Military everywhere

5 04 2018

A couple of days ago we posted on a couple of useful accounts of ISOC. One of those recommended reads briefly commented on the way ISOC has insinuated itself into the legal system.

A report in The Nation confirms this. It states that the “Internal Security Operations Command (ISOC) has made its collaboration with an anti-graft agency official, to bolster the country’s fight against corruption.”

General Boonchu Kerdchoke, who leads ISOC’s Inspector-General Division said: “We are going to back up what the Office of Public Sector Anti-Corruption Commission (PACC) still lacks…”.

PACC acting secretary-general Lt Colonel Korntip Daroj said: “with this MOU, our co-operation will run smoother… We also feel safer with the military backing our operations.”

No sensible person could possibly agree.

Helpfully Korntip reassured the public that people “should not worry that the collaboration would let military officials off the hook.”

No sensible person could possibly believe him.

These kinds of intervention show how assiduously the military junta has worked to militarize all aspects of Thai public life. Overturning this is going to be an exceptionally difficult task.



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