The Gall Of American-based Rights Agency In Criticizing Jamaica Is Stunning…

One of the fatal flaws in Jamaica’s col­lec­tive men­tal­i­ty is the con­tin­ued desire to attach our­selves to the notion that all things for­eign are bet­ter than that which we cre­ate ourselves.
But for a few excep­tions, we know that when Jamaica had vibrant man­u­fac­tur­ing and agri-sec­tors, our prod­ucts were vast­ly supe­ri­or and safer than many for­eign foods and products.
We also have a dis­tort­ed per­cep­tion of Jamaica’s size and impor­tance in the world, not to men­tion the pre­cip­i­tous state of Jamaica’s finan­cial sit­u­a­tion relat­ed to meet­ing its fidu­cia­ry obligations.
Nevertheless, the opin­ion shapers on the media edi­to­r­i­al boards have con­tin­ued to push hifa­lutin demands on the gov­ern­ment, with­out the slight­est con­sid­er­a­tion of the cost and con­se­quences on our tiny Island.

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For decades news­pa­pers, tele­vi­sion, and radio have been will­ing par­tic­i­pants and cheer­lead­ers in the degra­da­tion of our cul­ture. They enable and facil­i­tate the irre­spon­si­ble dance­hall cul­ture that cel­e­brates gun vio­lence and [bad­man­ism].
Murder lyrics are cel­e­brat­ed as art. Misogynistic lyrics are over­looked, even as phys­i­cal and men­tal abuse of women and chil­dren con­tin­ues to grow.
Violent reg­gae artistes are held up as icons and are even invit­ed to the pre­mier insti­tu­tion of high­er learn­ing as a kind of celebri­ty to be emu­lat­ed, rather than a sick sociopath to be ostra­cized and shunned.
Nevertheless, the Observer is now hand-wring­ing as if it had noth­ing to do with this crass­ness that has changed our coun­try expo­nen­tial­ly for the worse. Spare me the croc­o­dile tears, please.
Even as the Prime Minister has launched a [gofund me] account to help to off­set the cost of flood­ing, these same char­la­tans in the edi­to­r­i­al board bub­bles they cre­ate for them­selves, are call­ing for the Government to find resources to expand the scope of (INDECOM), the Independent Commission Of Investigations, that is tasked with inves­ti­gat­ing wrong­do­ing on the part of police offi­cers, sol­diers, and cor­rec­tion­al officers.

It is as if these mis­cre­ants who influ­ence deci­sion-mak­ing in the coun­try are unaware of the Island’s mur­der rate.
On November 15th, the Gleaner Editorial board demand­ed that the gov­ern­ment speak to Justice Bryan Sykes’s report and INDECOM.
The demand came out of the recent ques­tions posed to the Jamaican con­tin­gent at the United Nations in New York.
The ques­tions posed to the Jamaican con­tin­gent and the response it gave in return, was nau­se­at­ing and insulting.
The ques­tions were pre­sump­tu­ous and pre­pos­ter­ous, and the respons­es were that of a chas­tened child caught with its hand in the Cookie Jar.
I saw the report, and I won­dered aloud whether or not Jamaican was a sov­er­eign nation or a sup­pli­cant syco­phant to out­side bosses?
The idea that American-based Human Rights Agencies would have the temer­i­ty and gall to ques­tion any coun­try about their human rights records is beyond stunning.
American police mur­der and oth­er­wise bru­tal­ize peo­ple, par­tic­u­lar­ly peo­ple of col­or, in ways that no police depart­ment in the west­ern world would dare do.
That local media hous­es would be giv­ing cre­dence to these hyp­ocrites is stun­ning­ly elit­ists and intel­lec­tu­al­ly dishonest.
It is dif­fi­cult for any­one to dis­agree that the police should not lock away the men­tal­ly ill.
It is also impor­tant to rec­on­cile that when the police are called, and an offend­er is a per­son of unsound mind, the police have a duty to arrest, and remove the per­son from the streets for the pub­lic’s safety.
It is not up to the police to find places to house and care for the men­tal­ly ill they are forced to arrest. In a per­fect world, the police should not have any inter­ac­tion with the men­tal­ly disabled.

The most dis­turb­ing thing about the INDECOM act is that despite the harm that the law has done to crime-fight­ing on the Island, the forces that encour­age, cheer-leads, and nur­ture the gun cul­ture, (the media), wants to give more pow­ers to INDECOM, to arrest and charge police offi­cers them­selves, then do its own prosecution.
Throughout its exis­tence INDECOM, the agency has been unable to mount a decent inves­ti­ga­tion much less to pros­e­cute its owns cases.
INDECOM was not autho­rized to pros­e­cute its own inves­ti­ga­tions for good rea­sons and that is how it should remain.
Prosecution of crim­i­nal cas­es is with­in the remit of the Director Of Public Prosecutions and that is where it should remain.
The fact that no inves­tiga­tive agency in the west­ern world does its own pros­e­cu­tion does not mat­ter to these media hous­es that are becom­ing ene­mies of the state.
When an agency inves­ti­gates, arrest, and pros­e­cute, it opens up a can of cor­rupt worms; it does not mat­ter to these ene­mies of the state.
The fact that the first Commissioner of INDECOM, Terrence Williams, used the then neo­phyte agency as a weapon to per­se­cute police offi­cers and, con­se­quent­ly, aid­ed in the mass esca­la­tion of crime as police dropped their hands does not matter.
Terrence Williams was only to inves­ti­gate, yet he craved arrest pow­ers, and more than any­thing else he craved pros­e­cu­to­r­i­al pow­ers. Ask your­selves what is with the rapa­cious desire to arrest and pros­e­cute, if the evi­dence of wrong­do­ing is solid?
Given the Islands’ pre­cip­i­tous perch on the ledge of becom­ing a failed state based on its vio­lent crime sta­tis­tics, the ques­tion aris­es as to whose inter­est is served when our police are fur­ther shack­led. At the same time, dan­ger­ous crim­i­nals run free, killing and ter­ror­iz­ing whomev­er they please?
No American has either legal or moral author­i­ty to lec­ture any nation about human rights, con­sid­er­ing America’ss his­to­ry of police sup­pres­sion of its own cit­i­zens of col­or; nei­ther is Canada nor Britain.
It is time for the lit­tle gods in the peanut gallery to get a clue and stop aid­ing in our coun­try’s destruction.

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Mike Beckles is a for­mer Police Detective, busi­ness­man, free­lance writer, a black achiev­er hon­oree, and pub­lish­er of the blog mike​beck​les​.com. 
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