posted on Mar, 9 2009 @ 08:26 AM
Just to keep things into perspective, since people outside Portugal dont really know what happens there.
There is in Portugal a long, long tradition of politcally nominated officials. These appear in all areas, police, army, local government, tax,
councils, etc. There's nothing new about the fact itself. Secondly, there is also a long , long tradition in Portugal of creacting these pompous all
powerfull positions , in order to place friends in there, or, to look like the government is actually doing something.
None of the above is new, or should constitue any surprise.
If you look attentively to this guy's task he is in charge of:
...'coordination functions over the police force and of security in situations such as attacks against sovereignty organs, hospitals, prisons and
schools, replenishment ystems of water and electricity, as well as roads and collective transport. '
This means , he will not do anything that does not fall already under the umbrella of normal police activities. What's more, he will, also in the
long Portuguese tradition , do nothing relevant to sort the problem that created his job, because , the increase in crime is related to increasingly
organized and powerful criminal associations, which for the most part , target individual property and individuals, that, as we saw before , do not
fall under his tasks.
Quite honestly, this is more of the same, 'jobs for the boys', they're part of the Portuguese culture.
[edit on 9-3-2009 by jmlima]