The Muslims’ of Trinidad & Tobago Response to the action of Brenton Tarrant

The Mass Murderer Brenton Tarrant and his impact on the Ummah of T&T

The white supremacist militant Brenton Tarrant attacked Muslims at Jumaah prayers at two Masjids in Christchurch, New Zealand on 15 March 2019 in an attack of mass murder against the “invaders of white lands.” Sections of the Ummah of T&T immediately responded by insisting that such an arrack on Muslims can take place in T&T. But where are the white supremacists in T&T armed to the teeth to carry out such an attack? The first play on the attack was then pointing fingers at white supremacists but from where? T&T or imported? Then the public discourse changed to that of the threat emanating from the so-called war between the T&T gangland groups Muslim gang and Rasta City. The discourse of the threat stated in public points to the possibility of elements from Rasta City putting down a copy- cat of Tarrant’s Christchurch attack in T&T. Apparently the pressure being felt by the public articulators of this possible threat scenario since the Carnival 2018 arrests arising from the alleged terrorist threat to Carnival that year has resulted in the discourse of a specific type of T&T Muslims now insisting that they are victims. And in their quest for political impact through the constant claim of victimhood they have now pointed the finger at a specific group of predominantly African males as possible perpetrators of mass murder against them. Will all leaders of the so-called Muslim gang be at the same Masjid for Jumaah prayers to facilitate this mass murder? For Muslims outside of the life with no connection to the life are of no significance to the wars for dominance in gangland. Do we have masjids in T&T holding a tonne of ganja, or a case of AR-15 rifles with cases of ammunition or three dozen kilo bricks of blow, H or X or all of the above? If yes, then that makes them a prime target for all of gangland especially Muslim gang for this is the only viable reason for gangland to attack as this means you are in the life and what you have is open season on. Earning, profit, wealth generation drives gangland nothing else. If you have nothing that is valuable in the life what is the profit in repeating the Tarrant action in T&T when you are in the life? I suggest that in your political game of victimhood stay out of gangland T&T business. Before you play political games with gangland T&T first understand the life! The most potent threat to the Ummah of T&T presently does not emanate from gangland T&T but from within the Ummah specifically those who pledged bay’at to Islamic State but are unable to undertake Hijrah and are now beached in T&T, castaways of Islamic State in T&T. But in their loyalty to the Khalifah have decided to act on the dictates of Islamic State specifically the Fatwa of Takfir pronounced on all the Muslim organisations of T&T by Islamic State. Don’t cry wolf in your political games with the Kaffirun when the grave threat emanates from within the Ummah itself. Don’t point at Brenton Tarrant, point at yourself first!

To read my deconstruction of Brenton Tarrant’s discourse of white supremacist hate and the special place he affords Muslims in it click the link–Deconstructed

31 March 2019

The short bios most with photographs of victims of Brenton Tarrant’s white supremacist mass murder in Christchurch, New Zealand have been released. This enables scrutiny to determine how many “traitors” he targeted in both attacks in light of his special emphasis on the imperative to kill race traitors. In the course of this search the fact that he also murdered the most hated person in the cosmology of the white supremacist: The Miscegenated was uncovered. The single victim of the mass murder event that fits Tarrant’s definition of the traitor was a white woman who had embraced Islam in New Zealand and paid with her life for doing this simple act of self-determination. The Miscegenated person, Tarrant’s victim, the product of race mixing was also Muslim which was an affront and the most potent threat to white supremacist discourse expressed in human form, the Devil incarnate. You race mix with a non-white woman and the product of this mongrelisation of the supreme race then adopts Islam. This Miscegenated is the living expression of the most potent threat to the European in their white lands posed by the Muslim invaders. This threat demands the Final Solution! This is the story of my life as I am ever alert in my expectation of the Final Solution. Tarrant murdered a white woman who embraced Islam thereby constituting her an enemy of her race and a young Miscegenated male who embraced the Din of his non-white mother. Such is the nature of Hate as an instrument of Power!



Chinese Transnational Organised Crime or Bottom Feeders in Trinidad and Tobago

March 4, 2019

Chinese Transnational Organised Crime Groups in T&T

On February 5, 2019 the public relations machine of the State and the adoring corporate media bombarded Trinidad & Tobago (T&T) with news of 19 Spanish speaking girls presumed to be Venezuelans being freed from captivity as sex slaves at locations in Westmoorings and Woodbrook. We were told that eighteen persons were arrested in this operation which included six Chinese nationals and four Venezuelan men. To-date two supposedly Chinese nationals have been charged with offences under the Gambling and Betting Act not one of the 18 arrested have been charged with human trafficking and sixteen remain under arrest with no charges laid period. Apparently arrest without being charged for a considerable of time is standard operating procedure.

In order to understand what went down on February 5, 2019 you must understand the operational procedures of the transnational organised crime groups (TOCG) that dominate human smuggling in the Caribbean, Central and South America namely the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs) and their affiliates from China in this region, the Fujian transnational organised crime groups (FTOCGs) and the Triads from Hong Kong, Taiwan and the rest of South-East Asia termed Chinese Transnational organised Crime Groups (CTOCGs). Every single operational reality of the February 5 operation revealed in the public domain to-date breaks every operational procedure that governs the operation of these groups in this region. The operation dismantled in T&T was not that of the hegemonic TOCGs of this region and their operations in T&T continue unhindered and untouched. The dime was dropped on a renegade operation of Venezuelans and Asians who were not sanctioned, they were not paying their dues and they were posing a threat to sanctioned operations by their sloppiness, haphazard and stupid modus operandi. What is apparent is that the source of supply of Venezuelan women was Venezuelan organised crime in T&T and Venezuela, (namely the Sindicatos) where a variety of methods were utilised to secure supply. These comprise of: the sale of smuggling services to Venezuelan families where the full premium package sold involved the promise of legal entry into T&T, employment and long term earning potential. Another package was you paid to be smuggled into T&T and was guaranteed employment as a sex worker. Another was you paid to be smuggled and upon arriving in T&T you were told you owed additional money which you pay off by sex work. And in T&T, Venezuelan organised crime simply picked up select targets who were here illegally or legally. They then passed these Venezuelan women to the Asian operators who housed them and ran the sex slave operations. The most valuable prize with young women is the hymen intact sex slave where the hymen is sold to the highest bidder thereafter the value of the sex worker falls with each trick turned. The turnover rate is very high and there is a surplus of Hispanic women available in the sex trade of the Caribbean and Latin America. The market value of Hispanic women in sex work in the Western hemisphere simply does not merit the involvement of transnational organised crime but Chinese women well that is another story. Nor the risk to kidnap such women when there is an overabundance of them willing to pay to be smuggled in order to turn tricks. The demand for services to be smuggled in order to turn tricks outstrips supply in Central and South America and the Caribbean.

The business model then does not match Mexican and Chinese transnational organised crime in the Caribbean, Central and South America. What has to be determined is if the Asians are in fact bona fide Chinese nationals, for they can be ethnic Chinese from South-East Asia as Vietnam, Singapore and Thailand to name a few who followed the entry of the Chinese construction companies into T&T. If so, they are the bottom feeders of Asian organised crime in T&T and are willing to do anything to earn. If nationals of China then they are not members of the FTOCGs who are very powerful and active throughout the Western Hemisphere for they do not show the discipline, ruthlessness and methodology of the FTOCGs. The same applies to the Triads. These are then opportunistic criminals from China why by their actions are devoid of links to the power players of this region and lack key crucial resources and discipline which constitute the threat they pose to the stealth operations of CTOGS in T&T which have not been exposed publicly much less interdicted since the arrival of the Triads in the late 19th century. The Snake Head of T&T has then powerful reasons to drop the dime on this operation and with the dime dropped the message to those arrested is silence.

In the human smuggling game, players always want you to pay to be smuggled which makes you a willing accomplice to a criminal act. You don’t complain during the journey, you are very compliant and obedient which is essential when crossing illicitly a series of international borders. That is why the coyotes and the Fujianese smugglers have an aversion to transporting kidnapped persons, this is the trademark of a low level hustler gang seeking only to rob, kill and maim their cargo which is bad for the business. All smugglers drill it into their clients that if caught you must have no personal ID on you and insist that you are a victim of traffickers who forced you against your will but never testify in court for they know your family and where you are. And almost always those who say they are victims never ask to be returned to their country of origin for they did everything to leave and by pleading victimisation they hope to be allowed to stay where they were interdicted. This is because if you admit you were willingly smuggled you face jail but if you say you were trafficked then you are a victim and the T&T State simply does not have the means to prove otherwise and don’t want to because they are scoring brownie points by interdicting human traffickers. Transnational organised crime works us like salts.

FTOCGs and CTOGs are all affiliated to the MTTOs as the MTTOs command the approaches to the US and Canada for human smuggling through the US-Mexico border and from the US territories in the Caribbean namely the US Virgin Islands and Puerto Rico. The FTOGs and the CTOGs move smuggled humans i.e. Chinese to Central and South America then to Mexico for the crossing. They also supply drug precursors for the manufacture of synthetic drugs as meth and fentanyl, heroin and cocaine, fake goods, counterfeit goods, synthetic drugs, electronic goods both consumer and industrial to the MTTOs and arms. In an outward flow to China and Asia the CTOGs traffick cocaine and rare and exotic animals and their body parts many are endangered and critically endangered as Jaguar body parts and skins, turtles their eggs and young turtles, birds and fish swim bladders and highly prized endangered logwood as rosewood, crude oil, gold, diamonds and coltan.  This trade in animals and logwood is more valuable than the drug trade. These groups now dominate the trade in Chinese women for the sex trade. The scale and expanse of trafficking operations of the CTOGs in Central America, South America and the Caribbean indicate that the T&T operation exposed in February 2019 is the work of bottom feeders.

In T&T the CTOGs have worked their dominant model of human smuggling since the early 20th century and it remains intact where Chinese move into T&T with the proper immigration approvals bought by the organisation. The persons brought in are bonded to front businesses owned by the CTOGs or under the dominion of the CTOGs where these persons work until such time that the move on to the next stage of their journey to the USA or Canada. The openly illicit side of the business is never mixed with the licit face so you don’t run sex houses using your smuggling repositories for your Chinese clients. The sex houses they run are exclusive operations catering for those who can afford their desire for Asian women especially Chinese women. Whereas the bottom feeders are smuggling in Asians not paying their dues to the agents of the State for legal documentation to enter, to reside and work, then placing this illicit labour as bonded labour in their licit front businesses where the illicit businesses of gambling, the sex trade and the holding of sex slaves are all housed. This business model demands huge injections of impunity purchased from State agents who eventually end up as silent partners which increases the vulnerability of this business model and the fall out generated from its operation including violence. This is a grave threat to a CTOCGs business model that has been in sustainable operation in Trinidad for close to 100 years, the violence that results, has already broken out commencing with the assassination of the Dragon’s Tail of T&T and it continues.

It is entertaining to watch the gymnastics of the local corporate media who always toed the western media line of opposition to Chavez and now Maduro as they skirt the pressing issue of Venezuelan organised crime cells in T&T amongst the “victims of socialism” calling the shots. The Sindicatos in T&T now present a clear and present danger to all of us and T&T as they exert real power over, especially the recently arrived Venezuelan group in T&T both legal and illegal. The interdiction of February 5, 2019 proves this and it is only a matter of time the activity of the Sindicatos will spur an intensification of the turf wars in T&T’s gangland as has already happened in isolated areas.

All Chinese simply don’t look alike to me as I can clearly discern my maternal grandfather Chin Min Lun from Minister Young as is the difference between spoken Cantonese, Fujian dialect and Mandarin such is the benefit of being mixed.

17 March 2019

The Newsday newspaper of 15 March 2019 reported that a Chinese national who grew up in Guyana and a Venezuelan female were charged under the Sexual Offences Act for running a brothel and assisting in running a brothel. No one is to-date charged with human trafficking thereby falsifying the grand media talk on the day of the bust. The methodology of the Chinese male was most sloppy as it is alleged he was running a brothel out of a house that he leased from its owner in his  name. Simply not up to par for CTNOC except he was the fall guy for the Snake Head. The source of the women to work in the sex trade remains intact and is chugging along and the next stage is witnesses to testify which will definitely indicate the nature of the operation. Again bottom feeders put in their place whilst the players operate with impunity.

Frantz Fanon for the 21st Century Volume 2 Published

“Frantz Fanon for the 21st Century Volume 2 Frantz Fanon’s Discourse of Decolonisation and Violence, the Nature of Power and Power Relations of Neo-Colonial African States” is now published online as an e-book and available on Google Play. This is a deconstruction of Fanon’s final book “The Wretched of the Earth” and his political writings on Africa published posthumously titled “Towards the African Revolution.” This deconstruction places Fanon’s position on violence and decolonisation in the context of Fanon’s discourse revealing the logic of his position. Fanon’s analysis of neo-colonial domination and power is exposed to reveal his insinuation of the existence of a colonial/neo-colonial continuum which exposes the  need to unravel the enslavement/colonial domination continuum which I am presently writing.

Maduro, Guaido, USA and the FANB: The Unspoken Power Broker of Venezuela Today

The Power Broker of Venezuela: The Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs)

The model presently being utilised in Venezuela by the US deep state is the Chilean 1973 model where you utilise street protests and all other measures to cripple the economy and then apply the coup de grace with a coup d’état of the armed forces. In Venezuela presently Maduro and his kleptocracy mafia and the Boligarchs have done everything in their power to loot and destroy the economy so there is simply nothing left to destroy. You have public transport buses without tyres and telephones in homes without copper cable connecting them to the exchanges. Whilst there is no opposition to Maduro you have oppositions perpetually fighting amongst themselves and never bothering to present to the electorate an alternative discourse to Maduro’s for they have none. They have long walked away from elections because of their public displays of crab in a barrel syndrome choosing instead to call on America to solve their problem for them thereby ignoring the electorate and the constitution. There is only one common aim that binds all the disparate oppositions together and that is seizure of power through a US made coup and immediately set about the task of re-creating the power of the blanco oligarchy of the Punto Fijo politics of Venezuela crippled by Chavez and his politics. They then intend to write on the present political landscape of Venezuela a return to racist apartheid rooted in austere neo-liberal neo-colonial capitalism thereby marking all the living products of the Chavez Experiment with literal, physical death. Guaido is just a face, an Afro-Mestizo face deliberately chosen as the mask for the blanco oligarchy and their US overlords calling the shots. The fact that that face had to be chosen for this political action at this time illustrates the power of Chavez today in spite of his death.

Maduro and his cohorts have since Chavez’s death potently signalled that they are willing and capable of dismantling the Chavez platform replacing it with crony neo-liberal state kleptocracy capitalism to the benefit of the Boligarchs and the detriment of the masses. There is then no fundamental difference between Maduroismo and anti-Chavismo on the ground in the daily management of the Venezuelan state, the structure of the social order and the power relations between the masses and the State. Under Maduroismo, Chavismo is now a memory and no one in the oppositions has publicly articulated the plan to dismantle Chavismo that matches the record of Maduroismo in erasing Chavismo on the ground in Venezuela. Why then in the face of a blatant incompetent oppositions who can only generate a civil war in Venezuela the US political elite refuses to make the deal that Maduroismo has worked so hard to attain?  Explaining this refusal of the US swamp is like explaining the sustainable hyperinflation in Venezuela that baffles wester neo-liberal economic theorising to this day. They simply don’t have the mental furniture to see the deal and make the deal for all they can see is the expression of US power regardless of the blowback on the US thereafter. You call it white supremacist absolutism.

The Afro-Mestizo Guaido has no option but to call and work for the FANB seizing power by a coup making promises he hopes will be backed up by the US as he apparently does not read US history of its imperial interventions. Maduroismo has no choice but to call for and to make promises to avert a coup but with the track record of Maduroismo in keeping promises such as the pernil and the ham for Christmas 2018, the living wage, medicines and electricity it is obvious that Guaido and Maduroismo are in fact the expression of a political reality in Venezuela where they are supposedly mortal political enemies but all with the same identity: corrupt, vassals to the west, anti-masses, elitist and most importantly vassals of the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOS). Which means that whatever the outcome in the war of the clones the MTTOs win and are in charge.

In February 2004 the MTTOs through their Colombian and Haitian affiliates executed the overthrow of the presidency of Jean-Bertrand Aristide of Haiti using the instrument of a drug funded and manned militia headed by their minions in Haiti. In the aftermath of this political action in 2004 to 2019 every single aspect of Haitian life has been criminalised making the most potent criminal state in the Caribbean basin today. One indicator of this reality is the growing power Haitian organised crime is exerting on the ground in the Dominican Republic as no longer are Haitians vassals of Dominican organised crime groups. In the DR, Haitian organised crime controls the ganja trade such is their power today which flows from the post 2004 reality. Presently Venezuelan trafficking is dominated by the MTTOs and their affiliates and deep links exist between the politicians, state officials, the oligarchs, the Guardia Nacional and the FANB. Guaido has to literally seek the permission of the MTTOs to literally persuade the FANB to do the coup on Maduroismo. Will the US deep state be part of these negotiations? Maduroismo already dancing with the MTTOs must stave off this bid by deepening the ties with the MTTOs and tackling the issues that are hindrances to effective trafficking as: greedy officials, an unreliable supply of quality fuel and the degradation of the infrastructure necessary to effective trafficking. Whoever captures the state is then the captive of the Washington swamp and the MTTOs but Washington is absent of the ground whilst the MTTOs and their affiliates are on the ground and constitute daily reality for hundreds of thousands of Venezuelans as was the case with Haiti. In the aftermath of any action, coup, counter coup and civil war the MTTOs will criminalise the daily life of Venezuelans first of the urban ranchos which will form the basis of the destabilisation of the neighbours of Venezuela and the Caribbean island chain bringing the blowback to the soft under belly of the US.

The signs of the process of the bid to exert power over spaces towards hegemony and criminalisation is already apparent in the ranchos of west Caracas as Petare and Catia. In the swath of ranchos across the hills of wester Caracas where the armed gangs who have been engaged in a protracted battle with Maduroismo’s instruments of power as FAES for control of these ranchos are now utilising political protest as the new means to seize control of these spaces. The media of both sides of the same coin simply cannot see nor admit that the gang protests are a battle for gang control of space towards the criminalisation of this space. The gangs intend to be the power brokers of these spaces where either side of the supposed political divide will have to dance with them if they intend to wield state power.  There are also indications that the process is well advanced in the Venezuelan states that border with Colombia where the criminalisation of spaces now impacts electoral and other political behaviour. The Zulia, Táchira and Barinas model is now being applied to Caracas. The clone wars will then accelerate the process for the transformation of Venezuela into a clone of the Mexican model sitting on the north shore of the Caribbean basin with T&T just across a very small pond and the island chain so very close. Recognizing Guaido or Maduro is simply childish propaganda attempting to mask the complexity of a geo-political reality that cannot be reduced to slogans which has the explosive capacity to make our lives in this region even more violently difficult. I wonder what deal the art of the deal would make outside of the swamp?

Learn the Lesson from the US Trial of El Chapo Guzman

The Potent, Primary Lesson for the Caribbean from the Trial of El Chapo Guzman

In the trial of El Chapo Guzman presently ongoing in the Federal Court of Brooklyn, New York, USA the US Department of Justice (DoJ) produced Chupeta who testified against El Chapo. Chupeta was the face of the El Valle Norte Cartel that dominated the Colombian cocaine trade from the decade of the 1990s to the first decade of the 21st century following the collapse of the Medellin Federation and the Rodriguez Orejuela organisation. The Valle Norte Cartel brought a new business model to the cocaine trade 180 degrees distinctly different and apart from the model of Pablo and the Orejuela brothers as they were willing to sell kilo bricks to persons for cash at the wholesale level leaving the trafficking task to the purchaser or passing them on to trafficking outfits the cartel controlled where they were paid in cash or kind to traffic the kilos bricks to the US and Europe. Chupeta and his new business model unleashed a tsunami of cocaine trafficking in the decade of the 1990s that changed trafficking in Mexico and the Caribbean Basin. In the Caribbean island chain from the decade of the 1990s Chupeta’s business model gave birth to the super rich traffickers of the Caribbean who are citizens of Caribbean island states, live in the Caribbean and now dominate the oligarchies of these Caribbean island states. In 2007 the US got its hands on Chupeta and he has been locked away from the public gaze for 12 years until he appeared in the Federal Courtroom in Brooklyn to put down the wuk on El Chapo one of the oligarchs he created who then took it upon himself to use his allies in the Mexican state to make him the Don of Mexico and see where it got him. Chupeta has the goods on the Caribbean oligarchs and he can do the same job on them that he did to El Chapo. All it takes is the will of the US deep state to make a deal with Chupeta in return for his testimony to the grand jury and in the trial. I wonder if they haven’t already made the deal with Chupeta? Then the extradition warrants arrive for 2 or 3 traffickers from a Caribbean island nation targeted by the deep state for various reasons which all circulate around the projection of US power to protect US interests. This has to be a calculated move for such extradition requests will destroy the legitimacy of the state especially its political order already in tatters for the legitimacy so long questioned by the poor masses of the decent and respectable elite will be destroyed. But deep state actors have in the past warned of the blow that is about to be delivered and the potential expanse of its kill zone in order to enable face saving compliance or servility with plausible denial. There is no reason to think that such a tactic will not be deployed. What must be noted in the terrain of this operational action is the possibility of strategic action in this threat horizon by the Mexican Transnational Trafficking Organisations (MTTOs). The MTTOs have discarded the Chupeta model by laying down an intensely policed and disciplined Pablo model under which there is no need for the Caribbean oligarchic traffickers. The MTTOs have a policy of dropping dimes on traffickers they intend to get rid of to the US agencies, as exemplified by what happened and is happening in Guatemala and Honduras. Maybe at this juncture dimes will begin dropping as this is a very cost effective way to purge an illicit order that is now marked for extinction/death. Only time will tell.


Murder in Trinidad and Tobago 2018-pushing the Bolsonaro effect

Murder in T&T 2018-what the statistics illustrate and do not illustrate

According to the statistics published in the daily printed media from the Trinidad and Tobago Police Service (TTPS) there were 516 murders in 2018 some 21 more than in 2017 (495). The murder toll for 2018 is the second highest murder toll ever with 2008 at No.1 with 550 murders. When the monthly murder toll for 2017 and 2018 is compared it is apparent that the flow of killing in 2018 was different to that of 2017 on a monthly basis.

The changed nature of the monthly murder toll for 2018 is revealed by examining the top five murdering months of 2017 and 2018 respectively. In 2017 the top five months were: January, 52 murders, May, 49 murders, December, 49 murders, September, 48 murders and August, 43 murders for a total of 241 murders (48.68% of total murders in 2017). In 2018 the top five months were: January, 60 murders, May, 60 murders, November, 47 murders, July, 46 murders and June, 44 murders for a total of 257 murders (49.80% of total murders in 2018). The murder toll of the top five months of 2018 exceeded that of 2017 by 16 murders whilst the grand total of murders for 2018 over that of 2017 was 21 murders. When the top five months of 2017-18 are compared a change in the flow of killings in 2018 is clearly apparent where January and May remained the top two murder months (No. 1 and No.2 respectively) with the number of murders in 2018 in both months increasing appreciably in 2018. The third, fourth and fifth place months in 2018 all changed in 2018 compared to 2017 which potently illustrates the change in the terrain of crime in T&T in 2018 which generated the murder toll. In 2017 the third, fourth and fifth placed months were: December, 49 murders, September, 48 murders and August 43, murders for a total of 140 murders. In 2018 the third, fourth and fifth placed months were: November 47, July, 46 and June, 44 for a total of 137 murders or three murders less than 2017 which indicates the decline after August 2018. In 2017 after January and May the killing period ran roughly from August to December but in 2018 after the surge in killings in January and May the next phase was in June and July and then a spike in November which indicates that after the June to July surge the trend was now downwards until the surge in November and the decline thereafter which was not of the required volume to surpass the peak of 2017 in the period August to December. In the aftermath of the second wave of killings in June 2018 to July 2018 the trend was again in decline until the surge of November 2018 which disturbed the trend of decline. In spite of the fact that the new Commissioner of Police appointed in August 2018 inherited a murder trend of decline compared to 2017 there was a surge in November 2018 (47 in 2018 to 35 in 2017) under his watch which eclipsed the 2017 November total by 12 murders. A comparison of the top five murder months of 2018 with the murder toll of each of these month in 2017 potently illustrates the changed trend in 2018 compared to 2017 as follows: January 2018, 60 murders and January 2017, 52 murders, May 2018, 60 murders and May 2017, 49 murders, November 2018, 47 murders and November 2017, 35 murders, July 2018, 46 murders and July 2017, 30 murders and June 2018, 44 murders with June 2017, 33 murders. The obverse picture of the top five murdering months of 2017 compared to the murder toll for each month in 2018 is as follows: January 2017, 52 murders and January 2018, 60 murders, May 2017, 49 murders and May 2018, 60 murders, December 2017, 49 murders and December 2018, 34 murders, September 2017, 48 murders and September 2018, 37 murders and August 2017, 43 murders with August 2018, 41 murders. In 2018 the murder toll of January and May set the tone for the increase on a year to year basis but by August the escalating trend was now winding down appreciably until the trend exploded in November 2018 and then quickened its decline in December 2018. In 2017 after January and May there were peaks in September and December with the momentum increasing appreciably in August 2017.

This illustrates the reality that the terrain of crime set the tempo of killings in T&T in spite of who was the Commissioner of Police for the spike of November 2018 was on the watch of the newly appointed Commissioner of Police which appeared during a trend of decline that commenced in August 2018. To present the murder statistics aggregated on the basis of quarters of the year hides the spike of November 2018 in the overall trend of decline seen in September, October, December and August thereby generating faulty analysis for answers must be forth coming for this November 2018 surge in the midst of a trend of decline which falsifies the position articulated publicly that this was the product of the new leadership of the TTPS since August 2018. Clearly, the murder toll in 2018 was driven by realities in the terrain and landscape of crime not by the policies of the leader of the TTPS where the TTPS was in fact a passive responder to this crime reality not a pre-emptive agent of change.

For 2019 the questions are then legion. Will the months of January and May continue to be No.1 and No. 2 murder months of T&T? Will the third, fourth and fifth place murder months continue to be the new model of 2018, revert to that of 2017 or a whole new model of murdering months will emerge? What is clear is if the TTPS intends to impact the terrain/landscape of crime that is driving the murder toll per month it will have to rapidly move from search and seizure to dismantling organised crime groups in T&T which it presently has no track record of successfully doing on a sustainable basis. You search and seize the ganja in North Valsayn and Westmoorings but the organised crime group was not dismantled and is still in business simply a game of backs and forwards. This reality is perfectly illustrated by the movement of retail ganja prices for imported Kush in 2018. In the midst of the killing run from January to July the price of Kush was escalating eventually crossing 600 TTD per ounce in the period. But from August and thereafter when we had those “huge” ganja busts the retail prices started falling where in December Kush was now selling for 400 TTD per ounce. Seizures made then no difference to the supply side of the market in a market where demand outstrips supply by a factor of 3 to 1 conservatively as retail prices fell dramatically which indicates that the trafficking pipelines are pumping ganja into T&T and can afford the “spectacular busts” made. In other words, ganja like dirt to burn. Transnational organised crime has sent a most potent message with the appreciable drop in the price of Kush which is simply: “We run things.” We await the reply from the Commissioner of Police in 2019 on the ground! The public relations campaign of the Commissioner has provided a stark lesson for T&T as to the existence of a hierarchy of criminal action where those who simply don’t have the wherewithal to counter the surveillance assets of the State are grabbed with great fanfare and much press play but when faced with the apex criminals well trained, disciplined and capable of unleashing countervailing measures to blunt the surveillance assets of the State you simply stay away from these cases, far, far away and have others face the music. This strategy has plainly indicated to all of us the existence and potency of this criminal hierarchy in T&T which begs the question of what happens if a member of your family and/or you is/are grabbed by these apex criminals? Let the Bolsonaro effect release you from the clutches of this apex crew.

January 4, 2019

Policing in Trinidad and Tobago 2018

Policing in Trinidad and Tobago 2018

In 2018 the murder toll now stands at the second highest ever in the history of Trinidad and Tobago (T&T) second only to the toll of 2008. This is the result of a murder spiral that commenced in the fourth quarter of 2013 and has increased in tempo continuously to the new peak of 2018. Clearly in T&T we have a policing problem which is not being addressed by consecutive governments and the leadership of the TTPS. The present new leadership of the TTPS has to be assessed in light of the grave, fundamental operational deficiencies of the TTPS and what are they doing about it rather than through policing by PR measures for the glorification and validation of the maximum leader.

The Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse of the TTPS are: 1. The failure and collapse of the system of performance assessment which ensures a strategic, fair, just and speedy system of promotions vitally necessary to employee motivation and proper strategic succession planning. 2. The failure and collapse of the disciplinary system necessary under the industrial relations system of T&T for police officers are in fact workers with the legitimate expectation of natural justice. 3. The failure and collapse of the daily operational system of controls which is charged with the task of ensuring the discipline, the proper management of the resources and the proper functioning of the order of battle of the TTPS. 4. The existence and functional integrity of an order of corrupt practices and organised crime in the TTPS which operates with impunity and is openly challenging the licit order for power. The four horsemen are all organically linked, feed each other, drive each other and grow in potency from the terrain the others create and operate in. You tackle one and leave the others untouched is simply a waste of time which intensifies the terrain and makes it even more difficult to intervene thereafter. There must be four interventions simultaneously launched and prosecuted in order to create the operational space in the TTPS to reformulate and re-vision a new TTPS for the 21st century capable of operating effectively in the 21st century crime terrain of T&T.

The plaster on the sores method simply makes the four horsemen stronger and more intractable. All the Bolsanaro gun talk changes nothing and is not the change required for the tip toeing around the problem over the years resulted in the deep growth of the cancer. Likewise, there is no solution forthcoming from Giuliani just read his track record in Mexico and the reality of New York City is not T&T reality not by a long shot. We don’t need broken windows we need to overhaul the TTPS into a 21st century policing vehicle. We don’t need grasping at straws we need evidence based solutions to the four horsemen of the apocalypse informing decisive action driven by envisioned decisive leaders. Further plasters on the sores will simply evolve the situation to the tippling point where we will need a new normal based on limited states of emergency over most of the country. And we certainly don’t need the Bolsanaro effect in T&T a recipe for race war.