By: Harold M
In order to understand Mr. McAfee’s actions regarding the Coast Guard, the Police and the GSU, you will first have to understand his perspective. I want to take a break from the events happening directly to Mr. McAfee, to the larger issue of Government corruption in Belize:
Mr. McAfee has consistently been ridiculed in the press because he insists that the Government is lying and that they may kill him if he is apprehended. Keep in mind that Mr. McAfee has created this blog, the sole purpose of which is to expose corruption within the Belizean Government and has posted more than 60 posts laying out his beliefs. In addition, the blog is highly successful and has created enormous PR problems for the Government. 70% of all employees in Belize depend on tourism for their salaries, so public perception is key to the survival of the economy. If the Government of Belize was perceived in the public eye to be corrupt as a result of this blog, and if in fact the Government is corrupt, then it would not be unexpected for them to punish Mr. McAfee severely for this huge offense.
We should first ask whether the Government would tell a lie about Mr. McAfee. When he tells the press that the Government does lie about him, he is ridiculed.
I would like to provide one key example out of many, in which the Government has lied about what it is doing in regards to Mr. McAfee:
On November 29th, the Police raided Mr. McAfee’s property in San Pedro. Fifteen heavilly armed officers, some wearing the traditional GSU black uniform with face masks, broke in, spent two hours searching the 11 buildings on his site, took over a half million dollars worth of property and lefrt. While they were there, they locked up and terrorized the housekeeper, and threatened Samantha’s father with torture. When Mr. McAfee reported the raid here on this blog, the government denied any involvement. This is Channel Five’s report:
“Both the police press officer and the head of the GSU say that there was no search at McAfee’s property and that in fact, the unit was not even in San Pedro today.”
Here is the link to the Channel 5 report:
Normally in Belize, this is where it would end. Mr. McAfee, however had arranged witnesses to the event (17 American tourists in one of his boats) and, in spite of the usual “If you talk we will kill you” threats that the GSU uses, Samantha’s father, Nestor, talked on the phone with Chad and told his story:
The following day, the Government changed its story:
“News Five has since received confirmation from the Government that a raid was in fact carried out at McAfee’s property”
Here is the news report:
So certainly, the Government has lied about its activities regarding Mr. McAfee. There are many more incidences, equally as astonishing, that we will be revealing.
The next question is: Is the Government of Belize Corrupt?
Freedomhouse has this to say:
Government corruption remains a serious problem. Belize is the only country in Central America that is not a party to the UN Convention against Corruption.
Journalists or others who question the financial disclosures of government officials may face up to three years in prison or up to US$2,500 in fines.
Defendants can remain in pretrial detention for years amid a heavy case backlog; about one-fifth of the country’s detainees are awaiting trial.
In September, the government brokered a truce among rival gangs in response to complaints made by residents and alleged gang members of police brutality by the Gang Suppression Unit. Extrajudicial killings (State sanctions murders) and the use of excessive force remain concerns.
Belize was added to the U.S. list of “major” drug producing and transit countries in 2011 because of large numbers of drugs and weapons seized along its border with Mexico and weak anticorruption measures. According to the International Center for Prison Studies, Belize has the world’s 9th-highest prisoner-to-public ratio, with about 439 inmates per 100,000 inhabitants. Prisons do not meet minimum international standards.
Belize is a source, transit, and destination country for women and children trafficked for prostitution and forced labor. The majority of trafficked women are from Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador. The trafficking of workers from South Asia and China for forced labor has also been uncovered in recent years.
You can view the report from Freedomhouse here: http://www.freedomhouse.org/report/freedom-world/2012/belize
In addition to the Freedomhouse Study, Transparency International, the international organization that champions honesty and shames countries for being dishonest, Ranks Belize near the bottom. On a scale where ten is clean and zero is considered 100% corrupt, Belize is given a score of 2. Channel Five broadcast the report:
So it seems that without any additional documentation from Mr. McAfee, Belize is clearly a corrupt country.
But would The Government of Belize kill someone who is a problem for the Government?
Extrajudicial (State Sanctioned) killings were listed by Freedomhouse, above, as one of the problems in Belize. The following news reports from just a few months ago demonstrate how they are carried out:
The Police’s explained that while transporting Arthur Young (a man only wanted for questiong) in the back of a Police pickup truck, he attempted to take away a Police Officer’s weapon. He did this while he was handcuffed (hands behind his back) and even though he was guarded by multiple armed officers. Police say that during the struggle, the gun went off and Young was shot fatally.
As an indication that the police routinely carry out state sanctioned murders, The Commissioner of Police, David Henderson, was asked whether or not the killing was state sanctioned:
“Is this a state-sponsored execution?”
“I will not speculate.”
You can read the full interview here:
Clearly, State sponsored murders do happen.
Now, in spite of these overwhelming facts – The Government lies about it is Doing to Mr. McAfee, it is obviously corrupt and it obviously murders people who are in the way – the press still responds incredulous when Mr. McAfee says “I have seriously pissed them off with my blog and my speaking out against them. I think they may kill me”.
Which one is crazy: The press, or Mr. McAfee?
Any rationaal human would believe the same as Mr. McAfee. In a Country where you can be sent to prison for questioning a Ministers finances, what do you think the Government would do to someone who published a blog such as this?