of government, will ever pay a price, in their case ,for similar cuddling follies, of fake Islamist, Abu Bakr,and his fellow undemocratic , lawless bandits.
    Hey Uncle Commissioner Gibbs,and our one time Tethron head guru , in Field Marshall Sandy, I know you both like the big salaries, and prestige of running an oil /gas bonanza kingdom like ours, but any second thoughts?
    Not sure if this is what ‘you alls,’ signed on to the dotted lines for,hummmmm?
    Tell you what , there are those who still naively think ,that every social problem, can be solved in a country like ours, solely, via top down , draconian , militaristic , legalese , self interest politics.
    Well,I did not go to Oxbridge, or Toronto , and Adilade University like some of our prestige policy wonks, and high end leaders , but nevertheless ,pray tell dem, they lie, and while at it , stay tuned for my next lesson on ‘Prudent Human Security ,’ as played out by Progressive, Globalists.
    We wish our people well, be they from the Royal house of Parliament, elite local Corporate CEO’s , or the struggling grunts from the streets , unsure of the next meal!
    Luv Humanity!

    • TThis is:

      Fri Nov 25, 2011 7:38pm GMT
      Trinidad gov’t faces skepticism over ‘death plot’

      * Critics clamor for more details about plot, arrests
      * Authorities say those held include army, police members

      * Security jitters seen threatening economic recovery (Adds LNG exports to United States operating normally)

      By Linda Hutchinson-Jafar

      PORT OF SPAIN, Nov 25 (Reuters) – Trinidad and Tobago’s prime minister came under public pressure on Friday to reveal more details of an alleged death plot against her that she blamed on criminals fighting back against a government crackdown.

      On TV and radio talk shows and newspaper blogs, many citizens of the twin-island Caribbean gas and oil producer were expressing skepticism about the assassination plot, which Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar announced on Thursday had been uncovered against her and several of her ministers.

      http://af.reuters.com/article/energyOilNews/idAFN1E7AO14Z20111125

  • Is this Gov’t finally about to acknowledge that Drugs is the Primary Business of most ‘businessmen’ in TnT?

    Behind EVERY great fortune is a great Crime; and its about time Trinis understand and recognise the veracity of that statement. Hijacking Providence will always be a crime, whether against your neighbour or against all Humanity; as in those who have boldly emblazoned the Eye of Providence on the primary tools of their hustle.

    • “Is this Gov’t finally about to acknowledge that Drugs is the Primary Business of most ‘businessmen’ in TnT?”

      The government knows that, however, to catch a big fish you must have good evidence because they can afford the high price lawyers. So to form an “airtight” case requires a lot of investigations. Then these big fishes have a large array of weapons and have purchase the services of police, ex-military and other underworld character. For these guys money talks. It takes a lot of courage to bring them in, and a lot of determination to find them. In Mexico just a few days ago 25 dead. In Columbia several taken into the forest an executed. Let it be said that the PP wants to get rid of the big fishes.

      • “The government knows that” Yes! and so have all previous Governments, yet these ‘businessmen’ continue to thrive while endangering the lives of many innocent Trinis; hence my question, is this Government about to acknowledge what everyone already KNOW as FACT?

  • Display the documents even if they aren’t doctored. You claim its under control. Now! Demonstrate it; publicise “your” evidence! This can be either of three cocktails: A HomeLand Security for absolute control. 2. A Hollywood melodrama & 3. A Bollywood Sandiwara. This government and the White Police “Commissionaire” is fighting relevance. I could pick out any day a dissatisfied unscrupulous Police Sargent faster than I can get new recruits to join the Police “service”Force. Any rank & File can earn a dishonourably discharge; all he or she has to do is to fall asleep in the job 3-4 times, or stop going to work for fear of some narcotics or murder plot witnessed by his superiors of comrades.
    This PP Gov is seeking to cement its place with new laws so that in the event of a stolen election all civil bodies including NGOs are impotent constitutionally.
    CHECK THIS OUT:(Investigators are working on information that some soldiers, police officers, trade union members, and even persons aligned to a political party are involved in the assassination plot.)
    WHAT DOES THE ABOVE SAYS,I’ll say it: OPPOSITION FullSTOP!
    The PP Gov want’s to disband all opposition within the country otherwise criminalise civil disobedience if the PP is found wanting in a stolen election. Are you folks getting me here?

  • It will be shameful and embarassing if no one is convicted after arresting 13 persons. This will send a message to the intended criminals that the police is “boo.” Trinidad is a small place where everyone knows everyone else. This Government and all the Governments before know who is “Mr. Big.” Our Governments are not as dumb as they want us to believe – 1990 was no secret.
    “Good evidence?” If there is evidence to make a public outcry and arrest, then there should be evidence to convict, otherwise this is just another Ish and Fergusson affair – mamaguying Trinidad people.
    Forget the “purchase” of the police, ex-military and the underworld. Let us hope that the Judiciary remains above board on this one. Relax Mamoo, this is not Mexico or Colombia. “Let it be said that the PP wants to get rid of the big fishes.” Do you have the authority to make that statement or is that just your gut feeling? That is left to be seen and I hope that you are correct on this one.

    • Proving intent is always a difficult thing. Despite the fact that guns were found buried just outside an ex-soldier home in Laventille, despite the fact that Robo had pictures of the PM in possession. I am sure security agencies also have wire tap and conversations that led to the arrest. But in a court of law these things something cannot withstand scrutiny because you have to prove intent.

  • Ever wondered why our underachieving T&T ,remains the laughing stock of the entire region? Here it is :-1.The only country in the world, that has a state of emergency , and curfew to curb a few cross racial crimes, while de leaders-with de micro management penchant- shows absolutely no confidence in the protective services, and legal authorities in place, so much so that they saturate it’s ranks with either foreigners , or clueless cronies- and yet idly wave some EU meaningless white paper , that idly tout our country as some special , lofty tourist haven , with nada to substantiate such. As what is the job creation , tourist infrastructural development initiatives, for neglected Tobago , and you’ll get the middle finger.
    Jamaica has what 5000 murders per year since independence , T&T , 300 if lucky- most from drunken driving , and abusive spouses – and LEADERS are running around like ‘Chicken Heads ,’ abrogating rights of decent folks- go figure!
    2. The only country in the world , to implement a state of emergency, and curfew , but only to certain segments of the society , then are surprised at the outraged, by some singled out , and praised by others ignored- or the figures that emerge to advance their circular theories of runaway racially orchestrated crimes.
    Fast forward to today, and there is talk about assassination of Her Majesty Queen K, and skeptics are rolling their eyes , left right and center , not because they do not care mind you, but just in case some do not know T&T has many Black Sheep, and Brown Wolves,and we cannot always tell who is who – predators , or manipulated innocent fodder.

    http://www.trinidadexpress.com/news/THREAT_IS_REAL-134548878.html

    We call this almost callous reaction, ‘victimhood fatigue,’ as desperate Trini folks , unable to put food on their tables ,have had about enough of it.
    Rethink your policies Your Majesty , and remember to ‘beware of a man / or woman with nothing to loose!’
    How about that un examined Central container , ladened with drugs? Oh yes , it’s prospective owner is on vacation to Montreal, yes?
    What a country!

  • We have seen this scenario in Guyana where people were arrested for these kinds of allegations, and then some of them were tortured to elicit confessions, and after the confessions were thrown out they were poisoned. Not only do birds of a feather flock together, they also trot out the same scenarios when they wish to prepare the ground for their extra legal excesses.

    If there is evidence that people have plotted to kill the PM and the AG, then certainly they should be charged with treason. But there are drug king pins in T&T who are seeking to divert attention from their operations, and know that, given the traditional hostility that emanate from one segment of the population for another, the time is opportune for such devious machinations.

    I would urge my brothers and sisters to be ultra alert from henceforth, and not to be suckered into any machinations designed to isolate and eliminate them. We have fought against racism and oppression from time immemorial, and there are historical templates that csan be used to conduct this struggle without descending into barbarity. To paraphrase Martin Luther Jr, We who engage in non violent direct action are not the creators of tension in T&T. What we do is bring to the surface tensions and animus that have always been resident in the interactions in T&T.

    When societies fall into the hands of people who are culturally predisposed to control all, to create a permanent underclass that facilitate their quest for permanency in power, and to provide the kind of social aphrodasiac designed to excite and masturbate the ethnic egos of their pundits and sycophants, the creation of a defined underclass becomes an urgent imperative. It is what they do!

  • Not one to fall prey to common defeatist ‘jingoistic mantras ,’ and such ,cuz Kieth Williams , but ‘me think,’ our people in dis T&T , are cut from a cloth that is much different to that which existed in places such as Guyana, Grenada , Jamaica, Dominica , and similar borderline failed states.
    Yes, we know folks like Dr. Goopiesing ,Dr. Suraj Rambachan, and even the little upstart AG -with the brass fork in his mouth , a la Rammy , aka de COP pit-bull , with delusional grandiose on power- must all be closely observed, but our local ,politicians are much smarter than we give them credit for , and knows fully well , that a Maribunta , or bachack nest can be a wonderful peaceful site for innocent victims , but once agitated can produce quite devastating results.
    In addition , many -including myself – justifiably enjoy taking a lil pot shot at the Afrikan elements of the Coalition , but rest assured ,they would do the right thing , when push comes to shove – 30 pieces of silver or not- and the rank and file knows that, a house divided by itself …., well ,fill in de blanks, yes?
    Tell me brother Keith, do you think our T&T citizens ,would stand by and allow a comedian like Guyana’s President Bharrat Jagdeo, to run their country for 12 years, then when his time is up ,try to inveigle some other clueless crony , to replace him?
    Do you think they would have allowed , the CIA created Janet, a la Jewish American former leader , and wife of Marxist Dentist Chedi Jagan, to set up their country to fail,by de coronation of Jagdeo ,in the first place?
    If you think so , then you obviously do not know your country my friend.
    Once more , my question to many of you -extremely disgruntled ,that only are prepared to cry about alleged racist Indians, but were silent when Manning ,and his bunch were desecrating our democracy, or are still silent today ,as the vindictive bozo , stands in the way of national progress, via curbing every effort of Tobago’s Dr Rowley- is what is the end game plans?
    Don’t you think that Manning is making a booboolee of himself daily throughout Parliament , and his stupidity ,is more a treat to your allegedly, noble cause ,for Afro racial supremacy, and or , concerns ,about Indo Trinis, long term dominance?
    Think of the possibilities ,if he did the right thing, and instead resign his seat ,then return to San fernando with Hazel, to run some useful progressive leadership NGO Think Tank , or better yet ,become the much needed ‘post /political ,elder statesman,’ more concerned with pushing ACP countries , (that’s Afrikan Caribbean ,& Pacific countries ) cross trade initiatives,or prudent Integration mechanisms?
    Hey Keith , let me tell you a lil bit oh history , since I suspect , you similar others , only started following politics in your country, a few months ago ,during the American recession that threatened your job.
    Many of our Indo , brothers, and sisters today in the drivers seat, were doing the same thing , you and I are doing , sitting on the outside of power , as they too observed their country being run-in their estimation- down to the gutter,by clueless uncaring , non patriotic PNMites- I for one would not loose much sleep over if they all were swallowed up underground by some miracle.
    The high rankers you chastise today, all began forming a plan to effect changes,as they pushed prudent solidarity initiatives , polished their brand , and finally the PP emerged.
    Forget Guyana , SAT Maha Saba Hindu fiefdom , mimicking Trini fake Muslim madras, and any phantom enemies, then let us who claim to care ,start the ‘ball a rolling,’ to sustainable development, yes? I told you guys repeatedly , that soon a sleeping giant would be emerging , and yes it covers some 116 square miles of historical neglect- continue to ignore same to your peril. Repeat after me buddy, if your right hand offend thee, grow another ! What’s that, cut it off? Your call!
    Pay attention folks ,as dis is the last, we will hear from brother Kieth , as he slice another piece of stale turkey , or drink his treasured watery Budwiser beer, and plan for his next Miami Carnival jump up , NBA season , or what ever they do in the suburbs of Atlanta, yes Keith?
    These gullible Trinis, ah tell you! Notice you have not heard much from another selectively outraged Trini, from Huston Texas , a la Madame Linda ,de proud , green eyed , Indo / Afro/ Portuguese , mixed breed ,author, humm?
    Tell dem for me, that nation building ,is not for back patting cowards,or weak hearts,and in de words of the wisest woman dat ever lived,in my luving Grandma ,’Great Talkers , are Less Doers,’hmmm?
    Luv Humanity, and wake me up when ready to fulfill one single Millennium goal! Oh sorry awaiting another hero to be born , that can go to Oxford , then return and save us?
    http://www.un.org/millenniumgoals/

  • As citizens we must acquaint ourselves with the relevancy of what our government is asking of us and what we are expected to understand by what they are telling us. First, there is a state of emergency which means that most of our normal rights are suspended or abrogated until the end of this SOE. We had a curfew which limited our movements and our ability to congregate.
    Based upon what is offered by the government we are supposed to believe that our right to move freely and the suppression of our rights are the price that we must pay, for the greater good of finding the culprits (whoever or whatever they are) and bringing them to justice. Most right thinking citizens will go along with this expectation and few, if any will want our democracy destablilized and destroyed by people who inundate us with the importation and destruction of drugs, guns and ammunition. However, this is where our unanimity ends. Government must place some confidence in at least some of our citizens to understand, analyse (even complicated issues) and make informed decisions on what they are asking us to believe. How they tell their stories have a lot to do with content, style and believability. The case of the current plot, while it is easy to believe that people may want to asassinate the PM. It is not the idea of such a threat that many people are questioning. Any one can make a threat but to asassinate takes a a much broader collaborative, logistical, purposeful and united effort to execute. The explanation for this execution is almost always left for the experts (the police) to explain to the public. In this case the government appear to be tooting its own horn and as such would inevitably present a different picture than the police naturally would. It is in this context that Dr. Rowley has expressed his concerns and I concur with his observations. The way to present this case to the public should have been loeft in the hands of the Police and they (alone) should be left with the burden of explaining what this so-called asassination plot means. The idea of mixing the success (or failure) of the SOE and combining it with the plot could only introduce believability
    or lack of it into the plot. Kamla’s record of believable stories is very short and the frequency of occurrence is just too much for us to accept in accolades and sound bites. We are4 yet to understand or be given a true explanation of why an SOE was called, we are yet to be told that the ships anchored on our shores laden with drugs have no owners, that our AG is dragging his feet on an appeal of the Ish and Steve horror story. We are yet to be told why we should feel safer now after more than three months after the institution of the SOE. What is the success and what does it mean for us? The problem here is the government, in its eagerness to promote itself (and not the interest of the governed) is saying things that is only believable to them and dont really care how it comes over to the greater public. The contents of truth must have actions that confirms its believability. This government is yet to tell us or explain the question we are all asking, where is the beef?

  • Everyone must educate themselves on the Bihar region. It is corrupt and not very prosperous. Beware the ides of March! It’s Mannings faut yes, but now there has to be a solution for what we now face which is a greater evil to the majority of the country and will cause pain for generations to come.

  • Kian seems to know the truth regarding the threats against the government. His comment clearly suggests that he is privy to the truth, since he indicates that the PM is fabricating this information.
    This Express comment is right on:

    The police, and other State security forces are acting on the reports of a real and present threat to national security. They have adopted postures of high alert, mobilising human resources, detaining and interrogating 13 suspects, carrying out searches, roadblocks, and upgrading guard postings at strategic targets.

    It is hard to believe they are doing all this on the basis of what Dr Rowley calls a “new and elevated plot” concocted by the Prime Minister. Indeed, it is heartening that, within the Police Service and Defence Force, institutional memory likely remains of the lapses of 1990. As being disclosed in the current enquiry, intelligence reports of impending troubles had failed then to stir preventive responses or a higher state of readiness.

    While political disputation continues, the security forces are expected to keep a clear focus on defeating threats they discern, to the commendable end of keeping T&T better safe than sorry.

    • TMan, it should automatically be that a populace which is patriotic should–given what the PM and other significant representatives in government and security have said–be alarmed, attentive, and supportive of the government and the PM.

      Is the populace demonstrating these responses?

      And if they are not, what does it indicate? Security? Incredulity? Safety, national and otherwise?

      Recently in the US, the government hysterically announced a dangerous plot by Iran to kidnap and murder the ambasssador to the UN from Saudi Arabia. This was a serious announcement on a very serious issue.

      What has since occurred? Has there been any arrests? Any announcements?

      What hsa occurred is a further deepening sense of disbelief and mistrust of government generally in the country and elsewhere. This in addition to the blatant lies b y the Bush admin to launch anwar against Iraq that resulted in the deaths of countless Iraquis and not a few Americans. Plus trillion dollar sets of deficits now affecting employment, health care et al.

      In the US, in TnT and elsewhere, ‘safety’ is assured only when the populace has more reasons than not to trust the governence of the country and the efficacy of its institutions, regardless of which political party is in power.

      When the populace trusts the governance of the country, they see the country and the institutions as being their country and their institutions. It is onlky then that the populace considers the governmant and the institutions worthy of being defended!

      Some of the most obvious manifestations or indicators which show how a populace feels about the country and the institutions: from education to industry to philantrophy is the way in which they drive, and the responsibility they have in keeping their streets and neighbourhoods clean.

      Regarding the latter, one of the first things the Grenadian population did after the ouster of Eric Gairy by the New Jewel of Maurice Bishop was to make brooms from branches etc., and clean their streets and paint their public institutions, for example, the schools and community centers.

      Regarding the first, how a people drive and the regard or disregard they show for the traffic laws, says much about lawlessness or lawfullness since the traffic laws are the ones most used or disused on a daily basis and in public.

      In addition, where large segments of the population consider, not only the police and other security forces of chronic lying and of institutionalising rogue practices, but also when those who carry status are at best seen as incompetents, the police and defence forces are not expected to police on behalf of the populace and the defence forces are en route–except for eminently patriotic individuals and units–to be used against the population in defence of rogue and undemocratic interests.

      At the end of the day, whenever a country fails or succeeds, most of either the blame or the kudos belong to the populace. In some instances, an individual by their behaviour and magnanimity can instill in a polulace a sense of being better and of being larger than themselves, thus elevating the society’s expectations for what is lpftier and nobler.

      Who is now in TnT who can, in or out of government; in or out of public profiling, who can fill this role? Can the PM, or the AG, or the Opposition, or the Judiciary, or the Artistic community fill this role?

      Can you? Can I?

  • Army head confirms assassination plot
    Chief of Defense Staff Brigadier General Kenrick Maharaj has confirmed that there was a plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla-Persad Bissessar.

    Kamla: Death threats a plot to destabilise T&T

    Third Former Soldier Held
    ANOTHER former member of the Trinidad and Tobago Defence Force has been arrested by police in connection with the alleged assassination plot against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Cabinet members. The 30-year-old suspect, who lives at Picton Road, Laventille, was yesterday described by police as one of the main ‘shooters’ for the gang.

    AG’s legal team working on detention orders
    … to keep suspects behind bars

    Sandy laments ‘trivial’ comments
    National Security Minister John Sandy yesterday denied that the assassination plot against Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three members of her Cabinet was a ploy to extend the state of emergency (SoE).

    Sandy: PNM told of threats to safeguard itself

    T&T’s image hurting says Browne

    PM: SoE not likely to be extended
    THE State of Emergency (SoE) is not expected to be extended. This was announced yesterday by Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, who said there was no evidence that would warrant an extension…

  • “She also said she had no information about two Israelis who were on the run, but was due to meet with National Security Minister John Sandy last night.”

    Why am I not surprised by this statement. Is there any place on the globe that is exempt from Zionist machinations?

    What ever happened to Manning’s Gov’t deal to give the Zionists control of Our most vital resource, WATER?

    One suspects that Trinis are mere collateral fodder and that the real prize is Chavez’s Venezuelan Oil Reserves, despite the fact that almost 40% of T&T’s natural gas is used by the good ol Jew.S.A.

    Israelis on the run but Muslims in custody; I hope Trinis remember that it was a a Russian-born Israeli national, Vatang Agrunov, who planted that bomb in Port of Spain which left innocent Trinis maimed and injured.

    http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/americas/4673879.stm

    http://www.rense.com/general68/frnc.htm

    It’s time to show what we Trinis are really made of; there is no doubt that the Israelis have Trini collaborators, so lets do what we do well raise our Maco-meters and weed them out. This is not a time to point fingers, I doubt any Trini wants to exchange their lifestyle for the lifestyles of an Iraqi or Iranian or Libyan or Egyptian or Cuban or Fijian or Syrian etc, etc, etc.

  • Maybe Kamla and crew was teaming up with Chavez to build Nuclear bomb , since they had no value for all that oil , and natural; gas. Wait a Minuit karibween, first Dengue fever , and now plots, what next cancer threats like Chavez, who is in bed with Iranians, and Russians to fight papa America? Tell our leaders no smoking of stinky cigars , as that’s an easy target – ask Castro!
    Seriously, both myself, and a Sri Lankan colleague- a former soldier -who felt his country was justified in flushing out all Tamil usurping terrorist- used to have a good laugh, at the well documented stories of the Israeli fake experts folks , who would train both sides of the waring fractions, and sell weapons to competing sides , all at the same time.
    The irony was, that they thought that they were so slick , to the extent that they naively believed that the Sinhalese / Tamil victims, did not know of their conniving follies.
    As for T&T, let me quote you well my brother, are you saying dey likewise ,made a fool of Patrick , and his PNM stooges, then Panday and his UNC fine experts, and now maybe ….. well , your call, to fill in the blanks KW. What a bunch! Square pegs in…../, again de blanks, KW. For I still wish to visit my country , and not get turned back at Piarco for undemocratic comments on Trini Center.

  • Only one way forward for the PM, take out the subversive elements. Eric made sure the 20 guerellas on the run did not run for too long. There is only one exit out of this world but by different means. It could be from a natural end, a bullet, disease, an accident or some other means. For the terrorist the only way out is by the bullet, because even in prison they can get help to do their devious deeds.

  • “Only one way forward for the PM, take out the subversive elements.” No mamboo, she cannot risk that, to only have another bunch , like yourself ,and clan ,follow a 1986 lead ,to again, and run in mass to Canada , or some unsuspecting European country , with empty cries once more of PITIFUL refugees status, or politically motivated , pro genocidal prosecution claims , at the hands of allegedly racist ,AfroTrini Nation.
    The policy you now clamor for, only works to ‘you alls, advantage,’ , when kinky head , big butts folks, are in charge of Whitehall, and de Red House , remember?
    You fraud , skinning and grinning, like a constipated hyaena in heat, when Dish ,Ish, and similar white color bums , eluded the symbolic hang man noose in whether America,England , or locally, or worst yet, the Privy Council ,save a tribal crook from getting the full brunt of the local law, a la CJ Shama/ Papa Bas buddy.
    Yes I know , you now wish to send every low end mental degenerate -who cannot even spell plot,much less orchestrate one,that would not be foiled by any 10 year old Boys Scout- to the gallows , or as you stated to their death, with a bullet to the back of de head, for merely thinking evil thoughts ,of Her Majesty.
    Repeat after me ,a passage I found in page 1005, of my favorite book, de Bhagavad-Gita,and here it is:-Whosoever digget a pit, shall fall in it!,’ yes?

  • Plot to throw T&T into state of panic
    Investigators probing the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three of her cabinet colleagues have revealed there was a well-orchestrated plan.

    Cops probe link to threat against PM
    Guns, ammo found at home of Central businessman
    Up to late yesterday, officers for the Criminal intelligence Unit (CIU) and the Organised Crime Narcotics and Firearms Bureau (OCNFB) were searching for the businessman, who owns a car rental company in north Trinidad.

    Ex-US soldier linked to plot
    Another four detention orders served

    Ex-army man’s wife denies his dismissal
    Baboolal-Barrington denies reports that her husband was “dishonourably discharged from the army”.

    Murder plot not stopping Kamla
    In the face of an assassination plot against her, Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday kept up with her public engagements as she made an impromptu visit to the Salvatori vending site in Port-of-Spain.

    Kamla: I’m not frightened by ‘alleged’ plot
    PRIME MINISTER Kamla Persad-Bissessar yesterday said she would not limit her public engagements because of an “alleged assassination plot” against her and members of her Cabinet.

    Cadiz on Rowley’s statement: ‘Robocop’ never helped me in 2010 elections

    …Rowley challenged, and told to ‘apologise’

    Golden Grove ‘below Robocop’s standards’
    Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis complained yesterday that he was being kept in atrocious conditions in “Guantanamo”—the high-risk section of the Golden Grove Prison in Arouca.

    2 detainees appeal to SoE tribunal

    Cops to quiz John John man
    Officers of the Criminal Intelligence Unit (CIU) led by Snr Supt John Martinez yesterday viewed several books, diskettes, the hard drive from a computer and the internet history of a computer seized from a 27-year-old John John man detained in connection with the plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Cabinet ministers.

    Baksh to Muslims: Don’t fan flames of division with Hindus
    His call follows anti-Muslim/Hindu sentiments in response to revelation of an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three members of her Cabinet.

  • Hey T&T ,’where you at,’ with respect to Human Security, a la sustainable health , as it relates to deadly diseases such as AIDS? Incidentally, it makes peon states such as ours more vulnerable , due to our size,proximity to bigger forces, and welcoming cultural history.
    Glad to see that physical security is viewed as a priority due to possible mishaps,but rest assured our law enforcement officials are more than competent to deal with the problems alleged to have occurred, and better yet, our people will repudiate the possible usurpers of our democracy, be they in 1970, or worst yet 1990- if that is their politicians, take their respective feet of the symbolic backs.
    Every day thousands are dying from this DEADLY NONE DISCRIMINATORY SCROOGE, and more importantly , my country folks , unable to hop on a plane to distant lands for medical service,or jobless/ underemployed ,unable to survive economically, much less afford to pay for treatments if infected.
    Time to stand up and be counted, and quit remaining prey for political distractions, yes?

  • Rowley: PM misled T&T on death plot
    Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said yesterday no plot was established to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three members of her Cabinet.

    Rowley: ‘Secret’ report discredits plot

    FREE THEM
    Rowley produces security report; no evidence against detainees

    Documents: Alleged plot leader based in Central
    Authorities were informed of the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three senior Government ministers by a confidential informant.

    DPP: I have not been consulted
    Alleged plot to kill PM

    ‘SoE Tribunal’ matters put off to Dec 7, 14

  • Way to go Dr Rowley.Thanks for performing your national duty, as servant of the people.
    Irrespective of the outcome,prudence dictate ,that we the people give support to you ,as efforts are made to get to the core of this accusations.
    ‘Faulty Socio -Political victimhood,’ in all it’s manifestations ,must never be tolerated ,in any democracy, and likewise, we must be prepared to always defend the honor-not only of individuals ,like ecstatic, gullible fans- but our nation’s stellar image -both domestically , and even on planet Saturn,if need be, hmmmm?
    Not certain where this would lead , but get it clear ,if social bandits, are out there,like in 1990 under fake Islamist Abu and company,we want to see heads roll,irrespective , but let it be known, that times are too crucial-in terms of prospective investors , in search of stable regions to enter, and expand their enterprises -for unwarranted efforts being made, to distort reality, by so many politicians , and we the people possess no compunction, in denouncing ‘political pranksters,’where warranted, if any should be lurking.
    De truth shall set you free dey say?
    Let’s see.
    Get on with the job , of leadership.

  • Sixteen ‘plotters’ to be freed
    SIXTEEN men, including a policeman, detained in connection with a plot to assassinate the Prime Minister and three members of Cabinet as well as create public disorder and panic, are set to be released sometime tomorrow, as the state of emergency comes to an end tonight at midnight.

    Time runs out on police probing PM terror plot
    SEVENTEEN men detained by police in connection with an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Government ministers will likely be released without charge as time runs out on investigators. The State has until midnight, when the State of Emergency ends, to either charge the detainees or release them.

    If State fails to lay charges today… Detained 16 will walk

    DPP: I was not consulted
    Attorney General Anand Ramlogan says the law must take its course and if there is no evidence against the 16 detainees, then they must be set free.

    Political scientist sees backlash… Egg on Govt’s face?

    Nacta: Nation divided over assassination plot

    Govt in a spot over detainees—analyst

    Govt proving to be a threat to T&T says Hinds

  • Only in backward 3rd world countries, is this stupidity embraced folks.Am I saying that my country ,should be characterized as being backward? Well…you be the judge.
    What do you know folks, when Police are forced to charge people on serious accusations such as this, and the DPP advice not sort? Mr Gibbs , is that how it’s done in ultra / pro Britannia /Alberta Canada? ‘Me think’ not!
    Now we know what impending tyranny is all about. Unfortunately,our Democracy was never more in danger of being destroyed,hmmmm?
    What say ye, ‘Your Majesty , Queen K?’ “Change we can believe in,” just like Barrak Obama can,eeeeh?
    Ahhhhh, the follies of ‘immoral , political novices,’ and callous ,’ideas deficient creatures,’ masquerading, as social progressives, I say!
    Then ,even I could be wrong, as this might be what is deemed as nation building , or foundations stones of ‘prudent ,sustainable development,’ in keeping with the UN Millennium Goals, as played out within the Global South, yes?http://www.imaginecup.com/CompetitionsContent/MDG.aspx

    Love Humanity!

  • All 16 released
    Selwyn “Robocop” Alexis shouted “Freedom” as he and 14 other detainees were released from the Eastern Correction Facility in Santa Rosa Heights, Arima, last night.

    One More Misstep
    The image of this country has been damaged. The “success” of the State of Emergency is not convincing and the alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Government Ministers was perhaps another “misstep”.

    Evidence poor: DPP not consulted on ‘plot’
    THE evidence against the 17 men allegedly involved in the plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar was of such little value that the investigators involved in the matter never saw it fit to consult the Director of Public Prosecutions (DPP) Roger Gaspard.

    What was alleged
    Particulars for detention order obtained by the T&T Guardian regarding a plot to destabilise Trinidad and Tobago and cause major panic:

    PM on expiration of emergency: I have no regrets

    Karamath’s freedom motion thrown out
    Hours before his release, a High Court judge yesterday dismissed a habeas corpus application brought by former State detainee, Khalil Karamath.

    Freedom for suspected plotters
    SEVENTEEN men accused of plotting to assassinate the Prime Minister and three senior Government officials returned to the comfort of their own homes last night after spending several days behind bars.

    Robocop’s wife fears he may be killed

    Lawsuits coming say lawyers
    The State can expect another avalanche of lawsuits as two leading senior attorneys believe millions can be forked out to pay 16 detainees who were ordered to be freed yesterday

    Lawyer on release of 16: Don’t blame cops

    Time for some serious explanations
    If the primary purpose of the SoE was to quell a dangerous crime
    situation more than to address a specific national security threat, the Government should be brave enough to make this plain…

    Richardson: $1.5b drugs off the streets
    DEPUTY COMMISSIONER OF POLICE Mervyn Richardson said yesterday that the State of Emergency was a success as $1.5 billion worth of drugs was destroyed.

    Anand hails success of SoE
    Freeing of 17 assassination suspects ‘doesn’t make a difference’

    Roodal happy to be alive
    HOUSING Minister Dr Roodal Moonilal yesterday said he was happy to be alive when asked how he felt that the men who were allegedly plotting to assassinate him would more than likely be set free due to insufficient evidence.

    Rowley: Kamla, Sandy have to answer about conduct
    Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and National Security Minister John Sandy have serious questions to answer with respect to the conduct of the Office of Prime Minister and the management and use of security information in Trinidad and Tobago, Opposition Leader Dr Keith Rowley said last night.

  • There are those that would look with derision , at this development,of freeing suspects ,and so hold their heads in shame, but I would surprise some ,by taking a different track , and say instead, ‘hurray to my country,’ it’s system of justice, and yes, present leadership, where applicable,for allowing Democracy to play it self out.
    It is fair to say the system worked, and our men ,and women entrusted with enforcement of the law,did not allow any force to unduly influence them into making wrong decisions.
    As for the curfew, and state of emergency , I agree with the sentiments put forth by more learned folks that:-
    A.one could not make an assessment, while a process was unfolding, or even now ,that it has finally ended, but maybe ‘down the road, once some time has elapse.’
    B.It is difficult ,to draw concrete conclusions ,about a system that on the surface , appeared to have targeted only one segment of the population ,namely those that were poor ,powerless, and of a particular , historically maligned ethnic, and or racial stripe.
    I should addd, that it is not for me ,a one time voter in the 49 year history of my country, to complain about how a particular regime rule , only two years while in power.
    Prudence dictate’s however, that we appreciate the fact that a few hiccups will inevitably occur , early during an administration.
    The challenge for ‘Her Majesty Queen K,’ is to learn from mistakes/ missteps,be contrite, and where necessary, apologize,tweak the program, do a political purge,then get back to the business of serving.
    As a word of free advice , let me also add, that one should never take a ‘happy go lucky people’ as common in Sweet, Sweet, T&T, for granted ,ESPECIALLY ,after obtaining a large mandate from them , derived in a rushed election,before they had the time to absorb every nuance, prospective policy.

    Now ,on to the real job of finding out who knew , what , or was involved where , back in 1990 , when a real assassination attempt occurred under the guidance of fake Islamist Abu Bakr , and his under privileged , illiterate thugs. Is it,de obvious callous ,busy Patrick Manning,or satisfied,though tired Basdeo Panday?
    We now know why they both refused to initiate a Commission of Enquiry for over 20 years since this barbarian even occurred.

    http://www.guardian.co.tt/news/2011/12/06/witness-tells-basdeo-s-wake-talk

    Just maybe ‘COCRICO Island,’ aka Tobago folks, might be accorded some dignity, in finally seeing justice served ,before their country’s leader ‘ah we bouy ANR Robinson,’dies.
    Now that would be a disgusting tragedy.
    The revolting treatment of this globally respected ,and selfless, patriotic citizen, is symptomatic of that accorded to all Tobagonians since 1962,our independence.
    Now that’s a bigger tragedy, that should not be allowed to continue!
    More on the subject to follow.
    Long live the Republic of Trinidad , and Tobago , and hopefully all the people.
    luv Humanity.

  • Plot was not real
    THE police investigation into allegations that 17 men were part of an alleged plot to assassinate Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar and three Cabinet Ministers has been completed with no evidence to suggest the allegations were true.

  • I will simply re-post my comments posted when these allegations were being given fodder from various quarters. I stand by these comments, and my skepticism expressed in the foregoing when the drums were being beaten for the arrest, for the persecution, for the mis-defining and framing of a population segment in T&T have been validated by the current findings.

    We have seen this scenario in Guyana where people were arrested for these kinds of allegations, and then some of them were tortured to elicit confessions, and after the confessions were thrown out they were poisoned. Not only do birds of a feather flock together, they also trot out the same scenarios when they wish to prepare the ground for their extra legal excesses.

    If there is evidence that people have plotted to kill the PM and the AG, then certainly they should be charged with treason. But there are drug king pins in T&T who are seeking to divert attention from their operations, and know that, given the traditional hostility that emanate from one segment of the population for another, the time is opportune for such devious machinations.

    I would urge my brothers and sisters to be ultra alert from henceforth, and not to be suckered into any machinations designed to isolate and eliminate them. We have fought against racism and oppression from time immemorial, and there are historical templates that csan be used to conduct this struggle without descending into barbarity. To paraphrase Martin Luther Jr, We who engage in non violent direct action are not the creators of tension in T&T. What we do is bring to the surface tensions and animus that have always been resident in the interactions in T&T.

    When societies fall into the hands of people who are culturally predisposed to control all, to create a permanent underclass that facilitate their quest for permanency in power, and to provide the kind of social aphrodasiac designed to excite and masturbate the ethnic egos of their pundits and sycophants, the creation of a defined underclass becomes an urgent imperative. It is what they do!

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