Opposition Leader Kamla Persad Bissessar says Rowley’s admission on a political platform that his Government has indeed been utilizing spy equipment should alarm every citizen of Trinidad and Tobago.
She says in addition to the Pegasus spy software that is being used to monitor law-abiding citizens’ private WhatsApp messages, this government has another system that is supplied and supported by a foreign entity.
This system is supposed to be used for the monitoring of illegal activities such as terrorism, drug smuggling and gang organization. However she said this system is also being misused to spy on law-abiding citizens.
She claims certain hand-picked police officers have approached this foreign entity and misled them, in order to gain their assistance in spying on law-abiding TT nationals.
She also claimed that following her call on Wednesday to National Security Minister Fitzgerald Hinds to state what is the role of Constable Clement in the interception of communications she was further informed that Constable Clement is reportedly operating separately from the main TTPS structure and is reporting directly to Minister Hinds.
She says this operation is based at a house in north Valsayn which is being rented by the TTPS, and equipment and personnel involved in this illegal spying are currently based there.