Perhaps it is that these things go in cycles and I just have not been in Thailand long enough to have witnessed this stage of the cycle before but I have not seen this kind of critical scrutiny of the military or of the Secret Hand. In part, this is following (or at least moving in parallel with) the pro-democracy movement’s attempt to shine light on particular acts and crimes by the establishment – with some success as it revealed junta prime minister General Surayud Chulanont as illegally occupying public land and he had to demolish his property there. Now, attention is focused on army procurement policies and the payments received (allegedly) by Privy Councilor Prem Tinsulanonda from the army. It is claimed that the army pays Prem 200,000 baht per month. This has been denied by army chief Anupong Paojinda but then Anupong says lots of things and still plans to use the GT200 metal sticks.