Dana Seetahal: Our Lost People

The Late Dana Seetahal

The Late Dana Seetahal

All reports indicate Dana Seetahal was a model citizen of Trinidad and Tobago, an attorney, law lecturer, independent Senator, newspaper columnist are a few achievements which dotted her career. Despite all of her achievements she was murdered on the weekend by people unknown who attached no value to her life. The news of how she died should be worrying to Caribbean citizens for many reasons.

Trinidad like Jamaica are two of the largest islands in the Caribbean and have become known for high crime rates. Although the Caribbean has a reputation as a peace zone in a world perpetually gripped by violence there  is no doubt that on the current trajectory this reputation will soon dissipate. Sadly our modern day leaders both political and non governmental lack the capacity to implement economic and social policies which are steeped in a relevant vision and philosophy.

The abject despair revealed by former Chief Justice of Barbados David Simmons when asked to comment about Seetahal’s murder should serve as a wakeup call that there is a vacancy for leadership in the Caribbean. And to those who continue to criticise Barbados Underground for being the purveyor of bad news for the last seven years how do you respond to Sir David Simmons’ comment which agrees with our view?

One of BU’s biggest disappointments in the post-Independence period is the inability of the three largest and mineral rich countries to shepherd the prosperity of the region. Our inability to share resources and engage in levels of functional cooperation to the benefit of the region has started to manifest in the level of crime being witnessed. Sadly the rising level of violent crime across the region will negatively impact our reputation as a peace zone and service based economies in our region will be affected.

It has been stated by people closely associated to  the late Seetahal that she was a fearless individual who had no qualms exercising her right to express herself in a democracy. In other words she demonstrated a behaviour which all citizens should routinely display but do not.  The result is rising injustice perpetuated by a few who are motivated by greed, wickedness and ignorance.

This common space that we call our region whether defined along historical, political or other does not require the use of statistical inference to support we are ripe for contagion given the rise in crime in our biggest countries; countries which supply the region with labour.

It is depressing to think about the kinds of societies we have become – we have created vagabonds who see no value in the life of a human being, especially someone like Seetahal, who was an example of what many should aspire to become.

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106 Comments on “Dana Seetahal: Our Lost People”

  1. lawson1 May 6, 2014 at 3:32 PM #

    Please don’t start shooting the doctors in Barbados, the average life span may go up. I go to work for a few hours and total hell breaks out. What the f$^%@%CK .Pachamama where you burying all these bodies you racking up..
    You may not like lawyers but it takes an awful lot of balls to be a prosecutor , everyone in prison has a hate on for these great people that day in day out represent the interests of society. Realestate lawyers, contract law, defense lawyers etc we may have opinions of them. But the real heroes of the legal system are the prosecutors that for little pay make the voices of the victims heard.

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  2. Well Well May 6, 2014 at 5:57 PM #

    Ah well……there is so much drama to this female’s death and looks like it’s just the beginning, and now there is some muslimeen flavor added and Simmons is in Trinidad with the coup/muslimeen inquiry…..I tell ya.

    http://www.nationnews.com/articles/view/suspect-tipped-off-by-police/

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  3. Dompey May 6, 2014 at 6:06 PM #

    Lawson

    If what you’re saying about Prosecutors are true, then how comes there are some many innocent men as well as women behind bar, for crimes they did not commit. I’ll take your statement with a grain of salt Sir. It seems as though you need to do a little more reading on the Innocent-Project because it appears as though you’re watching entirely too much TV.

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  4. Lemuel May 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

    SSS:

    Listen Piece looking for you.

    If you want to find out how Tom died, call Cynthia Forde the MP for St. Thomas. Every birth date she and a handful of people by his graveside. If Tom was Roman Catholic, by now Cynthy would have had some miracle happen to have him become a saint. That would really rile up AC!

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  5. Dompey May 6, 2014 at 6:19 PM #

    Lawson

    One common practice we have observed amount prosecutors, and that is the fact that when their have made a mistake: there never seen to want to admit they culpable carelessness.

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  6. De Skippa May 6, 2014 at 6:26 PM #

    Pachamama, May 6, 2014 at 10:31 AM:

    “This Robert Ross must die for us all to live!”

    BU’s first actual death threat, we think.

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  7. Hants May 6, 2014 at 6:33 PM #

    I just read this and if true it proves what we already know.Corruption has many tentacles.

    “PORT OF SPAIN – ONE of the men involved in the murder of senior counsel Dana Seetahal was reportedly tipped off by a police officer that he was wanted for questioning into her killing and has since gone into hiding”

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  8. Well Well May 6, 2014 at 6:50 PM #

    Dompey……..I believe you will find out that Lawson1 may not be the BU Lawson you so love/hate…lol

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  9. robert ross May 6, 2014 at 9:13 PM #

    Lemuel

    What an incredible fellow you are. I did not threaten Mr Spin. He threatened to kill me. I merely told him to bring it on. You see anything wrong with that? Or are you another gutless wimp?

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  10. robert ross May 6, 2014 at 9:17 PM #

    Oh and one other thing Lemuel. I really won’t comment on you as an attorney but your perception of the crime of murder would be found laughable by first year law students.

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  11. Lemuel May 6, 2014 at 9:30 PM #

    Ross:

    I am prepared based on what you wrote in response to Well Well to stand or sit in a court of Law to say that you left to go and shoot Pacha at the bottom of Cave Hill.

    This gutless wimp is that prepared; you who are caught up with white trash. But Pacha awaits you my friend.

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  12. Lemuel May 6, 2014 at 9:35 PM #

    Ross:

    I am giving this one free; you clearly established in your thread that you had “malice aforethought”. That is what established that you intended to shoot and kill Pacha.

    Again I do not suffer fools.

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  13. robert ross May 6, 2014 at 9:38 PM #

    Lemuel…..he didn’t turn up. So much for the gutless wimp. But you can swear as much as you like. The record is clear. You’d be another lying lawyer and from your recent posts demonstrably insane.

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  14. Konkieman May 6, 2014 at 9:40 PM #

    The biggest racist and bigot on this site is a thing called Pachamama. Read every post he has laid down here and I rest my case. But I will pray for your redemption.

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  15. Lemuel May 6, 2014 at 9:43 PM #

    Ross:

    Were you in your “white trash’ mode when you rendered me insane?

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  16. robert ross May 6, 2014 at 11:01 PM #

    Lemuel

    You seem to have become a ventriloquist’s dummy. “Pacha awaits you”….lol. Pacha would have trouble zipping his fly. “Rendered insane” – come on fella. You’ll be referring to yourself as “we” next.

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  17. Sargeant May 6, 2014 at 11:46 PM #

    On the heels of my earlier post about T &T police “mired in corruption” comes the news that a suspect in the slaying was tipped off by a Policeman. The rot is deep and widespread within the T & T Police Force and all through the corridors of power in that country.

    The worse is yet to come

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  18. Pachamama May 7, 2014 at 3:39 AM #

    Barbados is still a slave society. Those here. who coddle racists like Bullen Robert Ross, white people in Bim with their dry racist humor have made a determination that racism is to be always acceptable, under any guise. And to let a minority, any minority anywhere, continue with this fcukeries is only inviting the continuation of that racist global institution. You are and will always be a kept people. Robert Ross is a Bull – er and a racist.

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  19. David May 7, 2014 at 7:38 AM #

    The different response to Seehatal’s murder by police and other civil society players shows there is an awareness for those who who serve with a pure motive.

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  20. Well Well May 7, 2014 at 10:03 AM #

    It’s a mess….more to come.

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  21. Exclaimer May 8, 2014 at 11:45 AM #

    I believe that the source of this murder stems from the narcotics trade. I would suggest that the source of this root stems from South America, and or the Asian business community somewhere in Trinidad.

    If a country has a weak and naïve political framework and an undisciplined population it leaves itself exposed to unsavoury internal and external actors who have the potential to do much harm to a country’s reputation.

    Sadly, I believe that Barbados is well placed to becoming a surrogate of its murderous neighbour Trinidad. It’s time for Barbadians to become vigilant, disciplined and united against the rising tide of criminality in Barbados. Your government has neither the vision nor the intelligence to stop the rise of violence. Therefore, it is time for Barbadians who are the eyes and the ears of the country to take the reins of power and to steer the country in a positive direction.

    If you were to hold a knife to your government’s throat it would be kept in check and would be forced to govern responsibly.

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  22. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad May 8, 2014 at 12:39 PM #

    http://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/05/06/ian-bourne-barbados-attorney-general-adriel-brathwaite-a-stinking-coward-bullies-local-media-but-cannot-bear-scrutiny/#comment-1632218

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  23. Exclaimer May 8, 2014 at 8:06 PM #

    May God protect those good men and women who hold to account are corrupt business and political elites. May God condemn and shame the impotent Barbadian press who see no evil, hear no evil, and speak no evil of our business and political elites.

    Finally I have a message for our business and political elites – your transgressions are transparent. You have failed the masses through your personal greed. Pride comes before the fall. The day of your denouement is fast approaching. The timidity of the masses is receding; they are focussing on the enemy within. That enemy is you Mr(s) Businessman and you Mr(s) Politician.

    I understand that the death penalty still exists in Barbados but has not been enacted for some time. This fate would be far too pleasant for this degenerate class. However I know one place which would accept these charlatans – Dodd’s Prison.

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  24. BAFBFP May 9, 2014 at 5:09 PM #

    Ah boy … In time to make the 100th comment … Bam ..!

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  25. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad May 10, 2014 at 5:37 AM #

    Money launders and Bankers are in TNT with the lawyers help, The Bajan Lawyer need to be worried and look out for the law and the crooks on the street also, The lawyers are playing on both ends and now time to pay with blood, If we had free and open NEWS you all will see things much faster.
    we will not say how we know what we know , but can a sure you we know .
    The She-it has hit the fan and most people mouth and eyes are wide open with no cover. What a mess to clean up after some one unplug the fan .

    No Free Press in Barbados , We get more News of the Net and the Blogs ,
    Most people on the street dont even know BU or BFP to check the words of the Ministers , They dont have time running each morning up and down with a ZR VAN. While for a 40 hours work week making less than 300 a week.

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  26. David May 10, 2014 at 5:54 AM #

    @Deeds

    And what is stopping you and others from promoting the blogs on the street if you use them to disseminate you message?

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  27. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad May 10, 2014 at 6:37 AM #

    When we are out we give the website, some people go on at the same time on their BLACK BERRY, to make sure they reach the site , maybe bumper stickers or T-Shirts or Key rings will help. We post on our face book pages , we send emails, we copy and paste the web site or topic,
    As time goes by and more people are laid off , they may have more time to see and understand why they are home,. Be sides taking an add out in the Nations Papers we can not do any more, For we will never call the Nations papers again for nothing , People will have to call them for we will not support none on of the street papers in Barbados until they are a real FREE PRESS good or bad.All the papers need to be Boycotted . When we get a papers its days late and it fits very good under the dog and bird cage,

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  28. pieceuhderockyeahright May 10, 2014 at 8:18 AM #

    @ David[BU]

    It is not that people don’t come and read, your statistics review will confirm that.

    It is that people are afraid to post because they fear that this Bulbados practice of victimizing you for telling the truth and talking out in the face of violence, malice against the common man and witch hunts that abound all over BIM has many of them in abject fear.

    What if I said that as a common practice that under the current administrator at the school meals is running a private catering company and profiteering from the tax payers money?

    What if i said that the allegiance that she has, during these times of national austerity have so many of her employees in fear that, while they believe that the goodly Doctor ** is cheating the government of Barbados big time that they are afraid of saying anything, lest they loose their pick?

    Having balls, in a country that traditionally makes an example of people who “rock the boat” borders on being a PHVCKing idiot because if they cant get you at the place that you work and fire your scvnt, they put their hounds on you by auditing the last 20 years of your life, or some other machiavellian wickedness.

    It has now become fashionable to be a “bad boy/girl” cause living upful lives does not pay, in fact you get punished for being a good citizen

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  29. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad May 10, 2014 at 10:26 AM #

    pieceuhderockyeahright | May 10, 2014 at 8:18 AM |@

    We agree , at PLANTATION DEEDS ,on of the problem they have with us and our supporters is that none work for them , none get paid by them , we can care about them , We only care about what is best for Barbados and Bajans, Many who wanted to run was turn back with being let go,

    So who ever wants to tell truth must be strong, As you can see We KNOW we are more Right and Lawful and Legal than those who are sworn to up hold the laws of this Nations, We not asking no one for our Rights We taking out Rights .
    If we are Wrong in any thing we post , ANY ONE Please send the proof ..

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