Posted by: nastylittletruths | September 17, 2011

Lollipop Anyone?

The Chief Justice has said, and endorsed by the Criminal Bar Association, that our ‘constitutional rights have not been suspended’, but try telling that to a brutish policeman/woman in an area not subject to the curfew between the hours of 11:00 pm and 4:00 am and see how that plays out…

Both the CJ, a man I believe who has his heart in the right place, and the CBA should really accept the fact that not all that is written in paper is respected by the poh-leece. Dana Seetahal in three consecutive articles highlighted the tendency for even the senior ranks of the police to misinterpret the law, concoct their own versions that has no basis in existing law and advise people what they should and shouldn’t be doing during curfew hours.

In my past posts – way before this state of emergency – I’ve said that we have all the trappings of a police state. When the SoE was announced I immediately posted my heightened distrust of the police. It is irrelevant what the CJ is saying to me because I will get beaten by an exuberant policeman if I start talking about my ‘rights’.

A quote crossed my desk this week and it is a reminder of how easily we trust and how easily we lose:

“The only thing democracy has proved is that the best way to gain power over people is to assure them that they are ruling themselves. Once they believe that, they make wonderfully submissive slaves” – Joseph Sobran, US journalist.

Are we ‘wonderfully submissive slaves’? We weren’t… we were agitating in the streets and planning to ‘shut the country down’. Manifestations of a people truly ‘ruling themselves’… but the SoE and rampant ‘protective’ service changed that.

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