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Matters Of Concern Regarding National Security

By Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

Mahinda Rajapaksa

In 2009, we militarily defeated the LTTE which had been officially named by the US Federal Bureau of investigation as the deadliest terrorist organisation in the world. Though we had defeated the military machine of the LTTE, their political and financial structures based in Western countries remained intact. Therefore, my government maintained constant vigilance to ensure that there was no resurgence of terrorism in Sri Lanka. There were about four attempts of varying severity by separatist terrorists to regroup in the North but due to our vigilance my government was able to nip all those attempts in the bud.

I see now that this vigilance no longer exists. My government rehabilitated and released over 11,000 LTTE cadres and retained in custody only those considered to be dangerous to the community. The present government has been hastily releasing hard core terrorists without regard to the nation’s security due to political pressure from certain interested quarters.

While dangerous LTTE detainees are being released, the Prevention of Terrorism Act is being used to imprison members of the military. The PTA was enacted to deal with terrorism, not to detain members of the armed forces.  If any investigation is to be carried out into the conduct of military personnel, the government has a duty to deal with the issue under the laws applicable to the military or under the ordinary law of the country. That is a basic curtsy that we have to extend to members of the armed forces who sacrificed so much for the country. We have to be heedful of the self respect of our armed forces.

Officials of foreign organisations have been permitted unfettered access to Sri Lanka’s military installations such as the Naval base in Trincomalee. This has resulted in an immediate danger posed to members of the intelligence wing of the Navy reminiscent of the situation that arose after the Milenenium city betrayal in 2002.

Hon Speaker,

We have to be mindful of the events which occurred on the so called Mahavir day marked recently. The black flags and the posters on the Jaffna campus openly deified Prabhakaran and called for the establishment of Eelam.  The provincial council of the Northern Province ordered that schools be closed and hartals and hunger strikes were organised in the North to bring pressure to bear on the government to release dangerous terrorists. A 17 year old youth jumped in front of a moving train and committed suicide. It is said that a letter was found in his possession demanding that LTTE prisoners be released forthwith. It is not possible to believe that a teenager would have resorted to this behaviour without instigation and elaborate planning by others. We must be mindful of where these incidents are leading the country.

Despite the danger signs that have been manifesting themselves, the government has taken the ill-advised move of removing the proscriptions on eight pro-LTTE organisations and 269 individuals. I have seen on the internet photographs of the Tamil Youth Organisation and the Canadian Tamil Congress both of which were recently de-proscribed,  hoisting the Eelam flag and paying public homage to Prabhakaran. These are organisations which my government banned to safeguard Sri Lanka’s security but they have all been irresponsibly de-proscribed by the current administration.

Officials of foreign governments have visited our country and made demarches to Sri Lanka’s leadership about withdrawing the military from the Northern province. Decisions with regard to the deployment of troops are matters that should solely be within the sovereign jurisdiction of Sri Lanka. I cannot approve of officials of foreign governments declaring that they will remain ‘cautious and vigilant’ with regard to military matters in Sri Lanka.

The root cause of these problems is the ill-conceived foreign policy of the current administration which is based on bending over backwards to please certain foreign governments which are in turn influenced in their policy towards Sri Lanka by various Tamil Diaspora organisations which can deliver votes at elections in those countries.

Hon Speaker,

In October this year, the present government ill-advisedly accepted and co-sponsored a resolution against Sri Lanka which is based on a report which states that there are ‘reasonable grounds to believe’ that Sri Lanka’s armed forces committed grave crimes during the last phase of the war against the LTTE. In terms of this resolution the government has agreed to establish a war crimes court to try Sri Lankan military personnel with the participation of foreign judges, prosecutors and investigators and to allow this mechanism to obtain funding from foreign countries. They have also agreed to reform the domestic law to bring it into line with the laws implemented by international war crimes tribunals.  They have also undertaken to remove through an administrative process members of the military suspected of having committed human rights abuses even if there is insufficient evidence to charge them in a court of law.

When the British prime minister met our President recently, the former made an offer of six million pounds to reform the military. I do not believe that foreign governments should be sponsoring the reform of Sri Lanka’s armed forces nor should any such reform be done due to pressure from overseas.

I have come to learn that the senior military officers who led the various Divisions during the final phase of the war are to be retired without being given the usual service extensions. When these officers retire, they lose the institutional backing and protection provided by the military. Sending these officers on retirement at a time when war crimes investigations are being spoken of is a clear case of deliberately abandoning these officers. It is my view that these officers should be granted service extensions by the government until the danger abates.

The government has also agreed amend the Public Security Ordinance and to repeal the Prevention of Terrorism Act and replace it with legislation acceptable to the foreign powers. I see this as a reckless dismantling of the country’s core security legislation.

Hon. Speaker,

The State owned Rakana Lanka Security Service built up a successful maritime security service in the Indian ocean region during my administration. More than twenty private security companies collaborated with Rakna Lanka in this enterprise in various capacities. Sri Lanka earned a considerable amount of foreign exchange through this endeavour and it continued to function under the present government until very recently. But now I find that the government has for political reasons embarked on a course of action aimed at completely destroying this successful maritime security service which functioned with the approval of the relevant UN bodies.

Key individuals who provided political and military leadership to the war effort are now being hauled virtually on a daily basis before various police financial investigation units and commissions of inquiry probing allegations corruption and fraud. I believe this is being done to tarnish the image that these individuals built up in the country by providing leadership to the war effort. I know that the people are following these developments carefully.

I wish to call upon the government to not to place the nation’s security in jeopardy over petty political considerations and due to their antipathy towards me and the government I led.

Thank you.

*Text of the speech made by former President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Parliament on Friday 4 December 2015

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    Its disappointing to read His Eexcellency Former Presidents Speech in Parliament. I am sure he is doing a polical STUNT. It is LTTE that helped him to power in 2005. There is no doubt about it. I really thought that he will champion the cause of release of TAMIL POLITICAL PRISIONERS in jail. He should demonstrate STATESMANSHIP being a highly matured politician. He has released morethan 12000 LTTE suspects in custody.He has released suspects in cutody even during the height of war. He has close connection with members of LTTE.

    I wish Former H E would make efforts for the release of the UNNAMED woman condemned to death in SANDI ARABIA and there is lot more other matters in SL.

    He should help build a SRILANKAN society since all of us are Srilankans whether Sihala Tamil or Mulim. Even Late V.Prabhaharan was also a Sri Lankan.

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      LTTE is not a route cause for the problems in Sri Lanka. LTTE is a recent invention. Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism (BSF) is the route cause of the problem. BSF is a well established Terrorism within Sri Lanka and its significance is reflected in the National flag with Lion and its sword.

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        you are a good analyst. According to you LTTE is innocent and Buddhist sihala fundamentalism is the route cause. I am sure you are LTTE supporter. this country doesn’t have a place for them

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          Yes. I am a Sri Lankan Tamil. I am a supporter of LTTE which is a Srilankan political & militant group. It is the same mentality of Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalism that lead me to support LTTE. Who are you to say that there is no place for LTTE? Do you think that Sri Lanka is for only Buddhist Sinhala Fundamentalists or Sinhala Terrorists? Are you a Buddhist Fundamentalist or Sri Lankan? Tamils and Sinhalese are belong to Sri Lanka, not otherway round.

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            ajith
            Sri Lanka belong to every ethnic group irrespective of their religion. But any one who promote and support terrorism does not belong to my country. If people like you openly support and promote the LTTE terrorist group and if you do not reveal your identity there are good reason for the defense forces to be vigilant and be suspicious of all Tamils to question them and carry out surveillance. If you are planning another episode of terrorism with suicide bombing of innocent civilians I would prefer you to be eliminated by the defense forces rather than thousands of innocent civilians being suicide slaughtered by you and the LTTE. People like you are the reason why innocent Tamils have to suffer.

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      Name of National security former President did fat his pockets and now waiting everything to be revealed soon. This stupid folks would never see it right since his media machines cemented their thoughts – since their plans were to reign the country by Rajapakshes.

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    Here we go again.

    Just as this Gvt is trying to plug the holes in the hull and stop the good ship SS Sri Lanka sinking in the face of the storm christened `International Community and Sanctions`. Up pops the failed ex Captain who created our perilous position, to create even more holes in our hull with the axe christened `Threat of Minority Communities`.

    This is why we live at the bottom of the pond, where the water is green slimy and cloudy and while countries like Singapore and Malaysia live on the surface, where the water is clear and warmed by the Sun. For they are more concerned with making their nations prosperous and peaceful. Unlike in Sr Lanka where the majority expends all its energy picking fights and bullying the minorities and thus creating a completely unstable society = Social, Economic and Political failures.

    It might be hard for us to stomach but at independence we were the richest country in Asia. Now through our own racist stupidity we are the fourth poorest Country in Asia and what is worst loosing ground fast.

    The only country that beats us in economic destruction is Zimbabwe. For they went from being the richest Country in Africa to one of the poorest in a far shorter time.

    And who were the leaders of these economic social and political failed states? Mahinda Rajapakse and Robert Mugabe. The similarities are extraordinary. Neither gave a thought for their own people while they plundered the wealth of their countries. And neither they nor their supporters worried in the slightest that they and by implication, their people were regarded as the laughing stock of the Civilized world.

    So come on all you patriotic Sri Lankans, if you want to see us go from a failed state to a pariah state vote Percy Mahinda to maintain and continue our national decline!

    All people get the governments they deserve!!!!!!!!!

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    Someone had to remind the nation of the PRICE we have to pay for the FREEDOM that we enjoy…I thank MR for it.

    Here are thoughts from other leaders in their different fields:

    THE QUOTE: “ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY”.
    Often attributed to Thomas Jefferson

    ——————-
    THE 1980s VERSION THAT’S STILL RELEVANT TODAY:

    “Eternal vigilance is the price for continuing security.”
    James R. Schlesinger (1929-2014)
    American government official who served as CIA director, Secretary of Defense
    His version of the “eternal vigilance” saying comes from his July 1987 “Report to the Secretary of State on the Moscow Chancery Construction Project.”
    ———————–
    COLD WARRIOR QUOTE:

    “The price of freedom is eternal vigilance and a willingness to act in its defense.”
    George P. Shultz
    U.S. Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan
    ————————-

    ALDOUS HUXLEY’S TAKE:

    “Eternal vigilance is not only the price of liberty; eternal vigilance is the price of human decency.”
    Aldous Huxley (1894-1963)
    English novelist and social critic
    From his introduction to the radio version of his novel Brave New World, produced by William Froug for CBS Radio in 1965
    ————-

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      CountryFirst

      “Someone had to remind the nation of the PRICE we have to pay for the FREEDOM that we enjoy…I thank MR for it.”

      Thank VP, Hindians and USA appropriately who won freedom for the country. Even MR and Gota on the record thanked Hindians for their immense help and said without Hindians they would not have won the war.

      However MR knows in his heart it was VP who won the elections and war for him.

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      Cuntry First – ““The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
      An evil soul producing holy witness
      Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
      A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
      O, what a goodly outside falsehood hath!”

      ― William Shakespeare, The Merchant of Venice”

      Here’s something that contradicts your ‘quote’:

      And, according to Jefferson scholars there is “no evidence to confirm that Thomas Jefferson ever said or wrote, ‘Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty’ or any of its variants.”

      Traditionally, the most famous use of “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty” that’s included in books of quotations is from a speech made by the American Abolitionist and liberal activist Wendell Phillips on January 28, 1852.

      Speaking to members of the Massachusetts Anti-Slavery Society that day, Phillips said:

      “Eternal vigilance is the price of liberty; power is ever stealing from the many to the few. The manna of popular liberty must be gathered each day or it is rotten. The living sap of today outgrows the dead rind of yesterday. The hand entrusted with power becomes, either form human depravity or esprit de corps, the necessary enemy of the people. Only by continued oversight can the democrat in office be prevented from hardening into a despot; only by unintermitted agitation can a people be sufficiently awake to principle not to let liberty be smothered in material prosperity.”

      I think this describes Rajapakse to the proverbial “T”!!

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        Fact Checker:

        Your “fact checking” is based on a basic inability to understand simple English:

        If you go back and check what I stated you will find that you have missed a very salient point I made…

        Here below is what I stated:
        “THE QUOTE: “ETERNAL VIGILANCE IS THE PRICE OF LIBERTY”. Often attributed to Thomas Jefferson “.
        ( N.B. – I used the words “OFTEN” attributed to Thomas J…..)

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    Tamil bourgeoisies are most backward-feudal political class in
    Sri lanka and as well as Tamil Nadu -India, that is most ruthless and terrorist-chauvinists elements in world.
    Tamil political parties in Sri Lankan and Tamil Nadu joint and working hand in hand except few want to be occupy land of majority race which belongs Sinhalese race thousands of years by the assistance from foreign power and by the blessing and military power of US & UK.

    Look at how they physically eliminated of Ragive Gandi and President R.Premadasa that LTTE terror act of suicide attack by killed leaders of South Asian nations-Indian and Sri lanka! To be dismantle and weaken nation state the vital interest of US and UK dominations.

    USA, UK and other White races are moral financially behind Tamil bourgeoisies and provide shelter in West soil, which by and large supported this cause of action of Terrorism of Tamils through out the world.
    Not only that WEST justified LTTE cause of action by that safeguard by so-called “war crime ” that has been framed against leaders of Sri Lankan who had been defeated, LTTE ruthless Tamil outfit.
    By the way that US led resolutions in Geneva directly support LTTE cause of Terror acts .How is that US and UK democracy laid new foundation in Democracy, that the myth of “New World Order” by encouraging LTTE and TNA political terrors in Indian Ocean countries by US and UK?

    They are aim at destroy and eliminated Sinhalese-Buddhist race from Island of Sri lanka, since that history of 2600 years.

    The so-called Eealm is ultimatum aim of Tamil-Feudal class by hook or crook with join support project-oriented back by US and UK white race.
    This is Neo-colonial Road Map and their new agenda of partition of Island for Tamil Eelam puppet regime in Indian Ocean.

    This is long-term political perspectives Tamil Political class, that will lead split of People of India by strategy of Split Indian state after 1947.

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