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TTPS’ egg in face moment

Saturday, February 17, 2018

The T&T Police Service and Ministry of National Security may be facing an egg in the face scenario today, as the so-called threat to Carnival 2018 case falls apart with the continuing release of suspects held in connection with it. The police were quick to go public last week when the alleged suspects were held and backed up their action with the claim of having credible intelligence when these individuals’ constitutional rights were raised as their days in captivity without charges dragged past the legal limitations.

That the majority of the suspects were released without a single charge being laid. In line with other countries’ intelligence operations, we are not likely to know—at least for a long time—what information the security services had that led them to act as they did last week.

Irrespective of how strong and credible their concerns were, the authorities will risk diluting future warnings if no charges are brought and the investigations yield no concrete trials.

But based on the Prime Minister’s stance in parliament yesterday, there clearly seems a present danger of home-grown terrorism. We therefore hope the security forces do indeed have a plan to root out this negative element within our society.

Where to next PATT?

Yet another deadline has passed with the Port Authority of T&T unable to return the T&T Express to the inter-island service. When the vessel was pulled off the route in the days before Carnival last week, it was with a promise that it would have been back online yesterday. However, the PATT management were initially disingenuous on the legitimate reason why the vessel in fact had to be taken offline—which was that it needed to pass inspection to be certified to operate once more.

Of course, time has already served to expose this PATT smoke screen, with the vessel still not having passed all the tests up to yesterday and the Government having to continue to foot the bill to transport ferry passengers via Caribbean Airlines. So the question is, how long will Government allow mismanagement to continue?

Black Panthers of T&T

Congratulations to Tobago-born US-based actor Winston Duke on his role in the blockbuster Black Panther, which opened to movie audiences worldwide yesterday. Of even more significance is Duke bringing recognition to T&T every chance he gets in promotional appearances, with the resultant spinoff being his shining a light of hope to other aspiring youth here to never give up on their dreams.


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