Despite the AG's bold and brave response to Opposition Leader Rowley a few weeks ago in Parliament that the emails were fraudulent and he (and his govt) have nothing to hide; all the actions thus far of both him and his Prime Minister are forcing me to draw a different conclusion: like people have cocoa in the sun? In the aftermath of Rowley's allegations, instead of the government listening to the requests of
the population and calling for an independent investigation and stepping aside, they have instead asked Mervyn Richardson, the man responsible for investigating Assassination Gate, who is on contract, to spearhead another investigation involving Kamla and the AG.
And if it wasn't bad enough that we have a police officer with questionable investigative skills leading the investigation, the AG and the PM are now trying to influence and thwart the investigation at every stage of the game.
Thus far we have had:
1. Richardson seizing Rowley's compute: I can only assume it is to ascertain that Rowley didn't create the typed transcripts himself. Yet he didn't seize the printer to examine it to see if the documents were printed from it...because you do know printers have their own identification marks.....Richardson baffles me, he truly does. Mind you he hasn't seized any computers from the AG, the PM, Suruj Rambachan of Gary Griffith just yet.
2. The AG paying two local IT persons to produce reports to say the typed e-mails are fake.
3. Kamla Persad-Bissessar, through her lawyer Israel Khan hiring a foreign IT Expert, Jon Berryhill, to say that the documents presented in Parliament by Rowley are fake. Mind you in his report he does say: “The authenticity of an e-mail message requires corroborating information from multiple sources. “If the authenticity of an e-mail is in question, a single-source printed copy would never be sufficient to resolve the issue,” it added. “The analysis of printed e-mails in the absence of other data can never prove its authenticity.”
4. The PM refusing to have her data devices examined unless she and her attorney are present. So much for a free and fair investigation by the police.
So, unless Persad-Bissessar and Ramlogan provided a digital archive for Berryhill to sift through how on earth can we know what is or isn't authentic?
The saddening thing is the government will continue to interfere with this investigation and try to influence its course. We have had Anand and Kamla bring in local and foreign experts. What next? A keynote address from a Steve Jobs hologram to say Apple thinks the e-mails are fake based on typed transcripts?
And while they are busy trying to skewer this investigation they are also fighting the Integrity Commission on another front. And making much of the meeting between Rowley and Gordon. If it's that problematic then replace the chairperson, Kamla...but stop tampering with the investigation. And stop investigating yourself so publicly. It isn't solving anything for anyone.
To the members of the media, I truly hope you ask Mr Berryhill the right questions:
1. What were his instructions? To form a view on the authenticity of the document handed to him or the method to authenticate the existence of the emails?
2. If his job was just to examine the printed documents, then what is the point of his report and investigation?
3. If he had access to digital files, why was he given access and not the police who are investigating?
4. Did he access reports from Google, Microsoft and TSTT, and if so, through what channels.
5. Why are the PM and AG investigating Emailgate themselves? Are they attempting to pervert the course of justice and influence the outcome of this case?
See Kamla and Anand, your hope is that the public either too stupid or too tribally loyal to ask the right questions. But we see this for what it is....whether or not those emails are true....you and your government are acting very guilty.
Pity the Law Association, DPP, President and Chief Justice wont step forward and tell the Silkened AG and PM to cease and desist. Because it seems that the silkened twins are attempting to pervert the course of justice and no one is pulling them up. Pity too that Herbert Volney of all people seems to be the most sensible voice in this enter fiasco.
Step Down and Step Aside AG and PM....or else I might start to think you've got something to hide.
Like we heading to Perversion of Justice in Full Dotish Mode!