Tuesday, April 3, 2007
The jury is still out in Dominica over the controversial wire tapping bill that the countrys Prime Minister Roosevelt Skerrit has proposed. The introduction of this new measure is to tackle rising incidence of criminal activity. Skerrit tried to reassure his countrymen that the bill would not be abused by officials and that the necessary checks and balances would be put in place. The opposition United Workers Party however is not convinced. Opposition leader Edison James is concerned that the law would be used to target legitimate political activity and to eavesdrop on private affairs. "The allegations that the government of Dominica wants to tap private telephones or computers is false and misleading" the Prime Minister responded. Skerrit said that the parliamentary process would allow for debate on the matter, and that in the meantime, his administration would engage in a consultative exercise on the proposed law.