The controversy with Pegasus software has reached Congress and the Government has announced a couple of measures. Two reforms that will try to avoid a new scandal, but that do not seem to have silenced the criticism of the rest of the political parties.
The Pedro Sanchez speech It has revolved around trying to disassociate itself from the “operational decisions” of the CNI, while justifying itself by explaining that an internal investigation has been opened and they will respond to the Justice. One of the most repeated words has been transparency, but when it comes to explaining the measures, everything has been very unclear.
Reform of the CNI. The first measure is a legislative reform to strengthen the control of the intelligence service. It is not clear how this control will be reinforced, beyond trying to have more resources for the Supreme Court judges. Although, it is not a problem of transparency, but of actions that, being considered secret, do not come before the judges.
The Government will increase the budget of the CNI, following the recommendations of the Ombudsman, with the idea of ”reinforcing control guarantees”. Despite the fact that Sánchez defends that the Spanish system is “even more guaranteeing” than other countries.
New Law of Official Secrets, where the current one is from 1968. The second point is that the Government has announced a new Law on Official Secrets. The current is from 1968 and it is the law in which the CNI takes refuge so as not to be forced to give explanations, unless required by a judge.
The current law prevents the authorities, including Defense Minister Margarita Robles, from being able to give details or provide data that “could indirectly lead to knowledge of the sources, means, organization and internal structure” of the CNI.” However, once again They have not communicated what changes they want to introduce in this law, so a priori we are the same.According to Sánchez, this new classified information law will be “adapted to international standards”.
“In practice, nothing is going to change.” For some experts such as Carlos Sanchez Almeida, Legal Director of the Platform for Freedom of Information (PLI), these measures are “absolute nothing.” Lawyer Explain that “in practice, nothing is going to happen. The magistrates of the Supreme Court will continue to be the custodians of the secrets of the Deep State.”
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