Top cop dismisses allegations of spy network as rumors

Carrette

Police Commissioner Cyril Carrette has shrugged off allegations of a spy network which has been snooping on the activities of several individuals in Dominica as rumors.

“The statements are not true and these are rumors,” Carrette said firmly.

Recently allegations surfaced that a spy network operating out of the Financial Center in Roseau has been eavesdropping on the actions of several individuals on the island.

But according to Carrette there is no such outfit but a police branch for collecting intelligence to fight crime. “Every police organization has an intelligence branch and our intelligence branch operates from the Financial Center, yes, but there is no spy operation of the Dominica Police force operating from the Financial Center,” he pointed out. “It is just a national joint intelligence unit for the National Joint Intelligence Center that collaborates with other similar agencies in the region but it is nothing like a spy agency.“

He added, “It has nothing to do with spying on people or listening to people’s conversation. We don’t want to listen to people’s conversation. What we want to do is to ensure that Dominica remains a safe place, so we collect all intelligence possible to deal with crime and criminals. That is what we are doing.”

The top cop did however say that the police gather information from meetings and other gatherings. “It happens in every administration. If there is a meeting we would have to collect information on the meetings, anything that is happening we have to collect information because we have to ensure that the country remains safe and nobody is planning any form of terrorist activities in the country,” he explained.

Carette pointed out the reason for this is to make sure everything is done within the confines of the law and if people try to defame others during these meetings the police have the requisite information to take to court.

He appealed to those describing the intelligent unit as a spy agency to stop doing so. “They are putting people in fear and this should not happen,” he said.

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109 Comments

  1. ...
    August 28, 2011

    The essential fact of the matter is:…That’s an answer to Tyani’s ultimatum…Technically…

    He, Tyani, gave them 24hrs.to respond to the allegations.And (without getting into the legal aspect of it), they had to, and they did respond…with a denial,as it may..albeit a response.

    The Commissioner of Police(being a stooge of the P.M.) was left with no choice,remember, Tyani is a lawyer,…and he is very smart. He crafted that cleverly and beautifully. He did not say what he would have done had they not responded.

    Do I believe the Commish?…Heck no!.His explanations of the whole episode,are not what is actually going on…anything but.
    He said what he was told to say…But the mere fact that he responded, is, in my humble opinion,acknowledgment and some truth to the allegations…..sadly….indeed…..

    So say what the heck you guys may, you have to score one for Tyani…..
    All the best to you….
    UPTOWN REBEL!!.

    • ...
      August 28, 2011

      Oops,Mr.Behanzin,please forgive me for incorrectly spelling your name…It’s “Tiyani”….Sorry…

  2. talented
    August 28, 2011

    i am sure lambert,ivor,honeychurch,maynard,rupert,lazarre,the exd prisoner officer believes the commissioner. lets hear from you stallwarts.oh i forgot the president

  3. Time will tell
    August 27, 2011

    My fellow Dominicans, did you listen to MARPIN 2K4 news, Friday August 26th.? Well the bad news is that the Chief of police, Cyril Carrette was bold enough to tell us that the investigator(s) have no evidence regarding the firebombing of Emanuel’s home and so no arrests. The tone was certainly not one of concern as police Chief that no evidence could be found in their investigations.

    The conclusion for many of us Dominicans is that the heinous crime of the attempted murder of two innocent senior citizens will not be solved. No CASE. Mano forget it. Patriotic Dominicans no justice will be done.

    The NJIC even with equipment to spy and gather information/intelligence overtly and covertly from citizens holding their private meetings, that investigation unit is incapable of getting the necessary evidence in that horrible terrorist style firebombing act.

    Not surprising also, Carrette confirmed that forensic assistance and/or an arson detective from the US was not forth coming either. Another nail in the coffin. Dominicans are asking genuinely, ” Is the Chief of Police, investigators and political authorities really showing the will to have that attempted murder solved? if not why? If the will is there why all the shinanigans, unwillingness to accept the statements of the person who confessed and to act quicker than what we are seeing in getting EG “aka” Seco back to Dominica? Wasn’t it the same Carrette who told us that police was looking for Seco to be interviewed as a person of interest in that criminal activity? will police just agree that Seco will return when he finish his business in the US?

    Is the NJIC interested in that kind of intelligence gathering, which they could share with the CID for solving such acts of terror and criminal activity in our peaceful Dominica?

    • dominican
      September 6, 2011

      if dominica and the us has extradition reaty why carrette not applying for this person to be extradited for investigations?

  4. natural Living
    August 27, 2011

    Does this team of Police also attend meetings of the DLP Mr Carrette?

  5. Justice and Truth
    August 26, 2011

    As many heads there are it is as many opinions there will be. I am sitting very calm reading and writing.
    It is interesting to read the comments, whatever I am able to read but I never thought that there were so many Police haters in Dominica. I hope not elsewhere.
    Your very own comments give you away.
    You do not realize that you are adding to and contributing to criminal activities with these type of comments, when there are shootings and murders you should not cry foul and want to kill the perpetrators and do not blame the government and the Police. I do not think you want what is good for Dominica and yourselves. I reiterate to live in peace and safety.
    I will hear and read more about the occurrences in Dominica and I will remember what you have written which is damaging/ harmful to Dominica’s society and to yourselves.

    • Cerberus
      August 27, 2011

      Justice and Truth (..very revealing you also start the second noun with a capital). Of course, most people want what is good for Dominica and therefore they won’t put up with second best. Isn’t it at all possible that their comments demonstrate this? I’m sure the majority are not police haters but would love to be proud of them! I can assure you that these sentiments are felt in the force itself.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 29, 2011

        @Cerberus

        What is second best and what do you perceive as second best?
        I am not one who settles for second best; I am not a mediocre person.
        Not only are some police haters but equally police bashers. I have read those comments not only on this article but others.
        When you have reasons to reprimand do so but consider that we are residing in a dangerous world of dangerous people and ever increasingly so.
        If the government decides to tap phone lines so as to protect you, other Dominicans and Dominica in general including visitors and those who invest in Dominica from terrorists and other criminals so be it.
        If you are a law-abiding Dominican amd love your country you and others critics would not oppose it. Be patriotic.

  6. August 26, 2011

    look !!!!!! more drama!!!

  7. vex
    August 26, 2011

    Dominican’s wake up befor it to later NOW IS time to get SKERRIT A CARETTE OUT OF THEM IMPORTANT CHAIR BEFOR IT’S TO LATE AM WARNING YOU ALL

  8. Born Free
    August 26, 2011

    So if this group is not spying on ordinary citizens, how helpful has it been in solving crime in Dominica? and why would Tony Astaphan be circulating evidence of obvious spying activity?

  9. ....................
    August 26, 2011

    It is frightening the extent to which law enforcement officers have been soaked, painted, tainted and submerged into the dirty political game of the ruling party…Crimes which are connitted in broad daylight will not be investigated unless you are singing the tune of the ruling party…Mr Carrette is this the legacy you are going to leave behind as commissioner of police? WHAT A COUNTRY !!!!

  10. pablo charles
    August 26, 2011

    carrette u damn lie im a cop also i already spoke with u about that u think if the police was spying on ppl call u think carette would tell the nation that

    • No Corner
      August 27, 2011

      you are right you are a cup.. they put piss and shit in you so that is what you contain… nuisance.

  11. August 26, 2011

    CARRETTE WHY DON’T YOU GET THE H*LL OUT OF THE POLICE FORCE EH!
    YOU TAKING US FOR FOOLS?
    oh but wait. we ARE fools… for sitting there and allowing this nonesense to happen in our country.

    EVERYTHING IN THIS ARTICLE SPEAKS TO SPYING.
    SHAMEFUL SHAMEFUL SHAMEFUL. OH…AND ELLIGAL

  12. August 26, 2011

    the worste police chief ever in the history of this country

    • No Corner
      August 27, 2011

      your mum said the same thing about you when you were born

  13. scammer
    August 26, 2011

    sadly the majority of dominicans are highly and degreed ignorant so any child talk sways them fully…

    sad to see a island who was doing so well back in the 90s with a buzz suddenly in the past decade citizens have become totaly foolish on all counts of sectors in the land..what a gross shame!!

    dominica has a virus of ignornacey at a flagship level…anything goes for the citizens..they easily fooled cunned smiled upon etc..wow! everything is a yes even if they recieve $5.00 for their monthly wages they will think its Gold they got!!

  14. GRANDBAY.
    August 26, 2011

    ALL DOMINICANS WHO KNOW WILL AGREE WITH ME THAT CARRETTE IS THE WEAKEST POLICE COMMISSIONER WE HAVE EVER HAD IN Da. HIS SPEECHES, MANNERISM, INTEGRITY, PROFESSIONALISM AND EVEN KNOWLEDGE OF THE ROLE THAT HE IS SUPPOSE TO PLAY IS IN SERIOUS DOUBT.
    THE PLOICE FORCE IS GOING THROUGHH A POLITICAL PURGE AND THIS HAS LEAD TO A MORAL BREAK-DOWN. SINCE WHEN DID WE HAVE A LAWYER TELLING POLICE OFFICERS WHICH CASES TO INVESTIGATE OR NOT TO??
    WHY DID HE HAVE RECORDS OF THE MEETINGS?? TOO MANY QUESTIONS AND NOT ENOUGH SERIOUS DOMINICANS TO TAKE ON THE CHALLENGES TO FIND OUT THE ANSWERS.THIS LAND IS YOUR LAND THIS LAND IS MY LAND.

    • August 26, 2011

      Yes I agree with you CARETTE as I have said before should have someone edit what he has to say to the Publice before going out there because every time this gentleman opens his mouth I am shaking as to what will come out I just dont understand why he believes that DOMINICANS are fools who does he believe he is we need a new Police Chief in that office and we need it now because our police department is a joke.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 27, 2011

        @ cocoa

        The word is “Public”. In future be careful you do not use the word “Pubic” as some people do. :lol: What happened to your punctuations? Are you not aware of punctuations? If you do use them.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2011

      @ Grandbay

      You including the other critics should vie for his position. Let us see how well you and the other critics will do.

  15. Anonymous
    August 26, 2011

    I feel sorry for my country,
    Democracy seems to be eroding rapidly.
    However,there is a Super Power. He gives man a chance to turn from their wicked ways and if they do not he knows how to deal with them.

    Dominica does not belong to Skerrir
    t and Tony.
    In due time the master will get them out,

    • only
      August 26, 2011

      The master is YOU.

    • DA man
      August 27, 2011

      yea i agree with you but remember god help those who help them self dominican have to do something about thoes dangerous thugs that distroying our beautiful peaceful island

  16. Truth and Justice
    August 26, 2011

    Carrette and his spy operation have this thing going on yet they could not and cannot come with the criminal who fire bomb the man’s house. If they really wanted to solve this crime I’m sure they would have gone into action from Xmas day. But alas we know what we are dealing with.If they are reporting to Tony how do we expect them to spy on the main suspect.

  17. Truth and Justice
    August 26, 2011

    No more phoen sex and text sex cause those SOB up on the 6 floor of the spy building might be getting their high on my phone sex and text sex. i wont be surprise if we hear that they are entertaining each other while snooping on our escapade.

  18. Truth and Justice
    August 26, 2011

    Why is the Carrette dude always always putting his foot in his mouth.Man as a Laborite I’d say that Carrette should have remain quiet and let the doubt hang. Now he just came out and confirm the creepiness of the spying operation.

  19. cold
    August 26, 2011

    its a spy agency he just suprised that our civilian spy agency is on to them so he trying to cover up and misslead us every way he can. what we would like to know is what are their methods of collecting intellegence data and if those methods are within the law.

  20. Nathaniel Peltier
    August 26, 2011

    Question is gathering information of Public or Private meetings?

  21. Not strange
    August 26, 2011

    Carrette was appointed as Police Chief by the DLP Govt. for a purpose. Dominicans are no fools. We have been hearing Carrette’s comments on several issues:
    — “no investigation into the illegal Rubbish Bin scandal any time soon,”
    — “the prosecutor was wrong to request that Bubbles return the unlicensed gun to the court.” Remember, that unlicensed gun was taken away from Bubbles as evidence in the intimidation case,”
    — “Denny ShillingFord’s confession contain irregularities,”
    — “EG aka SECO, is being sought by Police,” Remember. Didn’t SECO call police investigator, as he revealed on a TALK SHOW, and tell them of his whereabouts?
    — “Emanuel the victim of the firebombing is not cooperating with Police”
    — “help is being sought from the US for an arsonist, later corrected to an arson detective” Up till now NO STATUS REPORT.
    “the NIJC is not spying on individuals, but when there is a meeting we collect information”
    and several other comments that Dominicans are sceptical about.

    Why is the NJIC operating on the sixth Floor of the Financial Centre?
    Who is the NJIC reporting to?
    Why should any report of the NJIC be made available to Tony Astaphan?
    How JOINT is the NJIC when there are no other institutions making up that NJIC?
    Why is CUSTOMS, IMMIGRATION, for example not part of the NJIC?

    Would Carrette or GOVT. ever inform the Dominican public about the NJIC and what it is involved in, if the story did not come out from ordinary citizens?
    Is it legal to spy on private citizens who are not involved in criminal activities?
    Are the names of Dominicans on the list criminals?
    How much info has the NJIC obtained through its covert operations regarding the firebombing of Emanuel and the police officer homes that the CID has not been able to get? What is the standstill?

    How could Carrette, Skerritt and the DLP Govt. treat the people of Dominica like that?Dominicans here and abroad know that there is a CID Dept.,traffic Dept, an SSU etc. Dominicans know that information gathering is part of police work in trying to solve crimes. So if the NJIC is another Dept. set up to seek information in crime-solving, why was it a secret until the story was revealed?

    Was the Govt. and the police taken aback when Tony Astaphan disclosed info from an NJIC report? Why is Tony Astaphan allowed to continue with his irresponsible behaviour. Those with economic and political power, as history teaches us,have so captivated the minds of the oppressed, in a continued saga of MENTAL SLAVERY that it behoves the patriots of Dominica to consistently reveal the corruption and illegalities and evil deeds of those few who as though the country is their plantation with slaves around them.

    • dominican
      September 6, 2011

      so why is there not a charge against tony for interfering with police information and breaching confidetial information, not one sees it fit to put him before the court? not even the special branch. so if it was thze moblie man police would have picked him up for questioning.

  22. FORKIT
    August 26, 2011

    the cia does not spy on people onless the correct protocol is adhered to. because it does not make sense to put this equipment in any agent hand to be used at his rational. or else he could spy on the president for fun or his wife, co-workers,girlfriends. this is scary shit.

    a log must be keep electronically and phyically and the eavesdropping must be authorised by a superiour officer.

    • only
      August 26, 2011

      You are naive. They do whatever they want to and no one stops them or prosecutes them these days.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2011

      @ Forkit

      “Unless”, etc.

    • INTELLECTUAL GANGSTA
      August 28, 2011

      Yes,you are correct, somewhat. The Primary functions of the C.I.A. are:
      * Providing overall direction for and coordination of the collection of national intelligence outside the United States through human sources by elements of the Intelligence Community authorized to undertake such collection and, in coordination with other departments, agencies, or elements of the United States Government which are authorized to undertake such collection, ensuring that the most effective use is made of resources and that appropriate account is taken of the risks to the United States and those involved in such collection; and
      * Performing such other functions and duties related to intelligence affecting the national security as the President or the Director of National Intelligence may direct.

      The function of the Central Intelligence Agency is to assist the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in carrying out the responsibilities outlined above.

      To accomplish its mission, the CIA engages in research, development, and deployment of high-leverage technology for intelligence purposes. As a separate agency, CIA serves as an independent source of analysis on topics of concern and also works closely with the other organizations in the Intelligence Community to ensure that the intelligence consumer—whether Washington policymaker or battlefield commander—receives the best intelligence possible.

      As changing global realities have reordered the national security agenda, CIA has met these challenges by:

      * Creating special, multidisciplinary centers to address such high-priority issues such as nonproliferation, counter-terrorism, counterintelligence, international organized crime and narcotics trafficking, environment, and arms control intelligence.
      * Forging stronger partnerships between the several intelligence collection disciplines and all-source analysis.
      * Taking an active part in Intelligence Community analytical efforts and producing all-source analysis on the full range of topics that affect national security.
      * Contributing to the effectiveness of the overall Intelligence Community by managing services of common concern in imagery analysis and open-source collection and participating in partnerships with other intelligence agencies in the areas of research and development and technical collection.

      By emphasizing adaptability in its approach to intelligence collection, the CIA can tailor its support to key intelligence consumers and help them meet their needs as they face the issues of the post-Cold War World.

      All the best to you….
      The GANGSTA!!.

  23. Rolle
    August 26, 2011

    Another cr** press conference. When you have Carrette in high positions, then it is clear why our country is in the desperate situation that it is in today :(

  24. Tony
    August 26, 2011

    The Ploice Commissioner should not acknowledge that this unit exist but since he has. We now know that they are recording meetings to see if anyone is being defamed but deformation is a civil matter between the individuals involved. My concern is if the police is using this unit for political reasons because the Police Commissioner is a political appointee of the Prime Minister. Are there any laws which would restrict their ability to monitor political events. We must also find out how confidential documents from this unit was released to certain individuals in the media. The Police Commissioner should not be appointed by the PM rather there should be a panel which would pick the best qualified condidate and his tenure should over lapse the Prime Minister time in office. In that way the PC would not be a tool of the PM and he would be able to conduct an un-bias investigation into any matter. (Love Dominica from New York.)

  25. Mahaut Resident
    August 26, 2011

    Is there anyone honest enough among the “workers Cabal: who is prepared to go on record and agree that during the 4.5 years that the UWP was in office the Police Special Branch did not cover known public meetings of the opposition and indeed any other group for that matter? can they go on record and say such?

    Can Thomas Letang for example say that the Special Branch of the Police never came to the meetings of the PSU during the period 1995-2000 for purposes of information gathering as part of their intelligence work? Can former Prime Minister Eddison James go record and say that during his time on stage he disbanded the Special Branch of thepolice or gave strict orders that tyhey should not attend public meetings of the opposition?

    We have to admit that we al live in a very advanced world. teh manner of gatering information 25-30 years ago has changed with time and that new technology has been in use togather information? Whilst the privacy of individuals must be respected, there are those who have gone on the public record agitating for more “boots” on the ground and in another instance for Dominicans to do like the criminals who for four straight nights took over London and a number of Bristish Cities,burning and causing mayhem. Should the state ignore such real possibilities? Should not the state use every available measure to safeguard the sucrity and tranquility of the population? Thos who cry out the most against an upgraded police intelligence unit are those who are planning subterfuge and who are prepared to throw caution to the wind only to get Roosevelt Skerrit out of the way. The intelligence Unit must be given strict guidelines on operating procedures, how, why and when they can wire tap people’s telephones, who can do such and for how long etc. once the safeguards to protect an individual’s rights are observed thenthe state should continue gatehr information.

    • stupes
      August 27, 2011

      I WOULD LIKE TO ADD ONE QUESTION TO THE HON EDISON CHENFIL JAMES / UWP; DIDN’T THE UWP LEADER AND FORMER PM DIRECT SPECIAL BRANCH TO GATE CRASH AND SPY ON MEETINGS BEING HELD AT PRIVATE RESIDENCES? CAN HE GO ON RECORD AND SAY THAT HE NEVER DID THAT?? CAN THE FALSE FREEDOMITES NOW UWP PARTNERS GO ON RECORD AND SAY THAT WHEN miss Charles was PM they never asked the special branch to spy on uwp and dlp meetings public or private? HYPOCRITESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSTUPES.

      • dominican
        September 6, 2011

        so is amatter of if you could do it i can do it too? well this country will never fix. fire cannot out fire.

  26. REDZ
    August 26, 2011

    According to the commissioner,”there is no such outfit but a police branch for collecting intelligence to fight crime” Mr. Commissioner, I am curious as to whether the police have ever solved any crimes as a result of intelligence from this special unit? If so, how many crimes were solved as a result of using this intelligence. Also, why are there soo many unsolved crimes when the police are in possession of this very expensive, crime fighting equipment. Also, why are you all yet to charge the “BIG BOYS” involved in the Passport and Birth Paper scam. Finally, who does the police from this unit report to? It would be a shame if the officers in this unit are to report to you but their report ends up in the hands of Tony Astaphan. I think this intelligence should be used to snoop on the real criminals and not innocent private individuals.

    • stupes
      August 27, 2011

      REDZ AND OTHERS IT IS ONE THING TO PLAY POLITICS BUT ON THIS ERA OF HIGH TECVH CRIMES AND TERRORISM AND TRANSNATIONAL CRIME I WOULD LIKE TO ASK ALL INTLLEGENT DOMINICANS TO STOP EXPOSING THE NATIONS SECURITY PROTOOLS, BECAUSE MY FRIENDS YOU DO NOT KNOW WHAT YOY TALKING ABOUT. THERE IS NOTHING GOING ON ON THE SIXTH FLOOR OF THE FINANCIAL CENTER THAT IS ILLEGAL OF THAT IS INFRIGING ON THE RIGHTS AND PRIVACY OF DOMINICANS. THE PEOPLE WHO SAY SO SHOULD BRING OUT THE PROOF OR SHUT UP.

  27. Rag Boy
    August 26, 2011

    We already know that you lack the credibility. Therefore, you are worthy of listening to a word that you say.

  28. A Voice
    August 26, 2011

    I have never seen so many contradictions in such a small statement.

    ‘We are not a spy agency, but we spy on people’s meeting to make sure no terrorist activities are taking place.’ Well sah!

    Who determines whom are the criminals that justifies that their phones, homes/offices, and computers should be tapped?

    Ok Dominicans, all you now know that all you have to watch your conversations on the cell phones, your privacy went out the door. Big brother is listening.

    You see, so many people were coming down on Behanzin, but he did get the commissioner to make a statement.

    Anyways I doh believe Carrett one bit, that spy unit he have there is for political and not criminal purposes.

    I watchin’ still….

    • uhmm
      August 26, 2011

      even if Carrette isnt the best but he has not made the statement u just wrote. he used the words collecting information and this does not refer to spying.
      there is no contradiction in the statement. we must stop that crap even if we dont like persons in society. be unbiased.

    • Sum Fing Not Wong
      August 26, 2011

      We often read of Big Brother in the USA and never understood that we could have one right here in the green building on Kennedy Avenue in an office close to the PM’s. If Dominica’s Big Brother has the capacity to spy on criminals and eavesdrop at meetings, he can do the same on innocent people. The Chief never denied that the Police has the capacity to spy on citizens.

      • Justice and Truth
        August 27, 2011

        @ Sum Fing Not Wong

        Then the innocent people have nothing to fear and worry about.

  29. langfess
    August 26, 2011

    mister cannot even lie, hahahh

    • August 26, 2011

      HAHAHAHAHA
      LOLOLOL
      NO THATS A LOW BLOW

      HAHAHAHA
      NOT EVEN THAT THE MAN CAN DO RIGHT
      HAHAHA

  30. njic
    August 26, 2011

    mr. carrette

    this intelligence unit started in 2000, and its main purpose was to collect intelligence on drug trafficking and traffickers be it regional and domestic.
    this unit involved customs and police officers who were trained and undergo screening and polygraft test(lie detector) and is also funded by the british government with players like PMO and RSS. the managers were the head of the customs and police.

    in 2004/2005 alot of changes(political) were made and customs was removed while all trained police officers were transfered and replaced with some special branch and loyalist of the PM.

    the njcc/njic is no longer a drug enforcement entity and operates like a cia type organisation..

    indeed spying should be done but only for drug trafficking purposes and crime. when last did the drug squad received information from the njic which aided in the interdiction of drugs? yet they cover political meetings, why is the office moved from the coast guard building to the financial center?
    does the commissioner knows what is happening at that office and why does the chief of the njic reports directly to the pm?

    mr carrette what do think would happen if the british knew that the equipment is been used for the wrong reasons?

    concerned
    police officer.

    • %
      August 26, 2011

      maybe the British needs to be informed… TOO MUCH RUBBISH IN THIS CORRUPT COUNTRY..

    • 1979
      August 26, 2011

      like i have said before, not everyone is without a moral compass, or conscience…. I applaud you sir…thank you for being HUMAN.

    • The Libaray
      August 26, 2011

      Great information.Thanks the public appreciates.However let’s get the time spans correct here.Long before 2000 the phone tapping issue was hot.It was the Foreign accented Commissioner the very one who was sent home with a slap on the wrist after the inquiry.H was so inclined to bugging private individuals phones when the drug trafficing (in the North was coming to eminence).It was not only to be used for drug crimes butfor political reasons too.The DFP was in Power then and the commish was pro-regime then.

      • 1979
        August 26, 2011

        who’s doing it is not the issue. the issue is under what terms and what legal framework it is being done….no matter who is doing it, there must be protocol or procedure to carrying out this activity, and to date. nothing in that regard has been communicated to the public. damn political freaks

  31. CARLFAL
    August 26, 2011

    I think carrette keeps forgetting like one comment said.Cops do not remain cops all their life.And once they leave the police force they are not bound by any code of secrecy.So this is and open call to all former police officers to let us know what’s going on inside the police force we the people should be knowing.That is why people do not trust or do not co-operate with police on crime solving.Police need to be spending more time bridging union with community instead of harrassing people and abusing their powers

    • Justice and Truth
      August 27, 2011

      @ Carlfal

      Curiosity kills the cat. Satisfaction brought it back.
      Get this straight into your head. The Public is not entitled to know every confidential government, police and policy matter. It is not for you to question and to know.

  32. My2Sense
    August 26, 2011

    A few important points to remember:
    1) An “intelligence” branch/unit/agency is a vital part of a country’s overall security strategy (both internal and external efforts)

    2) The key feature of one of these units is secrecy and anonymity. While the department heads are usual public figures (many are politically appointed), the identities of their agents and operatives must be kept secret

    3) There is nothing unlawful about operating an “intelligence” branch/unit/agency

    4) The question of lawfulness arises with regards to the methods of intelligence gathering employed by the unit

    5) A private individual’s communications (telephone conversations, instant messages, emails, snail mail, etc) is usually protected by a country’s constitution

    6) Many countries have enacted special laws to combat terrorism, conspiracy, drug trafficking and other such crimes

    7) These laws require that the police or intelligence agents provide probable cause in order to begin wire tapping, email interception, etc

    So the real question that needs to be answered is this, “if NJIC is intercepting the private communications of Dominican nationals, under what law is this surveillance covered?”

    PS – As an officer retired from service in an intelligence unit or branch of the police, there should be stipulations that prevent you from disclosing sensitive material you may have witnessed while on duty. Whether or not this is true with the NJIC, I don’t know…

  33. supercalafragalistic
    August 26, 2011

    stop being naive people it exist and carrette knows it he is just afraid to say its above his head because they don’t report back to him,
    these guys are so petty like children that when you comment against the government on a certain popular website with the colaboration
    of that website they obtain your ip adress and
    they proceed from there and try to hack you just to find out your identidy and what else they can hold against you if needs be they have attacked me more than once.
    Intelegence unit exists all over the world but this one is being used for the wrong purpose,i have nothing to hide,i am no criminal so bring it on my konfu is strong.

    • Malatete
      August 26, 2011

      Is it possible that mr. Carette is not part of this inner sanctum? After all, it is an intelligence unit!

    • Oh I See
      August 26, 2011

      I you so have nothing to hide why is your identity hidden, Supercala…?

      • 1979
        August 26, 2011

        sigh smfh :-|

  34. DONT CUT ME OFF
    August 26, 2011

    AS I WAS SAYING: Mr Carrette you keep on embarrassing yourself in the defense of scullduggery,everytime you get the opportunity to relate to the nation…Mr Carrette i will ask you just a few questions today so as not to further embarrass you sir.. I NO YOU ARE AN EMBATTELED COMMISSIONER ALREADY. QUESTIONS: MR CARRETTE WHY IS IT THAT THE COMPILED REPORTS OF THE NJIC SEEM TO BE FINDING THEMSELVES IN THE HANDS OF TONY SIR? IS Tony a police officer? Is Tony the minister of national security? Are the people on the listof the NJIC criminals by any figment of your imagination? Why the NJIC could not be of assistance to you in solving the GON Emmanuel attempted murder? How long has this spying operation been going on? Why is it that the NJIC is directly under the nose of Skerrit? Mr Carrette isn’t it prudent at this time for you to call for a relocation of this NJIC? Finally Mr Carrette WHAT IS THE LATEST RE THE WHEREABOUTS OF THE PERSON OF INTEREST IN THE ATTEMPTED MURDER OF GON Emmanuel and his wife Sico/Seco? MR CARRETTE THIS QUESTION WILL NEVER GO AWAY SIR?…

    • 1979
      August 26, 2011

      GREAT questions, that all Dominicans need to have answered.

  35. the_1
    August 26, 2011

    this carrette seem to b on a remote control!

  36. observer
    August 26, 2011

    I can see why this unit is needed. There are so many people who want power and will stop at nothing.Bruney articulated what must be done. That man is a threat. Angelo and the others preach dissention every day. Please protect Dominica and the law abiding citizens who like peace and democracy and wait for 2013 to use the ballot.

  37. Piper
    August 26, 2011

    Why is it the police service’s business to monitor slander and defamation? Isn’t that a civil matter?

    Unless there is evidence to suggest a group is engaged in devious activity, why are their meetings monitored? The last I heard Dominica was a democracy where freedom of speech was enshrined in the constitution.

    This does not pass the smell test.

  38. Justice and Truth
    August 26, 2011

    There are some Dominican residents of all who appear to be living in darkness.
    Authorities do not spy on the public without reasons.
    We no longer reside in a generally happy, peaceful and safe world. Dominica is no exception and sadly so.
    There may not be a spy network in Dominica as Mr. Carrette stated. I will not dispute it. However, let me inform you people. Today, with the situation as it is and the fear of terrorism, it is important that the governments of the world put in place some sort of investigative form, if you comprehend what I am stating.
    I reside in a part of the world that as I have heard and read, there are government spy networks and we are not aware of it. The Internet is no exception. Such did not previously exist. I would not really call them “spy networks”. This is how the authorities obtain information and catch some of those who are plotting to carry-out any type of criminal activity and those who are hiding from the Law.
    Do I care if they spy on me? By no means! Thank God I live a law-abiding life and I have nothing to hide from the government and the police authorities. Therefore, I have stated, let them spy. If this means to catch criminals I am all for it.
    I have gone so far as to state, whatever I write on the Internet, whatever I state on the telephone, it is legal. Also, with all my religious matters, writing and talking, I hope I convert them. :lol:
    Why worry Dominicans? Consider that your peace and safety are at stake. If you live and abide by the Law you have absolutely nothing to worry about.
    The Government and Police have a duty to safeguard Dominica and its nationals. Therefore, cease your fear. Write and speak what is correct to do and you will not even bother about it.
    Justice, Happiness, Love, Peace, Safety, Truth and Unity, strive for these and accord others same. God expects this of us. May God bless those who strive for these godly virtues; without these, God and neighbor are not loved and nobody will see the Lord. You Christians out there, take note. Earth is a place for practicing same.
    God bless and protect Dominica and its residents.
    God bless the law-makers who are striving to make Dominica and its nationals safe. Pray for them too. Their work is not an easy one in this era as you should very well know.

    • 1979
      August 26, 2011

      “Write and speak what is correct to do and you will not even bother about it”.

      by this do you mean what is POLITICALLY correct?????

      As I said before, WE are OUR BROTHERS KEEPERS, we cannot live OBLIVIOUSLY and comfort ourselves thinking that our leaders ,WHO ARE MEN AND PRONE TO ERR, will automatically do the right thing. we have to be vigilant as Citizens to always be on our guard and present no absence of concern, which is ultimately a void of TEMPTATION.

      ABSOLUTE POWER CORRUPT ABSOLUTELY, Dominicans. be vigilant and be awake!! in your jobs and everywhere you go…

      • Justice and Truth
        August 26, 2011

        @ 1979
        As usual, some of you do not like to hear and read the truth. Some of you are not fair and just. As the saying, that is your funeral.
        There is also a saying, “If you cannot beat them, you join em.”
        I hope you are not residing in the U.S., Canada or Europe. In certain areas especially downtown, there are cameras which are mounted on buildings to take pictures of people and as they shop and walk the streets. Cameras are everywhere. There are cameras to catch speeders who do not adhere to road regulations. Some of them are not even aware that they are there until they are caught speeding and making wrong turns and not yielding to pedestrians. They will be shocked to receive a notice in the mail t pay a fine or appear in Court.
        I reiterate that I am not concerned if my telephoned is tapped because I live by the Law.
        Whatever you write on the Internet and wherever you surf, may no longer be private. In this technological age, this is a way of life today. You have no say in the matter. Better get accustomed to it.
        Governments have the right to tap lines for the security of the country and its nationals. I suppose many of you are not interested in your safety.

    • langfess
      August 26, 2011

      the truth is what you say it is…. but the mandate of the NJIC is not to spy on ordinary citizens unless you are a drug dealer..
      you remind me of the priest that blessed the nazis generals for going into war with the world and systematically murdering millions of inocent and defenceless jews..

      • Justice and Truth
        August 26, 2011

        @ langfess

        Langfess indeed! :twisted: :twisted:
        Where did you get that information from, that a priest blessed the Nazis general before going into war…?
        You sound that you were a soldier and in the concentration camp. Explain yourself.
        There is a saying, “Be sure brain is engaged before putting mouth in gear.” In this case, your finger to the keyboard.
        Some people come to you with a story and you accept it as factual or they write books which are downright lies. You never give it a thought they may not be true. You do not ask questions to find out if it is true or false but you repeat it anyway, spreading more propaganda. Intelligent people think and ask questions before they repeat what they hear. Some people do fabricate stories to make them appear that they are true. The world comprises of many such people.
        If the priest did this he was forced to do. He would never take it upon himself to bless sinful, wicked people. I do believe that you have it all wrong. If he was commanded to do it and he refused, he would have been tortured and executed; just speculating according to what you have stated. You should know how wicked and domineering the Nazis were under wicked Hitler. Hitler has gone to his eternal judgment. He is no doubt in Hell, his lot forever and ever. Be careful that you do not condemn yourself for repeating what is false.
        I do think you need to explain where you got this information from that I could read it and be convinced about what you stated.

    • Ted Lewis ( possie)
      August 26, 2011

      If you have nothing to hide then why don’t you use your correct name on the thread. Pure Fake .

    • Truth and Justice
      August 26, 2011

      I understand that I am a troll and annoying. I’ll try to be brief and to the point. Yes I crave attention sometimes

  39. vip
    August 26, 2011

    Every body is spying on everybody.That is typical Dominican.Everybody knows everybody little secret in Dominica.Its just a matter of time before somebody release your album.So carrette is not immuned from being spied upon as well. So lets be real Dominicans.

  40. Referee
    August 26, 2011

    Mr. Carrette: Your credibility as a professional law enforcement officer has suffered another blow by this half baked, and frankly ridiculous attempt to pull the wool over the eye of the public.
    After the fiasco of the GON Emmanuel attempted assassination and your prevarification on your investigation of the matter one would have expected you to focus on rebuilding your credibility. Instead you have gone a step further down the road of dragging the reputation of the police into the morass of public ridicule.
    Have you no shame, Sir, for your personal reputation, if not for the reputation of the police organization that you head?
    When the police are no longer viewed as the defender of law but an instrument of lawlessness, comparisons to Gadaffi’s Libya cannot be avoided. Moreover, your attempts to promote law and order will be hollow and laughable. You arte part of the problem, not the solution since you can n longer make a claim to being a professional law enforcement officer.
    For this reason your immediate resignation would be in the national interest. Do the country the favour of stepping down before you provide the spark for further unrest.

  41. Bull Crap
    August 26, 2011

    People are quick to talk about how their are other agencies in the states and other part of the world. For all of you people that want to justify one country action but referencing another wise up.You the states and other places does it but how many time u hear on news that people are sent to jail or fired for miss using the same thing put in place to catch the criminals for personal gain. or did u guys for get the Carl Rowe case involving the bush white house. So to all those you want to be so quick to justify the use of spy technology. Just remember the same thing that might be created in good intentions can be misused by bad people.

    So when the top cop of the nation come out and say that yes we gathering information to fight crime but not spying on private individuals, don’t be so quick to take everything that’s said take it with a grain of salt cause every commonsense person knows he would never said he was spying if he was.Don’t be nieve and thing that the people in high places wont use these for their own advantage.power is very addictive and some people will do almost anything to keep it.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 26, 2011

      @ Bull Crap

      Bull Crap alright.
      The words are “naive” and “think.”
      Can you do anything about it? Do you have anything to worry about?
      Some of you are too negative. Your mind can make you sick or well.

  42. Nohogwash
    August 26, 2011

    We have two words for you Carette or is it ONE word? Utter Rubbish!!! Tony the boss is giving us the real thing, You ain’t nothing Carette, Tony is the boss and he knows the deal. He can be a loose cannon to, when he wants oticing he will divulge everything. He showed up the reports from the NJIC to Skerrit and Himself, you are OUT OF THE LOOP Carette, so shut … UP!

    • Roz
      August 26, 2011

      That “one word” will continue to live with him eh…teehee hee! :lol:

  43. August 26, 2011

    “It has nothing to do with spying on people or listening to people’s conversation. We don’t want to listen to people’s conversation. What we want to do is to ensure that Dominica remains a safe place, so we collect all intelligence possible to deal with crime and criminals. That is what we are doing.”
    The top cop did however say that the police gather information from meetings and other gatherings.
    What mister Carette is “ALL INTELLIGENCE POSSIBLE” just a question? We expect you to deny as usual and your reason for recording public and private meetings is bogus. Can you explain how a meeting held in New York was recorded or snooped on by your police for the reason you stated? Can somebody saying something at a meeting in New York be prosecuted in Dominica for libel?
    Mr. Carette you must realize that just because you are so dumb that there are many intelligent Dominicans.

    • Justice and Truth
      August 26, 2011

      @ Asterix

      Utilize your common sense. For privacy and security reasons, the authorities do not have to explain to anyone of you if they “spy” I would rather state “tap”. They owe you no explanation or response. This is confidential matters which should not be divulged to the public. When will you learn and comprehend this?

  44. Trouble
    August 26, 2011

    He said what he wanted but couldnt respond to the relevant questions posed to him. why is this dept in the finaical center? why doesnt he look into why tony had info. sending all over from this dept? This TOP COP said alot but he is sending the discussion off target

  45. yout
    August 26, 2011

    If you listened to his interview on marpin ….he said drug squad investigates drug offences,CID investigates murders and what have you, that branch whatever the name gathers “intelligence”.CARELESS can say what he want but that dept was shrouded in secrecy but now even the police are talking about it..WHAT DIAB INTELLIGENCE other that possibly spying on people who are against the policies and laws of the CABAL!!EVERY ROPE HAS AN END nad carrette cannot pretend in the future that he didn’t know about them when his sentence is handed down to him…bcuz video evidence is now legal here in my little country….

  46. KABOOM
    August 26, 2011

    But they buy Carette TOO….He must come n give that stupid explanation which clearly states it is a SPY OPeration….. Yo KWEH NOU SOT

    • REDZ
      August 26, 2011

      A spy operation which is not referred to as a spy operation…Stupes! Carette messes up every time he opens his mouth.

  47. Comforther
    August 26, 2011

    A lot of us are siding with the police, but the point we are overlooking is there legislation to cover this type of intelligence…

    • 1979
      August 26, 2011

      it seems folks dont want you to talk about the legal framework governing this activity by the government…..7 thumbs down. just for asking about the laws governing government spy activities, if there even are laws?? Some dominicans are so sad eh…

  48. ......
    August 26, 2011

    good job, where does lennox agelo, jerry and the others get info on the PM? dirty work of the very same who sits amongst the PM so very well done….

  49. Duh
    August 26, 2011

    OF COURSE he’s going to deny it! Now you have to wonder even more if there was. Why you ask? Well because OBVIOUSLY if something like this is being brought into question, the top cop is OBVIOUSLY going to say “No there isn’t anything now shut up and go away.”

  50. Info
    August 26, 2011

    This Unit exists in most countries including the U.S.A. Its normal and necessary to protect the countries. I believe Dominicans need to educate themselves before believing everything thats said on talk shows.

    • INFORMATION
      August 26, 2011

      I agree with you. There must be intelligence units in all countries. Just that they bug phones of individuals suspected of terrorism and other crimes against the country. I do not think they tap the phones of people who oppose them politically.

      • August 26, 2011

        IS OLIVER ST JOHN A TERRORIST?

        WHY IS HIS NAME ON TONY’S LIST EH

    • FORKIT
      August 26, 2011

      bullsh**

  51. Uncle Dildo
    August 26, 2011

    Come on Carette. We all know that within the police force Special Branch Unit is charged with National intelligence and gather information on all PUBLIC meetings. The only exception is that when they are unable to do so the senior officer of a district/ station is charged with that responsibilityThis is not new, however NJIC has taken that activity even further and is DEFINITELY spying on individuals that are deemed a threat to the government.

    STOP playing politics because you guys were caught right handed. I know for a fact that these spying activities are taking place. If you still insist on lying to cover your behind them tell us why the file containing movements/ activities of a Former Parliamentarian from Soufriere, an Distinguished Employee of the IMF and A well know Expatriate Attorney residing in the Washington area is being kept by the Special Branch. These very files have been handled by personnel associated with the various departments (NJIC and SB). Remember, people do resign from the police force and have no obligation to remain silent. What is in the dark MUST come to light. You guys have become pathetic in your quest to stay in control and extend your powers. GOD IS NEVER SLEEPING.

    • North East
      August 26, 2011

      One have to wonder if an ex police officer is involved in making public that work which he was mandated to do, larks integrity. Would you want to have someone like this anywhere close to where confidential information is discussed. If you are presently associated with this person or person, you should know that what ever you discuss privately will do be made public in the future. All around the world whether any government is a Republic, Democratic, Socialist or otherwise, there are always some nationals, or none nationals, sect, agency who are under survillance. It’s a normal pratice. Who did the U.S. catch Benladin through telephone tapping. Any government who is not conducting proper survillance is undermining the safety and security of the country.

      • 1979
        August 26, 2011

        so u not even concerned about the laws governing this activity by the government, people DO have inherent CIVIL RIGHTS unno. there must be reasonable suspicion for the government or other establishment to carry this out against any citizen…. but as usual lets just do things blahzay blah…..

      • c.bruce
        August 26, 2011

        WHEN I LISTEN TO PEOPLE LIKENORTH EAST I BECOME MORE CONVINCED HAT THE COUNTRY IS LOST

  52. BOIS BANDE
    August 26, 2011

    I heard Mr. Carette say that if there is a meeting the government wants to know what is being said and that they need to protect the country from terrorist!! I cannot stop laughing!

    • August 26, 2011

      YEAH AND THE @$#%&#$ SAYS ITS NOT SPYING.
      I NOT LAUGHING
      I AM PISSED. LOOK AT WHAT WE HAVE DONE TO OUR COUNTRY FOR A PIECE OF BREAD

  53. D/a Massive
    August 26, 2011

    Mr. Carrette sometimes I think you say TOO MUCH TOO FAST. You have already explained that such a “Spy Unit” does not exist, I don’t see why you have to continue to explain what sort of a section/department/branch exist, where it is located, and what their role entails.

  54. BACK SIDE
    August 26, 2011

    I did not expect any thing different from you. As a matter of fact, I could have written that speech for you because I knew that was exactly what you were going to say.

    I fully agree with you that the police force needs an intelligence unit and that every police force does have an intelligence unit. They gather intelligence. So Mr. Carrette, in your intelligence, please explain to me how does the police gather intelligence from its location in the financial center? Does intelligence just fly into the center? How does the police gather intelligence from that location? You also said that the police does not target individuals but groups. So when a group gathers how does the police get access to the discussion? Is it only public meetings or any gathering even at private residences?

    Mr. Carrette I would suggest that you stop insulting the intelligence of educated Dominicans. The crimes which plague Dominica does not emerge from meetings. There are drug dealers and murderers running rampant in our country. You are aware of the hot spots. That is where to expend your energy. Send those six police officers to Wesley and other villages who have been crying for help. This is where to spend tax payers money.

    • IZ
      August 26, 2011

      rubbish “back side”. have u ever travel, have you been to the liasion unit in barbados. please do research before making comments. I have been to barbados and sat at the liasion office with then Mr. Lewis and i saw many things, which i will not disclose.

      Stop listening to rumors.

      • BACK SIDE
        August 26, 2011

        What the french are you speaking about? What do you mean by ‘have I ever traveled’? What liasion unit are you speaking of? It is nice to know that you have been to Barbados. Wow! What rumors am I listening to? What are you talking about? Address what I said in my comments.

    • WIKILEAKS
      August 26, 2011

      Shut the Door

    • No Corner
      August 27, 2011

      you’ll stay a back side!

  55. james bond
    August 26, 2011

    Carrette please advise with whom the intellengence officer are working with?, national joint, however the customs has never been part of this unit.the composition of this unit from inception was that of the police, and customs as front line agencies to comabt crime and illicite activities. however the unit was houses at the cost gaurd base and everyone of the personnel were trained for the task which was to be discharged in Antigua. since 2004 all the trained perssonel have been replace by hand pick members of the special barach and others loyal to this adminstration. the office was to be housed from an independent location with all security arrangements adhared too, however it was convientientley house on the sixth floor of the finicial center and next to the prime minister office. the officer incharge happens to have two caps, assistant supertendent of the special branch, and also the of the N,J,IC.. the question is expalin to the public how did anthony astaphan have in his possesion such documents?, and has been circulating them around. hum please expalin to us.

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