See Something, Say Something … Do Something

The conventional wisdom – advice to the public – for counter-terrorism is “See Something, Say Something”.

For all innocent victims, a 3rd step would be greatly appreciated, though not recommended, it is truly beneficial if that advice can be extended to “See Something, Say Something, Do Something”.

This was definitely the experience recently in the Caribbean island-state of St. Lucia when a couple of tourists were accosted-mugged by a crook-bully-nefarious-character and people in the general public came to their aid. See the story here:

Title: Citizens arrest man who attacks visitor
CU Blog - See Something, Say Something ... Do Something - Photo 1Concerned citizens today arrested a man who attacked a visitor on Jeremie Street near the Castries market, according to an eyewitness report.

The eyewitness told the Times that the incident occurred at around noon.

It is reported that the female visitor was in the company of her husband when she was attacked by a man, said to be in his thirties, in an apparent robbery attempt.

According to the eyewitness, a local man who witnessed the incident intervened and grabbed hold of the attacker who managed to free himself and flee.

However, according to the eyewitness, other citizens gave chase and eventually held the attacker.

The eyewitness said he was part of the group that effected the arrest and eventually handed the attacker over to the police.

Source: Saint Lucia Times Daily Newspaper – Posted 03-12-2017; retrieved 03/22/2017 from: 

Photos of the Indoor & Outdoor Castries Market:

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This foregoing article belies a serious point of concern: never under-estimate a robber; they may have a gun and can inflict harm on “wanna-be-heroes”. This is why the bravery of that “one local man” in the foregoing story is even more impressive. The unnamed heroes in this case extended protection with no regard for their own safety. But despite this benevolence, it is out of place for civilians to put themselves in harm’s way to ensure public safety. That is the job of the country’s security forces.

The book Go Lean … Caribbean explains the Social Contract as where citizens surrender some of their freedoms and submit to the authority of the State in exchange for protection of remaining natural and legal rights. The formal institutions of the State (Police and Militia) are expected to deliver the security solutions, not some Good Samaritans. So under this Social Contract, it is expected that the people will “See Something, Say Something”, and then the State’s security apparatus would “Do Something”.

There is dysfunction in the Caribbean in the delivery of the Social Contract. So there is the need for many of the best-practices here-in for Caribbean people and institutions to apply to improve this experience.

There is the need to reform and transform the societal engines, the economic, security and governing eco-systems. The Go Lean book (Page 23) details many economic empowerments; and then makes this revelation:

… with the emergence of new economic engines, “bad actors” will also emerge thereafter to exploit the opportunities, with good, bad and evil intent.

This roadmap for Caribbean integration declares that peace, security and public safety is tantamount to economic prosperity. This is why an advocacy for the Greater Good must be championed as a community ethos. A prime precept is that it is “better to know than to not know” – this implies that privacy is secondary to security. A secondary precept is that bad things will happen to good people and so the community needs to be prepared to contend with the risks that can imperil the homeland.

The book Go Lean … Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU). The branding Trade Federation emphasizes the economic mandate of the CU; but there must also be a security apparatus enveloping the economic engines. Tourism is the primary economic driver in the region. So muggings-robberies of tourists are unbecoming. The communities must mitigate the risks and assuage all threats against tourists. What strategies, tactics and implementations does the Go Lean/CU roadmap envision for this quest? Consider this sample:

Community Ethos – Security Principles Page 22
Ways to Improve Sharing – Mobile Command Centers Page 35
Security Initiatives at Start-up Page 103
Ways to Impact Justice Page 177
Ways to Reduce Crime Page 178
Ways to Improve for Gun Control Page 179
Ways to Improve Homeland Security Page 180
Ways to Mitigate Terrorism – Bullying Page 181
Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering & Analysis Page 182
Ways to Improve Animal Husbandry – Security Dogs et al Page 185
Ways to Enhance Tourism – Tourist Hate Crimes Sentences Page 190
Ways to Impact the Prison-Industrial Complex Page 211

The CU‘s efforts will be supplemental to the individual member-states, like St. Lucia in the foregoing news story. These states will deputize the CU‘s security agencies – i.e. CariPol and the Naval Authority – to aid-abet the police and military forces to better deliver on the security mandates in the Social Contract. This intent was among the motivation for the Go Lean book in the first place. This is related as the Prime Directives, with these 3 statements:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy and create new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to protect the resultant economic engines and mitigate internal and external threats.
  • Improve Caribbean governance to support these engines.

The purpose of these prime directives is to elevate Caribbean society. We cannot do this alone. The challenges befalling the Caribbean region are too big for any one member-state alone. We have an interdependence within the region. See these statements from the formal Declaration of Interdependence, at the start of the book (Page 12):

x. Whereas we are surrounded and allied to nations of larger proportions in land mass, populations, and treasuries, elements in their societies may have ill-intent in their pursuits, at the expense of the safety and security of our citizens. We must therefore appoint “new guards” to ensure our public safety and threats against our society, both domestic and foreign. The Federation must employ the latest advances and best practices of criminology and penology to assuage continuous threats against public safety. The Federation must allow for facilitations of detention for convicted felons of federal crimes, and should over-build prisons to house trustees from other jurisdictions.

xvi. Whereas security of our homeland is inextricably linked to prosperity of the homeland, the economic and security interest of the region needs to be aligned under the same governance. Since economic crimes, including piracy and other forms of terrorism, can imperil the functioning of the wheels of commerce for all the citizenry, the accedence of this Federation must equip the security apparatus with the tools and techniques for predictive and proactive interdictions.

The Go Lean book provides exact details for this roadmap. Consider these points from Page 178 – headlines only here, except for #5 and #8 – from this section, entitled:

10 Ways to Remediate and Mitigate Crime

1 Lean-in for the Caribbean Single Market to leverage for Regional Threats
2 Deploy the Caribbean Police (CariPol)
3 Deploy a Regional Security Intelligence Bureau
4 Install an optimized Prison Industrial Complex
5 Equip local police with advanced technologies
The CU will provide grants to equip local police with advanced technologies, including video (dashboard cameras) and audio transmission, GPS tracking, and mobile computing systems to optimize community policing. The advanced systems also include anklet monitoring systems for non-violent offenders and suspects out on bail.
6 Provide Witness Protection at the Regional Level
7 Enable the Private Industry of First Responders and Bounty Hunters
8 Add Hate Crime Qualifiers on Sentencing
Criminal offences against “special” protected classes get extended sentences. This could include senior citizens, race-based crime, sexual biases, and even crimes against tourists, and the repatriates. Though not necessarily preventing crime, this provision sends the message to perpetrators that undermining the Greater Good is dealt with severely.
9 Roll-out a regional Youth Crime Awareness and Prevention
10 Reform the Dynamics of the Death Penalty – introduce Lethal Injection

Whatever the motivation for the crimes …

1. Need; 2. Greed; 3. Honor; 4. Justice; 5. Terrorism

… the Go Lean roadmap anticipates a forthright response and solution.

This point has been previously elaborated on in these prior blog-commentaries; see sample list here: Funding the Caribbean Security Pact Waging a Successful War on Terrorism – (Junior Partner of ‘Bullying’) Securing the Homeland – On the Ground A Lesson in the History of Interpersonal Violence – Street Crimes SME Declaration: ‘Change Leaders in Crime Fight’ 8th Violent Crime Warning to Bahamas Tourists Managing a ‘Clear and Present Danger’ 911 Emergency Telephone Systems: Art, Science, Issues Model of Regional Border Control Red Light Traffic Cameras: Art, Science, Issues America’s Navy – 100 Percent – Model for Caribbean Regional Security American Drug-arrested inmates to be deported – Look-out Caribbean Status of Forces Agreement for Regional Security Pact Here come the Drones … and the Concerns Remembering and learning from Boston’s Terror Attack Jamaica received World Bank funds to help in crime fight

The quest of the Go Lean movement is to protect the economic engines from any “bad actors”. These ones will always emerge; we must always be ready. This is the very essence of the Greater Good as a community ethos. This is a BIG motivation for the planners of this new Caribbean eco-system. The Go Lean book (Page 37) defines it as:

“… the greatest good to the greatest number of people which is the measure of right and wrong”. – Jeremy Bentham (1748-1832)

This … Greater Good philosophy also synchronizes with a principle from the Bible (Judges Chapter 4:17-22) with the actions of Jael to save her village rather than give refuge to Canaanite Army Commander Sisera. Her actions were celebrated by the prophetess Deborah, and esteemed as an example of a godly woman executing judgment for the Greater Good, even though at the expense of one person.

Tourism, at present, is the primary economic driver that feeds the Caribbean communities in general and St. Lucia in particular. (See the promotion VIDEO in the Appendix below). We need to not undermine it with selfish, felonious actions by a few “bad actors” imperiling the livelihoods and well-being of the greater community.

So now imagine the foregoing scenario at the Castries Market with the Go Lean/CU empowerments in place:

Being prepared – the goal of the Go Lean/CU roadmap – helps us to make our Caribbean communities better places to live, work and play.  We urge everyone in the Caribbean to lean-in to this plan; if you see something, say something, and then do something; leaning-in will be doing something. 🙂

Download the book Go Lean … Caribbean – now!

Sign the petition to lean-in for the roadmap for the Caribbean Union Trade Federation.


Appendix VIDEO – St Lucia Top Ten Things To Do, by Donna Salerno Travel –

Published on Nov 27, 2013 – St Lucia Top Ten Things To Do, is a tour of the most popular activities and highlights.
St. Lucia is the type of island that travelers dream about ~ a small, lush tropical gem that is still relatively unknown. In natural beauty, St. Lucia seems like an island plucked from the South Pacific and set down in the Caribbean.
Top Ten Things To Do on Vacation:
1) The Pitons
2) National Rain Forest
3) Sulphur Springs
4) Scuba and Snorkel
5) Jazz Festival
6) Pigeon Island National Park
7) Anse Chastanet Beach
8) Duty Free Shopping (i.e. Castries Market)
9) Horseback Riding on the Beach
10) Rodney Bay and Gros Islet

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