How could one man find out more than the police?
Stabroek News
January 13, 2004

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Dear Editor,

Mr. George Bacchus' allegations about a death squad, if they are true, have opened a can of worms and the government official mentioned may not be part of the group or have intimate knowledge of its activities, but may know some of the individuals named. A crack squad was probably formed and called into action after the escapees' activities were a threat to members of this 'organization' and their business interests thus warranting their elimination.

The Commissioner of Police and his deputies spoke to a commission recently convened and gave well scripted and rehearsed explanations as to their inability to combat the crime wave which they admitted had become sophisticated since the early 90s. They cited lack of intelligence gathering, drugs, weaponry and training among other things. What is baffling, however, is how could one individual gather intelligence on all these criminals, have a squad exterminate them and the police with all their crack detectives having access to crime labs, weapons and information could not do the same job of the Phantom Squad for which they took some credit at the end, claiming they had gathered 'better' intelligence.

Was it that their inability to combat the crime wave due to the fact that they were instructed to stay out of the real crime fighting business and stick to petty crimes and writing traffic tickets?

One can now speculate how the squad was armed and financed, what transpired when the kidnapped businessman escaped from the clutches of his captors and the resulting corpses that littered Georgetown. Also, it is time to find out who obtained the license for the software on the laptop found in the possession of the Good Hope trio, the source of the funds to purchase it, who supplied the armoured vehicle and weapons.

Yours faithfully,

Joe Owen

New York