Mitigating the Eventual ‘Abuse of Power’

Go Lean Commentary

Power corrupts. Absolute power corrupts absolutely – Familiar secular prophesy.

The book Go Lean…Caribbean serves as a roadmap for the introduction and implementation of the technocratic Caribbean Union Trade Federation (CU) to elevate the region’s economic, security and governing engines. The roadmap covers 5 years. Once the roadmap succeed in its execution, there will be a lot of opportunities for stakeholders to acquire and wield power. The roadmap fully expects the eventual corrupting effects of that power, and thusly embed the required checks-and-balances from the outset.

The Go Lean roadmap covers so many aspects of Caribbean life that every one, in every nook-and-cranny, will sense the presence of the CU. The CU/Go Lean roadmap commences with these 3 prime directives:

  • Optimization of the economic engines in order to grow the regional economy to $800 Billion & create 2.2 million new jobs.
  • Establishment of a security apparatus to protect the resultant economic engines.
  • Improvement of Caribbean governance to support these engines.

During the course of these executions, there will be a constant focus on the exercise of power.

The assertion of the Go Lean book is that the Caribbean region must prepare for its own success, and its own eventual security threats. The book relates (Page 23) the historic references where the emergence of new economic engines were immediately followed by the emergence of “bad actors” to exploit the opportunities, with good, bad and evil intent. So we must proactively and reactively address crime, whether it is street crime, “White Collar” crime and/or also public corruption allegations. But doing so judiciously and with proper regard for human and civil rights.

Accordingly, the opening Declaration of Interdependence (Page 12) pronounced that we must take our own lead for our own security solutions; we must appoint our own “guardians” with our self-interest in mind; prioritizing the community ethos for the Greater Good. The actual declaration is pronounced as follows:

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 … to assuage continuous threats against public safety.

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.

CU Blog - Mitigating the Eventual Abuse of Power - Photo 1The Caribbean appointing “new guards” or a security pact to ensure public safety, will call for permanent justice institutions, sanctioned by all 30 CU member-states. The CU Federation or federal justice’s institutions will operate under a separation-of-powers edict – between the member-states and CU agencies. This is radically different than other federal government scenarios – like the United States – because of the reality of sovereignty. The CU is only a trade and security bloc, so the sovereignty of member-states remains with its current possessors. Therefore the Go Lean roadmap requires CU agencies to be deputized by the duly authorities in the member-states. Then with CU funding comes CU “strings attached” to ensure compliance of governance mandates. (These strings include fair and equitable treatment of all citizens).

A previous commentary related how the citizens of the City of Ferguson, Missouri-USA – African-American more so than any other ethnic group – were abused and repressed by law enforcement and judicial officials in that community. The injustice and abuse-of-power was so blatant that the town burst into protest – (literally burst into flames) – when one of their unarmed citizens, Michael Brown, was killed by a police officer. Then the whole country burst into protest – in solidarity – when the subsequent Grand Jury decided not to indict the offending police officer. The constant outcry was: “No Justice; No Peace” and “Black Lives Matter”.

The events of this small Midwest American town – a suburb of St. Louis – can easily be joined in chorus with countless Caribbean anecdotes. Any elevation of Caribbean society must therefore include the optimization of Caribbean justice institutions. The Go Lean roadmap assumes the heavy-lifting for the CU Trade federation to transform Caribbean society. The CU will be empowered for its security role – deputized for law enforcement in all Caribbean member-states – by a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) embedded with the initial confederation treaty. (This effort also includes the US Territories as well, under the legal guise of an Interstate Compact). This point was strongly urged in the same opening Declaration of Interdependence (Page 12), as follows:

xii. Whereas the legacy in recent times in individual states may be that of ineffectual governance with no redress to higher authority, the accedence of this Federation will ensure accountability and escalation of the human and civil rights of the people for good governance, justice assurances, due process and the rule of law. As such, any threats of a “failed state” status for any member state must enact emergency measures on behalf of the Federation to protect the human, civil and property rights of the citizens, residents, allies, trading partners, and visitors of the affected member state and the Federation as a whole.

CU Blog - Mitigating the Eventual Abuse of Power - Photo 2The Go Lean roadmap identifies gangs, organized crime, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, guns/explosive interdiction, piracy, and terrorism as threats to the law-and-order fabric of Caribbean society. But the community ethos for Go Lean roadmap must be based on the Greater Good, ensuring both the letter and the spirit of laws to serve-and-protect the community. So the relevant CU agencies must also police the Police. Just how does the roadmap propose this; (Page 177)?

  • The strings-attached in funding national police forces would force Internal Affairs compliance and reporting up-line to CU agencies.
  • Military justice institution, Judge Advocacy Generals, will also follow a reporting up-line to CU agencies.
  • The CU funding to member-states will required separate accounting ledgers – no deposit into General Treasury Funds. The CU therefore retains the rights to “audit the books”. Any malfeasance, misfeasance  or nonfeasance constitute federal crimes, criminal prosecution and federal prison sentences.
  • The CU will provide grants for equipment and investigative tools, like dashboard cameras and body cameras. The SOFA would legally grant authority to the CU to review police activity.
  • Every security-involved death (police, soldier, sailor, marine) will automatically initiate a federal investigative review.

In the Caribbean, “All Lives Matter”!

The Go Lean book details all the community ethos to ensure the right attitudes to serve and protect Caribbean communities; plus strategies, tactics, implementations and advocacies to provide increased public safety & security in the Caribbean region:

Economic Principle – Economic Systems Influence Individual Choices Page 21
Economic Principle – Consequences of Choices Lie in Future Page 21
Community Ethos – Security Principle – Privacy –vs- Public Protection Page 23
Community Ethos – Security Principle – Witness Security & Protection Page 23
Community Ethos – Security Principle – Anti-Bullying and Mitigation Page 23
Community Ethos – Security Principle – Intelligence Gathering Page 23
Community Ethos – Security Principle – Light Up the Dark Places Page 23
Community Ethos – Security Principle – “Crap” Happens Page 23
Community Ethos – Governing Principle – Minority Equalization Page 24
Community Ethos – Governing Principle – Cooperatives Page 25
Community Ethos – Ways to Improve Sharing Page 35
Community Ethos – Ways to Impact the Greater Good Page 37
Tactical – Confederating a non-sovereign union Page 63
Tactical – Fostering a Technocracy Page 64
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Homeland Security Page 75
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Justice Department – District Attorneys Page 77
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Justice Department – CariPol Page 77
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Labor Department – Regional   Relations Page 89
Tactical – Separation of Powers – Federal Courts – Court   of Justice Page 90
Implementation – Assemble “Organs” into a Security Apparatus Page 96
Implementation – Start-up Security Initiatives Page 103
Planning – Ways to Make the Caribbean Better Page 131
Planning – Ways to Improve Failed-State Indices Page 134
Planning – Lessons from the American West – Model   for Law-and-Order Page 142
Advocacy – Ways to Grow the Economy Page 151
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Governance Page 168
Advocacy – Ways to Better Manage the Social Contract Page 170
Advocacy – Ways to Impact Justice Page 177
Advocacy – Ways to Reduce Crime Page 178
Advocacy – Ways to Improve for Gun Control Page 179
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Homeland Security Page 180
Advocacy – Ways to Mitigate Terrorism Page 181
Advocacy – Ways to Improve Intelligence Gathering/Analysis Page 182
Advocacy – Ways to Impact the Prison Industrial Complex Page 211
Advocacy – Ways to Protect Human Rights Page 220
Appendix – CariCom Organs: IMPACS & Court of Justice Page 244

Other subjects related to crime remediation empowerments for the region have been blogged in other Go Lean…Caribbean commentary, as sampled here: Americans arrested for aiding ISIS Probe of Ferguson-Missouri finds bias from cops, courts Dreading the American ‘Caribbean Basin Security Initiative’ 911 – Emergency Response: System for First Responders in Crisis Intelligence Agencies to Up Cyber Security Cooperation Migrant flow / Border incursions / Threats from Caribbean into US spikes Justice Strategy: Special Prosecutors and Commissions of Inquiry Red Light Traffic Cameras, other CCTV Deployments can Impact Crime Role Model for Justice, Anti-Crime & Security: The Pinkertons Obama’s $3.7 Billion Immigration Crisis Funds – A Homeland Security Fix Status of Forces Agreement = Security Pact Here come the Drones … and the Concerns NSA records all phone calls in Bahamas, according to Snowden Remembering and learning from Boston Jamaica to receive World Bank funds to help in crime fight American Hypocritical Human Rights Leadership Slams Caribbean Poor Record

CU Blog - Mitigating the Eventual Abuse of Power - Photo 3The vision of the Go Lean roadmap is to make the Caribbean homeland, a better place to live, work and play. One, of many missions, is to lower the “push” factors (from “push-and-pull” reference) so that our citizens are not led to flee their homeland for foreign (North American and European) shores. Among the many reasons people emigrate, many times, there is a fear of life-and-limb. We must allow for “Justice”; and for “Peace”. All lives must matter!

We must do better!

We know that “bad actors” will emerge, from internal and external origins. We must be prepared and on-guard to defend our homeland against all threats, foreign and domestic. Yet we must maintain transparency, accountability, and constant commitment to due-process and the rule-of-law.

We do not want a Sheriff John Brown – see Appendix & VIDEO – emerging in the Caribbean region. Sheriff John Brown is a classic example of an Authority figure that abused his power at the peril of a common citizen:

John Brown always hated me, For what, I don’t know: Every time I plant a seed,  He said kill it before it grow.

Everyone, the people (residents and visitors), institutions and government officials are hereby encouraged to lean-in to this roadmap. 🙂

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Appendix – Relevant News Story: Amnesty International Calls for Accountability in Bahamas Police Abuses


Appendix VIDEO – Bob Marley – I Shot The Sheriff –

Uploaded on Aug 7, 2008 – Bob Marley- I shot the sheriff Music: (Google PlayiTunesAmazonMP3)


Appendix – I Shot the Sheriff – Lyrics by Bob Marley

(I shot the sheriff
But I didn’t shoot no deputy, oh no! Oh!
I shot the sheriff
But I didn’t shoot no deputy, ooh, ooh, oo-ooh.)

Yeah! All around in my home town,
They’re tryin’ to track me down;
They say they want to bring me in guilty
For the killing of a deputy,
For the life of a deputy.
But I say:

Oh, now, now. Oh!
(I shot the sheriff.) – the sheriff.
(But I swear it was in self-defence.)
Oh, no! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!
I say: I shot the sheriff – Oh, Lord! –
(And they say it is a capital offence.)
Yeah! (Ooh, ooh, oo-oh) Yeah!

Sheriff John Brown always hated me,
For what, I don’t know:
Every time I plant a seed,
He said kill it before it grow –
He said kill them before they grow.
And so:

Read it in the news:
(I shot the sheriff.) Oh, Lord!
(But I swear it was in self-defence.)
Where was the deputy? (Oo-oo-oh)
I say: I shot the sheriff,
But I swear it was in selfdefence. (Oo-oh) Yeah!

Freedom came my way one day
And I started out of town, yeah!
All of a sudden I saw sheriff John Brown
Aiming to shoot me down,
So I shot – I shot – I shot him down and I say:
If I am guilty I will pay.

(I shot the sheriff,)
But I say (But I didn’t shoot no deputy),
I didn’t shoot no deputy (oh, no-oh), oh no!
(I shot the sheriff.) I did!
But I didn’t shoot no deputy. Oh! (Oo-oo-ooh)

Reflexes had got the better of me
And what is to be must be:
Every day the bucket a-go a well,
One day the bottom a-go drop out,
One day the bottom a-go drop out.
I say:

I – I – I – I shot the sheriff.
Lord, I didn’t shot the deputy. Yeah!
I – I (shot the sheriff) –
But I didn’t shoot no deputy, yeah! No, yeah!


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