President Sebastián Piñera received on Tuesday the conclusions of the National Agreement on Public Security, one of the five main topics the head of State proposed at the beginning of his second term in office.
Said initiative involves five core ideas: modernise both the Uniformed Armed Police (Carabineros) and the Police of Investigations (PDI), strengthen the State’s Intelligence System, oversee and improve gun control, highlight the role city councils have in public security and coordinate all the agents related to crime persecution.
Those measures “will mean, in some cases, radical changes to the way we were used to do things in our country before this proposal”, Piñera affirmed at the presidential palace, in front of ministers, police authorities and the head of the Public Prosecutor’s Office, among others guests.
Besides, the project entails the specialisation and professionalisation of security forces, reinforce civil authority over Carabineros and PDI and the creation of a National Intelligence Council (Consejo Nacional de Inteligencia in Spanish) under direct command of the President.
It was precisely this last point which raised some eyebrows across the country given that, despite its functions and aims, its acronym in Spanish (CNI) resembles one of general Augusto Pinochet’s organisms: the Central Nacional de Inteligencia, created in 1977 to replace the National Intelligence Directorate, or DINA, the late dictator’s secret police.
Pinochet’s CNI was responsible for the death of some of his detractors as well as the entity in charge of violating Human Rights during its twelve-year run. It was also linked to the ponzi scheme known as “La Cutufa”, a fraud that involved and affected many members of the Army.
Nevertheless, the Government did not regard this coincidence to be an issue. The Interior undersecretary, Rodrigo Ubilla, suggested to name it after the two first letters of every word. “There you have something new, Conain, it already changed the meaning”.
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