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Will Georgian patriotism be legalized?2009-10-16 16:55
Georgia has never been keen on lawmaking. Just like in the whole of the post-Soviet territory, it has been following the famous truth: whatever narrow the limits of the law might be, there is always a loophole. Either out of the strong desire to start living in a European way, or out of some new fashion political experts are contemplating upon the Patriotic Act following the Economic Freedom Act that was announced by the president.
The situation with the Economic Act is more or less clear. As is known, for many centuries running, the people are living under the slogan of Panem et circenses (Bread and circuses). As to "circuses", especially political ones, Georgia has got them in abundance in recent years, or even too many of them.
As to "bread", that is, the economy, the problems seem to be chronic. So the Economic Freedom Act presented by the president last week is quite explainable. Saakashvili promised that the coming reforms would at last bring back prosperity and economic well-being.
As the opposition believes, the Economic Freedom Act is nothing but another PR-action that followed the report prepared by Tagliavini's commission; they say it is a feeble attempt to right oneself both in the face of the world community and one's own people.
Of course, the pace of living in Tbilisi is not the same as in Moscow; however, the events, especially political ones, are happening so quickly that the passions around the economic act subsided soon. Ultimately, did anyone promise that things would go on smoothly and tomorrow people would get the long-awaited job and social programs?
Suddenly, the politicians displayed a passion for various types of legislative acts. Oppositional parliamentary Georgiy Tortladze came out with the initiative of passing the so-called Patriotic Act enlarging the special services' powers.
For half a year, the Georgian opposition has been telling the world about the riotous behavior of security officials that put the oppositionists into prison, persecute them on political grounds and monitor the telephone lines... One may just as well remember the turbulent spring-summer period of the opposition's struggle, when many of its leaders were announced to be "the Kremlin agents".
And now, according to Rosbalt and according to preliminary information, the Patriotic Act is going to legalize the freedom of actions taken by special services: monitoring of telephone lines and personal electronic correspondence, obtaining information on a person's health status and his/her financial position.
Besides the fact that a similar document exists in the US (it was legalized after a large-scale terrorist attack of 11 September 2001), it turned out that the delegate has got other arguments in favor of the act which is aimed at increasing the patriotic aspect. According to GHN, Georgiy Tortladze believes that such document is necessary for Georgia in the context of Russia's statement about the possibility of using nuclear weapon.
The new military doctrine project has been stated by Secretary of the RF Security Council Nikolay Patrushev in his interview to Russian newspaper Izvestia. According to him, the main threat is not the large-scale wars but local wars and armed conflicts. The new military doctrine implies flexible and timely reaction to the changes in the situation. One of the aspects of modern reaction is a preventive nuclear attack.