ISOC is dangerous

15 11 2017

For those who haven’t yet seen it, ISEAS has published a paper by Puangthong R. Pawakapan that is well worth reading and digesting. It can be freely downloaded.

The Central Role of Thailand’s Internal Security Operations Command in the Post-Counter-insurgency Period is an important account of ISOC. Its executive summary is as follows:

  • The Thai military’s Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) was in charge of a wide range of civil affairs projects during the country’s struggle with the communist insurgency between the mid-1960s and the mid-1980s.
  • These projects — including rural development programmes, mass organizations and mobilization campaigns, and psychological operations — provided justification for the military to routinely penetrate the socio-political sphere.
  • Since the Cold War drew to a close, little attention has been paid to ISOC’s role and power within the state apparatus.
  • Since the coups of September 2006 and May 2014 that toppled the elected governments, ISOC has been dangerously empowered and increasingly employed by the military regimes to dictate the country’s political direction.
  • The power of the Thai military is exerted not only through its use of force but also by means of its socio-political arms. ISOC represents a potent tool with which conservative elites can undermine and control electoral democracy and through which the military can maintain its power.

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23 11 2017
It’s getting darker II | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] ISOC has already been expanded, strengthened and made central to all the repression under the military dictatorship, often using methods resurrected from the Cold War. […]

23 11 2017
It’s getting darker II | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] ISOC has already been expanded, strengthened and made central to all the repression under the military dictatorship, often using methods resurrected from the Cold War. […]

24 11 2017
Fake news/junta lies | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] we noted, ISOC has already been expanded, strengthened and made central to all the repression under the military […]

24 11 2017
Fake news/junta lies | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] we noted, ISOC has already been expanded, strengthened and made central to all the repression under the military […]

8 01 2018
ISOC’s electoral power | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] we get ISOC’s response. We doubt many will believe ISOC’s claim that the agency is warm and cuddly and apolitical. It never has been and with its domination by the military, it never will be. It is an agancy used […]

8 01 2018
ISOC’s electoral power | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] we get ISOC’s response. We doubt many will believe ISOC’s claim that the agency is warm and cuddly and apolitical. It never has been and with its domination by the military, it never will be. It is an agancy used […]

14 01 2018
Watching everyone and everywhere | Political Prisoners in Thailand

[…] Having them in a network gives those doing the surveillance tremendous reach and remarkable power. ISOC will be happy! […]

14 01 2018
Watching everyone and everywhere | Political Prisoners of Thailand

[…] Having them in a network gives those doing the surveillance tremendous reach and remarkable power. ISOC will be happy! […]