The plot is thickened

6 10 2010

It seems par for the course that the security bosses of the Abhisit Vejjajiva regime should take the red shirt “freedom fighter” story and make it into a remarkably sinister plot. With no evidence provided, alleged red shirt “trainees” have become “men in black,” then part of a northern “army,” plotters of regicide and now a gang planning mass murder of a bunch of senior figures.

PPT apologizes for too much cynicism on this, but, really… how can these government claims be taken seriously? Remember the joining of the dots conspiracy “map” that turned unrelated red shirt allies into a conspiracy to overthrow the monarchy. What happened to that claim? Have the political flunky police at DSI come up with anything? Any charges? It seems not. We wait to be convinced on the current claims.

Here’s what Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban claims, with PPT adding the “alleged” here and there, something The Nation finds unnecessary. He is reported in The Nation as saying that “alleged” red shirt “militants” have “secretly located the homes of national leaders on pre-mission trips for the planned assassination of key figures…”.

His claim extends further, alleging that “39 men had received training locally and abroad on how to use several kinds of war weapons…”.  Suthep even says that they scoped out his  house, twice. So how “secret” was that?

Other targets are alleged to have “included Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva [hi house is passed by hundreds of vehicles a day], Foreign Minister Kasit Piromya, former Army chief General Anupong Paochinda [doesn;t he live in a high-security military camp?], Defence Minister Prawit Wongsuwan and the PM’s spokesman Thepthai Senpong…”. What? No royals!

The (now) 12 red shirt “freedom fighters” are now said to have been treated well by the police. Even The Nation says: “Police treatment of the men seemed unusually lenient after their public statement on Monday that their activities were deemed to be a threat to national security.” Ah! There the royals are.

The DSI will, of course, take over the investigation of these 12 men. At least their chief has said it will try to “verify the alleged crimes before deciding what to do.” We wonder what the chances of that are?


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