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SRI’s Hellvig: Idea that in 2022 intelligence services in Romania could return to former Securitate model is wrong

The head of Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), Eduard Hellvig, describes as “totally wrong” the idea that, in 2022, the intelligence services in Romania could return to the model of the former political police Securitate.

“It is a totally wrong idea that, in 2022, the Romanian intelligence services could return to the model of the former Securitate, because that model (…) belonged to the totalitarian communist regime, a regime universally recognized as criminal, imposed by a foreign power and totally opposed to a society that wants freedom, prosperity and security,” Hellvig told an online press conference on Friday.

In his opinion, the Securitate was “a creator of mentalities” and “an administrator with a coercive role against consciences.”

“And what I mean when I say Securitate is more than a repressive institution. It was an institution that created mentalities, corrected behaviours, an absolute judge and a manager of consciences. The laboratories of Securitate were abandoned in a hurry in December 1989, but the viruses that were developed there were already deeply rooted in our society. A virus like that, and the most dangerous of all, I believe, is the main method of the former political police, which is represented by the idea of using the traumas of the society during the communist regime to very smartly create a reflex of a totalitarian type. It is the idea that behind everything lies an obscure and necessarily malicious interest, that there are enemies inside Romania, enemies with whom we need to fight. The ability to present itself as a medicine is, in fact, the virus itself,” said the SRI head, according to Agerpres.

 

The head of Romanian Intelligence Service (SRI), Eduard Hellvig, describes as “totally wrong” the idea that, in 2022, the intelligence services in Romania could return to the model of the former political police Securitate.

“It is a totally wrong idea that, in 2022, the Romanian intelligence services could return to the model of the former Securitate, because that model (…) belonged to the totalitarian communist regime, a regime universally recognized as criminal, imposed by a foreign power and totally opposed to a society that wants freedom, prosperity and security,” Hellvig told an online press conference on Friday.

In his opinion, the Securitate was “a creator of mentalities” and “an administrator with a coercive role against consciences.”

“And what I mean when I say Securitate is more than a repressive institution. It was an institution that created mentalities, corrected behaviours, an absolute judge and a manager of consciences. The laboratories of Securitate were abandoned in a hurry in December 1989, but the viruses that were developed there were already deeply rooted in our society. A virus like that, and the most dangerous of all, I believe, is the main method of the former political police, which is represented by the idea of using the traumas of the society during the communist regime to very smartly create a reflex of a totalitarian type. It is the idea that behind everything lies an obscure and necessarily malicious interest, that there are enemies inside Romania, enemies with whom we need to fight. The ability to present itself as a medicine is, in fact, the virus itself,” said the SRI head, according to Agerpres.

 

Any attempt to return to communist-style regulations must be rejected from start

 

SRI) head Eduard Hellvig on Friday also said that any attempt to return to communist-style regulations must be rejected from the start.

In his remarks, Hellvig referred to the package of laws on national security.

“Updating these laws is not a recent goal, but one that has been missed in the last 30 years. The only existing laws are those adopted in the early 1990s, and their form constantly allows for vague interpretations. SRI has constantly called for legal instruments to allow us to be more efficient in combating the threats facing Romania. At the same time, the adjustment of the legislation must take into account the landmarks of today’s Romania.We are a democratic society, part of the Western family, member of the European Union and NATO and the democratic principles must always prevail. We have Western models that can inspire us, and I believe that any attempt to return to communist-style regulations must be rejected from the very start,” Eduard Helvig said in a statement online.

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