What Ilhan Omar Said About AIPAC Was Right

I’m ashamed to admit that endorsing AIPAC positions was all about the Benjamins for me and my candidate.

By Ady Barkan


Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaks at the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC) conference in Washington. (AP Photo / Pablo Martinez Monsivais)

Over the weekend, Republican House minority leader Kevin McCarthy said he would seek to formally sanction the first two Muslim congresswomen, Ilhan Omar and Rashida Tlaib, because their criticism of Israel’s occupation of Palestine was even more reprehensible than Congressman Steve King’s defense of white supremacy. What motivated McCarthy’s false accusations of anti-Semitism? On Twitter, Omar suggested, “It’s all about the Benjamins baby,” quoting Puff Daddy’s ’90s paean to cash money. Omar subsequently specified that she was talking about spending from the likes of the American Israel Public Affairs Committee, better known as AIPAC, the powerful pro-Israel lobbying organization.

By Monday morning, AIPAC had mobilized its allies to condemn Omar’s comment for playing into centuries-old anti-Semitic tropes that wealthy Jews control the world. Even the Democratic leadership put out a statement condemning her. All because she dared to point out that the emperor has no clothes.

As a Jew, an Israeli citizen, and a professional lobbyist (ahem, activist), I speak from personal experience when I say that AIPAC is tremendously effective, and the lubricant that makes its operation hum is dollar, dollar bills.
In 2006, fresh out of college, I landed a job as the first real staffer on a long-shot Democratic congressional race in deep-red Ohio. My boss, Victoria Wulsin, was a charming hippie doctor with a lefty perspective on international affairs. She was skeptical of military force and opposed to the Israeli occupation of Palestine.

About a month after winning the Democratic primary, we were struggling to gain attention or money. Nobody gave us a chance to win. One political-action organization, however, did reach out to us. It wasn’t Emily’s List, although Vic was fiercely pro-choice. It wasn’t a labor union or even a doctors’ association. It was AIPAC. A local Democratic volunteer leader of the Cincinnati AIPAC chapter sat down in Vic’s living room and I recall him saying that he would like to raise $5,000 for our campaign and would also like to see Vic take a public stance on two relatively obscure issues relating to Iranian sanctions, arms sales to Israel, or some other such topic that very few voters in the district cared about.

Vic and I both thought of ourselves as pro-peace, not pro-Israel. We both felt icky about doing it; it was too hawkish and too quid pro quo. But we were desperate. So I read the AIPAC position papers that the volunteer left with us, I wrote up a statement saying that Vic supported AIPAC’s stance on its two pet issues of the cycle, she approved it, I posted it online, and the checks promptly arrived in the mail thereafter. We didn’t win, but the money helped us get close.

It was, I am ashamed to say, definitely about the Benjamins. We never would have done it otherwise. AIPAC’s power is about more than money, certainly. It’s about great organizing (they built a local chapter, and sent a local Democratic volunteer emissary who then facilitated the contributions). It’s about diligence (they paid attention to Vic’s campaign long before anyone else, and were happy to donate to both us and the militaristic, pro-Likud Republican incumbent). Their lobbyists on the Hill are the best in the business, and their legislator junkets to the Holy Land are masterfully orchestrated. But money is central to the whole system.

Technically, AIPAC doesn’t make the political contributions. Instead, as it notes proudly on its website, individual members of its “Congressional Club,” like that Cincinnati resident, do the bundling and donating directly, both as individuals and through Political Action Committees that AIPAC and its members have set up. Omar is right to point all this out. These dynamics are not unique to the Israel-Palestine issue, however, and there is no reason that Americans should be surprised or offended by what she and I are saying. The NRA and the broader gun lobby operate in the same way. Same with ExxonMobil and the fossil-fuel lobby. But since Omar and Tlaib are powerful new spokeswomen for the movement to end the Israeli occupation, delegitimizing them is a central aim of the Israel lobby.

AIPAC and its partners, which include Christian Zionists and military contractors, are a central pillar of the Israeli occupation. Without congressional support, the Likud/anti-Palestine/pro-occupation project would be radically undermined. The money that AIPAC and the rest of the lobby spend is indispensable to that work. That’s why they spend it. Pointing this out is not anti-Semitic.

We do, in fact, have a growing anti-Semitism problem in America. But Omar and Tlaib are not a part of it. They are allies of mine and of Jews across this country who are fighting for peace, racial justice, immigrants’ rights, and the defeat of fascism. The anti-Semites are the Nazis and white supremacists who marched and murdered in Charlottesville, whom Donald Trump called “very fine people,” and the MAGA supporter who massacred worshippers at a Pittsburgh synagogue.
The Israel lobby flexed its muscles in response to Omar’s tweet. Almost all of Capitol Hill, sadly including the Democratic leadership that I have supported, was up in arms. It flexed with equal potency last month in marshaling through the Senate a clearly unconstitutional law to ban speech promoting a boycott of Israel.

For 12 years, I have harbored minor private shame for advising Vic to endorse AIPAC’s position papers and more significant shame for not doing enough to stop the oppression of the Palestinian people. I am speaking up now because it may be my last chance. Although I am only 35, I am dying. As I write these words, I am sitting with my wife in the waiting room of the Santa Barbara hospital emergency room, slowly bleeding from my stomach into a pile of gauze. I had a feeding tube inserted four days ago but it isn’t healing properly. I am losing the ability to swallow, because I have ALS, a poorly understood neurological disease with no treatment, which seized my body 28 months ago and has basically paralyzed me since. My hands do not work and almost nobody can understand my mumbling, so I am using amazing technology that tracks the location of my eyes and allows me to slowly type out these words with my pupil-tips.

This is my chance to redeem my Jewish guilt, to speak out against the oppression that is being perpetrated in my name, and I do not intend to let a minor obstacle like ALS stop me. Young Jews across America increasingly agree with Omar and me, and that is making the Israel lobby very nervous. As it should: The occupation is too immoral, illegal, and inhumane to survive an open and honest conversation in the marketplace of ideas. That is why AIPAC and its associates work to silence criticism of Israel by accusing its detractors of anti-Semitism and claiming that nobody may ever talk about how the Israel lobby uses money to build power.

The ugly truth is that the Israel lobby, like other powerful lobbies led by Jew and gentile alike, wields its money strategically and effectively. Outrage should be directed not at those who point this out (most often Muslims and people of color) but at the suffering of the Palestinian people and the simultaneous dependence of the Republican Party on genuine anti-Semites.I do not expect to live to see the liberation of the Palestinian people. But I maintain hope that my toddler son will. If he does, it will be because young American Jews like him do the honest self-reflection taught by our forebears, take pride in our tradition of justice, and join in solidarity and struggle with fellow Semites like Omar.
Ady BarkanTWITTERAdy Barkan is an organizer with the Center for Popular Democracy and the founder of the Be A Hero PAC. His memoir, Eyes to the Wind, will be published by Atria Books in the fall.

Colin Kaepernick Settles Collusion Case Against The NFL

Colin Kaepernick ended his legal battles with the National Football League on Friday after initially accusing owners of colluding to keep him from playing over his national anthem protest. In identical statements on Friday, the NFL and Kaepernick’s attorney, Mark Geragos, said the grievance was resolved. The NFL also said it had settled a similar complaint filed by Eric Reid.  “For the past several months, counsel for Mr. Kaepernick and Mr. Reid have engaged in an ongoing dialogue with representatives of the NFL,” the statement said. “As a result of those discussions, the parties have decided to resolve the pending grievances. The resolution of this matter is subject to a confidentiality agreement so there will be no further comment by any party.”

Kaepernick filed his grievance against the NFL in 2017, accusing team owners of violating the league’s collective bargaining agreement by colluding to keep him off a team. Kaepernick sparked national debate in 2016 when he knelt at a football game during the national anthem. A San Francisco 49ers quarterback at the time, Kaepernick described his act as a form of silent protest against police brutality and racial injustices in the United States. Critics of the quarterback, including President Donald Trump, accused him of disrespecting the American flag and the military.  Kaepernick opted out of his contract with the 49ers at the end of that season and entered free agency, which would allow him to play with other teams. But he was unable to sign with a new team.

Reid, who joined Kaepernick in the kneeling protest, fared much the same when he became an unsigned free agent in 2018. He filed his own grievance against the NFL in May 2018. (Reid ultimately signed a new contract with the Carolina Panthers in September.) The NFL Players Association released a statement on Friday applauding the settlement.V
“We are not privy to the details of the settlement, but support the decision by the players and their counsel,” the association said. 
The NFL and Geragos did not specify the terms of the agreement. Charles Robinson, a senior NFL reporter for Yahoo, noted in a tweet on Friday: “Sources previously said Kaepernick would only withdraw if a lucrative settlement was secured.”


Jamaica’s Ruling Class Complicit In Crime Culture

Yesterday we talked about the blatant hypocrisy of the Jamaica Observer’s Bill Johnson poll, which focuses on supposed police corruption.
We are not oblivious to police corruption and would do anything in our power to end that practice.
Nevertheless, unlike the myopic and misguided cabal and the lower deck peanut-gallery in our country, we are conversant that there is no country without the rule of law. So we support our police officers who enforce our laws. We embrace our officers who run to the danger when we are too chicken shit to stand up for ourselves.
And we reject the notion that the perception of corruption in our police forces citizens to embrace criminal [DONS].
Bull, people embrace the so-called [Dons] because Government reneges on its responsibility to deliver basic goods and services.
As a consequence, even though we are opposed to corruptions of all kinds, including in our beloved (JCF), we are also mindful that what the politicians and their surrogates are doing is scapegoating the police by projecting onto the police their crimes, to cover up their own dark deeds.
In 2017 Former Contractor General Greg Christie in an Oped in the very same [OBSERVER] wrote:
“Corruption in Jamaica is “entrenched and widespread”. “Jamaica must give serious consideration to what lies ahead should the Government and the country’s lawmakers fail to decisively and aggressively confront its corruption problem”.
Less than two years later, the very same dishrag commissioned and promoted a poll talking about police corruption, as if that is the source of our problem.

One of the things I talked about yesterday, was the need to understand any corruption in the police department, (real or perceived), against the unusually high levels of corruption across the wider society.
Having said that, and at the risk of re-litigating what I wrote yesterday, I will get to the task of today, which is to attempt to bring a wider perspective on police corruption so that we may better understand police corruption in our own country.
Additionally, possibly to gain a better perspective so that we may relate in a less hyperbolic sense to the problem and develop strategies toward ending it without the rancor and lies which has characterized it thus far.

Is it true that some unsavory characters have infiltrated the JCF over the years? Absolutely, they have always been there, much like some unsavory characters have found their way onto the supreme court and into Jamaica House and God forbid let us not even bother mentioning Gordon House.
In fact, the unsavory nature of some of the characters who have graced our public institutions, has had some impact on the size of the diaspora community.
By virtue of that, it becomes a scenario which feeds itself, the more that good people leave, the worse the institutions become.
Let us put an end to the constant abuse of our hardworking police officers. For too long the two criminal gangs which run our country, have successfully channeled the nation’s anger at their corruption and criminal associations onto the hapless and defensless police.

According to the United States Institute of Peace(USIP) , Police corruption is a universal challenge in peacebuilding.  On November 16, 2011, USIP hosted a panel of distinguished experts who discussed the root causes and potential remedies.
Some experts argue that efforts to curb police corruption are hopeless, or at best secondary.  Others maintain that attacking oppressive, unfair abuses is where reform efforts must start. 
The fact that these discussions are occurring around policing in the world’s most powerful, wealthy and sophisticated nation proves that this is a universal problem.
The question of police corruption may be viewed in several ways and is not confined to the general knee-jerk perceptions of some who would write or talk about this subject.

Tim Dees
, A Retired cop and criminal justice professor, Reno Police Department, Reno Municipal Court, and Pyramid Lake argues that most researchers classified corrupt cops into two major groups: The “grass eaters” who didn’t actively seek out opportunities to make illegitimate money, but took advantage of what came their way, and the “meat eaters,” cops who actively solicited bribes and payoffs, engaged in thefts and robberies (usually of criminals with drugs or large sums of money), and generally used their official position as a platform for criminal enterprise. 
Nevertheless, Dees argues that these practices are relatively rare these days.
Unfortunately, the aforementioned types of corruption reflect only the top layer of veneer which gets progressively worse the more you peel from the Onion.
Police corruption in most developed countries goes far deeper than accepting a cup of coffee like the “grass eaters.”
It transcends the taking of bribes or ripping off drug dealers like the ” meat eaters.

One of the most stubborn types of police corruption is the ignoble practice of manufacturing evidence to frame and convict innocent citizens.
Hold on there, I am not talking about Jamaica…….I am talking about the country most Jamaicans line up in 100-degree heat, hand over their borrowed cash, in the hopes of getting a visa to.
This is one of the most reprehensible forms of corruption, yet it is probably one of the most pervasive types of corruption which has haunted American policing since the beginning of time particularly for African-Americans.
Yes, you know darn well that it is the very same America which all of you are lining up to enter.
As a trainee at the Jamaica Police Academy, we were taught that it is better for the guilty to go free than for an innocent person to be prosecuted and jailed.
As a result of this pervasive problem across America, many police departments have been forced to enter into consent decrees with the US Justice Department to work on ending those practices.
Nowhere in the world are so many people arrested, tried and imprisoned on evidence which is manufactured by corrupt law enforcement and criminally complicit prosecutors.

Domestic challenges related to the abuse of entrusted power for private gain, is Transparency International’s definition of corruption.
According to Transparency International close to a third of African-Americans surveyed see the police as highly corrupt.
Whites generally are less suspicious of the police, white supremacy is enforced by the police which benefits them.
In cities all across America, from New York to Baltimore, from Camden to Washington DC, all across Kansas City, to Los Angeles California, real corrupt practices in police departments dwarfs anything the poorly trained Jamaican police could ever dream up.

As long as there is collusion between politicians and their cronies in civil society, who are willing to lie to the Jamaican people about the police to distract from their crimes, we will continue to educate those not too far gone.
When I write I don’t really want to “cuss,” but I believe that the people I sometimes refer to as shitheads, have now graduated to shithouses.
They continue to beat the same old drums about the police, to the same old misinformed people, about how the police are the cause of their problems, while they rip off every buck they can, and get away with it.
We need a revolution in our country, you decide what kind you need.

Former JLP Councilor On Weapons Charge

Former Jamaica Labour Party councilor Barrington Bailey has been charged with illegal possession of firearm.
Bailey, otherwise called ‘Junior’, of Kirkland Heights in Red Hills, St Andrew, is scheduled to appear in the St Catherine Parish Court on Tuesday, February 19.
The police say the 40-year-old was arrested during a joint police-military checkpoint in Innswood on Old Harbour Road, Spanish Town in St Catherine on Sunday, February 10th.
Bailey was arrested about 5:40 a.m., after an Acura motorcar he was driving was stopped by the police.
The police say Bailey accounted for a licensed firearm. However, upon searching the vehicle, the police say an illegal Taurus 9 millimetre pistol was also found.

Latest Bill Johnson Poll A Pathetic Distraction

Before I even begin to address some of the underlying issues which I find silly and grossly spurious about the recent Bill Johnson Poll conducted for the Jamaica Obsever, I will lay out a framework which disqualifies those who commissioned the poll and the results of the poll.
Under the banner”, Corruption haunts police force,” another incompetent excuse for a media house has gone out and slavish embarrassed itself in promoting a poll it commissioned to discredit the men and women of the Jamaica Constabulary Force who risk life and limb for pittances against some of the most blood-thirsty murderers in the world.
I will not dignify the specifics of the so-called findings of the polls, sufficing to say that I will lay out a couple of reasons why this poll must be viewed as spurious at best and the findings discarded for the trash it is.

(1) Jamaica struggles mightily with corruption across the entire spectrum of national life. The entire public sector is a cesspool of corruption in which graft, favors, payoffs, theft, nepotism and other forms of corruption have so infected the infrastructure it has become the rule rather than the exception.
In fact, according to Transparency International, the Country recently slipped in the corruption perception Index and is somewhere around 84% corrupt, 100% being the most corrupt.
With a country burdened with that kind of corruption perception, how does anyone justify singling out a group of powerless, disenfranchised people, who risk everything for everyone else, for continued ridicule and criticism?
Who do you ask about corruption in the police department when the average person has a son or daughter killing and robbing people?
Who do you ask when illicit gains from lotto-scamming spread across several industries and are putting food on the tables of so many?
Who do you poll when there are so many murderers and other lawbreakers walking around, knowing that the police is the only thing which stands between them and what they want to accomplish?

(2) For years I have personally written about the connection between the political parties and gun-toting gangs in the nation’s inner cities.
I conceded this point to no one, as a young police officer, I was on the receiving end of one of those illicit guns in 88.
Through these writings, I have consistently, through factual pointers, demonstrated how both political parties have used the police department as a scapegoat to deflect from their criminality corruption, and incompetence.
That is why I am convinced that with the ongoing Petrojam Scandal, the administration is more than happy to have attention shifted to something else.
Why not the traditional point of hate?
And what passes for media, the dishonest, intellectually lazy bunch of elitist, (fake accents and all) are quite willing to continue this strawman narrative.

(3) There are roughly 126 representatives between both political parties at the Constituency level.
Add those appointed to the Senate and toss in Parish Councillors and at best you get a couple hundred people.
If Jamaicans really took stock of the level of corruption within this small group of a couple hundred, they would be in the streets with pitchforks, machetes, and torches which would make the Morant Bay rebellion seem like a walk in the park.
More importantly, the corruption cost to the country carried out by this very small group, not just through blatant theft, but through the procurement process, fake contracts and other clever acts of thievery, the cost per year runs into billions of dollars.
The loss of confidence which keeps out investors and potential returnees is incalcuable.

(4) Juxtapose that with roughly 8’000 police officers, an exponentially larger group of people within the larger community of 2.8 million. Whatever the corruption perception index involving the police force, it pales drastically when compared to the corruption of the political class. In terms of Dollars and cents, there is no comparison.
But saying that does not begin to uncover the levels of corruption which runs in this little country of 2.8 million.
From Jamaica House to Gordon House, from The highest court to the boardrooms, Jamaica’s corruption is legendary.
Whether it is the hoodlums who are set free on minor technicalities by the court of appeals, or the deep corruption which drains the Island of billions which ought to go to building infrastructure and improving the lives of citizens.
Or it is the massive theft of public funds which doesn’t even get investigated.
Except, of course, if you are a misguided cop who decided to incriminate himself and allow himself to be used by an agency which hates the police.
Then there is accountability. That accountability is life in prison and the stipulation that you have to spend an unprecedented 51 years in prison before being eligible for parole.
Never mind that the heads of the well-armed gangs are sitting right there in the parliament passing laws which furthers the protection of gangs and ties the hands of the police.

Sure there are far too many corrupt police officers, that is not a Jamaica problem, it is a worldwide problem, because people make police officers.
The high levels of corruption within the legal community is far greater than anything in the JCF based on their numbers in the larger population.
So too are the corrupt judges worse than the police based on their numbers as well.
Would I like to see zero police corruption? You bet your ass. But I am a pragmatist who understands that when you source water from a dirty pool, the water you get will be dirty too.

All in all, the continued beating of the drums and the incessant return to demonizing the poor defenseless police must be seen for what it is.

Rep. Ilhan Omar Claps Back At The Bigot In Chief: ‘You Have Trafficked In Hate Your Whole Life’

Photo: Mark Wilson (Getty Images)

Rep. Ilhan Omar (D-Minn.) had time Wednesday morning when she clapped back at President Trump’s call for her to resign, noting that the president has trafficked in hate his whole life.
In a tweet, the president’s preferred mode of communication because he’s basically a 13-year-old 7th grader, Omar tweeted:

Hi @realDonaldTrumpYou have trafficked in hate your whole life—against Jews, Muslims, Indigenous, immigrants, black people and more. I learned from people impacted by my words. When will you?

You know that Omar’s initial tweet ended with “When will you, bitch?” Fine, she didn’t say “bitch,” but I feel like there is an implied bitch at the end of the statement. OK, fine, maybe I just want it say bitch.The Hill notes that Omar’s tweet comes after the president called for her resignation, or at the very least her removal from the House Foreign Affairs Committee “over her tweet questioning the influence of the Israel lobby, namely the American Israel Public Affairs Committee (AIPAC), in Washington D.C.”
Omar apologized for the tweet noting, “Anti-Semitism is real and I am grateful for Jewish allies and colleagues who are educating me on the painful history of anti-Semitic tropes,” Omar wrote. “My intention is never to offend my constituents or Jewish Americans as a whole. We have to always be willing to step back and think through criticism, just as I expect people to hear me when others attack me for my identity. This is why I unequivocally apologize.”

Trump told reporters Tuesday that Omar’s apology was “lame” and reiterated his demand for her resignation.“Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States Congress,” Trump said at a Cabinet meeting. “And I think she should either resign from Congress or she should certainly resign from the House Foreign Affairs Committee.”
Trump failed to mention that he’s a racist-filed whoopee-cushion who lives off a diet of baby goat’s blood and fast food, who would be fine if we went back to Jim Crow laws and only has one black friend: Ben Carson.


Britain Dumps Deportees On Jamaica Hamish/Campbell Persecutes Police With Fake Affidavits

We have had some really nincompoop Ministers of National Security over the years, but Horace Chang seems to be in the hunt to be a Jackass extraordinaire.
Yes, I know it may seem like I’m just beating up on the guy, but the man is a literal walking contradiction.
It is like every time he opens his mouth the only thing he manages to do is to stuff his foot in it.
I mean the guy is a Doctor, so he cannot be that dense, but he is demonstrating what I have always believed that smarts in one field do not mean a lack of ignorance in everything else.
Lord knows I have met a bunch of educated dunces in my lifetime.

Chang started off by saying that the police force, his party inherited was nothing more than “a glorified security guard company.” Kudos to those poor low esteem stiffs putting their lives on the line to protect this piece of shit.
There are many people who actually hate the shit out of the PNP, I am one of those people, but with people like this guy making stupid statements about a group of people numbering over 8’000, it is no wonder that for decades people have said that the JLP is an elitist party of and for the rich.
Sure the previous Administration was a bunch of thieves and criminal supporting punks who gave government contracts to know criminals.
That is where the focus ought to be. Instead of speaking to those truths Chang opened his mouth and out flowed a torrent of shit.
As if the initial foul-up was not cringe-worthy enough, last week in the heat of a well-publicized assault on a police sergeant in Spalding Manchester, Chang spoke out of turn again demonstrating his utter ignorance on policing matters.
Now don’t get me wrong, the guy is a medical doctor, but that is exactly why he shouldn’t be speaking on the intricacies of policing without consulting with actual police officers.
Much the same way a police officer should not be speaking about internal medicine.
Speaking to a Lion’s Club of Kingston luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus, Chang told his elitist friends. “Had he had any of the equipment of modern policing, he could have been easily trained that in the face of a hostile crowd of vendors and taxi drivers who can be quite aggressive to the police, to use one of the non-lethal weapons to intercept and control the crowd.” 
In reference to the police sergeant who was forced to use lethal force to repel a determined attack on his person.

Here again, Chang dove in head first giving a bunch of up-towners, (sipping champagne in the middle of the day), information on policing techniques.
The only problem is that Chang did not know what the hell he was talking about, but this seems to be a pattern with this Minister.
The police officer in question responded in a split second scenario, in which his very life was threatened.

(#1) Neither a taser, baton, or pepper spray would have come close to neutralizing the threat of that attack on that officer. Even if the officer was so equipped with those tools, the officer certainly would not have had enough time to pull and deploy either of those weapons and for all intents and purposes he would have been overpowered and potentially harmed or worse, had he not gone to his nuclear option in response to that threat.

(#2) Chang also told the gathering that quote,” guns would be for a killer crowd. Those (the absent tools) are basic equipment and we have not equipped our police force effectively.” 
The idea that a crowd which egged on a bus driver to physically attack a uniformed police officer, threaten the lives of the officers after the driver was shot, to the point they had to seek refuge in a supermarket, and damage a police service vehicle was not a “killer crowd” is nauseatingly stupid.
That was the crowd which the two officers should have used their baton or taser on, according to Horace Chang the expert[sic] (A taser is only partially useful against a single offender).
A Baton is not a useful weapon against an angry ginned-up crowd.

But this kind of talk is nothing new, it is part and parcel of the methodologies which are used to talk down the seriousness of attacks on police officers.
The leftist judges mete out admonishments for attacks on police officers, while police officers are persecuted and imprisoned for using force against criminals in the lawful execution of their duties.
This is a sick upside down concept of justice which has turned a once pristine place to live and raise a family into a veritable killing field.
The idea is to render the attacks less serious with a view toward making officers lethal response less credible.
This has been occurring for decades and as you have seen in the second video, there is never any shortage of lying supposed witnesses to incidents of police use of force but no one sees anything when criminals gun down citizens in broad daylight.

This seems to be the strategy of the Holness Administration. The idea it seems, is to handle violent individuals and groups of people with kid gloves, even when they attack police officers in uniform.
That explains their silence when there is incontrovertible evidence that these hooligans are attacking police officers and the force the officers are using are proportional to the attacks on them.
The lives of the police officers are disposable in this scenario as lethal force is never justified, no matter the level of threat to officers.
As I have said on countless other occasions, if the PNP and JLP were interested in solving this crime problem INDECOM would be disbanded or better it would not have been created in the first place.
The idea that hundreds of millions are wasted on INDECOM each year, and the humiliating fact that a white British overlord is brought in to help in the process of crime maintenance, a-la his administration at INDECOM is astounding.

Imagine what those hundreds of millions of dollars could do to improve crime-fighting capabilities on the Island?
Britain, is sending back plane-loads of Jamaican people to the Island. There is reporting that there are also substantial one-time payments to the government by the Brits for taking back each person returned to the country.
Some of these people are criminals, some have committed only minor infractions, others have never even been to Jamaica as adults.
Additionally, the Canadians and the Americans are deporting huge numbers of people in what can only be described as modern-day ethnic cleansings.
With the convergence of all of these criminals from these developed countries and the waste of money on INDECOM instead of putting that money to improving the Police department does anyone think that crime is about to decrease in Jamaica anytime soon?

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Members of the wind rush generation went to build England.
The scapegoating of immigrants now resulting in their offsprings being kicked out.

The truth is that the country has a two-party political infrastructure which is heavily invested in the status quo. That is, they do not care to remove the building blocks of crime as long as the tourists are willing to keep coming.
They starve the police of resources and remuneration and set them up to fail, then put INDECOM in place to ensure that crime stays high. I’ve been doing some research, but I cannot find any country which is not a failed backwater hell-hole which brings in people from other countries to investigate their police officers.
Worse yet, from a hostile former colonizer which is strategically cleansing the offsprings of the generation who helped to rebuild that country. A country Hitler decimated it with his bombs.
Why is Hamish Campbell in our country encouraging liars to concoct false stories on which INDECOM is indicting and criminalizing our police officers?
I am demanding that Hamish Campbell and any other Brit in our country working against our police be returned on one of the flights taking Jamaicans home.

Republican/Democratic Attack On Ilhan Omar Fraudulent/here’s Why..

The firestorm of protest coming from both Republicans and the disgusting Democrats with regard to the rather factual and tame comments made by freshman Democratic Congresswoman Rep. Ilhan Omar has demonstrated just how deep into the pockets of the Jewish Lobby (AIPAC) both political parties are.
The freshman Minnesota Democrat is facing backlash after implying in a tweet that politicians pushed for policies beneficial to Israel because they are financially beholden to pro-Israel lobbying groups like AIPAC
Since then, representative Omar, one of the first Muslim woman to be elected to the Congress has been facing a withering backlash, including from the leadership of her own party.
Even more shocking is the attack on her by the disgustingly racist Donald Trump, who has had no problem offending every group of people, not white and male.

Representative Ilhan Omar (D) Minnesota

Since the backlash, Representative Omar has apologized, which she absolutely should not have done.
Omar said she unequivocally” apologized for the remarks, but insisted that she would remain firm in her opposition to the outsize role that she said lobbying money plays in Washington politics.
Before we even begin to address the pathetically disgusting Democrats and the predictable servile Republicans, I must at least offer a parting mention of the gall of the inherently corrupt and insanely incompetent, and amoral Donald Trump. How dare Donald Trump call for anyone’s resignation, or even having an opinion on someone else’s conduct?

Sen’s. Ben Cardin, D-Md and Marco Rubio, R-FL both sponsored a bill which would make it a crime for any American or American Company which boycotts the state of Israel. The Rubio Bill seeks to counter the global Boycott, Divest and Sanctions movement against Israel over its treatment of Palestinians and the settlements. The country’s first Palestinian American woman in Congress, Michigan Rep. Rashida Tlaib, who has spoken about the rights of Americans to support the BDS issue.“This is the U.S. Where boycotting is a right & part of our historical fight for freedom & equality,” Tlaib said in a weekend tweet. “Maybe a refresher on our U.S. The constitution is in order, then get back to opening up our government instead of taking our rights away.”
If the bill becomes law, any American found in breach of that law could face 25-years in prison for joining in a boycott of the Zionist State.

According to the Associated Press, Rubio’s measure infringes on free speech. Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., tweeted, “It’s absurd that the first bill during the shutdown is legislation which punishes Americans who exercise their constitutional right to engage in political activity. 
J Street’s President Jeremy Ben-Ami said in a statement: “While millions of Americans suffer from the effects of the ongoing government shutdown, it’s outrageous that Senate Republican leaders are prioritizing legislation that tramples on the First Amendment and advances the interests of the Israeli settlement movement. Not a single Democrat should vote to enable this farce.”

The forgone is intended simply to lay the framework for establishing the utter stupidity of the pushback against Representative Omar’s views, when there are so much more consequential power moves being pushed on the American people by the Jewish lobby AIPAC, and the amoral politicians who would take away the rights of Americans free speech, over their support for a foreign country.
Any disagreement with the tactics and policies of the Zionist apartheid state are met with swift and concentrated onslaught spearheaded with the label “anti-Semitic.”
Fear of being labeled “anti-Semitic effectively silences anyone who would dare speak out, even in the face of Israel’s raw aggression and crimes against humanity committed against unarmed Palestinians.

The faux outrage is disgusting, even if we could force ourselves to ignore the atrocities committed by the Zionist state. Atrocities against unarmed Palestinian men, women, and children and even aid workers and journalists doing their jobs.
There would still be the silence of Republicans and Democrats as the Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu speaking to the issue of African asylum seekers to Israel commented.
We will return south Tel Aviv to the citizens of Israel, they are not refugees, but infiltrators looking for work.”
The Zionist state is now completely different in size from what it was in 1947 when it was formed. In fact, it is dramatically different than when it defeated the hapless Arab assault in the so-called six-day war of 1967.
Since that war, not only has Israel taken control of the Golan Heights and other parts of the Palestinian territory it continues to this day to illegally missappropriate the property of the Palestinian people.

In January of 2018, Benjamin Netanyahu ordered African refugees out of the apartheid state. Israel receives Billions of dollars in American aid each year, a large part of that money is taxes collected from African-Americans and other ethnic minorities.
Describing African refugees numbering about 40 000 as “infiltrators”, Netanyahu said they had two choices. They could either accept a once-off payment of $3500 (R42300) and relocate to another African country or spend the rest of their life in jail in Israel. They have until March to decide.
The announcement drew immediate outrage. But for those following the daily travails and humiliation endured by African refugees in Israel, it was the brazenness of Netanyahu’s crass plan that has appalled us. [Said www.iol.co.za]

One resident described Africans as “rapists and murderers”. Others confirmed that something had to be done to reclaim their city and country. “There used to be space for our children, but now it’s like Africa here – like we are not in Israel anymore. They are taking all the space and the Israeli families have no space left,” one man said.
But there really isn’t anything to be surprised about. The decision to push Africans out is part of a story of preservation of the Jewish state from “infiltrators”. This is a country obsessed with “ethnic purity”. Take the events around its founding in 1948 when about 700 000 Palestinians were booted out of their homes and made permanent refugees. [www.iol.co.za]
These Israelis who labeled Africans rapists and murderers had no trouble supporting the IDF gunning down innocent demonstrators, including women and children and even innocent babies.

The hypocrisy of the American politicians who have surrendered their souls to the devil would be laughable if it weren’t so consequential.
This little introduction to Israel’s racist and Xenophobic attitudes does not even begin to scratch the surface. American lawmakers know all about the atrocities, but have zero problems with them.
Their disgusting attack on a Muslim woman who shares a different faith than theirs is appalling.
Republican politicians right here in America run campaigns which are viscerally racist and they occur without anyone batting an eye against them.
Duncan Hunter an indicted criminal, ran one of the most shocking ads against a Palestinian-American candidate. Republicans, including Kevin McCarthy, the Republican House minority leader, and Californian, who now wants sanctions against Ilhan Omar said nothing.

This is a farce, conscientious Jewish people right here in America see through it. So too are others, not of the ilk of those condemning Congresswoman Ilhan Omar for her rather tame and absolutely true comments.
Yes, it is absolutely about money, they have sold their souls and dignity for money.

Anderson Propped Up By (SOE’s) And (ZOSO’s)

Whether you are a fan of the Zones Of Special Operations initiative or not, it is difficult to argue against the fact that large amounts of security personnel in an area invariably lowers crime in that area.
(ZOSO) As the initiative is known, surely has its detractors for varying reasons.
This writer certainly is no fan of it for the sole reason that it bails out the corrupt politicians and the incompetent police high command by lowering crime temporarily.
This allows them to gloat about lowering crime without coming up with sustainable crime policies.

States of public emergency (SOE’s)are important for maintaining public order under the special circumstances in which the security forces may need additional powers. (ZOSO‘s are no different, though both initiatives squeeze out the producers of violence from the operational areas, it disperses them into otherwise calmer areas.
This process generally results in a lull in the violence as those displaced by the initiatives acclimate themselves to their new operational bases.

Despite the lies and distractions by the Political Opposition and their surrogates in the Public Defender’s office and the media about the two initiatives, they remain quite popular with the majority of Jamaicans.
I have not done any polling as it relates to people who actually support criminal conduct in our country.
Nevertheless, the fact that the majority of Jamaicans are willing to support initiatives which disrupt and inconveniences their lives gives me hope that there is a silent majority of our people who sincerely want the country we once had.
The political opposition is as heavily invested in old-style politics as the Governing administration.
Neither party wants to disengage from the Garrison-style politics which secures entire constituencies dishonestly, despite the fact that it diminishes our democracy and takes away the franchise of the populace.

Last year, because of the twin initiatives, the country experienced what the police say was a 20% drop in violent crimes.
Conscientious observers, including this writer, cheered, because we believe that regardless of the methods employed, fewer dead people is a net positive.
The downside to the dip in homicides and other violent felonies is that the homicide and violent felony statistics were still too high.
Thus far this year, violent crimes and homicides are ticking upwards. Whether this supposed uptick represents a trend or an anomaly is yet to be decided. We will only be able to tell after the year is over.
If past is prologue we should be very concerned because we have seen these horrendous homicide numbers in the not too distant past.

The disconnect with this uptick and previous ones is the general lack of panic. “Oh, murders are on the rise again, yawn.”That seems to be the general attitude this time around. So what exactly is different this time?
I vividly recall the sense of anger and panic which succeeded the past surges and the calls for the heads of Owen Ellington, Carl Willaims and the very nice and gentile George Quallo?
None of those recent former commissioners of police were policymakers. They were men who became commissioners of police, because they were police officers.
No one bothered to try to understand the dynamics at play in which the police is given straws and required to spin them into gold.
Until now!

Hardley Lewin

The difference now is that the force is headed by an outsider. Antony Anderson, past head of the (JDF). Past National Security Adviser to the Prime Minister, (a post-tailor-made for Anderson).
Of course, the men and women who came up through the ranks and busted their tails to educate themselves, some more than Holness is, obviously were not qualified enough to advise the Prime Minister on National security, though their entire careers have been spent in the security portfolio.
Which got me thinking. Antony Anderson has gotten a whole lot of deference and goodwill from the public. Many of the elites came out in gleeful support, when he was selected over the men and women of the department to lead their department.
I have no quarrel with the guy, he seems like a decent and likable enough person. But neither of those traits insulates him from critique.
A whole lot of elitist stinkers came out in support of Anderson’s appointment, none of whom had anything good to say about the commissioners of police who were actual police officers.
Those stinkers are silent now, because once again their insistence on social engineering is failing.

Trevor Macmillan

It is not the first time that an outsider has been brought in and placed over the men and women of the JCF. We remember the travesty which was Trevor Macmillan and later Hardly Lewin.
My disquiet with the whole thing has nothing to do with any love one would imagine I have for the hierarchy of the JCF. Far from it.
I raise the subject because when there is a cop’s cop at the helm of the JCF, no quarters or latitude is given to them. They are expected to work miracles, they are basically required to spin straw into gold.
Antony Anderson has thus far experienced a charmed existence. No one is calling for his head, despite the unchecked killings and other violent crimes.
Here’s a real bit of fact, in addition to the hypocrisy, if we take away (ZOSO) and the (SOE’s) which have basically propped up Anderson’s tenure, he would inexorably be presiding over a runaway murder rate over and above anything his more recent predecessors experienced during their tenures.

Antony Anderson (CP)

On this issue, I will not allow Jamaica’s snobbish, lying and deceptive elites to rewrite history. We are going to stay vigilant on this and record it for posterity. Neither of the EX-JDF heads who were brought in to usurp the senior people in the JCF has a made a lick of a positive difference worthy of mention.
The excuses about lack of cooperation from the senior leadership and the lack of support from the rank and file were spurious at best.
None of it comes close to the disrespect the JCF gets from the two political gangs which have divided up the country and their well-placed surrogates throughout civil society.
This is a country in deep trouble because the two political parties have the country in a death-grip for their own survival.

Wayne Cameron, Head And Shoulders Above Others..

Some members of the public have called for the disbandment of the force, in fact, even Renetto Adams has called for the disbandment of the department.
Me, I believe in no such nonsense. Those proposing the disbandment of the department, including some supposed intellectuals suffering from over-inflated egos, fail to understand that the challenges the police face are societal issues which can hardly be laid at the feet of the police.
I never personally liked most of the senior officers with whom I interacted during my brief 10-year stint.
I thought they were generally poor managers who believed in chewing out their juniors in public and begrudging their successes.
They were generally political hacks who kissed the asses of the politicians in the party of their choice.
Additionally, the senior corps of the constabulary has been more focused on being punitive to their subordinates than teaching and guiding them in preparation for service, or working on strategies aimed at eliminating crime in their areas of responsibility.
More than anything else in my estimation, the senior officers of the JCF have been a cowardly bunch of hacks who wilt and wither away at the slightest controversy leaving their subordinates to face the music unsupported.
At the time I decided to leave the department my opinion of them was somewhere in the single digits and deteriorating fast.

I guess by now you do get that I had/have scant regard for the leadership of the force. That does not mean that the JCF has not had exemplary officers over the years. I was a big fan of former SSP Bailey, who once led the Ranger Squad, a true motivational leader and despite his faults, Noel Asphall was a leader who made you want to go the extra mile.
Today not much has changed since I left the department, except that the leadership of the force may be a tad more educated. Unfortunately, the benefits of their education have not shown up in the stat sheets, so surely the education they earned seems to be for self and bragging rights.
Fish rots from the head so if we discard the nonsense that the police is inept because the police are inherently corrupt. Or that the police are even closely representative of what is wrong in our country, we may be able to recognize that the police is only a small sampling of a society that is inherently corrupt and dysfunctional.
If we tune out the noise and face that fact that our country has been a pretentious place for a long time, and that we do have a corruption problem, we may begin the hard work of turning around our country.

One of the enduring qualities of leadership is the ability of those in positions of leadership to be able to motivate those whom they supervise.
Leadership is not about bossing around and embarrassing subordinates.
It is about praising publicly and chastising privately. Those elements are virtues which have eluded the leadership over the years. More and more they become sticklers looking for transgressions of the archaic JCF Act with which to punish and subsequently hold down their juniors.
As a consequence, the rank and file have basically given up. Faced with the twin pressures of dealing with the challenges of the job on the streets and protecting their safety, while contending with the nitpicking overlords in the department once they return from the streets.
This dual sided pressure has wrought undue harm and psychological damage to the rank and file resulting in mistakes, hesitancy, and a general lack of confidence in the way they execute their duties.
Other pressure points from other Government agencies which have added additional undue stress to a rather shitty job to begin with, has resulted further in one of the highest attrition rates of any police department anywhere in the world. Except in parts of Mexico where some departments have seen officers dropping arms and walking away in surrender to the drug cartels.


Superintendent Wayne Cameron heads the Manchester Police

As I said before, my disdain for the leadership of the JCF though palpable, does not mean that there are no good senior officers in the department.
And I want to speak briefly to one such officer who exemplifies some of the qualities which ought to be the rule rather than the exception in the (JCF).
The recent viral encounter in which a bus driver in Spalding Manchester viciously attacked a uniformed police officer was a seminal moment for the rule of law in our country.
That one incident revealed some structural flaws which exist in the body politic. These are having devastating consequences for our very small and easily managed country.

(1) Both Prime Minister Andrew Holness, and Peter Phillips the opposition leader saw that violent attack on a police officer last week in Spalding Manchester.
Additionally, another officer was attacked and shot in a separate incident as he sat in his car, he was hit several times.
He valiantly fought off his attackers, though seriously wounded.
He is still in very serious condition in hospital.
To date, neither of the two pathetic little men seized on the opportunity to reaffirm the need for, and their commitment to the rule of law.
Jamaica is NOT a paradise as they would have you believe.
Crime is out of control, it benefits both political parties. That is the reason blatant attacks on police officers elicits deathly silence from both political leaders and their political parties.

(2) Those of you who saw the incident also witnessed a lying bastard narrate a full sequence of the events. The only problem was that it was all lies aimed at incriminating the officers and absolving the attacker of criminal culpability.
Conscientious observers who care about fairness and the rule of law, would be hard pressed not to think that this is a pattern which has unjustly incriminated untold police officers. Many of whom handled themselves exactly as they were trained to do and was incriminated on fraudulent testimony, the likes of what we saw from that supposed witness.
As a former police officer, I can tell you that most of those accounts are exactly false and concocted.

(3) The officer displayed cool temperament despite the verbal onslaught and the gesticulation from the bus driver, even as the crowd egged the stupid driver to attack him.
I can tell you without equivocation that I would not have acted as calm and patient as he did. The minute he started gesticulating and verbally assaulting me he would have been taken down and cuffed.

(4) After the incident occurred, the commanding officer for the Parish, Superintendent Wayne Cameron, did something which has been missing from Jamaican policing.
That senior officer did not run away and hide, hoping that if there were questions he would be shielded from the media glare.
He stepped forward and made it abundantly clear that those who would attack his officers should rethink their strategy as officers would not be backing down.
Cameron’s steadfast stance was refreshing not just for the officers under his command, but for the rule of law across the country.
Superintendent Cameron’s unwavering support for the officers under his command is the kind of leadership which is lacking across the entire law enforcement spectrum. It ought to be the rule, yet sadly, it is the exception and subsequently, the law-abiding people of Jamaica pay the price for it.

None of the cowardly senior officers in the Department, from the Commissioner on down, had a word of praise for the officer.
None sought to use the incident to speak to the country on the virtues of adhering to the rule of law.
Sadly, there is zero daylight between the pathetic political leadership and the cowardice which heads the (JCF).
All in all the criminal supporting political parties and the spineless bootlicking senior leadership of the JCF, has demonstrated that they are incompetent and undeserving of the positions they hold.
It is time for better and more capable leadership in the (JCF).
If they were serious about real leadership and the eradication of crime they would look no further than the parish of Manchester and place Wayne Cameron in that leadership chair at 103 Old Hope Road.
We would begin to see some real leadership on crime in our country.


Politicians Created This Violence, They Should Have No Security Detail….

I had no idea that the Government had embarked on a process of cutting and in some cases eliminating security detail for past ministers of Government.
In fact, to be honest, I had totally forgotten that a struggling Jamaica, a poor developing country, was engaged in the practice of giving security detail to past ministers. All this while the poor citizens of the country, not so lucky or rich enough to live behind high walls are left to the mercy of the criminals those very same politicians created.
Now that the issue is once again front and center I do recall a former minister of National Security Dwight Nelson(now deceased) complaining, that the then PNP administration had pulled his security detail at one point.


“It is particularly troubling that while we are experiencing vicious attacks on our elected or former elected officials, and heightened the level of threats, the government has proposed to withdraw or minimize the security details of the former ministers of government,” PNP General Secretary Julian Robinson said in a media release

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Julian Robinson

Robinson was speaking to the killing of Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, a member of parliament for East Portland, who was murdered over a week ago at his home, as well as the recent killing of former councilor for the White Horses Division in St Thomas, Madge Morris.
Also addressing the issue of the two killings, which directly impacted the PNP, opposition leader Peter Phillips said “It is particularly shocking as the party continues in mourning over the tragic death of our [comrade] and colleague, Dr. Lynvale Bloomfield, a member of parliament for East Portland, who was murdered over a week ago at his home.” 

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Peter Phillips Opposition Leader in parliament and (role model to the nation’s children)

Can I say just how stupid and totally 1970’s the continued use of the term [“Comrade“] is in 2019?
That they continue to Harken to and refuse to let go of a term used by failed Communists and reactionary socialists in reference to each other, speaks volumes about where the PNP continues to be.
Communism and the brand of Socialism to which the PNP subscribers have been an abject failure with no representative success story to which the PNP can point to for validation.

Now to the griping about security details.
To begin with, there should be zero police protection afforded any past politicians in Jamaica (of either party).
If I had my way there would be none afforded even serving ministers of government.
My reasoning behind that position is simple. Jamaica’s politicians are a bunch of egotistical losers.
They created the environment of division and envy. They created the garrisons which became incubators of criminality.
They created the animosity between the police and the citizens by using the JCF as a scapegoat distraction for their failures to take the appropriate steps to secure the country.
They continue to maintain contact with criminals who secure their elections in those zones of political exclusions.
Jamaica is a small developing country which can ill afford the extravagance of security for past failed politicians.
Let them be exposed to the stench of the morass they created.

I don’t want to hear a single word of bitching about politicians killed. No life is more important than another, it is time that Jamaica’s half baked idiotic politicians learn this lesson.
Actions have consequences.
The atmosphere of envy, mistrust, division, and lawlessness created by the two political gangs which passes for political parties is now producing the whirlwind which is threatening to engulf them all.
It is about time and none too soon.

Violent Crimes Linked To Political Parties Ties To The Criminal Underworld

What would happen to Jamaica if both the PNP and JLP decided to cut ties with the criminal gangs to which they are tied and throw their support to the law enforcement agencies?
I’ll tell you what would happen, we would have Jamaicans living abroad, returning to invest in their country, creating untold employment opportunities and wealth in our country.
None of this can happen, however, because a small cadre of politicians placed themselves above country and have created a system which is dedicated to their own interest country be damned.

Beautiful Jamaica

We Jamaicans are quick to talk about “Jamaica nice,” and yes, of course, God has blessed us with a beautiful country with some of the most pristine beaches anywhere.
The Carribean Sea, which caresses our shores, oh so gently, is as clear and beautiful as the blue mountain peak is imposing in its majesty.
The rivers, streams, and tributaries, meanders endlessly until they disappear beneath a soil so fertile our farmers produced more than we could ever eat.
For the most part, our people have been the kindest, most loving and neighborly.
The farther inland you travel the better your experience becomes. But now all of that is in jeopardy of being lost.
The country is still beautiful, but people are losing their souls.
Greed and envy replaced compassion and kindness.
The joy of sharing with our neighbors is replaced with the greed of lotto cheat-sheets and high-powered weapons.

Our people were not always bloodthirsty hooligans tearing at the carcass of each other’s corpses. We were loving people, who looked after each other and each other’s children.
No one group of people is responsible for our slide into the abyss of the morass. But none is more culpable than those who have been given more power to act on our behalf.
Once the ’70s stepped in Jamaicans began to witness a shift in the way politics was retailed.
Gone was the harmless banter come election time, replaced with a more sinister and ominous narrative that whatever wealth the wealthy had was arrived at illicitly and everyone poor was entitled to half of it.

Michael Manley introduced Democratic Socialism to Jamaica , social engineering which ruined the once thriving Island. Today Manleys followers trumpet his achievements which are largely feel-good platitudes. To his detractors he ruined a beautiful country.

We all know the continuous narrative around that central theme. A massive flight of capital and skilled professionals resulted.
Political strongmen moved into people’s homes and our country was changed forever.
The next crop of politicians learned also that if they devised a way to keep the people fighting amongst themselves, on their behalf, they could rape and pillage the nation’s resources without consequence as long as they tossed a few strongmen a few bones to divide up amongst the peasantry.
No matter how gullible the Lumpenproletariat was, the newly minted political class which governed as a pseudo Plutocracy needed a scapegoat when the [Lumpen] becomes agitated.
When public funds are misappropriated, there are bound to be shortages in the dispensation of public services.
When the Lumpen rises up the Plutocracy needs a diversion.
The JCF which was born out of the Morant Bay rebellion was the perfect diversion.

Edward Seaga..

The police are empowered no further than to be revenue collectors, the plutocracy has no fear that a peasant uprising will end up affecting them negatively. They feel insulated from it all. After all their real power bases are in the depressed crime-ridden garrisons in which the police is public enemy number one.
In 2010 the security forces were forced to act in Tivoli gardens in what was a veritable war between the state and mercenaries loyal to a drug lord. Heavily armed, they dared the state to touch them.
In the end, wars have casualties and there is usually collateral damage.
Tivoli Gardens was no exception.

Who remembered the Hannah Town police station ?

Not wanting a shift in the political paradigm, the ruling JLP and the Opposition PNP which generally does not agree on anything, agreed to a kangaroo commission to investigate what happened in Tivoli Gardens.
Again the security forces were the scapegoat and restitution and an apology given the rogue community which had thumbed its nose at the rule of law. Killing police officers and burning police stations in the process.
The Security forces were roundly condemned and individual officers singled out for particular ridicule and derision.
What stuck in my throat to this day is that they brought in a foreigner David Simmons to head the commission which heaped scorn on our police and military.
David Simmons is a retired judge from Barbados, a former colony of England, which has its collective head so far up her Majesty’s rear end she can feel them breathe.

The Former Darling Street Police Station, a concrete structure destroyed.

For the PNP condemning and reining in the police offered the perfect diversion. That party maintains control of many more garrison communities than the JLP.
In those communities, people vote as a monolith and the number of votes cast in elections generally outnumber the number of qualified electors exponentially.
The PNP was not about to see its base of support messed with.
As for the JLP, it too controls Garrison communities, albeit fewer, but the party understood fundamentally what a paradigm shift in the way the security forces are allowed to operate would shift the balance of power ultimately to the working class and away from the small bunch of governing plutocrats.
INDECOM was born.

Carolyn Gomes

I would be remiss if I did not mention the burgeoning and thriving list of lobby groups which sprung up all claiming to be human rights organizations.
FAST. JFJ. IACHR. And a plethora of disjointed individuals also latched onto the anti-police growth industry which has taken over the country.
None were more caustic and dangerous than the Carolyn Gomes led JFJ.
And of course, anyone who buys into the narrative that the police is evil and deserving of shackles gets rewarded.
Carolyn Gomes was given a national honor by the government. In the end, the lie of JFJ caught up with Gomes and she was exposed for making pornographic material available to minors.
She was forced to step aside in disgrace and one of her minions rewarded with the top spot.
Out of that whole lobbying effort, Bruce Golding in cahoots with the PNP gave the nation INDECOM to oversee the security forces.
INDECOM brings brought ego and harassment to the security force members. Members of the security forces stepped back from sticking their necks out and violent crimes skyrocketed.

Terrence Williams INDECOM

Such is the character of JAMAICA, despite the noise about prosperity by the JLP and the supposed virtues of Socialism, a failed political construct championed by the corrupt PNP.
One of the most visible components of the strategy to scapegoat the Police is the frequency with which Commissioners of police are appointed and fired.
This sleight of hand gives the impression that a commissioner of police has the means to magically make crime go away.
The truth of the matter is that though several of the top cops have been inept political hacks, the truth is that all have been given the proverbial basket to carry water.
The lack of resources the police are forced to contend with is never about the material inadequacies only, but more importantly, the agency is not allowed to fully enforce the laws.
And so commissioners of police come and go and some try their best while failing to speak out at the blatant power play and micro handling the plutocrats engage in with the police department while speaking out of the two sides of their filthy mouths.
On the one side, they talk about the need to lower or curb crime, even though their political enclaves are veritable crime factories.
On the other hand, they make it impossible for the police to enforce the laws through the myriad tactics I have outlined.

Owen Ellington former commissioner of police

I believe no Commissioner of police has done more to acquiesce to the dictates of the corrupt plutocracy than the compromised Owen Ellington who stepped down under spurious circumstances.
In a series of moves intended to placate the public, rather than speaking out against the plutocracy Ellington gave away the store through a series of strategies he developed.
In some instances what he gave up the public had no right to. That included making the (police force orders)public.
The Force orders is a weekly publication which communicates dictates from the Commissioner and his staff to the departments and officers. It includes personnel movement along with other personnel matters.
Nothing in the force orders is information which the public has a reasonable interest in having.
Additionally, Ellington introduced measures which all but made the police a laughing stock.
One such directive is as follows.

Tactical Retreat.  Our police officers are cultured to pay the ultimate price rather than retreat from an armed criminal attack.
We are working on a set of procedures which could accommodate “tactical retreat” as an option to preserve human life without undermining the sense of pride and honor of front-line officers. We will begin the conversation with the idea that a tactical retreat does not signal an abandonment of the cause. 

Owen Ellington knew nothing about dealing with or confronting criminals. He was reared in one office or another within the department.
There is nothing wrong with a tactical retreat as it relates to policing. That can be (a) so that a hostage negotiator may talk to a person who has taken hostages.
(b) So that an armed suspect may be allowed room to move away from innocent civilians.
(c) So that officers may set up a wider, more effective and comprehensive perimeter around a hot zone.
In none of these cases does it mean surrendering to criminals or allowing criminals to leave unpunished.
The hapless Owen Ellington naively believed that for Frontline officers, it was all about a sense of pride and honor, not to retreat, or about ” abandonment of the cause.”
For frontline officers, it has nothing to do with any of what Owen Ellington placed into his policy positions. It is about protecting life and enforcing laws.
That is what it has always been about but an office cop would have no idea about that now would he?
Today Officers are running away from criminals and crowds alike, made to be a laughing stock.
Police officers hiding in supermarkets and offices for doing their jobs.
Tactical retreat Own Ellington style?
Or cowardice and a lack of testicular fortitude, you decide.

Mongrel Minister Of Nat/security Puts Foot In His Stupid Mouth Once Again

As a former police officer, I am particularly incensed when a police officer is attacked and hurt or worse just for doing his or her job.
This is not about whether or not we agree with everything the police does, but about that officer’s expectation that he or she will return home safely after their shift as they ought to.
That is not too much to ask. Even soldiers on a battlefield do their level best to return from wars, police officers do too.

And so over the years, one of the things that I have personally hammered home to readers and to the JCF leadership,(assuming that they do read) is the need for more and better training which reflects the seriousness of the times.
To that end, many of my friends and even some of my most dedicated readers have disagreed with me on the level of training being afforded new recruits to the JCF.
I contend that not only is the training archaic and useless, but training should be ongoing for officers, especially as it relates to firearms, tactics, and threat assessments.
Police officers should have a well laid out Gymnasium with all of the modern amenities at the academy. Strength and fitness training should be a part of the recruit training.
More than anything else, the archaic and useless drills ought to be a thing of the past.

While we talk about police training it also makes sense to expand on the difficulty which lies in policing Jamaica.
As I said in a previous article, even within the CARICOM region, police officials are critical of Jamaicans and their lack of respect for the rule of law.
And so it is not out of the ordinary to hear tall tales (many unfounded) of the way Jamaicans are treated by law enforcement officials whether it’s in the Cayman Islands, Barbados, Trinidad, and Tobago or wherever?
That is not to say that the stigma attached to us Jamaicans does not negatively affect folks who may be innocent, or at best, not as guilty.

A slum in Kingston Jamaica

The difficulties of which I speak are varied and many, but I will list a few here which may in some cases be unique to Jamaica.

Rio Slum

Jamaica is a particularly hilly country This is in many respects unrivaled in our region. The challenges which come with the hilly terrain are many, but it makes the task of apprehending dangerous criminals that much more difficult.
Like the favelas in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, the terrain makes enforcement a nightmare to varying degrees.

Over the years the corrosive influence and control Politics has had over law enforcement in our country have probably had the most disastrous consequences to date.
Sadly, those who are at the top of the security apparatus are in many cases the most suspect when it comes to how national security secrets are handled (see how Christopher Duddus Coke learned that the Americans wanted him extradited).

The present Minister of National Security Horace Chang, who said he inherited a glorified security company (speaking of the police department). He certainly could not wait to place his foot in his stupid mouth on the Spaldings shooting.
Speaking to a Lion’s Club of Kingston luncheon at the Jamaica Pegasus Hotel Chang dived into the matter which is fresh and still under investigations
Had he had any of the equipment of modern policing, he could have been easily trained that in the face of a hostile crowd of vendors and taxi drivers who can be quite aggressive to the police, to use one of the non-lethal weapons to intercept and control the crowd. .

(a) The fucking idiot is the Minister responsible for the police, so if they are lacking equipment he is responsible.
(b) Secondly, this was not about crowd control, it was a case where a uniformed police officer was violently attacked.
Chang’s assessment is rubbish, it has no bearing on what we have seen on that video.
The guns would be for a killer crowd. Those (the absent tools) are basic equipment and we have not equipped our police force effectively.
In the estimation of this Minister of National Security, the crowd which destroyed a police service vehicle, and forced two officers to seek refuge in a supermarket before they were rescued, was not a killer crowd.
This could be handled with a canister of pepper spray and a baton.[sic]
These are the abject fools who are running our country. These are the lawmakers. Now do you need to ask why Jamaica is so fucked up?

Media Complicit As Usual In Selling Fake Story About Clarendon Police Shooting..

The mistake the cops made in Spalding yesterday was in not shooting the attacking mob leaders dead!!!

Attack a police officer in any country on this planet and if you live to regret it you will really regret it, I mean really regret it.
In America attacking a police officer even without a weapon could be automatic death, and if you survive to talk about it, you will have years in prison to consider your actions.
I recently watched a video of a woman who attacked Russian cops with her hands and their response was brutish.
Literally shocking was the level of force the officers employed to the attacker who was a woman no less.
Whether we agree with the level of force employed by the officer under attack is neither here nor there. Wrong or right that is his/her call to make when he/she feels his/her life threatened.
Every officer of the law, like everyone else, has an expectation that they will finish their shift and go home to their families without being assaulted, abused or worse.
He/she alone gets to make that call and the laws should back that officer fully everywhere.

Why is it then that Jamaicans living at home feel that they have a license to attack police officers who are doing their jobs?
Before we examine those reasons, it is important to acknowledge that when Jamaicans set foot overseas, they are keenly conversant that what they do at home will not fly in other countries.
Even within the CARICOM region in which Jamaicans are supposed to be able to travel relatively freely, member states still sometimes nuance the rules of the CARICOM charter to allow their law-enforcement to be particularly wary and vigilant to the presence of Jamaicans traveling to their countries. The record of criminal activity is undeniable and there should be no conversation around what are undeniable facts.
In the past police officials have ridiculed Jamaicans who complain about the treatment they receive when they visit their country and are singled out for special treatment, “this is not Jamaica.”
Clear references that they will not tolerate the kind of lawlessness which exist in Jamaica in their countries.

There is no secret that Jamaica is and has always been a very violent and lawless country. In response to the lawlessness and violence, the strategy has been to tighten control over the police service, effectively rendering officers “paper tigers” through a series of legislation under the guise that they are transforming the police force into professional police services.
Now, there is a conversation to be had around the reasons behind the strategy to muzzle and handcuff the police.
Not the least of which is the corrupt nature of the politicians who populate both political parties.
A police department beholden to them and incapable of conducting intelligent investigations is incapable of stopping their rapacious assault against the people’s resources.

Rather than change the paradigm after the militia uprising of 2010 in support of drug lord Christopher Duddus Coke both political parties doubled down on stupid, or should I say doubled down on criminal acquiescence and gave the country INDECOM.
That is the legacy of the Duddus supporter Orett Bruce Golding, who was forced from office for standing in the way of the extradition of a known drug lord and criminal kingpin, who has been accused of being a merciless murderer.
After the security forces liberated Tivoli Gardens from the control of that scum kingpin and annexed it to the rest of the Island, both political parties banded together to condemn the security forces for acting decisively toward the kingpin and his militia.
Although the Americans prevailed in having Coke extradited, the message to the criminal underworld was clear.
We are with you don’t worry“.

The incident in Manchester yesterday in which a bus driver felt emboldened to psychically attack a uniformed police officer doing his job, and the ensuing melee and destruction of property by the band of dumb animals must be laid squarely at the feet of the political class.
My problem with the actions of the officers is that because of fear that the Government has instituted in them through INDECOM as a harassment agency, the officers missed an opportunity to send a clear message.
Jamaica has far too many opinionated idiots to function as a modern society.
My only problem with the cops involved is that they retreated, that’s not police training. 
Police training dictates that in situations like the one they faced they stand their ground back to back, train their weapons to the head of the lead attackers and as soon as they step forward to cause harm to them, methodical and systematical shoot to kill.
Let’s see how many would keep stepping forward.
That’s what I fault the officers with, but they do not make them like they used to.

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Here are some of the rioters who destroyed government property

At the end of the day what we need to do is to ignore the continuous talking from the shitheads and come to the realization that there is no prosperity to be delivered by the JLP, and damn sure no alternative growth path by the criminal supporting PNP in this madness and chaos.
That is why we need to shut INDECOM down now, send Hamish Campbell home and take back our country from this madness.
If any of these officers are charged with anything there should be hell to pay by INDECOM.
The fact that Jamaica continues to struggle with corruption according to Transparency International is proof positive that the facts are on our side and not on the side of the Island’s leadership.
The fraudulent witnesses whom I have been writing about for years, who are nurtured and promoted by the criminal supporting press must not be allowed to place another police officer on suspension.
If INDECOM continues to be a clear enhancer of this kind of assault on our police, steps must be taken to ensure that INDECOM does not destroy the life of another hard-working police officer.
The same methodologies which are applied to INDECOM should be applied to those who support that criminal enhancement agency.
No country which supports criminals at the expense of its law enforcement agents can be successful, corrupt country, no investment.
Jamaica’s criminal politicians surely cannot continue to fool the majority of the people forever.

Most importantly, through the proliferation of smartphones and CCTV cameras, the lie which the anti-police media gave legitimacy to are being exposed.
The real question after many years in which lying criminals turn up to give false evidence against the police must be, how many police officers lives have been ruined as a result?
This writer has been making the case that this practice which is aided and abetted by the media has resulted in a lot of the cases against officers ended up failing to meet the most basic prosecutorial standards because they were fraudulent from the start.


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Black Voters Must Assert Themselves By Taking Over The Party…

Not too long ago I wrote about the fact that the Democratic party and the moderates who run it, still cling to the misguided idea that they can continue to be Republican-lite and still hold together the varied mosaic coalition which now defines the party.
For a long time, the Democratic party straddled the fence on social issues, by avoiding the liberal label, managing to win national office, but losing badly to Republicans at the state and local levels.
Not standing up for social justice as the party should, even as the Republican party has made clear that it stands opposed to any kind of social justice and consolidates itself into a white people’s political party.
The rise of Donald Trump to take over what was left of the party transformed by Newt Gingrich, and the silent acquiescence of the whipped into shape remainder of the elected Republicans, made it clear that the Republican party is now a white power party.


The truth is that many Democratic strategists and talking heads have missed the signs just as badly as the politicians have.
The old coalition of so-called blue-collar workers, code for (uneducated whites), which formed the core of the old Democratic party, has been shattered by the power of targeted strategies bankrolled by billionaires like Charles and David Koch.
In States like Wisconsin, Pennsylvania, and Michigan assaults against Unions by bought and paid for Republican politicians like Scott Walker, who was recently defeated in Wisconsin, and Rick Snyder in Michigan, all but rendered the unions powerless as states under Republican leadership adopt right to work laws which eviscerated the unions.

As the political landscape continues to shift, many of those so-called blue-collar workers have moved on to the Republican party which has sold them a bill of goods based on the color of their skin.
For the most part identity politics have taken over for those voters, even though their interest is more aligned with the policies of the Democratic party.
White identity politics present a stronger pull than the pocketbook needs these voters had which were better addressed by Democratic policies.


If I said it once, I must have said it a thousand times, the Republican party has clearly defined lines of demarcation. The Democratic party bleeds voters to Bernie Sanders, Jill Stein and every other fly-by-night who comes along because progressives who once supported the Democratic party no longer wants a tepid party which is still searching for its own identity.
Yet the party still struggles with its messaging, even after Ralph Nader gave us George Bush and Bernie Sanders gave us Donald Trump, the Democratic party and its boneheaded strategists still cling to the idea that the party needs to stick with centrist wishy-washy policy positions.
Television talking heads who are unable to read the tea leaves yap about the need for the party to maintain a centrist position, despite the clear and decisive upset win in New York by Alexandria Ocasio Cortez, the rise of Stacy Abrams in Georgia, Andrew Gillum’s and Beto Orourke’s near win in Florida and Texas respectively, but most of all the repudiation of Claire McCaskill in Missouri.

The Democratic party today has as its most loyal base African-Americans, who continue to vote in overwhelming numbers in support of Democratic candidates wherever they are. Including in the ruby red state of Alabama.
Yet the party has failed to address the needs of its most loyal base. Something no one could ever accuse Republicans of doing.
Despite the societal and social ills which confront the African-American community, police violence and abuse, poverty, housing, and lending discrimination and the long list of maladies associated with being black in America, the party has remained silent as “Black lives matter” has been cast in the media as a pseudo-terrorist organization.
Still, the party fail to understand why the likes of former Starbucks CEO, billionaire, Howard Schultz would see an opening which gives him the idea he could be the next billionaire President(assuming that Trump is).
Democrats are complaining that Schultz would inexorably siphon off votes from them ostensibly handing a second term to Donald Trump.
How about positioning the party in a clear direction, so that the likes of Schultz see no opening to run for president and more importantly support your base.
How about not having to beg people not to run?

In a recent article, the New York Times contended that the Democratic candidates have all expressed sorrow for positions they took in the past as the diverse coalition which makes up the party is far less forgiving of candidates who do not understand their complex needs.
Despite the clear lurch to the right the Republican party has taken, the Democratic party still meanders along as the party which isn’t the Republican party. Devoid of character, devoid of a clear identity.
Recent reports indicate that because of the clear progressive stance many new house members and state representatives have taken, former vice president Joe Biden is still weighing whether he can mount a viable candidacy for the nomination of his party.
Real Democratic voters do not want a wishy-washy Republican-lite party. They need a political party which represents their interest.

Kamina Johnson-Smith Ignores Data To Push Feminist Agenda…

Kamina Johnson-Smith

In an address to the University of the West Indies Leaders Engaged, Activated, and Dedicated Annual Breakfast held at The Knutsford Court Hotel in New Kingston on January 27th, Government Senator Kamina Johnson-Smith sought to allay the growing concerns that women are being employed at twice the rate of men.

Johnson Smith insisted that space has to be made for women who have been shackled by cultural norms.
I don’t think to promote women in a situation where women have not been promoted before in a space that has been predominantly male, that it means male marginalization.
“I am always quite surprised at how easy it is for conversations to change nowadays to male marginalization when you are speaking about male empowerment.

One of the reasons we cannot solve problems for our people is that we refuse to accept facts as facts and work from those baselines.
Former President Barack Obama lamented the very same thing after leaving office.
Speaking to Republican intransigence and the reasons nothing gets done Obama argued,”When we cannot agree on a baseline of facts, it is literally impossible to accomplish anything.”
In Jamaica, like in the US, politicians are willing to ignore data, facts which do not support their narrative are discarded as opinions and left to die on the workroom floor and policies are developed which end up having the opposite effect of what they were intended.
All because policy-makers have their own agendas which generally does not line up with the will of the majority.

It is important to consider that while Johnson-Smith was heaping scorn on the data which had been released by the Statistical Institute of Jamaica, showing that female workers are being employed at twice the rate of men.
And while addressing a group of people from the University of the West Indies, that very institution is having severe problems fielding a balanced slate of freshman students each year.
Someone in that group could have directed the Senator to the ghastly freshman numbers at the UWI each year in which females are up to 85% of the freshman class, year after year.


There are exponentially more all-girls schools in Jamaica than boy schools.
There are also myriad agencies dedicated to the support and upliftment of girls and women. I have listed a few here for the benefit of the Senator’s education and fidelity to truth.
(1) The Bureau of Women’s Affairs (gender affairs)Act as a catalyst to ensure that the Government addresses the problems that confront women, given the impact of patriarchy and sexism. 
(2) Woman Incorporated (Crisis Centre) Offering crisis counseling, referral services, and a 24-hour hotline. The issues addressed by Woman Inc. include rape, incest, domestic violence, domestic crisis, and sexual harassment.
(3) Sistren Theatre Collective  Brings pressure to bear on society to change negative stereotypes of women.
(4) Women’s Centre Of Jamaica Foundation  Objective is to motivate young mothers to choose education instead of continuous motherhood. 
(5) Women’s Media Watch The organization works to improve the images of women in the media.
(6) Women’s Resource And Outreach Centre Provides a place for women and youth in the Lyndhurst and Greenwich community to learn the route self-empowerment.

This list does not begin to scratch the surface but it gives clear and unequivocal examples of the disparity in support services and to whom they are dedicated.
It would be interesting to have the good Senator or one of her lackeys furnish me with a list of equivalent service organizations dedicated to the upliftment and support of boys and men.

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These are American youth, but wherever the youth is ignored the consequences are dire.

(1) The Bureau of Women’s Affairs 
The bureau’s mandate to act as a catalyst to ensure that the Government addresses the problems that confront women, given the impact of patriarchy and sexism
(2) Woman Incorporated (Crisis Centre)
Offering crisis counseling, referral services, and a 24-hour hotline. The issues addressed by Woman Inc. Includes rape, incest, domestic violence, domestic crisis, and sexual harassment. 
(3) Sistren Theatre Collective
Brings pressure to bear on society to change negative stereotypes of women.
(4) Women’s Centre Of Jamaica Foundation 
Established in response to the high level of teenage pregnancy 
(5) Women’s Media Watch 
Works to improve the images of women in the media as one way of reducing violence.
(6) Women’s Resource And Outreach Centre (WROC)
Provides a place for women and youth in the Lyndhurst and Greenwich community to learn the route to self-empowerment.

In a typical family in which resources are scarce, the boy is left to fend for himself while the single mother, or both parents dedicated themselves to sending the girls to school.
Jamaica’s youth is in crisis, but nowhere is it more evident than in the male population.
The sad reality is that the women are getting an education and the boys are seeking commensurate power and respect through the barrel of a gun.
How will the nation move forward when a Government Senator ignores empirical data in order to push a feminist agenda which is exacting incredible costs on the country in blood and treasure?
In the push to level the playing field and establish equity, the feminist movement does not care about any outcome except the outcomes which justify quotas in women’s favor, regardless of the consequences.
A rising tide raises all boats. If we are to have a better and just society we work for a society in which all are treated equally.
While the women take on jobs clearly some are not cut out for in the quest for political correctness the men stand on the corners crushing weed in the middle of their hands.
Later on, society pays dearly when they decide to take out their anger for their lack of relevance and the perception that the game is rigged against them.
Guess what it is.

The young Jamaican male has become the caricature of what the feminist movement casts him to be.
Pants sagging off his ass, Guinness stout under one arm, while he crushes dried Ganga in his palm.
A good for nothing male product of the patriarchy who sires multiple children, none of whom he supports.
He is violent and spontaneous and is predisposed to using violence as a means of conflict resolution.
Sounds about right -right? Well, if you think the murder statistics are frightening now, swallow the nonsense of Kamina Johnson-Smith and ignore the data.
I’ll hope to see you on the other side of the revolution.

Lindsay Graham Makes An Ass Of Himself By Berating The FBI…

Is there anyone else as annoyed as I am at the US Senator from South Carolina, no, not the Black one, the one who called himself a friend of John McCain but has become Donald Trump’s water boy, (speaking of Lindsay Graham).
What the hell happened to this guy? Was he always this full of it while John McCain was alive or has something sinister happened to Lindsay Graham?

Every year thousands and thousands of raids are carried out in neighborhoods across the country by the thousands of militarized police departments. These militarized raids are generally carried out in black and brown neighborhoods, sometimes with devastating consequences for residents of the properties on which these raids are executed.
Far too often the information which precipitated the raids are faulty, and even fraudulent, resulting ostensibly in devastating consequences for innocent victims who are left to pick up the pieces.

I have never ever heard Lindsay Graham condemn the police for acting inappropriately or abusing their powers.
In 2014 Cops in Georgia acting as if they were soldiers on a battlefield critically injured 19-month-old Bounkham Phonesavanh — known as “Baby Bou Bou.”
Serving a late-night “no-knock” warrant on May 28, 2014, at a home where they believed Bou Bou’s father’s nephew, a suspected meth dealer, was staying when they lobbed a flash-bang grenade inside. The nephew wasn’t home, and the grenade — designed to disorient its target — landed in Bou Bou’s crib.
The cops lied to the court but were nevertheless found not guilty for almost killing the innocent child.
Lindsay Graham did not have a word of condemnation for the overzealous wannabe soldiers who almost killed an innocent baby.
But the South Carolina Senator has written to the FBI demanding answers on why the agency did not simply ask Roger Stone the Trump associate to turn himself in.

Lindsay Graham

The FBI turned up in force and arrested Roger Stone early in the morning as they do in most other cases when they need to arrest criminal suspects.
That includes Michael Cohen, Donald Trump’s personal lawyer.
I believe anyone not living under a rock already knows who Roger Stone is.
I mean the guy is as old as a rock and has prided himself as a political dirty trickster of sorts from as far back as the Reagan years, maybe as far back as Nixon’s days.
Finally, Stone’s luck has run out and he has been indicted by Special Counsel Robert Muller’s team for his part in the ongoing investigations into alleged Russian collusion with the Trump campaign in the 2016 General elections.
Why is Lindsay Graham sticking his nose into an active investigation over which he has no control?
To begin with, the FBI has evidence that Graham does not have.
Lindsay Graham, though a US Senator, has no jurisdiction, authority or control over either the FBI, or the Muller Investigations and as such the agency do not have to even respond to Senator Grahams posturing.

If we set aside those raids in which law enforcement break down doors only to realize that the information on which they acted was false or misleading.
And if we set aside the cases in which they break down doors and arrest real suspects in the all too familiar military-style raids, we would still be left with the hundreds and hundreds of people of color, generally young black men who are murdered by police across the country each year and Lindsay Graham has never found his voice to speak out against those atrocities.
What Lindsay Graham is doing as a result of his grandstanding is demanding a separate set of rules for white men with power.
No knock raids and raids like that carried out at Roger Stone’s house, you know where the FBI agents knocked and demanded that Stone open the door should only happen to “those people”, people of color and poor people who do not matter.
The FBI, I am sure, have several reasons why they did not ask Roger Stone to report to be arraigned.
Not the least of which could be that he may potentially destroy evidence germane to their investigations.
Roger Stone has dared the agency to come and arrest him. He had T-shirts made up daring the Muller team and have told everyone who would listen that he expected that he would be indicted.
Guess what, they may have done just that.
Roger Stone may also have posed a flight risk, we do not know and neither does the Senator from South Carolina.
All in all Roger Stone deserved no more deference that the guy on the street. Yet he was quick to tell the truth that the FBI Agents were really quite courteous to him.
Lindsay Graham in seeking to be Trump’s water boy, is making a royal jackass of himself.
John McCain would not recognize Lindsay Graham as a result of just how low he has sunken.

Couple Trying To Purchase Gun Murdered(graphic Image)


Detectives assigned to the Spanish Town Criminal Investigation Branch are probing the circumstances surrounding the shooting deaths of a man and a woman on Old Harbour Road in Spanish Town, St Catherine on Thursday. Those killed are 21-year-old Vaughn Smith, otherwise called ‘Mr. Cool’, and 19-year-old Serena Kerr, both of Shelter Rock in Spanish Town. The police say about 2:30 p.m, residents heard explosions in the area went to investigate and discovered the bodies.The police say Smith and Kerr were found lying in blood with gunshot wounds to the upper body.

As per usual, the report to the police is just that it will take time for a full investigative narrative to take shape., so we await the results of a full investigation.
In the meantime, the streets are talking and the story being told while sad causes one to wonder what was the decedent Vaughn Smith’s intention?
Word on the streets is that Vaughn encouraged Serena to accompany him to go purchase a gun and that did not go so well.
Unconfirmed reports indicate the young couple was robbed of their cash and then murdered by the men who were supposed to sell them the weapon/s.

It is always sad when someone loses his or her life, nevertheless, these are some of the consequences of those kinds of actions.
If the reporting is correct, one has to assume that the intention of the deceased were less than pure.
As tragic as this case is, it may very well be a case of early karma.