Trinidad’s Prime Minister Illegally Spies on Citizens, Opposition

November 22, 2008 at 5:06 am (news, Politics, Technology, Trinidad, Weird) (, , , , , , , )

TV6 has begun a multi-part series on the topic of spying in Trinidad. Here is what they’ve reported so far :

1) Prime Minister Patrick Manning used state agencies and state funds of over $60 million to funnel and smuggle Israeli spying equipment consisting of Carnivore-type software that harvests text messages, emails, phone calls, etc. of ALL citizens of the country.

2) He has been using this to persecute the opposition through an undisclosed, illegal “State security agency” as he is strategically releasing information on what he has “learnt” through his illegal spying on opposition senators when his party is criticized strongly by them.

3) The government has therefore no absolutely excuse for failing to control the increasing crime rate which includes an all-time high in murders for the year as with such spying equipment on hand, they should easily be aware and therefore able to counter the activities of criminals, druglords, etc. Its like losing at scrabble with a blind opponent when you have a dictionary and computer in front of you.

Appalling. $60 million dollars. Even if it were $1, the government of a democratic country has secretly and illegally bought something with tax payers money to spy on tax papers and suppress democracy.

I don’t really have any further comment on this. I am totally speechless, shocked, angry again and further disenchanted with the direction the country is going. The saddest part is idiots everywhere will most likely just say “hmph” or worse yet agree with this, or there may be some controversy over this for a week or so, then it will all die down, and life goes on, no MASS RESIGNATION of government officials as normal, civilized people of a normal, civil society would expect, absolutely nothing.

But, that’s that, i’m not about to get riled up now. Maybe in the future I’ll be able to come back and give more of my opinion on this, right now I need to sleep.

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The Honourable Patrick Manning

September 30, 2008 at 5:12 am (Misc, Politics, Trinidad) (, , , , , , )

Well in researching about the Minister of Finance, I realized the Parliament’s website is cool in terms of its graphics and layout of information. While idling there I couldn’t help but click on “Prime Minister” for kicks…there’s a short biography about Manning there, no surprise..but the ending paragraph to me was LOL-ass funny :

“Mr. Manning is married to Senator the Honourable Hazel Manning (current Minister of Local Government) and they have two sons – Brian and David.”

They seem to cutely suggest they got married while in Parliament as senators…if only it were that cute. The Undisputed Truth however is :

In 2001, Mr. Manning led his party’s campaign against nepotism as claimed to be exhibited by the now opposition party, the United National Congress (UNC). In an unbelievably hypocritical move, Manning promptly after winning the election appointed his wife of 29 years, Hazel Manning, as a Senator.

Believe or not that is the truth. Not to mention that Manning re-appointed her as Minister of Local Government in 2007. Demockcracy.

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