Bush wants CI defence force

| 09/03/2012

Premier views scan image.jpg(CNS): Premier McKeeva Bush says he wants to create a Cayman Islands ‘disaster defence force’ once the country is in a position to afford it. Speaking at the official inauguration of the customs new crime fighting equipment this week, Bush revealed his wish list for when the country is better off financially for further crime fighting and security measures.  He said it was a long standing goal to create Cayman’s own special cadre of personnel that would work alongside the RCIPS in special circumstances, such as in the wake of a hurricane or other emergency situations, to protect the public.

“In this day and age when you are developing and moving forward, trying to build a nation, we have to build services and I hope that I can see a disaster defence force before long,” Bush said. “It’s not on the front burner but it is moving up and I have spoken to several people about it. Funds are not available now and I don’t know when they will be available but I consider the protection of borders, especially in natural disasters … where we ought to have our own, so we don’t have to reach abroad as we did for Ivan.”

He said one day, when government had the finances, Caymanians would be trained and recruited into the country’s own defence unit that could be there when needed in the wake of disasters and emergencies. “I consider that we ought to have our own cadre of defence force personnel that would work with the police when needed,” he said.

Talking about how much money the government has already invested in crime fighting, he said there were many more things that he wanted to see that would help to keep the islands safe, not just from the threat of crime but natural disasters.

He spoke about getting even better and more sophisticated protection for the borders with a national radar system so the emergency services would know “what was coming down on us” and be able to have the helicopter, boats and other emergency resources available in the right place.

“These are costly things,” he said but he added that his government wanted to move forward with them.  “But we need these services and one of these days we ought to have the funds to … supplement the police with these services,” he added.

Category: Crime

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  1. Anonymous says:

    I was one of the few people that first suggested that we needed a Military unit or base down here. I suggested it  during the Christmas party that was held at John A Cummber school in december 2011. I my self planning to join the british Royal Marines Commando in the later half of summer 2012, also being in the Cayman Island Cadet Corps. Plus having Family in infantry and special forces in both US and UK militarys, I canfor sure say the Cayman Island needs one or two military units or bases wheather army, navy and/or Coast Guard , marines or Air force


  2. Anonymous says:

    They'll all wear black shits and have belt buckles engraved with "Got Mit Uns."

  3. Anonymous says:

    Will Mac then get to wear a military uniform like Chavez and Castro do?  That would be cool.

  4. Anonymous says:

    I told you so!

  5. ching ching says:

    Have you ever watched Dads Army on the BBC.

  6. Anonymous says:

    If Cayman's people can't see through McKeeva Bush yet, they never will….and that doesn't say much on behalf of Cayman because a blind man can see through this one.

    With all the smart, intelligent people in Cayman, both Caymanian and foreigners, how did this man ever become the Premiere of Cayman ?

    I truly hope that Cayman's voters have learned something by now and understand that letting McKeeva Bush into power is like putting an unruly, misbehaving child in a toy store, saying "have some fun !"

    If left to his own devices the toystore will look like a paradise in comparison to what Cayman will look like once McKeeva Bush is done with it.

    A more idiotic, threatening idea, I have never heard in all my life.

    This sounds like a McKeeva Bush 'hit squad' if you ask me and England would certainly have a thing or two to say about this if it ever surfaces while Cayman is still a British territory.


  7. Anonymous says:

    Cayman Islands Defence Force, way? to be a another Bashar al-Assad of Syria? I think NOT!!!!

  8. Anonymous says:

    WE DO NEED A DEFENCE FORCE TO KEEP THOSE EAST END UDP SUPPORTERS FROM GETTING THOSE GROUPERS DURING CLOSE SEASON AND TAKING THEM TO A GOVERMENT OFFICAL IN WEST BAY,  Now i wonder who that can be.  There one eastender who live in west and one that live in town that is always coming to east end to collect them and taking them to west bay.  After the last funeraL we had up here a goverment was call one side and told that he had THREE GROUPERS AT HIS HOUSE FOR HIM. THIS SAME OFFICAL WENT AND COLLECTED THEM.   Now mr premier we the EAST END PEOPLE would like you call a probe into this IT do not look good for any offical to assist those guys in breaching the laws of this that is in place.  The nezt time i see this i will contact the marine police and see what come out of it

  9. Anonymous says:

    EEEEK! Now he wants his own private army???

  10. Anonymous says:

    "Nation building" = "preparation for independence" = "death of the financial services industry and threat to tourism because of increased crime (see Nassau for details"

  11. Anonymous says:

    mckeeva can u bring the FLORIDA LOTTERY here two? 

  12. Anonymous says:

    He wants to be the Fidel of Cayman.


  13. Knot S Smart says:

    If we dont get our own defence force, then what will we do if Cayman Brac invades Cayman?


  14. Anonymously IRON CLAD says:

    "…help to keep the islands safe, not just from the threat of crime, but natural disasters".

    Good Idea… 'cause I see the Premeir himself as a Natural Disaster that has been brewing up for quite some time, and getting ready to wreak real havoc on our tiny little nation.

    We just can't have this basket run our Cayman Islands any longer… not one more day.

    • Anonymous says:

      "getting ready" ??

      • Anonymously IRON CLAD says:

        True… I know, it should be "has been". My point was though that after getting his Defense Force, it would be the REAL HAVOC… and the nasty end of Democracy/Cayman Island as we know it.

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe if we had our own DF in place after Ivan, we wouldn't have to depend on other Caribbean islands such as Bermuda, Jamaica and Belize DF to assist us. 

  15. Jacky boatside from oldbush says:

    Cant wrong ya there Bushy cause the bobbies on the beat ain't cutting it out deh on dem streets. However crime is the archilles heal of the Cayman Islands Economic and Social structure and prosperous way of life. This is something our financial rivals and governing powers are well aware of and their lack of performance and indifference cant be made to look too obvious so their FCO uses fancy wording and whispers of sweet nothings in our loyal fools to reassured them erry lickle ting is going to be all right. How sad for Caymanians that our children future is so uncertain.

  16. Anonymous says:


    • cayman lost generation says:

      You are a little late anon 15:15 been that way for sometime Prison Police and Judiciary now branching out and returning to UK UK and Phillipines moving now to India and soon be China China.

      • Anonymous says:

        So true, no wonder this place is going to hell. Loved coming there, no any more. Crime out of control, cost of living killing the people & your politicians living high on th hock.

        Reminds me of Jamaica in the 70's, on the way down. From what I read and hear, your Premier is more intersted in the welfare of everyone else other than the locals, not a good idea. I'm sorry to see this once "Pearl of the Caribbean" come to what it is today.

  17. Big Whopper says:

    We need a defense force against your ideas

  18. Anonymous says:

    Sorry, Mr. SKEPTICAL but they would not be called "MAC'S MILITIA". The name has already been decided upon – they will be know as the Rapid Action Task Service!

  19. Anonymous says:

    DOES ANYONE EVER THINK POSITIVE ROUND HERE???????? I do not have a strong opinion on this issue, but every blog is nasty / negative. I wonder why?

    • Anonymous says:

      Maybe if you did not listen to your "premeir" and got a decent education you could figure out the answer yourself?

    • Anonymous says:

      Perhaps we are more than a little jaded by all of Macs big ideas and who actually benefits from all of them.

  20. EYE ON THE ISLAND says:

    "We don't need education" is what our fearless leader has said about Cayman and he proves the point almost every time he opens his mouth or comes up with another idea. Dredge the North Sound for mega yachts, destroy our Mangroves, cut into our island to build a dock making us more likely to not survive a storm and build a refinery. All of this out of the big brain of our leader. If I did not live it I would never believe this from anyone.

  21. Anonymous says:

    Reminds me, I haven't read 'Animal Farm' for a long time!

  22. Anonymous says:

    Definition of McKeeva- always sure to give you comic relief at the end of a long hard work day or work week. 

  23. The Beaver says:

    Zee idea iz a verry gut one.  Zee first ting vee vill do iz to exterminate oll zee foreiners and Alden, Kurt, dat old Bodden Town guy, and zee few tousands oders hoo standz ins our way.  Zee second ting vee must do iz to organize in zee brigades, hold zee bonfire, and burn all zee books an all zee music dat do not praize Me Big Mac as zee saviour of diez izlands.  And zee last ting vie shall do iz to build zee nuclear power plant in zee East End so dat vie can be zee firs Caraibean country to have zee nuclear weapons – I hear der are zee many countriez hoo vill pay good money for zem.  Zee Beaver

    • dontgothere says:

      Verrrrrrrry interestink. But you missed out ein important step, namely ze Vest Bay troopers must firstly annex der Sudetensound.

      • The Beaver says:

        Jawohl, zie ist right Herr Kommandant.  Firzt zie Sudentensound, then zie Bodden Town, and then zie East End…but maybe not in dies particular oRder.  Maybe, jus maybe vie tek ober die Five and a half mile Beach firzt and give some of die Land away!  Zee Beaver

  24. Red Flag says:

    Papa Doc Mac, Premier for Life…………

  25. Anonymous says:

    He is talking like a real dictator!  We are a democratic society and we want to remain democratic.  We don't need independence now.  Everyone in the world is fighting for freedom and this man wants us to go the communist way. You know I am a West Bayer and I have come to realize that this man is a Dictator to the core.  That Premiership has gone to his head, BIG TIME!

  26. Anon 1.0 says:

    Mac's in Honduras. Maybe all if he stopped with the excessive trips he'd have some money for it eh!

  27. Anonymous says:

    And, I dare ask, would they also be at YOUR beck and call and reporting to you?  Would there be any phone-tapping / spying privileges granted to them in the near future?  Would there be any plans to have them on hand at certain times, like when people exercise their democratic right to protest what their government is doing, to discourage people from getting too boisterous and vociferous in their protests?  And by the way, when is the Bill of Rights going to come in effect? 

  28. Anonymous says:

    I think what he means is 'Civil Defence' or 'Civil Defense' – unarmed uniformed volunteers trained to deal with emergencies.

    It was disbanded in the UK in 1968 and replaced by a combination of the three emergency services acting together in the event of a major incident.

    Ihave a better idea – if there's a repeat of Hurricane Ivan just get boots on the ground (US Marines, British Paras, Royal Marines, whatever you need) ASAP to deal with looters.

  29. BART simpson says:

    When the people of Syria protested they were met by the Militia, because Hassad does not want to give up power. Would a militia be a good idea for Cayman

    • Anonymous says:

      I wonder if the Chinese buddies will be helping with this too.   After all they are said to have the largest army in the world.   Any plans to have them send over their military people to help train this "defence" force, militia-style?  Now wouldn't  that be a comforting thought?     

  30. Cat says:

    Mac's wife really need to give him some laxative over the weekend and give him a proper cleaning out, because his sh*t has been getting backed up to his head for a long time now and giving him some sh*tty ideas.

    • Anonymous says:

      Whom ever you are? You are most disgusting! But then you seem to have alot of company.


  31. Anonymous says:

    We already have the DEA no? (Dart Enterprise Agents!)

  32. MacWad says:

    Oh good Lord what will come out of that overbloated cakehole next?

    One plus – it is a lot quicker to carry out a coup than a referendum vote, so pretty sure we can fast-track Mac off to the real big house he deserves…


  33. Fedup says:

    In the wake of emergencies and disasters you need firemen, heavy plant operators, volunteers of all types. You don't need a "defence force". Anyway the police can call on volunteer special contables and all we need there is a more formal organisation of that – which is controlled by the Commissioner of Police not some dangerous pXXXX of a politician. I'll join if they'll have me! 

  34. A. Pastafarian says:

    He's lost it!  Call for the men in the white suits!

  35. Anonymous says:

    Tyranny:   Cruel, unreasonable or arbitrary use of power or control. 

  36. Anonymous says:

    Defence force needed…for protection against the UDP!!!!

  37. Naya Boy says:

    Dearest McKeeva there is absolutely  no need for this as Mother already has one in place and that includes an intelligence apparatus compete with saboteurs to safeguard its citizens and to thwart any other nasty little contingencies if they occur here, nice try though. MDF Mac's defence force unarmed will do just fine however aleast to keep the hostile natives in line. What a mess this place is in from colonials now to colonial masters.

  38. Anonymous says:

    Must have just come back from Cuba and still a bit starry eyed….

  39. nauticalone says:

    Nonsence!…and Deflection Tactics.


    What we need "everyday" are Good Schools, Good Health Services, Planned "needed" Infrastructure (roads, GT and Spotts Ports enhancement), Environment Laws, Properly funded/operating Anti-Corruption Commission, Properly recruited and trained Police/Customs/Immigation Personnel, and of course better Educated Politicians.

    In the odd event of another Major Hurricane ALL of us and the UK/US/CARICOM are more than willing to assist.

    We do NOT need more "pie in the sky" foolishness to throw away money which we cannot afford!

    Only a person with "Dictator" aspirations would think this way.



  40. SKEPTICAL says:

    What’s it going to be called – ” MACS MILITIA “. Presumably the regimental crest will include a pair of crossed bananas ?

    • Lachlan MacTavish says:

      Sound bite, useless, no money for this program, a promise to employ people to be emergency workers, sit for years getting paid for nothing, or maybe protect the West Bay Compound? Deflection, smoke, Bush trying to get the headlines away from the petition. 

      One man one vote, stand up, see and ask for representatives that have your interests first.

      Lachlan MacTavish

      • Anonymous says:

        Why would talking about a guard system be confused or rather asthe writer puts it be a distraction for the one man one vote, sounds a bit like personalities at play here eh!

  41. Anonymous says:

    Ya, just what we DON'T need.  Take a look at the Bahamas "Defense Force" and their "Police" –  another self-glorifying idea.  Whatever is he smokin'???????????

  42. Anonymous says:

    McKeewa – NOTE TO SELF! Monopoly $$$ can't buy shit in the real world.

  43. Anonymous says:

    OMG! Mac keeps pulling ideas out of his ass!

    • Anonymous says:

      nah ! must of found this idea during a colonoscopy

    • Anonymous says:

      Are you just saying that because they stink?

    • Anonymous says:

      and dey stink!

    • Anonymous says:

      thank god none of them ever happen!

    • Married to a Caymanian says:

      What ever happened to Big Mac's EASY WIN of "Day Light Savings Time"?  = pure economic win od + hour of biz time per day and tourists getting a longer sunset?   

      Sorry, this politician cannot even tell time, i am too tired to listen anymore!!!

  44. Anonymous says:

    Would the Barkers Park Rangers become part of this new regiment, or would they be maintained as a seperate militia?

  45. Anonymous says:

    His own little Republican Guard?  Spare me.

  46. Anonymous says:

    I am sure he would have this "special cadre of personnel" answering directly to the Premier's office.

    In case of a natural disaster they could quickly react at his direction to protect the assets of The Premiers rich handlers.

    Or they could but down any uprisings of the people who disagree with him. 

    This could bethe most dangerous thing I have heard out of this mans mouth.

  47. Anonymous says:

    He hopes to be the premier of an independent country one day. For that he will need an army.

    This is just another step towards further destroying these islands.


  48. Anonymous says:

    He spoke about getting even better and more sophisticated protection for the borders with a national radar system so the emergency services would know “what was coming down on us” and be able to have the helicopter, boats and other emergency resources available in the right place.

    Just as I thought when its broken and in disgrace then they start thinking about responsible protection. I have been preaching this from 10 years ago to all government parties since 2001.

    It should also be mandatory to license all boats and have permanent GPS(against the law to be tampered with) in which if a vessel extends 12 miles they must by law call port security if existing or entering and possibly get searched depending on how long they were away. 

    I hope this radar will be used for all 3 Islands and of course  the larger stretch of water between GC and the sister Islands can not be monitored.(depending on the feasibility)

  49. Anonymous says:

    Ha! Ha!  Gooooo Turtle Rangers

  50. really Anonymous says:

    Better get your "premeir"protest done before he gets his security forces up and running or its all too late for you all.

  51. serious concerns says:

    The questions that I have to ask myself are –

    Who has control over this 'Defence Force'?

    Who decides what is an 'Emergency'?

    Who decides when to 'Reach abroad' and when abroad reaches to us?




    • Anonymous says:

      We all know how the word "emergency" has been abused by Mac to pass certain laws. Guv and AG watched but did nothing. Zzzzzzz.

    • Anonymous says:

      Mac decides everything, especially when to NOT reach abroad after Hurricane Ivan. Won't let me post the link to the BBC newscast but part of it reads:

      People question why the Caymans has not had more help – many believe the government actively tried to play down the crisis for fear of undermining the huge offshore banking industry.

      Former government minister Charles Kirkonnell told me: "It should not be covered up. We have a disaster, we have a catastrophe on our hands. It needs to be met. We need to be truthful about the whole thing."

  52. einsatz kommando says:

    Before any peson is recruited, there should be serious consideration given to screening of the candidates.

    This could be seen as another way of gaining a foothold in the Cayman Islands by some.

    I think Racial purity, height / size ratio and honour through loyalty to their leader should do it!


  53. Anonymous says:

    big dreams little money

  54. Anonymous says:

    Yeah… Just like The Hitler Youth Brigade!   

  55. Absurdistani says:

    Every dictator needs an army.

  56. Anonymous says:

    An anti-corruption force would be a much better defence against what is threatening Cayman now.

  57. Anonymous says:

    Yes, as we move towards independence, we will need an army to keep the devil worshippers in line.

  58. Old Sea Captain says:

    Our most urgent need is a government anti-corruption and deterrent force.

  59. Anonymous says:

    Makes sense.  Every dictator needs a military to rule over.

    • Anonymous says:

      So i guess every country that has an army the leaders are dictators?

      • Anonymous says:

        We have the UK dimwit, we dont need an army. Is that you Mac?

      • BART simpson says:

        PLEASE!! 09:08

        NO!! NO!! You missed the point.  "EVERY DICTATOR HAS A COUNTRY".

      • Eyes Open says:

        Yes. Also, look around and see how many police forces in so-called democratic countries are equipped as paramiltary organizations. Armored personnel carriers, water cannons, stun grenades, flash-bangs, etc. And then ask yourself- WHO needs protecting? If it isn't governments from their own people.

      • Anonymous says:

        In one way or another every leader of every country acts like a Dictator at some time in their role as Leader.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, but a dictator cannot be a dictator without the unwavering support of an army. Which is why totalitarian rulers pack the army with their relatives and loyalists.

      • Anonymous says:

        No, Ke Ke, that's not what he said at all.

      • Anonymously IRON CLAD says:

        SHUT UP you fool. You are disrupting the natural flow of INTELLEGENT COMMENT, COMMON SENSE and WISDOM at work here.

        Go find some other forum so you can "Hail McHitler" on. Leave this one for us people who SMELL THE RAT.

      • DR Kananga says:

        To answer your question … most countries have a Standing Army made up from Professional or National Service Soldiers.

        Overseas territories do not have an Army, they are dependant on the Army from the Mother Country.

        Unless, they decide that they do need one of their own to deal with 'emergencies' and 'social unrest'.

        Once this happens, you are truly in the Banana republic stereotype and it would be better to join it quickly and get armed to the teeth than stay on the outside!

      • Anonymous says:

        Obviously not, twit.  That is not what the poster said.  The poster said every DICTATOR, not every COUNTRY.   Obviously there are countries who do not have dictators but do have any army to protect the country.   There is a difference – you see, DICTATORS like to use the army as their own personal bodyguard and not for thecountry.  That is exactly what certain individuals in Germany did in the past, and modern-day North Korea, China, Cuba, and quite a few of the Arab countries as well, Syria jumping readily to mind, where the DICTATORS put down their own people whenever there is dissenting voices.   GOT IT NOW?