Lese majeste in the ranks

12 11 2010

The crackdown on lese majeste and “traitors” is focusing increasingly on the military itself as new boss General Prayuth Chan-ocha seeks to purge the ranks of anyone who might be suspect. Only royalists are trusted. According to the Bangkok Post, the “army plans to step up its monitoring of soldiers’ mobile and fixed-line phones and internet activity to ‘keep tabs on acts of lese majeste’…”. PPT isn’t sure this is even legal, but then legality is not an issue in Thailand for those at the head of the current regime.

An unnamed “source said Gen Prayuth ordered a special unit to tap soldiers’ phones to see if anyone was leaking army secrets to anti-government red shirt operatives.” The inteded outcome is that “conversations on all kinds of phones in army offices will be monitored for any trace of insult to the [royal] institution or the leakage of state secrets…”.

One reason for this is that the army bosses were “taken by surprise that the red shirt leaders had known about developments in military plans very fast, fresh after a meeting. This shows there are spies in the military.” It also shows how accurate red shirt leaks were.

The monitoring task force was apparently set up after the 2006 coup and supervised by Prayuth “when he was the 1st Army commander under the coup-installed [royalist and privy council-led] Surayud Chulanont government. The task force comes under the Internal Security Operations Command.”

Prayudh has also”prohibited soldiers from bringing mobile phones to meetings as a precaution against spying” and has “brought in 12 special warfare officers from Lop Buri to join the security protection team for Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva. They include counter-sniper officers.” Images of Bangkok Dangerous come to mind.

Royalists are in command and royalism is the command.

 


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