Reader’s Opinion: National security

POSTED: 04/15/14 1:02 AM

Dear editor,


I was awaiting the continuation of the meeting of parliament pertaining the happenings at the Princess Juliana International Airport, before I write this article, but is seems that this meeting will not continue. During the first part of this adjourned meeting our Minister of TEATT Ted Richardson and our member of parliament Romaine Laville considered the revealing of documents pertaining to financial transactions at the PJIA to be an issue of national security, but in my opinion these gentlemen could not be further away from reality.

After perusing the documents that were revealed, I am of the opinion that you do not have to be a rocket scientist to conclude that not all was kosher with the dealing of funds belonging to PJIA. As such not the revealing of the documents should be an issue of national security, but the misuse of the funds of PJIA. The person who took it upon him or herself and risked losing his or her job revealing those documents must be considered to be a legitimate whistle-blower in accordance with the Integrity Program of the government and this person must be protected. This person has a moral conscience and did his or her civil duty in protecting the patrimony of this country.

What our minister and parliamentarian must consider to be an issue of national security is the outsourcing of the security of the harbor and the airport to private security companies that employ expatriates to do security work at the aforementioned locations. Why would a government allow the security of its most vulnerable entities, the harbor and the airport, to be entrusted to persons who are here to make a fast dollar and in some cases with ulterior motives? This is beyond my comprehension. This can be detrimental to the security of the patrimony of this country.


Todd Peterson


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