Several very tense votes in Congress, including a labor reform vote that was passed due to a PP MP’s mistake, have led many to think that Pedro Sanchez is a lucky man. It was said in Twitter parlance that he has a flower in his ass that sometimes looks like a big bouquet. But success in politics is not eternal. You are lucky until you are lucky.
The legislature is a rollercoaster of emotions and jumps into the void to come back again, waiting for the next fall. The government managed to approve budgets and basic laws with a majority of close to 190 votes in Congress. Immediately after that, headlines and panics accumulated about it due to the obvious fact that it has only 154 seats, far from an absolute majority. His position was not desperate because he lacked political initiative to resolve crises. None of these problems have been fixed over time.
If the Socialists thought that a State Secrets Commission meeting would reassure their partners in parliament and their partner in government, they should seriously consider signing up for Disney+ because they give a customer profile. “It has become clear that the CNI has moved into the strict realm of legality,” the PSOE congressional spokesman said after the speech by the director of intelligence. You will not be able to give an intelligible answer to a scandal if you move in a fantasy world and evade reality.
Even if what the spokesman said was true, it doesn’t matter for political purposes. It is an indisputable fact that the current president of the Generalitat was spied on by court order when he was vice president of the previous government. Allegedly because it poses a threat to the state. You cannot spy on a party and then ask them to support you in Congress. Either this is a threat, or a political force with which it is possible to agree on the management of the country. Both at the same time, no.
Papa Aragones brought the government out of the dreams it lives in. “Confidence is undermined, it is at zero,” he said on Friday. He later met Sanchez at an event in Barcelona for one of those calendar coincidences. They spoke for several minutes, long enough for the president to tell him that he deserved a personal explanation, not a statement or a press conference. “The situation is serious and we need to talk about it face to face,” he told her. Moncloa later said that the two “agreed to set up a meeting”.
Spain is not the only European country whose citizens know next to nothing about what their intelligence agencies are doing. All of them have a maxim. The secrecy in which spies operate is broken when they create a political crisis, regardless of who is actually responsible. This is so because the government is a client of these spies.
The job of the CNI is to provide information to the executive about possible threats. If they detect an imminent threat of a very serious nature, such as a terrorist attack, they turn it over to the security forces so that they can make the necessary arrests or expand those investigations. They do not answer to the courts because they are not obliged to provide them with the results of their investigations. They never had.
The government establishes the general principles of operation and does not interfere with how the CNI implements them. You only receive the product. “The government does not know and should not know if Aragones was spied on,” government sources said. That does not remove responsibility for the work of spies. This is not a private detective company.
The CNI works based on the instructions it receives. Perhaps the framework in which he carries out his work is outdated if it goes back to the time before the 2017 referendum. It cannot be argued that the “threat to the territorial integrity” of Spain is now identical to the year in which Carles Puigdemont photographed with the records of the Constitutional Court, which he ignored. This was the year the CNI failed in its attempt to prevent ballot boxes from entering Catalonia, which were supposed to be used in consultations. Not surprisingly, since then, the secret services have tried to correct previous mistakes.
Some journalistic evidence indicates that the controversial espionage was linked to a mobilization organized by the Tsunami Democratic Organization following a Supreme Court ruling convicting those responsible for the referendum. According to this version, CNI suspected that Aragones contributed to their funding from his position in the government, specific information that did not appear in any journalistic outlet at the time.
For the government, it was a public order conflict, fueled by the work of the security forces. No one can believe that the integrity of Spain was threatened by the closure of the AP-7 motorway.
Aragonés demanded that the government declassify the orders of the magistrate who authorized the observation of the messages of 18 people, and that the deputies who are members of the Commission on State Secrets be able to read them. This is a political solution available to Moncloa. It is assumed that the judge will not object to the announcement of his legal arguments. The People’s Party also requested reports from the National Cryptology Center, which is part of the CNI, about spying on the phones of Pedro Sanchez and Margarita Robles.
It turns out that all these things are secrets, but everyone wants to know. How surprising, when fundamental rights are at stake.
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