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Why The FBI Could Be A Game Changer For Jamaica | Commentary

The 10 Most Crooked & Corrupt Things the FBI has ever done and now they are setting up shop in Jamaica


One of the really interesting announcements coming out of last week’s Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) forum titled ‘Dialogues between Democracies’, was that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF) will be setting up offices in Jamaica.

Our instinct is to be very supportive of this move for what we think are obvious and compelling reasons. And we are not going to be sidetracked by empty talk about national sovereignty.

Jamaica has expended huge amounts of resources and billions of dollars across various political administrations — money that could have made our education and health systems far better than they are today — with little to show for it in terms of reduced crime, murders in particular.

Some of our best minds have been put in charge of the National Security Ministry, almost to no avail. We speak of people like Messrs K D Knight, Peter Phillips, Trevor MacMillan, Dwight Nelson, and Peter Bunting, among others who brought a certain cerebral capacity to the job.

The only time in recent memory that we have seen a marked drop in murders — that were averaging over 1,000 a year — was after the military-led operation in western Kingston to remove former Tivoli Gardens strongman Christopher “Dudus” Coke in 2010. We are now back to square one.

If we are true to ourselves, we will admit that one of the strongest reasons it has been so difficult to control crime is the enduring nexus between politicians and criminals. In recent years, the criminal enterprise has asserted its independence by growing its connections with drug dealing, gunrunning and extortion.

Besides the politicians, the smallness of the island and our population size make it possible that large numbers of Jamaicans either know or are shielding criminals, sometimes because they are relatives or neighbours, and those who are not are often just too afraid or untrusting of authorities to tell.

In the circumstances, serious crime fighting calls for greater intelligence capacity in our security forces, especially in regard to drug dealing and gunrunning with their international connections.

United States Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G Moreno has assured that the FBI and ATF officers will help to train local personnel.

The ambassador says the ATF is crucial, as it can trace serial numbers and conduct forensic tests on guns coming through the United States and Central America in the nefarious drugs-for-guns trade.

“Having the FBI means that if there is a federal crime committed here which affects both Jamaica and the United States, I don’t have to wait for the office in Miami…to send me agents. Once we have an office here full-time, that guy will go out, train people, and will liaise and exchange information,” Mr Moreno said.

He pointed out that the US has invested and will continue to invest tens of millions of dollars and thousands of man-hours in improving the capabilities of Jamaica’s security forces and the judiciary.

This is help we can do with.

It is a great pity that we don’t have a model akin to the International Monetary Fund programme, which would force us to set our crime fighting house in order in the way we have had to do with our economy.


(TFC) Washington, D.C. -- Though the FBI is often credited with solving crimes, the bureau's assistance comes at a cost. The futility of trusting the FBI to defend the greater good is demonstrated by 10 of the most crooked and corrupt things it has done since its inception as the "Bureau of Investigation" in 1908. Some misdeeds are well-known while others are obscure, but all provide cause to distrust the federal agency.

10) Last year, a letter surfaced from the FBI to Martin Luther King Jr., disparaging him, urging him to commit suicide, and attempting to exploit his sexual behavior. In 1999, years before that letter surfaced, a federal jury decided that government agencies were involved in King's assassination. Though the FBI was not directly implicated, its obsession with King is cause enough for skepticism.

9) During and following the same years that MLK was active, the FBI actively sought to infiltrate "radical," "subversive" groups. They launched the notorious COINTELPRO program, sending undercover agents to pose as members of movements. They seeped into anti-war groups, the Black Panthers, and communist, socialist, and Puerto Rican groups (among others). They attempted not only to gather information, but to sow discord among the ranks of activists in order to sabotage their efforts. The FBI allegedly discontinued COINTELPRO in 1971, but many believe it still employs the same tactics today.

8) For example, the FBI has been caught multiple times planning terrorist plots for targets to foil. This was the case here, here, here and here. When the FBI has trouble getting an informant to cooperate, it simply frames them.

7) In going out of its way to "find" terrorists, the FBI uses grotesque tactics. One former informant recently revealed that he was urged to sleep with women at a mosque he was infiltrating (the mosque eventually called the FBI on the informant when he advocated violence). This parallels the strategy of London police officers, who infiltrated environmental groups in the 1980s and '90s, as well as the tactics used on protesters in the United States.

6) The FBI is creepy beyond its use of informants. While the NSA is largely blamed for spying en masse on the data of American citizens, it was the FBI that actually built the Data Intercept Technology Unit. This is the framework that underlies the NSA's capabilities. FBI leaders have actively attempted to thwart encryption features on smart phones that were implemented due to concern over government spying.

5) Though such surveillance is disturbing, the FBI has been snooping since its inception. During the Prohibition era, agents tapped phones and spied on Americans in the name of catching alcohol bootleggers. It was only through Supreme Court cases and Congress that the FBI was barred from doing so--only to later develop the Data Intercept Technology Unit.

4) Such spying proves a troubling catch phrase of American popular culture: "Celebrities are just like us!": the FBI has conducted surveillance on a wide variety of stars. They watched Marilyn Monroe for her ties to the Kennedys, John Lennon for his anti-war activism, and Charlie Chaplin, who was an outspoken anarchist. Even the world's most famous figures cannot escape FBI scrutiny if they are promoting a change to the status quo. If they cannot escape the government's snooping, there is little chance for the rest of us.

3) The internment of Japanese-Americans during WWII is now viewed as one of the most reprehensible actions not only of FDR, but the federal government in general. However, when condemning the horrific discrimination and destruction of due process, few ask who carried out FDR's Executive Order 9066. It was the FBI, who made lists of people to "intern" and rounded them up. The bureau is rarely criticized for these racist, unconstitutional, and inhumane actions.

2) The FBI is also known for making the lives of whistleblowers a living hell. Though the Obama administration has cracked down on those who are courageous enough to expose government wrongdoing, the FBI has consistently ranked the most intolerant of such dissent. It sent a threatening letter to one of its would-be whistleblowers and makes little effort to protect them. For an agency tasked with rooting out crime and corruption, its unwillingness to look in the mirror is disgraceful.

1) The FBI has a bad habit of employing selective justice. During the 1970s and 80s when it was prosecuting gangsters, it made a point to prosecute some and not others. Why? Because those it protected were paying them off and providing information on other gangs. Further, in the 1960s, the FBI allowed four innocent men to be convicted of murder, simply to protect a former gangster turned informant. They encouraged a witness to lie and withheld evidence from the court to earn the convictions, again exemplifying an egregious disregard for the justice they are tasked with delivering (the government later paid over $100 million in settlements for the false convictions).

The Federal Bureau of Investigation enjoys the reputation of a legion of good Samaritans. Countless films and television shows glorify the agency and highlight its crusade to protect justice in America. In spite of this, the FBI's corruption runs rampant and unchecked-not all of the FBI's offenses can be listed in 10 points (special mention goes to targeting prostitution houses and editing Wikipedia articles).

In light of this consistent history of criminality and misconduct, it is time for Americans to consider that having criminals fight crime is a futile effort which belies a foundation of corruption across the entire system.

This article originally appeared on and was used with permission.


The United States agency known as the FBI -Federal Bureau of Investigations - will be setting up office in Jamaica.

The announcement was made by US Ambassador to Jamaica, Louis Moreno on Wednesday evening at the launch of Dialogues in Democracy, a publication produced by the Caribbean Policy Research Institute (CaPRI) argued that the move represents the commitment of the US to helping the Jamaican authorities tackle the persistent problem of crime.

"During my tenure here I was able to convince Washington to give us a fulltime alcohol, tobacco and firearms office and very shortly we are actually going to have a fulltime FBI office," he told the small audience that had gathered for the launch of the CaPRI report.

He explained that the office will decrease the embassy's reliance on the regional FBI office and other intelligence arrangements in Latin America.

"We will now have our own officers stationed in Jamaica and that will make working with the security forces much easier. We will have more joint operations, more training, more equipment and more extraditions," he said.

The FBI, like the US Secret Service, is a law enforcement agency. They exist to investigate crimes, and the FBI budget is about $8.3 billion

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