Suriname is presently in very harsh budgetary difficulties simply indicated by the reality that police officers carry out their duties in basketball shoes they supply as the state cannot supply their full uniform kit. But on 11 April 2018 the police of Suriname indicated that police in gym boots can get the job done as they presented 8 heavy criminal files in the hearing of the two Dutch citizens and residents of Suriname charged with being recruiters for Islamic State, facilitating the recruitment and funding of Islamic State recruits to travel from Suriname to Islamic State and most important for planning an Islamic State attack in Suriname. In T&T every year we spend TTD Billions on national insecurity, we have sent more persons to Islamic State than any other country in the western hemisphere and the highest in the world per capita. Yet not a single case has been brought before the courts much less involving 8 thick, heavy bust yuh godi files of evidence. T&T experienced the expectation of an attack on carnival 2018 now those arrested are suing the state for some taxpayers money. We had a whole grap of persons arrested for supposedly plotting to kill the then PM now the bills to the taxpayers ringing up chi ching! It’s a disease that crosses the political divide and it’s only the racist hegemonist believe that their party is decent, respectable, morally superior and competent. Whilst those elected and non-elected politicians play games with public safety the entire structure that recruited, financed and moved all those persons to Islamic State is intact and operational in T&T. Maybe is time we put all politicians, the police and the SSA and those that exist in the shadows in gym boots some Bata gym boots? Cause we desperate and some worn out uniforms with hole in order too.
Venezuela: The Unspoken Reality
The media in T&T has long shown its aversion to the Bolivarian Revolution driven by Hugo Chavez Frias. The calamity that Maduro, his clique and the action figure opposition politicos of the blanco oligarchs of Venezuela have visited on Venezuela has now resulted in the T&T media justifying the unjustifiable. The uncontrolled movement of Venezuelans into T&T in 2018 now presents a clear and present danger to the already tattered security of T&T! This security threat is multifaceted and dynamic as it’s both epidemiological and criminal.
In 2018 the street level response to life under the Venezuelan clone wars heightened its turn to open non-political rebellion. The underclass, the poor and the marginalised over wide expanses of the geography of Venezuela have walked away from politics and are responding to the Maduro neo-liberal diet of acute hardship coupled with grinding state repression called for by both sides in the clone wars with rebellion. These are the persons moving out of Venezuela to Colombia, Brazil, Guyana and T&T poor people with very limited resources armed with a daily survival knowledge which includes walking on the other side. These are the migrants who are moving to T&T under the bondage of Venezuelan organised crime: The Sindicatos. In bondage they sell their bodies, they are sold to males, they sell children, child prostitution both males and females. The sindicatos hire them out for labour sexual and others, house them in houses the front men of the sindicatos rent, collect the proceeds of their labour or their sale. The sindicatos traffic and import the ganja that Venezuelans are now growing by the tonnes as a clone war survival strategy which has impacted T&T’s ganja wars. And this Venezuelan ganja is sold up the islands. The sindicatos are then moving to exert hegemony over the recent arrivals from Venezuela and there is no opposition from within the group to resist this grab for power. Whilst the media vomits the propaganda all the signs of organised crime controlling the movement of people from Venezuela is apparent. Migrants without their cedula upon arrival in T&T claiming refugee status an old play learned from the coyotes of the MTTOs used by migrants entering Mexico and Europe. How can you survive in the Venezuela we have experienced without your cedula? You are coming in by boat loads under the control of a minder who deals with Customs and Immigration then with clearance you leave in vehicles sent to pick you up and transport you to the houses of the sindicatos. All so portrayed politically by the media failing to understand that this is an entire Sindicato human smuggling operation with organised crime links to Venezuela and T&T. Where state agencies on both sides of the border are compromised which is posing a clear and present danger to the public safety of T&T. The T&T police raid a house loaded with Venezuelans and a number of handguns are found and the media goes into its gun running routine not wanting to understand that these were the tools of trade of some of those in the house as there must be security and control over the inmates of those housed in a number of houses. The ganja, the human stock in trade, the currency, the fuel, the food, the medicines and the cocaine must be protected. Soon the killings will accelerate and spread impacting the recently arrived Venezuelans and the social order of T&T. More bloodletting in a land already stained with blood.
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Two decades have passed since 1997 and “Cocaine and the Economy of Crime in Trinidad and Tobago” was published. In 1997 I was young, dumb and broke two decades later I am old, dumb and broke such is the life. In 1997 I was describing a bold attempt to turn T&T into the foremost export point for cocaine in the Southern Caribbean basin. A project adopted and launched by elements of the 1% in conjunction with politicians and public servants which failed. Simply because the Valle Norte cartel focused on the Dominican Republic, Haiti and Puerto Rico leaving T&T in the cold. A most powerful lesson as you are trafficking product you don’t own and control and you will be given up to the USA and the British when its strategically important to the owner. The string of interdictions and the nonchalance of Valle Norte simply killed the project but this project changed T&T forever. The first phase of the new gangland of T&T emerged from this project now we are in the third phase. And the killings have never ceased to date! Since 1997 the trade has had stages of further evolution but the response of the politicians and the public servants remain the same old failed formula. Is this lunacy?
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On March 13, 2018 this Cessna 210 aircraft was interdicted in a privately owned rice paddy field in Saramacca, Suriname in the same area where the semi-submersible was seized. On the aircraft some 488.6 kilos of cocaine were seized and 7 persons were arrested 5 Surinamese and 2 foreigners who are all yet to appear in court. The aircraft was reportedly stolen in Brazil. As with the case of the semi-submersible the government is silent on this seizure. This seizure is further evidence that Saramacca is integrated into the multi modal trafficking transition zone encompassing Venezuela, Guyana, Suriname, French Guiana and Brazil. Constituting the largest cocaine trafficking hub ever constructed on the northern coast of South America since the days of Pablo, Carlos and Louis Rodriguez. This is another powerful instance and exposition of Pax Mexicana!
These are two photos of the semi-submersible seized at Saramacca in Suriname’s north coast in the first week of March 2018 supposedly which borders the Waini region of Guyana where a semi-submersible was interdicted. The count presently is now two semi-submersibles interdicted on the north coast of Guyana and Suriname. This illustrates that there is a fleet of semi-submersibles working the pipeline to Brazil and the Eastern Caribbean Trafficking Pipeline (ECTP). There is a thick veil of silence that has been placed over information in the public domain in Suriname with relevance to the semi-submersible. What has been made public is the arrest and arraignment of 8 persons supposedly connected to the operation of the semi-submersible 7 Colombians and 1 Cuban. The member of the Surinamese parliament who placed a photo of the semi-submersible on her facebook page exposing the matter has been publicly blamed for destroying the sting operation underway to dismantle the drug trafficking operation. Supposedly a foreign entity informed the government of the activities of the semi-submersible and the Bouterse government went in to full co-operation mode with the foreign agency same say it’s the DEA. The photo shows an operational craft designed to carry a large payload at minimum 5,000 kilos to a maximum of 10,000 kilos of cocaine operating in the Southern Caribbean basin, its margins with the Atlantic ocean and the Caribbean Sea upwards to the Northern Caribbean islands. The small creek the semi-submersible was found in is clearly not the desired anchor point for the craft given its dimensions, depth and the fact that it varies with the tidal flow. In addition it’s totally exposed to observation which indicates that it pulled into the creek as a result of mechanical problems or some other reason. The reality is the region is a soft target for this operation from the southern margins all the way up the eastern Caribbean island chain and this is now drawing Brazil into a military posture for the southern margins of the Caribbean sea seen in their dance with Guyana as is the case with the French given their position in French Guiana as product floods French Guiana on its way to France. Pax Mexicana!
This week news media pushed the report that Admiral Tidd of SOUTHCOM stated that there were 100 and more IS active assets in T&T. The first question was why Adm. Tidd would reveal in public such operational information in light of the SOUTHCOM article in Dialogo on the Carnival 2018 threat? Naturally, I was awaiting the regular post of such press conferences by Adm. Tidd on the SOUTHCOM website and lo and behold fake news again in the tradition of that “famous” Saturday Guardian article. This is what Adm. Tidd actually said on T&T in the press briefing. Click the link for the transcript and the video.
“Q: OK, General (sic), Hans Nichols with NBC News.
At the top, you talked a lot about extremists and ISIS. Just wondering what sort of evidence you have that either ISIS cells or networks are in your AOR.
ADM. TIDD: I think I would just point to a couple of the foreign fighters that have been very vocal in the past, speaking in English language in the — in the ISIS fight in Syria, that originated in Trinidad and Tobago.
We know they came. We know that the government of Trinidad has spoken of 100 or so that — foreign fighters that have gone to that particular fight. So that’s — I guess that would be the — probably the best indicator that, yes, in fact, there are individuals who have been radicalized, who this pernicious method — message is — has taken root.
And so it’s one that is of concern to the government of Trinidad and Tobago. They’ve — they have focused on it. And so I think it’s a — it’s an area that we all have to take into consideration.”
The Position of US SOUTHCOM on the Carnival 2018 Threat in T&T
US Southern Command in its digital magazine DIALOGO an article titled: “ISIS Terrorist Attack on Carnival in Trinidad and Tobago Foiled” dated February 26, 2018 a carefully constructed discourse was unleashed which gave the Southcom version of this reality using quotations from T&T officials to support their position. Southcom states that the T&T agencies were the actors on the ground in the operation but the US played a vital role without which the success of the entire operation would have been in doubt. This is the Southcom version: the US uncovered a group of persons planning to attack the US Embassy in Port of Spain. The US Federal Bureau of Investigations (FBI) alerted the T&T agencies to the threat to the US Embassy. In December 2017 the US agencies, the TTPS and the T&T military “put a monitoring task in motion”. This monitoring task uncovered the link to ISIS and the intention to attack the Carnival. For weeks at a time various people were kept track of in the districts of El Socorro, Laventille, Enterprise and Bamboo Settlement. Five mosques in El Socorro, Munroe Road, Sangre Grande, Bamboo and Laventille were searched for explosives. The article states: “Carnival ended without incident on February 13th, but the event represented a major surveillance and control operation.”
The Southcom discourse reveals nothing further on the plan to attack the US Embassy. The plan to attack the Embassy which according to Southcom triggered the need for US engagement with T&T for “a major surveillance and control operation” is silenced in the discourse becoming an operation to thwart an IS attack on Carnival 2018. The major lesson of the article is the description “a major surveillance and control operation” simply put the IS cell was not dismantled, its assets are still in place. Does this mean that the threat to the US Embassy remains and is now palpable after the “surveillance and control operation”? If yes, the US agencies must act to dismantle the IS cell in T&T as an attack on the US Embassy is an attack on US interests in T&T. To speak of attacking US interests in T&T and to act to attain the end in conjunction with other persons constitutes conspiracy to commit a terrorist act against the USA under US anti-terrorist law which applies to an attack on US interests in T&T. What is sent via encrypted digital means via social media platforms etc. constitutes conspiracy. The Southcom article states that since December 2017 the surveillance operation was in motion following which was the control action which commenced before Carnival Monday and Tuesday. One must then expect that the US operation is on-going and the move to dismantle can very well encompass a stint at Guantanamo Bay in orange jump suits.