My last commentary I told you about the
recent outbreak of foot in the mouth disease as contracted by several of our
On the other foot, and I do this with
the full understanding that there will be people who will tell me that I am an
apologist for the PNC again; asked to nominate two persons to the
defence commission the leader of the PNC Robert Corbin does an incredible
thing, he nominates the highly respected David Granger a former GDF officer and
editor of the Guyana Review [which even the PPP have never accused of being
biased] and who is not a member of the PNC Party though he may be supportive of
it, and one Ms. Maggie Beirne described by sections of the local media as an Irish
lady who is knowledgeable in many areas of Human Rights.
I decided to find out who this person
was, since we are going to have to use public funds to bring her here for the Defence
Telling the public that Maggie Beirne is
knowledgeable in human rights is like saying that John F. Kennedy was an
I will not dwell on Maggie's early work
at Amnesty International first, I will yell you what she has been doing since
1995 to the present:
During this period Maggie Beirne has been
a member of the full time staff member of the Administration of Justice, this
job we are told involves research and advocacy particularly related to policing
and human rights in Belfast, Ireland.
For those who do not know; Ireland has been a war zone for nearly 87
years, first with the fighting for independence from British rule, followed by
years of fighting among the northern and southern Irish to become separate
states. The situation changed in 1998 in what is called the Good Friday Agreement
which provides for all of Ireland to become unified, and to cooperate with the British to eradicate
terrorists, this plan is currently being implemented. Through all of this
period factions of the Irish Republic Army the IRA committed acts of terror on
the sector of Ireland which
remained part of the United Kingdom they also committed acts of terror in England itself . When all of this started Bin Laden was not even born.
Maggie has been a staff member working
on the policing for the Committee on the Administration of Justice since 1995
in places that would make Buxton look like Disney World.
She has been tasked with coordinating a
major comparative piece of research into policing jurisdictions beyond Northern Ireland which included Australia, Belgium, Canada, El Salvador, Netherlands, South Africa and Spain. She edited the subsequent report "Human
rights on duty". Which outlines the principles quote for "Better policing, international
lessons for Northern Ireland"
this report has been widely used by Human rights groups around the world as a
model for policing change. e.g. Timor L'Este, Mozambique and Afghanistan.
As if this were not enough she has published
the following; in 1982 "Complaints against the police" in 1985 "Consultation
between the police and the public" in1988 "Plastic bullets and the Law" in 1996
"Misrule of the Law" in 1997 for PATTERN "Human rights on duty, Principles for a
better policing-international lessons for northern Ireland"
This is a lady who has worked since 1981
to the present, writing and participating in a major way on policing and
policing practices as it pertains to human rights and the public.
So yeah, we would like to pay for
her passage to come here for the meetings. In fact we demand it, since we want
the truth now, we are tired of lies.
Maggie Beirne will bring 4 major and
necessary qualities in to the equation 1. She will be completely impartial. 2. She
is fearless and will tell us the truth and the International Community will
listen to her. 3. She can write, so we will be seeing reports from this
commission, waiting for our local boys to write reports takes a lot of patience,
on both sides. And 4. Her experience in these matters makes all the other Commissioners'
accomplishments look meagre in this particular area of expertise.
Unfortunately I have to point out that the
PPP's nominees to this commission were as predicable and uncreative as it
always is, they nominated two PPP party hacks, a failed Attorney General whose
integrity may have been compromised with the New Global Deal and a lawyer who is
know to be benefiting from the PPP's munificence in office. Now ladies and
gentlemen, I do not give out full marks easily, but I am going to have to give
Robert Corbin 100 for this one.