The surveillance state

Who knew? Well, the “authorities” probably did. The Bangkok Post reports that Thailand’s state has “a network of 27 agencies” that spy on its citizens.

The news emerges as a “security commission” headed by Deputy Dictator General Prawit Wongsuwan “has approved another reform plan aimed at improving the government’s intelligence work…”.

It is reported that the “27 agencies, some of which are state enterprises, have much useful data but this would be optimised if they were interlinked to help identify threats…”. As we know, almost all efforts identified as “intelligence” are targeted at domestic “targets” and that most are related to dopey notions of “protecting the monarchy.”

“Intelligence” is said to be “mainly overseen by the National Intelligence Agency under the Prime Minister’s Office.”

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