December 30, 2005

MORE PROOF ON TOURISM LOSS





Translation provided by "Getagrip" from Scared Monkeys


ORANJESTAD (AAN) – Aruba’s pillar of the economy, tourism, is not well placed and as aren’t its foundation as was the case 7 years ago, because in the last 4 years tourism has been going backwards.

Not even when the MEP government tried to let people believe that tourism has increased, the reality shows that hotels are not filling up anymore as they once were, and worse now in this season in which it’s increasingly clear that things do not bode well.

Cruise ship tourism has decreased and the quantity of passengers who have transited [through Aruba] has also dropped, while hotels which were once at 100% occupancy in high season, now painfully reach a 60% rate of occupancy.

While the Minister of tourism remains in hiding, same with the Attorney General who is hiding because of her mismanagement of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, the situation in our economy in what relates to tourism is going backwards day after day.

Global influences such as what happened in Mexico, where in the area of Cancun, which is the center of tourism of Mexico and remained almost completely destroyed after a hurricane did not lead to more tourism for Aruba.

What happened in Europe where there where bombings in different countries and public disorder in France didn’t lead to more tourism for Aruba either.

A hurricane which destroyed many tourist areas in the US, such as New Orleans and neighbouring cities where the casino industry had largely flourished, didn’t lead to more tourists from the US to come to Aruba either.

All these are factors that indicate that the MEP government is undertaking a disastrous management in the area of tourism and they haven’t showed any intention of doing anything to save the Aruba’s pillar of the economy either.

The year 2006 will open with many difficulties where the government will increase taxes on a long list of product imports which people use, and also in the hotel sector and this will turn tourism even more expensive for those who want to visit Aruba and the consequence of the developments and negative effects for tourism will have even more impact in the year 2006.

Those who work directly in the tourism industry and also thousands of others who indirectly work with tourism have to take into account that next year something has to be done to rectify the situation otherwise the working class will find themselves in serious problems because it will get to a point where hotels and other companies who work in the tourist sector will have to take measures to lower expenses and will start sending workers home.

Tourism is faltering while a little group in the MEP government continues to fill their pockets and the last loan of 84 million will let them continue their party for some time, until the time that the elastic patience of the people breaks and the weight of the charge on the back of the people becomes too much to bear.


ATA HASN'T PUBLISHED TOURISM NUMBERS IN 6 MONTHS


ATA’s duty is to publish the tourism numbers


http://www.diarioaruba.com/diahuebs/local/news2.html

Translated by "Getagrip" from Scared Monkeys

ORANJESTAD(AAN): Otmar Oduber, from the AVP faction, signaled during a press conference of the green party, that it is very troublesome and reproachable that the Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA), for the last 6 months hasn’t published tourism numbers. He explained that this is something very irresponsible. Oduber also said that he saw on NBC that they reported that Aruba was in the 10 news stories with the most impact of 2005, while the case of Natalee Holloway is the number 1 unresolved case. According to Oduber, they also said that tourism has declined by a certain percentage, which is something that ATA has to give information about. The parliamentarian also said that Aruba received 42,000 less tourists from cruise ships in 2005, compared with 2004.

If one multiplies this by the average amount of money that they would have spent in Aruba, which is $112, Aruba potentially lost more than 4 million dollars.


Oduber also indicated that there were 4.2% less travelers who passed through our airport, which could turn into 10%, which is an alarming effect that cannot continue.

ARUBA TOURISM SUFFERING?

Uncertainty about tourism figures


ARUBA – It is not clear whether the tourism is affected by the Natalee Holloway case. Aruba Tourism Authority (ATA) has not announced yet how many tourists had visited Aruba between July and September. The October figures show a drop. “Very bad, Aruba’s economy depends on the tourism. We must know what the situation is”, is the opinion of the AVP.

It is incomprehensible that the tourism-minister Edison Briesen does not realize that something is wrong. The AVP is concerned about the tourism. It is irresponsible not to know whether there is a Holloway-effect. AVP wants a meeting with the taskforce, the parliament, and the minister in early 2006 to talk about a marketing plan. Recently, the Central Bank of Aruba and the Aruba Airport Authority (AAA) reported alarming figures about the tourism. According to the Bank, the cruise passengers have dropped with almost 40 percent in October of this year. The hotel occupancy was almost 78 percent in October. The Bank couldn’t give the results in the months July up till September, because they depend on the data from ATA that were not available. Also compared to last year, the airport of Aruba registered fewer passengers that entered Aruba. According to AAA-director Peter Steinmetz, the 2004 amount of passengers (1.7 millions) is not feasible in 2005. His opinion is that this has directly to do with the disappeared American teenager, Natalee Holloway.



CONVERSATION WITH OH-SO-CAVALIER JORAN



This is a Real Article, but with my side comments...I couldn't help myself!


Info available thanks to Scared Monkeys


In a telephone interview with Joran van der Sloot he stated, I would have sued those responsible for the tape manipulation." (Referring to the supposed manipulation of the Deepak recording). Hey! I wonder if he learned that one from his daddy, too.

No one's scared!




ORANJESTAD(AAN): Recently, DIARIO obtained an interview with Joran van der Sloot via telephone and asked him how he’s doing now that he’s back in Aruba.

As it is known, Joran arrived in Aruba on the 14 of December to spend Christmas and New Year’s with his family, after he left for Holland a few months ago to study. He confirmed to DIARIO that he’s studying International Business and that it is going very well.

He explained that he still has not gone to any parties [in Aruba], but he has received visits from friends and family and is enjoying his time with loved ones. (Yeah, those great nights hanging out at the casino with good ol' dad during the holidays...losing your asses on the tables, hitting on women, having to pay for BJs...you know, the usual father/son bonding thing.)


DIARIO asked him if he’s recognized on the street, and he said that it’s true that this is the case. (Stand back ladies...let me get my special pen for your autographs...oh, you want me to sign your boobs? Well, let me get my marker for that, hon.)

At the time where he goes out, different people recognize him and wish him a merry Christmas and a happy new year for him and his family. (If it were me, I'd kick him in the balls and say, thanks for ruining my life! Merry Xmas to you and your unemployed, YET STILL PAID father, while I just lost my job! Give yourself up, you greedy self-centered bastard!)

Joran explained to DIARIO that he cannot talk about the details of the case, until it is resolved, but he said that he does not believe that it is fair what Natalee Holloway’s mother is trying to do to Aruba, in regards to the boycott. (BOO HOO!!!)

He said that he understands that the mother perhaps is angry at him, because she believes that he has something to do with the disappearance of Natalee, but this is not a reason to start a boycott against Aruba. (As I said before, BOO HOO!!!)

Joran said that Beth Twitty’s anger is unfounded, because he didn’t do anything bad to the American girl. (I didn't do anything bad! I just had her drugged by one of the bartenders, lied to her by telling her that I was a student at the same hotel as her...and then did the one-over, 'let's catch a ride in this aruban dude's cab'. Then after the drugs take effect, gang rape her with my 'PIMPS'. WTF? We do that EVERY weekend? What's the deal?)

Editors Note: Remember, sociopaths have no empathy for what they have done to their victims and do not see that what they have done was wrong.

In what relates to the matter of the recording of Deepak Kalpoe, where supposedly the Dr. Phil program manipulated the tape, Joran told DIARIO that he doesn’t understand how Deepak does not look for a way to sue the program. (Yeah, you wouldn't want to get implicated in something that may have been said on those tapes...right Joran?)

At the end of the interview he said that he is happy that he still hasn’t been bothered by the press here in Aruba, now that he’s back, and that he’s happy that he’s back to spend time with his family. (Oh poor me...don't bother me media. It's interrupting my sex, shit and shower schedule!)


PROFILE OF A SOCIOPATH




Glibness/Superficial Charm
Language can be used without effort by them to confuse and convince their audience. Captivating storytellers that exude self-confidence, they can spin a web that intrigues others. Since they are persuasive, they have the capacity to destroy their critics verbally or emotionally.


Manipulative and Conning
They never recognize the rights of others and see their self-serving behaviors permissible. They appear to be charming, yet are covertly hostile and domineering, seeing their victim as merely an instrument to be used. They dominate and humiliate their victims.


Grandiose Sense of Self
Feels entitled to certain things as "their right." Craves adulation and attendance. Must be the center of attention with their own fantasies as the "spokesman for God," "enlightened," "leader of humankind," etc. Creates an us-versus-them mentality


Pathological Lying
Has no problem lying coolly and easily and it is almost impossible for them to be truthful on a consistent basis. Can create, and get caught up in, a complex belief about their own powers and abilities. Extremely convincing and able to pass lie detector tests.


Lack of Remorse, Shame or Guilt
A deep seated rage, which is split off and repressed, is at their core. Does not see others around them as people, but only as targets and opportunities. Instead of friends, they have victims and accomplices who end up as victims. The end always justifies the means and they let nothing stand in their way.


Shallow Emotions
When they show what seems to be warmth, joy, love and compassion, it is more feigned than experienced and serves an ulterior motive. Outraged by insignificant matters, yet remaining unmoved and cold by what would upset a normal person. Since they are not genuine, neither are their promises.


Incapacity for Love
While they talk about "God's love" they are unable to give or receive it. Since they do not believe in the genuineness of their followers' love, they are very harsh in testing it from their devotees and expect them to feel guilt for their failings. Expects unconditional surrender.


Need for Stimulation
Living on the edge, yet testing the beliefs of their followers with bizarre rules, punishments and behaviors. Verbal outbursts and physical punishments are normal.


Callousness/Lack of Empathy
Unable to empathize with the pain of their victims, having only contempt for others' feelings of distress and readily taking advantage of them. Their skills are used to exploit, abuse and exert power. Since the follower cannot believe their leader would callously hurt them, they rationalize the behavior as necessary for their (or the group's) own "good" and deny the abuse. When devotees become aware of the exploitation it feels like a "spiritual rape" to them.


Poor Behavioral Controls/Impulsive Nature
Rage and abuse, alternating with small expressions of love and approval produce an addictive cycle for abuser and abused, as well as creating hopelessness in the victim. Believe they are all-powerful, all-knowing, entitled to every wish, no sense of personal boundaries, no concern for their impact on others. The followers only see them as near perfect.


Early Behavior Problems/Juvenile Delinquency
Usually has a history of behavioral and academic difficulties, yet "gets by" by conning others. Problems in making and keeping friends; aberrant behaviors such as cruelty to people or animals, stealing, etc.


Irresponsibility/Unreliability
Not concerned about wrecking others' lives and dreams. Oblivious or indifferent to the devastation they cause. Does not accept blame themselves, but blame their followers or others outside their group. Blame reinforces passivity and obedience and produces guilt, shame, terror and conformity in the followers.


Promiscuous Sexual Behavior/Infidelity
Totalist leaders frequently practice promiscuity, child sexual abuse, rape and sexual acting out of all sorts. This is usually kept hidden from all but the inner circle. Stringent sexual control of their followers, such as forced breakups and divorces, removal of children from parents, rules for dating, etc.


Lack of Realistic Life Plan/Parasitic Lifestyle
Tends to move around a lot or makes all encompassing promises for the future. Many groups claim as their goal world-domination or other utopian promises. Great contrast between the leader's opulent lifestyle and the followers' impoverishment. Support by gifts and donations from the followers who are pressured to give through fear and guilt. Highly sensitive to their own pain and health.


Criminal or Entrepreneurial Versatility
Changes their image and that of the group as needed to avoid prosecution and to increase income and to recruit a range of members. Is able to adapt or relocate as needed to preserve the group. Can resurface later with a new name, a new front group and a new twist on the scam.


Other Related Qualities:


  • Contemptuous of those who seek to understand them
  • Does not perceive that anything is wrong with them
  • Authoritarian
  • Secretive
  • Paranoid
  • Only rarely in difficulty with the law, but seeks out situations where their tyrannical behavior will be tolerated, condoned, or admired
  • Conventional appearance
  • Goal of enslavement of their victim(s)
  • Exercises despotic control over every aspect of the victim's life
  • Has an emotional need to justify their crimes and therefore needs their victim's affirmation (respect, gratitude and love)
  • Ultimate goal is the creation of a willing victim

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Here's an example of what one looks like:



December 29, 2005

A LETTER TO THE NETHERLANDS AMBASSADOR





December 29, 2005


His Excellency Mr. Boudewijn van Eenennaam
The Ambassador of the Netherlands
The Embassy of the Netherlands
4200 Linnean Ave., NW

Washington, DC 20008


Excellency:

Your statement of November 9, pledging that Aruba would take all possible steps to solve the Natalee Holloway case, seems to have been overshadowed by the December 13 news that the Aruban investigation has officially been stopped “for the time being.” It has been obvious for some time that Aruba had no serious intention of investigating the crime or punishing the “suspects.” One might think, though, that a colonial government would hesitate to contravene so quickly the pledge of an envoy from the mother country.

In any event, it is clear that we Americans need not expect much from Aruba other than the lies, evasions and distortions that have characterized its conduct since the case began. Whatever the reasons behind that government’s determination to protect certain of its citizens at the expense of its own interests, they must be potent indeed. More distressing, however, is the apparent willingness of the Netherlands to tolerate the policy of cover-up.

The passage of time in no way diminishes the determination of the American people to learn the truth and punish the culprits. Nor shall we pardon those who aid and abet the government of Aruba in its campaign – which has some disturbing parallels to the 1998 disappearance of Amy Lynn Bradley in Curacao, another Dutch colony in the Caribbean.

In “The Wonder of Birds,” Dutch writer Marjolein Bastin observed: “How peculiar that the Dutch chickadee and the American chickadee look the same but have a distinctly different language.” A similar contrast can perhaps be noted in the concept of justice.


Very truly yours,

R. Rogers Vermont, USA

December 28, 2005

HUMAN TRAFFICKING ALIVE AND WELL IN 21st CENTURY

While breaking a human trafficking operation in Florida, federal agents came across a prime example of what makes this crime more heinous than many others.

Robert Moossy, chief deputy for the civil rights division of the U.S. Department of Justice, said as police raided a group of trailers used to hold female sex slaves against their will, they came across a 14-year-old Mexican girl locked in a filthy room.

The girl told police she was forced to have sex with as many as 30 men a day. The only two items in the room aside from the bed were a teddy bear the girl used to cling to her childhood, and a roll of paper towels.

Speaking before members of state and federal law enforcement agencies Tuesday, Moossy said the trafficking of human slaves, for sex or free labor, is alive and well in the 21st century. A global problem, the human slave trade seeps into the United States...

The U.S. Department of Justice estimates that between 800,000 to 900,000 people are bought and sold worldwide every year. In the United States, between 18,000 to 20,000 victims are trafficked for various uses, including agriculture labor, textile workers, even domestic servants and nannies.

More than half of the victims trafficked into the United States are children and are estimated to be equally male and female, coming from locations like Latin America, Africa, Asia, India, Eastern Europe, Russia and Canada.



WHAT WOULD YOU ASK JORAN?


Another Shady Move by the Aruban Authorities

Do you think the 3 of them spoke while out of jail and double checked their story? I mean, what could have stopped them from communicating since September 4?

Here's something from Scared Monkeys--Dave Holloway's thoughts on the Aruban interrogators giving Joran a list of interrogation questions ahead of time last night on Dan Abrams.

See full article from Scared Monkeys

See full transcript from Dan Abrams



HOLLOWAY: ...What I’m confused on is that I had a very good source tell me that the boys or Joran especially has already a list of the questions that is going to be asked of him.

DANIELS: Already the list of questions that he’s going to be asked? He was handed that list?

HOLLOWAY: My source tells me that he knows what’s going to be asked and that information was provided to him approximately two weeks ago.

DANIELS: What is your reaction to hearing something like that? Again, we haven’t confirmed that, but if it’s true, what is your reaction?

HOLLOWAY: Well you know I’m still trying to struggle the reasons behind it. You know, are they going to ask him other questions or maybe they’re going to ask—let him concentrate on these and ask him other questions. I don’t know, but it’s very disturbing to me that someone would have a list of questions in advance prior to an interrogation.

DANIELS: Let me ask you, what would you ask Joran van der Sloot if you had a chance?

HOLLOWAY: Well, there’s a number of things I would ask him. First would be, where is Natalee and what did he do with her if he’s involved in this case.

You know something else that disturbs me, Lisa, is the fact that suspects in Aruba can lie to police and that’s not a crime. Witnesses, on the other hand, cannot lie. And I asked a question since Paul van der Sloot is no longer a suspect, he can then be a witness and I’m wondering if he cannot be re-interviewed as well.



Dave's Opinion on The Aruban Authorities Interrogation Capabilities--I totally agree!

HOLLOWAY: Well you know you stop and think about it, you’ve got a 17-year-old, a 18-year-old and a 20 or 21-year-old. You would think that any investigator could crack one of these kids in any interrogation. I would know that in the United States that if there is any investigators listening, if they had the opportunity on three of these kids they could probably do it.


December 27, 2005

THIS IS FREAKIN' CRAZY

Check out this link...A Serious P.I. Investigation


I do not know the validity of this information, but it looks very credible and was given to me by The Real Aruba Truth...and I am including this copyright information down below...I don't know if I am breaking any laws by posting this!


Further information:
Copyright 2005 Clauson Investigation Agency

James (Jim) Clauson is a retired Sergeant Major from the United States Army. Mr. Clauson spent twenty years in the military under the Special Forces. Jim Clauson's duties have included being stationed behind the iron curtain during the Cold War, (espionage) and winning the hearts and minds of the Cambodian people and spent time in Laos during the Vietnam war.

Mr. Clauson speaks English as his first language, Thai, Cambodian, German and Spanish. Mr. Clauson also spent many years as CEO for a German security and services company. Jim holds a Private Investigators License and is a member C.A.L.I. in the state of California.


ANYONE HEARD ABOUT ROBERT BENSON'S AUTOPSY RESULTS?


Has anyone seen or heard anything about the official autopsy results on this case?



ORANJESTAD (AAN): Yesterday afternoon, a San Nicolas patrol car was sent to Cura Cabay, just behind a company that fixes cars and motorcycles, since a dead person was found in a container. The person in question is the known mechanic Robert Wayne Benson, born in the U.S., of 58 years of age, resident of Pos Abao, who the day before had disappeared, according to his wife.

The owner of the business, aware of his disappearance, asked two employees to go take a look at the container, they forced the door of the container which was padlocked and when opening it they encountered the lifeless body. (How would anyone know to look for someone in a container?) Dr. van der Linden confirmed his death, however the cause is still not precisely known. Our deep condolences to his family.






RUDY CROES SUSPECTED OF ACCEPTING BRIBES...MORE ARUBAN CORRUPTION REVEALED

ORANJESTAD — The AVP wants the District Attorney to investigate the alleged irregularities by Justice minister Rudy Croes (MEP). According to the AVP there are more than enough indications that the minister and his colleagues have committed possible misdemeanors, which is why the fraction of the green party handed a letter to the DA yesterday.

In the letter the AVP refers to two articles that appeared in the morning paper Diario and a radio-interview in which it looks as if the minister, or his colleagues, took money to grant permits. The AVP believes these actions should not be seen separate from the previously discovered inconsistencies within the ministry of Justice and the Aruban Immigration and Naturalization Department (DINA), such as the case of the three Dominican ladies that were brought to Aruba contrary to the legal regulations to help in the elections campaign of minister Croes.

In the letter, directed to the Attorney General Theresa Croes-Fernandes Pedra the AVP writes: "As you already know we informed the DA in the last mentioned case of the corruptive practices within the Ministry of Justice and the DINA. We have also reported a felony committed by the minister of Justice, H.R. (Rudy) Croes. You however concluded In said case, without even investigating the matter apparently as the ladies in question were not even interrogated, that there was no just cause for a criminal investigation."

The AVP fraction refers to the letter by the Dutch ministers Ben Bot of Foreign Affairs, Rita Verdonk of Foreign Affairs and Integration, and Alexander Pechthold of Governmental Reform and Kingdom relations dated September 9 to the Governor of Aruba. In said letter the three Dutch ministers request the Governor of Aruba to start an investigation into the "issuance of stay permits" and "the degree in which the minister of Justice makes use of his discretionary authority with the allowance and admittance of foreigners, as this would in fact eradicate the visa duty.

The articles in the Diario published two checks. The first one is signed by 'Aruba Tigers Org. a/o Oslin Quijada' for an amount of 5,000 florins. The article identifies the beneficiary of this check as a government official who works at the bureau of the minister of Justice, according to Diario the right hand and advisor of the minister of Justice. A second check was for 2,500 florins and was made out to Fundacion Pro Rudy Croes. According to both articles the checks were made to fix permits. Allegedly coordinators and campaign co-workers of the minister, Juan Lopez and Edward Croes, stipulated payments from companies to handle and grant work and stay-permits.

Furthermore a businessman stated last week in a radio-broadcast that during a personal conversation with Rudy Croes concerning a work and stay-permit for personnel in his company, he was referred to Croes' cousin Edward Croes. In a conversation with this Edward Croes the businessman was informed that he would have to contribute to the minister's campaign in order to obtain the permits he had requested. The businessman consequently adhered to this condition. According to the businessman several other members of the minister's bureau also had to be paid off in order to obtain other types of permits.

The AVP believes the articles and radio broadcast are indications of felonies committed by Croes and his co-workers. The party urges the DA to start a criminal investigation. The party wants to know from the attorney general if the articles and radio transcripts delivered by them is enough to start a criminal investigation.

December 22, 2005

RITA COSBY: JORAN, DEEPAK & SATISH TO BE RE-QUESTIONED


LIVE AND DIRECT has learned that authorities are about to re-question the three main suspects in the case of missing Alabama student Natalee Holloway.

COSBY: Joining me now on the phone is a special adviser to the Aruban government, Steve Cohen. Steve, when could this happen?

STEVE COHEN, SPECIAL ADVISER TO ARUBAN GOVERNMENT: Well, I think the sequence of events is fairly simple. Joran will be arriving back in Aruba in the next 24 to 48 hours. It is expected that he will be re-questioned somewhere in the next 10-day period. I doubt that they will bring him back for questioning immediately, but it will be in that period. And also, it is expected the Kalpoes will also be brought in for questioning.

I do want to make the distinction for you and your audience between questioning and rearrest. This is a questioning procedure that Chief Dompig is going to go through with them because as they‘ve analyzed the timeline, they‘ve found some other discrepancies and they want to review these discrepancies with the three suspects.

COSBY: Hey, Steve, what are those discrepancies exactly?

COHEN: Well, I think it‘s mostly timeline discrepancies, Rita. As you look at their testimony and their interrogations of where they were at different times between 1:30-something in the morning and between 3:30 in the morning, these are very important two or three-hour blocks that the investigators want to review in detail. I can‘t go much further than that because, obviously, we don‘t want to give away the nature of the interrogation. By the way, the attorneys of these boys are aware that questioning was likely to occur within the next few week periods. So this is not a surprise to anyone.

COSBY: ...Joran Van Der Sloot apparently just returned to the island...he met with his parents at the airport and left without speaking to reporters... So that‘s good that he will be at least available for that re-questioning...This is Chief Gerold Dompig, the police chief there in Aruba. This is what he said to me last month when we talked about the boys.

GEROLD DOMPIG, ARUBAN DEPUTY POLICE CHIEF: I still believe that these boys have been lying. They‘re still lying. And everybody knows that by now.

COSBY: That, of course, was the police chief talking to me last month here on the show. You know, Steve, as we hear that, is this a voluntary questioning or involuntary?

COHEN: Well, they can be compelled to come back because they continue to be suspects. Remember that when Joran was allowed to go begin school, that basically, the suspect characteristic had not been waived, nor has it been with the Kalpoes, so...

COSBY: I guess what I‘m asking you is, Can they lie under oath? That was a distinction you and I talked about the other day.

COHEN: Yes, I think it‘s important to clarify all this, is that if they‘re under oath and they lie, that could be felonious. If they‘re involved in an interrogation and they lie, if the result of that lie leads to something that‘s a felony, obviously, that could be prosecuted. But it‘s not like the United States. If you lie to a federal agent, that‘s a felony, like Martha Stewart did to an FBI agent.

COSBY: Will they be under oath, Steven, in this new series of questioning?

COHEN: Well, the interrogation is not really an under-oath procedure to the way it would be in our court if you were under oath in front of a judge. It does not have the same sense of urgency and the same weight as it would. However, they have specific questions to ask them along the timeline, and as Dompig said, he‘s certain that there‘s discrepancies in what they said and he wants to see if he can clear them up. That‘s not to say that even if they‘re not cleared up and they are—if they were still lying, that that‘s going to lead to a felony count.

COSBY: Right. Steve, if you could stick with us because I want to bring in—this is the new attorney for the Holloway family, John Q. Kelly. John, of course, represented a lot of high-profile clients, including the family of Nicole Brown Simpson in the civil case against O.J. Simpson...and also, we have with us on the phone, Natalee‘s father, Dave Holloway.

COSBY: John, let me get your reaction to this breaking news that now the suspects, as we just heard from Steve, probably in the next 10 days, will be re-questioned.

JOHN Q. KELLY, ATTORNEY FOR NATALEE HOLLOWAY‘S FAMILY: That‘s terrific. It shows some progress. But once again, I wish the family or myself would not hear it through the media and be the last ones to know, that we‘d be kept in the loop by the media and the journalists and the Strategic Communications Task Force and be privy to some of this information.

COSBY: Let me get Dave Holloway. Dave, your reaction to the news that the three suspects are going to be re-questioned in the next 10 days?

DAVE HOLLOWAY: Well, that is good news they‘re going to be re-questioned. Of course, the question I have now is, are they going to watch and see if they all get together and get all their stories straight now? You know, it‘s good to see that they give them all advance notice and tell them exactly what they need to know and what they need to be questioned on.

COSBY: Yes, Steve, how can you guarantee that they‘re not going to sort of try to combine their stories, like they did that very first night, when they got caught in that first lie?

HOLLOWAY: Well, there‘s not any guarantees. I mean, they already have notice now, so, you know...

COHEN: I don‘t think there are guarantees of any of it. And as I said, this isn‘t something that just came up. I mean, the attorneys knew for some time the likelihood that these boys would be brought back for questioning. I think it‘s a little silly to expect that the attorneys wouldn‘t have briefed them anyway. And again, of course, the attorneys will be with them for any interrogations. They cannot speak during interrogation, but they can take breaks and inform their clients.

COSBY: Is that something that John Q. Kelly could play a role in, you know, so we can get the family representative involved, Steve?

COHEN: No, I don‘t—unfortunately, I don‘t think. And I know that John, of course, is after very good purposes for the family. I just think that this is part of the process that is a closed process by the inspectors involved in the interrogation. I do think, though, that we‘re at a point now where it‘s very important that Mr. Kelly and the Holloways be able to reinsert themselves into communication with either Karin Janssen or Chief Dompig on a confidential basis, so that they can, in fact, know what‘s going on.

I think we‘re all hoping that we can sort of put away to the acrimony of the last months and just get down to all of us putting our energy on both sides of this issue because I think we‘re all on the same side (Yeah, whatever...you are a great PR spokesperson by making that ridiculous comment), and to try to get as much faith and power together to solve this case.

COSBY: John, are you concerned that this is questioning is not under oath, so they could technically lie again under Aruban law? What concerns you the most, John?

KELLY: Well, the suspects are not going to be under oath, and there‘s no repercussions for lying once again. And certainly, the element of surprise has been lost, too. But you know, as Steve pointed out, I‘m sure they‘ve themselves and the attorneys have known this day was going to come at some point, and I just hope that law enforcement rises to the occasion down there and finds a way to get the answers the family so desperately needs.

COSBY: And Dave what concerns you the most? And what question, if you had them in front of you, what would you ask?

HOLLOWAY: Well, you know, I know the timeline is important. And certainly, I would ask them about any other people that may be involved, such as the father. You know, he‘s no longer a suspect, and I‘m wondering if he could be interviewed as a witness now.

COSBY: Real quick, Steve. You got a two-second answer. Will the father come in, Paulus Van Der Sloot?

COHEN: He could be brought in—he could definitely be brought in either voluntarily or he could be brought in again as a suspect, if that is the case...

COSBY: Is that in the plan?

COHEN: No, I don‘t believe that is in the plan.

COSBY: So what should authorities look for when they re-question these three boys now with this new news, especially now that we know that Joran is back in Aruba?

Is it possible to tell whether or not someone‘s lying just by the sound of their voice? Well, a piece of technology is putting that idea to the test. One voice analyst listened to an interview from suspect Joran Van Der Sloot that aired on American television, and he has big-time doubts about Joran‘s story.

Joining me now is layered voice analyst Richard Parton. He‘s the president of a company simply called V. Richard, how does this technology work?

PARTON: We work off the frequencies of the voice. From frequencies, we can tell the psychological parameters of the speaker, his willingness to talk, his concentration levels, how much he‘s thinking, if he‘s thinking from his memory or his imagination. We can see his emotional states. We can tell how many things he‘s deciding to hide from us. At this point right here, he thought of about two different items he decided to withhold from us and tell us. You can also see his deception rate.

COSBY: I‘m going to get to you analyze it. This is when Joran talked about the night that Natalee disappeared. He also addresses that allegation that the three suspects raped her. Here‘s what he had to say:

JORAN VAN DER SLOOT: Well, yes, I kissed with her, but neither me, Deepak or Satish ever had sex with her, and no one ever—ever said otherwise.

COSBY: Richard, what did you take from that?

PARTON: Well, when he said, “Yes, I kissed with her,” those were inaccurate statements, you know, which would indicate that there was something a little bit more involved with the kissing. But we were very fortunate because he also mentioned Deepak and Satish‘s name also, and that they didn‘t do anything, and that in itself came in as an inaccuracy. So we know for a fact now...

COSBY: That‘s by the vibrations?

PARTON: From the frequency. We look at about 120 different parameters of the voice‘s frequency, and what we come up with is what we call the DNA of thought. So we are very precise.

COSBY: This is about the night that Joran met her and about his feelings about Natalee. That is what he had to say before:

VAN DER SLOOT: I didn‘t have any feelings for her because I didn‘t know her at all. I just—the feelings I had for her were because she was attractive. I thought she was very outgoing. She came to me. She was the one that talked to me. She asked for me to dance with her, which I didn‘t even do. (I find that hard to believe since all his websites show pictures of him with a multitude of girls...he even labels a picture between two girls and Freddy as "3 some")

COSBY: And what did you carry away from that, Richard?

PARTON: Number one, she didn‘t approach him. The most that she did was come into his field of vision. He was accurate when he said he didn‘t have any feelings for her. From this and other statements that he offered on that meeting with Natalee, the nearest thing we can find that can describe his feelings for her was akin to prey. He did not see her as a person. He did not see her as particularly—she was attractive, but not in an emotional sense but more in a—in a physical qualifying sense.

COSBY: And Richard, how do you know that this maybe just is an innocent boy who‘s nervous and that he comes across that way in the sound waves and the frequencies?

PARTON: The technology that we have analyzes the person from the situation, the ambient stress that they‘re in at that moment. Basically, you can be defusing a nuclear bomb, and we could calibrate you in that stress situation and tell if you‘re lying about touching the red wire or the black white. So the Ambient stress at the moment is irrelevant to us.

OTHER TRAVEL DESTINATIONS BESIDES ARUBA


Anguilla

$130* What Rendezvous Bay Hotel & Villas lacks in the flash or glamour of many Anguilla resorts, it makes up for in location—its 46 rooms sit directly on 50 palm-laden acres fronting a 1½-mile-long sugary sand beach. The recently renovated resort—white tile floors, simple rattan furnishings—is divided among a dozen low-rise buildings. Garden Standards are the least expensive, but lack air-conditioning; for that, you'll need to upgrade to a villa ($275). Guests spend their days swinging on a hammock or snorkeling. At night, they head to Cedar Grove, where grilled lobster and goat stew are prepared by Leonard "Smoke" Sharplis. Rendezvous Bay; 800/274-4893 or 264/497-6549 ; www.rendezvousbay.com

$295 From the same hotel group behind celebrity favorite Cap Juluca comes Kú, which means "sacred place" in the Arawak Indian language (it's located near one of the tribe's ceremonial sites, 20 minutes from its sister property). Opened this fall, the hotel's 27 suites overlook Shoal Bay East and are South Beach–chic, with minimalist white décor, air-conditioning, and full kitchens. The spa and pool might be on the small side, but the beachfront French-Caribbean restaurant—run by Cap Juluca's chef de cuisine—has the longest bar on the island. Shoal Bay East; 800/869-5827 or 264/497-2011; www.kuanguilla.com.

Antigua

$240 You don't have to be on your honeymoon to enjoy Cocobay Resort, which is set on a hillside facing the Caribbean Sea. The idyllic hotel is made up of 47 Creole-style cottages in soft pastel hues with exposed beams and wood-slatted blinds. Activities abound, from Sunfish sailing to frangipani-scented aromatherapy massages in a thatched pavilion to guided hikes through the nature preserve led by a medicine man. Be sure to catch the sunset from an Adirondack chair on your room's balcony or at Sheer, the open-air restaurant atop a bluff on Ffryes Beach. Valley Church; 800/816-7587 or 268/562-2400; www.cocobayresort.com; all-inclusive.

Bahamas

$240 Conceived by Tracy Barry, whose mother was the first-ever Miss Bahamas, and her husband, Toby Tyler, a Sydney restaurateur, and decorated in plantation style by David Flint Wood and his wife, India Hicks, Queen Victoria's great-great-granddaughter, the Landing, a seven-room inn on Harbour Island, has a decidedly patrician vibe. There are no televisions, phones, or Internet connections to distract you—only the beach a few blocks away. For the best views of the harbor, book one of the bay-view rooms, which have crisp white linens, terraces, and four-poster beds. Harbour Island; 242/333-2707; www.harbourislandlanding.com.

Barbados

$104 Never mind the silly name. The Sea-U Guest House, on the island's east coast, is the ultimate hideaway. From the front, it doesn't look like much, but out back is a two-story plantation-style hotel with seven simple rooms cooled by island breezes. Opened by friendly former travel writer Uschi Wetzels, this place isn't for everyone—there's no air-conditioning or television, guests share a single phone, and mosquito repellant can come in handy at sunset. But Sea-U's charms are what make it so appealing: easygoing Americans and Europeans get to know each other over family-style meals, and entertainment is provided by the wandering resident cat and monkeys playing in the trees. Tent Bay; 246/433-9450; www.seaubarbados.com.

Curaçao

$270 A collection of 16 restored 18th- and 19th-century Dutch Colonial buildings in Willemstad, the island's capital city, come together to form Kurá Hulanda. This eight-block mini village includes an anthropological museum, a casino, a cultural research center, and an 80-room hotel. Hand-carved Indonesian mahogany and teak antiques, embroidered linens from India, and walls painted by local artists all add an international flair to the laid-back Caribbean isle. So do the sophisticated courtyards connecting the buildings, each with its own sound track: herbs are grown in the Curaçao Garden to the beat of salsa, while merengue sets a backdrop for tandoori and sushi served by the Echo Pond Pool. 8 Lange­straat, Willemstad; 877/264-3106 or 599-9/434-7700; www.kurahulanda.com.

Dominican Republic

$160 The lush north coast of the island has fast become a favorite destination for mellow windsurfers who enjoy the authentic vibe—and lack of tourists. At Natura Cabañas, just 10 minutes from the small bustling beach town of Cabarete, the 10 bungalows, with roofs made of palm fronds and stone-and-bamboo interiors, blend into the jungle-like environs. The earthy spa menu includes mud wraps and salt scrubs; the two restaurants prepare organic dishes, from ceviche to fish stir-fry. Activity-seekers can turn to the helpful staff, who will arrange scuba diving in Sosúa Bay and horseback riding through nearby villages. 5 Paseodel Sol, Cabarete; 809/571-1507; www.naturacabana.com; breakfast included.

$165 In Santo Domingo, the Sofitel Nicolas de Ovando, on the oldest cobblestoned street in the New World, is almost as educational as it is attractive. Five minutes from the sea and classified as a unesco World Heritage Site, the hotel's main building was built in 1502 as the residence of the first governor of the Americas. Today, the original Spanish colonial structure houses 104 guest rooms as well as a cigar bar, a restaurant, and a lounge with live jazz and bossa nova music. Calle Las Damas, Santo Domingo; 800/863-4835 or 809/685-9955; www.sofitel.com; breakfast included.

Grenada

$135 A full year after Hurricane Ivan swept ashore, most of Grenada's hotels are back in action, among them the Petit Bacaye Cottage Hotel. A gem among gems, its two houses and five thatched-roof cabanas are set in banana fields that slope to the sea. Although its rooms vary in size—those in the Beach Houses tend to be the smallest—most have hardwood floors, a white-canopied four-poster bed, an outdoor shower, and a porch with a hammock. Radios and TV's aren't to be found, but there's a small massage cabana where guests can unwind with coconut- and nutmeg-oil rubs. Westerhall; 473/443-2902 or 44-1794/323-227; www.petitbacaye.com.

Honduras

$236 A short boat ride across a translucent stretch of the Caribbean Sea brings guests onto Anthony's Key Resort: a 40-acre property including a private island, with a swimming pool, a clifftop restaurant and bar, a sunset viewing deck—even a school of playful resident dolphins. The 56 wooden cabanas keep it basic with huge windows and ceiling fans. The real action, though, is beneath the water's surface. More than 100 dive sites encircle the resort, allowing divers easy access to the shoals of tropical fish that call the 80-degree waters home. Sandy Bay, Roatán Island; 800/227-3483 or 954/929-0090; www.anthonyskey.com; all-inclusive, seven-night minimum during high season.

Jamaica

$160 Hidden among the all-inclusives crowding Negril's Seven-Mile Beach is the Country, Country hotel. The 14 gingerbread cottages­—refreshed by Ann Hodges, the Jamaican architect best known for designing the island's ultra-posh resorts Goldeneye and Strawberry Hill—are decorated in colonial style and have wraparound balconies. Everything from jerk shacks to live reggae to Negril's famed Norma's on the Beach restaurant are located within walking distance, though the hotel's beachfront grill with Jamaican dishes will tempt you to stay in for the night. Norman Manley Blvd., Negril; 888/790-5264 or 876/957-4341; www.countrynegril.com; breakfast included.

$125 The Rockhouse may not be a new discovery, but it's hard to ignore this bohemian favorite immersed in tropical gardens two miles from the center of Negril. Its 34 island-flavored rooms, studios, and villas are clustered around jagged, rocky cliffs and grottoes, and there's no shortage of things to do on the property: a 60-foot infinity pool takes the place of a formal beach; yoga classes are held every morning in a newly built pavilion; and snorkelers climb down stepladders to the blue-green sea eight feet below. Trade up to one of seven stone-walled premium villas, which have outdoor showers and private cove settings—they're worth the extra $200 a night. West End Rd., Negril; 876/957-4373; www.rockhousehotel.com.

Mexico

$201 Tulum's secluded Ana y José is the kind of place that no one talks about, for fear of letting the secret out. The family-run hotel on a palm-lined beach has 21 handcrafted wooden bungalows and garden suites with louvered windows and jungle-wood pillars. Guests start the day with an invigorating session in the yoga palapa before heading out to the pyramids four miles away. Awaiting their return: a crowd-free beach, native spa treatments incorporating papaya and volcanic clay, and an alfresco Mexican restaurant where dishes get spiced up with Yucatecan herbs. Carretera Cancún–Tulum Bocapaila,Tulum; 800/728-9098 or 52-998/887-5470; www.anayjose.com.

$158 The new Hotel Básico is yet another reason to love Playa del Carmen. The latest venture from the hip Micha brothers, who were behind the wildly popular Hotel Deseo, this 15-room hideaway one block from the beach forgoes the Deseo's soft, streamlined aesthetic for a rougher, industrial look. Rooms tend to be on the small side, but what they lack in size they make up for in style: exposed support beams, walls of cement and local sand, and floors covered with recycled tires. Stop by the Azotea bar for seafood ceviche or take a dip in one of the rooftop pools, which were designed to look like oil drums. Quinta Avda., Playa del Carmen; 800/337-4685 or 52-984/879-4448; www.hotelbasico.com.

Puerto Rico

$160 With its Frette linens and Philippe Starck designs, the Bravo Beach Hotel, hidden in a residential area on the isle of  Vieques, feels like an urban boutique property—only at much lower prices. The nine rooms (most facing the ocean) and one two-bedroom cottage are a vision in white, accented by bamboo or mahogany pieces. Plus, there are all the modern perks: satellite television, PlayStations, and Wi-Fi access. But why stay indoors when the beach is just 30 feet away, e-mail can be checked poolside, and Caribbean-inspired tapas are served outdoors at the popular BBH? 1 North Shore Rd., Vieques; 787/741-1128; www.bravobeachhotel.com; breakfast included.

$145 Built in 1939 by a native engineer enamored of a French cancan dancer he'd met on an ocean liner, the 173-room Normandie Hotel, on San Juan's beachfront, got a stem-to-stern face-lift last year. Now its retro Art Deco curves and Jazz Age detailing complement a 21st-century design (blond-wood bed frames, flat-panel TV's, ergonomic desk chairs). The swank N-Lounge has an outdoor terrace looking out onto the city streets, while Cru, with its own carpaccio bar—the only one on the island—puts a sophisticated spin on Italian seafood classics. 499 Avda. Muñoz Rivera, San Juan; 877/987-2929 or 787/729-2929; www.normandiepr.com.

St. Bart's

$203 Staying at Le Manoir de Marie is like stepping back into 17th-century France. Two decades ago, the Manor House was transported here by boat. Now set amid fragrant lush gardens of mango, banana, papaya, and bougainvillea, the two rooms in the main building along with eight additional brown-and-white-striped cottages are all unique in their own way—canopied beds, oil paintings, traditional antiques. While there isn't a formal restaurant, guests can take custom-catered picnics (lobster, champagne) to the wooden deck by the pool, which has a natural stone waterfall, or to Lorient Beach, within walking distance of the hotel. Rte. de Salines, Lorient; 590-590/277-927; www.lemanoirstbarth.com.

St. Kitts–Nevis

$189 Typically an island of small-scale B&B's, tiny St. Kitts got a big shot of grandeur with the opening of the Angelus Resort last summer. With French glass doors that open up to panoramic views of Half Moon Bay or the Royal St. Kitts Golf Course, the 90 rooms—soon to be 144—are set among 15 tropical acres, which include a full spa and the all-organic Caribe restaurant. The fun never stops: every Monday night there's a bonfire after sunset and Thursday it's all Latin with live salsa, merengue, and mambo music. Don't want to leave? The resort's new luxury one- and two-bedroom apartments—each with a balcony and full kitchen—are now on the market, starting at $200,000. Frigate Bay; 869/466-6224; www.angelusstkitts.com; breakfast included.

St. Lucia

$145 Native Creole tradition meets modern design at the newest venture from Caribbean guru and co-founder of the Island Outpost hotel group Allen Chastanet: Coco Palm, located in Rodney Bay Village. The 83 rooms are clean and simple, decked out in the usual island colors (yellow, blue, green) and detailed with native artwork, and—to satisfy techies—iPods and speakers. If you want to be close to all the outdoor action and don't mind a little extra noise, ask for one of the seven "swim-up rooms," where testing the waters means simply stepping from your terrace into the hotel's serpentine pool. Reduit Beach Ave., Rodney Bay Village; 758/ 456-2800; www.coco-resorts.com.

St. Thomas

$250 Each year, more than 900 cruise ships dock in the duty-free hub Charlotte Amalie. What few realize is that St. Thomas's real treasures lie on its more rugged East End , where Pavilions & Pools, an all-villa hotel, sits just minutes from Sapphire Beach. Interiors can suffer from tropical-print overload, but each of the 25 airy guest suites has a kitchen, a spacious living room, and an outdoor garden shower. The biggest draw: private sundecks and swimming pools and an abundance of hibiscus and bougainvillea. Smith Bay; 800/524-2001 or 340/775-6110; www.pavilionsandpools.com; breakfast included.