Kamla: No one cares about Cambridge Analytica

Tuesday, November 19, 2019 - 17:45

“Who the hell re­al­ly cares?”

This was the ques­tion posed by Op­po­si­tion Leader Kam­la Per­sad-Bisses­sar as she de­nied her par­ty was ever in­volved with da­ta-min­ing com­pa­ny Cam­bridge An­a­lyt­i­ca.


Ad­dress­ing sup­port­ers at Gopaul Lands, Mara­bel­la at the Unit­ed Na­tion­al Con­gress’ Mon­day Night Fo­rum, Per­sad-Bisses­sar ad­dressed claims made by for­mer CA em­ploy­ee Christo­pher Wylie that her gov­ern­ment hired the com­pa­ny to spy on cit­i­zens in 2013.

Wylie’s claims are doc­u­ment­ed in his re­cent­ly re­leased book, “Mindf***” and the al­le­ga­tions have been thrown at Per­sad-Bisses­sar by the rul­ing Peo­ple’s Na­tion­al Move­ment, with Na­tion­al Se­cu­ri­ty Min­is­ter Stu­art Young call­ing for a crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion in­to the mat­ter.

In fact Com­mis­sion­er of Po­lice Gary Grif­fith has ap­point­ed a team of po­lice of­fi­cers led by Act­ing Deputy Com­mis­sion­er Jayson Forde to probe the claims.

But Per­sad-Bisses­sar, like oth­er UNC ex­ec­u­tive mem­bers, firm­ly de­nied the al­le­ga­tion. She went on to say, “You know what peo­ple are telling me: “Who the hell cares? Who the hell re­al­ly cares?”

She said cit­i­zens are cry­ing out for jobs and ba­sic ne­ces­si­ties and have no time to fo­cus on the CA al­le­ga­tions. She summed it up as an­oth­er email­gate scan­dal.

“And the thing is we lost that elec­tion any­how, so what is the big sto­ry and the big news?” she added.

She crit­i­cized At­tor­ney Gen­er­al Faris Al-Rawi say­ing in the past, he de­nied cit­i­zens their rights to pri­va­cy.

“These Row­ley min­is­ters are the text­book de­f­i­n­i­tion of hyp­ocrites. Al-Rawi, the liar him­self said in 2016, and I quote “There is no right to pri­va­cy, as some peo­ple al­lege ex­ists in this ju­ris­dic­tion, but which our courts do not recog­nise.”

She said his state­ment was made when he pi­lot­ed a Bill to amend the Strate­gic Ser­vices Agency’s gov­ern­ing statute.

“So, in 2016 he de­nied the ex­is­tence of our right to pri­va­cy but now he comes to pre­tend he cares about our pri­va­cy,” she said.

Per­sad-Bisses­sar said these lat­est al­le­ga­tions against the UNC are ei­ther the fourth or fifth email­gate scan­dal and warned her sup­port­ers to look out for even more al­le­ga­tions in the fu­ture.

“Just when they start­ed their cam­paign, the Prime Min­is­ter came to talk about as­sas­si­na­tion at­tempt in 2014 or 2015, try­ing to im­ply the UNC tried to kill him, look I don’t have to kill him, he is do­ing that him­self and I speak of po­lit­i­cal death. I see this as email­gate three or four and there will be more to come and more be­fore the gen­er­al elec­tion, do not get dis­tract­ed, do not get fooled by their lies.” 

 - Sharlene Rampersad