Zero Dark Thirty and that house
On Tuesday night, I saw the movie “Zero Dark Thirty” about the search for Osama Bin Laden. Even if this movie doesn’t get elegant reviews it will draw fantastic bucks, because most people around the world will want to know how the Americans found Bin Laden.
Based on graphic factual accounts told to the screenwriter and director by the real agents themselves, the hero of the story is a young CIA agent sent to Pakistan to help in the pursuit.
Up to the point where President Obama gave his stamp on the raid, the Americans had no proof whatsoever that Bin Laden lived in the building. So why did the Americans go in anyway? In the movie, the CIA station boss flew off the handle as the young agent pestered him about Bin Laden in the house. In a rage, he asked her if the Americans are going to grab Bin Laden based on logical deduction (his words).
He said that she didn’t supply any evidence whatsoever that Bin Laden dwelled in the house she had pinpointed, even though there was 24-hour high tech surveillance.
The agent answered yes because that was all she had – logical deduction. She was even bold enough to tell the CIA boss at a high level meeting that she was a hundred percent sure when all the top CIA specialists around the table went for sixty percent. In the end, the American Government accepted her position of logical deduction.
What actually happened is that she concluded through logical deduction that Bin Laden had to be there based on all the information she gathered from detainees and human spy efforts. She told her superiors that all the information she gathered over the years pointed to that compound.
Logical deduction as a methodology in arriving at truth may be given a worldwide boost through this film. Logical deduction is very essential to research both in the social and natural sciences. Using logical deduction, we can conclude that some ministers of the current PPP Government are wealthy.
Three weeks ago, two members of the People’s Parliament, Leonard Craig and Tyron Talbot, went to Pradoville 2 to film a house owned by a female Cabinet Minister. They then put up the photos on Facebook. I am not on Facebook, so they emailed it to me.
This is a majestic structure that, though smaller than Mr. Jagdeo’s edifice, is definitely more fancy and palatial. Here is where logical deduction comes in. These mansions tend to spring up not when the person is in private occupation or even in the public service, but kind of soon after they enter the Cabinet. And the tale goes back soon after the PPP came to power.
One person comically referred to as ‘Killaman,’ built an expensive concrete fence around his home for which Mrs. Jagan expressed disgust. That was early in 1995, yet this same man climbed to greater heights in Government during the time that Mrs. Jagan controlled the affairs of the PPP and the Government of Guyana.
The next year (1996), a female Cabinet member put up a swashbuckling construction in Pradoville One. Questions about it were the subject of Tony Vieira’s Evening News. This one, Mrs. Jagan turned her back on because the interior of the home had imported marble from Italy.
The then President of the Rice Producers’ Association, Fazil Ali (now deceased) told me that the PPP made a fuss about money his organization owed Dr. Hughley Hanoman for fertilizers supplied, but did nothing about this mansion in Pradoville One. Ali told me this in the presence of a female relative who today serves the PPP government in a top position.
On my parents’ grave I swear that this relative also discussed the issue with me on her bottom verandah. She cannot deny that!
The Kaieteur News featured recently on the front page another mansion on the West Coast. There is also the illuminated swimming pool at a home near to Starlite drive-in cinema. So where does logical deduction fit in here? In all these examples above, the owners built their expensive structures after they entered the Cabinet.
We return to that house (in the caption of this article the words, “that house” do not refer to where Bin Laden lived, but the home in Pradoville 2); an AFC executive (if I am asked to name him if this house scandal spreads, I will) told me that the home is being sold with an asking price of one million American dollars. I will refrain from further comments, but refer readers to the methodology of logical deduction.