Some Common Sense Seeping Into The Body Politic,motives Aside…

In a refresh­ing yet sur­pris­ing twist of nation­al secu­ri­ty com­mon sense, a senior lec­tur­er in polit­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy in the Department of Government at the University of the West Indies told Jamaican media yes­ter­day he was pes­simistic about the suc­cess of the Government’s Special zones law.

Without seek­ing to assign motive I will sim­ply point to the salient points Dr. Christopher Charles made, even as I won­der at the rea­son that the media did not go to mem­bers of the secu­ri­ty forces for this infor­ma­tion.

Special Zones Law A Sick Joke: We Aren’t Laughing..

Said Charles, “Nothing I have heard is about dis­man­tling the gangs and get­ting the guns. In fact, dur­ing the zones of spe­cial oper­a­tions, because the men know it is going to come, I sus­pect that they might move to com­mu­ni­ties that are poor, but where gangs are dor­mant”.

Hmm, It was on July 20th that I said this in this very medi­um.

Does any­one believe the killers are going to stay in an area sat­u­rat­ed with police?

What then will hap­pen if an area is sat­u­rat­ed, doesn’t crime invari­ably trend down there?
The killers will sim­ply move to oth­er areas as they did in 2010.

Charles went on: “They are not fools. They will go into those com­mu­ni­ties and wait. They lis­ten to the media, so they know that Rockfort, MoBay, Clarendon, and Trelawny, any­where we have killings, they are going to come so they would have moved. They can also lock away their guns and just easy.”

At the risk of blow­ing my own horn, I had this to say on July 20th.

The Prime Minister(Andrew Holness) retains the right to des­ig­nate an area, a zone which needs spe­cial atten­tion from the secu­ri­ty forces.
That area is flood­ed with secu­ri­ty per­son­nel. But God for­bid that mem­bers of the secu­ri­ty forces should have to rough up a shot­ta who gets caught up in the drag­net. God for­bid the secu­ri­ty forces are forced to shoot a fuck­ing mur­der­er point­ing a high pow­ered weapon at them.

We could go on and on but in sum­ma­riz­ing Charles argued thus.
“No pro­vi­sion has been made with­in the leg­is­la­tion for the dis­man­tling of gangs and the hunt for ille­gal guns, which is the island’s biggest prob­lem”.

I summed up my response to the spe­cial zones law this way.
The plan cre­ates an illu­sion which gives the appear­ance of suc­cess but will do absolute­ly noth­ing about the actu­al mur­der sta­tis­tics.

Mark my words, it will be like putting a lit­tle water in and tieing the mouth of the bal­loon, squeeze one end of the bal­loon and the water rush­es to the oth­er end.
That is the effect this law will have. It is a façade which will pla­cate some, fool oth­ers and give sup­port­ers some­thing to wag their tongues at.

Notice that the Lame stream media had no prob­lem quot­ing a Ph.D. of polit­i­cal psy­chol­o­gy on a mat­ter in which he has absolute­ly no train­ing.
It would be absolute­ly impos­si­ble for them to con­sult retired offi­cers who would be able to speak freely, unshack­led from the chains of gov­ern­ment employ­ment.
The more things change the more they remain the same.