Sunday, February 25, 2018

‘A silent shame’ Uncle Sam shut the door


‘No trust’: Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds speaks yesterday in the Senate at Tower D of the International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain. —Photo: CURTIS CHASE

Mark Fraser

It is a silent shame the United States government has not yet responded to queries by the Government on a Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) probe linked to National Security Minister Jack Warner.

This was stated yesterday by Opposition Senator Fitzgerald Hinds in his contribution on the Miscellaneous Provisions (Defence and Police Complaints) Bill, 2013 at the Senate sitting at Tower D, International Waterfront Centre, Port of Spain.

In piloting the bill for debate in the Senate, Attorney General Anand Ramlogan had said if another country were to attempt to take over Trinidad and Tobago, assis- tance from “Uncle Sam” would be sought. Speaking just after Ramlogan, Hinds pointed out that Uncle Sam had not yet responded to this Government after two days.

“They called Uncle Sam over the last 48 hours, he shut the door on them either because he don’t trust them or because the Government is so suspect. So don’t call Uncle Sam, he will not answer you, Attorney General. He doesn’t trust you. What a shame! Uncle Sam doesn’t trust you. I will leave the rest for another place, Madam Vice President. Outside this House,” said Hinds.

Prime Minister Kamla Persad-Bissessar, in a release at the weekend, admitted there was no response yet from the US regarding the FBI probe.

She indicated she had requested Ramlogan and Foreign Affairs Minister Winston Dookeran pursue the matter through diplomatic channels.

Ramlogan has written to US Attorney General Eric Holder, seeking information on the issue.