Wiretapping – scary stuff.

Revelations were made in T&T”s parliament today by Prime Minister Kamla Persad Bissessar that extensive illegal wiretapping was taking place in the country by a semi-secret state organization that was put in place by the previous cabinet. I think the right to privacy is as fundamental a right as any and I am thus posting her statement here.

“WIRETAPPING NET CAST FAR AND WIDE

No one escaped this secret wire tapping operation as a net was inexplicably cast very far and wide.

Subjects included:

Members of the judiciary,

trade unionists,

Editors and journalists,

media houses,

radio talk-show hosts,

comedians,

persons in the entertainment industry,

former opposition MP’s,

government Ministers,

sports personalities,

businessmen,

newspaper columnists,

advertising executives,

county councillors,

lawyers and

in some cases, the children of such persons.

Such activity cannot be condoned as it represents a clear and present danger to our democracy.

Words cannot express the deep sense of personal outrage and hurt I feel about this matter.

Such an unwarranted and unjustified invasion of citizen’s privacy is a cause for alarm.

Why on earth would a government wish to engage in such unproductive illegal activity when the country was under siege as a result of criminal activity?”

Read the full document complete with names here.

 

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