Lie detector tests coming for customs officials, Brathwaite says

Customs and Immigration officers may soon be forced to undertake lie detector tests as part of Government’s offensive against the importation of illegal guns.

Without naming any of the departments, but convinced there are “some undesirables” in border control agencies, Attorney General Adriel Brathwaite Thursday warned the Royal Barbados Police Force (RBPF) and Barbados Coast Guard ought not be the only law enforcement agencies requiring their officers to take polygraph tests.

“At the risk of causing a national shutdown in Barbados tomorrow [Friday], let me say this also. We need to move to the state where all agencies that look after our borders have to go through the same integrity testing, or shall I say polygraph . . . as required by our marine unit, by our Coast Guard, by certain sections of the force if they want to serve in some sensitive positions. We really need to,” Brathwaite told a joint news conference with Acting Police Commissioner Tyrone Griffith.

Brathwaite’s reference to a national shutdown appeared to point to the National Union of Public Workers (NUPW), which in August 2015 expressed outrage at comments by Griffith that customs officials were either deliberately or unwittingly allowing illegal guns into the country.

“From an investigative view point, it is clear that there is an abundance of high calibre weapons and large quantities of available ammunition on the streets. What is also clear is that [those] weapons are not lawfully manufactured in Barbados and the wider region, so they are being smuggled into the island. Our intelligence suggests they are coming through legitimate ports of entry, either assisted by officials, or not detected by them at our borders. This is an untenable situation which has to be addressed if we are to stem the flow of these weapons,” Griffith had said at a news conference, provoking an angry NUPW to described the comment as “inflammatory and without basis”.

“If police intelligence suggests that these guns are coming through legitimate ports of entry, then officials should be identified and charged for this illegal activity,” the union had said in a statement.

“The union considers the commissioner’s statements to be inflammatory and without basis; and believe they only serve to tarnish the reputations and integrity of all customs officers.”

It was not immediately clear how the NUPW, currently involved in industrial action to press Government into compromising on the vexing National Social Responsibility Levy, will respond to the latest concerns raise by Brathwaite.

The country’s top legal adviser suggested the introduction of polygraph tests would help lift the lid of suspicion over the border control officers, adding that Barbadians need not become sensitive and feel that everyone inside the agencies was crooked.

“But without doubt – and we have all heard stories over the years – without doubt, there are some undesirables in almost every organization . . . and if you have the tools at your disposal to ensure that you are getting the best of the best, in particularly more sensitive areas, that’s what we should do,” he argued.

“What I will say, as part of the national security apparatus, that is one of the things I strongly recommend that we do as a country,” he added.

At Thursday’s news conference at which the two top law enforcement officials expressed concern about a spike in gun-related murders, Griffith called on Customs and Immigration to cooperate with the RBPF in addressing the influx of illegal guns.

89 Responses to Lie detector tests coming for customs officials, Brathwaite says

  1. Lavern Hinds
    Lavern Hinds July 21, 2017 at 11:57 pm

    He should get one for himself also

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  2. Wayne Roach-cumberbatch
    Wayne Roach-cumberbatch July 21, 2017 at 11:59 pm

    Trust non suspect all…

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  3. Eddy Murray
    Eddy Murray July 22, 2017 at 12:01 am

    I feel then in cabinet should be first to get test

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  4. Pullhead Davis
    Pullhead Davis July 22, 2017 at 12:06 am

    When the one comming for dlp mps and cabinet memmbers especiall pm and m.o.f

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  5. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne July 22, 2017 at 12:14 am

    You should test it out first Mr A.G

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  6. Tracy Brown
    Tracy Brown July 22, 2017 at 12:21 am

    The lie detector determined…..THAT WAS A LIE!!!! LMAO dwl…

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  7. Graham B Bannister
    Graham B Bannister July 22, 2017 at 12:26 am

    Not just to hire them… but should be every day at end of each shift

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  8. Cornelius Drogo
    Cornelius Drogo July 22, 2017 at 12:29 am

    Can they test it on politicians first? … Just saying….Any chance of getting breathalyzer tests as well….?

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    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott July 22, 2017 at 6:05 am

      I was just about to ask the very same question but I beat me to it…

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  9. Sophia Branch
    Sophia Branch July 22, 2017 at 12:40 am

    Stupess I sick of seeing he now he really taking we for fools start with the top not only customs

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  10. Philip Matthews
    Philip Matthews July 22, 2017 at 12:45 am

    police also ?

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  11. Michael Turton
    Michael Turton July 22, 2017 at 1:51 am

    Bong, bong…..

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  12. Bajan Positve Brian
    Bajan Positve Brian July 22, 2017 at 2:28 am

    How about spend the money to help the police to do their jobs safer and better? Really though, who are these aliens running Barbados? Oh good God now.
    The union going to have a field day with this.

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  13. John Everatt July 22, 2017 at 2:34 am

    Yep, just like police body cameras, breathalisers, finger printing at the ports. This will never happen. Really we need government transparency and freedom of information legislation. Let’s start there.

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  14. Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
    Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 22, 2017 at 3:00 am

    The union can shut the hell up on this one!!

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    • Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma
      Ibukunoluwa Ayanfe Ozioma July 22, 2017 at 6:32 am

      Dana, we have a serious problem with guns and illegal drugs in the country leading to unnecessary and untimely deaths, and something has to be done to combat the situation! Why should the union object to such a measure? Anything right now is useful if it will limit or stop the illegal trafficking of arms into Barbados!

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    • Huey Newton
      Huey Newton July 22, 2017 at 7:51 am

      Dana Jemmott you are talking like a young giddy fool. When gun crime hits home your mouth and the rest of yappers will switch. Watching the politicians will not help you then.

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    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott July 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

      It takes more than the union to get the rid of guns and drugs… hell not even the police isn’t sure about how to get the rid of them…. so if me being a fool is what u like calling ppl go right ahead I can be more than just a fool for u…. then enlighten the ppl or give positive feedback on how this country can rid the guns and drugs…

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    • Dana Jemmott
      Dana Jemmott July 22, 2017 at 8:06 am

      ALL EARS ON YOU

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  15. Jevan Jutagir
    Jevan Jutagir July 22, 2017 at 3:33 am

    I would ask him if he is willing to take a lie detector test about the mystery ballot box at the last election that won him a very dubious election.

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    • Livingston Alleyne
      Livingston Alleyne July 22, 2017 at 5:25 am

      ort den he can be such a kiss me ass idiot

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    • Randolph July 22, 2017 at 10:09 am

      I live is St.Philip south and he will never get my vote or my family’s.

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  16. Angus Benn
    Angus Benn July 22, 2017 at 4:26 am

    Most of these guns coming in containers. The big boys is bringing in most of these containers. No use checking the small man and leave out those rich people.

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  17. Kathryn Serieux
    Kathryn Serieux July 22, 2017 at 4:36 am

    You are so right, As far as I know, lie detector tests are not admissible in a court of law. Has this changed? Why not spend the money on cameras and security? This is an obvious red herring to fool the populace. And I would be willing to bet that no one will ever take one of these tests. How do they plan to get these officers to take the tests? I am pretty sure they cannot be compelled. Will it be written into the conditions of the job? Who will let that happen? This is all just an obvious farce.

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  18. Michael Warner
    Michael Warner July 22, 2017 at 4:47 am

    There is always a distraction. they know who bring it what who sells what and so on. All them hands get papers in it doubt that doubt you living

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  19. Carol T Hinds
    Carol T Hinds July 22, 2017 at 4:54 am

    Haw haw…..but my man you need it most of all stupse

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  20. Mona Robinson July 22, 2017 at 4:57 am

    What I would say is that it is clear that guns are entering our country and they are not transporting or ‘transforming’ themselves. What it says is that our port protectors are not effective. The question is how do we prevent the guns? We need workers who are paid well enough that they are less susceptible to bribery and we need systems (whether cameras, stringent background and analysis tests, body cameras,metal detectors) that will stem the flow of guns into the hands of dysfunctional people.

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  21. Samantha Trotman
    Samantha Trotman July 22, 2017 at 5:01 am

    Need to stop watch maury

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  22. Johnathan July 22, 2017 at 5:11 am

    Poor fellow couldn’t get a camera in now trying a lie detector. He should go sleep like the others or inbibb in refreshments..

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  23. hewers of wood July 22, 2017 at 5:17 am

    Where he should use that lie detector he ain’t using it. Start with the finance department to the auditor general. Then the private ports. The cabinate too.

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  24. Ãmen Hotep
    Ãmen Hotep July 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

    After a Time they’ll develop the emotions to beat it

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  25. Livingston Alleyne
    Livingston Alleyne July 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

    he can be such a Jack assssssd wen he get ready the customs in no favorite of mine but I hope they boycot that foolishness why he don’t do it with the magistrates and judges too ahhhh

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    • Juliet Marshall
      Juliet Marshall July 22, 2017 at 6:42 am

      Wah Livvy I hear wondering if it can be used on the police too or they got to order another for that, cause if the politicians get they test first, it ain’t going work no more

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    • Yvette Alleyne
      Yvette Alleyne July 22, 2017 at 8:08 am

      Lol

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  26. Alison Blackman
    Alison Blackman July 22, 2017 at 5:24 am

    Make sure the first testing done on the polictians plain talk bad manners

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  27. Anfaani Henry
    Anfaani Henry July 22, 2017 at 5:28 am

    tell them not to harass women coming through the airport lines.

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  28. jrsmith July 22, 2017 at 5:42 am

    @, hewers of wood , hail , hail, on the button good shot , but he is a politician say anything , any where any time , this will never happen he is just testing the black masses , ………. This would have to be used on all the people in barbados …………….he dare do that……… His world would crumble around him/ government………………………………………..

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  29. Kim A. Jones
    Kim A. Jones July 22, 2017 at 5:52 am

    And what about for politicians?

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  30. Tony Webster July 22, 2017 at 5:52 am

    Right on…and leave it to Mia to actually implement…right?
    Jokers!
    At least the pappyshow of snaring the ten ZR miscreants, is a welcome, tiny, step along a looooong road.

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  31. Dana Jemmott
    Dana Jemmott July 22, 2017 at 6:08 am

    No you cannot…. the lie detector says that is a LIE… LOL

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  32. Sheryl Smith
    Sheryl Smith July 22, 2017 at 6:08 am

    If a lie detector comes for the guns coming in… an electric chair can come for the user of said gun…All in one shipment. Problem solved and according to you as of late you would have “Up the thing”

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  33. Lady Boss
    Lady Boss July 22, 2017 at 6:11 am

    D.l.P never got no money to pay public sectors, they don’t have money to buy parts for the bus,trucks and de equipment to work with,but they can buy a band new Mercedes-Benz when they got the bus ones drive on de road in bad conditions but can get money for lie detectors test …… Right now we Bajan got since !!! If you don’t fine de money to pay de taxes payer the whole country will shut down,watch and see ,they for themselves not for the poor people….. carrying everything up and ours salary at stand by…. let someone younger run de country man

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  34. Shari A Lobo
    Shari A Lobo July 22, 2017 at 6:18 am

    Put in cameras. Do a financial audit. It’s not brain surgery.

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  35. Louis Swann
    Louis Swann July 22, 2017 at 6:19 am

    What is good for the gander, good for the goose

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  36. Chris Barnett
    Chris Barnett July 22, 2017 at 6:25 am

    = SEEEEEE DEMMMM RUNNNNN DEMMMM RUNNNN DEMMMM RUNNNNN! They go learnnnnn today !

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  37. Vishska Bokeesh
    Vishska Bokeesh July 22, 2017 at 6:28 am

    Dem should teck um first lued bunch a cubbas

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  38. Amelia Gittens
    Amelia Gittens July 22, 2017 at 6:36 am

    David Webb get some this work lol

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  39. Juliet Marshall
    Juliet Marshall July 22, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Then it won’t again lol

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  40. Rosan Als
    Rosan Als July 22, 2017 at 6:49 am

    One for him as well

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  41. Kenrick Purcell
    Kenrick Purcell July 22, 2017 at 6:52 am

    Hook up the politicians FIRST !!!!!

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  42. Marcelyn Belle
    Marcelyn Belle July 22, 2017 at 7:04 am

    They should bring them for the parliamentarians!

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  43. Errol Rayside
    Errol Rayside July 22, 2017 at 7:06 am

    What about parliment ??

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  44. Linda Freeman
    Linda Freeman July 22, 2017 at 7:07 am

    I will say this…Politicians should be the first, before you go passing the buck to someone else….you are asking custom officers to be subjected to a polygraph, it does not only apply to them, you have to add the police, BDF, immigration and the coast guard…..All who watch our borders….

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  45. Mhizz Kelly P Forde
    Mhizz Kelly P Forde July 22, 2017 at 7:11 am

    So I’m confuse DOES BARBADOS HAVE MONEY OR NOT . WHERE THE FUNDS COMING FROM TO BUY THIS MACHINERY . #GTFOH

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  46. Maureen Sho
    Maureen Sho July 22, 2017 at 7:19 am

    I FULLY AGREE WITH THIS MOVE. All caps

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  47. Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn
    Kimberly Simmonds Vaughn July 22, 2017 at 7:24 am

    What is that doing.. why not have task force post there.

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  48. Genavease Taylor
    Genavease Taylor July 22, 2017 at 7:34 am

    Wanna really giving the union nuff work though ….patiently waiting the outcome

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  49. Ali Baba
    Ali Baba July 22, 2017 at 8:09 am

    @ CORNELIUS, IF THE TEST THE POLITICIANS FIRST, THEY WOULD HAVE TO BRING IN NUFF OF THOSE…..THE LIE DETECTOR WOULD NOT BE ABLE TO STAND UP UNDER THE PM, MPS AND SENATE….10 YEARS OF LIES AINT 10 MORNINGS

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  50. Yvette Alleyne
    Yvette Alleyne July 22, 2017 at 8:11 am

    Lol agree

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  51. Ziggy Blessed
    Ziggy Blessed July 22, 2017 at 8:21 am

    wha bout MP’s….wha bout the integrity legislation??

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  52. Lynette Mayers
    Lynette Mayers July 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Stupseeee

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  53. Lynette Mayers
    Lynette Mayers July 22, 2017 at 8:26 am

    Get one for POLITICIANS

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  54. Heather Cole
    Heather Cole July 22, 2017 at 8:30 am

    A better and more effective investment would be to purchase body cameras that all of the customs officers must wear on duty. All items entering the island through the ports of entry and the post office must be scanned.
    In these days of advanced technology it cannot be too difficult to develop an application to track the movement of vessels in the sea that are possibly bringing in guns and drugs. The coast guard patrols therefore need to be enhanced.

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  55. Ryan Videodv
    Ryan Videodv July 22, 2017 at 8:36 am

    What bout using it on the Government and he.

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  56. Maaz A Love
    Maaz A Love July 22, 2017 at 9:14 am

    Agree

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  57. LadyRhonda Haynes-Sobers
    LadyRhonda Haynes-Sobers July 22, 2017 at 9:16 am

    Should be for politicians too

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  58. Anson Sobers
    Anson Sobers July 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Bring it for the politicians to

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  59. Yvette Griffith
    Yvette Griffith July 22, 2017 at 9:44 am

    Give Brathwaite the first test

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  60. Marilyn C Fields
    Marilyn C Fields July 22, 2017 at 9:45 am

    I will contribute the first 1$ to this lie detector. .providing all government ministers take the test first…

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  61. Paula Husbands
    Paula Husbands July 22, 2017 at 9:48 am

    Get one for this government too lead by example

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  62. Janette Reifer
    Janette Reifer July 22, 2017 at 9:56 am

    What about giving Min of Sininter a lie detector also.

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  63. Roger Headley July 22, 2017 at 10:58 am

    AG test it on yourself first, then based on the results tell us if it working properly.

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  64. Real Bajan July 22, 2017 at 11:04 am

    Barbados have four (4) official ports of entry! Grantley Adams International Airport, The Bridgetown Port, Port St. Charles and Port Ferdinand. If officers were allowed to do their jobs without outside interference maybe things might not be so acute. here are some questions for the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police.
    (1) why do the Minister of Tourism and the B’dos Hotel and Tourism Association get involve when Customs do their job at the airport?
    (2) Why are yachts allowed to berth at their owners villas before being boarded by officials at the two private ports of entry?
    (3) Why is the operation of the scanner at the Bridgetown port not under the control of the Customs and Excise Department.

    The COP need to stop blaming Customs. what I will say is customs is not the only entity at the Bridgetown port and they do not control the port. He and the AG need to get out of their cushion seats and go and observe things for themselves.

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  65. Ernesta Catlyn July 22, 2017 at 11:35 am

    Integrity Legislation coupled with lie detector test

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  66. Real Bajan July 22, 2017 at 1:02 pm

    Informed decisions can only be made if you have all the information. some of the comments made here are due to a lack of information on the structure, processes and procedures at our ports of entry. Point to note; there are four (4) official ports of entry – Airport, Bridgetown Port, Port St. Charles and Port Ferdinand. Two are controlled by government, two are not!

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  67. Belfast July 22, 2017 at 3:22 pm

    Soon in DLP speak is between a long long time and never.
    As soon as someone raises an objection, the whole exercise will be put on hold, like the cameras in the ports.

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    • Real Bajan July 23, 2017 at 3:31 pm

      Time will tell.

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  68. Real Bajan July 23, 2017 at 8:02 pm

    Barbados have four (4) official ports of entry! Grantley Adams International Airport, The Bridgetown Port, Port St. Charles and Port Ferdinand. If officers were allowed to do their jobs without outside interference maybe things might not be so acute. here are some questions for the Attorney General and the Commissioner of Police.
    (1) why do the Minister of Tourism and the B’dos Hotel and Tourism Association get involve when Customs do their job at the airport?
    (2) Why are yachts allowed to berth at their owners villas before being boarded by officials at the two private ports of entry?
    (3) Why is the operation of the scanner at the Bridgetown port not under the control of the Customs and Excise Department.
    The COP need to stop blaming Customs. what I will say is customs is not the only entity at the Bridgetown port and they do not control the port. He and the AG need to get out of their cushion seats and go and observe things for themselves.

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  69. Scott Briasco July 24, 2017 at 1:21 am

    Thanks for sharing such an informative article. Keep posting more update.

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  70. Jea Alleyne July 28, 2017 at 6:40 am

    Keep Sharing Info Guys…..very interesting, we can clearly see the loop holes so stop talking AG, Im surprised you didnt see it or did and say nothing. Parcels are the local PO are opened in front of staff and customers…. But Yachts berth at their owners first before being boarded by officials…..

    (1) Lead by Example: All the MPs need to take polygraphs
    (2) All Government Departments

    Reason: Barbados is in a mess and that can only be because those in authority are not doing what they SHOULD do. This current situation does not exists in EVERYONE’s country because they have proper rules and regulations that are enforced. We need the Freedom of Info Act and Integrity Legislation; For the Good of All, the Bad Apples need to be rooted out !! We are being set up as a nation !!

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  71. Jea Alleyne July 28, 2017 at 6:44 am

    Fingers points straight at those in authority and those with the money to buy guns….its not rocket science.

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  72. Jea Alleyne July 28, 2017 at 6:49 am

    When the AG goes home takes off his suit and sits down in casual clothes, he is an ordinary person just like me and you. So is the Prime Minister and the Finance Minister and anyone else in power. They are people and just like we are scrutinised, asked to complete this form, that form and answer questions or provide further information…..they need to do the same things too, this is not different courses for different horses. We are all human beings and we are not without fault, any of us !!

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    • Real Bajan July 31, 2017 at 1:43 am

      As long as the holders of the above mentioned posts are in Barbados they retain those designations.

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  73. Jea Alleyne July 28, 2017 at 6:58 am

    Tax is disappearing in a puff of smoke….Government not answerable, guns coming in, another area where the officials are in charge, people say they dont know how they coming in, loool Come on, things are blatantly happening because this was a slave island, where the slaves were fooled, its still operates that way. Nuff talk and no actions, in 10 years Barbados hasnt changed all the old antiquated ways of doing things. This is the 21st century and most modern societies deal with cameras especially when boats or yachts and coming and going without being properly scrutinised….. Numerous celebrities and elites break laws in other countries, here in Barbados they do too however they never go before the courts….The continued slave system is alive and well today. Money does ALL the talking !! And the slaves (us) have none

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  74. Jea Alleyne July 28, 2017 at 7:13 am

    I would like to see the world stats on how many black people were killed within the last year: In the USA it was 1 every 24 hours, in the UK http://www.injusticefilm.co.uk and here in little Bim, through negligence, ordinary citizens are being robbed of their lives. Why are we paying taxes for a system that is failing us in ALL walks of life !!

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