1 JUNE 2011
For Immediate Release
The Progressive Liberal Party has noted with dismay the content in the recently published secret diplomatic cables concerning apparent infighting at the leadership level in the Royal Bahamas Police Force.
The former police commissioner, Mr. Reginald Ferguson, has had a questionable tenure at the Royal Bahamas Police Force, and it is an open secret that he was only appointed because of his allegiance to Mr. Hubert Ingraham and the Free National Movement.
From the confidential cables, it was clear that Mr. Ferguson did not enjoy the full support of the senior command of the police force and used his relationship with the current Prime Minister to rid the police force of officers he did not wish to be around.
Needless to say the Prime Minister was complicit with the former commissioner and his decision to confirm Mr. Ferguson as commissioner not only raises serious questions about the judgment of the Prime Minister for the following reasons:
The Supreme Court of the Bahamas found that Reginald Ferguson had submitted false evidence in a murder trial, and despite the Prime Minister’s assertion that the ruling would be challenged and appealed, such appeal was never lodged, apparently it was swept under the carpet and Mr. Ferguson was quietly retired.
Mr. Ferguson was condemned by the Lorequin Commission of Inquiry for his handling of the operation of a drug bust by and subsequent detention of the HMBS Inagua at or around the 20th June 1992.
To add insult to injury, the Prime Minister then appointed him to the sensitive position which he now holds. No wonder things in this country are rolling downhill.
Mr. Ferguson has not disputed the content of this morning’s publication, and only offered up a feeble “no comment”.
Well we say that it was a violation of Bahamian national security interests for Mr. Ferguson to toddle over to his de- facto bosses at the U.S. embassy to talk our nation’s secrets.
It is of little wonder then that we recall the outrageous collusion by local officials in the entrapment of Bahamians. Mr. Ferguson was instrumental in the arrest of baggage handlers and their incarceration in the United States on drug related charges. The FNM at the time condemned this operation, but duplicitously rewarded Mr. Ferguson with a promotion to Commissioner of Police.
Is Mr. Ferguson continuing his “double-gaited” walk on two sides of the street? Was he inserted in the sensitive agency to aid his party leader’s improper relationship with foreign interests?
The Progressive Liberal Party demands the dismissal of Mr. Ferguson immediately in the interests of our nation’s security.
Could you imagine the head of the FBI or CIA running to Bahamian diplomats to “talk secrets?”
The Government of The Bahamas must address this breach of our nation’s security now.
EDITOR’s NOTE: Bahamas Press cites serious, we dear say dangerous, revelations by the Nassau Guardian’s exclusive publication of the WIKILEAKS cables. The cables deserves a Pulitzer Prize.
What we find dastardly interesting though is the deafening silence by other members of the WUTLESS Media, who appear to be holding off the mix inside the poison chalice on the FNM leadership presented in the revelations.
While much of the cables appear to present repetitive language against the leader of the PLP, no one in media, THOSE WRITING THE CABLES nor those reading them, have found the balls to address the cables to HUBERT INGRAHAM or any member of his Cabinet.
How is it the Guardian, which we congratulate by the way, could find the nerve to contacts members of the PLP and other persons presented in the articles, but cannot find the spine, we dear say the gumption to quiz the PM on the long speculation of his status as an agent to a foreign Power.
Bahamas Press wonders if the journalists who have found the spine to present the cables will go the full way and put SERIOUS questions to the PM. Bahamas Press will wait and see.