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Posted: 9/16/2004 4:57:58 PM EST
www.caymannetnews.com/2004/09/738/letter.shtml

Urgent US military intervention needed in Grand Cayman

The following is the full text of an
open letter from Mr Timothy Adam
Chief Executive, Cable & Wireless
(Cayman Islands) Ltd
Wednesday, September 15, 2004

Grand Cayman urgently needs military intervention to restore and to preserve law and order. This needs to happen TODAY.

No doubt US authorities are already aware of the widespread looting that has occurred. I have heard sporadic attempts at looting continue to occur. I got caught in traffic right beside a site where police had shot several times at a looter and had detained him, and there was a near riot - a very volatile situation to which police responded promptly with heavy assault weapon teams.

Last night there was a prison riot at HMP Northward in which a number of prisoners escaped. A prison guard was injured (I have heard it was not fatal) and a fire was started in the prison. ALL the island's law enforcement agencies had to be diverted to deal with this. The situation has been calmed down but it is still volatile, the police have had to go back there in force subsequent to the initial incident being calmed, and there now remains a serious weakness in the security force because a lot of the police and Special Constables are now diverted to handle the situation. Worse yet, there is a convicted rapist and a convicted murderer on the loose. Police have now been diverted from their already seriously stretched law and order duties to search for these dangerous criminals under difficult circumstances. The island's power supply has not been turned back on yet and even when it is, most of the electricity poles on the island have been broken, even huge concrete poles snapped, and there are NO streetlights ANYWHERE on the island. Police are operating in total darkness.

Police communication with outside law enforcement agencies have been very restricted due to the storm.

Our towers appear to have all withstood the storm and at least seven of them have anti-collision lights operating, which is great news because that means they still have electrical power. One of our top priorities is restoring the national transmission system links so that we can get those RBSs operational again. The Cable & Wireless core systems are now fully functional, including both GSM and TDMA core systems, local host exchange, ISC, internet, international submarine cable Maya 1, etc.

National transmission links have sustained damage and are out due to flooding and other physical damage inflicted by Hurricane Ivan. Restoration of national transmission links is one of our top priorities, and our teams are working day and night on this. Once we get transmission to our cell sites we are hopeful most of them will become operational again.

On-island communication is spotty. Police use cellular communication in addition to the Government radio system, but presently only a few areas have cellular coverage. There is a good Government radio communication network but in several areas the police are having to operate without any communication at all with headquarters or other units for backup.

Central Police Headquarters in George Town has been destroyed by Hurricane Ivan. The police have moved their headquarters to the first floor of One Technology Square, the island's telecommunication bunker owned and operated by Cable & Wireless (Cayman Islands) Ltd. of which I am Chief Executive.

This site is presently also housing the 911 Emergency Communications Centre, which we moved here as a temporary measure a couple of days in advance of the storm at the request of government due to their concerns about the survivability of their normal centre located in Central Police Station. Suffice it to say that proved to be a very wise decision!

I should emphasise (to the US Military) that in the present situation all the islands' internal and external telecommunications are entirely dependent on the continued operation of this site.

In summary:
If we lose this site, we have lost the country. This site needs to be defended with military assistance as a matter of urgent priority. The US Military also need to know that in this site and in an adjacent building (AT&T Wireless offices in Trinity Square on Eastern Avenue) there are in total at least 25 United States citizens who in my considered opinion need their country's protection NOW, hence I believe under US laws use of the military is justified or authorised. For the most part these are people who are very necessary to help in the telecommunications restoration work. PLEASE BE CLEAR: WE ARE NOT SUGGESTING THAT THE US SHOULD EVACUATE THEM; on the contrary most of these people need to remain here because THEY ARE VITAL TO THE REBUILDING PROCESS THAT IS GOING ON SO THAT THE COUNTRY CAN RECOVER FROM THE HURRICANE AS QUICKLY AS POSSIBLE! There are a few of this number who are spouses and children of Cable & Wireless staff, families, and/or others who have taken refuge in One Technology Square, several of whom we are planning to evacuate through existing channels and military assistance is not needed for that.

I should also mention the thousands of United States of America citizens who are located elsewhere in the island, who for the most part are also necessary for the restoration effort. A bit of US Military help is required not just for One Technology Square, but to assist law enforcement across the island, and will no doubt contribute to the safety and security of those US citizens.

This will work best if the US Military works closely with the Royal Cayman Islands Police [RCIP]. It does not need an over-reaction, a heavy-handed approach, or imposition of martial law, but rather assistance and relief for the exhausted police team and the capability to execute no-nonsense law enforcement across the island, but the US Military must make it clear to British (and if necessary local) officials that either the RCIP will let them help or the US Military will do what is necessary without RCIP cooperation. If the US do not act in a measured way and if they come in with too heavy a hand, we risk losing the island's reputation for stability, and that will destroy our economy.

Let me emphasise that what is needed is for the US Military to provide the necessary relief to the limited and over-extended local authorities, and the local authorities need to accept that help. While the local law enforcement authorities seem to be "holding strain" and are maintaining peace and stability, this is not sustainable without some relief from the outside whether it is British or US but I am concerned that at this point the British are too far away.

Cayman Airways ran "first-come, first-served" evacuation shuttle flights to Miami yesterday from the time the runway opened up until nightfall prevented airport operations. The airport has NO navigational aids, NO PAPI, and only partially functional runway lights. They are hoping to have PAPI operational again by the end of the week. Air Traffic Control is operational, and inbound aircraft can use RNAV for approaches and landings. Kingston ATC is coordinating the air traffic. Grand Cayman ATC has had very limited outside communication due to storm damage to telecommunication faculties, but I have received word that that has been restored overnight.

The British appear to be "playing politics". The police force is a dedicated team of professionals who are determined to do their job - and do it on their own if they get no help - but they are very limited in number, they have been part of this tremendous group of people across this island who have brought us through the worst storm ever in these islands' known history without ONE SINGLE reported death so far, but the police are very limited in number and they are exhausted yet reports are that the British have refused to send in Royal Marines or Military Police to help. HMS Richmond and Royal Fleet Auxiliary Tanker Wave Ruler are here, the navy has sent ashore several of their crew from the ships, but they are unarmed and not prepared to engage in law enforcement. We understand the civilian Governor Bruce Dinwiddy has asked the British for military assistance in maintaining law and order, but so far it has not been forthcoming and so far as I have heard, there is not even a promise that it will come. There may be some reluctance at the higher echelons of the Government and Law Enforcement as to the need for outside assistance, but at the senior operational leadership level my sense of the situation is that the police are desperate for outside help.

Please know that I don't want to criticise anybody who is here in Grand Cayman. We have been through a living nightmare, we have done this together, we are determined, willing, competent and know what it takes to work together to put this country back together FAST, we are not at present in a total breakdown of law and order, but we are very much on the edge right at the moment and we do need some help NOW.

If I do not see a positive response by US Military to help us get our country's law and order stable which will also protect US citizens and US interests, I will assume this message has either not reached the right people or that they do not believe or understand it. We will then have to rely entirely on US and international public pressure to have the US give us some assistance immediately and for the local officials to accept it. Therefore I have already provided a copy of this to a local publisher, and to his webmaster who is located overseas. This person is a personal friend of mine, a ""fellow believer", who is one of the over 460 people who took shelter in this one building during the onslaught of Hurricane Ivan. He has sworn an oath to embargo this until noon today, however if I do not advise him to the contrary (and/or if we lose contact with his webmaster) this will appear on a website that is receiving hundreds of thousands of hits a day from people wanting to know what's happening in Cayman right now. Yesterday it received 509,000 hits.

Miami is one hour by jet away from here, Guantanamo Bay about 30 minutes, British forces are too far away to be of use now even if the British make the decision to intervene.

BUT MY AIM IS THAT THIS IS NEVER TO BE MADE PUBLIC - it would cause a lot of unnecessary panic, it will get blown way out of proportion and so will the response. it's not that the situation is out of control right now: with some help the RCIP can keep it under control, but we have to have a bit of military help to give us a margin of safety as a temporary measure, and hence my precaution to use publication as a "last resort" to see that we get some help. I just pray that it works.

Trust me and listen loud!

Timothy Adam
Chief Executive, Cable & Wireless (Cayman Islands) Ltd
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:04:04 PM EST
Holy fuck...I've been there 5 times, and I was even married there... I really didn't think the Caymanians would behave like that. They always seemed so much more civilized than the Jamaicans.

I'd better end this line of thought before I get banned.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:12:54 PM EST
Uh...I thought the British were sending help...it's their territory, so US forces cannot land there without permission from the government of the UK...
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:14:26 PM EST

Originally Posted By QuietShootr:
Holy fuck...I've been there 5 times, and I was even married there... I really didn't think the Caymanians would behave like that. They always seemed so much more civilized than the Jamaicans.

I'd better end this line of thought before I get banned.



All I have to say is to look at the demographics of these Caribbean islands.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:17:12 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:18:03 PM EST
I thought he was going to tell you he had a cashiers check for $50,000 but needed you to put up $5,000 of your own money in order to get it to clear the bank....
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:19:55 PM EST

Originally Posted By KA3B:
I thought he was going to tell you he had a cashiers check for $50,000 but needed you to put up $5,000 of your own money in order to get it to clear the bank....




Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:21:45 PM EST
[Last Edit: 9/16/2004 5:22:16 PM EST by TheKill]
Sounds like frigging blackmail to me.

Hey Tim: are you out of bodies? No? Than deputize a few and GET TO WORK!

P. S. My tax dollars are already spoken for, thanks.

Sincerely,
Someone who Believes in Self Sufficiency

Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:22:38 PM EST
Let's send in the un-organized militia.......

Everyone take leave at work and let's gear up, we can put down the riots.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:23:16 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:24:05 PM EST
if the uk needs our help they'll ask for it and we will honor the request.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:24:10 PM EST

Originally Posted By obershutze916:
Sorry, but who the hell cares. It is a third world shit hole. how do you expect them to act?



Uh...it's also one of the biggest banking centers in the world...
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:24:21 PM EST
Glad I got to see it last year before it was destroyed.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:26:07 PM EST
Thats not cool.
Where's his gun? Dont he own one? Ohh, thats right, that subjects vs citizens thing again.

Kharn
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:30:02 PM EST
Its a British protectorate, the US cant go in without their permission.
Send me a ticket, I'll go. I have friends there. I can be out of here in an hour.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:30:23 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:40:19 PM EST
Have they got any Oil?

/mockery of a LLLeftist caricature of a ZOG minion
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:42:42 PM EST
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 5:49:51 PM EST

Originally Posted By obershutze916:
Sorry, but who the hell cares. It is a third world shit hole. how do you expect them to act?



The Caymans are hardly a third world shit hole. They are one of the richest countries in the western hemisphere.

I can't believe the Brits haven't fessed up a company of MPs, the country is so small that's about all it would take.

For those that compaired Cayman to Jamaica, realize that maybe half the work force of Grand Cayman is made up of Jamaicans.

All in all, that's what they get for not allowing law abiding citizens to own firearms.
Link Posted: 9/16/2004 6:12:24 PM EST

Originally Posted By Currahee:

Originally Posted By obershutze916:
Sorry, but who the hell cares. It is a third world shit hole. how do you expect them to act?



The Caymans are hardly a third world shit hole. They are one of the richest countries in the western hemisphere.

I can't believe the Brits haven't fessed up a company of MPs, the country is so small that's about all it would take.

For those that compaired Cayman to Jamaica, realize that maybe half the work force of Grand Cayman is made up of Jamaicans.

All in all, that's what they get for not allowing law abiding citizens to own firearms.



I understand well about the demographic of Cayman and the workforce. But Cayman's standard of living is MUCH higher than Jamaica...there really are NO shitty areas on Grand Cayman.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 12:56:41 AM EST
What the hell are all of the cruise ships doing?
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 1:40:22 AM EST
Probably true and on the level. South Africa has already sent a team of some sort...probably diplomats who will be useless...there since there are over 3500 of their citizens in the Caymans.

Perhaps a plea to Koffi Anan at the UN would be in order Mr. Adam? Surely they will rush to your aid!

Link Posted: 9/17/2004 1:43:56 AM EST

Originally Posted By QuietShootr:
Holy fuck...I've been there 5 times, and I was even married there... I really didn't think the Caymanians would behave like that. They always seemed so much more civilized than the Jamaicans.

I'd better end this line of thought before I get banned.



I dont see anything ban worthy there. And I couldn't agree more; Jamaicans are assholes.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 1:46:13 AM EST
Amazing, the companys/people that have used abused the Cayman Islands as tax shelters for decades are crying for US support ($$$).



Boo f#^?king Hoo.



Lesson for today CEO's: Everything has a down side.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 2:19:41 AM EST

Originally Posted By IamtheNRA:
Uh...it's also one of the biggest banking centers in the world...



Good for them they can pay for thier own guards then.
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 2:20:34 AM EST
The Brits should handle it...

Drop in a few SAS... that always did seem to do the trick


- BG
Link Posted: 9/17/2004 2:22:01 AM EST

Originally Posted By QuietShootr:
Holy fuck...I've been there 5 times, and I was even married there... I really didn't think the Caymanians would behave like that. They always seemed so much more civilized than the Jamaicans.

I'd better end this line of thought before I get banned.



What "thought" would that be ?
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