November 17, 2010

Caricom's interest in 'spy politics'

By Rickey Singh

IF THE problem were not as nationally and regionally challenging, the news item could have been dismissed with as perhaps an error, or a joke.
However, some quick checking yesterday with the Caribbean Community Secretariat in Georgetown and Caricom's Implementation Agency for Crime and Security (IMPACS), made it abundantly clear that it was neither an error nor a laughing matter.
Indeed, with the dust yet to settle on the political storm that blew across T&T last Friday in the form of a parliamentary exposure about very extensive and intrusive spying activities operated by the previous government of ex-prime minister Patrick Manning, there came a surprising press release this past Monday from the Community Secretariat.
It announced the holding of a five-day training workshop — which is currently occurring in Port of Spain until Friday (November 19) — and involves 20 immigration officers from 11 Caricom countries, in addition to seven law enforcement officers from the Special Anti-Crime Unit of Trinidad and Tobago (SAUTT).

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