Tomorrow's Cabinet meeting is expected to endorse a Bt157.5 million secret stealth budget including Bt25 million for spying on the red-shirted protest group, a government source said yesterday.
Deputy Prime Minister Suthep Thaugsuban has instructed the National Intelligence Agency (NIA) to include surveillance of the anti-government movement in its annual operating plan, the source said.
The NIA will spend part of the Bt25 million to build up a grassroots network in the capital and provinces, he said.
The NIA would use national reconciliation as a cover to shadow the red shirts and would spend the budget to produce intelligence information to frustrate anti-government propaganda, he said
This is disgusting. I thought Mark was supposed to be the anti-Thaksin. If Thaksin did this to the Democrats, you would never hear the end of it in the Thai media.
Anywhere else in the world, this would be a scandal that would bring down a government. Imagine if Barack Obama spent taxpayer money and the use of intelligence agencies of the US government to destroy the Republicans. It would be a scandal to rival Watergate.
In Thailand, business as usual.